Riding Life!

Riding Life!
Life is like a wild horse--Unless you ride it, it will ride you! (from the movie: "Princess of Thieves.")

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

C: Infirmities!

grocery bags Well, V and I haven’t been able to write like we usually do.  V had hand surgery last week. 

Here’s a word of warning to you all: V tried to shortcut her trips with groceries from car to house by carrying a bazillion  or so of those plastic bags at one time.  She broke her hand doing it!!

I do the same thing—try to cut my trips back and forth down. grocery cart I usually end up dropping stuff (having to beat the dogs back from it—they think anything I drop is fair game).  I need to buy one of those little folding cart thingys MIL and my mother have.  In fact, now that I write this, I think I’ll go by the container store, where we got Mom’s, and pick up one for me and one for V.  No more spilled groceries!  No more back-and-forth trips!  No more broken hands!!

Anyway, the cast is driving her nuts.  And typing one-handed is frustrating for her.  She came over Sunday and we spent the day dreaming about improving our blog (we have soooo much to learn and we have old brains…bad combo) and eating snacks and watching a movie.  MIL came down to have a glass of wine and dinner with us.  Great fun!

And me?  I’m infirm, too.  I have had pink eye for going on two weeks now.  It is MISERABLE.  The thing I love most about this condition is that it is so  very attractive.  You should see me—not!

This picture to the left is exactly what I look like, including the swollen eyelids.  Well, not exactly—my eyes are hazel, not blue…

I am prone to this infirmity, and everyone in the office says, “You get this all-the-time!”

Yes, I get it more than my share, but “all the time?”  I tried to think back to the last time.  Then I remembered!!  I wrote about it here.  It was in October 2008.  (See how utterly useful blogging is?)  And that pink-eye episode was really  miserable on a whole lot of levels.  Remembering that time makes me a bit grateful for my current fix.

As I look back at that post, I realize that the pink eye was in conjunction with a cold.  I have been kind of feeling a little cold symptom or two this time, too. 

What I have learned about pinkeye from my vast experience and medical consultations is that the yucky, gummy eyelash kind is bacterial.  They can give you medicine to clear that up.  Mine, however, is not like that.  It just is watery with tears and red, red.  It hurts and is itchy.  This is viral.  You know what that means: no medicine, just ride it out.

Hmmmmm.  I’m wondering if my pinkeye virus just lurks in my body and pops out when I’d getting a little down from a cold or something…just a theory based on absolutely nothing.

Anyway, I am going about my business, explaining to clients that I am not a drunk and declining to shake their hand or hug.  Purell is my companion. But I don’t feel good.

Oh, enough moaning. 

MIL is in physical  therapy and, therefore, sore as can be, which we both try to explain by saying this must mean the therapy is working! She’s joined a Bible study and is gamely getting out for either that or three-times-a-week therapy.  So she’s on the road four times a week, which is a switch.  She may read this and shake her head at me, but I think this is a good thing; getting her out of the house.

Thanks for listening.  I’m tellin’ you, blogging is such a useful tool: it is great therapy to get to whine to those of you on the web, and it is a great journal of life, including illnesses, as my account above attests! blogg Thanks for being there! C


Vee said...

Yes, I use my blog all the time for documenting. Ha! She broke her hand? Broke it? Oh dear. I'm taking not because I do the very same thing and all the time. Dear, V, feel better soon and may that hand heal super quick. And pink eye is nasty...can you do the Similasan over the counter thing or does that not help at all? And all the best to your mother-in-law. Therapy can be a bugger until one notices marked improvements.

Debbie said...

You know, I thought I was the only one who had a problem with 'pink eye'. I'm 55 and it seems to come with some regularity. I always thought that was a kid's disease.
Things aren't getting any easier as we get older, are they!

Suzanne said...

Yes, you both need to get one of those rolling carts! Pronto, because we don't want anymore broken or strained hands.

I'm sorry to hear about the conjuntivitis. Since you mention that it comes about this time of year, do you think it could possibly be triggered by allergies? Beekeepers will tell you that you should eat locally produced honey to help with allergies.

I'm glad to hear that your mother-in-law is getting out more. You are exactly correct about the power and wonder of a blog. It's cheaper than therapy and less suspicious than talking to yourself.

Happyone :-) said...

Wow, broke her hand!! I am the complete opposite. I wear my pedometer and like to get in extra steps so I carry one bag in at a time up a flight of stairs!
Hope C's hand is better soon and you pink eye goes away!!

kath001 said...

Poor C and V! I too was wondering if your eye condition might be allergy related. And reading about V made me flash back...two years ago I was just getting my hand out of a cast. Oh to type, and be able to wash BOTH hands, and shower without a plastic bag over my arm! I feel for ya, V. I'll be saying some prayers for y'all.

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