Sunday, December 13, 2015

Advent sock day 13

FL was asleep when I arrived but was easily wakened.
He was a much better colour today and was able to hold a conversation and read the newspaper.
If only they had given him that transfusion sooner!

However, he told me that he had been really frightened during the night because he woke up feeling very very cold and could not find the energy to look for more clothes.  As a former mountain climber, he believed he was at risk of hypothermia.  It did not occur to him to press his buzzer to alert a nurse. 
He eventually managed to reach his jumper and jacket and pull them on.
This is really alarming, because it is warm in the hospital - unlike home, where we struggle to get the temperature of the farmhouse up to a comfortable level in the winter.  I would be scared to have him come home like this.
When his lunch arrived, I went out for mine.  A work colleague had offered to take me to her house for lunch to escape the ward for an hour.
So very kind!  It was lovely to have a "normal" conversation and make faces at her baby :)
New knitting project required...
FL was asleep when I got back.  He had trailed his dangling blood-line through his macaroni cheese - yuck!
One of his golf pals turned up, and unlike the other day FL was up for some banter - brilliant!  The pal didn't stay long, but brought some cheer to the whole ward.  There is one old man in particular who always seems so lonely and visibly perked up in response to "boy talk" from FL's visitor.
All too soon it was time for me to head home to the dog.  
Back again tomorrow.

Continue sock A by knitting 12 rounds in the color of the mug/glass from which you first drank today.

I cheated - the purple sparkly yarn is inspired by my coffee pot :)


Athene said...

So glad to hear that FL is brighter. Fingers crossed for further improvements that will enable you to take him home with confidence. Sending you warm thoughts and wishes.

JAG said...

Now I want to see your coffee pot!

I'm glad to hear that things seem better and that colleagues and friends are helping to make things brighter for both of you.

--another random reader who can do nothing but send best wishes out in the universe heading in your direction

Sarahel said...

So, so glad to hear of some improvement, and cheer and support from those near enough to provide it in person. Do hope FL may continue to be made more comfortable, and that you may therefore be able to relax a little.

Jenny Larking said...

Very glad FL had a good day. My neighbour had leukaemia and had to go regularly for transfusions which made all the difference to his quality of life and energy levels. He was always very cold too, he sat at home with several jumpers and a rug, despite the heating being in very high. I guess it's poor circulation. Those lovely socks will no doubt very welcome.

Knitlass said...

Good to hear FL has perked up and is enjoying conversation and visits. Love your sock adventures :-)

Athene said...

PS. As a regular blood donor, it's really heartening to hear how much blood has helped him. It's unlikely to be mine as I'm at the other end of the country I think, but it's a real inspiration to go on donating.

Kerry Green said...

It's the little things that can help xxx

Sew little time said...

So glad to hear the blood transfusions are helping. It seems to make such a difference! Fingers crossed for more progress so that you can get him home for xmas.

Sew little time said...

So glad to hear the blood transfusions are helping. It seems to make such a difference! Fingers crossed for more progress so that you can get him home for xmas.

Laura said...

That sounds like a much better day for both of you. Glad there's been such an improvement. Lunch out sounds like just what you needed too :)

Jennifer Hill said...

Oh, I am SO pleased to hear of FL's improvement, even if its taken its time. It must be such a relief for both of you. Hooray for attempted waltzes and for phone calls! I'm not surprised you had a meltdown; quite natural from time to time, I would think. You are fab, though : ) Lovely that you had 'lunch out', and superb that the golf pal visited. Your socks are amazing! I have neeeaarly finished my Lorna Suzanne cardigan (by Ellen Mason, I love her designs)...only the buttons and blocking now, but so much other stuff to do...I shall call it a late birthday present, as my 51st was yesterday. Thinking of you both, Jen

jessica said...

Love watching these many socks unfold! Even more love that FL received a transfusion and is doing better!!! The visit from the golfing pal sounds like gold, for multiple people. What a lovely hour with your work colleague - your spirit and FL's through all of this is truly wonderful. It's funny, the other day, right before your "misery journal" comment popped up, I'd just been thinking that these advent sock clues were an unexpected gift of sorts - the opportunity to sit down and process, just enough (however much or little that is for you), how each day has been. We read faithfully, Roo, because we care about both of you, and will happily read whatever you choose to share.

Here's hoping this coming day is a good one. Thinking of you both~