Thursday, May 10, 2007

As time goes by

Things have calmed down a bit chez nous since last weekend (well I have calmed down a bit - not much but a bit and my ear infection has calmed down).

The dangerous first 24 - 48 hours is past and my son is still hanging in there. His almost exuberant spirits of a few days ago have fled in the wake of the gruelling chemotherapy. On the whole though things are going pretty much according to plan. He was due to have a central line put in his chest for administering things instead of the constant strain on the veins in his arms. This hasn't happened yet possibly due to a lack of resources. (It is really hard not to compare things with France at a time like this since here if it was needed it would be done, full stop.) Also the news this morning was depressing comparing cancer remission rates in the UK and France and the rest of Europe. Thank goodness he has a very treatable cancer and is in specialist hospital.

He made it very clear to me that I was not to visit him if I had the slightest infection, and more or less said that he was not willing to pander to my wishes to see him and make sure he was alright only to die of an ear infection a few weeks later! Just because I blubber like I have the IQ and emotional maturity of an amoeba is there any need to speak to me like I am intellectually challenged? Still it was more like the Conrad I know.

Thanks so much to all the people who have sent their good wishes they are very warmly received. Some people who have left comments I have no way of contacting but thank you anyway. I have been very bad with email replies anyway lately so take it as read that your thoughts were much appreciated. Rachel I would be very grateful if you would also thank everyone on the general daily email.

Well I hope to see him at the weekend so I must sort out what knitting to take and when I get back I will have FO's to post including my first attempt at a steek which I am very proud of. I really want to knit Conrad something but he is of the trainers and eveything black generation and doesn't seem to do knitteds. Any ideas?


Anonymous Janine said...

Glad to hear things are getting better :-)
On the knitting front, I have a son who lives in jeans and anything black :-)
He was stoked ( modern day speak for very happy I believe) with a pair of fingerless gloves and a beanie hat to match ( in black of course!) - or you could use the skull and cross bones pattern ( They Call Them Pirates?)

10:35 PM  
Blogger Suemoon said...

Oh Maylin,
big hugs to you both!

How about, as Janine suggested, the hat and gloves AND some lovely soft and squooshy socks, I'd suggest Rowan Calmer or a similar soft yarn.


11:55 PM  
Blogger janilizi said...

good to hear things are getting better.
big hug

12:39 AM  
Anonymous Sterenig said...

take care of you to be ready to see him as soon as possible ! You'll both be in my prayers. Does he like beanie hats ?

10:57 AM  
Blogger TutleyMutley said...

Oh my goodness - I haven't been very good at checking out my friend's blogs and I find your whole world turned upside down. I'm so glad Conrad is hanging in there. Sounds like he's the same age as my son...
My thoughts are with you all - virtual hugs and love your way! And I wouldn't expect reciprocal emails, just keep blogging occasionally.

12:16 PM  
Blogger sylv said...

I've been having issues with Blogger that wouldn't let me comment but I just wanted I'm thinking of you both. Hope it all goes better fast and you can visit him this week-end.
My girls are still so small and I sometimes think what if they ever fell really sick ?
BOn courage Maylin, toutes mes pensées avec toi et ta famille en ces temps pas très faciles.. (et qui nous rappellent qu'il y a des choses plus importantes qu'un nouveau prédsident, quel qu'il soit!)

1:23 PM  
Blogger Lorena said...

Hah! My first thought was the "We call them Pirates" hat, in something soft so that if he is going to lose his hair it will keep his head warm without giving him itches. I was also thinking thick bed socks. And maybe a small knitted pillow with a "F%&K CANCER" motif. KnitPicks has a very soft yarn for chemo hats, please let me know if you want to try some and I will mail you bunches.

Maylin, dear, you and your family are in my thoughts. This hits so close to home for me this month. Argh. Holding your family close in my heart...

2:08 PM  
Blogger Mindy said...

I am glad to hear Conrad is doing okay! I will keep you in my thoughts.

I think the pirate hat is an excellent idea. My cousin (also of the everything black and jeans crowd) requested fingerless mitts (in black of course), so I think they would be a great idea as well.

2:48 PM  
Blogger Heatherly said...

praying for your son.

9:26 PM  

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