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The Start of September, A New Month

It's the start of September. A new month.

I'm really glad to see the back end of August. While there were a few good things that happened in August, notably gaming-wise, most of August was miserable for me and the end of the month was particularly bad with more bad news health-wise.

While the beginning of September hasn't been all that much fun, given the heat and humidity today so far, I'm really hoping that September is a good month for me and that I get a chance to do some gaming, some reading, and that my feet and legs get a chance to rest and perhaps start to feel better. On the shoulder front, that's just a matter of seeing what the physiotherapy does for me.

In the meantime, I've spent the afternoon out grocery shopping (though I also bought a set of bed sheets today), and have just taken care of and sent off a contract for a new rpg job that will challenge me for the month.

No gaming last night with the Friday group as it's their week off, and tomorrow promises to be interesting as spross has Tammy and me finish up our player characters for his Star Trek Adventures game. Should be interesting.

Civic Holiday (Colonel By Day) Thoughts

Monday, the civic holiday here in Canada. Colonel By Day, officially.

I'm feeling somewhat giddy after the gaming experience on the weekend, but am hurting quite a lot in the left shoulder and the area of the various muscles that come off the shoulder. My exercises are helping somewhat, but stressing the body parts, I suspect. No plans for the day, to be honest, other than to catch up on some reading, some PVR (and maybe some DVD) watching, do a bit of laundry and change the bed linens.

I've got two medical appointments the last four days of the week, so that should make life interesting this week as well.

The Coming Week

The week ahead promises to be...difficult.

I've got a lot of stuff going on this week, but the really urgent part is Thursday's (the 26th) appointment at the hospital to go over the MRI results and the my physiotherapy appointment immediately after that.

The hospital appointment has been a long time coming, to be honest, but it had to wait until after the MRI was done June 26th. The hospital has had the MRI results for a while now, but so has the physio clinic that I go to; the thing is, the physiotherapist wouldn't treat me again until she had the results of the MRI, so I've not been to physio for close to two months now. Hasn't helped the shoulder, to be honest. :(

But that's about to change this week, as I've got the physio appointment, and am really looking forward to that. Crazy, huh?


Add to that my sister is coming from the U.S. to visit, and my cousin from Israel is also coming to visit (as next week is mom's birthday), and it's going to be a long, long week or two.

The Start of May, A New Month

It's May 1st. A new month.

First off, Happy May Day (or Beltane, if you prefer)! :)

April was a pretty rough month for the most, and somewhat bad all around, so I'm kind of glad to see the end of the month and the start of the second quarter of 2018. The first three months of this year have not been especially kind to me health-wise for various reasons, and I'm hoping that changes for the better this month. ::knock on wood::

I'm spending the day relatively quietly, though there's a few things around the house I need to get around to doing. Got an appointment for physiotherapy tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to that. And of course, CanGames 2018 is coming up in roughly 2-1/2 weeks (Eeek!).

I'll be posting up my book reads for the month of April sometime today or tomorrow (the 3rd at the latest), but for now, I'm just glad it's the beginning of May.

Yesterday's Physio Appointment

Had another physiotherapy appointment yesterday afternoon. Only my third appointment since coming back from GenCon.

Woke up yesterday morning, and didn't feel all that great. Lots of pain, and some dizziness. Managed to eat some scrambled eggs with veggies and cheese for breakfast, then showered, and then took care of a couple of laundry issues. Headed out for the physio clinic, ">Quality Care Physiotherapy, and got there in time for my appointment, though I had problems parking the car.

The physio appointment went relatively well, though not without a lot of pain involved, and when I was finished I made two appointments for next week. I went downstairs to the small little restaurant in the building, ETC, and had a bowl of broccoli and cauliflower soup with a grilled cheese sandwich and some side greens for lunch. Yummy! :)

I dropped off at mom's place and picked her up, and then took her to the local Basics store. After shopping with her, my who left side of the body was hurting again. All the physio care wasted. I took the groceries I'd picked up and went home after dropping her off at her place, and took another painkiller.

Spent a quiet evening watching the Ottawa Senators continue their losing ways with a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues, and then read for about half an hour. Took care of the nightly insulin shot and then washed up and went to bed. And didn't sleep much...again.

*sigh*

A Busy Monday

Monday morning. The day before I leave for GenCon Indy.

Must have slept on the bad shoulder last night, as I'm in pretty bad pain this morning. Need to take a couple of pills now, and hope they mute the pain somewhat.

Not going to be able to get much rest today, as I've got two doctor appointments today, and have to do a bit of shopping for some of my medication related stuff (noticeably the insulin and the needles) and a couple of other sundries. I've also got to finish the packing for GenCon 2017

So this promises to be a busy day once more. I would have liked to have taken it easy and rested up a bit today, but such is not to be the case.

An Exhausting Day (Cars, Physio, and Food)

An exhausting day.

The day started off with almost no sleep last night due to foot pain (nerve spasms) and the terrible shoulder pain the exercising has caused.

The morning consisted of a round of car shopping. Went to the local Toyota dealer and looked for a second-hand car, but didn't see anything I really liked. Took a second-hand 2015 Corolla around for a spin and while it handled all right, the seats weren't comfortable and I wasn't crazy about the feel for the road. The price was good, though.

From there, went for my physiotherapy appointment and got put through the wringer. The pain in the shoulder was pretty bad, so we tried acupuncture but that didn't work, and made the neck muscles on that side hurt. Some deep massage helped, and after some electro-stimulation, I felt almost pain-free again. Went to the little restaurant in the building with the physiotherapist for lunch, and had a terrific potato and parmesan soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. Very tasty, and quite satisfying.

After that, it was back to car shopping. Went into Mazda and found they had some good second-hand vehicles. Wanted a Mazda 3 from 2015, but that one had already been sold, but got to look at a decent Mazda 3 from 2014 that was fully equipped and decently priced. Took that vehicle out for a test drive, and it was smooth and sleek and handled like a dream. Could even drive it right-handed, which made things easy and rested my left arm and shoulder. From there, it was over to Hyundi and checked out the cars there. Thought about the Accent but it was too small, and then drove for test with the 2014 Elantra they had. There was a lot of terrible things about the car, the worst being that I had to drive two-handed - and guess what, my left shoulder pain got very bad.

By that time, it was supper time. After stopping at home for pills and meds, my mom, sister and I went over to Boston Pizza for supper again. Terrific meal, including a side salad, hummus and flatbread chips, and spaghetti Bolognese with meatballs and mozzarella for supper. There was enough Bolognese for three people on that plate! So I took the rest of it home with me. Also had a Heineken with supper, and that helped with the shoulder pain somewhat. :)

Am now home. And get to do some of this all over again tomorrow.

Totally exhausted.

Civic Holiday (Colonel By Day) Thoughts

Monday, the civic holiday here in Canada. Colonel By Day, officially.

I'm feeling somewhat giddy after the gaming experience on the weekend, but am still hurting quite a lot in the left shoulder and the area of the various muscles that come off the shoulder. My exercises are helping somewhat, but stressing the body parts, I suspect. To make things worse, my allergies are driving me crazy, to be honest. I have no real plans for the day, other than to do a bit of laundry, since I need to start sorting out some of the clothes for this year's GenCon Indy trip.

I've got three medical appointments the last four days of the week, so that should make life interesting this week as well.

A Crazy Week Ahead

Even though it's a civic holiday today, I'm up relatively early. Couldn't sleep too much as my body is just hurting in various places. The left shoulder is particularly bad. The exercises seem to be helping, but the pain from them has made the condition much worse.

This week promises to be a bit of a bitch. Given mom's current non-driver status and the fact taxis and the like are getting too expensive, I had planned to spend much of today searching for a new car, but discovered that all the car dealers are closed for the day (that civic holiday). This means that I'll either have to do this tomorrow afternoon, or spend Thursday on this. I have a rough idea of what I'd like, but we'll see how the expenses for the car shape up.

I've also got two physiotherapy appointments, one on Tuesday and the other Friday, and also have a Footcare appointment as well on Wednesday. In addition, I need to get a haircut this week, as my hair's so long I'm starting to get a mullet. I don't usually go this long without a haircut, but... In addition, I'm leaving for GenCon Indy a week Tuesday, and have got all sorts of things to purchase and start getting ready, so that's another element to deal with.

Should be a crazy week.

Physiotherapy Appointment Results

It's Friday morning.

I feel pretty good this morning, but the left shoulder and the area there are hurting pretty bad. Probably due to the "exercise" it got yesterday.

Speaking of which, I had my physiotherapy assessment and first treatment yesterday afternoon. I managed to get to the appointment barely on time (they only do assessments at certain times, so if you're not on time, they may not be able to take you) due to a snafu with ParaTranspo that had me end up taking a taxi to the appointment.

Once checked in, the assessment took something like 45 minutes. The verdict is that I tore the upper back muscle that connects to the shoulder and rotator cuff some 5 months ago, and it has not healed properly (likely due to overuse). In addition, there's a lot of edema and damage to the shoulder and muscles around the joint. Physiotherapy will help it a lot, but the physiotherapist discouraged me from getting a steroid shot in the shoulder, as she didn't think it would help (since there's no real problem with the shoulder socket itself).

I then underwent the first treatment session that consisted of some exercises, a deep massage on the area (that hurt like the dickens), and finally some electro stimulation. I felt much better after the session, and have booked two more appointments for next week. She also advised me not to lift anything relatively heavy and to not extend the arm too far or raise it higher than my shoulder for a little while, as this could aggravate things. Will definitely make things interesting when I go down to Indianapolis in around 12 days. *sigh*

After the appointment, I had a really good lunch at the coffeeshop/cafeteria in the building: a nice bowl of hamburger and veggie soup with a roast beef and havarti wrap. Filling, and satisfying. After that, I went home and did some work on stuff that I've been meaning to do.

My only complaint today is the fact that my shoulder is hurting like hell, as mentioned above. Meds and some tidying around the house and a bit of reading will help. I hope.