Sunday, June 15, 2014

Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Well, not so much the head and toes, but it sounded good. ;-)

Mr. Brownjeans is KNIT! I still have to block it and add a button, but it is wearable as-is and yesterday I did just that, since it was cool and cloudy. It feels good in the physical sense – just the sort of cozy layer I was hoping for. It feels great in the emotional sense – having something useful spun and knit by moi from a Shetland sheep bred and born right here.

So I sit here resting on my laurels . . . actually I'm resting my right knee. After getting almost back to normal, it is getting worse again, but in a different way. I was thinking about seeing the physical therapist again, or an orthopedist that was recommended to me. He has a reading list on his website so I did some investigating. Looks likely that I have post-traumatic arthritis; all the symptoms fit. Well, that saves me a bunch of money! No sense in going to the doctor to have him tell me to try anti-inflammatories, ice, glucosamine, a support brace, etc. (We have insurance but a very high deductible.) I can try all that on my own, plus the Cetyl-M cream I got for my shoulder. In the meantime, I'll keep the ugly, swollen thing covered. Good thing I'm not fond of wearing shorts. Fortunately, it doesn't hurt to ride my horse. ;-)

Ta-da! Grandma's day lilies are opening. Aren't they lovely?

That's it for now from . . .

7 comments:

Mama Pea said...

That sweater does look comfy/cozy. And to think it was home grown in the truest sense of the word!

Sorry to hear your knee is giving you fits again. Looks like your career as an olympic gymnast may have to be curtailed. Sorry, I shouldn't kid like that when I know how debilitating a knee (or shoulder or some other joint) injury like that can be. But sometimes all we can do is laugh and make fun of it . . . until it gives up and gets better!

Susan said...

I love that sweater! You should be resting on your laurels - just think, from sheep to shoulders! It's wonderful! Joint pain is no fun. Is there anything that can fix it? I am so glad you can ride Lance without pain, though.

Nancy Kay said...

The sweater looks so professional. The fit should be wonderful. I think you should rest on your laurels! LOL. Awesome work from start to finish.

Take care...and enjoy your beautiful flowers. Wow.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Good job on the sweater. Sorry about the knee, getting older has it's disadvantages for sure. Take care. I finally decided to bite the bullet and made a doctor appointment for tomorrow. Have to go back and start with referral from GP since I have awaited so long.

Michelle said...

I always wanted to be an Olympic gymnast, Mama Pea! But I was never all that flexible, and was 5'8" by 8th grade. Still, I did do gymnastics in high school, until I broke the lower bar of the uneven bars with my thighs in a move gone awry....

Susan, I think arthritis is one of those things you just manage. I don't plan to let it slow me down much.

Thanks, Nancy Kay! The fit is okay; but it has some puckers here and there. I'm hoping it looks better with blocking.

Audrey, I hope the doctor can help. Let me know how it goes!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Gorgeous! Great job! Enjoy :-)

Maureen said...

Both the sweater and the lily are incredible!

Hope you are on the mend once again. That sucks...