Ow

Apr. 19th, 2011 04:17 pm
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Slashed my left index finger pretty badly while cooking lunch today. It wouldn't stop bleeding after an hour of pressure, so I called my doctor. Complications ensued; they wanted me to go to an ER, but that has a $250-$500 co-pay. It wasn't THAT big a slice! It certainly wasn't spurting.

Because I was in a different state from my doctor, I was able to call Blue Cross and get authorization to go to a local Urgent Care Center. $35 instead of $250!

They numbed the finger - which took two pretty damned painful injections, much worse than the root canal was - and put in a stitch (I felt nothing). I have to go back tomorrow for a look-over, and then they'll take the stitch out in a week.

I have the next two days off anyway (it's our anniversary), which is good because it's really inconvenient to type!

Oh, and the doctor said I have really thin skin, for what that's worth.

The Y

Jul. 13th, 2010 11:44 pm
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I heard that the YMCA is dropping the "MCA" from its name. Interesting.

It was another good day. Sebastian had his first day at summer camp; it's the day care/kindergarten that he went to for several years after he turned two. He'd begged to go again for summer camp this year (they take kids older than him, too).

I couldn't go along to drop him off, since I was working. But Teri said that when they got there, a lot of kids recognized him and shouted "Sebastian!" and the look on his face was priceless; he didn't know what to do! Of course he had a great time and was trying to arrange a play date with one of his friends when we came to pick him up.

Teri had suggested that we work out at the Y tonight, and had me call them to reserve a place for Sebastian in the 5:30 kid's exercise class. They told me that the 4:30 class was nearly full, but that no one else had called for the 5:30 class; unless they had at least two kids, there wouldn't BE a class tonight. They said they'd call me at 5 and let me know.

But they didn't. So I called back. It turned out that we'd screwed up; there were NO classes on Tuesday night, as I should have remembered! But there was a new program for kids aged 6-12; an hour of supervised activity in the gym, and then an hour of supervised swimming. Sebastian begged to go. Teri initially said no, but eventually we got her to change her mind.

We dropped him off, and then went over to Chelo's for dinner. It was delicious; I've really come to enjoy their light grilled chicken dinner! I wish I knew how they made the chicken taste so good.

After dinner we headed back to the gym, worked out for a while (I put in 37 good hard minutes on the elliptical machine), and then took Sebastian home. He'd had a lot of fun, although he'd fallen and hit his shin rather badly while he was there. There's a large red bump on his leg, but it doesn't hurt him much and doesn't seem to be restricting his movement at all. We'll take a look at it tomorrow, and if we're at all unsure we'll call his doctor.
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To my surprise, Sebastian took another walk with me today. It was shorter than I wanted, only about 25 minutes, but we had a nice stroll.

Earlier tonight, I did an experiment of sorts. I mixed equal amounts of ground turkey and ground beef together, made it into hamburgers, and barbecued them.

I didn't like the way the meats mixed together; they weren't homogenous, but seemed like very moist clay. The texture seemed wrong. I mixed in a small amount of my soy sauce & Worcestershire marinade, but was very dubious about the whole thing - so much so that I grabbed some hot dogs and threw them on the grill too.

The burgers had the color of chicken breasts, and didn't smell quite right. I was psyching myself into nausea. But when I finally tried one, I have to admit: it was virtually indistinguishable from a regular beef burger. And I think it was probably a good bit healthier, since it had half the red meat of my usual burgers!

A walk

Jul. 11th, 2010 11:30 pm
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We went to Capron Park Zoo today, and then after that Sebastian played in the playground there. It was fun.

Teri went to bed early, and Sebastian asked to play with his Webkinz online. I decided to take a walk; I suppose walking around the zoo could be considered exercise, but I think it's important for me to walk every day. I told Sebastian I'd be taking a walk, and he asked if there were any "bad guys" around. I assured him I'd be safe, but he asked if I could just walk around the back yard a couple of times instead.

After I explained that I wanted to walk for at least half an hour, and that I'd have to walk around our back yard fifty or a hundred times, he suggested I walk down to his karate school and back. I guess he thinks that's a safer route.

I told Teri that I'd be walking (she was still awake), and she suggested that I ask Sebastian if he'd like to come along. I doubted he'd be interested - he was playing Webkinz, after all - but when I asked him, his face lit up and he said "YES!". So we went on a walk together, him and me.

It was really nice. We chatted; he had lots to tell me about how he'd been a defender against bullies in the 1st grade, and how he was feeling a little nervous about going into third grade this fall. As we were walking, I spotted something that I thought was a bird in a nearby lawn; my vision hasn't been good lately, so I pointed it out to Sebastian. It turned out to be a largish turtle, perhaps a foot long from snout to tail! And it was alive, too. We saw its head move.

We walked a bit further towards Stop & Shop, and then turned around to walk back to Cumberland Farms (I hadn't planned to walk all the way to Stop & Shop, I was just curious to see how far we'd get in that direction). The sky was beautiful. Every time we crossed the street Sebastian had fun with it, saying "panic attack! panic attack!" if he saw a car in the distance. We got to Cumberland Farms, picked up milk, orange juice, and a small container of some ghastly blue drink that Sebastian wanted. Then we headed for home. It was about a half-hour walk altogether, our first intentional stroll for exercise. I really liked it. We'll do it again!

Status

Oct. 27th, 2009 12:06 pm
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Lots to tell about.

My hand still hurts, so I'm taking a regular dose of ibuprofen twice a day. The bruising has faded somewhat.

I still can't put pressure on it in the direction I fell; it hurts too much. I called the urgentcare clinic where I had it x-rayed, and they confirmed that it's not broken. I may call my doctor if it doesn't feel a lot better soon.
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I've been home more than usual for various reasons, and so got to play a little more than usual. I'm handicapped by having to play with only one hand; the pain is decreasing and I can use a finger or two on my left hand to hit the shift key, but I'm not playing anywhere near as well as usual.

Still, I've made progress. The primary beneficiary is Linkomac, the Draenei hunter. He's up to level 19, and now I'm in the process of trying to scrape up enough money to get him a mount and training at level 20. His skinning/leatherworking is going pretty well, but it's hard to make much money selling leather at this level.

I got him to Ironforge a while back to pick up Gun skill, but his crossbow still does more damage. He has a pet; a Nightstalker (?), a panther who is quite useful. Between him and his pet, they can finish off enemies quite quickly, even ones a couple of levels higher than he is.

I have to say that hunters seem to be an extremely effective class! Linkomac has been levelling far more quickly than any of my other characters. I've heard that the Draenei and Blood Elf starting areas are better-designed for levelling than the starting areas for the original races, so maybe that's a contributing factor.

His biggest problem is lack of inventory space. All of his bags are 8-slot, which really sucks. Unfortunately Domac can't make anything better, and none of my characters can afford anything better.

Haven't played the other characters much. Domac's enchanting skill is over 50, and she made some minor wizard's oil for Omacmage; I hadn't realized that it was five doses per batch. I need to level her up more, so she can make bigger bags and better enchantments.

I got Omacmage across the sea to the elf-country again, and did some fishing on the shore. Got some oily blackmouth and some sealed trunks. As I was fishing, a huge Horde expedition raced across the sea in front of me, somehow solidifying the water momentarily as they passed. They must have seen me, but luckily they ignored me. They wiped out everyone on the docks, I believe, but by the time I got there they were gone.

No call

Oct. 23rd, 2009 02:43 pm
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No call from the radiologist. But my hand is black and hurts a lot.
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I was home today, and took a bad fall while out walking with Teri. I've either broken or sprained my left wrist and/or thumb. On first look the doctor didn't see a break, but the radiologist will look at it tomorrow. He'll call if it's a break.

From the pain, I believe it's a break. For now, it's immobilized, iced, and I'm waiting for Teri to bring back some ibuprofen.

Health

Oct. 15th, 2009 10:48 am
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My sinuses have been hurting like a bastard. The pain was intermittant for weeks, but it has been getting worse - and yesterday it was continuous. Particularly on the right side, making me feel as if I needed a root canal.

I've been doing the sinus rinse almost every night. That's a...well, here's a link to a YouTube commercial that shows how to do it, at around 1:30 in. Warning, it's a little gross-looking.

It's helping, and it doesn't hurt, but I wish it were helping more.

Maybe if I got more sleep...

WoW diet

Sep. 18th, 2009 01:48 pm
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Since I started playing World of Warcraft, I've lost nearly 15 pounds. I've been eating a lot less a night, and almost never having dessert. And you know what? I don't miss it!

Sleep

Sep. 2nd, 2009 11:46 am
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Stayed up too late playing WoW - I really need to stop ignoring that 10:45 alarm. Got to bed at midnight. An hour or two later Sebastian was standing by our bed and woke me up; he didn't say he'd had a nightmare for once, but he wanted me to come sleep in his bed.

I slept there for an hour or two more, and then was woken up because he was pushing me off the bed. I tried to get up quietly and go back to my bed, but when I did he woke up and asked "Where are you going?".

"Back to my bed, because you're taking up the whole bed here!"

He immediately moved over. I sighed and lay back down.

God, I'm so tired that I could die.
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Not long ago my doctor told me that if I eliminated 250 calories from my diet every day, I'd lose weight.

Now, I've been having dessert at least six nights out of seven, every week for the last year or so. And not tiny desserts, either. Big slices of Killer Chocolate Cake from Wright's Dairy Farm, or large bowls of Bryer's ice cream - sometimes with hot fudge and whipped cream, to boot!

This past week, though, I've only had dessert once. And I have to credit World of Warcraft, insane though that might sound.

Each night, after Teri and Sebastian have gone to sleep, at the time when I would normally have run downstairs and gotten dessert, instead I ask myself: "Dessert? or World of Warcraft"? And so far, I've played WoW every time - even last night, Sunday, when I had planned to have dessert as a reward for being so good the rest of the week. And the funny thing is that I haven't really missed it!

I haven't been weighing myself. But my clothes are definitely looser, and I feel more comfortable. Let's see how long I can keep this up! :D

Pain

Jul. 7th, 2009 01:31 pm
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I am in intense pain. I have DS finger.

It's because I played a lot of Super Mario DS 64 on vacation, and even more on the trip home and yesterday. I was trying to get the Wario hat. I succeeded in a final frenzy of effort (the Wario boss is tough), but ended up hurting my right index finger quite badly.

How badly? I got relatively little sleep last night; when I did finally manage to get to sleep, I could still feel the pain in my dreams. In fact, I dreamed that my fingernail was badly infected, and that I'd gone to the doctor. He injected me under the fingernail with antibiotics, several times. Rather than be terrified as I normally would be by such a prospect, I gladly accepted the shots...and then waited for the pain to go away.
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Last night he went on a "cleaning" spree in his room to try to find the game, and ended up making it far messier than it had been. He dumped everything off the top of his bureau onto the floor. He still didn't find the game, unfortunately. We're going to have to walk him through a proper cleaning, I suspect.

Allergies

May. 14th, 2009 09:55 am
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I've never had a positive reaction to an allergy test, but in the last week or so I really felt as if I were having an allergic reaction. My throat and upper chest were tickling like crazy all the time, and I was coughing a LOT.

Monday evening it got so bad that I started tasting blood whenever I coughed, so I called my doctor's office on Tuesday morning. The nurse suggested seeing an ENT, but I've been down that route and I resisted it. She also suggested Tussin DM and at my prodding, Zyrtec.

The Tussin didn't do much to suppress the cough; it helped a little. The Zyrtec (actually the generic version, cetirizine hydrochloride) suprised me a lot. No allergy medication has ever worked on me before, but when I woke up the next morning the tickling in my throat and chest were gone. And they haven't come back. Ditto for my itchy eyes. I still have other symptoms, mainly post-nasal drip (although now that I think of it, my sinus pain has decreased considerably), but since Zyrtec can take up to two weeks to be fully effective, I'm going to keep taking it and see what happens.

Bleah

May. 1st, 2009 10:25 pm
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I feel yucky. Nauseous. I haven't eaten dinner, and I took some of Sebastian's Pepto Bismol in the hopes that I can avoid throwing up.

My sinuses have been worse than usual, and I've had weird aches and pains all over for the last few days.

Swine flu, here I come!

Well, actually, I hope not.

Ow!

Apr. 12th, 2009 09:20 pm
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About five days ago I started having a deep ache in the right side of my neck, just under my jaw.

It continued for a while. Now it's gone, but I have a deep, painful ache in both shoulders and my upper left arm. My left elbow has been occasionally hurting where I broke it, too. I feel as if the pain dial has been turned up over my entire body. This usually means that I'm either facing a sinus infection, or the flu.

Argh.
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I'm really dead tired. But let me see...

Lots of handywork lately. I replaced the light switch inside a ceiling fan in the kitchen. I helped (a bit) Teri's brother and his wife as they put drywall up on our dining room ceiling. I helped put joint compound on the drywall. And I installed a steel floor jack in the basement.

Our living room floor had always had a tendency to shake a bit, particularly when Sebastian jumps up and down. It was a little scary. My Dad had put a 2x4 in the basement a few years ago, but it was starting to splinter. So I picked up a steel floor jack at Lowes for $40. It wasn't too hard to install, and now the floor is nice and steady.

Okay, it still creaks here and there, but it's much more solid-feeling.

And today, I did something quixotic: I bought a Wii Fit. They had a fresh shipment at Best Buy in the lobby at work, and I had some extra money, so I said "what the hell". Maybe it will help us lose weight, all three of us. I'd read mixed reviews, but it seemed worth it to spend $89 on the possibility of getting Sebastian into better shape. I worry about his weight.

It turned out well, at least tonight. We all played it, even Teri, and I worked up a damned good sweat. It's surprisingly solid and strong; I'd heard that it was only good for up to 250 lbs. (I'm over that, unfortunately), but I did some research and found out today that the American model can handle up to 330. So I can use it.

And it's fun! It's an accurate electronic scale, and it tracks our weight and BMI. I'm going to try to use it every night. It can't hurt, right?

Update: I forgot to say, the whole thing was rather synchonicity-ous. If I hadn't put the floor jack under the living room two days before, right where the Wii balance board HAD to be, the whole house would have shook when we played Wii Fit.

Sick

Feb. 23rd, 2009 10:44 pm
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I've been sick for over three weeks now. And tonight my stomach's really bad. I'm wondering if it's because of all the vegetables I ate today - I had a lot of raw string beans and carrots.

I'm really getting tired of being sick.

Thank goodness I have an incredibly cheery song stuck in my brain to keep me going...

Weird!

Feb. 11th, 2009 10:03 pm
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And after a mildly uncomfortable morning, and eight or nine days of feeling like I had a hernia or incipient appendicitis...suddenly, I feel fine. I've felt fine since well before noon. What the hell could THAT mean?

Chronic appendicitis is the most likely explanation I can come up with. I'll talk to my doctor about it when I see her in a couple of weeks. I hope she decides to go with antibiotics rather than surgery!

Update: Er, yes, I do realize that diagnosing myself is stupid, and I could be completely wrong.

In the meantime, by the way, I've upped my vegetable and fruit intake, reduced the amount of other (bad-for-me) foods (without reducing them beyond sustainable levels; I'm not trying to be a saint, here), and increased my level of exercise. I'm trying to encourage Teri and Sebastian to do the same, as much as possible. I've lost a bit of weight in the past week, and I plan to lose more.

Hospital

Jan. 24th, 2009 12:32 am
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Last night Teri and I were having dinner (Sebastian was with her mother), when she told me that she felt funny. The whole right side of her body felt "mushy", and the right side of her head was tingling.

We went home and called her doctor. She was out on maternity leave, but the covering doctor called back soon and told her to go to the emergency room if she still felt the same way in an hour.

She really didn't want to go to the emergency room. She told me she felt a bit better, and went to bed early. I did some stroke tests before she did, and she seemed fine. I should probably have insisted she go to the ER.

The next morning - this morning - she said she felt better, though not perfect. I was worried, but wasn't sure what to do. So I went to work. At around 9:30 that morning, she called me. She was at work, but she was really dizzy; the feeling of strangeness on the right side of her body was much worse.

I had her call her doctor, and called my parents to see if they could give me a ride to her work - since I take the T, I had no way to get there on my own. And Teri certainly couldn't drive to pick me up! I considered an ambulance, but she didn't want that.

Her doctor told her to go to the emergency room, and specifically recommended Miriam Hospital in Providence. My father drove me to meet Teri, and I drove her to the emergency room at Miriam. I'd never been there before, but after following the directions I discovered that I actually did pretty much know where it was - it was remarkably close to the bus station where we pick up [livejournal.com profile] stairflight sometimes.

They ran a bunch of tests. Neuro tests, of course; lots of them. A CAT scan. Cardiac enzymes. Thyroid. You name it! They also hooked her up with an IV, and pumped four bags of saline into her; apparently she was dehydrated, or they thought she was (it might have explained the symptoms). They hooked her up to a heart monitor as well.

All of the tests came back fine. She passed all the neuro tests with flying colors, as I knew she would (I'd observed her pretty carefully). The EKG and cardiac enzymes were fine. But her heartbeat was too fast - it was in the 110-120 range, and it should have been around 90. Her blood pressure was also much higher than normal. Usually it's quite low, but now it was in the 120/80 range.

Jeeze, I'm tired. Let me wrap this up for now. They decided to keep her at the hospital overnight; they got her into a room at around 10PM. I wasn't allowed to stay with her, so I'm home for the evening. Sebastian is spending the night at Teri's mother's house.

With any luck I should be able to bring Teri home tomorrow. I think she'll be okay.

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