Saturday, December 29, 2007

But I'm okay, how are you? Thanks for asking, thanks for asking

I solemnly swear that this will be the final time you hear me use the phrase "back pain" this year. Personally I don't care if I never hear those words again.

But I am feeling so much better today; I have discovered the best chair in the house and am dragging it everywhere I go, sort of like Linus and his blanket. I have also discovered the amazing power of the heated towel - four minutes in the microwave and you've got yourself a little mini-spa for your back. And I have also been able to cut my meds in half today, so I now have my blink reflex back, have stopped drooling, and have gone from sleeping 20 hours a day to no naps at all. But surprisingly my Scrabble game has subsequently gone down the toilet. I guess that's a game best played stoned out of your gourd.

My family deserves some sort of Nobel prize for putting up with my whining this past week and for cleaning the litter box and feeding the cat without my even asking.

And tomorrow I shall finally be bringing you the first of the long-overdue best of lists for 2007 - my favourite handclap songs. Because I feel like cheering.

In the meanwhile, why not enjoy the Radiohead song from which I swiped the title of today's post. It's from the Airbag/How am I Driving? EP which I surreptitiously bought for myself (along with the Radiohead rockumentary Meeting People is Easy) whilst Christmas shopping. I handed them over to the spousal unit when I got home, along with the suggestion that these would be a great present for me. But come Christmas morning, even in my glassy-eyed state I noticed that they were not in my pile o' presents and had to ask about them. Which resulted in a scurry to the bedroom closet and a sheepish handing over of said Radiohead paraphernalia, with the 2 for $25 stickers still affixed.

Palo Alto - Radiohead


Toccata said...

It's so good to hear you are up and about again. Good thing Jerry did not regift your Radiohead CD to someone else!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks, Toccata, it's great to be back in the land of the living! Zombiehood may not be all it's cracked up to be after all.
There could have been an ugly scene if Jerry had regifted my megifting, that's for sure.

Anonymous said...

I'm super happy that your back pain woes are beginning to come to a close!!!!! I have to say that you are a most gracious blog hostess even in the throes of exquisite pain. You do in fact rule.

Microwaved towels? For real? I wonder if that works for arthritis, too... is there a procedure or do you just chuck a couple of face towels into the box & nuke 'em for a couple of minutes?

More & more healing rays to you!

Allison said...

I am happy to hear that you are feeling better! At least you were able to stay home and rest instead of having to work and needing to drive. I am remember that myself this summer. No fun.

Handclap songs?? Yay!!! That cheers me up, I look forward to that greatly.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Arthritis, Michelle? Ouch that's not good, babe. But no, tis dead easy - a good sized face towel works well, fold it up to fit and throw it in the box until it's warm enough for you. I found that 4 minutes works well for a towel that you have to fold into quarters in order to fit. 2 minutes per side works nicely, but I still don't walk away from it, not quite trusting it not to burst into flames.
I hope this works for you!

I now have an increased level of sympathy for the hell you went through last summer, Al, and those were long drives you had to make as well. I don't know how you did it.
I was thinking of you when I was putting together the handclap songs list, since you are the ruling queen of the handclap.

Tanya Espanya said...

Sorry I haven't been around to crush you with love...Do you want me to get Alexander to walk on your back? That might help.

Happy New Year, Ms.B!


Deb said...

Glad you're nearly back to fighting form. I love how you guys Christmas shop like that...I do the same with my kids. This year it was "I need a it".

The back thing....maybe it's tied in with wrapping 800 presents? That's my theory anyhow, after having a friend show up last night to say she couldn't get out of the car because she'd screwed up her back. And mine's been a little suspect....we concluded that wrapping presents on the cold floor until 5 am was probably what did it.

Can hardly wait for your lists.

John Mutford said...

Another good game to play when stoned is "Count Your Toes". Unlike Scrabble though, the unstoned version isn't all that thrilling.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better and since your Scrabble ability is sucking wind, maybe I should drop by and challenge you to a game, I need someone to beat since I can't beat Sparky at that dang game.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Happy New Year to you too, Tanya Espanya! Send Alexander right over! My back is feeling better but it would still be a blast to have him walk on my back, I think.

Sorry to hear your back is still being problematic, Deb. Stupid backs anyway. I actually do my wrapping at the dining room table and finished it a while ago, so can't blame the gifts. My main excuse is that exercise will kill you.

hahahaha John, no I imagine the unstoned version would lose its challenge very quickly.Perhaps one could work their way up to counting hairs on toes.

Well, leave Sparky behind, Dr M, as we don't need any more player who will win every game, and come on up for the annual Scrabble challenge. We're starting the next game in half an hour.

Joe said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better--back pain is terrible, isn't it? Congratulations on greeting the new year with increased mobility and decreased pain.

Now, on to the hand-claps.

justacoolcat said...

I have to recommend the heat pads filled with rice/corn. You toss it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes and it keeps warm for 30+ minutes.
Cheers to a better back.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I would never imagined that back pain could be this bad, Bubs. Took me by surprise, it did! Back pain shall be banished for 2008.

30+ minutes sounds divine, Just A, far superior to the heated towel. But alas we only had the tube-shaped corn bags, not so comfy on the back.