Monday, February 26, 2007

I'm Off the Hook, Part Two

The story continues....

The kids and I left my sister's home on Monday and returned to our daily routines on Tuesday. I was still in a bit of pain, but it wasn't as uncomfortable and with being so very busy at work, I ignored it and kept moving forward.

2. Dana lands in the local emergency room. Wednesday morning, my abdomen would not be ignored. It hurt to cough and to breathe. Despite my absolute fear, terror and utter loathing of all things related to needles, I went to hospital. After multiple injections, withdraws, a CT scan and half a liter of iced-down contrast dye to drink (I almost would've preferred a shot in this case), I was diagnosed with diverticulitis. (Yes, Dad, I do see the writing on the wall and will change my ways). In a nutshell, I have consume more fiber, less red meat and more vegetables. I left the hospital Wednesday afternoon feeling nauseated, exhausted and more than a little disgusted with myself. The sour mood carried over the next couple of days, but then something wonderful happened and it just brightened my week immeasurably.

3. A lavender scented bit of Heaven was found in the mailbox. Yes, Marianne's socks arrived and I was, quite literally, astounded. Made from a soft sage green Merino wool, these socks are incredible! They're as soft as they can be and the tiny, immaculate stitches are unbelievable. My photos cannot possibly do them justice, but here's an attempt.

Look at the lace detail!

And, as if the socks weren't enough, Marianne also included stitchmarkers and chocolate! I was floored... just floored... and the carepackage made a lousy week wonderful again.

Marianne, I can't possibly thank you enough!

I put the socks on my feet before bed on Saturday night and went to sleep. For the first time this winter, my toes didn't get cold during the night. Waking up Sunday morning (in a much brighter mood and feeling like my pre-illness self), I tucked my new socks between my mattresses and there they are right now. These are my "sleep socks." I only wear them at night. They've become, if you will, my "blankie" in only two short days. That's the honest truth. :)

The stitch markers are just as beautiful and I treasure them!

P.S. "I'm Off the Hook," the title of the blog, refers to my situation. I now understand why you sockers love socks. Yes, there's a galaxy-sized diffference between Hanes and "Marianne's Magyckical Masterpieces." That said, I should eat crow. And more crow. And more crow after that. However, I must avoid red meat, ergo...I'm off the hook. LOL Now, would one of you kind ladies please e-mail me a very simple, straight-forward sock pattern? As soon as my current projects are done (yours is felting as we speak, Marianne), I'm going to try socks again. [Intense blushing in Bedford].

Again, thank you Marianne!


Dianne said...

Hi Sweetie,
I'm so glad you're alright..your knit mates were very concerned after not hearing from you.
My husband has divert...and he has had numerous flare-ups since his initial one but none have been as bad your diet..when and if you feel it your dr.for antibiotic and pain can nip it in the bud and make it much less painful once you learn what triggers it..sadly Moth hasn't figured what triggers his but has learned the early warning signals.
Your SOCKS are gorgeous..kudos Marianne..and the stitch markers..I'm so envious...but you're so deserving..nothing makes one feel better than something beautiful made especially for US..I have the sock pattern I did with's easy peasy..I'll share with you..I made a copy for's so easy..just this morning I've gotten one up to turning the heel and started the decreases for the trust me my DEAR..that's easy when I can accomplish that.
I am heading to YT for circulars at 1..I think I still prefer dpns at this stage..and definitely I prefer heavier yarn...stay safe and keep feeling that your tootsies are'll stay amazingly healthy..hugs and Happy Knitting~~

Marianne said...

Dana! Oh my gosh, and here I was thinking appendicitis...divert though, such a chronic condition, but paying attention to the food you eat (which we all need to do anyway, right?) but still, just getting rid of a pesky appendix would have been much easier....nope, don't be eating no stinkin' crow (besides, I like crows and I hear they're not much for eating)(heh).
Dana, you are so welcome! and no kidding, that yarn fought me for quite some time, wanting to be a lacey shawl, so if you don't mind (I told them I'd ask) maybe just every now and then place them on your shoulders, just a minute or so, give them the 'shawl experience' I know it would make them so happy, and I know they're happy being your socks and keeping your tootsies warm, they're happy just making you happy!
(yes, I'm probably certifiably nuts but that's really beside the point, now don't you think?)

So, they fit alright and everything? whew.
You are very very welcome, oh and hey, welcome to the dark side, heh heh.
(go with some dpns at first, really, they're just not that fiddly)(I should have sent you some, damn!)

Feel better soon!

angie Cox said...

Goodness if the chickens come home to roost I'm a coop...I eat too much chocolate amongst other things! Those socks are exquisite ,sadly I don't knit socks yet !

mobishobel said...

ACK!! Dana, I'm so glad you're alright. Sorry I'm late to the boat... I fell behind in keeping up with my blogs. I still need to update mine. Yikes. Anyway, I'm glad you caught it before it got too serious.

Marianne's socks are gorgeous! I love lace socks. You have some lucky tootsies!