Saturday, May 29, 2010
Then when I went to bed I couldn't find a comfortable position. I tossed and turned for about an hour and a half, getting more and more uncomfortable and more and more worked up until I couldn't lie in any position without searing pain in my back. Finally, at about 12:30, I got up and woke Jackie in the process, and she decided to take me to the emergency room. She made a quick call and Matthew brought Jody over so that Crispy wasn't left alone in the house and off we went to Greenwich.
Long story short- after being poked and prodded and donating various bodily fluids for testing they decided it was not a kidney stone (which Jackie had suspected, and the doc had said was a possibility), but just a severe muscle spasm. They gave me a shot of pain-killer in my arm, and a valium to relax the muscles and sent me home to sleep, which I finally could. They prescribed huge doses of ibuprofen and a valium every 8 hours and I feel much better now, I even went for a gentle walk with the dog this afternoon, but I have to take it pretty easy for the next few days. I wish I knew what I'd done to my back so I can avoid doing it again, but I don't remember doing anything odd!
Luckily I had cleared the decks at work for today as we had planned on working on Crsipy's room to put in his lower bunk bed, so Jackie let me sleep (we got home about 4:30am) and she took the dog out etc. this morning. We went ahead with our plans for Crispy's room- with Jackie doing most of the work, with help from Crispy who was very good about being ruthless and throwing junk out- I sat and supervised. Then we went and bought a new mattress and now Crispy's room is tidy and has his new sleeping quarters down below and tons of room for his stuffed animals (or a sleepover guest) in the bunk above (see previous post).
Jackie has gone out for a well deserved night out with her sisters that was arranged a few days ago and Crispy and I have had pizza and he's about to teach me to play a silly game on the Wii (which should be fun in my slight valium fog). Jackie was wonderful taking care of me- and she's had the least sleep of all of us!
Anyhow, I hope a good nights sleep will do wonders, and I will certainly take it easy at work tomorrow, and I have Monday off. So if I'm lucky this will just have been a one-off, but I certainly have new insight into baseball pitchers who get taken out with back spasms- it's like nothing I've ever felt, and it scared the crap out of me!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
We had the usual church this morning (Pentecost with a baptism), then we had a funeral @ 2, then I had to set up for an organ recital for Andrew. And after our walk Holly and I are going to join Jake & Crisp & the rest of the family at Jody's for a lunch(!) To celebrate Matthew's graduation- hope they left me some food!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Holly. The rain was pouring and we had the place completely to ourselves.
I guess the old saying is true- "there's no such thing as bad weather,
only unsuitable clothing"! I have a very nice two-piece rain suit that
I got on sale from a hunting web site (it appropriately says "MAD DOG
Clothing" on it) and some fabulous rainboots that have rubber feet and
neoprene uppers (the stuff they make wetsuits out of), and along with
my Tilley hat they kept me totally dry and able to enjoy an hour with
a very happy and wet dog!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Saturday, May 08, 2010
It just feels so wrong to get into a swimming pool or on a waterslide with something that seems so delicate- I mean I've spent my life trying not to get electronics wet. But this thing is not only waterproof, but shockproof too, so it seemed ideal for us for this trip and for Tobago in the summer. And so far I'm very impressed! Great pictures and videos and it spent the last couple of days either in my hand or in a canvas beltpack I was wearing in the waterpark- so it was either submerged or getting splashed or surrounded by wet canvas the whole time!
Anyhow- here is me and Crispy going down the roller-coaster waterslide at Great Wolf yesterday (I had to compress the video a bit to fit within Google Video's 100MB limit- but it still looks pretty good!)
Friday, May 07, 2010
videos from our time in the waterpark, so that will just have to wait
'til we're back home tomorrow afternoon. I will say, however that I am
very impressed with the waterproof camera we got (a Pentax Optio W80),
this was it's first test in water and it did really well considering
the waterpark is indoors and not terribly brightly lit, so it should
be excellent in Tobago this summer :)
It's getting late now, so we'll put the monkey to bed in the foldout
couch and sleep soundly so we are ready for another morning of fun
In the living room end of our room after 3 hours in the water park (pics and videos to follow after dinner once the new waterproof camera has dried so I can open it).
Jake and Jody playing cards while Crispy watches TV. Now we're off to check out the buffet- I hope it's all-you-can-eat, coz right now I can eat a lot!
Thursday, May 06, 2010
she goes to the kennels tomorrow for an overnight while we head for
Great Wolf Lodge (an indoor waterpark theme hotel in the Poconos).
I'll take her out briefly in the morning, but we're heading out about
11 so she needed a good run this afternoon.
The trip to Great Wolf is a make up for the Cubscout Night at the
Museum sleepover that was canceled due to snow in February- the only
other date they offered us was this Saturday into Sunday that I
couldn't have done coz of needing to be back for church on Sunday- so
we're using the money they refunded us to do an overnight at Great
Wolf Friday into Saturday (Jake and Crispy are both taking Friday
off), coming back about 4.