Thank you

Let me start by offering a heartfelt thank you to all of you who left messages for me here and on Ravelry. Your best wishes were very much appreciated, and gave us some cheer. As Emma reported previously, Doug and I have both been struck down by Covid, and it was nasty. My word for everyone: be cautious.

I have read comments from knitters about how having Covid gave them lots of opportunity to sit and knit. That has not been my experience. We were both quite sick and have had some unsettling and scary consequences brought on by the infection. We have been at the hospital three times in the last two weeks, had paramedics in the house multiple times, and had two late-night ambulance rides. Doug has had multiple brain scans, and managed to scare me to death at least once.

We have also been overwhelmed with the kindness of neighbours, friends, and colleagues, who have kept in touch, checked up on us, and done shopping and pharmacy runs. We have also been very well supported by the NHS in every way, and have had the best experiences and interactions with everyone – doctors, nurses, paramedics, technicians, porters, receptionists; all of these overworked people have been professional and kind and reassuring.

We are not through this yet. The virus is cycling and neither of us has very much energy. We still have significant brain fog. We are very sad about losing our sense of taste/smell. I am still coughing and Doug has debilitating headaches. Doug has some extra complications we are trying to sort out. For almost three weeks I was unable to knit, and really struggled to read, or watch TV, or do much of anything. In the past few days, I have begun to pick up my knitting and have been watching Wimbledon, so definitely things are picking up. I managed to put in the ribbing on my Myrtle, so it is all done except for weaving in lots and lots of ends:

I don’t have the brain space for weaving in ends at the moment, but hopefully within a week or two, I will have a little more energy. I hope to bring you finished shots of this beautiful project soon. Thanks again!

19 thoughts on “Thank you

  1. Very sorry to hear of your bad experiences with COVID and hope you both feel better soon. Too many people seem to think it a case of mild flu!
    I have enjoyed your newsletters for years and as someone with a bad shoulder appreciate your frustrations with not knitting.
    Take care Gillian

  2. Sending you healing thoughts and hope you feel better soon. It sounds very serious. I hope your energy starts to come back, little by litt.e

  3. I am still in the midst of Covid and was shocked by the intensity of the virus after 3 vaccines. It hit me like a freight train and I am only just emerging now. I thought I’d be able to knit in bed. Laugh? I could barely lift my head from the pillow. So, yes, I understand completely what you have both experienced only with the stress of ambulance trips and health scares to top it all, it must have been hell. this virus is a horrible thing. May the sun shine on us all to bring warmer days and happy recoveries.

    • Oh, Kathryn, I’m so sorry that you’ve been suffering. We are also fully vaccinated and boosted, and we have been shocked at how badly this has hit us. I send you best wishes for a full recovery. Take it easy and don’t push yourself!

  4. I’m so sorry to hear that you and your husband have had such a brutal case of covid. I wish you both a speedy and complete recovery!

  5. Covid really is a lottery isn’t it, symptoms and degrees of those symptoms vary so wildly, crazy! I’m glad things are improving and hope you both make a full recovery, can’t imagine the worry.

  6. I’m so relieved that you and your husband are on the mend, slowly but surely. Hoping you’ll reach full recovery sooner rather than later.❤️

  7. Glad to hear you appear to be heading to good health. I hope your hubby gets better soon too. So scary. We have been lucky. Maybe country living?? Kids still living at home have been really good about isolating whenever they’ve picked up something from the day care center they work at. Hope you are able to get back to enjoying knitting as well as smelling.

  8. Glad to hear things are heading in the right direction, and sorry the course of the virus has been so brutal. Wishing you and Doug health and comfort, and full capacity to embrace all the pleasures of life again very soon. (Your Myrtle is gorgeous, already obvious in the peek you shared!) Thank you for the update…you’ve been in my thoughts and hopes for a happy outcome.

  9. Thanks for sending an update on Doug and you. So sorry that you both have been affected by the virus. Thinking of you and sending warm thoughts and healing energy from over the pond. Take care.

  10. I’m so glad you are doing better. It seems like you really had a hard time. I am pretty certain it’s not over altho people like to think it is. Keep getting better and knitting even a little is a good sign.

  11. I’m so glad to know you’re coming out of the other end of this extremely rough time. So sorry it’s been so bad for both of you. Happy to hear you have supportive friends and neighbours and that the NHS has done well by you.

  12. So very sorry to hear that you and Doug have been so poorly. Sending healing love and hugs, with much hope that you continue to feel better. 💕

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