Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Payin' it forward!

First, general commentary on what's been what with me lately:

Rabbit hole of the moment: The first round of Sock Madness 3 coinciding with 3 consecutive weeks of spring break for the small people.

Brag: I had another article published, this time in the Spring 2009 Interweave Crochet. This time around I had the extreme pleasure of profiling designer extraordinaire Julia Vancosin. Spastic joy of chatting up a multi-craftual, multi-lingual grown-up aside, this process also stretched some very underutilized brain matter and opened my eyes to some horizons toward which I was definitely not looking. Loved the process. Hope to do more.

Just Sayin': Spent the last 3 days with my oral-surgeon of a sister in Milwaukee. She had some enlarged lymph nodes removed from her neck. This is the 4th time she has had this done. I have some general thoughts for you. 1) If someone takes an unexpectedly large thing from your loved ones neck, upon telling you it is much larger than it looked on the MRI they should be able to tell you immediately whether or not it is cancerous. I know that is likely a hugely unreasonable stance. Just sayin'. 2) When someone has a big ass surgical incision in their neck you should take all precautions humanly possible to avoid their upchucking. Do not believe them when they contend that being queasy after surgery is normal...make them switch pain meds thus hopefully stopping all stomach unrest ASAP. The alternative is horrific to watch someone go through, much less almost passing out because that someone is someone you love terrbily. Sometimes being a righteous bitch is justified. Just sayin'. 3) Jing in Milwaukee's Historic 3rd Ward rocks the Chinese food world and their combo fried rice has magical healing powers. (Their Singapore noodles and crab rangoons, while not magical, are quite tasty.) Just sayin'.

World-view shattering realization: After 3 days in my sister's apartment with little to do but make sure she continued to breathe, provide a variety of fluids and document consumption of pain meds, I question the need for yarn when in the presence of Wii. The crazy obsessive joy of Wii-ing could have disastrous implications for my stash.

Hope on the horizon: Puppy. Stay tuned.

On to the fun and games!

[What follows is totally ganked from Heather's blog.]

The first five (cinq) (cinco) (5) people to respond to this post will get something made by me.
This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. (No refunds... no exchanges!!!!)
2. What I create will be just for you, with love from me.
3. It'll be done this year (2009).
4. I will not give you any clue what it's going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber. It may be weird or beautiful. I may even create something totally unbelievable and surprise you!! Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
5. I reserve the right to do something extremely strange...or awesome...or lovely...or offensive!
6. In return, all you need to do is post this text into a note/post of your own and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to it.
7. Send your mailing address if you don't live close to me! Feel free to email your mailing addy to crochetcompulsive at gmail dot com.

IMPORTANT: This offer is null and void if I do not see you post your own note to pay this forward...and believe me, I'll look. I don't have a real job and I get bored easily so I have all the time in the world to stalk your ass!

So. Who's playing?


Periwinkle Pumpkin said...

OK, I'm game for a challenge. Does it count if this would be my first blog post? Nobody, at this point reads my non-existant blog but maybe that will change.

Gaile said...

I am compelled to post. I just found your blog via someone on Twitter (probably Kim Werker). Can I play?

I am about to post my own note on my blog...

jennie said...

Just because I need more to do, right? He he he. Actually, might light the fire for me to blog already.
Plus or minus two days, right?

3anklebiters said...

don't you hate doctors?! with so much education they should be able to answer questions quickly and succinctly. your sister is blessed to have you lookin' out for her. my kids got a wii for xmas, i'm kicking a$$ in tennis.

GinkgoKnits said...

I don't have the time for a "pay it forward" but I wanted to leave a comment.

There is no excuse for post-op nausea not being treated with medication. Anti-emetic medications like Zofran are very effective and widely available -- even in less expensive generic forms -- but doctors don't usually offer them unless you ask. If your sister ever has to have this done again, make her get a prescription for this even if it's just half a dozen of these tablets. Every bout of nausea shouldn't be treated with medication, but in a situation like your sister's, she should not have had to have her recovery hampered by nausea that severe.

Judith said...

Well it looks like i missed the boat again. never mind. My son has been having trouble with his lymph nodes in his chest. Turns out he has sarcadosis (this might not be the right spelling)

Dawn said...

Don't count those chickens too quickly Judith...Ginko only stopped by to offer up some friendly advice, so I believe that leaves a spot for you if you're game for some craftiness. And I have yet to verify blog hear me people? I will be checking!

Gaile said...

I closed my blog post about this due to lack of interest, so I'm out!

But it did sound like fun.

GinkgoKnits said...

Sorry if my advice came off at all preachy -- I've been dealing with a lot of doctors recently and it drives me crazy when there are simple ways that they can help people but they don't do so.

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