Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Getting lax.

I must be guilty of slacking off, since I haven't blogged in a month.   I do apologize.

January and February were not my greatest achievements.   Between the atrial fib and the medication I'm taking to slow it down, I have felt pretty terrible most of the time.

Last week, I took my health into my own hands, after trying to talk to the cardiologist  about the meds without much success, I decided to listen to my own internal doctor.  (Please don't think I am advising anyone to do what I did.).  I cut my med in half, and committed to trying it for 3 days.  That was 10 days ago, and I'm still doing it.
I feel 85% better than I did before.
I am pretty convinced that I was over medicated.  

I now feel like I can make it through the next 6 weeks, waiting for the ablation.
Hallelujah.

In the meantime, I'm keeping busy.



I watch enough of the news to know what's going on, and I read the NY Times every morning, or at least some of it.
I guess it is safe to say that we are all appalled.
Finally something we can agree on.  
Wow.




This funky yarn that I dyed a long time ago, that was languishing in my cupboard, has turned  into the softest, lightest Möbius shawl I've ever made.


Sometimes I just never know how something is going to turn out.   I think I like that.  It's sometimes such a pleasant surprise.



Once again the AVL needed attention.  A couple of years ago, when the cable to the dobby arm broke, I replaced it with a cable from the hardware store.  It wasn't plastic coated, like the original, and it broke (again) after a few months, and then yet AGAIN....until I decided I needed to bite the bullet and order some of the plastic coated cable from AVL.
So yesterday with the help of a good friend, the project began.

Three hours later, we still didn't have it working, and I cried uncle.
This morning, we were back at it, and a couple of hours into it, it was once again a weaving machine.
This should last as long as I need it to.



Not usually a green lover, but it is the season, and they are pretty.




This is a cowl I made today from Lois' project on the Schacht.  Isn't it wild?
I love it.




I hope spring is around the corner, as well as peace in the world.  At least, I pray for some relief for Ukraine.  Those poor people.

It certainly does give one perspective, at least it does me.
My worries seem not so significant, and the hurdles I face, not so daunting.
I am grateful, beyond belief, for this safe haven that is my home.  For my family.  For my amazing friends.  For my dogs.  For my weaving studio and the passion therein.
For every day I get to do it again, I am thankful.
This song, by Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews, keeps playing in my head.
(you can hear it on You Tube, it's awesome)

I'm Alive.

So damn easy to say that life's so hard
Everybody's got their share of battle scars
As for me, I'd like to thank my lucky stars
That I'm alive and well
It'd be easy to add up all the pain
And all the dreams you sat and watched go up in flames
Dwell on the wreckage as it smolders in the rain
But not me, I'm alive
And today, you know that's good enough for me
Breathing in and out's a blessing, can't you see?
Today's the first day of the rest of my life
And I'm alive and well
Yeah, I'm alive and well
Stars are dancing on the water here tonight
It's good for the soul when there's not a soul in sight
This boat has caught its wind and brought me back to life
Now I'm alive and well
And today, you know that's good enough for me
Breathing in and out's a blessing, can't you see?
Today's the first day of the rest of my life
Now I'm alive and well
Yeah, I'm alive and well

Here's a link:  I'm Alive

4 comments:

Joanne Noragon said...

Welcome back. I can't believe it's been a month. I love Lois' little cowl.

Valerie said...

Hilary, I can't believe you still have 6 weeks to wait for your ablation. Are there other cardiology services available to you where you could seek a second opinion?

I have paroxysmal afib....maybe one or two episodes a year. My former cardiologist wanted to put me on a cocktail of numerous drugs based on my Chadvasc score simply because I had a birthday, not because there was a change in my condition. He also recommended a little device called a KardiaMobile. It allows you to run a single lead EKG using your phone. (There is also a more expensive 5 lead version and a subscription service if you want. I do not have the subscription service.)

I bought the KardiaMobile and switched cardiologists. When he looked at the meds the other guy wanted to prescribe, his reaction was "Wow that's pretty generous!" (meaning...over medicating) I have rhythmol to use in case I have an episode, and the KardiaMobile that I can send the dr. a PDF if I experience anything.

I think that some practices are managed by protocols...ie. If you have a patient with a Chadvasc score of x then they should be on these meds. So they are doctoring by protocol not by patient presentation.

Betsy said...

I'm so glad to see you back!

Karen thisoldhouse2.com said...

Why do they have you waiting so long for the procedure?....

Glad you took matters into your own hands, we know our bodies better than the doctors, and you have the medical background to understand enough of it to make a wise choice for yourself.

Love the green towels! Slainte! 🍀

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