Saturday, October 23, 2010

A hospital holiday (yes, holiday)

I recently had a five day stay in hospital.
Don't panic, folks. Elective and nothing too serious.

But seriously,  I was so looking forward to it.

Packed the iPod,
piled craft magazines into my suitcase,
along with many books,
knitting projects,
 food treats
and some decent tea and coffee bags.

(A bit of a bugger that there was no room left for clothes and toiletries
but they are over rated anyhow)

Little Boozle 2010

To have a stretch of time post surgery where I had no demands on my time
from children, husband or normal domestic life,
to be able to knit, read, sit up late watching movies without hubby's disapproval,
it felt like a holiday.

OK So there were a few physical constraints
(post-op recovery and all that)
and mental restraints
(why are nurses so perky and chatty at 1am and 5am
when they wake you up to check and records all those bits and pieces?
Seriously, you wake me up
and expect a coherent conversation when you ask
"Wow. That looks good. What are you knitting?" at 5am?)

But no nasty jabs in the butt or anything
(something from the dark recesses of my childhood memories
when I had my tonsils out as a youngster)
And I do find that, after 3 pregnancies and child birth experiences,
 there isn't much that makes me squirm these days
when it comes to having my body poked and prodded.

Little Boozle 2010
(the first photo shows truer colour)

Pattern: Garnstudio and DropsDesign Lin tunic with shirred pattern
Yarn: Panda 8 ply wool crepe (in grape purple)

Little Boozle 2010

And to top it all off.
my folks got our last one almost toilet trained while I was away.
There may well be a bonus in their babysitting pay packet this visit.


Kate said...

It is gorgeous!
I totally get it. When I had my day in Melbourne last week part of me was tempted to ditch the whole exploring thing and book myself into a hotel and just sleep and knit and watch crap on tv all day.
Shame about the nurses waking you and the pain but otherwise it sounds pretty fun.

Handmade homegrown said...

I really love this tunic are so clever!!
Glad to hear all went well in hospital..I can understand the excitment of 5 days (except the medical stuff of course)of crafty!!

Carolyn said...

so 2 holidays in a row!
LOL about the nurses walking in on you, have been very guilty of that one myself. We are a weird bunch who function with no idea of what time of day it is.

Tracy said...

I'm so glad things went well. And I love that Tunic. I stayed in hospital five days after Heather was born and loved it.

zofia said...

you did good, I really love it!
... must have been of lot of good crap on tv. ;)
Glad to hear all went well, and yay! Toilet trained in that time? "Super Grandparents Award" coming up!

Peta said...

Looks great Tas! Glad you had a good rest too, yay on the toilet training!!

Quilary said...

That sounds like my kind of holiday too - pity about the hospital-ly stuff, but it's probably a small price to pay for such bliss!

CurlyPops said...

I've spent heaps of time in hospital and I still haven't worked out why on earth they have to constantly wake everyone up. It's ridiculous!
I even got forced to sit up and drink a glass of water at 4AM last time!

Carla said...

I tell you what, send your folks over here (Perth) for a few days and if they can toilet train madam I'll be putting a splendid bonus in their babysitting pay packet.

The tunic is simply awesome, its amazing what one can get done without kids, husbands, homes, pets etc etc

The Handmaden said...

You know it's weird that I look forward to my post baby hospital stays but after day 1 or 2 it's totally worn off and I miss everyone and want to go home!
Hope you're feeling well now, your tunic suits you very well. This is funny. When I looked at your photo I thought you had a great big bow tied on top of your head!!

Liz said...

Gorgeous tunic!! I love the colour :) And yahoo on the toilet training!

Clodagh a.k.a. Isra said...

Tas I love the tunic and I really can relate to the little bit of quiet time which I am looking forward to (even with a newborn) after my c-sect.

Now I have to tell you when I got to your last picture I stopped and wondered why you were wearing a hat that looked like a butterfly and thought there was going to be some detail about a Melbourne Cup hat or something ... nothing. I scrolled back and realised it was not a hat - God help me and my mushy brain!!!!

Vic said...

Oh Tas that looks fantastic - so do you My Dear, but I just cannot understand anybody looking at hossie - no matter how minor the stay, as a holiday.



Even if they put me in a private room, with proper food & flowers & no nurses... so essentially I was in a hotel room in hospital, I would be desperate to get out, but I guess that is what too much hospital over the years does to you! The novelty wears off if you will - I do remember a very, very long time ago being excited by the prospect of hospital jelly & ice cream...!


Mary said...

I remember the bum jab from when I got my tonsils out too. That and my mum forcing me to speak to the doc so they would let me go home. Love the top too.