Monday, May 12, 2008

It's All Part of the Package

I kept Gus home from school on Friday because he was coughing so much. By Saturday, Matthew said we should take him to the hospital because he thought he was having an asthma attack. Gus has shown no signs of asthma before, but Matthew has had it since he was a kid so he knows what to look for.

We took Gus to the hospital on Saturday and yep, he was having an asthma attack. We went home after treatment, but he had a bad night, and so we went back on Sunday where they treated him again. Being at that hospital always brings back a lot of sad memories, so I was in a pretty shaky state of mind watching my baby looking tiny in a hospital bed hooked up to monitors with doctors and nurses fussing after him. When he was feeling more comfortable, the nurse who was treating him suddenly turned to me, smiled wryly and said, "Happy Mother's Day!" Of course I'm already on the brink of tears but I managed a watery smile, and she said, "It's all part of the package, eh?"  Ooof. You said it, lady.

He slept comfortably last night, after asking if the steroids he was taking for the asthma would help him hit a home run in his next Cork Sox game. Ha ha - that's the other part of the package.

On the bright side, knitting-wise, spending so much time in the hospital allowed me to knit a lot. Here's what I worked on - First, this is one of the prettiest (if not THE prettiest) thing that I've ever knit:

It's not even blocked yet, and it's so pleasing!! This is the Beaded Lace Scarf from Heartstrings. laceweight in pink/red/orange combo and chartreuse beads from Bumblebeads. This is an insanely fun knit - easily-memorized lace pattern and you place beads on every wrong side row. If this were all I could knit for the rest of my life I'd be happy. Nuff said.

This second project is another prospective Tangled Web class for the fall. This is the Reversible Cable Scarf by Ruthie Nussbaum.

I've always wanted to do a Reversible Cable scarf and I like the subtle, wavy quality of this pattern.  I'm also working on a Felted Knitting Basket that I'm going to try as a class this fall, but it's just a shapeless green blob right now so I'll spare you.


Blogger Liz K. said...

Oh no! Poor Gus! I hope he feels better real soon.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gus is a trooper, but that's still got to be pretty scary for an eight-year-old in his first hospital visit. I hope they got him pretty well straightened out with advice and whatever to watch for future asthmatic episodes. And those steroids - move back the GYAC fences!

7:35 PM  
Blogger Liberty Fan said...

Poor Gus, and poor Gus's parents! I love that he's always thinking baseball, though. Feel better soon little cousin!

10:17 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Sorry to hear this. I had asthma growing up and spent a few nights in the hospital myself. I had to take two liquid medications; one looked exactly like snot, the other was some sort of vile grape facsimile. To this day, the thought of either makes me violently recoil.

Here's hoping that Gus returns to his elbow-licking, tater-hitting self in no time.

5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so gus kinda made me sad. nobody likes to be sick and nobody likes to see their child sick, much less hospitalized. i'm glad he's okay. just don't get roid rage lol.

BEADS! beads make everything prettier. must find me again. oh my.

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liz - he is totally feeling better! thank you for your kind thoughts!

gg - it's funny - he's very sanctimonious about Barry Bonds and how taking steroids is WRONG, but hey, if he's already on them, Gus was all about the long ball!

elc - yeah, he's all about the mighty Cork Sox!!

kel - mmmmm, snot and vile grape facsimile!! oof. I don't think they taste any better today - Gus had a hard time getting the steroids down. Somebody could make a trillion dollars if they came up with something that really masked medicine flavor!

jjp - wa ha - the last thing that kid needs is roid rage!!! (I think has gone out of business - I can't find their website anymore!!!)

7:12 AM  

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