Sunday, August 15, 2010
I am so happy itís the start of a new week, Ďcause maybe that means the bad stuff that just kept happening and happening last week will stop. We all have days, or weeks, where things donít go the way we expect. And, we recover Ďcause weíre resilient. Nonetheless, Iím happy last week is over.
It started out Sunday morning. My left leg wouldnít move. It wasnít numb, it was simply not functioning. Oh well, itís 4 am, Iíll read. Pull out the Kindle and the battery is empty. Where is the charger? Across the room. It might as well have been in the Sahara. Damn! That meant I canít call Amazon and get a replacement. There is obviously an issue with this device since this happens every time I turn it off.
Then I realize my laptop is at the side of the bed, I can use Skype. Of course, I hadnít configured Skype on that machine, but what else could I do since I was a prisoner in the bed. Got it set up and called. The new Kindle should be here Tuesday.
About 7:30, I decide itís late enough to call someone. Settle on a friend and ring the house. Unfortunately I get her husband and heís grumpy. I explain that I need his wife to come over, get the wheelchair out of the hall closet, hand me some jeans, and ferry me to the ER.
The two of them show up about half an hour later. While he makes us tea, she pulls clothes from the bureau so I can dress.
After the tea, he wants to know how I plan to get up the 6 steps in a wheelchair. I explain Iíll go out the back and wheel myself up the hill to the car park. That much works as planned and weíre off to the ER.
I explain the situation and tell them there is a current MRI and set of x-rays on file. The ER doc says I need a neuro guy, so we wait for over an hour. Itís the partner of the guy Iím scheduled to see, maybe this will speed up my appointment. (No!). He looks at the MRI, with my friendís husband (heís a vet, but heís curious). The doc decides I need a steroid shot to bring down the inflammation and should be on a course of them until my appointment.
By 11, my leg was functioning again and off we went.
Monday, I set the microwave timer, or at least that was the plan. Unfortunately what I did was turn it on. And, of course, I went out to take the recycling and trash to their designated spots. I smelled something funny when I came in and realized the glass turner in the microwave was frying. Turned it off. The glass is a bit misshapen, but still usable.
The next day, a friend whoíd stayed here, sent me an iPod as a thank you gift. Cool. Of course, the instructions on the Internet are a little off Ďcause this is a newer model so none of the pictures resemble my device. No worries. Kids can use them. I do manage to copy some CDs to my computer, but it took hours to work out how to then put them on the device. Eventually sorted it out.
Wednesday, feeling invincible from the steroids, I walked to the Y, did weight training, went back later and did power pump and spinning. I got dizzy during spinning and had to stop. I fell into bed when I got home and slept for 12 hours. The next day, I still felt off (perhaps Ďcause I burned well over 1,000 more calories than I took in.) At any rate, I took it slow and ate.
It was a like I had a bottomless pit. At the end of the day, Iíd consumed nearly 1800 calories, way more than normal. (My weight still hasnít recovered.) Made a note to myself to remember that steroids make me think I can do way more than I can and without pain, I donít stop.
Yesterday was the real winner. I got up and set up the heating pad on my computer chair and logged on. Apparently my virus protection was not working brilliantly Ďcause I got infected with a Trojan. Couldnít get it off. So, I unhooked the tower, figuring Iíd bring it into Best Buy. Of course, theyíre not open at daybreak, so I turned on the backup computer.
Of course, Iíd never gotten around to configuring that properly and spent the next 2 hours on that. Then, I walked to the Y and did weight training. I was so hyper I figured it was a good use of the energy. By the time I got home, it was late enough to take to tower to Best Buy.
Geek Squad is my tech support. They know me well. They configured my computers and set me up with online backup so I can always access my files. To my surprise thereís someone I donít recognize. I explain the problem and he shakes his head and says it will cost $200, so I probably donít want to do that. What is the alternative? Only have 1 computer? I work from home, I NEED a working computer at all times. Finally, someone Iíve dealt with before comes over and takes my credit card. He agrees itís the cheaper to get it removed than buy a new tower.
So, now itís a new week and all the bad karma should be gone. And, perhaps, Iíll get my real computer back. The backup one just isnít the same. I keep finding niggly things I never loaded, including bookmarks, or have to download files from the online backup.