Wednesday, June 18, 2008

You know what I really want?

A prayer shawl. I know that sounds odd; it’s high summer. But it gets really cold in the infusion room, when they pump cold fluid into you for 2 ½ hours. They give you a lap blanket, and a pillow, but nothing for your shoulders (although they probably would if I asked.)

I could make my own, as part of Carol’s charge to pray for myself. I have my stash, in the back of the car. But part of the whole prayer-shawl culture is to make them for others. I thought I’d ask the universe, and see what happens.

Thanks! I got the idea, when friends of a friend made one for her. It hadn’t occurred to me before then.

Oh, and a nausea/misery update: Ativan is my friend. I still get the fever, chills, and aches—but the queasiness is almost gone. Yay!


susankay said...

And where should the shawl want to go? As in: an address.

Kirstin said...

E-mail me: and I'll tell you. :-)


Mimi said...

Atavan IS your friend, I totally agree.

My aunt made my mom a cool quilt that folded up into it's own pillow, I think it was called a "quillow" and it was perfect for chemo.

susan s. said...

Yes, atavan is great! Sorry about the rest.
And yes, all you have to do is ask for shoulder cover. I always took all the cover they would give me! ;-)

susan s. said...

Oh, and are you taking it before the chemo? That was the first thing I did when I sat down in the chair!

Kirstin said...

Mimi, that sounds lovely.

Susan, Ativan knocks me right out. I've been driving myself in--otherwise I'd take it while I'm still there. I take it as soon as I get home.

Caminante said...

Hooray for the Ativan. Hope you have an endless script for it so you can weather the inteferon.

Do you have tunes to listen to during your drips? Or company?

Prayers as always.

MikeF said...

Still praying... but you knew that, didn't you?

Love & blessings


Paul said...

Hmm, I didn't bring the knitting needles with me and would have no energy if I had, but perhaps I can pray you a virtual one for now.

Thank you, Jesus, for your servant Ativan.

My verification word is "bljzi" - I am taking it, given my time here in NOLA, to mean "be all jazzy."

Jane R said...

Better living through chemistry :-).

My verification word is gangntou, which sounds like something from New Orleans...

Grandmère Mimi said...

Kirstin, I see the prayer shawl is covered. We have folks in our church who make them. Prayers continue, love.

eileen the uppity woman said...


The Cunning Runt said...

Count me in on the Healing Thoughts (I'm not sure if I actually remember how to pray in a formal way.)

You have a lovely community of friends here, Kirstin.

Best of luck with everything.

- R

Jim said...

I make cotton prayer shawls for Summer use here in the midwest. If are planing on too much heat for a while, I can crochet one and send it.

It would take a few weeks, but it is not like you or the treatments are going away. What colors do you prefer? I bead mine, crosses in the corners generally, do you like Roman or Greek crosses?

Two is not too many is it?

cancer survivor (among my bad habits)

Kirstin said...

Hi Jim,

Two is not too many at all! E-mail me through my profile. :-)