There Is Progress, But There Is Still Pain

I am making progress, slow progress, but progress nonetheless.

Today’s thanks go to three great friends

  • ITP-Reader Betsy for bringing over and eating dinner (Fox Bros BBQ, yum!) with me.
  • ITP-Reader Terri for bringing over a pair of crutches which have made motion a little more possible.
  • ITP-Reader Martha for bringing over Gatorade and a quiche for today.

The outpouring of help has been heartwarming.

With the crutches I can get around, and this morning I was able to put a little weight on my right leg with their assistance, without wincing in excruciating pain. I see this as progress. I’m also sleeping well (the drugs might be helping that), which is nice — see, like right there; I just woke from a 30+ minute nap.

February: Good Times Came To A Crashing Halt
Keeping with the plan to recap each month here’s February (a day late due to the cycling accident).

As months go February gets a ‘C’ — it really deserves a lower grade thanks to the cycling accident but I’m trying to be fair.

The month started off very well with a trip to Raleigh, North Carolina for the NC State Career Fair followed by a fun, extended weekend with ITP-Readers Lisa and Randy. During that weekend we watched the Packers win the Super Bowl (though I wish that I were writing about how the Jets won instead), as well as eating some great food and goofing around with their kids.

February has always been a “happy” month as it contains the birthdays of my mother and brother.

During the month of February I saw to very well acted plays — “Carapace” and “Superior Donuts” — the latter of which just opened last Friday at Horizon Theatre so I suggest that you check it out. And, though I only saw one concert in February — Trombone Shorty with the opening act of Los Amigos Invisible — that night was amazing.

Along with the crash, which naturally ruined the month, there were some other downers. I didn’t run well, nor did I lose weight (though oddly over the past week three people have asked me if I have lost some), nor did I ask anyone out for a date (in fact I’m putting this goal on ice for awhile).

Changing Things Up
With my current inability to exercise I’ve decided that I’ll definitely won’t be riding in the Wheels of Fire on April 2nd. Instead, I’ve purchased a ticket to the Elephant Six Collective Holiday show at the 40 Watt Club in Athens on that night.

As of now I am still planning on trying to be ready to “run” the Twisted Ankle half marathon on May 14th, though I have to acknowledge that this injury is really going to impair an already-sagging training regimen.

ITP Flickr Pic
I know that there was supposed to be something here today, but extenuating circumstances have caused a delay.

A Book Challenge For March
I’ve been trying to get myself to read more. On Saturday while doing some “Spring” cleaning I noticed a book on one of my shelves which I’ve been meaning to read for some time. The book is called Chef’s Story and it’s a collection of profiles of twenty-seven chefs; each profile explains how the chef was inspired to become a chef.

My plan is simple. I plan to read one chef’s profile a day. With twenty-seven profiles I shall be done by month’s end (wish I had thought of this in February as it seems a more natural fit)! One month, one book. The plan is far from groundbreaking but if it gets me reading and clearing off my bookshelves then I’ll be a better person in the end.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – coming to peace with my life and encouraged that there is at least a little progress toward my physical recovery (now if that damn big toenail would just start growing back properly instead of the gnarled way that it currently is…)
Current Music – listening to the “Sound Of Young America” podcast featuring Weird Al Yankovic
Website Of The Day – Mmmmm, Cupcakes Take The Cake.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – n/a, I’m staying at home again
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not going to care for awhile

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)

Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 0

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

March Goals
– Recover from the bike crash
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Lose two pounds
Go out on a date with someone else
– Read an entire book, specifically Chef’s Story

2011 Goals [will be a little more fluid than in past years]
– Reduce my weight by 25 pounds based on the my weight as measured on February 1st
Completely read the book Daily Negations which I received as a Christmas gift.
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business — one which does not get penalized.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
– Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than two half-marathons
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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13 Responses to There Is Progress, But There Is Still Pain

  1. Steve says:

    Glad you are starting to feel better. I know this will be a hard recovery, as you are never patient when it comes to your body. And as far as that toenail, maybe I shouldn’t tell you that the toenail I injured on a slip-n-slide when I was a kid has never been right since.

    Any word from the police report?


  2. My toenail is looking more and more like an ice damn on a roof, I don’t expect it to look right again. I only hope that it doesn’t become a medical problem down the road — especially since I injured it while sober, because I was wearing flip flops.

    I had a minor setback this morning in the kitchen I went to move something and the cutting board and cooling rack which lean against the wall began to fall toward me. In fear that they’d fall from the counter to my foot I had to stretch (while on crutches) to stop them. Owie. Owie. Owie. My foot was spared, however.

    No movement on the police report yet. The Dekalb County website says it can take up to five business days. I plan on calling them this afternoon to see if it’s available.

    One other change in my plans is that yesterday I also purchased a ticket to see The Baseball Project at the Star Bar on Friday, March 11th. This effectively cancels any notions I may have had about running the Black Sheep Founders Day hash that night.

  3. That’s strange, I just had to approve my own comment. 🙂

  4. Steve says:

    Well, maybe this way you can catch the typos!

    No Founders Day for me- I’ll be in Colorado Springs at an officials meeting. I’ve never been there when there hasn’t been a high pressure class and test involved. Hopefully, this will be a lot more fun.

    Dekalb and not Clarkston PD? I suppose that is outside the city limits, but not by much.

  5. Barb says:

    and no link or anything & you had to approve?

    Glad you are at least moving around some.

    I’ve got extra painkillers if you need them, I just don’t like how they make me feel, and I didn’t need them for more than about a day with my dental surgery, so I have plenty of leftovers.

  6. No. It appears the Askimet spam servers where having difficulties so every comment was being held regardless of the author.

    Hoping not to need additional pain killers, though I appreciate the offer. I can lessen the pain greatly through the use of crutches.

  7. Martha says:

    No mention of the fruit? I hope that doesn’t mean you’ve already forgotten about it 😉

    I’ve got a couple of funky toe nails…can’t say they ever cause a problem and thankfully nail polish seems to hide the imperfections just fine. I’ve got a nice dark purple if you’d like to try it.

    I’m glad to hear you are still planning on Twisted Ankle, I thought I might be going up there alone.

  8. I haven’t forgotten the fruit because I made a crutch-aided beeline to the quiche this morning. The fruit is destined to be a midday snack.

    Twisted Ankle is still on my calendar at the moment. I believe that my friends Eric and Casey are coming in from Huntsville too, and I believe I Know That Trick is supposed to be running as well.

  9. bets says:

    Good job on the fruit Martha! I told paulie that his delivered meal last night was good ole fashioned paulie comfort food–now that we have him hostage, we might have to bring on the bunny food! Tonight’s meal: lentil carrot patties and microgreens.

    kidding. I will check out urban cannibals and see what’s on special tonight.

    and i’ll be at twisted ankle this year. sweeping. but not officially 🙂

    and kudos to terri for venturing out during the tornado watch when she has a phobia of lightening!

  10. Hey, I like bunny food. I ate it 1/7th of February. 🙂 I’m thankful to have friends who’ll give up their time to help me out.

    Kuddos to Terri! I had no idea she had a phobia of lightning (I sort do, but mine is more a healthy respect. Now heights… that’s something I fear!).

    I just remembered that I had a bizarre dream/nightmare last night. It involved airports, stolen items, trying to run, trying to catch busses, and missing flights. Wow! These are some great meds. I actually woke up and was relieved to realize that it was just a dream/nightmare. Then I tried to convince myself the cycling accident didn’t happen, but was quickly brought back to reality on that one.

  11. Martha says:

    You can look at this down time as a great time to catch up on your reading.

    Drug induced dreams they are the best/worst…benadryl gives me some great ones.

    So in non-accident news, I got my Dash last week. It’s okay, not exactly what I expected. It does play both Amazon VOD and Netflix Watch Instantly, the picture looks pretty good. I can also see my gmail & facebook updates. So I’ve put it in the kitchen, so I can be entertained while cooking/cleaning…hopefully I can figure out how I can view an online recipe, which is what I wanted it for in the first place.

  12. Yeah, except reading puts me to sleep especially when I am lying down. I am trying to use the time to teach myself more iPhone programming for work.

    Does the Dash have a browser? If so you should be able to pull up recipes fairly easily.

  13. Martha says:

    From what I’ve read (after buying it) it doesn’t have a browser. My work around for now maybe to send myself an email, since there’s an app for viewing gmail.

    I was having trouble with the Sony/Dash site yesterday, I’ll have to try again later.

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