Saturday, September 29, 2007
We are taking the chop-top 1970 bug, which always gets a lot of looks and comments (and offers to buy it!). I've heard that it is likely to snow we we are staying for the first night! Thank the heater was fixed.
Expect lots of photos of Tasmania!
Monday, September 24, 2007
My annual and sick leave was mis-reported again sand I can't figure out whether it is due to incompetence or software problems.
Anyone know of a good, 4 day a week job: writing/ documentation/ training/ project management / research / any combination, that would be happy with semi-regular telecommuting?
|Only the ligaments around the ankle are damaged.||I fell down stairs, dislocated a toe on my other foot == lots of damage.|
|Grade 1 or 2 sprain.||Grade 3 strain.|
|Ice speeds the recovery process and reduces pain.||Ice causes my blood vessels to spasm, blocks blood flow which slows the recovery process, and increases pain (Raynaud's).|
|Inflammation response is short (2-3 days), can be reduced with anti-inflammatories.||My brain can't turn off inflammatory responses (fibromyalgia). My ankle remains swollen for over a month. I can't take anti-inflammatories (kidney disease).|
|Pain receptors are turned down/off.||My brain is sensitised to pain, it can not turn off pain receptors (fibromyalgia).|
|Once-off sprains are relatively quick to heal (4-6 weeks).||I have repeatedly sprained my left ankle, badly. It takes several months for me to heal (> 10 weeks).|
Sunday, September 23, 2007
A quick trip to the hospital's emergency department (only 2 hours!), and I'm very happy that my foot is not fractured, and the ligaments are only torn, not severed as I had worried. It's still classified as a Grade 3 strain though :-\
Hobbling around this morning, I manage to dislocate my middle toe on the opposite foot, yet again. Stupid toe - it dislocates way too easily (4th time now). I don't like this weekend much, but... it could have been a lot worse.
I had huge plans - clean the house, finish the garden, mow, reorganise the garage.... We are going to Tasmania next weekend, and I had also planned to drive a fair bit. I really don't know why I have such excellent timing!
I shan't be going upstairs (or down stairs) any time soon!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
(Not sure 'sniped' is an official word, it just feels right)
Monday, September 17, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
The cats seem to be rather upset - I'm alone again for just over 2 weeks. I think Gingy thought we were moving again! Once he realised that we weren't actually packing boxes (he had 'packed' himself into a box last night), he flopped in the middle of the couch, and hasn't moved for most of the day. Lazy.... Smokey on the other hand, hasn't slept all day. I guess he'll be a lump in my bed tonight.
One of the remote switch controls blew with a lamp light-globe last night, and I now have no idea how to switch the AppleTV on!
I also noticed that our rental payment details have finally changed - we used to be with Ray White, but the rental department apparently were only 'renting' space/resources. They have struck out on their own, now affiliated with Barry Plant.
Health-wise, I'm not doing so well. I've logged enough data now to know that when I increase my activity/exercise, the pain increases. Decrease activity/exercise and pain decreases. The increases and decreases seem to be at the same time, so I'm not sure which is the cause, or where I can break the cycle. Not working does certainly help the Reynaud's symptoms - I'll probably see this more markedly when I take a week off work at the start of October.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
I got heaps done: studying, work, xstitch, gardening and loads of walking. My highest step count on Monday since getting my pedometer (13,859). This was cos I just missed the bus after work, and decided to see how far I could walk until the next bus caught up. About 5.5km... shows how often that bus runs at that time of night! Of course I took the straight route, and the bus wandered through the back streets.
Studying isn't progressing as fast as I would like, it's a lot of busy-work. The teacher in me desperately wants to rewrite the notes! ;>
The flowers and insects are out, even though it's still cold during the nights. Now I really need to work in the garden to encourage the birds. In the front, all I have is a magpie that eats the worms! Today I get a couple more bird feeders so the birds don't feel so exposed. Hopefully I'll find one suitable for nectar eaters.
But first... my second driving lesson....