Start Me Up

February 3, 2008

The superintendent made a really bad call when he chose to not close our schools on Friday. I was terrified that I was going to fall as I inched my way home on treacherously icy sidewalks. Conditions were extremely hazardous.

There were over one hundred accidents in our area, the worst of which involved a vehicle and a sanding truck. That accident resulted in three fatalities – a 26 year old man, a 29 year old woman, and her 7 year old son. The woman’s 2 year old son survived the accident. My heart goes out to the families.

In more pleasant news, I went for a massage yesterday morning. This was my first session with this particular massage therapist. After taking my history, she remarked that the pain I am experiencing sounds like Piriformis Syndrome.

That’s the first I’ve ever even heard of such a thing. Apparently, the sciatic nerve gets compressed or irritated by the piriformis muscle. This diagnosis fits my symptoms, and I now find myself wondering why the many doctors and other medical experts I’ve seen over the past year have never mentioned it…

Lately, the pain has been excruciating. I have an appointment with the orthopedist on Wednesday to go over the most recent MRI results, so I’ll be sure to ask about Piriformis Syndrome at that time.

In spite of the increased pain, I pushed myself to go out with my cousin yesterday. We went to Rhinebeck,where our first stop was at an Indian restaurant for their buffet lunch. We sampled a little bit of everything, and boy was it good.

After lunch, we went to a thrift shop where I scored a great Jones New York sweater. When I looked at the fabric tag and saw that the sweater was made of 50% merino wool, 20% angora, 20% lambs wool and 10% nylon, I was afraid it would be too itchy. However, my cousin (who is a master knitter) explained that the high percentage of merino should eliminate the itch factor. I followed her suggestion that I try the sweater on, and was very pleased to find that it’s soft and comfortable, and not at all itchy. Hurray for thrift shops!

Next we headed over to Upstate Films to see “The Savages.” As usual, I was blown away by Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance.

It was a long day, and I was pooped and aching when I got home. I crawled into bed with Duma Key, and read for a while. So far, I like the book, which is based on King’s short story, “Memory.”  It’s not his best, but not his worst, either.

So, the pain notwithstanding, yesterday was a good day. Unfortunately, today doesn’t appear to have the potential to shape up nearly as well. I really need to do some cleaning, but the pain is very sharp and distracting. Still, it will only get worse as the day progresses, so, if I’m going to get anything done, now is the time to start.

Song of the Day: Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones


February 1, 2008

Ours is the only school district in four counties that didn’t close today.  At present, the sleet is coming down hard enough to be quite audible inside the building.   

I would have really liked to have had the day off, especially considering that I was at work until 8:30 for Parent/Teacher conferences last night.

I am not a happy camper.

Song of the Day:  It’s Not Fair   by Kate Havnevik