Mom had called Friday evening. Still loopy, but sounded somewhat "there", so I asked when we should plan on visiting. She SAID that after lunch would be best - she was sure they would be moving her to a room, so....Alrighty, then!
We headed out at 11 - I needed to hit the outlet mall for a new sports bra, and Sweet Geek needed gloves. The Bali-outlet was having a buy 1, get 1 50% off sale, PLUS I had a 20% off coupon, so I got a new sports bra AND workout pants for less than the bra alone. We hit Wilson's Leather...and got mobbed by the 2 girls working the till - apparantly my and Herself's hats are the coolest things they'd ever seen...and when they discovered that they were hand-knit...well! I was a mini-hero (which is funny - *I* can see all the mistakes!) We scored him a pair of suede gloves for $12, and headed on out.
At 12-ish, I called her cell (ICU doesn't have phones in the rooms.) No, she still wasn't moved, and *the next visiting slot was at 3*. Ok-dokey, we're on the road and won't get there until 1:30-ish; we can deal!
There's a Weaving/Knitting/Fiber Arts shop maybe 2 miles from the freeway exit. I *did NOT* want to go - I know how my self-control is when faced with fresh, soft, yummy wool - in any form! But....it's 1:45, we can't visit until 3, so.....:sigh: Sweet Geek *said* he'd help in the self-control department, so Ok. I can do this.....
It took 10 minutes to hit the $100 mark. HE was no help at all! :lol: We did score the buttons for his cardigan (well, they ordered them for us, but we had to prepay), I got some bright roving that'll work for Irish Fest (if I can't get anything wilder!), some yarn for Sweet Geek yet another hat (except this AM he decided that the roving would make a much more funky hat, so can I spin it up for Him a Hat? :shakes head:), some DPNs for Himself to finish his hat....and got our hats praised again. (It's much more meaningful to me to have "real" knitters admire my stuff - it shows me I'm on the right track. They even liked the inside of my hats - which is funny, since I cheated and just tied all the ends together! :lol:) Sweet Geek now wants to weave in the worst way; the store owner wants photos of my 12H table loom that's for sale....it was a fun visit. (And....I was good. They have a HUGE sock yarn collection..and I didn't even touch! I know it sounds like a large amount for not much goods...but really? It's not - I also got a replacement tape measure and some more row counters. The yarn was 50% off, and the roving is 8 oz....I feel like I did good. I won't be doing it again anytime soon, but it's nice to see *real* yarn, and not just look at it online. Oh - and this IS the "Local" store - the next closet is in Dallas, and it's 10 miles FURTHER out. :sigh: I live in a yarn-deprived area!)
At 2:20, we headed for the hospital. I had finished the cardigan front, and was working on sleeve #1 (Did ya catch that? The Cardigan BODY IS DONE!!!), so I was OK for a bit of a wait....only, ICU visiting hours are from 1 to 3.......and it was 2:40 when we found her room :bangs head:
Herself and I chatted with her for 10 minutes, then Herself left and I stayed in until 3. SHE says she's doing great, and wants to move on........I cornered the nurse when I left her room. :sigh:
Surgery-wise, she's doing great. HOWEVER...she refuses to cough. She HAS to cough to get all that crud out of her lungs....and she won't do it. She does cough when on the phone, though.......so I need to call her more often, and get others to do so too. They're keeping her pretty well sedated (to aid in healing), and the room is kept dark. I don't think she really understands what they did....I mean, she's missing half a lung now! Of COURSE they need to keep her under observation as long as possible - pneumonia is a real threat. :sigh:
I could say more...but I am impressed with the hospital, especially her nurse.
Today, we take Sweet Geek's aunt out for her birthday.....so today is toast, too. :Sigh: At least I can knit in the Jeep....:grin: