Sunday, November 12, 2006

Personal Update

This posting is a follow-up to "Frazzled!"

1. After nearly two weeks, my car is back on the road. The dealership refused to acknowledge that, in the course of their repair to the heater-tube assembly leading to the intake manifold, they had fouled up the spark-plug wires. Nevertheless, once the dealership provided the diagnosis as to why my car was suddenly running roughly and threatening to stall, my husband replaced wires and plugs. The other major repair — a complete overhaul of the front brakes, marked as "Urgent!" by the dealership — turned out not to be needed at all!

2. Cameo, our youngest cat, had to undergo another surgery, which involved a huge incision with debriding so as to remove an odd irritation of the skin on her back. The pathology report came back yesterday and showed nothing definitive to treat. We're hoping that the problem has now been resolved but won't know for certain until the stitches are removed and the hood comes off. Cameo doesn't like to eat unless I remove the hood; she also needs time to groom. Therefore, I'm tied down as the cat nurse but not as much so since the drains have been removed.

3. The midterm elections are over. No more signs are standing on my yard, so I don't have to stand watch for the sign swappers. I no longer have the tedium of getting out a flashlight to check my front yard when I get home from work.

4. The dead tree has been removed. We have a huge stack of wood for our fireplace.

5. Even though I have finished my course of physical therapy, I still have multiple medically related appointments. The neurologist wants to investigate some other possibilities because of my recent relapse into terrible pain. Meanwhile, I have a massage therapist who knows about trigger points and can provide me with some relief. I see her three or four times a week.

6. I'm starting to catch up with grading papers, making blog rounds, checking snail-mail and email, writing out checks for bills, and reading the daily newspaper. I may even find time to start reading Stephen King's latest — Lisey's Story. I need some recreational reading!

Best of all, Thanksgiving break begins November 17! An end to my overload is in sight!

28 Comments:

At 11/12/2006 8:41 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Hurray! A breather, about time says I! We've been missing you, hopefully Cameo is past the worst of it and your car belongs to you now!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

 
At 11/12/2006 9:32 AM, Blogger nanc said...

hate to say it, but it ain't over until it's over - ha!

 
At 11/12/2006 9:57 AM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

Life goes on in our little world too:

1. My son "skipped" a band function yesterday, feigning sickness;

2. We got a call from the realtor at 8:30am, "Someone wants to see your house at noon today" even though I have a 24 hr notice on my contract;

3. I'm now the bass player for a popular local band in Charlottesville;

4. We've been procrastinating on a weekend getaway next Friday (haven't booked a thing yet);

5. Showing the house AGAIN today at noon (contemplating on going to see what the BORAT hype is all about).

 
At 11/12/2006 10:06 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

hiya AOW!..glad youre feelin a tad better..just wish your back pain would subside permanently!..good lux with Cameo and dont sweat the small stuff girl!..its almost holiday season!..best wishes for a happy Veterans day weekend!

 
At 11/12/2006 10:10 AM, Blogger BB-Idaho said...

Hmm, its sounds as if things may have worked out better if you took
Cameo to the dealership and the car to the vet!

 
At 11/12/2006 11:09 AM, Blogger nanc said...

aow - o.t., see this:

http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2006/11/keith_ellison_s.html#comments

 
At 11/12/2006 11:09 AM, Blogger nanc said...

just in case you don't get to my e-mail to you on it soon.

 
At 11/12/2006 11:32 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

I hope that everything indeed starts looking up; I'm pulling for you!

 
At 11/12/2006 12:27 PM, Blogger David Schantz said...

Car dealers (new or used) are politicians in training. It's OK for me to say that, I have friends that do all of the above for a living. I've been thinking about Thanksgiving I moved an old tape that I only listen to once a year to the front of our music collection. Alice's Restaurant By Arlo Guthrie, did I just give up my age group again? Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

 
At 11/12/2006 1:22 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Sounds a lot like life.
Thanksgiving break is just around the corner.
Hope your cat pulls thru..

 
At 11/12/2006 2:21 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Nanc,
I sent you an email letting you know where I've just posted about Ellison's victory speech and those Allahu-Akbar cries from the crowd.

 
At 11/12/2006 4:20 PM, Blogger nanc said...

got it!

thanks.

 
At 11/12/2006 9:41 PM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

Yeah, I forgot to mention my best wishes to kitty, sorry.

 
At 11/12/2006 10:00 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

AoW, still in our prayers.

 
At 11/13/2006 12:52 AM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Oh AOW. You have so much going on. Take good care and I hope that you will be able to slow down over the coming holiday.

 
At 11/13/2006 2:52 AM, Anonymous Seth said...

AOW --

I envy you, big time. I've been swamped in clearing out ongoing client business to make way for a full time gig to come, and have all but forgotten the meaning of spare time.

Good for you, you deserve it!

David Schantz --

Enjoy the story of the 27-8x10 colored glossy pictures with the circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one... :-) I love listening to that at Thanksgiving.

 
At 11/13/2006 7:44 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...

...and you come up for air just in time for the holidays....Yikes!

 
At 11/13/2006 8:22 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

As of an hour ago, I might not be coming up for air. My 90-year-old aunt is having some kind of health crisis. The symptoms are weird: ringing/pain in the ears, lymph nodes swollen at the base of the skull, skull sore to the touch. Her granddaughter is on the way, and I'm "on call."

 
At 11/13/2006 2:37 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

I hope it isn't serious.

I guess that proves...there's no rest for the weary.

 
At 11/13/2006 4:45 PM, Blogger cube said...

I got frazzled myself just reading about your schedule demands!

BTW let me know if you like King's
latest book. I'm a longtime fan of his work.

 
At 11/13/2006 7:50 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Farmer,
Tentative diagnosis: systemic infection of unknown type and unknown origin, possibly complicated by diabetes. That last was mentioned for the first time today.

In short, we don't know much of anything yet.

My beloved aunt--like a second mother to me--spent over 12 hours in the ER and has finally been admitted for megadoses of antibiotics and further testing.

I'm worried crazy, of course. At the moment, her granddaughter has been keeping watch. She will call me in a little while to give me the full update.

Cube,
Right now, my literature class is reading Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, and I've been studying the novel right along with them. We finish tomorrow, and then I'm going to devote my reading time to Lisey's Story.

 
At 11/14/2006 4:10 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

...with any luck, the anti-biotics will knock it out.

Diabetes. Why is it always diabetes? We need to start eating better!

 
At 11/14/2006 4:48 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Now the docs have divergent opinions. One doc believes that my aunt has some kind of infection, the other that she is suffering from contact dermatitis.

She will remain in the hospital until a definitive diagnosis has been established.

As to the diabetes, the glucose readings aren't overly high.

 
At 11/14/2006 8:40 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Farmer,
Final diagnosis = erysipelas.

 
At 11/15/2006 10:03 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...

St. Anthony's Fire? That'll teach her for letting the pigs roam free!

Just kidding! I'm sure she's a wonderful cook and housekeeper...

 
At 11/15/2006 10:11 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...

She's not a Catholic, is she?

More on the saint.

More on the fire..
THE ANTONINES AND SAINT ANTHONY'S FIRE

The Antonines, who wore a black habit embellished with a large Tau cross, were granted the privilege of letting their pigs run free. The pigs were belled for identification, and thus the bell and the pig also became symbols of St. Anthony. They sold crosses and bells in various metals from cheap lead alloys to gold, as fundraisers to support their hospitals. A medieval hospital was more of a nursing home than a place of active medical treatment, and the Antonine hospitals became associated with one of the nastier endemic diseases, ignis sacer, which became known as St. Anthony's fire. Modernly identified as ergotism (caused by eating rye flour contaminated by a mold) and treatable with antibiotics, it was as inexplicable and terrifying as the AIDS epidemic is to us. The symptoms included intestinal pain, hallucinations, muscular spasms, contortions, a burning sensation in the extremities, and eventually gangrene and death. Besides custodial care of the sufferers, therefore, the Antonines also became experts at amputation.

 
At 11/15/2006 10:14 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...

Ignis sacer...I guess a fever is something like a sacred fire... and when the fire breaks, hopefully, the patient recovers

 
At 11/15/2006 10:21 AM, Blogger Farmer John said...

Hmmm. Now you've got me curious as to whether or not this had anything to do with religious tradition re: pork avoidance (although the Antonites used pork fat as a salve to relieve the itching of the skin...)

 

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