As I mentioned in this post, I tend to get the most knitting done when I am stressed. Well, the knitting has practically been flying off my needles all on its own around here lately. I feel a bit like Mrs. Weasley.
For those of you with squeamish stomachs, you might want to skip this next bit and just scroll down to the pictures of my latest finished object. I have refrained from blogging about this for over a week, but at this point I am feeling so frustrated, and, to be honest, angry, that I decided it would make me feel better to write about it. So my apologies in advance if this is Too Much Information.
Things had gone so well with Alexandra's surgery. In fact, it was the best hospital experience she had ever had. I was so happy that for once things seemed to go off without a hitch. The important word in that last sentence is "seemed."
A couple of days after she was home she started to have some pain around the incision site. Keep in mind this was no small incision. It had taken fourteen staples to close it. Here's the thing. They took all of those staples out the day she left the hospital, just four days after the surgery. As it turns out this was way too early. The incision started to come apart. This resulted in a trip to the hospital emergency room.
She was told it would now have to be packed every day with gauze, so for over a week she has been making trips to the ambulatory clinic to have this done. Not pleasant. Then it got infected. This wouldn't be a surprise since it is now an open wound and getting handled every day.
Then, a few days ago, it basically came completely apart. This meant another trip to emergency and a visit to the surgeon. The plan now is to use a special kind of vacuum dressing to get the incision to heal. She will have to wear this machine all the time, and as a consequence now has to book off at least a week and a half from her job. The good news is this should have the incision healed in a couple of weeks, as opposed to the month or longer it was going to take using the current approach.
I get that bad stuff happens sometimes. But "this stuff" was, in my opinion, totally avoidable. Had the staples been left in for the proper amount of time it is highly unlikely any of this would have occurred. There is a lot more I could say, but it would involve using some very bad language so I will stop here.
These are Donegal Fingerless Gloves by Kate Davies, knit with City Tweed HW. Details are on my Ravelry page.
I think it is safe to say you can expect to see more finished knitting projects in the near future.