Monthly Archives: June 2011

Awesome start


So we were all ready to ┬áleave, right? I’m glad Mr. Kidney Stone decided to make an entrance before we actually got on the road. One minute I’m fine, and the next, I’m writhing on the floor.

Fortunately, my neighborhood hospital staff got me all taken care of, with plenty of feel-good drugs for when the nasty little rock decides to exit stage left.

Kidney stone: check.
Percocet: check.
Happiness: check.

Fink and the Thriller, reporting from Detroit


Frazzly. That’s my word for the day.

OK, we’re getting ready to line up at the gate and start this thing. So long awaited; so carefully planned.


Hugs to all — watch this space for updates!


Wonderful? Maybe not so much.

Two days ago, I extolled the virtues of cortisone. Two sleepless nights and 50,000 belabored breaths later, I’m not so sure.

OK, this is the Cleveland Clinic, people; one of the top hospitals in the world. Don’t you think their radiology staff would warn patients of side effects of injected steroids? I mean, in their defense, they did say, “You might feel [thus and so] afterwards,” but at no time did anyone warn me, “Now your face may go all Red Lobster, and you might get jittery and irritable, and you may not be able to breathe very well in a couple of days.” Nope, that I found out on my own. Great timing too, eh? Oy.

*shaking fist at heavens*

Maybe I was expecting miracles, I dunno. But honestly, is it too much to ask to get rid of one pain without inviting three different ones in other places? Sheeps.

Upside? Tomorrow’s the day. :-)

Cortisone is a wonderful thing.

The searing pain in my hip joint is about 90% gone, which means it is not a labral tear that is causing these problems; rather, it’s the arthritis. Still, I have a range of motion in my right leg I haven’t experienced since before Thanksgiving last year. All indicators point to inflammation calming down.

Too bad that most good things have a dark side, though. This is likely why my doc is limiting me to three injections of the magic juice. From

…animal studies have shown effects of weakening of tendons and softening of cartilage with cortisone injections. Repeated cortisone injections multiply these effects and increase the risk of potential problems. This is the reason many physicians limit the number of injections they offer to a patient.”

Nice. I will enjoy this while it lasts, then go on to the next thing.

Today we get to see all the kids one more time before we leave. Angus steakburgers on the grill, porky beans, macaroni salad, and I’m going to the kitchen right now to start a batch of chocolate chip cookies. (I’m a grammie. I bake. That’s my job.) It’ll be fun seeing everyone before the big push to Wednesday morning.

And of course, I still have to put the hands on a certain body shop tomorrow. Not looking forward to that conversation. Where did I put that Louisville Slugger…

Happy Sumday! Get out and enjoy the sunshine if you can.