Thursday, February 21, 2013
Close to Nowhere
Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to the doctor I go
• I might have mentioned once or twice that I’ve been sick with bronchitis since before Thanksgiving. OK, I’ve whined a lot about it, but...
After antibiotics and wonderful cough syrup that put me right to sleep, I thought I was getting better. At a routine visit to Dr. Hawkins though, she said, “I can still hear your bronchitis.”
I didn’t like that, so I ignored it and continued thinking I was getting better.
That will teach me to ignore what my doctor says.
Within a week or so I was coughing again. A few days later and I was back in her office, as sick as I’d been originally.
I have to give her credit though. At no point did she say, “I told you so!” She probably has many idiot patients...
After another round of antibiotics and an even better cough syrup -- this one actually stops the coughing -- I’m happy to report that I am not any better.
True, as of Tuesday, I’d only been taking the antibiotics a week -- seems like that would make some difference.
I guess I am better. I’m sitting upright and not coughing every breath, but I’m still not happy.
When folks ask me how I’m doing, I always say, “Better, thanks.” But I want you to know I’m lying! I don’t want to turn into one of those people whom you’re terrified to say, “How are you doing?” to because they might tell you and you really don’t want to know every gory detail.
I’m thinking that if I actually try taking care of myself I might start getting better. And I will, just as soon as I have time!
• Saturday, instead of taking care of myself, I went to a quilt class at The Quilting Barn in Arlington, Tenn. Dana’s friend Tammye lives out there and talked Dana into going, which somehow clicked this time with Dana and she’s got the quilting bug now! I’m so excited!
The teacher for the class we’re taking is Todd Blankenbeckler and he’s wonderful. I am constantly amazed at how many men are involved in quilting and how good they are! There is a husband and wife quilting team that comes to the quilt show at Paducah, Ky., and teaches every year, and Kafe Fawcett, a guy from Sweden (maybe), is the best teacher I’ve ever had.
But back to Todd -- there are four of us in the paper-piecing class. And we’ve talked him into teaching a couple more classes -- New York Beauty and a Baltimore album.
There are two beginning quilters in our class, Dana and Dawn. These are not beginner quilts. But you can’t tell a quilter “you can’t do that yet!”
Because they can!
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