If I Could…

figure out how to make the pain created by my bicycle fall go away, or who I should see in order to do so, things would be so much better. The pain is deep, like a pinched nerve, and strikes hard when it strikes.

Fooled By Marketing
I saw the small bucket of cereal called “Special K, Red Berries” and thought “Oh, I like raspberries so this should be good.”. I peeled off the lid, poured in some milk, and then read the fine print รขโ‚ฌโ€ “Crunchy Rice & Wheat Flakes with Real Strawberries”. Not a single raspberry to be had, only strawberries. Yes, strawberries are red, but if they were to be the only berry represented why not just name the cereal “Special K, Strawberry”?

I Am Losing My Nerve
Sure, I keep finding the one in my left hip/groin area that seems to be inflamed, pinched, or really mad. However, I seem to be losing the rest.

As I hobbled back from getting my mail a few days ago I noticed the wild blackberry bush had some delicious-looking offerings. Plump and ripe, the younger version of me would have bent over (without pain), plucked a handful of them, and popped them into my mouth. Okay, since they are at the curb I may have taken them inside and washed them first. Yet now, I admired them, thought about but did not take a photo of them, and kept hobbling back to the house to open up whatever junk mail AARP, Xfinity, Dish Network, etc, had sent me. Too many recent health problems to be a renegade any longer.

Yesterday’ weather was so nice I that contemplated sitting on a patio and drinking a beer after I left work. But as I drove home I couldn’t think of any place that enticed me enough to stop. On Tuesday after work I had a much-needed beer across the street at Tap, and about fell out of the chair (good thing I didn’t because that would have really hurt in my current condition) when I saw that most of their beers were $8. $8?!? Sure, I find myself paying $10-$11 a six-pack these days, but that still winds up being less than $2/can.

So the thought of saving money, especially with over a case of good craft beer in my refrigerator, won out. Beer at home led to cobbling together a dinner of hard-boiled eggs and some Melba toast. This led to me sitting on the couch watching a few episodes of “The Mind of a Chef” on Netflix, which led to more beer followed by listening the rest of the night. You have rightly imagined that I accomplished little last evening.

I will probably do the same today, though I am once again itching to start getting things out of the ITP Estate.

Do your best to stay dry today.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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13 Responses to If I Could…

  1. Stacy says:

    I was over in your work ‘hood yesterday evening at a cute little place called “Foxtrot Liquor Bar.” Check them out. ๐Ÿ™‚ They don’t really have meals (just small plates – but they’re delicious), and your cocktails are in the $10-$12 range, but on the Local Flavor app you can get a “Pay $20 for $40 of food and drink” certificate and then it’s a mighty fine deal. I may pick up another since it doesn’t expire until October. They also have a “beer and a shot” section for $10-12 and that’s a little better since the beer is craft and the shot is a fancy mixed shot instead of, say, just a throw back of Jose.

    I had the same reaction to Tap a while back. Is it the location? Because $8/beer is seriously ridiculous. I’ll pay that price for less-than-a-beer when doing flights, but that’s also for the chance to try varieties.

  2. ITP Lurker says:

    Go see Ingrid Anderson at http://www.intownpt.com on Edgewood, just past Ammazza. She works magic with hips in particular.

  3. Steve says:

    I was thinking about a Chiropractor for your pain. Are you doing your PT like a good little patient?

    I have emailed the AToC folks multiple times in the past few weeks to get an idea of the plan for my arrival Tuesday night. When I made my flight reservations 3 months ago, knowing we would depart Lake Tahoe, I decided to fly into Reno. Imagine my surprise when I got the tech guide and found out all in processing of staff would be in Sacramento! I did get an email from the person handling the shuttles yesterday and responded to her and have now found I can still get to Sac. for only $70 more. I love Southwest.

    My crop of poison ivy is doing nicely after the yard work yesterday. I was being careful for the most part, but was getting tired and sloppy by the end of the effort. Glad to have a poultice or two here at work to apply.


    • I have thought about seeing a chiropractor as well, but don’t know if a good one. I didn’t like the one I saw six years ago.

      I am trying to be a good PT patient at home, but it hurts a lot to do some of the exercises prescribed last week.

  4. HamWithCam says:

    Whan all else fails… acupuncture?
    What have you got to lose…
    (Disclaimer: I have never tried it.)

    And speaking of “fruit”,
    For 10 points:
    Q: What’s the predominant ingredient in “Lenders Blueberry Bagels”?
    A: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hamwithcam/4840634386/

    (Blueberry flavored (apple) bits)

    It’s a rainy day here in the City of Decatur.

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

    • I had needles stuck in me six years ago. Along with the echocardiogram I had done now sixteen years ago it was the strangest thing I had ever done.

      • HamWithCam says:

        Did Dr. Royster or your PT dude mention any kind of “electro muscular stimulation” deal? You wear it around while exercising. I did it with my hip. Tingles, not exactly a shock. I broke bones but pretty sure this helped my hip muscles.


    • Stacy says:

      Blueberry flavored bits? ๐Ÿ˜€ Bahahahaha!

  5. Debbie Brady says:

    I had a beer on our patio last night and it was lovely and cheap. You’re welcome anytime.

    Electro pulse stimulation was all the rage in the trade fair at the horse show last week – perfect demographic since most horse people have had multiple broken bones and the lingering aches from injuries. I tried one of the units and it was neat – I would consider a unit especially since my back has been giving me fits the last couple of weeks. The show “special” was $175 for the unit and a box of extra pads for the electrodes, so not terribly expensive if it performs as advertised.

    I may have my vet friend cold laser my back, that has worked wonders on other muscle/nerve pain issues I’ve had.

    Looks like my summer will be all cantaloupe all the time. My marketing proposal got the thumbs up to proceed. It will be good to be busy during my least favorite season.

  6. HamWithCam says:

    Inexpensive enough. Worth a call to Dr. Royster’s office (ask for his nurse) or your PT dude. Might even be covered by insurance.


    Disclaimer: I know zero about this product, etc.


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