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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sewers are like terriers

A few updates first on Mr. Rascal.

After a week on IV fluids I was told that he just wasn't improving the way he should, and since he wouldn't eat at all, we were running out of options.

Problem, I looked him in the eye and it seemed to me that there was something else going on.

I got that feeling you get that I see in other sewers all the time - that can't let it go for some reason - the thing that makes you put away a project and get ready for bed but calls you back to your sewing room and makes you sit down and fix it.

Have you ever done that?

Ever had that moment when you pick up your seam ripper and start pulling out stitches even when you know you are too tired and you know you should just leave well enough alone - but you just can't stop yourself - and some relentless part of your sewing self takes over and you realize you have no choice.

Have you ever been there?

So yesterday I asked for another ultra sound, a repeat of an earlier test - just to check to see if there was anything we had missed, I know it was annoying of me but I just couldn't help it, something was not right - something between the vets words and the look in his eye was not matching for me.

Well the repeat test showed something new, something they hadn't seen before - stones in the bladder that were causing a lot of pain and other troubles. So they added some meds for that and over the last day he has started to pick up and they sent him home, where he has started eating again.

Who knows how Rascal will go, but it was that exact same feeling I had yesterday, that feeling where you know just can't let it go until you re-stitch that seam, that came over me. It was odd, but as any sewer knows sometimes it just isn't the time to let go.


Anonymous said...

Oh dear, what I good thing that you did listen to your gut feeling and insist on doing another test. I hope Mr. Rascal get's better soon. All the best wishes,

Kathie said...

Hallelujah! always a good idea to trust your gut feelings. Malcolm Gladwell's book "Blink" takes a serious, scientific look into this. It's a good read and an even better "listen" from recorded books. Congratulations and good luck with your little guy.

Shannon said...

I strongly believe in always trusting one's instincts and I sure am glad that you do too. I hope your pup continues to improve and this can all become a distant memory.

Rita said...

You have to trust your gut whether it be in sewing or in other parts of your life. Congrats on getting a diagnosis for Mr. Rascal, that is hardest part.

gMarie said...

OMG - this post gave me goosebumps. Thank goodness Rascal has you to look out for him. I hope he continues to improve. g

Linda T said...

I'm so happy to hear that Mr. R is on the mend now. Sometimes vets get on one track and unless we "parents" insist on things, they don't see everything. Over the years, I've often gone for "second opinions" and they have been well worth it.