Thursday, April 07, 2011
Running late 'cause I am so far behind. I've been working on catching up with the things I've let slide the past several days, so I did some housework today (but gently!), packed one tote (didn't move it, just packed it), and now have a dozen soups lined up in the freezer. I done good!
So it's past 11 and that's late for me. Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
My stomach is iffy, tho I think the medication that's supposed to coat it (making it ibuprofen proof, lol) is helping. Even with it, my digestion just does not like IB.
BUT - it surely is making my back feel much, much better! I'm not hunched over, i can walk at a steady, albeit slow, gait, and I can sit down and stand up without it feeling like a major endeavor. I'll take it, lol!
I got chicken soup made this afternoon which will see us thru a couple days plus have some to freeze. Tomorrow is grocery day and... something else, but I forget. Good thing I generally write these things down.
Tomorrow starts the new 'strengthen your back' exercises. Meanwhile, I plan to catch up on some much-needed rest, so I'm calling it early.
Which means, goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
...as in 'two for the price of one.' I can't remember if two-fer is Yank-speak and BOGOF (bog-off) is Brit, or t'other way around. I don't lose the American accent, but after while the line blurs - in my own head, that is - between which idioms and slang belong where. Or something like that.
Doc has been and gone. Get a load of that: here, they still make housecalls. Please Lord don't let the planned NHS changes dismantle the system, as it's a true blessing (sometimes) not to have to struggle to get in the car and go there when they can accommodate and come here. Slight digression there, do forgive.
Point being, he is confident my back problems are muscular, not anything to do with the nervous system (as in sciatica) or spine (as in prolapsed disc or osteoporosis). Current recommendations are 1) Rx for super-strength ibuprofen which contains a super-strength stomach-protecting ingredient; and 2) gentle exercise. 'Old' think says bedrest on a hard surface. 'New' thinking says forget bedrest and (in most cases) forget hard surfaces, just keep moving, stay mobile, and work thru it.
Oh, and heat, not ice - ice might've helped back in January when I first had a problem, but after about 48-72 hours, heat is better.
I am much relieved, in mind if not (yet) in body, so I will not sit here in front of the computer for the next few days but will try to stay on my feet and keep slowly and gently in motion.
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and healing prayers - it all works, ain't?
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
I don't think it gets more behind than that, lol.
When I worked at the bank, occasionally I would get a customer who had an existing checking account but wanted to open a new, second checking. Why? Because s/he would have the current one so tangled up that it seemed easier to start fresh, let the old one 'settle,' then just start over.
Sometimes (not often) I would almost feel like agreeing with them, but sooner or later I would tackle the account and work at the balance until I got it to the penny, regardless how long it took.
I know exactly how the bank customers felt with their overdrafts and bounced checks and unrecorded ATM withdrawals. My emailbox has a hundred unread messages and I owe scads of letters and notes and comments and whatEVer. I'm tempted to delete everything and start over, lol. I won't (too stubborn!) but it is awfully tempting.
Today started out fine, then the back kicked in, and the rest of the day has been more or less wasted. Convenience meals for supper (Himself never complains and always eats what I put in front of him, but let's face it, even the 'healthy' ones aren't necessarily good for us, just healthier than the standard fare). I gave in today and called the doctor. I'm seeing the GP tomorrow to see what sage advice he can give me. If it's a case of 'work thru the pain,' fair enough: as long as I know I'm not doing farther damage, I'll do that. If it's a case of tests, I'll grit my teeth and do that, much as I hate dealing with it all. Whatever it takes, because I am moving less and less.
No more about the back until either a) there's some news, or b) it's better. And those of you who are praying for me - THANK YOU! Because I believe it helps. In one way or another, it always helps.
Last but not least, re Nutty Joe: I was almost embarrassed about this, but - I had closed the curtain lining one night and the next morning, no Joe. So I did a leetle ex-peer-i-ment. Open the curtains: he's back in a minute. Close 'em, he's gone. My guess is that having the liner closed alters the reflection so he's not interested, because he continued to tap at the other windows on that side of the house. Suits me. As long as the little bugger ain't waking me up before the alarm goes off, he can happily crap all over the windowsills. I truly am a person who needs her rest, lol!
All right, that's it. No Beatleband tonight, I was running late and too far behind.
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Monday, April 04, 2011
The back is better, but I'm taking it easy. The next time I go to the GP I think I'll ask him about a 'bone density' test or whatever. Tho there were plenty of old ladies in my family who've never gotten osteoporosis (lotta dairy farmers in my ancestry) my mother has had it for nearly forty years, so it occurs to me that a test might not be a bad idea. If nothing else, it will give me a baseline for comparison.
Kitchen clean-up day today, plus groceries. I have a leftover roast chicken from Sunday when we had company and I was planning to make soup with it today, but after doing the routine cleaning and getting groceries I figured I would take it easy. (Freezers are so convenient, lol - so I might freeze the left over chicken and make soup another time.) The book I mentioned the other day, written by an old friend from high school, arrived from Amazon so I've spent more time today reading than I usually do. Dovetailed nicely with resting my back, tho. (Insert grin here!)
Got a lot of short bits 'n' pieces cleared off the To-Do list, mostly having to do with filling in calendars, confirming appointments, sorting paperwork - the ongoing business of the household.
So that's essentially it. Oh, I sold my first item on eBay - for the grand sum of one pound! I figure wotthehell, they're paying postage and it's a pound more than I had yesterday. Somehow I don't see this as becoming a path to millions, but ya never know, right?
And with that (she said) I'm officially outta here. Beatleband then bedtime and a hotwater bottle for the back. I really need to get one of those microwaveable heating pads.
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
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