Friday, March 16, 2012

Being Irish..but not feeling like I am

Yes...all of my work through researching my heritage.... reveals that I am very much Irish/Scottish on my Dad's side.  We have McMillon's, from my Grandpa's side going back to the 1700's here in the states.   McCord's, and Griffith's on my Grandmother's side going back to the 1600's.  I have found the connections Ireland and Scotland through census records in the late 1700's..  Most of my relatives settled in Tennessee, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Southeast Missouri.  Having heard only southern accents from my is hard for me to feel Irish. 

I did not have the luck of the Irish though... to have won the HGTV Dream Home...even though I entered everyday...twice.  It is a beautiful home in Utah.   I have been watching that channel a lot this past week as I recover from knee surgery.  I was starting to get around  a little better and actually did a little housework the other day.  Yesterday and today I felt I had a setback.. because my knee hurt a lot and I felt like I needed to go back to using the cane again just to move it at all.  So I called my Dr's nurse and told her about it.  She said she thinks I just over did it and that I should  take it easy over the weekend.  I get my stitches out on Tuesday.  I also got to voice my opinion to the surgery center about my intense pain after the surgery.  They said that I should have called the exchange if I was in that much pain.   I realize now that my grievance about the aftercare has nothing to do with them.  They run an out-patient service.  And for the biggest majority of people...this arthroscopic surgery is easily managed at home, with little recovery time.  It just did not work out that way for me.  I guess I was just ill prepared for the worse.  I will know better next time...if there is a next time.  Hope not.  After I get my stitches out, I do want to tell my Dr. that I was not expecting that kind of pain really because his nurse told  my daughter that I would have very little recovery time.  Just limping for a couple of days.  So funny..that when I called her today and told her I was still having trouble...she said..." has only been a couple of weeks hasn't it.  You are just rushing it too much. " (It has been one week)  Different tune...but she probably talks to so many people she doesn't remember what she tells them.  He is one very busy Dr. with 2 locations and lots of patients.

I have started a new knitting project from this magazine that I bought a while back.

  It is this lace shawl and I am using a sequin yarn from Hobby Lobby.  I really like the yarn but I am promising myself the next time I knit something I am going to go to the yarn store and buy a really nice yarn.  This pattern may be a challenge for me but I am determined to stick with it, just because I really enjoy wearing scarfs and shawls now.  Although with our 80 degree temps...I doubt I will be wearing them outdoors.
That is about all of the chitter chatter I will report today.  Have a fun St. Patrick's Day tomorrow.  I will be sitting around with my feet up...knitting or reading.


Rudee said...

That's a beautiful shawl, Brenda. Just keep plugging along. Before you know it, the piece will be done and it will be handy for cool nights or air conditioned rooms.

As for the nurse...are you sure she's a nurse? Lots of medical office assistants like to masquerade as licensed and academically trained professionals. It's a pet peeve of mine. If she is a nurse, she lacks empathy and ought to be ashamed.

I hope you're feeling more yourself soon. Take the advice to not overdo it. Perhaps if it's still hurting on Tuesday, a little rehab time is in order.

The Bug said...

Love that shawl - it really is gorgeous.

I found that I had the same problem with my hip - it was always extra sore the day after I "did" anything. So you just "do" things about every 3rd day & you'll be fine (but not too many things!).

Sandy said...

I know I have a lot of irish and scotch. I think it would be fun to do a search on my ancestry but also time consuming.

I sure hope you heal fast from that surgery.

That is a beautiful shawl.

Reader Wil said...

Oh dear, I hope your knee will soon be better! Thanks for your comment!

Anonymous said...

My wife used to knit a lot.

I am glad you found me at Wil's and bothered to stop by.

That gives me a chance to stop and say, "Hello," to you and to admire your knitting and your blog.

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever