auntiemeesh: (Default)
I'm having an owie day today. My shoulder aches pretty much every time I move my arm and if I move injudiciously it is really sore. Not OMG!PAIN hurts, on the bright side, but still, owie! Six months to a year, I was told, and it's been ten months. At this point I'm wondering if it will ever really stop hurting all the way. On the plus side, I do have full range of motion, so it's just pain, not actual impediment.


Jul. 18th, 2010 07:43 pm
auntiemeesh: (Default)
The stew turned out pretty well. A little bland (I do need to stock up on a few things for next time) but decent. I made some Jasmine rice to go with it and it made a good meal, with lots of leftovers. I still also have leftovers of the tortilla soup I made last Monday, although that's getting a little old. That's the problem with those soup kits. You don't have a lot of control over how much you make and that particular one made eight servings. I just can't eat eight servings of anything before it starts to get a bit yucky.

Today was a better day than yesterday. I made it to the grocery store, had a mini donut at Starbucks - not as good as a DD donut but enough to curb the need for sweets. Made the stew, washed a drainer full of dishes, and tidied up the living room a little bit. Still a lot of housework to be done, and I didn't do any sewing at all.

I won't get any sewing done next weekend, either, since I'm taking a little mini-vacation to visit [ profile] lyda_pearl. However, I'm fairly confident that it won't take more than a month to make the gown, so I feel like I'm in good shape. And my shoulder is much happier after getting a break this weekend. It's been really sore the past three weeks but right now it's not bad at all.
auntiemeesh: (sewing woman)
It got hot today but it was still coolish when I got up at 7. A bit of puttering around and I was on the road. Hit Starbucks first, then got my groceries and got home by 9:30 am. Puttered around more and didn't get much done until after noon.

All the corset pieces are cut out, the lining and fabric are attached, the boning channels are sewn onto the front and side pieces, the contrast binding is almost ready. I was a little worried that the canvas lining would be too heavy for the needle that came with my sewing machine, but she handled it like a dream. I'm a little bit in love with my new sewing machine. I don't like to think how long it would have taken to put all those channels in by hand. It's bad enough that all the binding will need to be sewn on by hand with a slip stitch. That will probably be all I do tomorrow. But for now, my shoulder is really unhappy - I've iced it twice today already and the ice pack is sadly melted.

I cooked today, sort of. Curry couscous from a box, chicken breast strips and broccoli, both from the freezer. Very yummy with leftovers for another day. Tomorrow I want to make strawberry shortcake. Mmm, such a lovely summer treat.

And now, I'm drinking a cup of tea to soothe my irritated throat before going to bed. These early mornings make for early evenings, as well.
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Once upon a time, I had muscles in my left arm. They weren't very strong, admittedly, but they were at least functional.

My arm exercises, let me show you them )
auntiemeesh: (Default)
I had to be at work early today, but that means I got home early as well. It just adds to the feeling of a long weekend to get home almost three hours early on a Friday afternoon. The day went by pretty quickly - got the new room all set up for the kids and everything, so next week so go pretty smoothly.

I intend to take it super easy this weekend. As always, my arm is feeling really not good (and getting worse). Maybe if I don't use it at all (other than for some typing of the fic-writing kind) it will start to feel better soon. One can hope, at least.

Exciting news: Pittsburgh will host the Washington Capitals in the 2011 NHL Winter Classic on Jan 1st. It wasn't exactly a secret that Pgh was at the top of the list, but they made the official announcement today. I would really, really love to go to that game. Tickets are very hard to come by if you're not a season ticket holder, but I can dream, right?
auntiemeesh: (rainbow)
After much internal debate, I did call off work today. Slept until two pm. And I've decided to keep my arm in the sling as much as I can this weekend. I've definitely taken a step backwards in the healing process.

I have babysitting to do this evening and an all-day work conference tomorrow, so it's not going to be much of a weekend, but I have two 3 day weekends in a row coming up, so that should help a little.

On the plus side, I woke up to a nice, grumbly thunderstorm. It was lovely to lie all snuggled up in bed listening to the rain and thunder.
auntiemeesh: (eeyore)
Can't sleep. Arm hurts.

If I had a PCP I'd call and demand better drugs, but since I'd have to go back to the MedExpress place and spend a boat load of money, I'll just stay awake all night.

It should get better again once I'm finished with the archives project, but I still have another day of that, at least, and it's just going to make things worse. I'm very tempted to take today off, stay home and rest it up. I won't be able to take blocks of time to do the archives stuff after this week, but working on it in large blocks of time seems to be what's killing my arm anyway, so maybe I'll just go in to work an hour early every day next week and work on it in smaller chunks. My boss was very clear that it needs to be done by the end of the month.


I did manage to sleep a little bit a while ago. I dreamed that Evgeni Malkin brought cookies for the kids at work and we hung out for a bit. He babbled at me a lot in Russian, apparently about the quality of the mist in the back yard. And then we had a big party. But then I was vengefully eating a cookie shaped like a Wraith because apparently one had just recently attempted to kill me, and he didn't think that was very friendly of me. He wanted me to share the Wraith-shaped cookie with the Wraith in question. At least I have my dreams to entertain me, lol.
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I might be wrong about this, but I think I slept the whole night straight through, last night. That would be the first time in almost seven weeks, at least. Sadly, I think it's more a product of unusual exhaustion yesterday, rather than any great sign of my arm being better. But I'll take it any way I can get it!
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The plumbing saga continues. Now that Land Lady is aware that the pipes are noisy, it's driving her crazy trying to figure out what's wrong and how to fix it. So this morning, as I was sitting here with my heating pad draped over my shoulder, getting lost in various internetz stuff, there came a knock at the door. Yet another plumber, come to see if he could figure out what's going on. The end result, I now have a new faucet in the kitchen, with excellent water pressure (the wp dropped off suddenly about a month ago). He also replaced the tub faucet, because the drop thing that switches between shower and tub no longer worked well and didn't send all the water to the shower head. I've been barely getting enough water to wet my hair, and showering has taken much longer than it should. This is not the first guy to look at my shower, but the previous guy just tested the water pressure and said everything was fine. Today's guy saw the problem immediately. I'm curious to see how much improvement there is.

Now on to the obligatory comments about the other ongoing saga in my life, my arm. Would you like some cheese with that whine? )

In other news, the kids at work are starting to be able to engage in actual conversations. My current favorite kid for this is R (not quite two and a half).

While changing R's diaper, a good 45 minutes before he was due to go home.

R: Mommy?
Me: (this is a common starting point with all of the toddlers) Where's mommy?
R: Um, I think she on her way.
Me: It's a little early. Do you think she might still be at work?
R (very nonchalantly): No. She on her way.
Me: Is she in the car?
R: No.
Me: Is she on the bus?
R: No.
Me: Is she still at work?
R: No. She leaving the house.

This is the same kid who, if asked where Mommy and Daddy work, will say, "Um, I think in the car."

The other conversation we had today was in the bathroom during potty time.

Me: Do you want to put some pee in the potty?
R: No. I put pee in my diaper.
R (after a pause for thought). My daddy poop in the potty. My mommy poop in the potty. I no poop in the potty.

Very self-aware little guy!
auntiemeesh: (coffee)
Note to self: when making oatmeal in the microwave, please remember to put the water in.

I do believe it's time to start looking for a new microwave. I got my current one second hand a few years ago and it already had a big, burned out spot on one side of the interior walls then. It's ticked along well enough since then, but this seems to have put it over the edge, with billowing clouds of smoke pouring out of said burned out spot. It was definitely NOT the oatmeal that was smoking.

I learned, to no great surprise, that Mal is afraid of the noisy smoke detector when it is going off. He sat in the living room, staring at me as I tried to swat the smoke away with no success, crying every bit as loudly as the thing was shrilling. On the plus side, I now know that the battery in my smoke detector is still good, despite being something like 2 years old. On the minus side, everything in my apartment smells like smoke. Now I just have to hope I can put the blasted thing back together when I get home from work. Why don't smoke detectors come with off buttons?

In other news, there was a hockey game yesterday. Final score was Penguins 2, Montreal 0. That's right, folks. Marc-Andre Fleury earned himself a shut-out. Only his second one all year, and his first playoff shutout since May '08. It was a fun (read: nail-biting and crazy-making), dueling goalies sort of game. It all came down to a question of who was going to crack first and in this instance the answer wasn't Fleury. I love Fleury, a lot, but he's had a pretty mediocre season, so it was really nice to see him making the big saves and standing tall in net.

It's going to be a long day. I managed something like four hours of semi-decent sleep before my arm started screaming at me (no great surprise there, either, since yesterday was not exactly Be Kind to Injured Arms Day). Advil did pretty much nothing, so the second four hours involved lots of tossing and turning and 'will this be a comfy position? Why, no, it won't.' I finally gave up on sleep altogether about an hour and a half before I usually get up, which may at least partially explain the brain fart that allowed me to explode my microwave. *sigh* And we're having a room party at work, which means I won't get home until late.

This room party, incidentally, is the Year End, Grandparents and Special Friends Picnic and Cinco de Mayo extravaganza. All the families signed up to bring chips and dip (apparently no one could think of anything else even vaguely appropriate - unimaginative, lazy group). There's going to be a lot of dip and not much else at this party.

In the meantime, I'm going to be happy that my coffee brewed perfectly fine, and go help myself to a second cup of liquid life support.
auntiemeesh: (eleventh doctor)
Last weekend I folded laundry. It was Thursday before my arm forgave me for such an egregious attack on itself.

Yesterday I went bra shopping. Tried on probably twenty different bras. I'm hoping my arm forgives me before Thursday this time (dressing and undressing are still rather uncomfortable things for my shoulder/arm/neck area and doing them repeatedly in a short amount of time made it go from uncomfortable to painful before I was done). Today, it's busy shouting at me.

ION, I finally got to watch Doctor Who this morning. Spoilery for 5x05, Flesh and Bone )

Oh, I also got my hair done yesterday. It's not exactly the color I was expecting. Not bad, per se. Just not what I got the last two times. My stylist must have been going off an old set of notes, because I'm pretty sure this is the first color we tried, about a year ago, that I vetoed after the first attempt. It's darker than I'm really comfortable with, and the color mix has more brown in it than I wanted. If this is the color she was thinking I had last time, that explains her amazement at how much it had faded. Oh well, ten weeks until I go back and get it done again, which is a totally liveable amount of time.
auntiemeesh: (ack!)
I'm a crankypants today.

Can't sleep because my arm hurts every time I move and I move a lot at night. When I'm not moving it just aches. A lot. As it does during the day, too. Two steps forward, one step back and to the side. I definitely have more range of motion in some ways, but things I've been able to do all along, like reach behind my back to do my bra strap, have become a lot more uncomfortable/painful.

Did I mention I can't sleep. 800mg of advil is no longer doing much of anything to make my arm feel better, but it's all I've got. The Vicodin prescription the doc gave me isn't any stronger and I don't like Vicodin. So I get to continue to be very uncomfortable all the time.

Bleh, I am not nearly patient enough for this. I want my arm to stop hurting, NOW! I don't care if I don't have 100% strength or range of motion yet, just please stop being so achy and sore all the time, with those fun little spikes of omgpain! every time I move the wrong way. *sigh*

Did I mention that I'm crankypants today?
auntiemeesh: (taking over the world)
Somewhen around April 7, I realized I hadn't paid my phone bill, wondered why I wasn't getting increasingly nasty messages from AT&T, and ran off to pay the bill. Today, going to pay this month's bill, I was told I had a zero balance. Oh yes, I set up automatic payments for my phone in March and then immediately forgot that I did so. I swear, my brain does actually work on occasion. Just, only on occasion.

I did a bit of actual housework today.

*one and a half drainers of dishes washed
*three loads of laundry washed, dried, folded and put away
*living room floor decluttered (I can't say the entire room, because the sofa is still a cluttery mess).
*trimmed the claws on one of Zoe's paws.

Now my arm is very sore and cranky, so I think I'm done for today. I've started a Doctor Who story, more out of desire to do some writing than having any actual story to tell. I may work on that a little bit more while waiting for this week's episode to become available/download. And, as always, there is exciting hockey in store this evening. Game six of the Pens/Sens series, to be fought in Ottawa. Pens better get their tushies in gear and win this game, that's all I have to say on the matter.
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Today was my second physical therapy appointment. The P.T. was happy with my increased range of motion and reassured me that the discomfort I still have, especially during the exercises he gave me, is within the normal range and not to be worried about. I now get to do some exercises with resistance as well as some new passive ones added on.
auntiemeesh: (Default)
Shoulder: Kind of cranky this morning but I made it through most of the exercises okay.

Work: Head lice. Crying children. Stressed out teachers. Fun times, people, fun times. Makes me very grateful for the whole Friday thing.

After work: Ended up with last minute babysitting tonight and tomorrow for a kid I love, who I almost never see any more. He was adorable, chatty and fun to play with. And then I got to watch the last forty minutes of the Flyers/Rangers game on Versus and several episodes of Amazing Wedding Cakes. All to the good, despite the fact that I only just now got home and I have a 9 am committee meeting tomorrow morning, for a Carnival the PTO is planning for this spring. Why I joined this committee, well I'm not entirely certain at the moment.

Did I mention the lice at work? Because that is just always so fun. Now I get to itch my way through the next two weeks. Yay.
auntiemeesh: (Default)
The p.t. exercises went a lot better today. I think the problem yesterday was that I was trying to figure out how to keep my shoulder 'soft' and instead just ended up tensing it up more. 'Soft' is not a very useful descriptive for me, since the shoulder is, by nature, made of hard things like bone. I'm pretty sure the P.T. meant low and relaxed as opposed to tense and hunched up around my ear, so I was trying to drop my shoulder, and only ended up with it low and tense, rather than high and tense, lol. I pretty much managed to fix that today.


Apr. 6th, 2010 08:33 am
auntiemeesh: (Default)
I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong this morning. Yesterday, when the P.T. showed me the exercises to do, they all seemed very simple and easy, none of them hurt. This morning, I must be doing them all wrong because there's a few that I can't really do at all without pain. Apparently it makes a lot of difference to have someone standing there making minute adjustments in positioning and such. *is frustrated*
auntiemeesh: (Default)
I had my first experience with physical therapy this morning. It went well. The P.T. was very gentle in assessing how much movement/pain I have and at this point doesn't want me trying to push through pain for anything. As soon as I reach the point where it hurts, stop. I can get behind that.

He gave me a bunch of exercises to do, all of which are passive (using props to make the arm move, rather than the unhappy muscles themselves). I also have to remember to keep my shoulder 'soft' since I've fallen into a bad habit of hunching up and placing additional strain on the muscles of my neck, especially when I need to reach my hand up for anything. All of this is supposed to soothe the angry muscles while gradually restoring range of motion. I'll go back in two weeks for a reassessment and at that time the P.T. thinks I'll be ready to do some strength exercises.

I liked the place and felt very comfortable with both the environment and the people. I am pleased, despite the fact that my arm is now protesting all that attention rather loudly.
auntiemeesh: (Default)
Ah, blessed silence.

The water pipes have been humming noisily for a week, while the landlady was out of town. She got back yesterday, we flushed all the pipes out just now, and they've stopped humming. Yay! Maybe the lack of constant, grating noise at night will help me sleep a little better.

In related news, I'm very disappointed in the vicodin my doc prescribed. It's helped a little with pain, but it certainly hasn't knocked me out when I take it. Other people get so completely knocked out they sleep right through work. I wake up every two or three hours. Not fair, drugs, not fair!
auntiemeesh: (ack!)
There's a new Med Express place, right across the street from my old doctor's office, which has in turn been turned into an urgent care office. Choices, choices! I chose med express just because that's what came up first in my google search.

I was in and out in under an hour (on a thurs evening, the place was completely empty), x-rays and all. Nothing broken -I would have been shocked if there was. The doc diagnosed it as a torn rotator cuff. I get to wear a sling thru the weekend (one-handed typing sucks) and if it isn't starting to feel better by then, I have a scrip for pt. I also have vicodin for bedtime, so hopefuly I'll get a little more sleep tonight.

Now I just have to figure out how to make this one size fits all sling actually fit me. Yay.


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