Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Too Close for Comfort

Since I’m not working right now, I have time to knit and to finish a project or two. This pair of socks for John is one of the things on the “To Finish” list; they’ve been hanging around long enough. Last night, while listening to an audiobook, I finished the first sock. (The foot on the second sock is half finished, so it should be done by the end of day today.)

It was, however, as the title of this post implies, a little too close for comfort. That’s all the yarn that was left when I finished the final round. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten that close to running out of yarn!

016Now, I worry about the second sock. The yarn was a 100 gm ball that I wound into two 50 gm balls. Hopefully, the second ball has an equal, or slightly longer, length. I’ll let you know.

In other things, the healing is coming along pretty well, I think. I’m off most of the Tylenol 3 now; I’m only taking them at night, when the incision stretches a bit and begins to hurt (I’m still sleeping on the recliner as it’s more comfortable for now). During the day, I don’t take anything. The bruising, as you can see, is quite extensive. When my mother saw it (she and a friend who lives in the same building drove to Osooyos to visit her friend’s daughter and on the way home came through Kelowna and stopped in for a cup of tea), she assumed it was the iodine wash. It isn’t. It’s bruising. It was tender all the way out to the extremities of the colour. As you can see, there’s still a bit of swelling and once that goes down even more, I’ll be going back to work (possibly by tomorrow).

018Going through my scarf drawer yesterday, I found the perfect scarf. It’s a very soft, loosely woven square kerchief that drapes nicely around my neck without irritating the incision. It has now become my go-to scarf for going out. Next comes the task of figuring out what I can wear that won’t irritate the incision.

I have to be honest, though, and say that I’m quite enjoying the time off; I just wish it was under different circumstances.


  1. That sure is some crazy bruising Mom!! It looks pretty yucky! :( I hope that you feel better soon, and that it clears up quickly! Love you!

  2. Ouch, that looks painful. Arnica is great for bruising - either applied as an ointment or homeopathic pills orally.

  3. If you have a kitchen scale you could weigh the finished sock, then weigh your new ball of yarn to see if it's enough. If it is just a shade under weight you could make the leg length of the second sock slightly shorter to make up the difference.

    I hope you heal quickly!