I Hate Ice

Dec. 21st, 2012 11:20 pm
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We were originally forecast to get about six inches of snow last night, so I had made plans to shovel this morning. When I saw that we'd gotten less than an inch of crunchy stuff that wasn't even particularly apparent on our driveway, I was relieved.

Of course, this was a mistake.

Today was Katie's last day of school before Christmas break and I wanted to make sure to take her to school today, because I'd missed taking her on Thursday as I was getting my tooth buffed up. But we clearly weren't going to walk through the snow in the schoolyard to get there, so into the garage we went. Katie climbed into the car and I started to walk out onto the driveway to fetch my newspaper.

I said "mistake", right?

Now, I looked at the ice on the driveway, but given the type of snow we'd had, I assumed there would be some traction. I put my left foot on the ice and it was fine.

And then I took one more step with my right foot and realized that it had no traction at all.

Crap. I remembered how this worked the last time. That was when I blew out my left knee.

I stopped. And I realized that I couldn't back up, because I couldn't swing my right foot back to safe ground, but I didn't dare try to move my left foot.

I contemplated the best way to fall down.

And then I yelled for help.

Gretchen came out, gave me a hand -- from a safe position! -- and then I had the leverage to swing my right foot back around to safe ground.

Phew.

I took Katie to school.

And Gretchen put about a metric ton of salt on the driveway. :)
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My surgically-repaired left knee is acting up today. I think I managed to tweak it while sleeping last night, because it was fine when I went to bed, but a bit sore when I got up this morning.

I am moving very carefully right now. I think it's just a mild strain and I'd like to keep it that way.

Ouch!

Apr. 5th, 2011 01:16 am
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In other news, I have managed to annoy my surgically repaired knee somehow on the long drive home. When I move in the wrong direction, it tells me in its own subtle way that I should not do that.

With luck, it'll be better tomorrow after a good night's rest. But I think I'll be careful with it for a while.

Ouch!

Apr. 5th, 2011 01:16 am
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In other news, I have managed to annoy my surgically repaired knee somehow on the long drive home. When I move in the wrong direction, it tells me in its own subtle way that I should not do that.

With luck, it'll be better tomorrow after a good night's rest. But I think I'll be careful with it for a while.
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In an attempt to prove it wasn't a fluke, I got back on the exercycle this morning again. I note that my left knee feels less stiff than it's been -- actually, I don't know that stiff is the right word, it's more a case that my lower left leg feels heavier and harder to lift than my right leg. And the soreness around my right knee also seems to be being reduced.

Ok, better living through exercise.

There will be no exercycle on Thursday and Friday this week in any case, because I have meetings downtown those days that require me to catch a train at 7:30 AM, but I will try not to use that as an excuse to fall off the wagon -- or stationary bike, as the case may be.
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In an attempt to prove it wasn't a fluke, I got back on the exercycle this morning again. I note that my left knee feels less stiff than it's been -- actually, I don't know that stiff is the right word, it's more a case that my lower left leg feels heavier and harder to lift than my right leg. And the soreness around my right knee also seems to be being reduced.

Ok, better living through exercise.

There will be no exercycle on Thursday and Friday this week in any case, because I have meetings downtown those days that require me to catch a train at 7:30 AM, but I will try not to use that as an excuse to fall off the wagon -- or stationary bike, as the case may be.
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Last week, I stopped swabbing out the hole in my leg with peroxide and it sort of scabbed over. Last night, I noticed that the long, narrow scabby stuff seemed a bit loose around the edges, so I pulled at it gently.

It came loose to expose unbroken skin. It appears I no longer have a hole in my leg.

I still have a big, ugly divot that will take some time to heal up -- assuming that it will -- but it's no longer an open sore.

I'll take that as a victory condition.
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Last week, I stopped swabbing out the hole in my leg with peroxide and it sort of scabbed over. Last night, I noticed that the long, narrow scabby stuff seemed a bit loose around the edges, so I pulled at it gently.

It came loose to expose unbroken skin. It appears I no longer have a hole in my leg.

I still have a big, ugly divot that will take some time to heal up -- assuming that it will -- but it's no longer an open sore.

I'll take that as a victory condition.
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Well, I got hold of someone new at the insurance company -- actually, he called back and got hold of me, having been referred to the problem by the person I spoke to previously who was the fourth person to fail to solve it, but who I actually had a number to call back and complain at. He seems to have an intimate understanding of the problem, so there's some hope that we might get all of these bills straightened out. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

At work, I'm getting some traction on the project that's been stalled for a very long time, which is good. I've also spent some more time untangling our Windows messaging (which is extremely tangled), but am having some trouble getting some of our folks to understand why this is important to get correct. I'll keep working on it.

Tomorrow morning before the scheduled ice storm, [livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise, Katie, and I will head out to our favorite Christmas tree lot to collect a tree. That should be substantially more fun... :)
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Well, I got hold of someone new at the insurance company -- actually, he called back and got hold of me, having been referred to the problem by the person I spoke to previously who was the fourth person to fail to solve it, but who I actually had a number to call back and complain at. He seems to have an intimate understanding of the problem, so there's some hope that we might get all of these bills straightened out. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

At work, I'm getting some traction on the project that's been stalled for a very long time, which is good. I've also spent some more time untangling our Windows messaging (which is extremely tangled), but am having some trouble getting some of our folks to understand why this is important to get correct. I'll keep working on it.

Tomorrow morning before the scheduled ice storm, [livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise, Katie, and I will head out to our favorite Christmas tree lot to collect a tree. That should be substantially more fun... :)

Irritated

Nov. 29th, 2007 11:25 pm
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Well, despite having spoken to a representative at United Healthcare who assured me that they'd get all of my deductibles and copays from the first half of the year applied against my claims, it hasn't happened.

Tomorrow, I get to start making phone calls and tear a strip off of someone.

Irritated

Nov. 29th, 2007 11:25 pm
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Well, despite having spoken to a representative at United Healthcare who assured me that they'd get all of my deductibles and copays from the first half of the year applied against my claims, it hasn't happened.

Tomorrow, I get to start making phone calls and tear a strip off of someone.
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The surgeon looked at the healing hole in my knee today and pronounced it good. Although it's not quite sealed up yet, it continues to heal nicely, so unless something bad happens, we're done seeing each other.

This is a good thing.
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The surgeon looked at the healing hole in my knee today and pronounced it good. Although it's not quite sealed up yet, it continues to heal nicely, so unless something bad happens, we're done seeing each other.

This is a good thing.

Being Rash

Nov. 12th, 2007 11:35 pm
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I went to see Dr. Bob today to let him take a good look at my knee. He's absolutely delighted with the way that the hole in the leg is healing which delights me as well. And he's pronounced that the nasty patch of skin on my leg is bandage burn and prescribed a corticosteroid cream to clear that up.

It's been ten months, but we may finally get this leg back to normal...

Being Rash

Nov. 12th, 2007 11:35 pm
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I went to see Dr. Bob today to let him take a good look at my knee. He's absolutely delighted with the way that the hole in the leg is healing which delights me as well. And he's pronounced that the nasty patch of skin on my leg is bandage burn and prescribed a corticosteroid cream to clear that up.

It's been ten months, but we may finally get this leg back to normal...

Pants!

Nov. 6th, 2007 11:43 am
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For the first time since my knee surgery in March (save for the one day I had to go to court for a parking ticket that was dismissed), I am wearing pants. I switched over from the bandage wrap that I'd been using to cover the hole in my leg to a large sticky bandage. (I'd say Band-Aid, but it's definitely not a brand-name bandage.)

This is good, because it was getting really cold in the shorts I was wearing...

Pants!

Nov. 6th, 2007 11:43 am
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For the first time since my knee surgery in March (save for the one day I had to go to court for a parking ticket that was dismissed), I am wearing pants. I switched over from the bandage wrap that I'd been using to cover the hole in my leg to a large sticky bandage. (I'd say Band-Aid, but it's definitely not a brand-name bandage.)

This is good, because it was getting really cold in the shorts I was wearing...
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The hole is much smaller and shallower though, so I'm pretty pleased as are the surgeon and Dr. Bob. There's a nasty rash to the left (as I see it) of the hole, but we're all watching it to see what it does. The docs don't think it's serious, so I'm good with that.

Bob thinks that the hole will close up in about a week. It'll remain an ugly purple divot for quite some time, but closed is good. It means I can stop wearing a garbage bag into the shower. :)
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The hole is much smaller and shallower though, so I'm pretty pleased as are the surgeon and Dr. Bob. There's a nasty rash to the left (as I see it) of the hole, but we're all watching it to see what it does. The docs don't think it's serious, so I'm good with that.

Bob thinks that the hole will close up in about a week. It'll remain an ugly purple divot for quite some time, but closed is good. It means I can stop wearing a garbage bag into the shower. :)

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