Currently {April 30th}

I've been out of the currently game since... uh February?!  I'm not sure what I did in the month of March or most of the month of April, but I think it mostly included knitting and coffee.

this week:
trying, eating, wearing, going, making

Trying:  I've been trying to figure out what I had an allergic reaction to at the end of last week.  I suddenly had some raised bumps appear just on my neck.  They didn't itch, weren't red, or irritated, but I slowly began to feel them on one cheek, then my chin.  By Sunday morning I was concerned enough to head to the emergency room.  No, it wasn't an emergency, but 1) the bumps were spreading and 2) this ER is awesome.  I know that sounds ridiculous, but I have never been to any medical office where the employees were more friendly and helpful than at this hospital and to be quite honest, I didn't want to wait in a waiting room at my unfriendly doctor's office.  I was in and out of the ER in under an hour with a Claritin and some oral steroids and the bumps were gone the next day.  Bless it.

Eating:  Smaller portions.  I don't want to have any more pain self inflicted because I ate the wrong thing or too much of anything and make my gallbladder mad at me before I've visited the doctor about that too.  I'm falling apart people.

Wearing:  Dresses.  I recently got an amazing deal on a dress from eShakti.  They were having a 40% off sale and I had a $40 off coupon. Scored a dress for less than $30.
Find the dress here.
I love it!  It fits very well and the flare on the skirt is great plus...  pockets.  It has pockets!!  I'm always happy when the Sun makes it's appearance and the weather warms so I can wear more dresses.

Going:  Other than doctors and dentists, I'm not going too far.  Gas prices are sad.  So sad.

Making:  I'm very much wanting to start making a few dresses for myself and some peasant tops/dresses and pants for my youngest.  I just printed out some updated patterns this week.  Now I need to carve out some "me" time so I can be alone with my sewing machine.

Watching:  Just finished Netflixing the crap out of The 100.  I hadn't watched any of the show before and got completely sucked in.  I almost want to stop watching shows until the entire season is out so I can binge watch them instead.

Reading:  Ha... no.

Next week:
bringing, running, listening, creating, buying

Currently link up is hosted by Kale + Beans and OT & ET.

WIP Wednesday {April 29th}


I'm still knitting along on this Oriental Lily dress.  I didn't work on it at all over the weekend so progress is a little slower than I would like.  Oh and I did the first round of increases wrong so now there are little holes. Stupid little holes that now I will have to go back and fix later.


I don't have much experience with the M1 increase, I more often knit in the front and then the back (kfb).  So I picked up the bar for the M1 increase, but knit into the front so I created a hole.  Actually many holes.

*sigh* Live and learn, right?

WIP Wednesday


Today I started the Oriental Lily dress pattern by Georgie Hallam.  I'm making the 3T size based on my daughter's chest measurements.  Using Knit Picks CotLin DK weight yarn in Harbor and Sagebrush.

Other exciting things happening:

  • My son is going to his first prom on Saturday.  I'm dying on the inside.
  • There is going to be a late frost tonight.  Had to cover all my plants.
  • I've basically become a vegetarian until my doctors appointment on the 30th.  I don't want my gallbladder to kill me.  But really, I'm just surviving on oatmeal, salad, and coffee.  Oh and...
  • I've started drinking hot water with lemon and honey in the morning.  It's surprisingly good and after only three days, already feel a little bit peppier. 

Ballgladder

It's the middle of April.  Wait...  WHAT?!  How has it been more than a month since I last posted?  I am so confused because I was sure that I had been posting for the last month.  Just kidding.  I've been digging myself out of that 15 inches of snow we got in March.  It took me all this time to find my way to fresh air again.

Yesterday, I found that fresh air at the hospital.  Let me give you a little backstory.

I've suffered from anxiety attacks for a few years.  Sometimes these attacks are mild. Sometimes they are not mild.  Once I didn't leave my house for 3 months.  So when I began to have pain, I knew immediately that it was NOT anxiety.

It first happened back in January.  Tightness. Pain. Nausea. Sweats.  Around my rib cage, just under my boobs and around toward my back.  Both sides, but mainly just the right side when I could feel it in my back.  I thought that I had possibly pulled a muscle so I took a hot bath.  After about 15 minutes, I was having trouble breathing because of the nausea and tightness.  I was moments from asking the husband to take me to the hospital when... it just stopped.

That's what happened the second time it happened too.  Suddenly started and stopped just as quickly, but this time it only lasted for around 10 minutes.  I've never been doing anything strenuous when the attack has started.  Yesterday, I was knitting.

I, for reals, thought I was having a heart attack.  This time I decided to go straight to the hospital.  My grandmother had her first heart attack when she was only 33 years old so it's not a stretch to think that I may be having one at 36.  I remembered seeing an interview that Rosie O'Donnell did about her heart attack, how it wasn't like they show on tv.  No sharp pain, gripping chest, and falling over.  She said she'd had tightness and pain in her chest for a couple of days before she went to the doctor.  So I called the husband who was at work and asked him to drive me.  By the time he got home, the tightness had stopped.  I suddenly started questioning if I should go or not, but ultimately, it's best to be safe.

The ER staff was great and friendly.  I told them what was going on and they immediately hooked me up to an ECG machine, O2 sensor, and blood pressure cuff.  Asked me all the usual questions and drew some blood.  A little while later, the doctor came in and told me that the ECG looked great, my blood pressure was also great, and my oxygen was near 100 the whole time.  This was like someone took two tons of rocks off my chest (figuratively).

However, he sent me for an ultrasound. Of my gallbladder.

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The tech was nice, but ugh.  I had to "take a deep breath" and "don't breathe" far too many times for my liking.

Good news: no heart attack.  Bad news:  I have gall stones.  Probably need surgery to have my gallbladder removed.  I have never had any kind of surgery before so it's a little scary.  To be honest though, I was just so happy to see a normal ECG and hear him say I wasn't having a heart attack that I was actually glad when he said I had some gall stones.

How bad is it that I was happy to have gall stones?!?!