14 October 2006

Countdown to Rhinebeck

It's one week until the big event - actually, only 6 days before I head down. I just finished the first of four 15-hour shifts prior to leaving. Ordinarily I would have this weekend off, but I did a shift trade to be free for Rhinebeck. And since the belt I ordered with my Utilikilt arrived yesterday - two months after the kilt - I will be wearing that to the festival. Ted & Stephanie should be happy about that. It remains to be seen whether I can finish off the homemade kilt before I leave, but I'm thinking it won't be possible.

Of course, this is the weekend of the New England Coastal Classic alpaca show, which takes place about a 20 minute drive from work. So I am napping here until this afternoon, when David will pick me up so we can go to a bit of the show together.

Last night was busy, but not so busy that I couldn't finish this:

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Ends are all woven in and everything. Not my best Kitchener, I don't think, but overall a nice sock. Now I have to see if I can crank out the second one before my socks arrive. I know they've been finished for at least 9 days, but they have yet to arrive in the mail, so my assassin's ankle injury has apparently slowed her down quite a bit.

Fun with Needles

Speaking of injuries, I had my appointment with the hand surgeon yesterday before work. It turns out that the knob on the end of my right ulna that I was worried about is because of an old chip fracture in the joint. Since I've only noticed the change in the last year and a half, I assume that the injury occurred not too long before that, but I can't think of any particular incident. What I was not really aware of was that I have a ganglion cyst on my right hand, which the surgeon felt was the source of much of my pain in that wrist.

It's not terribly big - not even really noticeable unless I put the backs of my hands together and flex my wrists - but he shot it up with Novocaine and tried to aspirate the fluid out of it with limited success, after which he shot it up with a bit of prednisone to see if it will shrink down. Surgical removal is an option down the road, but I really want to avoid surgery if at all possible, as I wouldn't be able to work while recuperating. That and I've never seen anyone have just one hand surgery. At this point, though, I'm not noticing as much pain if I put weight on the wrist, so I'm hopeful that this will at least help for the time being.

8 comments:

Sean said...

I'm so jealous about Rhinbeck...but then I'm torn because I get to see Barbra (the reason I'm not going.)

but one thing I must see, is a picture of you in the utility kilt.

Cheryl said...

See you at Rhiebeck! I'll be looking for your kilt!

Knittingboykit said...

Are you going to WEAR your utilikilt on Friday???

Chris said...

Hope your hand feels better...

CarryFairie said...

NICE sock! It will make the assasination that much easier to take...but I'm DYING to know, how is the progress coming on number 2??? I feel stuck in some sort of "harlot time suck" on mine and fear I won't even finish one pair before I die...

Christine said...

Good luck with the wrist and hand, we want pictures of the kilt!

SOOOOO jealous of Rhinebeck, have a wonderful time!

Teresa said...

I have a ganglion cyst on my palm. It rarely bothers me so the doctors have told me not to worry about it. It hasn't changed in 15 years so I guess they are right.
Will you be wearing you utilikilt to Rhinebeck on Sunday? You are on my bingo card, so I'll be looking.
Teresa

Chris said...

You turned up on my bingo card so I thought I'd stop by to get some kind of hint of who I'm looking for. If you get the kilt done, that could make things easier. Nice sock! Hope your cyst clears up, unless it's big enough to identify you, then maybe it could wait until after Rhinebeck?