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A very active week and treats for senses


I really don’t want to turn this blog into my health-related ranting space. I promise that’s not my hidden agenda πŸ˜‰ But these days are dominated by health and illness issues for me and my life is largely organised around them so it’s difficult to avoid this topic… However, to prove that I’m still all about yarn, above is the sneak peak of my current WIP πŸ˜‰ And this post is going to end more on a more cheerful note than it starts!

Well, after visiting my GP, having my bloodwork done and getting some meds she prescribed my two months long chest infection/ cold/ whatever that really was seems to be gone. But as the week started, even though there was no more runny or blocked nose or fever, I started to struggle breathing. A lot. I have asthma so this is nothing new for me, and I thought that increasing my reliever inhaler would do the job – but it didn’t. By Wednesday I felt so bad and wasn’t able to take a good breath despite the meds, that I had to schedule an emergency visit with my GP again. As it turned out, my asthma had flared so badly due to the ongoing infection, that my blood oxygen saturation has been below the normal level – a condition called hypoxemia. That’s never a good thing, and in asthma it takes either a severe flare, or a long lasting one to get to that point – I guess it’s another lesson for me not to wait for weeks before going to see the physician next time… So except of a new inhaler, I received also a high dose of oral steroid, since it kicks in faster and has stronger effects than steroid in the inhaler.

The results were almost immediate: I breathe easier, I cough much less and and I’m also feeling as if I drank 5 times my daily caffeine limit. I can’t sleep, I can’t stay in one place too long, and I’m totally restless! It’s not too bad really as I’m only going to take this medicine for a short time, so I can deal with feeling this way for a couple of days. And in the 3 days so far I’ve been super active!

First of all, I’ve knitted a large portion of an alpaca jumper, based on the pattern Buttonside Sweater designed by Jennifer Dassau. I started knitting it a bit earlier, while waiting for the yarn for Christmas gifts to be delivered. I love the construction of this jumper so much, it’s knitted without seaming, starting from the shoulders, and it’s shaped entirely with German short rows. Buttons are on the sides – they will be sewn to the jumper (3 on each side) in the places where the blue yarn is attached at the moment:


Because I chose natural coloured Drops Puna yarn (which is light DK, 100% alpaca – and absolutely soft and squishy), and I love the shade and rustic texture of the fabric created with it, I decided that the jumper needs equally natural buttons. I ordered cherry tree wooden buttons on Etsy and now can’t wait for them to arrive here all the way from Lithuania!

In the meantime, the yarn for my nephew’s gift set arrived. It’s Malabrigo Rios in various purple shades – colours which I normally avoid. I’m not a big fan of purple, and while I appreciate how great it can look on others, it’s not for me – it makes my skin look sickly yellow. But my nephew likes purple and violet, and it’s supposed to make him happy, so it was an obvious colour choice. And I have to say, this yarn is gorgeous and it’s probably the first time that I actually thought I might like something in this shade myself! I just hope that the more pink-ish sections won’t make my nephew decide it’s too girly… as he’s at the difficult age when peers approval means everything and he refuses anything “too girly” or “too childish” πŸ˜‰


When I’m not knitting or working, I go for daily walks. Seriously, I couldn’t do it in weeks, and now that I can just breathe easily again, it’s such joy! The air is cool and crisp and has this amazing winter fragrance that I love. Walking in the park, I suddenly appreciate what a gift it is to breathe and feelΒ  alive. And when I go back home, my cats are always waiting for me.


Stella is cuddly and loving, and Ciri is a little mischievous rascal who drowns her mice toys in the water bowl every night πŸ˜‰

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Seriously, she’s been doing it for 2 years now, almost each night, and every time it makes me chuckle when I change their water in the morning πŸ™‚

Since the post ends on a surprisingly positive note, I want to show you something else. Not knitting-related, not something I usually (if ever) write about, but it’s another thing that’s been making me absolutely happy this week.

It’s Morphe’s Fall Into Frost eye-shadow palette and I’m completely in love with it!

I’d ordered it last week and ever since it arrived I’ve been experimenting with it and I can’t have enough. It’s so gorgeous, the colours (yes, even the purplish ones!), the pigmentation, the texture – pure happiness!

I guess my little steroid-enhanced joys are all about the senses πŸ™‚ Hope you’ve also found many reasons to be happy this week and I’d love to read about them in the comments!

8 thoughts on “A very active week and treats for senses

    1. It’s really been a rough couple of months healthwise but I believe I’m getting better for real this time ☺
      And my cats are super quirky indeed 😁

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  1. The inhalers you are taking have some form of epinephrine in them. This is a drug that dilates the air passages in the lungs and makes it easier for asthmatics to breathe. It is also the “fight or flight” chemical that your body releases into your blood to give you extra energy potential when you are in scary or dangerous situations so that you can put up a good fight or run like crazy, whichever is appropriate (the chemical that makes people able to lift cars off people!). Because you are getting this drug with every dose of both the medications you’ve been taking, you are totally wired like you had taken methamphetamines. Once you finish your steroid medication, you should calm down. However, this “wired” feeling is getting you outside in the fresh air and getting you some exercise, both of which will help you through your illness. As a fellow asthmatic, I welcome you to the epinephrine hamster wheel! LOL!

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    1. I have 2 types of inhalers-steroid to prevent and dilating reliever to be taken just in case of emergency. But I’m used to them so they never give me such a kick. However the steroid pills (and I take 6 a day for 10 days) or as you say their combination with inhalers make me feel like a hamster on a wheel indeed, and one that abused drugs or at least coffee 🀣 Like right now it’s 2 a.m. and I’m not at all sleepy.
      I can’t complain, it’s kind of a funny feeling 😁 especially after feeling so bad and exhausted for weeks. I only wonder how will I handle return to the normal state when the pills are over!
      And greetings to the fellow asthmatic!


  2. Glad to hear your medications are helping you breathe better. With that, and the ongoing project, and Stella + Ciri, and the gorgeous eye shadows, it definitely feels like happier times now! πŸ˜€

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