Tuesday: I called the oncology ward at the hospital again….This time the receptionist let slip “Oh..eh…oh , so you didn’t hear anything in the 4th of September then?” “No, I didn’t and would I be calling if I had?”….silence on the other end….silence…”Eh..oh…well, I cannot tell you anything but….” And here is the part I had heard so many times: “I can leave message at the nurses desk and they will ring you back. You know the oncology ward is only here on Tuesday from 8.30 til 12? But somebody will call you….” ……I did not explode, I did not flinch, I did not yell..I stayed calm to try and stem the volcanic eruption about to take place and..grabbed the keys to the car and strode out of the door. It takes me a good hour and a half maybe two depending on traffic, to get to the hospital, if I would have waited for them to give me a ring ---yes, as if- I could have waited another week and then another and then another. And this time I knew by that womans slip of the tongue, that there was something that had happened on the 4th of September. So , off I drove….breathe, breathe, stay calm, stay calm….it doesn’t help shouting or being upset and yelling at these people, it will do no good, they will just assume that I am the one needing a straight jacket…I needed to be as calm and collected as I possibly could to get through to them and tell them that they have failed horribly in their duty of care. So off I went, driving, breathing and talking it through in my head. It will be fine..it will be fine….
I arrived at the oncology ward a bit passed 11 am, in time…they hadn’t closed yet and the waiting room was filled with patients. “Do you have an appointment?” the receptionist said in a high pitched voice without even raising her head. “Yes I had an appointment”, I said, in the calmest of tones..”last month when there were biopsies taken and every week I have been told I will be called back and nobody did. I’m trying to stay very calm here ---enter smile on my face coupled with a deadly stare—but I have just driven 2 hours to get some answers”. I didn’t have to say another word..she tried…but I think the look on my face was lethal and she may have contemplated to call the warden because a bomb threat was imminent…. So off she hops , waiting waiting….. She comes back after about 30 minutes holding two pieces of paper : A histopathology report and a letter without letterhead , both of which she wanted to put away in my patient folder never to see the light of day…again…”can I have a copy of that please?” eh yes..eh…think so” Grab! Got it! I got it!!!…nobody even took the effort to call me but I finally got the report and the most idiotic letter I have ever laid eyes upon… I will not quote the whole letter, but what it basically says in the left hand corner was that it was dictated to somebody on the 4th of September (remember? The 4th of September, the date that was mentioned to me on the phone that tuesday morning) and …hold on to your horses here, because the speed of all of this might just take you by surprise : Typed on the …10th of September… Two paragraphs! TWO! It takes a week to type two paragraphs?!! Talk about speed typing!
The gist of the letter was by the way, that they had tried to contact the patient ,..me, but they could not get hold of me ????? (I have a phone, I have an answering machine! no message???? aargh)
So…they typed a letter..well, not really, they dictated a letter to somebody on Mars and a carrier pigeon brought it back to earth on the 10th, neatly typed up. That’s it…If it wasn’t that serious a matter, it would be totally hilarious..well, I guess dramatic or not, it still is …..bitter but still terribly stupidly hilarious. I briefly glanced overt the histopathology report: a vast document with long medical terms , over 10 paragraphs long about the results of my biopsies…biopsies received on the 14th, results and report made immediately…..no detour to the Mars Typing Colony this time it appears…
so why? WHY? Didn’t I get any info? No call? No nothing for over a month??? Baffling absolutely baffling. Anyway, the short of the matter is according to the histopathology that it is not the best case scenario nor is it the worst, it’s pre cancerous, needing no radiation or chemo or any of that nasty stuff. Just topical treatments and perhaps laser surgery. Deep breathing, calm, again..take control..breathe..you can do this! I told myself..I can, I will…….I AM… !
My GP is not helpful either by the way. He is fervent believer in saying “so, what do YOU think is best? What do YOU think it is? “or the best one I have heard in a long time when I had to see him on wednesday to get my prescriptions for the treatment “eh..so..do you think that your irritation with the hospital and the staff there has caused the “irritation”..eh..you know..eh..down there?” Really I could have hit him over the head, but ….again..that would have meant being towed away in a straight jacket chanting "I’m not the crazy one!!!!!, THEY are!!!!!”….sigh…
Again, Life is funny! Monty Python was not far off the ball at all, the world is a surreal place….. just put your lips together and whistle “Always look on the bright side of life…phepho phepho phepho phepho (this is me whistling by the way)…lol..Always look on the bright side of life…
Well, now you know…it’s finally out of the way and we can get on with the REALLY fun stuff: Yarn !
This week I have some highly therapeutic super soft , wonderful yarns for you. Snaffle as fast as you can because there is only a very limited supply of them. Hand spun and hand dyed Bunny Mink yarn with a huge amount of yardage!
Just before we get to that though a photo that I was able to take of a bushtail possum mum with her baby on her back while eating our bird seed ..too cute !
But I'm sure the little one is eyeing off my strawberry plants on the porch...argh!
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Bunny Mink Yarn
50+ grams AU$23
IxCHeL Club Sign up time again !!!!
IxCHeL FIBRE CLUB October, November and December 2012The subscription is for a period of three months and you will receive one special hand dyed top/roving per month to the value of AU$20 , and as all of you past members know you get tops that are usually around $24 ! so it is a great deal! All the tops will be hand dyed and will be especially made for the members of Ixchel Fibre Club !
Price to join the Ixchel Fibre Club #15 and receive your special hand dyed top :)) for three months is AU$60 + postage (parcel post or airmail). AND double and triple serves are available !!!
So in short:
For Australia : single serve $60+$21 postage (parcel post), double serve $120+$24
For USA + Canada: single serve AU$60+AU$35 (Airmail) double serve AU$120+AU$60
For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$60+AU$38 (airmail) Double serve AU$120+AU$58
For Asia: Single serve AU$60+AU$28 (airmail) Double serve AU$120+AU$39
If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FIBRE CLUB #15 now. Numbers are strictly limited ! Deadline for signing up for fibre club #15 is end of September ! And the first instalment is going to be shipped out end of October :) Payment via direct deposit or credit card. Just PM or email me your details :)
IxCHeL Yarn Club October, November and December 2012Every month for three months (October, November and December 2012) you will receive: enough hand dyed luscious yummy yarn to make a pair of socks or a lush shawl or scarf ofcourse! (the hand dyed yarn will be exclusive for the Ixchelbunny SOCK-IT-TO-ME Yarn CLUB and will range from a sockweight yarn or a 3ply or a 4 ply); Every month a new sock pattern, tips and instructions ! Now is that GOOD or is that GOOD ??! :) I will even offer a double serve for those of you who like their socks extra long :)
Here is the nitty gritty:
For Australia : single serve $78+$21 postage (parcel post) double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +$24
For USA + Canada: single serve AU$78+AU$35 (Airmail) double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$49
For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$78+AU$38 (airmail) Double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$57
For Asia: Single serve AU$78+AU$28 (airmail) Double serve $130 (= one skein FREE!!!) +AU$42 Numbers are strictly limited ! Deadline for signing up for the Ixchelbunny SOCK-IT-TO-ME Yarn CLUB! is end of September. Payment via direct deposit or credit card. Just PM or email me your details :)) By the way: you don’t HAVE to knit socks if you don’t want to.. the hand dyed yarn is amazingly nice for scarves, cowls, beanies and even tops ! Anything goes :)
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Club October, November and December 2012Here are all the details and just pm me when you have any questions or want to be part of the funky bunny batt club Movement ;-) Welcome to the blingy dark side ;-D
The subscription is for a period of three months and you will receive one special hand dyed funky bunny batt per month to the value of AU$32 or more .
The batts will range in weight from 100grams to 150grams with luxury fibres like baby camel , angora, cashmere, silk, yak, llama even Yak! All the batts will be hand dyed and will be especially made for the members of Ixchel funky bunny Club ! Every month you will receive a HUGE luxury funky bunny batt ! Sign up now and you will receive an Ixchel Hand dyed , super luxurious funky bunny batt for October, November and December 2012 !
Price to join the Ixchel Funky bunny #15 :)) for three months is :
For Australia : $96+$21 postage (parcel post)
For USA + Canada: AU$96+AU$35 (Airmail)
For UK,Europe, rest of the world: AU$96+AU$38 (airmail)
For Asia: AU$96+AU$28 (airmail)
If you want to receive a fibre surprise every month then join the IXCHEL FUNKY BUNNY Batt CLUB#15 now. Numbers are strictly limited ! Deadline for signing up for the funky bunny batt club #15 is end of September and the first instalment is going to be shipped out end of October 2012 :) Payment via direct deposit or credit card. Just PM or email me
IxCHeL Mini skein Club October, November and December 2012Every month I will be offering a monthly exclusive IxCHeL mini skein selection for Club members. In that monthly selection there are 14 hand dyed miniskeins that are hand dyed and or even hand spun and awesome to add to your mini skein projects.
Here are all the details for the sign ups for the IxCHeL Mini Skein Club:
For Australia : single serve $69+$21 postage (parcel post) double serve $130 (=even a better deal!) +$24
For USA + Canada: single serve AU$69+AU$35 (Airmail) double serve $130 (even a better deal!) +AU$49
For UK,Europe, rest of the world: Single serve AU$69+AU$38 (airmail) Double serve $130 (even a better deal!)+AU$57
For Asia: Single serve AU$69+AU$28 (airmail) Double serve $130 (even a better deal!)+AU$42 Numbers are strictly limited ! Deadline for signing up for the IxCHeL Mini Skein Club is end of September. The first Club mini skeins will be sent out end of October. Payment via direct deposit or credit card. Just PM or email me your details :))
Dates to Remember:
Bunny Spin in at the Ixchel Fibre Farm (11am-4pm)
Every Third Saturday and every fourth Thursday of the month!
Saturday September 15th, 11am-4pm and
Thursday September 27th,) 11am – 4pm
Bunny Spin in at the Ixchel Fibre Farm (11am-4pm)
Every Third Saturday and every fourth Thursday of the month!