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November 18, 2009

Breast Cancer Rant

Warning, this is a rant about the recent so-called study and report released about breast cancer self-examinations and mammograms.

I've heard about this study. I've read the summary of it. I'm enraged against the idiots who were involved in making their recommendations and released this report.

They should be ashamed of themselves.

These are horrible recommendations. In fact, these really aren't recommendations or true findings, these are idiot opinions.

Why?

Ask any breast cancer survivor or their family members. Read the real facts about diagnosis and why doctors themselves are recommending yearly mammograms and monthly self-examinations. Read the real facts at the American Cancer Society website, the Susan G. Komen website, or any website you can find through Google, Yahoo, any search engine out there.

Idiots.

Jerks.

Cheapskates.

Bottom line, they are trying to protect pockets, not using real, true common sense, no true science.

I don't care what they are backtracking and trying to un-proclaim, they are serving only themselves, not true health, not true prevention.

My mother is a survivor. She was diagnosed and had surgery in 2001. She found her cancer as a lump in her own self-examination. And the placement of the cancer site was such that a traditional mammogram machine could not image it properly. But it was still in the breast wall. She even had a second doctor examine her, and she received a correct and proper diagnosis from him with confirming lab test results.

Would the exact same group of idiots make the same kind of recommendations for, say, a male cancer? I so don't think so!

The only time I've not had a mammogram is when I didn't have the funds to pay for it, and a horrific work schedule to deal with. I've been having annual mammograms since I turned 35. I religiously practice thorough self-examinations on a monthly basis. I just wish I could have started the mammograms at age 30; when I did bring the subject up with my gynecologist, he only asked if I had found a lump and said wait until 40. Well, Mom's cancer showed up when I was 34, and I had my baseline the following year. So there, doc!

I still have strong feelings on the earliest age any woman should get a mammogram, and that I feel should be age 30. Maybe every 2 years until age 40, but definitely her baseline at age 30.

And if they are so concerned about the great numbers of false positives, well, darn it, fix the reasons for them. Mostly they need better trained people who do the examinations and reading of the mammogram xrays and diagrams. More time for these people to do the examinations, so that they don't rush and just mark them as “positive” instead of the correct analysis. Better imaging and better methods of imaging.

And here's where I add more to the rant: use digital mammography, and more use of sonograms. Both methods are extremely more accurate than the current mammography methods. Why not use something that works so much better, more accurately, and gives better images?

To quote a certain cartoon character: Doh!

Okay, rant over.

I think I'll go sketch a breast cancer sock idea.

November 15, 2009

A Few Small Changes

I recently found out that I'll have to change from Movable Type to WordPress soon. Yep, Yahoo doesn't support MT. So, I have the fun of learning how to move my blog to WordPress and hoping like crazy that I don't lose any of the little bits and pieces I've gotten used to seeing. I also have the fun of learning a new way of posting my blog, which really might not be that bad. Seeing how I'm a geek, it should be fun in a weird way. New challenge, this!

My D and K pattern is progressing quite nicely on the designing end, and now I have to make the next transition. The one where it goes from design note scribbles to typed, clean instructions. And then from first version instructions to final pdf instructions, and then maybe to a selling venue. If I'm lucky, Ravelry, otherwise I'll have to find out how to sell it in another way. Adventures, all around!

I'm still working on the transition of notes-to-book-segments-and-patterns for my sock designs. Wow. I had forgotten how weird my notes could read to someone else until I started the transcription from handwritten to typed. Good thing I understand myself, or I would have to start a few designs from scratch! As it is, I have, ahem, put a couple charts of a couple of designs in a, well, safe location. Well. So safe, they are totally safe from me. I'll be doing a little re-engineering on one chart, and maybe one total new re-design on another. Might be for the best, playing with charts, and re-working or re-designing that other sock.

I'm toying with an idea of making lots of small warm items to sell next year at a craft show. Still just an idea. Someone close to me keeps adding on trigger finger gloves or mittens, hats, and other items to the list. Me, I like to keep the list small for now, mittens or half-mittens with a few variations, to see how well they may or may not sell, and what kind of market I'll be looking at. So, lots of lists, planning, plotting, and guesswork until I make the final decision of to booth or not to booth at the craft show.

I've got so many ideas floating around in my head, I've been trying to limit myself to the sock book, the D and K pattern, and just a few items for a possible booth. If I go beyond, I'll be out-designing myself, or over-planning and overwhelming, yikes! Of course, I'll be happy to slow down a little in the ideas and designs if I find a new Job2 soon. Applications are in, I'm waiting, and hoping and praying and crossing fingers and crossing eyes...a new job can't come too soon for me! So, until then, lots of knitting to be done to get ready for winter and Christmas gifting.

November 02, 2009

Small winter warmers

I'm working on a pattern that I've tentatively called D&K Easy Winter Warmers.

Named after nephew and niece, whom have no idea that they are getting these for Christmas this year. But the details that I can whisper about are: soft, warm, easy to knit, fast to knit (for me, at least) and will include a scarf, half-mitts, and a hat out of one big ball of heavy worsted yarn. (So what if the label lists it as “5 Bulky” weight? Phbbt! I still prefer the old method of heavy worsted. Phooey on those that need the 1-2-3-4-5 numbers. I go by how the yarn works up.)

As I listed in my Ravelry project page, the target for these items are teenagers.

The scarf may or may not be fringed, depending on what the end result is desired by the knitter or wearer. The half-mitts are easy, with 2 sizes of medium and large “adult” sizing. The hat will be stretchy ribbed, and fit a head size as large as the ribbing stretches out to.

I'm working on the pattern as I go along, so this is pretty much a work in process. I'm also hoping to make it nice and pretty in the OpenOffice Writer, pdf format it, and offer it for sale. Big ambitions, me.

In other knitting projects, I've finished knitting 3 pairs of socks, with the ends worked in and socks have been washed and dried, just waiting to be worn. I have another pair on the needles, sock 1 is into the ribbing, with the foot and heel worked. Someone has been watching the socks and on occasion handling the knitted section, and has no clue that the socks will fit this person. Yep, surprise will occur!

One pair of socks is sitting about 2/3 done on sock 1, going “la la la, finish me” and waiting for me to decide which way I'm going to finish the ribbing/top portion of the sock. Yes, another toe-up sock pair, with a twisted stitch design that I keep playing with in my mind. At least the body of the sock worked out, just working on the top part from the ankle upwards.

No pictures, I finally figured out how to copy pictures taken on my cellphone to a computer, but I haven't been snapping any shots of anything lately. Hmm, wonder if it means anything when I prefer to knit and fondle yarn over taking pictures? Well, that's one thing I'll have to correct, and start getting in the habit of taking pictures of what I knit!

At least I have one last picture of the itty-bitty-kitty, who is no more. itty bitty kitty

He went to sleep one last time, never woke up. At least he lasted longer than last year's bottle baby, about 3 months old poor itty-bitty. His sister is still around, nice and big and kitten-chubby. She adores people still, and I'll have to consider putting a kitten collar on her soon so nobody snatches her up, and to start training her for a flea collar.


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