2020-11-04

In my mind’s version of this country I would have awaken to a Biden landslide victory. I can’t believe that this election is so close, though I have not completely given up hope yet. If the final result, whenever that is determined, is announced and it doesn’t go my way, I may just have to plunge my head in the sand and hope that in four years I am / we are still alive…

In local news, after yesterday’s doctor visit I have scheduled a MRI for tomorrow morning to see if I have a torn meniscus. The orthopedic doctor said that she didn’t like what she saw, and gave me an option to wait, which I’ve been doing for a month, or go the expensive route and get the MRI. I obviously don’t want to spend the money, but the pain and immobility are killing me harder than the thought of four more years under this inept and corrupt administration.

Not surprisingly I was not nearly as productive as I’d hoped to be. After my doctor appointment I drove down to Aldi where I was going to get some paper towels and plates for this weekend’s camping trip. Inexplicably Aldi did not have any paper towels yesterday. Upon returning home I ate an extremely large lunch and then passed out for an hour’s nap on the futon. I spent about an hour yesterday doing some outdoor maintenance — ditching some of the expired and failed plants into a compost bin, drilling holes into galvanized tubs I bought to use as planters, cleaning up some small branches — before coming back inside. Sadly my evening was spent doing mindless things to keep my focus off the election.

One productive thing I did in the late afternoon yesterday was bake a loaf of bread in the bread machine. I’ve still not attempted a “proper” loaf again. The loaf of bread serves two purposes. First, it provided a nice late-night snack in the form of a slice of bread with butter. Second, I will use the majority of the loaf tonight when I bake a zucchini casserole for dinner.

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 188.6 pounds (-0.4 from last week’s weigh-in); shocking!

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11 Responses to 2020-11-04

  1. MRI “approved” and it’s “only” going to cost me $500. 🙁 What else would I rather be spending money on than healthcare, right?

  2. Bonnie says:

    I hope the MRI gives you some answers and direction in your healing.

    *Fist bump* on the weight loss! I weighed myself yesterday and it was quite depressing (though not surprising) to confirm that nearly all the 10 pounds I lost earlier this year has been regained. Muscle tone is gone. I feel so bloated and tired. All that hard work in the shitter. I’ll check out now because all I’m going to do is ramble and wallow. And I can’t even get started on the election…

    • Steve says:

      Your muscle tone isn’t lost and most certainly your muscle memory will snap back quickly. Don’t despair, you’re still fit.

    • Thanks. I hope the MRI will be money well spent, and that I get back to exercising soon.

      I agree with Steve. Now get out on one of your fancy new bikes today and enjoy yourself! Okay, you can wait until it warms up outside a wee little bit. *hugs*

  3. I’ve decided to avoid looking at any news again today. Perhaps my head-in-sand posture has already started.

  4. Steve says:

    Like you, I would have loved to awakened to a complete blue landslide. I think our hopes are still good for the WH, but my hopes for several senate races (SC, KY) were dashed. And sadly, I think Kelly Leoffler will win the runoff.

    Swapped the battery in Debbie’s truck after the wrecker driver was able to easily jump it off.

    My log rolling invention needs some tuning. The support chain is getting hung on the edge of the log and stopping the roll. And despite the weight, it really isn’t smoothing like I thought it would.

    A half hour on the trainer last night felt good. And 20 minutes in the hot tub felt even better!

    -FP

  5. HamWithCam says:

    “I can’t believe that this election is so close…”
    There’s the problem. <– No offense intended.
    (I blame a highly biased media.)

    My favorite quote from last night:
    "For the second presidential election in a row, we've paid a lot of people a lot of money to get it right, and they didn't. And as a result, we've consistently been reporting it wrong."

    I presume your MRI is via Piedmont?
    I had an MRI a year or so ago (or has it been two?) and Jan (Piedmont for 25+) implored me to check beforehand as to the cost ($$$$). I made numerous calls and the best I got was "We're not sure of the exact cost, but it's very unusual for it not to be covered…" And as it turned out, mine was.

    Disclaimer: I have Medicare and secondary coverage.

    MRI tips:
    – It's loud
    – As a result, it's difficult to hear the MRI tech's instructions
    – It's loud
    – Claustrophobia was not a big deal for me
    – It's very loud

    My daughter (gymnast) had a knee injury, outpatient surgery to repair, blew through the after-surgery PT, and has since run 10+ Peachtree's, no issues.

    If you wind up having surgery, get yourself in as good a shape as you can prior to the PT phase.

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

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