Saturday, May 08, 2010

Things and stuff.

Went grocery shopping with roomie this morning and then to lunch at Shalimar. Mmmm... Indian food.

My right knee and lower back/hip are bothering me. I think the front that came through (~40°F temperature drop in a matter of hours) got my old war wounds to hurting, which set me to limping, which in turn set the tip of my IWB Versa-Max pressing my sciatic nerve. Ow.

I'm reading Clever Girl, a biography of Elizabeth Bentley. It's interesting how the received wisdom about the McCarthy era has completely changed in my adult lifetime, what with all the revelations after the Cold War.

14 comments:

Turk Turon said...

Mmmmmm...Venona Project!

Anonymous said...

Verona Project:

"Nothing to see here. Move along."

alath said...

As a fellow 40-something, I am finding inrcreasingly that ibuprofen is my friend. When aches and pains and nagging injuries start to pester, take 600 mg of ibuprofen every six hours for 24-72 hours. (You can also do 800 q 8 if the 6 hour schedule is difficult).

Better yet, when the aches and pains follow a predictable pattern, begin therapy beforehand. Ex: start the first dose BEFORE the mini marathon, rather than the morning afterwards when the cytokines have had time to work all night.

og said...

I have a different set of war wounds, but I know the aches and pains.

I've taken NSAIDS until my liver can't process them anymore. I do what i can for the inflammation, how I can.

Eventually, and I know this is going to sound stupid- but eventually, the pain becomes an old friend. Not, maybe, a good friend, but an old one.

Britt said...

I love it: "well perhaps they gave the Soviets secrets, but the Soviets were our allies, and these people had good intentions, thus they weren't really evil."

It was a dark day when we stopped executing traitors.

wv: uppie-a yuppie a decade down the road.

Stretch said...

Annoy a liberal, tell 'em:
"Just 'cause McCarthy was a drunk doesn't mean he was wrong."

Firehand said...

When my knee or ankle starts up and makes me limp, if it keeps on for more than a day my back starts up; I sympathize.

maddmedic said...

When you figure out how to avoid the IWB and nerve problem please let me know. I also deal with low back and hip pain. Makes the IWB a bit uncomfortable. But not carrying makes me really uncomfortable.
Ibuprofen is okay, unless you have high blood pressure. Try Aleve.

Fred said...

I'll trade you for the 3 or so inches of snow that front dumbed on us last night (there's a pic on my blog if you don't believe me)...
Wait, I take it back, it's mostly melted now. No trade.

George said...

Like many others, I live with chronic pain, and take hands-full of OTC IB, because I cannot afford the prescription stuff. Hang in there! Funny, 50 years ago, they censured McCarthy, said his 'commies were everywhere' was a lie.
Turns out they were, and are everywhere, now. And with Mao
Christmas ornaments in the White House. And, we dare not speak, it's hate speech!

Christina LMT said...

One word, Tam: MASSAGE!

Of course, I'm biased...;)

rickn8or said...

Add another to the list that daily fights the effects of Time and Grabbity with Ibuprofen...

Anonymous said...

The ex- and daughter were hurt in a rear-ender. Idiot in a Taurus wasn't paying attention and hit them when they were sitting at a traffic light. Estimated (by police) speed at impact was 40 mph. Fortunately they were in our Audi 4000, and were not seriously injured (blessings on Kraut engineering!) but both suffered severe whiplash. Weeks later, with continuing pain mostly unrelieved by the various pills they were taking, wifey decided to visit a chiropractor up the street.

Wonders! In a few visits both of them were pain free and back to normal!

Call me a True Believer in the magic of crack-a-back.

cap'n chumbucket.

Will said...

The problem I have with Ibuprofen is after using it for a while, it will begin to make me sleepy. So much so, that I have to take a couple naps a day to remain functional.
Chiropractor works for me, although I have figured out how to do a self-alignment for daily upkeep. If I get really out of whack, I've got to go pay for the real thing.

My sister ended up using acupuncture for her sciatica. She was bent all up like a pretzel(or Quasimodo), and nothing else helped. I don't recall what she does for occasional flareups, though.