Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Another Day of Waiting

So after all my brave plans not to blog about FL's health, here I am with the latest hospital update.
I have dragged you all this far, I might as well carry on now! If myeloma is not your thing, please come back tomorrow for the knitting. 
P.S.  There's just a splash of knitting at the foot of this post :)

Red socks on holiday
Today we were expecting the latest Freelite results.  Given all FL's recent health problems, we were feeling pessimistic, so it was quite a surprise to hear that his myeloma is behaving itself, with the kappa score down to 48 (from 72) and his ratio to 7 (from 9), compared to two months before.
However, his full blood count continues to fall.  If it carries on at this rate, they plan to give him a blood transfusion at his next appointment (10 September).  The reason for the continuing fall is unknown, and the doctors are working their way through the possibilities.  They have tested his bone marrow (result on 10 September), and next week he has a colonoscopy to look forward to.  Today they decided to check his lungs.
He has been complaining about chest pain and can't lie on his left side in bed.  If he walks more than a few metres, he gets out of breath and feels pain.
So they sent him for a chest x-ray (nothing to be seen) followed by a lung scan (MRI), in case of a blood clot.  He was rather alarmed to be transported by wheelchair for the scan.  They were taking no risks!  He was told that if they found anything sinister, he would have to stay the night.  It was 5pm by the time the results came back upstairs to the doctor - no clots.  Phew!
So we are no further forward, but at least a couple of nasty possibilities have been eliminated.
We weren't expecting to spend the whole day in Haematology, and I forgot to take my knitting pattern with me, thinking I would only have time to knit the cuffs of my cardigan. Lesson learned!   I will pack my socks next time!
However, at least the newsagent had the latest issue (62) of The Knitter, which I read from cover to cover.  It may just be yarn-deprivation talking, but I am seriously considering making the Summardaar cardigan, which isn't on Ravelry, but I found described as "cardigan med daisy-monster" here.
Summardaar by Jansy Simonsen


Judith said...

Good that a few 'what-if's' were striked off the list for your FL!

Are you going to make the Daisy Monster (could be a forwarning in at description) from the kit supplied, or pick your own colour wool - it certainly looks a great pattern...J

Emma said...

Nice photo of FL flashing his red socks. He looks rather dapper, in a relaxed holiday sort of way. :0)
I really like the look of that cardigan. You might find someone to help with translations (of the shop page to start with!) on Ravelry.
Good that his lungs are o.k. hope the colonoscopy result is as good. Though that does leave a mystery...

Emma said...

Duh! Of course, the pattern is in the mag!
Just ignore me...

acharmofmagpies said...

FL and red socks are a winning combination! Good luck on the investigations too.

indigorchid said...

Ooo, I volunteer to translate the pattern, if needed! It's such a lovely looking cardigan. By the way, it's called "Summer days" and "Cardigan with daisy-pattern" - for those who were wondering!

Lily M said...

I love that cardigan - time to search for something similar that IS on Rav. Thoughts with you and FL as always.

Susan said...

I have been reading your blog for ages now and have never commented before(not really sure why), and your posts about FL's health are as much a part of it as your knitting and sewing. My thoughts are always with you both when I read the latest health updates. I also love that cardigan, and am seriously tempted to buy some wool to knit it even though I have been trying to use up stash.

Roobeedoo said...

Just to clarify - the pattern is in issue 62 of The Knitter, in English :)

MaryinTN said...

Nice photo of FL. He looks like he was feeling chipper. I am so glad the blood results and scan were good. Keeping my fingers crossed for you both on the remaining tests.