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The good news is that I seem to be recovering from my head cold, but it has left me very tired. And I have to get up early tomorrow morning, as Katie's team has a softball game at 9:30 AM.

The girls won today's game by a score of 11-1. All of the girls pitched well, including Katie, who allowed the game's only run due to an errant pitch that hit the first batter that she faced and who eventually came around to score. But strikes were thrown, which is the objective. :)
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I had made plans to go to tonight's Cubs/Brewers game -- a first-time regular season Friday night game by special dispensation from the City Council -- and then I came down with a nasty head cold last night. I kept trying to convince myself that I would make it to the game with a friend of mine, at least until about 2 PM when I gave it up. It turns out that my friend was coming down with something to, so I suppose it was all for the best.

Especially because Katie has softball on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. I am feeling enough better, having taken it easy today, that I expect that I will be able to make it to both games.

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My recurring sinus infection seems to have recurred. I'm attempting to beat it back with a stick and some pseudoephedrine HCl which seems to be going well so far.

And then there's work, of which there will be some more tonight.



Apr. 26th, 2017 06:56 pm
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Day two of vacation back at home and I'm making some progress on an assortment of projects.

I would be making more progress, I suspect, if I hadn't pulled a muscle in my upper right arm. I have a nice little knot up there that hurts a lot when I do the wrong thing.

But it's getting better. :)


Apr. 7th, 2017 11:43 pm
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I appear to have passed at least one of the kidney stones tonight. If correct, this is a very good thing. :)
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It was an exercise in hubris, I think.

I've picked up a touch of sciatica, probably from sitting in my chair which is currently missing one armrest while I wait for replacement armrests that actually fit to arrive. And I was congratulating myself on the fact that it wasn't bothering me that much, so I figured that I had a moderately high pain threshold.

Then I got to breakfast with Gretchen. I sat down in the chair there and realized that I was in pain. Rapidly increasing pain, all down the lower part of my left side. I got up, walked around, moved to a bench, and spent a lot of time grimacing. Eventually the pain receded enough that I was able to go back to my seat and eat my sandwich.

When we got home, I headed to the toilet in the hope that this was a nasty gas bubble and that a bowel movement might help. It didn't. Shortly thereafter, I called the nurse line for my health insurance and confirmed that this would be a good time to go to the ER.

Gretchen drove me over there and I checked in. Then I spent some time in the waiting room after they ran me through triage where the pain ramped back up to really miserable. On the infamous 0 to 10 scale, where 10 is "I have just destroyed two knee ligaments", I was in the seven to eight range and not at all happy about it. Finally, right around noon, they led me back to a room to take blood and a urine sample.

And right about then, the pain stopped.

That was a wonderful thing. Not hurting was one of the best things that had happened to me in a long time.

A bit later, I spoke to a doctor who said, "Probably a kidney stone. Let's get a scan to check." One CT scan later, it turns out that I have a pair of lovely matched kidney stones, one for each kidney, although only the one on the left is currently on the march. Apparently, it's fine as long as they aren't moving. Moving, however, hurts a lot.

I now have some fine prescriptions to help me pass the current stone and manage any pain. I was hoping to get by without the pain med, but about 10 PM when we came upstairs to put the girls to bed, my side flared again, so pain med it is!

My pain threshold may or may not be moderately high, but not taking the pain med before trying to go to bed is just stupid. The pain actually eased up fairly quickly and I think I can feel the pain med actually kicking in now.

Yes, yes. This too shall pass.

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So when I cracked the bicuspid and had to have it extracted late last summer, they did a bone graft to prepare the site for an implant. Today, they put in the post. Now, I need to wait for that to heal. And once that's done, they can make the crown to attach to the post.

Fingers crossed!
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Following a morning trip to the optometrist for our annual checkup (which Gretchen and I both passed in the sense that we are monstrously myopic but have fine looking retinas), I headed home and back to work, taking a conference call on the way.

The rest of the day was spent trying to get my VM to actually work. It is possible that it does work now.

We'll see in the morning. :)
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Both girls went to school today. Neither came home sick.

We will take this as a positive development in our attempt to beat back the strep bug. :)
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The train labeled "Capricon" is on the tracks and moving steadily toward the station. It looks like everyone and everything that needs to be on board is, at least as of this afternoon's meeting.

Meanwhile, Julie is feeling better, but her throat is still sore. With luck, she'll be much better tomorrow.
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Julie felt unwell this morning and had a nasty sore throat. She wasn't running a fever at the time, but we kept her home from school. By the time Gretchen decided to cart her off to the urgent care, the fever had arrived. That and the absence of congestion had made us believe this was quite likely strep throat, which the rapid strep test confirmed.

Julie now has antibiotics and is starting to feel better.

Now, if we can just avoid passing it around the family...
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I got the offending tooth filled today at the dentist. Things are still a little sore, but not very much so. With luck, everything will settle in nicely.
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Katie stayed home from school today, but is feeling pretty good now. So she'll head back to school tomorrow and everyone should be healthy again.

I think.

Of course, I have an appointment tomorrow to get a filling...
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I am at Confusion and recovered from the tummy bug, although the lingering cough has still left me without a singing voice. Almost two months of this is enough.

Meanwhile, back at home, Katie appears to now have the tummy bug, making it a clean sweep of the Roper family.

OK, there is little clean about this.
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I am feeling somewhat better, although nowhere near well yet. However, I am supposed to leave for Confusion in the morning.

With any reasonable luck, I will.
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Gretchen and I appear to be getting better, having gotten a good amount of sleep over the long weekend. We'll see if this lasts tomorrow. :)


Jan. 12th, 2017 11:31 pm
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It is rather frustrating to encounter a new common cold virus while you're still coughing from the previous one.

Sadly, I am not alone in this, as Gretchen is in the same leaky boat. Or nose. Or something like that.



Jan. 9th, 2017 11:03 pm
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The cough is still here. It is getting better, but it is still here.

It can go away any time.

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The cold continues to annoy. I'm getting some work done at work, but my productivity is way down, because I just don't feel that well.

On the other hand, nothing helps quite as much as a good decongestant.
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First, Julie got it. Then Gretchen got it. Now I have it.

It lasts for days and comes with headaches, running nose, and a hacking cough. What could be better?

I think Julie's almost over it. Gretchen, not so much.

And me, well, I'm treating it symptomatically and hoping to keep it out of lungs.

Katie, fortunately, does not yet have it. We don't know why, but we are jealous.


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