Nov 13 2007

Come on in! OCD is free at the door!

Things I am obsessing about today:

  1. Knitting
  2. Shingles

At least, that’s all that I feel comfortable taking about.

I started obsessing about knitting (again) when I realized that Cole’s christmas hats don’t fit him anymore. I used to knit a lot, especially in elementary school, so I know enough to kind of start stuff but I’m not exactly “skilled.” I found a knitting pattern online (plus the decoder- have you ever SEEN a knitting pattern? They’re so confusing at first!), but I didn’t pay enough attention (duh) and the piece I started last night I finally ripped out again because it was too small. I mean WAY too small. It might have fit around my ankle. I think I might hit the local knitting store for some tips tonight.

Shingles. WELL. I have had shingles twice before. Once they went through the full progression and once I caught it early and took the medication to make them a lot more mild. It still hurt that second time, but it wasn’t NEARLY as bad. The first time was one of the most painful experiences of my life. Drug-free childbirth didn’t even come CLOSE. So, when I felt a little bump on the back of my ribs this morning, and then noticed the area getting sore and red, I started to freak just a bit. I’m still worried. It hasn’t progressed enough for me to be sure that it is shingles, but I’m really not sure that it’s not. You have to catch shingles in the first three days to be able to take the medication that restricts it, so I don’t have much time. I think I’m justifiably freaked out. The other complication, if it is shingles, is that I’ll be contagious to anyone who hasn’t had chickenpox (I’d give them chickenpox, not shingles). Meaning that I’d be contagious to COLE, the boy who hasn’t had (and will NOT have) the chickenpox vaccine.

Early Thanksgiving break, anyone?

But I DON’T want that. I’m not of the opinion that he should get chickenpox, I just believe that the vaccine is stupid and harmful.

It’s a waiting game. I’m impatient. Bad combination.

At least if we get sick I’ll have lots of time to knit.