Musings from the Happily Unemployed

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

First knitting group meeting!

I went to my first ever knitting group meeting today and had a blast! It was so much fun to sit and knit and chat with other knitters. I'll definitely be going back. I met some really cool people and hope to see them again soon.

I'm actually going to try and stop by on Saturday afternoon since one of the ladies wants to see my Starsky cardigan. Hey! Maybe I can get it done by then... I'll be knitting like mad, but I might be able to do it. I have the back, right and left front panels and one and almost a half of the second sleeve done. Think I can do it??

As far as doggie news, I am very pleased to report that there isn't any more bad news so far! He seems to be getting around just fine on his splint. He uses his leg really well and his left (good) leg hasn't been giving him any problems. For the most part, he's really happy! He does have some periods of minor anxiety that's caused (I think) from not getting enough exercise, but we know how to deal with him now and he doesn't go into panic mode anymore.

Since this is not his blog, I will not overstep my bounds and talk about things other than me, but I would like to mention that my husband's mom is not doing very well, so if you know us, please do keep them in your thoughts (or even if you don't know us... :-) ).

Well, other than mentioning that my hubby made the most delicious dinner of crepes last night, I don't have much else. The weather was nice today, but it looks like we might get a thunderstorm or two this evening. The end of the week looks to be nice though. Too bad we can't get out and get a hike in, but hopefully soon! Crossing my fingers!

If I do manage to get the Starsky cardigan done, I will be posting pics.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Why is it that I never have good news?

Why is it that everytime I post here, it's never good? I mean, I've been dealing with the news that our dog's surgeon gave us on Monday... So Monday night, the dog limped on his "good" leg and I was sure (at the time) that his patella had luxated. Well, I managed to put that out of my head, but today, it happened again and now I'm 100% sure that his "good" leg is luxating. Will it ever end? Put that together with the fact that he broke his splint last night and we had to take him to the emergency vet to get the splint replaced... I'm just mentally exhausted. That means that we'll have to put him through surgery again at some point because he'll end up arthritic and unable to walk anyway.

I'm just so lucky to have a husband that cares for me though. I would never have made it this far with out him. I did call my mom this evening to "unload" on her, and I guess talking about it helps, but she's not really a good shoulder to lean on. She basically repeats what's already in my mind... "it's not fair!" But then again, is life really fair? She has her own set of problems though...

Well, on to brighter subjects... After finding out that a big error in the Starsky pattern had been corrected, I had to frog my almost-completed front right panel. UGH! But the good thing is that I'm almost back to where I was before the frog incident. Woohooo!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Found a knitting group in the Springs!

I was visiting one of my LYS's here in Colorado Springs yesterday and found out they have a very loud and rowdy knitting group every Wednesday morning! So I'm going to go next Thursday. Too bad I didn't find out last week! LOL I'm excited about getting to meet fellow knitters.

I'm still battling horrific anxiety. My husband and I submitted an application for health insurance and we are waiting for it to be approved and then I might be able to get some professional help, although from the research I've done, it seems like anxiety like mine is best helped by helping myself. Some days are better than others, but it doesn't take much to set off the anxiety reaction. For example, I thought I saw Colorado limping on his good leg (he does have a luxating patella in that knee too, but it's never posed a problem) and I FREAKED out. Thankfully, I had some car insurance crud to deal with and it took the edge off my freak out. It's that kind of reaction that upsets, annoys and makes me angry all at once. I need to figure out how to stop that kind of reaction, whether it be prescription drugs or something else. Thankfully, I have a really understanding husband who really does try to help me.

He has a lot more reason to be anxious than me... It's a very long story (and the spacebar on my keyboard is broken, so it's making typing very hard), but to make it short. His mom has early onset Alzheimer's and lives in France in a nursing home. She has been on the decline for several years and she is only in her 60s. It must be soooo hard on him, but he's always been there for me, even though my problems are minor compared to his. I'm soooooooooooo very fortunate to have him! Besides, he doesn't mind when I go to the LYS and come back with a bagful of yarn! ;-)

In other news, I think I'll be done with the right front panel on Starsky today and hopefully start the sleeves. Woohooo! Exciting stuff! If I work my butt off, I may be able to wear the sweater to the knitting group next Wednesday. I think I might take socks to the knitting group b/c they are so easy and won't require me to keep counting, ya know?

Monday, March 20, 2006

Dog Surgery Update

Well, I've kinda waited until the news sunk in before posting today, since I have been known to over-react... ;-)

We visited the vet this morning in horrible weather. The roads were so icy and horrific! Even the I-25 was icy! Well, anyway, Dr. Bauer was really impressed with the way Colorado uses his leg (even without the splint), but unfortunately the x-rays don't look so good. It seems something has stretched in his knee, which isn't good. One of the supporting wires has also broken, but that doesn't matter (it usually breaks anyway) and it can come out at a later date. The real problem is that the patella is riding higher than it did post-op. But he's walking on it and using it, so the dr isn't too worried. But, boy do I wish things looked better on the x-ray (and so does the dr). But, he's still using the leg really well and now that the splint has been changed, I hope his toe sore can heal. I'm going to focus on that. As the dr said, who cares if his patella rides high, as long as he can walk and get around normally, right?

We have the splint on for another month which is also not what we wanted to hear, but if it keeps him from needing another surgery (other than the one to take the broken wire out), then it's worth it.

One other thing with the doggie is that he's fearful of noises again. He's been this way before and last time he was also afraid of us (which is when he tore the tendon). This time he sticks to us like glue when he's scared. It started last night when someone set off a firecracker and has continued off and on. It's not too bad, but I hope it passes soon. It think that his lack of exercise contributes to a higher anxiety level, but unfortunately that cannot be helped.

I'm desperately looking for a knitting group or class I can take just to get my mind off the dog. I need something to distract me from obsessing over him. I know it's not healthy. I'm hoping to get involved with something like that soon. I think it would be good for my mental state! ;-) Otherwise, *gasp* I'll have to consider getting a job! Oh, the horror!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Starsky cardigan is looking good!

So I just had to post the latest pics of my Starsky cardigan:

Back and Left Front Blocking

Close up of banana tree pattern

The weather here in Colorado Springs has been less than stellar today, so I did manage to get a good chunk of knitting done! And I'm looking forward to watching a new Midsomer Murders tonight. Woohooo! Talk about a good Sunday.

Now the only thing to wonder about is if we'll be able to get to our dog's surgeon tomorrow morning... If the weather is really bad, we'll have to reschedule our appt with the surgeon. :-( Too bad, because I really wanted to see him tomorrow. I was hoping we'd know when the splint would come off.

I'll end with a really cute picture of Colorado that I took right after taking the above pictures! He's sooooooooooooooo cute (ok, maybe I'm biased).

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Doggie troubles...

So our wonderful little doggie woke us up ultra early... I caught up on my knitting forum and figured I might as well do a quick update and explain about our dog, Colorado.

We absolutely love him to bits, but he can be a handful. Unbeknownst to us, he has a condition known as luxating patellas (slipping kneecaps). Both of his knees are affected, but only the right one has shown any symptoms. The symptoms first appeared one day back in January (seems like a lifetime ago) when he was playing with another dog from our apartment complex, Dusty. We really didn't think much of it at the time. He limped for a few minutes and then went on as if nothing was wrong. This continued to happen a couple times a day for about two weeks, before we took him to a new vet (we had just moved to Colorado Springs the month before). She "thought" it was a torn ACL and put him on "rest" for two weeks.

I knew it wasn't a torn anything! How could it be when he was fine most of the time and would experience periods of acute limping? So I researched it online after visiting the vet and it really sounded like a luxating patella to me. So during one of his limping episodes, I ran a hand down his leg and I could actually feel something POP back in. So back to the vet we went for x-rays, only she sedates dogs to do x-rays. That should've been my first clue that she was horrific vet. Well, she sedated him, but ended up not doing x-rays since she said she could feel that it was a luxating patella (I had told her that's what I thought it was a long time ago). Whatever, lady.... The only good thing she ever did was refer us to an orthopedic surgeon here in town.

To make a long story short, we met with the surgeon. He confirmed the luxating patella diagnosis, told us that it affected both knees, but only the right one was of any concern. He went over our options and we decided on surgery. Surgery went very well, but as soon as we brought him home, we began to notice fearfulness where he hadn't been fearful at all before. Unfortunately, we did not handle things well and as a result he ended up completely tearing his patellar tendon during one of the fearful episodes. What an absolute blow! I was devastated... I do believe the surgeon was more concerned for me than for Colorado. We had no choice but to go for a second surgery so that the surgeon could see what was going on and attempt a repair.

That was 3.5 weeks ago and we think he's on the mend. We have an appointment on Monday to see the surgeon and maybe get a bandage and splint change. I'm really hoping that he'll get the splint off and be able to use his leg normally, but we also don't want to rush the healing process...

He was feeling better two weeks ago and we decided to "walk" him. Boy was that a mistake... He spent a good few days not walking at all, while I freaked out that his surgery had been ruined and he had torn the repair. He's back to walking now, and I'm glad! We just try to keep him calm and not too rambunctious, but unfortunately that's why he doesn't sleep very well at night or wakes up ultra early. UGH!

Anyway, I believe it's breakfast time and then maybe I'll get some knitting done before taking a nap.

Friday, March 17, 2006

My first post

Well, I went ahead and jumped on the bandwagon and created a blog... Can you believe it? I'm really not sure my life is interesting enought to warrant a blog, but nevertheless, let's give this a try!

As I sit here typing this update, I'm waiting for my corned beef and cabbage to finish cooking. What else would we be eating on St. Patty's Day?

As mentioned in my profile, one of my interests is knitting. I've been working on the Starsky cardigan alot lately. So far I've gotten the entire back done and I've started the left front. So far it's looking pretty good. This is a progress pic from a few days ago, but you can still see the pattern. I'm using KnitPicks' Sierra in cranberry. It's a wonderful yarn to work with!



I'm also working on a couple other projects right now. One other one is a cabled wrap/scarf for me in KnitPicks' Andean Treasure in lagoon. Another wonderfully soft yarn to work with.

I better wrap up this first post, since it's almost dinnertime! Too bad "college football" is ruining our tv schedule... I was really looking forward to watching "Close to Home" tonight while eating corned beef and cabbage. Well, at least we DVR'ed Survivorman so we have something to watch.