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Monday, January 10, 2011

Hello SparkFriends -

In typical fashion, this update is a mixture of many items. I guess, since I try not to dwell on any one thing for too long, this approach suits the way I report the activities in my world.

Tonight's Top Story... No, not what I mentioned earlier; apologies for those of you that tuned in for MRI news. I got out of work late, took a look at the snow-covered roads, had a few choice thoughts about the locals inability to drive in this stuff, and had an overbearing sense of "DO NOT GO." If there's anything that I've learned in my short time on this rock, it's that things happen for a reason. If my internal sensors say 'don't go,' I gotta think that there's a good reason for it.

Sure enough, a bit later my phone signaled a message. My father-in-law is back in the hospital, this time in a medically-induced coma. Between low blood pressure and pneumonia, his body is struggling. While that may not be enough to signal a reason to reschedule an important appointment, I have to wonder if the forces beyond my control figured that I didn't have a lot of capacity for rough seas today.

We still don't know what landed him in the hospital for Christmas OR New Year's, but I have to believe that a large part of this repetitive behavior is due to the home existence. My In-Laws live in a drafty home on a river. (I've already edited; suffice to say it's big, old and filled with clutter.) My mother-in-law is doing her best, but everyone has their limits and she is not a health care professional. As tough as it may seem, I'd feel better for both of them if there was some trained assistance involved (even if my FIL is being stubborn and refuses).

So, what is up with my knee? Dunno, but I'm already freaking out at the cost associated with figuring it out. Thanks to how insurance is structured now, I owe big money just to determine what's wrong. And yes, I will do that; next appointment attempt is on 19JAN. But funding any surgery or subsequent PT is cost-prohibitive right now. Sure, I can go into debt and feel better, or I can suck it up and start saving my pennies. For now, I'll take the latter. Say 'until next time,' 2011 Cycling Season. I'll get there, but there's no hurry at the current moment.

I've been walking - I gotta get to work, after all! - and started rowing a bit. It doesn't hurt any more than doing nothing, so that's the path I'm taking for now. Thank you, SparkPeople Indoor Rowing Team, for all of your helpful ideas and encouragement!!

On another happy note, a few SPFriends commented on my new Masters program in knitting. To clarify, I am not a good knitter. I fare well enough, but know that there is a lot of room for improvement. I'm self-taught (mostly) and have already learned that I'm twisting my stitches (my husband says it's my nature, LOL!). In short, this program is for anyone that wants to learn and improve to be the best crafter that they can be. Not only does it not hurt my knee, but it keeps my hand out of the chip bowl, too!


There it is, Folks. I'll leave you with photos of my most recent goal attained; donating my hair! On Friday it was chopped (I'll post 'after' shots once my hair stops mourning the loss) and I'm sending it on its way. Thanks to "Beautiful Lengths" from Pantene, it will join other donations in becoming a wig for women undergoing cancer treatments. Pssst - I'm already thinking about doing it again!


Thanks to everyone for the comments on my feed, blog and SparkPage. Your support has brought me many smiles and I know you are a large part of how I keep it all on track. You are amazing, beautiful people!


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  • ANNE7X7
    Awesome update! Good for you for donating your hair! I'm sure it will be very comforting for a woman undergoing treatment!

    Sorry to hear your knee is not doing well! I hope it can be taken care of with minimal $$!
    2621 days ago
    AWESOME!!!!! What a gift to give!
    2621 days ago
  • CMB2048
    So sorry about your FIL. What a lively gesture to donate your hair! Be careful with your knee and keep on knitting!
    2622 days ago
    Your FIL is certainly having a time of it. My dad and MIL keep us pretty busy with their problems as well. I hope your fIL can recover from this latest set back.

    I have had a lot of knee problems too and spent a fortune and finally found that what often works best is some rest followed by gentle exercise. So I do that now instead of going in debt.

    Everyone needs a hobby to keep their hands busy and their minds off food. My mom was a great seamstress and needlework person. I never learned how.

    So cool that you donated your hair!!
    2622 days ago
    Good reading--sorry about your FIL--it is tough being the child of aging parents.

    And I am fascinated by your knitting class! I also taught myself to knit and I twist my stitches, too--always have. When another knitter looksat anything I have knit, they ask about the pattern--even if it is just plain stockinette! Post photos!
    2622 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    I too enjoyed your mixed bag of info.

    Prayers going out for your father-in-law and the family. Hope he is doing better real soon.
    How awesome of you to donate your hair to such a wonderful cause.
    2623 days ago
  • GRITS46
    Trish, I tend to like your "mixed bag" type of news. I wish I could be more that way than rambling about one thing for a page or more.

    Sorry to hear more unsettling news from the FIL. They and you guys are in my prayers. Also sorry the MRI was put on hold, but you probably made the right decision. When my brain says, "DON'T!", I generally listen.

    Nice that you've given your hair for wigs. My hair's so short and if grown long is on the thinning side I wouldn't have much to give. Good for you!

    Take care of the knee until you can get in and I hear you about insurance and medical costs!

    2623 days ago
    Heh, as if I needed more validation, here's my horoscope for today:

    "You'll be primarily focused on your work and any other responsibilities you have today. Even if you'd really like to be out having some fun, there are bound to be plenty of other things that will end up requiring your attention. Just watch what comes out of your mouth and try not to do too much complaining if you can help it.

    Whatever you’re called upon to do, you’ll end up having to spend most of your time dealing with other people’s needs today. And you really ought to take the opportunity to learn a few important lessons from your experiences while you can. Mantra: Confidence"

    Right... I was there all the way!!
    2623 days ago
    You're RIGHT! That IS a mixed bag. I feel you on the insurance stuff. Working for a small company we don't have the best coverage so anything that may come up I always hesitate to go to the doctor. In time though hopefully you'll get back into that cycling season.

    Hope also to hear of some improvement for your FIL. Sounds like a scary situation. You and your family are in my thoughts. Sending positive vibes your way.

    Thanks for explaining the master knitting program. AND congrats on donating all that hair!! I did that a while back and would totally love to do it again. I agree that the chop is a bit of a shock for a while.
    2623 days ago
    WTG I wish I had healthy locks to donate. Good luck with your twisiting issue.
    2623 days ago
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