Injury Update - and Socks!!

Stop the presses!! I might actually finish a PAIR of socks! And in record time!

I have never, ever knit a pair of socks this fast... and i think this is only the 3rd time that i've gotten this far on 2 socks - i've already turned the heel (just did it this morning). As i've been having to sit on my butt almost every day for the last 10 days, I only have my injury (and that darned bush) to thank.

So - an update on the old leg... after getting it cleaned out last saturday (the 5th), i spent the next few days limping from room to room (and needing a bit of help getting in and out of chairs). We thought the muscle had been punctured also, so weren't surprised by the intense swelling and redness (and my lameness). Sleeping was miserable - i could only sleep in one position. That, combined with the heat and intense smoke out here made for restless nights. (I finally gave up and started taking a few ibuprofen around midnight each night - it helped.) On Friday (the 11th), i headed to work in reno, determined to be useful. Well.... a few hours into my 'shift', a huge spot suddenly appeared on the side of my shorts. My leg had exploded. I am not kidding you - ask Amanda of the A-Team. It was disgusting - and i won't recall the details (unless you ask me, of course!) - but i was so thankful that Jeanne has stocked the store bathroom with a ton of bandages. I spent the next 15 minutes in the bathroom, cleaning up the mess. Gross.

Needless to say, we then realized that my leg was infected (we really thought it was just a punctured muscle) and headed back to the doctor the next morning. She numbed it (again) and then went to town cleaning it out... (she thought doug was going to pass out, as the hole had abscessed and was now an inch or so deep - and almost twice as wide as before). After cleaning it, she packed it with some sort of tape stuff (looked like a non-calorie eating tapeworm to me) and told me to come back on monday. I thought i was going to be sick to my stomach. I swear that she touched my thigh bone when she was cleaning it out - i could feel it in the pit of my stomach. AHHHH!! Anyway, i went back on monday and she removed that tapeworm, but then put in another. No numbing this time - and i think everyone in the office could hear me screaming (poor Doug)! i have to go back tomorrow - and then friday - and then hopefully the hole will have healed enough that it can exist without pieces of inanimate tape stuffed into it. I can't wait. :)

p.s. In case you're wondering what this beautiful yarn i'm knitting on ... it's the new Hand Paint Sock Yarn by Misti Alpaca (color - Taos). Yum.
p.p.s. once i'm able to start walking normally again, doug and i will be taking our handsaw up to the site of the accident. we're going to find that darned bush and cut the offending branch off. It will make me feel better.

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  1. You poor thing! I guess that you'll be an "expert" on recognizing infected wounds after all this. You must have a high pain threshold! In any case, your socks are beautiful.

  2. Laura-
    Mom and I think you should burn the offending branch in your fireplace! Great socks, glad you are almost done with them.

    Kim and Charlene

  3. Oh holy canoli...I cannot believe how pretty those socks look. I have started on the bearfoot, but now I am thinking it may have been a mistake. I really have never been so in love with a yarn, I literally keep it ina bag so it will not get hurt...really though it is quite sad. I hope you are feeling better. See you soon....Katie

  4. Dunno whether it will make you feel better, but your socks proved irresistible. A little while ago, I picked up a hank of the Misti Alpaca in the "Taos" colorway! :-)

  5. I love your socks! I have never knit a pair of socks before, but I think that yarn is inspiring. What pattern are you using? Hope you start feeling better soon!

  6. Good to know your leg is healing. I know how much of a bummer it is to have that part of your body injured (two ACL surgeries on the same knee, both from skiing).

    Love the color of your socks, too! I've just recently gotten the sock knitting bug. I should, after all the Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock I've gotten!

  7. So sorry to hear about your injury -- I'm a knitter fan who lives in the Bay Area but has a lil' ol' cabin near Alpine Meadows -- we come to your store a couple of times a year.

    To commiserate with your pain, my son (12) fell off his bike rounding the corner on the way to school in June and landed chin-first in the street. After over two hours in the ER and lots of numbing, probing, washing, lots of little pebbles and pieces of grit, the plastic surgeon (who they call in for faces) put 37 stiches in Jackson's chin!

    You'll live -- it's yucky and gross and painful, though, I'm sure. By the way, the "tapeworm" bandage is called ribbon gauze -- it's very common for surgical packing when the wound is deep and narrow (like yours). I bet it would knit up nicely!

    Good luck and thanks for having a great store and blog.

  8. Jen! I can't believe he got 37 stitches!! That must have been just heartbreaking to deal with. Please give him a huge hug from Buddy and Wiley :) And thanks for the ribbon gauze info - if i have any left over, i might just have to take your advice and knit a hat!

    Jennie - the pattern i used is just a simple one from Knitting Pure and Simple - pattern 216... it's one of my favorites for knitting socks. Hmm - maybe we should do a few videos on socks, eh?