January 16, 2015

Blanket Border 1.0

The grey blanket yarn finally arrived and I've finished the body and am working on the border.  On the plus side: the blanket is big!  On the minus side, the blanket is big!

The first border scheme I tried looks too much like Mork's suspenders are strangling an otherwise classy blanket.  And the scale is wrong.  I'm all for 70s-tastic, just not this time.  I'd like a wide charcoal border but am running low on charcoal yarn.  But I have plenty of light grey ;)

Nanu nanu
I had a pair of these as a kid, loved them!

Border 1.0 on right
After struggling with perfectionist tendencies for twenty years it can be nice to work on something without a clear plan.  It makes my brain itchy to try to solve problems and make decisions on the fly.  But in a positive way that indicates changes in neuroplasticity.

January 12, 2015

Practically Painless Humira Hack

I've been using Humira for a few months now.  The auto-injector was seriously painful, so much that I started dreading the injections.  It's subcutaneous, this should be no big deal!  I don't know why Abbvie say to use the thigh: it's fibrous, more vascular, and generally lacking in subcutaneous fat.  I dislike injecting in my stomach because it bruises easily and is rubbed by waistbands :(

I started injecting in my "hip", better known as the muffin top, where I have more fat and less connective tissue.  I barely felt the first such injection, and the second was much less painful despite inferior aim.  Plus I could actually see the yellow indicator.

I am not a doctor, this is not medical advice but just my opinion.  I refer you to the NIH patient education sheet for details on subq injections.  And photographic proof that Humira is subq:


January 5, 2015

Welcome 2015, from my happiest place on earth

London's Natural History Museum says hi.
copyright National Geographic

I'm sitting in a warm room, with a cat on my lap (and half on one arm), so things are pretty decent so far.  Having only visited one natural history museum as an adult, it's my happiest place on earth.  I should try virtual tours of the Field Museum and Smithsonian.  Then I can have multiple virtual happiest places :)

Earlier I was browsing my bookshelves and realized that it's like having a bookstore in my home.  Curated by me!  I should start looking at more of my art and knitting books, not just them snooze on my shelves.


Happy New Year to everyone, and Stay Sciencey!

December 30, 2014

Very Short Post

Because if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.  2014 was long, difficult, lonely and painful.  I can't look forward to things being any different in 2015.  There were some bright spots, but not enough to overpower the dark ones.  So much for another year.

December 23, 2014

Heart, Hands, Hawaii and Holidays

In the biggest news, I went to Maui for a long weekend in early December.  It was beautiful, and I was sad to return home.  This is the only vacation I can remember where I imagined chucking it all and staying there.



 







I was only back for a couple days when I had to get an echocardiogram (heart ultrasound) and 48 hour Holter monitor.  The echo was a breeze, the monitoring was miserable.  I'm allergic to the adhesive and electrode gel, so the whole test period was itchy, painful and overall unpleasant.  But at least it's done.  The follow-up showed nothing bad, which is frustrating but better than OMG your heart's going to explode!!!

Fatigue has been kicking my butt up, down and sideways.  My hands and joints have been increasingly painful and fumbly, so I'm getting little knitting done.  I don't know how to think of myself now that I can barely make anything.  Being a Maker was such a big part of my identity.

And lastly, holidays.  I'm mostly alone this year, as friends have moved, moved on, or can't understand or cope with how sick I am.  I may look ok, but I am very ill.  I do have a couple family events, and hopefully I'll be able to attend and enjoy those.  Wishing everyone reading a happy holidays and happy new year.
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