Tuesday, February 26, 2008

An Unexpected Bonus

A good friend of mine from chorus is a nurse anesthetist (goodness, what a word). She asked last night which surgeon I'd been referred to. When I told her, she informed me that she works with him all the time, and if I drive a few extra miles (perhaps 20 instead of 15), I could schedule at her hospital, and she could be in the operating room with me the entire time I'm having my thyroid removed. In addition, another lady that we sing with is a surgical nurse at the same hospital, and works with scheduling. They could work out the schedule so that they'd both be there and could take care of me in surgery. I checked with my insurance, and there's no reason I can't go to the hospital where they work.

That may seem like a silly thing to get excited about, but I can't tell you how comforting it would be to know two of the people in the operating room personally. Besides, they both said that my doctor is an excellent surgeon. The nurses always know.

I see the surgeon tomorrow morning, and I'm going to request that particular hospital and those particular nurses. They're both willing (excited, in fact) and so I don't see any reason he wouldn't accomodate me. Hopefully, by this time tomorrow I'll know when I'm having surgery and can start to get ready.

I cast on a Heartbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono (don't laugh, that's the official pattern name) a couple of days ago, and that sucker is knitting up so quickly. It's lots of fun. I'll post a picture when I'm done, but in the meantime if you want to see what they look like, you can see someone else's finished kimono here. Mine is pink, because it's for a yet-to-be-born girl.

What I'd love to show you is all the pictures on Ravelry with the babies in the kimonos, but you have to be registered. They are so stinkin' cute! Some of the babies look happy, and those are great pictures, but I actually like the pics better where the babies are ticked off. I don't know why; it just cracks me up. Widdle baby in the cutest jacket ever, screaming her head off at the injustice of the world. (I hope that doesn't make me sound cruel. I know their mommies are only seconds away from picking them up and comforting them.)

I also started a baby blanket. I've not knit this pattern before, but I'm liking it a lot so far. It's very simple, but it ends up being semi-random blocks of color. I'm doing it in purple, tan, yellow, pink, blue, and green -- all pastels. My hope is that it will be a non-gender specific baby blanket, good for a gift at a later time. Someone's always having a baby, and it's best to be prepared.