Routine maintenance

I think I should have been born a dog. Preferably a Golden Retriever so I could eat all the food, sniff everything and just be happy all the time. (That is not a complete sentence, and I don’t care, but Goldens are like honey badgers in that sense, they just don’t give a fuck.)

I am a creature of habit. I get up, take Maverick to daycare, drink my coffee, write in my journals and go for a walk. About a month ago, my body decided to make other plans. There’s this lovely nerve that starts in your back and goes all the way to your foot – the sciatic nerve – and when it doesn’t feel happy, no one feels happy. Mine is not happy. After a few days of random jolts of pain, and feeling like someone grabbed my thigh and squeezed hard, off to the doctor I went. “aha!” he said, “you have a sciatic nerve flaring. I shall refer you to OSS.”

Off to OSS (Orthopaedic Services something) I go. “Aha!” said my lovely doctor there, “you have a sciatic nerve flariing! I shall send you to therapy.”

Off to therapy I go. Meanwhile, I hurt. Some days are worse than others and therapy is helping, but my leg isn’t reliable. Five minutes on the treadmill sent me to the sofa for 1/2 hour, after a liberal application of Voltarin gel (that stuff is great!).

This is not for sympathy, by the way. My mother used to tell us that if we wanted sympathy, we could find it in the dictionary, between shit and syphilis. (She was a woman of little patience.) It’s merely an observation that when my routine is disturbed, I walk around like I have no clue what to do with myself.

Well, the good thing is that I’ve been hoeing out a spare bedroom. Slowly, but it’s getting done. When your great nephew mentions coming to visit and you realize that you have 4 bedrooms and no place for a guest to sleep, it’s time to start clearing the hoard. (Don’t touch my books or yarn, and we’ll be fine.)

Also, much as I love Summer, allergies are kicking my ass today. I have sneezed so many times I think my brains need to be stuffed back up my nose.

I have been watching The Young and the Restless (or, as we call it, “the old and the listless”) and The Bold and the Beautiful for a very long time. I don’t watch regularly, but most of the time you can go for months and not really miss much. Currently B&B has become quite exciting, with the return of a wonderful villain, the return of a heroine, although this Taylor leaves me missing the old one, and the possible downfall, once again, of Brooke (the mattress) Logan. B&B is on at 1:30. My therapy has been scheduled for 1 or 1:30 every other day. Therapy is about 90 minutes so there’s no way I’m catching my soap, and no, we don’t DVR.

I was very excited on Tuesday because I had no therapy, Maverick was at daycare, Bear was at work and I could watch the soap all by myself. I got my iced coffee (it’s Summer) and my knitting, and turned on the tv and WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. FUCK. IS. THIS. SHIT?????????????????? My soap was pre-empted by the Jan 6th “hearings.” Really? Really? REALLY????????????????

I think I speak for a great many Americans who think that people wandering around the Capitol was far less of a “threat to democracy” than the “mostly peaceful protests” that occurred all summer freakin long. Does no one remember the riots around the Capitol in 2016 because Hillary lost? I’d be willing to bet that more damage was done to our democracy by that bullshit than on January 6th.

I’m over it.

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8 Responses to Routine maintenance

  1. Bitey Dog says:

    You’re not the only person I’ve heard complain about TV scheduling conflicts. I guess the networks misread what people want to do with their afternoons.

    Hope the sciatica calms down soon. It is a real PITA, isn’t it? 😝

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    • It’s not the first time I’ve had sciatica but the feeling of leg weakness was new. That was not something I enjoyed! I swear, the networks really must not pay attention because every time the soaps are pre-empted for anything, people get pissed off. And honestly, while some may not agree, I think that this whole thing is just political posturing at its finest – an extension of the previous four years of relentless Trump hating

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  2. I hope you feel better. My husband sees a chiropractor for his sciatica. It’s done wonders.
    The allergies have been bad this year. My life is coated in pollen. We upped our vitamin D (I’m sure you know why) about 2.5 years ago and it’s lessened the allergies for us. I didn’t know it did anything for them until I was poking around online and happened on an article. It hasn’t entirely taken them away but the sneezing and pouring nose are gone.
    The J6 TV production is a complete waste of tax money. I’m disgusted by the money being wasted overall. It’s criminal. Did you see they arrested Peter Navarro at the airport, put him in leg irons and handcuffs and then left him in a cell? Another waste of tax money and there are families who can’t afford to buy food for their kids and gas for their car. I well remember the 70’s and stories of the elderly eating dog/cat food. I don’t know how true it was but it’s seared into my brain.

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    • I too remember the gas lines and people eating cat food. Yes, I saw that arrest- it’s all political theatre. I don’t think DJT has realized that in today’s world, anything you say WILL be used against you, no matter the context, or how it was meant. This is an incredible waste of money – and for the record- I felt the same way during the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal.

      I take Vitamin D, and added Zinc and Quercetin as well. This is the first time I’ve had sneezing in a couple of years.

      I used to go to a chiropractor but she’s been out of commission- she says long Covid, I say vaccine injury. Therapy is helping 😁

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  3. That sucks. Especially the last paragraph.
    I feel your pain (almost literally. I have issue with my left heel.)
    I must remember the sympathy phrase your Morher used. 😁


    • My mother had a way with words. If we asked a question she didn’t want to answer, we were told that was “on a need to know basis and you don’t need to know.” She was quite the character. Many things I’ve realized about her as I got older, she was much more than I knew. 🙂

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  4. Political comments not responded to (because we’ve agreed to disagree); I will wash the blood from my mouth from biting my tongue after penning this. That is also not a complete sentence. I used to be an avid soap watcher, but as you said, you can go for months without watching it and very little has changed. I’ve been away from the long enough now that I would probably know very few of the characters. I would also like to be a dog, as long as I can be a short-haired dog so I don’t have to have a thick coat of fur covering me during the summer.


    • As long as you don’t have an undercoat and no one shaves you, I think you’d make a great dog . 😄. Also, I used to listen to the soaps – we could get the tv stations on the radio. My favorite is when a kid goes off to school and a month later comes back 10 years older 😂 .

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