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July 2014 Physical Malady

Saturday, July 26, 2014

On Wednesday, July 16, I noticed that my right side neck and upper chest were very tight. Painful, like a muscle cramp or pinched nerve. No fever or other anomaly. So, I took an aspirin to knock the edge off of the pain, and tried to loosen everything up with stretching. Aspirin worked, stretching did not.

On Thursday, the same thing. Stretching and aspirin.

On Friday, I did not take any aspirin, but continued stretching. Nothing is working. Like Wednesday and Thursday, I had no issues with sleeping or movement of the right arm.

Saturday morning, four large bumps on my shoulder, near the neck. Looked like bug bites or very large pimples. Just raised skin, no breakage. Nothing is improving. Aspirin works, sort of.

About 6 pm on Saturday, a fever is brewing. Also, there is another bump, about center chest, about 1.5 inches below the hollow in the throat.

I do not know if the “bumps” in the skin have anything to do with the nerve/muscle problem.

And why is there a fever four days after the beginning of this?

Sunday: Was barely able to focus on the music (playing the organ at church), but managed with several doses of aspirin.

Monday, pain is too much. After work, went to urgent care on Hamilton Road. Diagnosis: Shingles. Meds: Valtrex. Dr. wanted to give me a script for pain, which I declined.

Tuesday: Back to work – had a full day of strange and difficult court hearings. Could barely breathe through the pain. During the evening I switched from aspirin to acetaminophen.

Wednesday: Called in sick to work. Had only one court hearing, and my boss was able to handle it. I took naps nearly the entire day and only logged 357 steps that entire day.

Thursday: I took the day off of work. I am feeling somewhat better, but the pain is still difficult. The blisters that never popped are disappearing. The four that popped have red points on them. I was able to be awake during normal hours and go to SLEEP at the normal time. Slept through the night for the first time since Saturday night.

Friday: My normal day off of work. I felt well enough to drive to see the dog kennel where I was considering as a source for my new puppy. I met the puppy and decided to get him. By the time the 45 minute visit was over, I was exhausted. But I felt OK enough to drive home.

Saturday: I am no longer taking any pain meds (acetaminophen). I have one more day of prescribed meds to finish off the course of treatment.

  
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JUNEAU2010 7/28/2014 3:07PM

    I've had shingles five times and would not wish them on my worst enemy! By now, I know the first hints and hightail to the doctor. Even though my employer has changed carriers over the years, the current doc pulls up my record and writes that scrip without batting an eye. Whoever invented that medicine is a hero!

I hope you're feeling better! YIKES!

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UMBILICAL 7/26/2014 1:51PM

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She called the judge "sweetheart"!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Things were not fun today.

11 court hearings.

One mother belittling her son unmercifully and yet making MANY excuses for herself.

Coupled with her belligerence and calling the judge "sweetheart".

It was all I could do to keep from saying something unbecoming an officer of the court.

  
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JUNEAU2010 7/18/2014 8:28PM

    That poor son! I hope he has an advocate in his corner in his life who can counter some of her emotional abuse.

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PARALEGAL59 7/17/2014 8:02PM

  Amazing, isn't it? I am a paralegal and often accompany the attorney for hearings and trials. Sadly, not much surprises me anymore. emoticon

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New addition to work lunch schedule

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I am busy preparing lunches for the week.

And I saw a wonderful recipie to use raspberries.

And, because I bought a LOT of raspberries on a whim, I need to use them.

So, I made a raspberry clafoutis.

Never done that before.

I wonder what it will taste like!!

If good, I will add it to my lunches every now and again.

ONWARD

  
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JUNEAU2010 7/15/2014 3:32PM

    Not even sure what that is, but I'll check into that! Thanks for expanding my vocabulary!

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Dancing on cardboard

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Generally speaking, cardboard boxes are a blast!!

Kids play in them, paint on them, stack them up!! (cheaper and more entertaining than other toys).

And then, at one point or another, they abandon the big cardboard boxes for smaller ones - to keep their precious items in and to cover in paint, fabric, or whatever.

The kids make the boxes their own.

But, eventually, a few of these boxes get to make a final trip to the recycling center.

And I have a WHOLE LOT of these boxes to get over there.

And I simply cannot seem to break the boxes apart by hand - so, I am dancing on them.

That way, they are a little bit crushed, and yet more fun is associated with these boxes.

Who knows what kids will use them as toys and storage devices next?

ONWARD!!

  


Bags of Trash

Friday, July 11, 2014

Three more taken out of the basement. I figure about 20 more.

ONWARD!!

  
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