We’ve had a very busy week here, in terms of managing everything whilst Mr C is ‘out of action’. Some days have been very stressful, but other days have pushed me put of my comfort zone and made me try new things (some felt like great achievements; others I never wish to repeat!) I thought it’d be nice to sum up my week of firsts, partly just for me to look back on in the future. (Items 1 and 2 are a little gory so skip them if you’re squeamish!)
- This week was the first time I’ve seen the inside of a person’s body. Mr C’s dressings came off before the wounds had healed and I was both fascinated and horrified by seeing the inside of his arm. (They weren’t large wounds as it was keyhole surgery but I still rang the hospital for advice, since I’m not a nurse and don’t even have a first aid certificate!)
- As a result of 1, this week was the first time I have steri stripped someone back together. The kind nurse on the phone talked me through the process, and I think my craft experience helped quite a lot with neat joining. I did feel a little funny when doing this, and also worried in case I wasn’t doing it well enough. It definitely put the ‘in sickness and in health’ part of our marriage vows into practice.
- A knock on effect of Mr C only being able to use one arm was that I have had to take over care of the allotment too. The weeds were multiplying, so my 5 year old and I decided to mow it. This meant that, for the first time ever I started up and used the petrol mower on my own. (My son went slug hunting and fed them to the chickens whilst I tried not to look too amateur as I failed to start it. Then I found the priming button and I was away-luckily no one else was nearby to laugh at my many unsuccessful attempts that only resulted in a faint splutter rather than a roar from the engine.)
- Thanks to not wearing gloves, this was the first time I have given myself a blister from using a lawnmower. I was so focused on my mission that didn’t notice until it had popped and the top had come off so I was pretty sore when I got home.
- When not nursing or allotmenteering, I’ve squeezed in a bit of knitting. It was the first time I’ve used sock weight yarn, and it was strangely thin after the yarn I’m used to.
- Because I was using such thin yarn, I had to use small needles. I ordered a set of 2.5mm sock needles with my birthday money. They are very smooth and lovely but it feels a bit like trying to knit with cocktail sticks!
- As part of my sock project, I tried a new cast on-the stretchy cast on method. I have no idea what the method is called that I usually use, I’ll call it the Nanny method as it’s how she showed me when she taught me at the age of 5. Anyway, after watching a lot of YouTube videos I got the hang of it!
It’s been a good week for learning in this house, I don’t think I’m cut out to be a surgeon though, or a nurse, or a landscape gardener (I think I mowed ‘one or two’ things that shouldn’t have been lawnmowered!)
Have you tried anything new this week?