Paulie The Sloth

Because of some event last Sunday my mobility has been severely limited. Even this morning I am unable to put weight on my left hip, and walking is still out of the question, though I feel as if I am improving at a sloth-like pace.

Once again I am blogging via iPad since my laptop is locked in the basement and I am still incapable of managing to the stairs to get it. It’s almost as if I never expected to debilitate myself on Sunday’s ride. Go figure.

Yesterday I hobbled over to Colony Square for lunch. I (incorrectly) thought it would be a shorter hobble than Crescent Avenue, and I wanted to mail my mother’s Easter card (which will most likely be late now). Thankfully crossing 14th and Peachtree proved to be not as challenging as I feared, but what a workout! By the time I got to Tin Drum I was sweating, and upon returning to my cubicle I was almost comically damp. I guess better to injure myself before Atlanta’s summer heat arrives.

By and large people have been courteous to me as a crip; they have opened doors, most have provided ample clearance for my hobbling, and one of my new coworkers carried my coffee cup to my desk. I have yet to encounter my Florence Nightingale however, perhaps that will happen today.

By the time I leave work tonight (weird to type that after nine months) I am hoping to be in a condition to eat dinner out after work. I have run out of leftovers, and have not had the strength to stand long enough to wash dishes. And, even with a tote bag getting things from point A to point B is a royal pain in the ass, especially if they are not completely sealed.

For me tomorrow is the start of a four day weekend, and if I hadn’t been such an idiot last Sunday I would be excited at the thought of getting out for some mileage on the bike in preparation for BRAG’s Spring Tune Up next weekend. I may wind up skipping STU completely depending on my condition. However, I will leave that decision until next week.

Hope your Thursday is a great one.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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32 Responses to Paulie The Sloth

  1. Stacy says:

    Do you need any help around the house? I’d be happy to pop by and rescue your laptop or whatever else you might need. Just holler if so!

  2. Steve says:

    Wow. I’m afraid they have missed something. Damnit.

    I have an appointment next week to get my hands looked at. I think this is more of a what is it, what can be done about it, and is the cure worse than the disease visit. I’m hoping these can simply be aspirated, rather than any cutting involved.

    The puppy is settling in. Seems to be self aware and know how to ask to go out, which at that age is a good thing. Sharp teeth though, but he doesn’t chomp down.

    Barb, we decided TC is not in the cards tomorrow. Debbie isn’t in the mood to enjoy much right now and I hear there’s some sort of sporting event happening up there.


    • I am hoping that I am just a slow healer and that the urgent care didn’t miss anything. I have until Monday to cancel with Royster if things improve dramatically in the next few days. Bummed to think how this may ruin my entire Spring cycling plans.

      Puppy? Sure it was all over FB, but whatcha get?

      • Steve says:

        I’m calling it an English Fox Terrier (terrorist) but I may not be quite right. Small, travel dog for Debbie. Name of Ollie. Very sweet. You can’t have one because everyone’s gaydar would go off.

        And thank you for the app access, but I can’t get any browser on the work PC to pull it in, or the app on my iPhone- which doesn’t show what’s currently live. Amazing.

      • HamWithCam says:

        At this point in the game, the best thing that can happen is for Dr. Royster to tell you “everything is OK, it’s just going to take a while to bounce back…”

        Anytime you can buy piece of mind, it’s worth it.

      • I probably will go, even if I feel “well”.

  3. HamWithCam says:

    Our next door neighbor (super nice guy, big bike rider, BRAG, etc) is having his roof replaced today. He gave everybody fair warning, but based on past experience…somebody’s getting a nail in their tire. Knock wood.

    Clairemont continues to have heavier than normal volume. Ponce/Scott too.
    We did make it to Taqueria del Sol Monday night, (all locations closed on Mondays, save for Cheshire Bridge). Traffic looked “normal” to me. Both ways. Maybe a little more volume at the Emory traffic circle(s).

    Made a run to Monroe, GA yesterday. Started out on Stone Mountain Freeway to I-285S. That lasted one exit. Bagged it at Ponce and cut over to the Stone Mountain Freeway/78. Smooth to Monroe and back. Normal, maybe even slightly lighter volume.

    Jan/I have decided to curtail any evening runs to OK Cafe. Opting for maybe Saturday/Sunday lunch.

    And speaking of bicycles, my (current) “steed” (Bonus points for those recognizing the location):

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

  4. Barb says:

    well- I’m glad TC isn’t in the cards tomorrow night, because Allan let me know that he is working for someone tomorrow. And – he is going to be at Station 15 in midtown.(Stacy, is that your station?)
    He has never worked in midtown – I’m sure he will the it as much as Buckhead. (too many false alarm bells in buildings)

    • Stacy says:

      Atlanta Engine 15 – “The Night Train!” Yep, that’s mine. 🙂 Oh lordy on a Friday night too? That should be fun. (I’m assuming you meant to say he’ll hate it as much as Buckhead.)

      I didn’t realize they subbed at other stations like that. That explains a lot. Once Leigh Ann and I walked by there and she was all: wait… isn’t that Burnt Rubber’s car? What is he doing here? (this was a while ago)

      • Barb says:

        yes- they can work at any station in the city, they just have to have the same qualifications as the person they are subbing for. Since it is sometimes hard to get vacation days (they can only have X amount of people off on a certain day) they guys just trade shifts at times.
        He is only happy about this station because it will reinforce that he doesn’t want to ever work there permanently. Its a good way to network though, since its a different battalion, lots of guys he doesn’t know at all or very well.

  5. Barb says:

    somehow typed the instead of HATE above.

    Steve – I missed something – what is wrong with your hands?

  6. Steve says:

    An old issue, originally diagnosed by my GP as ganglion cysts. They aren’t a problem really.. sometimes holding the handle bars or a tool can be annoying. Palms of both hands.

    • Stacy says:

      Ah ganglions! I had one removed from my wrist twice — once in 2nd grade and then when it came back senior year in college. Has someone suggested the Bible trick, Steve? 😉

    • Barb says:

      I just looked that up, looks like my bursitis on my elbow.

  7. Steve says:

    That’s what my old doc told me!! I’m like, “get away from me!” These aren’t typical, but under the skin in my palm. The doc next week should be able to give me the answer.

  8. One positive in my day is that I am starting to lean on the crutches, literally, a lot less when I “walk”.

  9. Debbie Brady! says:

    Pauline I’m so bummed that you are dealing with this. To have it coincide with your return to work just sucks.

    The new puppy is a Border Terrier and no threat to anyone’s man card. They are badass little dogs when grown. He’s deceptively adorable right now.

    In my current mood battling, Friday traffic in the post-collapse state might end in homicide. Luckily Luthersville is unaffected by such shenanigans so the neighbors are fairly safe.

    Hope you have a restorative weekend and strut into the doctor’s office just for reassurance that all is well.

    • Debbie Brady! says:

      Grammar nerd that I am, the misplaced comma in my first sentence annoys me, but it’s apropos. Current mood is battling. I usually know what would make me feel better, but at a loss right now.

      • Barb says:

        I don’t see a misplaced comma.
        I do like Paulie’s autocorrected name to Pauline though.

        • For a long time I had to ensure that I didn’t let that autocorrect go through. Now my iOS devices know “Paulie”.

          • Debbie Brady says:

            LOL, completely missed that! I hope Pauline’s hip heals quickly too. She hurt hers pushing a shopping buggy off the curb at a Walgreens. 😂😂

    • It’s a good thing I am past my child birthing years, because my damaged hips can’t handle that…

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