Thursday, June 28, 2007

state of the ark

I'm home alone this week, enjoying the pleasures of deconstructing my kitchen, interspersed with knitting and dogness. It's all Eleanor, all the time around here. Since I decided to finish all my UFO's this summer, I am only concentrating on knitting one thing at a time. Believe me, it's killing me, with my slightly ADD tendancy and great love of multitasking. Still, I continue to love Lady E. She grows slowly, but the drama is there. It's funny, you never know what color is going to be adjacent to another, and even though it's a tiny little universe you're working in; ie, 8 stitches, knitting and purling and picking up and knitting 2 together, the effect is huge. Eleanor is an epic knit. I do love it when a shawl can cover my legs while I'm working on it. I had hoped to be done with her by tomorrow, but I don't see how it's going to happen.

One of my summer projects is to get my body straightened out. This year, I've had such a bad run of infections and migraines and general malaise. I think much of it sprang from my unhappiness at work, which made me weak on some level, susceptible to infection. I'm proud to report that I've been sore throat and cough and sinus pain-free for about a month now, following the antibiotics and absolutely religious use of the neti pot.

I continued to have the headaches into the summer, so I'm working with my doctor on that issue this week. I've had x-rays and tomorrow I'll have a CT scan. The doc's hypothesis (and I'm willing to see it through) is that some of these are tension headaches, not migraines, and so we're treating the tensed muscles. The x-rays and CT scan were to rule out arthritic condition and stroke or other brain anomalies. So now, I'm sleeping with muscle relaxants, and a hot towel compress, and I've stolen P's orthopedically correct pillow, with pretty good results. A day of pain-free, today, which is saying something, as I've been entertaining the low grade headache for a long time now.

The good doctor did not renew my scrip for Fioricet, however, and lectured me about treating the cause, not the symptom, and reminded me that it was a controlled substance. A little too controlled, if you ask me. Arrrrgh. It was like I'd asked for Oxycontin or another shot of Dilaudid or something. Fioricet is the sure headache stopper in my life, but my last few personal physicians have been reluctant to prescribe it. I went online to research it a bit, and came across a message board on which folk talked about addiction, and taking up to 18 Fioricet a day and what a bitch it was to kick it. Harrruuumph! This is ruining it for my innocent usage of one or two at a time to tame a headache.

At any rate, I'm down with treating the cause, and if it be a muscular thing, well, hopefully I can clear it up.

Now I know it's just wrong to write about alcohol and drugs in the same post, but we have a drink around here at Chez Nuuanu Estate known as "Island Sangria". This from the same folk who brought you the Pomegranate Mudpot and is a good way to use up red wine that has seen its time. I do not believe this Hawaiian Sun nectar is available on the mainland, but I'm pretty sure you could use Kerns nectar as a good substitute, or just oj. Mix, half and half, or in whatever proportions are available. The lazy person's sangria.

Next week, our good friend Det arrives for a week. He is perhaps, the best friend P and I have, one that we share equally. Oh yeah, P has his friends and I have mine, and we have the 'couples friends' and the mutual friends. The Det bridges the gap between P's friends, my friends and "our friends". I'm looking forward to the diversion. He has family here, and knows Hawaii well, so we'll be continuing our ongoing (from last visit) research about truly good plate lunches, snorkeling spots and no doubt obsessing over the Tour de France a little too much.


Opal said...

i love the way lady eleanor is evolving. all those colour changes are just beautiful. and the island sangria sounds intriguing although i'm really not a fan of wine.

Chelsea said...

The colors in your Elanor look really good together.

Reya Mellicker said...

When I get a bunch of headaches in a row, I go see the osteopath, get some cranial adjustments and then - of course - I go receive a bunch of massages.

Wishing you the best healing energy as you come out of your bout of illness. Human beings go through phases of sick and not sick. I'm sure it didn't help that you disliked your job, but maybe your body was just doing its own version of performance art, who knows? Illness is part of being human.

I had a terrible winter of ailments, too, so maybe I'm justifying all this for myself.

Be well! Nice shawl!!

Stephanie said...

It really bugs me that your doctor won't prescribe any more Fioricet. No one should have to suffer when relief is available.

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