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On a Uneven Keel

Things have just not been right around here and I haven't felt like writing. Last Thursday the husband woke up with a dreadful pain in the upper left quadrant of his stomach. He was miserable. I tried to get him to go to the ER, but as usual, he didn't listen to me. When Erin got up she ordered him to get his clothes on and off they went to Columbia. They pumped him full of narcotics, but nothing took the edge off. So, they were just going to send him home, no diagnosis and a hand full of more pills. Erin said she wasn't taking him home until he showed some signs of improvement and requested a CT scan which she got. It showed nothing which was a relief, ruling out tumors, aneurysms, etc.

They came home. I whipped up a bunch of soft foods and he has a endoscopy scheduled for next Monday. He is much better now. Can eat small amounts without irritating whatever is causing the pain. Did not take the pain meds, but is now on two PPI's, Nexium and Zantac. We are thinking maybe an ulcer? Could just be gastritis, hopefully nothing horribly ugly. Glad to see him going outside and doing some laundry, ordinary things, stuff he always does. As much as I do find him incredibly irritating, he is a good human, and I don't want him to suffer.

I've been doing my stuff and his stuff so less time too. He usually grocery shops and picks up Anah from school etc. I haven't felt like writing about this drama until today. But, it's family history so I figure it needs to be recorded in some fashion.

Family history reminds me of how I spent a number of hours this morning. I find genealogy very interesting, if a bit confusing. And, because the kids bought me that ancestry membership, I think I should use it. Discovered a German connection that I didn't know about and traced it back to the old country.

Went with Erin down to her new digs. The walls are up, roof on and it's all wrapped. Inside is framed out and hopefully will pour patio next week. Don't know when as we have snow today, quite lovely snow, so thick you can't see, flakes clumped together looking like ragged pieces of tissue dropping from the sky. Looks like a couple of inches. More predicted for Wednesday. I love snow, at least I like to look at it.

It's quiet here. Anah is watching Gilmore Girls. I am in my bedroom avoiding Gilmore Girls. Erin is taking a test for some type of medical certification for her newest job. She is shut up in her dad's computer room on the desktop. The husband is in his bedroom, hopefully resting. When Erin is finished, I plan to get back on that damn stationary bike. Thought about decorating, but have no desire to slog through the snow to the shed where the decorations are stored.

So, back to knitting...oldest daughter has birthday at the end of the week and I'd like to have 4 or 5 dishcloths made for her by then. *note, I am not a fast knitter.

Oh, and I completed and blocked the shawl. Perhaps Anah will take a picture of it for me.

Wishing you ALL an easy Sunday, soft, and sweet


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Dec. 4th, 2016 07:44 pm (UTC)
Any chance it could be gallstones? My sister suffered with it years back, and the flare ups were very painful.

I hope he is feeling better soon.

The snow looks beautiful :)
Dec. 4th, 2016 08:26 pm (UTC)
Gall bladder's on the right. Sometimes, there's referred pain, though, so maybe.
Dec. 4th, 2016 08:24 pm (UTC)
Pancreas extends into the left side of the abdomen. Might be something with that. Can be difficult to visualize the pancreas with standard image studies.
Dec. 4th, 2016 11:58 pm (UTC)

Bloodwork ruled out pancreatitis but who knows could still be a factor.

Edited at 2016-12-05 12:01 am (UTC)
Dec. 5th, 2016 03:43 am (UTC)
Hope the husband gets some good news tomorrow. That must have been quite a scare. The shawl is beautiful.
Dec. 5th, 2016 11:44 am (UTC)
Thanks on both counts.
Dec. 5th, 2016 03:59 am (UTC)
I might say gallstones, too. I had them in my twenties and the pain radiated around my whole abdomen, especially painful in my back, like I was in heavy labor. My husband, my dad, and both our daughters had them, too, and each was different. It can run in families.

Snow is not just snow. There are so many kinds, each with a different description. Thick, jagged edges, clumped together......I know exactly what that looks like and I remember it so well.
Dec. 5th, 2016 11:43 am (UTC)
Gallstones is a definite possibility for sure, not familial though. One of my daughters had to have her gallbladder removed, but shes not his child.

I would miss the snow, do you?
Dec. 5th, 2016 01:58 pm (UTC)
You will probably be my last worrds
here until I get home. I thought of you before I even came downstairs this morning. Tears welling up in my eyes. I thought I would be okay saying goodbye to Laurie, but I guess not.

As a child, winter was my favorite season. I loved playing in the snow. I do miss the snow, but could not live in it again. I miss my Florida weather right now.
Dec. 5th, 2016 04:16 pm (UTC)
I know it must be so hard to leave, can't imagine.?BIG HUG...
Dec. 5th, 2016 05:20 am (UTC)
Hope whatever your husband has is quickly diagnosed & easily treatable. Glad to read that he's feeling better.
Dec. 5th, 2016 11:43 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Dec. 5th, 2016 01:47 pm (UTC)
Snow definitely is pretty ... but only in small does! :)

Best wishes to your husband ...
Dec. 5th, 2016 04:18 pm (UTC)
I like big snow, but, I dont have to get out in it unless I want to. Thanks for well wishes for husband, he's a tough ole buzzard.
Dec. 7th, 2016 04:19 pm (UTC)
I hope they are able to find whatever is causing your husband pain :( That kind of stuff is so scary.

I HATE snow. I live in a state that is always snowy and ridiculously cold in the winter so I'm sorely biased. But it is pretty at first... I'll concede that much.

That is a gorgeous shawl - I've never made one, the biggest project being a blanket (click for pic) I finished this summer. Normally I stick to armwarmers, hats, fingerless gloves and dishcloths. What kind of pattern do you use for dishcloths? Are you on ravelry?

Edited at 2016-12-07 04:20 pm (UTC)
Dec. 17th, 2016 05:36 pm (UTC)
Ty for commenting on the shawl, I thought it was going to be a total loss because the cat got ahold of it, but he didn't hurt it too badly. I think the shawl is the biggest thing I've made or maybe sweaters.

Nice blanket :)

The pattern I use for dishcloths is super simple. You can find it here http://lakebreeze.org/knitting.htm. I like it because I can make one in a day and it's smaller than some other patterns.

Yes, I am on ravelry...you can find me there as mysticmooma. What name do you use there?
Dec. 18th, 2016 01:23 am (UTC)
Thanks for the pattern! I just added you to Ravelry - my username is Eventual (so named after a Stephen King short story).

Dec. 7th, 2016 07:29 pm (UTC)
Bloodwork ruled out pancreatitis but who knows could still be a factot.
Dec. 7th, 2016 10:06 pm (UTC)
hope he's feeling better.

the knitting turned out lovely.

Dec. 17th, 2016 05:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks, the knitting barely survived an attack from the cat
Dec. 7th, 2016 10:07 pm (UTC)
Bloodwork ruled out pancreatitis but who knows could still be a factot.
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