- Aug 31, 2005
How are you feeling today?
Date: 4/16/2009 1:11:29 PM
i is called - i came!
(i've been reading too many of musey's posts in the 'daily giggle' thread - i'm starting to talk like one of those damn cats!)
thank you for asking - people's coughs and colds is the thing 'nodding off during a conversation' is made of!
today...i woke up with conjunctivitis! i dont know how THIS ties into the overall picture of what the heck is going on, but i'm now in a GORGEOUS resort in arizona, with 2 of my closest friends, doing an ocular impersonation of Gummy Bear. it's disgusting. obviously i wipe it so it looks clean, but it's swollen and i look like someone has punched me in the eye. i've never had this before, even as a chid, so this is a bit of a surprise! i'm still coughing and blowing, which is NOT charming, and my girlfriend who is here from australia (a nurse) has now announced to me that i need to go to the dr. i can't think of anything less enjoyable than sitting in a waiting room for an hour to get antibiotic cream! i might check out the pharmacy first to see if there's something i can get over the counter.
so all in all i look disgusting, i sound worse, but i'm still in good spirits, tho very tired. we're here till sunday and i had really hoped to be out and about today. i've heard conjunctivitis is quite contagious tho, so now i'm not sure what i should be doing... (sigh)...i probably will have to go to the dr. and believe it when i say - i've seen enough dr's in my lifetime to never wanna see any more. apparently tho, according to wikipedia which i just read, i will be better in 7-10 days with correct diagnosis. (7-10 DAYS??) this suddenly just got really irritating...
so that's me in a nutshell - 'Happy But Sick in Arizona'.
atroop, if it wouldnt be annoying and if you have the time, could you tell me what happened to your back? i TOTALLY understand if you dont want to talk about it, but i've been thinking about you and i wondered how long this has been going on and what help you're getting for it because it just didnt sound long-term good quality of life-feasible. i pulled a drowning girl out of a swimming pool when i was 14 and herniated 8 discs in my back (next time will let her drown), 2 of which eventually exploded in the surgeons office when he was checking my range of movement (like - thanks for that!). they formed a sort of spike of disc material and perforated the myelin sheath around my spine, causing me to internally 'bleed' cerebro-spinal fluid (think 'the mother of all headaches' for 2 weeks till my body produced enough new fluid for my spine/brain). i ended up being an emergency surgery and am fine now, but i spent more or less the entirety of 2005 flat on my stomach in bed. so i have all the empathy in the universe for back pain. i mean really.
i also kinda didn't like the idea of you carrying this without help. or sufficient help. or something. or at least an avenue to say 'this is not ok.' so please, if you care to tell me, dump 'here' - i am your sister in 'god my back hurts!'
Date: 4/17/2009 12:16:33 PM
got it. thank you for filling me in. there''s nothing i can say in response to that and, in my experience, sympathy is only good for situations one can resolve. for things which are now ''part of one''s life'' and also part of the ongoing landscape, sympathy (and granted, this may just be ME, i realize) can be debilitating. so - no sympathy. but...
i got it. i heard you. i care.
so - change of topic - you were a case worker? does that mean you trained as a social worker? i''m a psychologist by training, who specialized in developmental psych then went into dispute resolution (as one inevitably does when working with kids with problems; ''kids + problems = problem families = disputes = need for dispute res.) so there''s probably a degree of overlap in our areas of work. i dont work in that line any more, tho, since i came to the US on my husband''s work visa (initially - have green cards now), so couldn''t work for the first few years. decided to finally put to paper some young adult fiction i''d had tumbling around in my head for some years. but i think i will always be, on some level, a psychologist first and foremost; you cant work in a field for so many years and throw it off quickly.
today i am still ''Snot Queen in Arizona'' or ''Mona in Sedona, Arizona'' - but am perhaps a little better. i ate a chocolate this morning which i had left over from lunch yesterday - and could actually taste it. this is progress. i did end up in urgent care yesterday tho, so that was a bore. but necessary. by the time both eyes were...actually, you know what? i''m not gonna elaborate! you know what conjunctivitis is like, so i''m gonna skip the details.
have you ever noticed that it has to be after 5pm (or 1pm in certain circumstances) before one can have a glass of wine, but that chocolate can be eaten at any time of day? perhaps this is my problem...
atroop, when i read your posts i always find myself smiling, as tho we''re sitting somewhere together having a chat. i like this....