Saturday, October 08, 2011

Back in the Saddle Again

It feels good to finally be able to knit for periods longer than 15 minutes. Between the nerve problems and the high blood sugars I haven't been able to knit much lately.

I still experience problems from the nerve compression and going 17 months without an injection didn't help the situation. I did pretty well for a while, but as the pain begain to increase I wouldn't heed the signs and schedule an appointment for one. The last 2-3 months have been a hell of intermittent and sometimes debilitating pain. I finally took my mom's advice and scheduled an appointment. I had the injection on Wednesday and I have already experienced a lot of relief. I will never wait this long again.

After years of good control, I have been experiencing high blood sugars fasting and throughout the day. I can always tell when my blood sugar is high because it adversely affects my eyesight. I've been told that this is a good thing because I will know when I don't have good control. I pay close attention this because the relatives on my dad's side including him tend to have diabetes-related blindness. I tried an injectable, Byetta, but was unable to get any control with it. I'm on a morning and evening dose of insulin and this is working. My vision has normalized and my highs have begun to come down.

I had grand ideas of putting a lot of entries in the fair but that didn't work out either. I did manage to enter 4 items which is better than entering nothing. I'm also serving as one of the co-presidents of the Palmetto Purlers knitting guild for the 2011-2012 year along with Boykin Exum. There's  much work to be done coming up with a schedule of programs and hopefully a big weekend knitting event. It has been quite a while since I was an officer, but I'm looking forward to serving this year and possibly the next.

I'm not committing my self to making many Christmas gifts but one that I have gotten started on is the Mermaid jacket by Hanne Falkenberg. It is a present for my mom and after a couple of false starts I'm finally on track.

This is my second Hanne Falkenberg design. I have another Mermaid and Pagoda kit to knit after this one. Her instructions can be a little cryptic so you really have to pay close attention. My earlier mistakes were from not reading the entire pattern and misunderstanding what I had read. I've set a personal goal of finishing this by the end of month in case I do decide to make a gift or two or three. Nothing is set in stone for me when it comes to knitting.

I hope to update this blog more often now that my health issues have settled down and I can enjoy the crafts that I love.


cauchy09 said...

gosh, i'm sorry to hear about your health issues. i hope you manage the pain well and take care of yourself.

those falkenberg designs are amazing. i look forward to seeing your progress.

Monika said...

It's nice to see a life sign from you here, but I'm really sorry that your poor health kept you away! I hope from now on, that it's going to be all better for you, and that you can enjoy your crafts again, and be healthy at the same time!

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you back. Health issues are the pits! Take care of yourself.


kathy b said...

I am thrilled that your pain is better and you can knit again......not knitting is depressing for me.
Ahhh, nothing like a mom's advice no matter how old we grow eh?

Happy for you. Stay on the mend. I appreciate all your comments to my blog and love them

Acornbud said...

Glad you are doing better and gettng that sugar under control. Take care!

Acornbud said...

I don't have an email for you so I'll leave a comment here and on Rav. I'm not sure I'll be at SAFF on Friday. Looks like we leave Atlanta in the later afternoon. Should be there Saturday for sure!