Saturday, March 17, 2007

Bearcoming...

Almost an Air Bear:It really is a nuisance to knit stuffed animals, I have to say. Crochet is so much easier because you can make any shape you want, and don't usually need so many seams. But I think this may end up quite cute. It's a present for a friend's daughter, someone I haven't seen in a long time despite living in the same city (missed giving her a one-year birthday present and she's now almost two — oops).

And I finished a second pair of slippers, for me, again from Aunt Dana's Russian Boots from the calendar. These used Lamb's Pride Worsted and I love the colors. They feel really soft and yummy, too. I modified the pattern very slightly (to curve the heel a bit and to make the instep taller). However, this used 115 gm of yarn (so there's not enough left in two skeins of Lamb's Pride to make another pair. I might try grey slippers with the purple/green trim for the next pair. We'll see).


This is going to be a slightly challenging week; on Monday we take our cat Laila in for radioiodine therapy for her thyroid tumor. We'll find out Monday afternoon whether it's cancerous or not, which will not only determine the likelihood of a good outcome but also determine her dose and whether she'll be in the hospital one or two weeks. Then for two weeks after she comes home, she can't sleep with us or nose our faces. I admit that I'm fairly stressed about the whole thing.

After we drop her off I go to see my new primary care physician; on Tuesday I see the dentist (first time in mumblety-mumble years) and the optometrist. And there are other types of doctor visits to come — a total of six before we leave the country for a month at the end of April. (Time to go back to Australia to visit Rob's family and our friends.)

Well, cross your fingers for Laila, if you would. I realize she's "only" a cat, but we love her dearly.

10 comments:

Bex said...

Oh Poor Laila! I didn't know she had a tumor. Our family sends virtual snuggles, with a virtual chase up and down the stairs from Perry and a virtual ear licking from Gromit. I know they're not as good as the real things, but they're allowed no matter what her dosage.

Alyson said...

I'll cross everything I have two of for Laila and I'll tell Travis to do it too - if only to watch him try to cross his.....nevermind.

Let us know how it turns out!!

Earin Marybird said...

Only a CAT? She's family and totally precious. I am not surprised that you are stressed. This is a Very Big Thing. I hope everything turns out well. Many positive thoughts and well wishes. Keep us informed!

Tim Footman said...

It's never "only" a cat or a dog or a goldfish or whatever. I know what it's like when an animal is away, even temporarily. It's as if you've misplaced a couple of fingers, or maybe an ear. You can function OK, but you're never unaware that something is missing, something is not quite right.

Christine said...

So sorry about Laila's tumor. Will think good thoughts for all of you... and also that the next week will rush by.

.: tani :. said...

we all know that there is no such thing as "only a cat". i'll be sending good health vibes to your WHOLE family.

Kelly said...

Seems like I'm not the only one having a hectic week. Hang in there and when it's all over, enjoy Australia and your husband's family.

Kelly said...

Seems like I'm not the only one having a hectic week. Hang in there and when it's all over, enjoy Australia and your husband's family.

Melinda said...

Poor Laila, and poor you with the worries. I hope the test results are as good as possible. Fingers crossed.

Sigga Sif said...

These slippers are so cool! I definitely need to make slippers.