The thyroid biopsy had been sent out for a second opinion because the folks at Centenerary Hospital were hoping for a more definitive answer as to cancer or not. After waiting another four weeks, the results came back. You guessed it -- same as the first biopsy. The endocrinoligist I'm seeing was actually pleased with the less than definitive results. The blurrier the answer, the better for me he felt. So we are going to be monitoring my throat area carefully and scheduling an ultrasound in November. Additionally, he will be keeping my TSH levels slightly elevated so that any remaining thyroid cells won't feel the urge to kick into high gear, which could cause them to slide over into the cancer side of things. All in all, I'm not at all upset with the results.
And you know what? I'm feeling absolutely fabulous. Haven't felt this well in years, actually. I'm not sleeping until noon on my days off, nor am I taking naps. In fact, Doug is beginning to wonder who this dynamo is that's sharing space with him. In fact, today was 6 weeks (and a few days) post-surgery on the gall bladder and today was The Day for a bicycle ride. We hopped onto the bikes and rode into and around Caesarea ... up some hills and down some hills. It was good. Actually, it was GREAT! Next weekend we're gonna try some trails. I can hardly wait!
In the meantime, I've been doing some knitting and finishing up of items. And since I actually found my camera again, it's time I posted some pictures! In February, we hosted a knit-along at the store for the Winter Spice cardigan from the November 2011 issue of Creative Knitting. This was a follow-up of the chart class that we held in January -- I loved the design. Here it is in all its glory --
The sleeve detail is quite nice, in my humble opinion. I searched for a long time to find the perfect buttons for the cuffs.
In other news -- We have had my step-daughter's dog living with us for the past year. Pepper came to stay with us last May, in hopes that we could give him a happy summer. He is elderly, with problems in his hindquarters. Apparently living in the country is good for him, because he not only enjoyed the summer but also the fall, winter and spring! We've started taking him to a local conservation area for a walk every weekend, on the premise that walking over terrain is good for people so it must be good for him. We don't let him do the entire trail, but just enough to give him some exercise and tire him out. Apparently it works ...
All I know is that he's the best dog in the world.