Sunday, April 17, 2011

I Wish My Headaches Will Go Away

I've been having headaches for 2 weeks now.  It comes and goes.  I took Ibuprofen for it and that seems to work but it still comes back hours later or next day when the drug wore off.

It started the Monday the week before when I was at work.  Finally I went into urgent care yesterday just to get it checked up.  The nurse practitioner gave me some nose spray and advised me to take allergy medicine to see if allergy is the cause.  Due to the $5000 annual deductible, she and I both agree it's best to try to see if it's allergy first before I do  things like CT scan to check for sinus infection or other stuff.  She thinks it could be combination of allergies and stress.  Because I have no other symptoms besides headaches and plugged up nose (oh, and somewhat deformed eustasian tubes of my ears since last year) that it's less likely to be migraine headache. But, I have never had allergies before. Many people told me people develop more allergies as they get older.  I think I could be allergic to my job.

This is just going on for too long.  The hypochondriac part of me cannot help but kick in every now and then... what if I have brain tumor???   The nurse said, well, we don't rule out any possibilities but let's see if it's allergies first or tension headache. 

I have to say the nurse was wonderful (so was the doctor there at the same clinic whom I'd seen before.)  She was not rushed, she took her time to listen.  And in the end she told me to call her with any concerns since I have the $5000 deductible so she'll try to answer questions over the phone without me having to go in again.  

Because of the headache, I have not been knitting much, just sitting around feeling crappy, and naps on my days off.  And of course, like usual, I always wake up from naps with headaches.  Yikes.  I don't deal well with aches and pains.  I'm such a wimp that my tolerance for them is so little.  I did go for a long walk yesterday with Paul.  That was nice.  But this morning I woke up again with a little headache and stiff neck. 

I just have one wish - my headaches will go away soon.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Little Knits

A shout out to Little Knits.

I found out through Ravelry that Little Knits is having matching fund for donations to Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief.  So I sent out my first modest donation to Red Cross.  Rather than wait 'till the end of the month to total up the sale from  Zen Garden, I figured I'd make a donation now and once more at the end of the month.

Here is what the Little Knits owner posted on Ravelry group:

Little Knits has donated to Red Cross and would like to match your donations. If you do make a donation to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami funds at Red Cross please name Little Knits Inc., as your matching corporate donor. We have earmarked $10,000 for this purpose and would like to exhaust these funds in their entirety if we can.


Here is a summary of the Red Cross donation-match process:
Go to the Red Cross website - it is slow to upload at times - from here select Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami from the list and follow the website to make a donation. Once you are done with your donation you should receive an email from Red Cross (this will be the record of your donation). Forward that email to us at and we will then follow up with a matching donation.

It is amazingly generous of Little Knits.  In the past I've done my share of shopping there, always love the deals.  I'll definitely be sure to do more shopping there in the future.  They have wide selection at low prices. 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Pattern for Zen Garden

I'm really excited (and nervous too) that I have published my first for sale pattern - Zen Garden.

The pattern of is up for sale at my Ravelry shop.

It is $5.00 for the download pattern.  The pattern includes both the short version and the tunic version.

I will be donating all the proceeds in the month of April to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund of Red Cross.