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!