Thursday, May 21, 2015

Apple Blossom Time and a Pair of Pox Socks

Exciting times on the farm:  the apple tree is flowering!
FL gifted me 5 fruit trees for our first wedding anniversary in 2008, and it has taken 7 years for the apple tree to have blossom.
Will we get any apples this year?
That would be amazing!
The pear tree is trying hard too, but its flowers are far less prolific.
If you peer through the leaves, you can see the remains of the beehives which haven't seen bees since the 1970s.
What a pity!
I can't help thinking we might need bees to pollinate the trees...?

In knitting news, I finished my latest Vanilla Sprinkles socks, this time using up the remains of a ball of Arne and Carlos sock yarn from these socks, with a 50g ball of strawberry-coloured Regia 4 ply for the cuffs and feet.
I was astonished when they turned out as a matching pair because I did nothing at all to contrive it.

The second sock was knit in a week, mostly because we spent a lot of time in the hospital on Tuesday.
It was FL's regular check-up and we were full of trepidation because he had been feeling very ill.
The doctor was puzzled.  His blood tests seemed to suggest he was doing really well.
Where was the pain?  What sort of pain was it?  Any rashes?
"Definitely not" said FL.
So she asked him to remove his shirt for an examination...
OMG!  His chest was a mess of weeping blisters!
The doctor took one look and said:  "Shingles!"
They were all round his upper chest and shoulders, just above his field of vision if he looked down at himself.  So he had no idea.
I felt like the very bad mother of a naughty toddler - how could I not have known?!
And of course we had been sitting in the waiting room for several hours, surrounded by immune-compromised chemo patients... oh the guilt!
I am so very sorry if anyone caught the virus from him that day!
We were put into a quarantine room until FL's drugs arrived, with mammoth doses of Acyclovir for the shingles (which is like grown-up chicken pox with extra nerve pain, if you don't know.)
He was very grumpy, not least because he wasn't allowed to go down to the cafe while we waited.
I fetched him some tempting snacks, but he just wanted to go home and go to bed.
Fair enough.
So I knitted a sock.
A Pox Sock?

Myeloma Update
FL's Freelite score was down to 80.
However, because of the shingles they decided not to give him dexamethasone this month, in case it made the pox worse than it already was.
They did continue his prescription for Pomalidomide, because without it they reckon his myeloma would take advantage of his current weakness and strike back.
Fun times!


Charlotte said...

Oh shingles are SO painful! I hope the Acyclovir kicks in ... I've had several family members go through shingles.

Those *are* gorgeous socks though. I'm edging toward socks, but the needles are so tiny, and I am not a patient knitter. Might need to do another hat first.

K.Line said...

Shingles is hideous. And on top of feeling less than perfect to begin with - wow. He is a serious trouper. I hope that acyclovir kicks in fast.

poppyinstitches said...

Singles is horrible and painfull, so wishing FL the very best. ps, the socks are fab love the cherry red.

Textile Art Forum said...

Those sox are so pretty! I'm going to a sock knitting workshop on 6th June so I'm hoping to iron out my problems with knitting in the round, i.e. laddering.
All good wishes to fl for his recovery, singles is so painful

Linda said...

Wishing FL all the best for a quick recovery from his shingles, Nasty! Love the socks! Wish I could knit socks.

Jodie said...

Shingles is not fun. I was 27 when I first had it (my doctor was shocked) and I was lucky in that I only ever had a small patch. But still, not fun. As I had a small case (and this was a while ago) there wasn't much medically that the doctor could do for me. But he recommended tea tree oil (just apply on a cotton swab - watch you don't touch - you don't want to spread things around!) and it seemed to help. So - I give you that info. It's highly infectious - be sure to take care of yourself!

Ms Goodenough said...

Oh no! I can feel your mortification. Wishing a swift recovery.
I am looking at self stripping in a new light when used with a block- stunning socks.

christinelaennec said...

I would have felt the same Bad Mother shame, but it isn't your fault! I hope he's feeling much better very soon. Yes, he is a trooper. Your socks are splendid! Really pretty. And the apple blossom - so beautiful. It's worrying about the lack of bees generally, but I understand that beekeeping is rather a specialised undertaking. Something for you in the future, Roo? ;-)

sewstyled said...

How wonderful to get fruit trees as anniversary gift. Hope they bear flowers AND fruit for many years.
Wishing you and FL well as you suffer through shingles. Had what was probably a mild case about 10 years ago and it was a month of misery and wouldn't wish it on anyone!

Jennifer Hill said...

Oh dear, thinking of you both; how unlucky. Lovely pox socks! Jen

Lorna A said...

About those apple trees, I found out this year that certain apples need other certain apples in order to get fruit. Some apples can be pollinated by the same apple type (not mine of course, I need a neighbour with a different apple if / when I get blossom in the future). This list from the Royal Horticulture Society is very informative.

I hope FL isn't suffering too badly, Mike had chicken pox (no shingles) in 2008 and it left him in terrible pain.