Thursday, July 30, 2009
I know you hate staying at the vet's. But we're going on a short vacation, under two weeks, and we can't find anyone to stay with you. Or anyone for you to stay with.
We do this because we don't want to worry about you. We love you.
So be a good kitty, take lots of naps, and we'll be home soon.
Hugs - your mom and dad
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I went to my dr today, for my last chiro adjustment before we leave tomorrow.
There was a lady who was about my age, waiting to pay and leave, looking kind of shaken - with a bandage on her nose and chin.
"Car accident?" I asked sympathetically. "No," she replied, "I saw an acquaintance at lunch, couldn't quite hear what they were saying, and put my head in the car through the passenger window. Her dog attacked me."
"Wow," I answered, "I'd be totally freaked out by that!"
We chatted a little. She paid and left. I paid and walked downstairs for my car. She was there on the cell phone, trying to find a ride to the hospital for surgery on her nose. (Yes, I guess it was that bad under the bandages.) So I gave her a ride. We introduced ourselves, we chatted, she cried, I gave her a hug, and I drove her to the hospital. Just because I know how it is when stuff happens and you're shaken and trying to deal with what needs to be done. I was there a few weeks ago. I've been there before. So I was more than happy to help.
When she went to get out of my car, she was on the phone again - and put a $20 bill on my dashboard. "No no no!" I handed it back to her. "Nope, and thank you." She left it on the seat, thanked me again, ran into the ER for her surgery.
So I guess I need to send $20 to somewhere. Because I didn't do this for money, I didn't expect anything - I just saw a person who needed a ride and a friendly face. That's all I did.
I hope she's okay.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I'll be gone 7/30 to 8/11 - DH and I are taking a short vacation.
So don't worry, I'll be tracking nutrition and fitness, and then I'll be back!
And I'll be doing LOTS of walking!!!!!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I was in a car accident in Washington DC. My plane landed, I went directly outside and found a taxi to go to my hotel - we were at an intersection when BAM we were rearended by another taxi. I had been on the ground maybe 15 minutes total (including getting off the plane).
Ambulance, neck brace, backboard, x-rays, CAT scan, doctor says I'm fine but will be sore for a few days. Scrips for pain and muscle relaxers, which I don't bother to fill. I can tough this out.
I manage to make it through my class in DC, fly home, and try to return to my routine. But my neck feels tired all the time, like my head has gotten heavier than normal. Ice is good, leaning back is good. Walking, working on anything, standing, sitting - and my neck and upper back turn into painful tight burning muscles.
So I'm seeing a chiropractor. I've sent for the police report, and the x-rays and CAT scans. I probably will get a massage or two. And hope that I feel better before we fly off for our vacation next week.
Medical bills will go to my health insurance company, and they'll pay them - and go after the insurance company of the taxi who hit us.
But DH, ever the attorney, plans to write letters regarding the pain and suffering, loss of consort, etc etc. I have no idea how to give a numeric value to my health and fitness, which is missing right now. How much is not having a headache all the time worth? How much do I claim for sore muscles? How much for not being able to go back to working on the mural three or four hours a day?
Because those things are priceless. The days when I'm doing less than I normally would are days lost. Forever. No amount of money will buy those days back. I can't pay someone to do the work on the mural, because no one but my students and I really care enough to do the tedious cleanup and patching. No one can go out and walk and do my two hours of cardio for me. No one will write grant reports, or cook dinner for DH, or play with the cat, or do my weeding - those are all things I'd normally do, but they aren't getting done because by the afternoon I need to ice my neck and shoulders and upper back.
So, how do I quantify health? Fitness? and the loss of both?
Because I really have no idea.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Apparently while I was away, the upstairs and downstairs people had relatives visiting. (Downstairs Lady is the sister of Upstairs Lady. But mostly we deal with Upstairs Lady's husband, who is a real estate guy.) Anyhow, DH reports there were a batch of kids.
I came back and many of my pentas (pretty flowering bushes) look like someone stepped right in the middle of each one!!!!! This is my butterfly garden, plus hummingbirds come by - and it adds a splash of color along the driveway.
Plus both Downstairs Lady and Mr Landlord commented on how pretty it looks.
So why would anyone step in there???? Or let kids step in there?????
And it's way more mashed up than an iguana could manage.
I'm just so irritated right now............
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