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The Word for the Day

The word for the day is thrombocytopenia. It means low platelet counts in the blood and I have it. How did I get it? From my breast cancer andĀ its treatments. Most specifically from the radiation treatment, which keeps on giving long after treatment is stopped, and my cancer medication. Am I contagious? No. Am I exhausted out of my tiny mind? Yes.

It seems that all my complaining about feeling like the marrow is being painfully sucked out of my bones was pretty right on the mark. Platelets depend on bone marrow. Radiation and my cancer medication does nothing beneficial for bone marrow.

Speaking of radiation, I have two more medical tests I need to take this year, both of which requires radiation injected into my system. I am, at the moment, one pissed-off camper.

There is no easy fix for thrombocytopenia. It is not like I can turn to a vitamin supplement or up my intake of spinach and kale to alleviate it. Nor can I change cancer medications. The one I have is the only thing standing between me more cancer.

Despite all this, knitting, yarn hoarding, and chasing Yarn Rascal after he once more breaches the yarn vault are all taking place.

At the moment I am knitting this shawl for my sister-in-law who has been living with cancer for over 7 years now.

pothos shawl

It is the Pothos Shawl by Anne Hanson. I really love her patterns. They are sane, well-written, and a joy to knit. Because it is lace work, it fits into The Art of Masochistic Knitting perfectly. Whether the pattern is written out or charted, no matter how many stitch markers, and despite the use of life lines, knitting anything lacey is masochistic at heart.

It will be the subject of my next post. For now, Yarn Rascal has delightedly scampered by with one of my thin, delicate lace weight skeins in his mouth, which is definitely trouble. The Skipper is fussing about something that ate all the strawberries in the garden, and if I am not mistaken our new local coyote is under the apple tree right where I don’t want him. Last year it was the heron, this year seems to be the coyote. Never a dull moment.

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