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Archive for May 21st, 2015

To paraphrase John Lennon: Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. And so it has been this way for me these last two weeks. While everyone came through the latest hospital stint okay, I nevertheless feel like I am on the Titanic knowing the iceberg is coming. One of these times it’s going to be full on disaster.

Dad was the sick one this time. Four hours in the emergency room sans knitting was a little rough on my nerves. Dad is stoic. Mom is high maintenance. My role is to portray calm, patience and acceptance in order to keep her from spinning out of control. The more anxious she becomes, the more calm I need to be.

Knitting helps me get to those states and stay there for long periods of time when things are unsettled and people around me are wired up. It is a meditative craft. Repetitive motions, recurring mantras of knit 2, yo, slip, slip knit. Easy words that become comforting sounds inside my head. Knitting is a powerful soothing process.

So when I realized I had left my knitting back at the house, the hair on the back of my neck rose briefly and I almost felt panic. Instantly I decided to knit in my mind. My fingers made small knitting motions while I recited the movements in my head. My heart rate lowered, my breath moved in and out calmly. I was able to carry on normal conversation with my parents, doctors and nurses, gathering the medical information I needed as we steered by the passing iceberg.

Another plus for mind knitting? No ripping back.

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