July 19th, 2004



I got my car running today. Before Deb left for her last cruise, she and I were invited to Junegiving over at Lee's. I made a pie and was going to meet her there. Only when I went out to take off I found out I left my lights on and the battery was dead. So Deb picked me up instead. I left the car where it was. She kindly left her car with me while she was gone. About twice a week I'd use it to drive to work, so it would get the proper amount of driving in. She hates to leave it set for too long.

Jason came over today and we jump started it. Everything was fine until it started overheating while I was recharging the battery. It's a beater. It really needs to be moving when it gets this hot outside, otherwise it can't shed the head fast enough. Luckily, I was able to run up and get Deb's car again so I could get her from the airport.

We've decided against Hawaii for August. Too hot. We're back to a plan I originally had of going to Vancouver Island. Relax and read for a few days.

Speaking of reading, I haven't noted any books here for a while. That's because I am still slowly reading through India: A History. I'm not spending as much time reading. And it's not a quick read.


Up all night

Can't sleep. Not even tired. Took no nap, though I did wake up at 1 p.m. Normally it's this hot and I sleep all the time. Gonna be a long day… later today.



The good news is I have narcotics and don't have to work for three days. The bad news is I am mostly house-bound and I missed the game this evening.

I got to Safeco early. Bought myself a dog and Dr. Pepper®. Squirted the ketchup on the dog, then turned for the sweet relish and went down for the count. An excruciating painshot through my knee. I fell over. Paramedics helped me. After a few minutes, the pain subsided and I could put weight on the knee and felt no pain. So I declined further medical assistance, picked up replacement food (as someone walked off with mine while I was on the ground), and headed to my seat. Everything seemed fine, though I took it slow and avoided putting my full weight on my right leg.

Then I sat down. Pain shot through my knee again. I tried to get the attention of one of the ushers. Took a bit,but I finally did. She retrieved another set of paramedics. They assisted me up the stairsto a wheelchair. Felt mostly okay again, until I tried to put my right foot in the stirrup. Pain. So I rested it on the edge of the stirrup as the wheeled me to the paramedic station. There trained medical professionals iced it up, took my blood pressure, and called A.M.R.

A.M.R. took my blood pressure twice more en route to the hospital. Originally, we were headed to Swedish, but they were busy and diverting patients to other hospitals. So I was taken to Providence instead (also owned by Swedish). Nice that we have about 5 E.R.s within a mile of each other. They kept asking me which I preferred. Like I make a habit of going to the E.R.

Anyway, the doctor at Providence figures I damaged the cartilage under the patella. I now have crutches, a knee immobilizer, Vicodin®, an ice-pack, and instructions to avoid work for 3 days. If it isn't feeling decent enough to walk on then, go see my regular doctor.

More on my plans for the next few days in a later entry. I have a plan.

  • Current Mood
    distressed Vicodin®

Two day plan

So, I have nothing to eat really in my apartment. So here's my plan. You people will take pity on my gimpy self and take me to the grocery tomorrow and on Wednesday for food, which you will then help me turn into fabulous food. And by help, I mean stay out of my way unless I need something peeled or stirred.

So who wants to sign up for tomorrow?

How about Wednesday?