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It sux getting old.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

We awoke to a foot of new snow. And a blasting headache! Usually water takes care of that, but not this morning. I drew the blinds and crawled back into bed. I mean really. I wasn't going anywhere until the county plowed again anyway.

I finally crawled out again about three hours later, still bleary eyed but with way less head pain, grabbed copious amounts of water and coffee, and ate something that was like a breakfast. I needed the energy to venture out to the ice planet Hoth and find the cars.

Seriously it was only about a foot. But it needed to be shoveled away. And I actually enjoy doing it.

First I dressed too warmly. That lasted about 10 minutes. Then I was back at it dressed for much warmer weather. And that of course is the key. That and small shovels full (or is it small shovelfuls). And get into a rhythm. Dress not too warmly, small shovelfuls, and a good rhythm. And breathing. Right. Don't dress too warmly, don't try to pick up too much, get a good rhythm, and breathe properly. And ... (I have been watching way too much Monty Python today but what else does one do on a snowy day? Sit around with the wife watch romantic comedies? Kill me now.)

By the time I got out there the snow had turned to a light drizzle and the stuff on the ground was actually melting and compacting. What had been 12 inches fluffy was now about 8 heavy. So it was getting denser. Those small shovels were important.

After about two hours that included moving the county's heavy wet snowplow residue, I felt a sharp pain in my left shoulder. I stopped immediately.

Assessment time.

Was it radiating to my jaw? No.
Was it down my arm? No. It was on the top back of my shoulder and a little in my neck toward the back.
So far, no heart attack symptoms.
Breathing? Seemed be normal for vigorous exercise.
Heart rate? Elevated but come on, I was working pretty hard.
Chest Pain? No.
Nausea? No, in fact I was kind of hungry.
Sweating? Well not anymore now that I had stopped to do this all important assessment.

February is American Heart Month. I watched the videos. I am paying attention.

Diagnosis: OUCH! I hurt my shoulder!
Treatment: Patrick, Michael, get your butts down here and finish clearing the cars, the driveway, the back porch. Two Aleeve. Heating pad. Lie down with some Monty Python and A Fish Called Wanda.

I sure hope it feels better tomorrow. Because right now i can barely reach up.

And for all that shoveling, After the boys were done, It started to snow again. Only 1 - 3 inches they said. That was about six inches ago. I have a feeling we get to do this shoveling all over again.

Or the boys get to do it. I will be resting my injury.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KITRONA 2/14/2014 7:48PM

    OUCH! At least you have decent entertainment... both the movies you mentioned and watching the boys shovel! Feel better soon!

P.S. It's not just getting old... or maybe I'm old? :)

Comment edited on: 2/14/2014 7:49:10 PM

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    Ouch is right! May I ask?: Why didn't Patrick and Michael get their rears in gear WITH you at the beginning? Come on now! They need to practice doing this because practice makes perfect! LOL

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MSLZZY 2/14/2014 9:59AM

    Hope it is nothing serious. Let the boys handle the snow this time around.

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NELLJONES 2/14/2014 8:31AM

    I saw on the news that the hospitals got a bunch of snow related heart attacks. Just doing a lot of walking (great for weight control) doesn't condition you for heavy lifting. I hope that shoulder recovers soon!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/14/2014 7:35AM

    Rest that shoulder and let the others do the shoveling. Feel better soon.

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RUN4FOOD 2/14/2014 7:17AM

    I'd hurt myself just thinking about all that shoveling. Still glad we moved from PA. to Houston. We don't get much snow here. Just the threat of snow and this city closes down.
Hope you heal quickly after the snow is all shoveled.

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FOCUSONME57 2/14/2014 6:49AM


Hope the shoulder heals quickly.

Hey getting older beats the alternative :)

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ROXYZMOM 2/14/2014 5:23AM

    It was real heavy -- maybe you twisted while chucking it or didn't squat while picking it up? Let the boys clear today and tomorrow's snow for you too and rest! And watch a romantic movie with your wife! You won't die!!

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 2/14/2014 3:03AM

    My Dad always told us, ''this is why your Mother and I had so many children, so they could shovel the snow." emoticon So glad it was not a heart attack.

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CIPHER1971 2/14/2014 2:14AM

    hope you heal nice and fast

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JUST_TRI_IT 2/14/2014 1:05AM

    Although I think I should be have wincing, I actually chuckle at the picture of you out there shoveling with a steady rhythm. Good thing those kids are around to help out!

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BOPPY_ 2/14/2014 1:02AM

    Glad you are okay.

Good to have help.


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GOODGETNBETR 2/13/2014 11:39PM

    Wow! emoticon
Hope it's feeling better soon. And yes it does :)

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