I am Sarena. I live in Geneva. I like to knit.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Knitting Therapy

I'm sick. I don't know if I mentioned it before, but I have Crohn's disease. It first started five and a half years ago and I've been sick on and off since then but have been pretty symptom free for a long time, except for some complications but now it's back and I'm not a happy bunny. I have stomach pains, no appetite and want to sleep all the time. Luckily the symptoms aren't as severe as they were when I first got sick and I got seen to pretty quickly but I have to wait for more tests before I can start any new medication regime or whatever my specialist has planned for me. My doctor sent me for a CT scan on Monday and that showed inflammation at the location where I had earlier bowel surgery 4 years ago. They did try to hospitalize me when I went down to ER on Tuesday on the advice of my GP but I refused and insisted I go see my specialist first. He didn't seem overly concerned (in comparison with my GP and the ER) and has booked me for more test next week so he clearly didn't think it was an emergency although my pain has increased since then.

So, I am taking it nice and easy and have been spending most of my time watching daytime tv or sleeping. You'd think I would have got loads of knitting done but I haven't as I keep getting tired when I try to concentrate. Of course, I haven't neglected it completely, it was when I first got sick all those years again that I picked up the knitting needles again and it really is a great comfort to me when I'm feeling otherwise useless.

I'm currently knitting FlintKnit's February Lady Sweater in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. I would be further on with it but I had to frog it as my increases on the raglan were all different, clearly a lack of concentration! It's starting to come along nicely now and I can't wait to get it finished, if I can only keep myself awake!

Despite being in pain I managed to get along to my Stitch 'n' Bitch's World Wide Knit in Public Day in the park on Saturday for a couple of hours. The weather just about held out for us, although it was a little chilly. It was really nice to sit and have a chat in the park, our local Starbucks usually plays their music a bit too loud for us to be able to have a proper group chat when we're there on Wednesday nights. Hopefully we will have a few more sessions of knitting in the park throughout the summer.


cinnamongirl93 said...

I just put the February Lady Sweater on my list of to do's! I'll keep checking in to see your progress. Don't worry about the frogging. I think I am the frog queen!

Annelis said...

It was great to sit and knit in the parc, we should do this more often. I hope the tests will be fine and that you get well again soon. Bises