We had our Mayo day yesterday for Gerry’s Multiple Myeloma check up. Let me just say, Gerry’s pretty damned amazing. There was just a slight increase in protein and calcium in his test numbers, but otherwise he remain steady. YAY!
We got a HUGE thumbs up from the docs on our planned trip to Ireland. One of our docs, who’s had her own cancer adventure, was positively giddy for us. (Extra bonus – with just a small amount of begging I was complimented for my weight loss.)
The trip just about took it OUT of me entirely, though.
I’d been feeling so hotsy-totsy, feeling SO much better than a month ago, sticking my face up in fibromyalgia’s face and staring it down.
However, doing something like our round of tests and doctors visits at Mayo that I’ve done a dozen times before really highlights how diminished my strength is.
I’m getting stronger, getting better, but realism is a virtue as long as it’s married with hope. Days like yesterday keep me honest about the effects of the fibromyalgia on my daily energy and pain levels.
When I got home I was SO exhausted (I do the driving, Gerry’s concentration for long periods to drive isn’t as good as mine is – we’re a real pair!) and dear Hannah, who woman-ed the fort by getting Max up and ready for school (we’d left at 6:30 am), left a sink full of dishes, bowls and pans (she made pancakes for Max) which had to be cleaned up.
It seemed churlish to demand that she clean up the mess, especially when she’d been very responsible and had done exactly what we’d asked. (Besides, as any mom knows, we clean the pots and pans better…)
So a clean up of the dishes, a quick bite for dinner, then to my hour-long chat for the January Online Combo Class, which went beautifully. Sometimes we talk a lot about knitting, sometimes we just build our cohesion as a class, but it’s always fun.
Then the Prez’s speech (which I feel was exceptional – exactly what we needed to hear, with a masterful amount of push, stroke, admonishment and praise) and then to bed.
My reward? This morning I woke up with a clear idea for a new hat pattern and ideas for some other stuff. I was explaining to Gerry that sometimes taking a break from the designing is so good because then stuff will come to me without being forced. I can’t blog about the hat pattern because it’s for a magazine, but it’s crocheted and will involve embroidered flowers.
Part of today will also be dedicated to creating a FREE online “how to knit” class, covering the basics of knit and purl (from a Western and Combination perspective) AND casting on and binding off.
It will be free for 2 reasons: 1) to get more folks knitting, and 2) to give folks a chance to take one of my online classes and see if it would be right for them.
So stay tuned. If all goes well I may have the class up by the end of the weekend, then those of you whose interest has been piqued can sign up, take the class, and decide if my online style works for you.
And we could always use more knitters, right?