I told you all about my upcoming cancer treatment. If you missed that post, you can find it HERE.
Anyway, if all goes well, I’ll be treated with a higher dose of radioactive iodine sometime (depending on insurance and other logistics) in the next two months or so. This will involve a hospital stay…not necessarily because I am sick but because I can’t be in public or around people as I’ll be radioactive. The hope is that it will only be for about 2-3 days but it’s all dependent on the dose and how quickly it goes through me.
Do you remember the studies we all did in science classes talking about shelf life? Well how long I stay is all about shelf life and how quickly I can flush it.
The last time I did this, I went in on Friday afternoon and stayed until Sunday in the early evening. I was bored to death. BORED. I was new to it all they made some pretty strict rules that I didn’t know if I could bend or break or how it would all work.
Anything I touch during those three days ends up holding the radioactive properties and becomes contaminated. I was told whatever I bring in, I have to throw away when I leave. So I brought this old dinosaur Kindle Fire and planned on throwing it out when I left. I didn’t have my phone. I felt pretty isolated from the world because my Kindle was so old that once I turned it on, the battery drained quickly. I couldn’t call out using the phone so I would turn the Kindle on, message one of the kids, and then tell them to call me on the hospital phone. It was not ideal.
When I got there, the television remote had a ziplock bag over it and I could use it. Once I was gone the remote would be taken out of the Ziplock and could be used.
Once there I was also told that I actually could keep my old Kindle Fire. I would just have to put in a Ziplock bag as I left and I could leave it in there for 3 months and then I could have it again. I ended up doing that.
This all has me thinking…
1-I am going to take my laptop. I never use it unless my desktop is on the fritz. So I’ll put it in a bag when I leave, keep it in the bag for three months, and hope that my desktop doesn’t go on the fritz. Then I can have it back after the three months have passed. That will be nice as I won’t feel so out of the loop and isolated…plus I can just keep that plugged in and put the cords in the bag with the laptop when I leave. No worrying about conserving batteries.
2-I think I could take some stitching with me. Why not? It would make my stay MUCH more enjoyable. I can just stitch on it while I am in the hospital, put it in a ziplock bag when I leave, and take it out in three months just like the laptop. YES! I love this idea.
So…what do I want to take? Hmm.
My brain has me thinking of maybe a small Christmas project. I won’t need it for three months as Christmas is far away. If I don’t finish it, that’s okay. I’ll still have time after the three months to finish it up before Christmas. Hmm. I love the idea. I love it a lot.
The hospital stay will be 100% better if I can communicate with the outside world AND be able to stitch!! This has me feeling better about the whole situation.
So…what should I stitch? I’ll have two full days…maybe three to stitch. I am still on my Blackbird Designs kick.
I have this book…You can find it HERE if you are interested.
It’s the same book that has Christmas Garden in it. Anyway, in the book are stockings. They have the alphabet on them. Here are the first three…the book has all of the stockings.
I could bring the supplies to stitch two of the stockings. I’d likely only get one finished but I could pick them up again after the three-month isolation period is up and stitch the rest of them then. I kind of like that idea. That would help me continue on with my year of the Blackbird. That would also knock one stocking out fairly quickly. Hmm.
The stockings do use a variety of different reds but only about six in total so I wouldn’t need a ton of thread to stitch these. I like that idea.
I also have this chart, Feliz Navidad. I love this one. You can find it HERE.
I also have this chart, Merry Christmas. You can find it HERE.
I also have a few other Christmas charts that aren’t Blackbird Designs that I keep hoping to get to… hmm.
I’m leaning towards starting the stockings. I’ve always wanted to have some stockings up at Christmas time and never have. These would be great as you all know I’m a fan of the color red and a fan of all things Blackbird Designs.
I think I’ll go with the stockings. I’m off to check out if I need any reds or if I have them. It feels so good to have something to be excited about during my hospital stay.
I know I’ve been starting a lot of things but at this point, I don’t care anymore about how many projects I have going. If it will buy me a little sanity in the hospital, it’s TOTALLY worth it.