A knee operations leads to knitting opportunities. What else can you do when you are completely immobile? Read and knit.
Yesterday morning was my knee operation. It was a “kijkoperatie” (“looking operation” in Dutch). It’s a funny thing – I find that the Dutch have made up ordinary words for medical terms and procedures while in the U.S. we tend to use the medical terms themselves. This was an arthroscopic surgery. You can see the two holes where the camera and the tools went in.
I had a little tear in the meniscus, which he cut away. There was also some other stuff that he cut away and cleaned up. Yes, I was awake and watched the whole thing on a monitor above my head. It was very cool. I enjoyed the whole operation actually, watching who does what and how everything works. I should have gone into medicine. Ah well. The only part that didn’t go well was after the operation was over and they took the big strap off my leg to let the blood flow again. My blood pressure suddenly dropped and it made me VERY nauseous. I nearly barfed the emptiness that was my stomach, but they quickly gave me something in the IV to raise my blood pressure and get rid of the sick feeling. I was ok again after about 3 minutes.
The strangest thing ever is not feeling the entire lower half of your body and knowing that people are moving you all around. At the end of the operation, just after wrapping up the wounds with a big roll of gauze and stretchy fabric, and just before I felt nauseous, I was watching someone off to my left doing something. Someone at the end of the bed said “look” and I looked down towards my feet, but my feet weren’t there! They were holding my right leg straight up into the air! Hey! My leg was supposed to be down on the bed! It turned my stomach just for a second – that mismatch between what your head thinks is happening and what your eyes see is really happening. It was very weird. But still I laughed out loud. Then they put my leg down and my pressure dropped….
Anyway, all is fine and I’m busy sitting on the couch. Last night I couldn’t put any weight at all on my leg and hobbled around on crutches. This morning I’m able to put a little weight on it and hobble around without the crutches. I’ve been told to take it easy for 2 weeks and just listen to my body and do what doesn’t hurt. I’m going to a physical therapist tomorrow to start working on mobility and building up the muscles around my knee. In theory, I should be all good as new and will be able to run again. I have to see how it goes though and hope that there’s no more pain. The good news is that he didn’t find anything terrible or anything that would keep me from doing sports in the future. Ah! What good news!
So, what have I been doing to entertain myself these past 36 hours? At the hospital I finished reading The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald. It was recommended by an employee at a Barnes & Noble in San Francisco and I’m sure glad I took his advice. It’s very well written and keeps you really wondering how the whole thing will turn out. I didn’t know the ending and didn’t want to see the movie before finishing the book. Now I want to see the movie and find out how good a job they did sticking to the facts of the story. Even if you aren’t into crime novels (which I’m not really) I highly recommend this book.
AND I’ve been knitting of course. I’m working on my Mitten Moguls project, my Selbuvotter Mittens. Here are a couple of progress photos:
Above is the palm side. You can just see the thumb gusset pattern on the right. The thumb will be picked up and finished when the rest of the mitten is done.
Here is the back of the hand. It’s not the kind of pattern you can memorize. You have to read every line of the chart. It keeps me interested.
I would normally knit round items using 2 circular needles. I found though that my color changes were coming out too uneven that way. I changed to double pointed needles and found that having the same diameter for all parts of the needles made the stitches more even. Whatever works, right? I can’t wait to steam these when they are finished as I think it will look a whole lot better then. At this rate I should easily finish them before that Olympic flame is out!