Stable

Stable is such an ordinary word and maybe that’s part of its beauty. My Oncologist has said that my tumours are “stable”.

I’m now 5 months deep into the trial. I’ve gotten the hang of my side effects – hot flushes, mood swings, slight fatigue, sore joints and feeling out of breath. Phew! It was very hard at the start not knowing what would come and how my body would react. Every pinch and pull becomes a potential side effect that gets recorded for future discussions with my Trial Co-ordinator and Oncologist.

I’ve also continued to see a Psychologist and a Physiologist (Lymphoedema Specialist). And added an Exercise Physiologist – to tailor an exercise programme to my specific needs. This has me walking every day and doing some resistance exercises (except for those freezing cold days when I refuse to leave the house).

I’m also now working 2-3 short days (4 hours) at the Wool Baa. It’s great to be back in “knitting land” and to be active on my feet and serving customers. This helps me remember that I’m a person first and a patient second.

Here’s to many more months of stability!!!

(Photo of interior of new Peter MacCullum Centre)

Advertisements

Weaving

I’ve been looking at woven wall hangings on Pinterest for far too long! I thought that if I purchased a weaving frame (via Loom & Spindle) then I could have a go at it myself.

I studied weave for 12 weeks or so in the first year of my textile degree, so one would think that it should come back to me quite quickly.

Warping the frame was very easy and with the help of various YouTube videos, I was on my way. Tabby weave and rya knots followed by some tapestry triangles. I’m not sure how to finish the piece yet, but I am loving mixing the colours and the simplicity of cotton stitches. Creating geometric shapes is so enjoyable and relaxing.