Friday, January 27, 2012

A Solo Retreat

Packed Knitting
No, don't get all excited.  I'm not going anywhere. Most of all, to a retreat.  Or even to a spa.  Heck, I'm not even leaving the city.  The sad truth: technically I'm not even leaving the block.  Nope.  Instead I'll be heading across the street to live in one of the hotels for 5 days. By myself.  And no, I'm not in the doghouse.  I'm going to be in quarantine mode. 

In an hour I'll be heading to the hospital to (finally!) undergo a radio active iodine treatment.  My doctor had advised me to stay away from my kidlet (or any other small child...or animals) for a few days to avoid risking radiation exposure.  He had also advised me to steer clear of Brett for a few days (I can transfer my radiation via saliva! Ewww...cooties!) and to be on the safe side, I should minimize contact with other adults or be at least 8 feet away from others at all times, due to the amount of radio active iodine I will be given.  My original plan was to go to Vancouver for the weekend and hit up yarn shops and have a little vacation, but since my doctor was so highly against that idea, it was nixed and into the hotel room I go.  I'm not going to turn into Spiderman or anything and I'm not really a massive threat to others, but just to be safe I'm going into seclusion.

I totally don't see it as a bad thing. I see it as a little retreat.  A little break.  A little getaway.  Where I can spend 5 days alone with my thoughts.  And my knitting.  I plan on going nothing but this:

Eat Sleep Knit Closeup

Yup.  I'm going to eat, sleep, and knit those 5 days away.  It's going to be pure heaven.  I am going to live in nothing but my pajamas during those days.  I am going to enjoy approximately 40+ hours of uninterrupted knitting.  I don't even know if I'm going to shower during that time.  Oh, was that a gross overshare?  I'm bringing the laptop with me and since the hotel has free wi-fi I'm going to take the opportunity to catch up on emails and messages.  Hopefully I can put the knitting down long enough to do a blog post.  But I'll ask for your forgiveness now if I don't.  I'm also going to have a Downtown Abbey marathon.  In peace!  I'm so excited!  I've packed a lot of knitting to take with me, to the point where I think I'm taking too much (see the photo at the beginning of this post).  Oh well, at least I won't get bored or be stuck with just one project.

My only concern is that I'm going to put too much hope into this treatment.  I'll admit that in the back of my mind I'm kinda expecting a miracle.  For all my health issues to disappear and for my regular energy to return.  I know this treatment can take up to 3-6 months to see its maximum effects but I secretly hope that when I come home I'll automatically become Wonder Woman and can get all the knitting, sewing, and baking that I want to do done whilst being Super Mom.  Yes, reality will hit me.  Eventually.  

But for now, I'm going to enjoy the mega knitting time!!  The pattern for the weekend: *Eat. Sleep. Knit. Repeat from *.  

Oh yeah.

16 comments:

  1. aww enjoy your retreat! btw I LOOOVE Downton Abbey.. SUCH a good show! I hope your treatment goes well, but keep in mind the "wonder woman" effect might not be humanly possible. Sometimes (okay, make that most of the time), I find it difficult to keep the house tidy and have dinner on the table, and I only have one and he stays in ONE PLACE (and let's me dress him however I like). Good luck my friend!

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    1. Thanks Natalie! Yeah...I was hoping maybe the radioactivity would help turn me into Wonder Woman. I'll settle for getting my normal energy back though.

      Andi keeps pushing me to watch Downtown Abbey, so I'm going to give it a try!

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  2. whoa. it sucks that you have to undergo treatment that makes you hazardous to all life forms. majorly but if there's even the remotest chance that it helps you feel better again, then it's definitely worth it. and the 5-day knitting retreat sounds pretty good too.

    i wish you all the luck in the world! hope the treatment helps!!

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    1. Thanks Liisa! I hope I do feel better after all this, if not, at least I got in some major knitting time! :)

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  3. A friend of mine went through a similar treatment a few years ago. It worked for her, so I hope this works for you too!

    Enjoy the knitting, online, tv marathon, non-showering time!!! :D

    PS - Always OVER pack knitting. Too much is probably just right for a long time away from the stash. :)

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    1. Hee hee, thanks for making feel better about taking along a lot of knitting Mary! Already I have switched it up a few times.

      I really hope that I'm one of those people who takes well to this treatment. Fingers crossed!!

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  4. ohmy! i had no idea you had to have such a treatment (i'm not sure why i would though). so crazy! i'm excited for the amount of knitting you'll be getting done! and i really do hope you feel better soon! i have never watched downtown abbey... you let me know if i should, k? chat later! xo

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    1. Thanks Rebecca! :)

      I know some of the ladies in my knitting group LOVE this show, and I keep reading about it on Ravelry. So I have a feeling I'll love it too. I'll let you know if I liked it or not though!

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  5. wishing you healing vibes and good luck with your stashdown :-)

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  6. Missed you tonight! Hope you are enjoying your retreat my little lamb!

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    1. Of course you're there when I'm not! :( Boo erns. Hopefully I'll get to see you next Friday!

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  7. Commenting a little late, but I'm doing some blog catchup. Where did you get that lovely purse? It is fantastic. I've been looking for something similar for a long time.

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    1. No worries! :)

      I got the purse in Kelowna, through my MIL. But I've seen it in a lot of places. It's by Namaste and the bah style is Zuma. It's a VERY deceiving bag cause it looks small but can fit a ton of stuff! I highly recommend it.

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  8. I wondered what was going on with you and the radioactivity business. (didn't think to check your blog for info, duh) Good luck with it. Thyroid issues are a pain, and I hope this helps you sort yours out.

    I've been hypothyroid for years but am really lucky that meds balance me out and I'm feeling pretty good for it.

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    1. No worries Wendy! :)

      I'm hoping everything balances out soon too, and that when I do eventually become hypo that I can get it under control without feeling any of the major symptoms!

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