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Yesterday’s Physio Appointment January 19, 2018

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Had another physiotherapy appointment yesterday afternoon. Only my third appointment since coming back from GenCon.

Woke up yesterday morning, and didn’t feel all that great. Lots of pain, and some dizziness. Managed to eat some scrambled eggs with veggies and cheese for breakfast, then showered, and then took care of a couple of laundry issues. Headed out for the physio clinic, “Quality Care Physiotherapy, and got there in time for my appointment, though I had problems parking the car.

The physio appointment went relatively well, though not without a lot of pain involved, and when I was finished I made two appointments for next week. I went downstairs to the small little restaurant in the building, ETC, and had a bowl of broccoli and cauliflower soup with a grilled cheese sandwich and some side greens for lunch. Yummy! 🙂

I dropped off at mom’s place and picked her up, and then took her to the local Basics store. After shopping with her, my who left side of the body was hurting again. All the physio care wasted. I took the groceries I’d picked up and went home after dropping her off at her place, and took another painkiller.

Spent a quiet evening watching the Ottawa Senators continue their losing ways with a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues, and then read for about half an hour. Took care of the nightly insulin shot and then washed up and went to bed. And didn’t sleep much…again.

*sigh*

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New Year’s Eve Thoughts December 31, 2017

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And so, here we are, once again. New Year’s Eve.

I haven’t planned to do much this New Year’s Eve, other than to relax and have a relatively quiet evening, and I don’t expect that to change. I’m in a heck of a lot of pain due to the cervical spine issues I’m dealing with, and truth be told am not really all that mobile at the moment. I’m just looking forward to ringing in the new year as quietly as I can, and it seems fitting that I’ll be doing so on my own with a bottle (or two) of beer.

Not even sure that I’ll be awake at the stroke of midnight, depending on how I’m feeling and all.

In any event, I would like to wish all my friends a very safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. Be good to yourselves, be good to each other, and I’ll catch you here again in 2018. 🙂

Final Day of 2017 December 31, 2017

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It’s the last day of 2017.

Thank Goddess this year is coming to an end. While there have been some good moments this past year, 2017 saw too many deaths of beloved figures in both music and entertainment, a U.S. government that wreaked all manner of changes and most not for the better in the world, and the senseless slaughter of too many people world-wide in acts of terrorism and sheer evil. Add to that the rough times I’ve had this year health-wise (especially during the last four months of the year), and in other regards that I’ve not discussed this year, and… Well, to reiterate, good riddance to 2017.

It’s a Sunday morning, so I’m sitting here at home taking it relatively easy. The weather outside is brutally cold, and the snow was coming down when I woke up, and I feel as if I’ve not really slept all that well last night. Well, actually I didn’t. I don’t intend to do a lot of stuff today, and I’ll see how I feel later in the day.

Time to clean the dishes, and take a nice, hot shower. Hopefully the latter will make me feel somewhat better.

How I Spent My Christmas Day December 26, 2017

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Yesterday was Christmas Day. Being a single fellow, with little family left in the world, and not celebrating Christmas to boot, ’twas a day where I got to spend much of it on my own. Well, actually all of it.

Suffice to say, the day passed relatively uneventfully. I was in a lot of head/neck/shoulder/arm/hand pain when I woke up, and realised it was a lost day. I managed to make a pancake breakfast (with sugar free syrup) for myself, but that didn’t help the pain that I was in, in fact making it somewhat worse.

The rest of the day was spent napping, doing a bit of (gaming) reading, watching a DVD (I can’t remember what, will have to get it off the watched shelf and see what it was… it was the Doctor Who DVD of “The Power of the Daleks”), and just trying to sit in chairs and in a comfortable position that didn’t make me want to scream in pain from the problem(s) mentioned above. Listened to a bit of music, predominantly Annie Haslam and some Renaissance, and was able to mellow out somewhat. Only heard from one person during the day, and that was Kathy. She called to find out how I was doing, to wish me a Happy holiday season, and to tell me that Ellie had loved the Christmas present I’d made sure she’d received.

I managed to struggle through making supper, and treated myself to a couple of latkes (a Hanukkah tradition) with some apple sauce for dessert. After cleaning the dishes away, I sat back and watched the Doctor Who Christmas special, “Twice Upon a Time”. What can I say about it? It was a lovely episode, a fitting end for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, with masterful performances by both Capaldi and David Bradley (as the First Doctor), and introduced new Doctor Jodie Whitaker in a sequence that left me waiting to see what comes next. There was some stuff that I didn’t like about the episode, but I won’t get into that simply because I don’t have the energy and typing just isn’t that easy these days. I’m going to miss Peter Capaldi’s Doctor for the most part, but won’t miss Steven Moffat’s showrunning.

After the story wrapped up (1-1/2 hours, including adverts), I took my nightly insulin shot, took my evening pill and some of the Gabapentin, and had an early night of it. Once in bed, I read for about twenty minutes, and then tried to get some sleep.

The Human Need December 10, 2017

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Yesterday was a strange day.

I woke up feeling relatively all right, as the term “relatively” is used about myself these days. Frankly, it meant that I didn’t scream from the pain in the hand/arm/shoulder/neck/back when I got out of bed.

I went about the morning stuff, and took it fairly easy and didn’t feel all that bad. Since I’ve had some cabin fever of late and really did feel a bit better, I decided to go out and find some companionship. (No, not that way, silly readers! I’m not up for that at the moment, to be honest. But thanks for thinking it.

I risked taking a drive (given my current health state and the medication for pain I’m taking) over to Billings Bridge Centre, as I needed to pick up a 2018 calendar and just wanted some time among the (human) herd, so to speak. So where better than a shopping centre during the Christmas season?

I went up to the food court and had some lunch, and then headed over and picked up the calendar, though not the one I was looking for, before thinking of heading home. But I was quite relaxed and enjoying my time among the human herd. So I went and sat down at a nice, comfy bench with a good cushion on it, and sat and people watched for a couple of hours, and just…absorbed all the human (inter)action around me. By the time I left the shopping mall and got home, I was feeling somewhat more human again…though I did feel very pained in the body parts that are bothering me these days.

Woke up this morning very early, due to the bad pain in the hand/arm/shoulder/neck/back areas, and while I feel I know that I’m paying for the afternoon out, I’m feeling somewhat better about myself and a bit more human again. And that’s all that counts.

In the meantime, I feel like having pancakes for my late breakfast, and that’s what I’m going to do.

Friday Evening Gaming Session Cancelled December 1, 2017

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It has been a hell of a day.

I spent part of the day going to the physiotherapy clinic to give her the recommendations made by the orthopedic surgeon, but will have to wait for an appointment until my insurance is handled properly on this. Didn’t find a decent wall calendar for 2018 at Chapters. Had to take my mom out for shopping.

The pain is very bad in the shoulder, arm, neck, and– never mind.

Gaming is off for tonight, as I just can’t focus on stuff very clearly and the pain is quite severe. Kathy and the other gamers were quite disappointed at the news, but completely understand.

I’m sad that we’re not going to continue on with the The Dark Eye RPG campaign this evening, but such is my life at the moment. Heck, I’m lucky if I can stand at all. Going to lie down now for a while before having to get up and make supper. See how that goes.

Start of December, A New Month December 1, 2017

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It’s December 1st. A new month.

And I’m glad that November is over, though I am dreading the true coming of winter this month, but given how last month went, just happy December has arrived.

Being Jewish and a singleton, December tends to be a depressing month for me, though I do have some family and a few friends that will try to lighten the mood. That said, there’s all kinds of other stuff that December brings, so we’ll see how the month goes.

Medically, I’m hoping that the month will be a quiet one, but I doubt it. I;m currently in severe pain for reasons that I’ve discussed elewhere (sort of) in the blog. I’ve got an appointment with the regular doctor as well as my Footcare appointment to deal with, but there’s other stuff going on as well. And possibly a visit or two to the hospital… As for the rest of December, I’m hoping it passes quietly, there’s not a lot of snow ::knock on wood::, and that someone buys me a Christmas present of some sort! 🙂

The real trick for me in December (well, most of the winter, really) is to manage to keep warm. The arthritis that I have is one thing, but the neuropathy damage from the diabetes that I do have makes winter tough on my keeping the extremities warm.

Winning and Losing September 28, 2017

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Just got home from picking up the new car (among other things).

It has been a somewhat strenuous day.

I had to go out this morning to the blood lab for some blood tests.

This afternoon, the folks at Mazda took me in to the dealership, where I picked up my new car (see this blog post about buying the car, and a pic of what the car looks like). I’m still missing one of the pieces of info about the car, the pink slip that you need to have in the car, but other than that, the car is paid off and I’ve arranged to take it in for winter tires either next month or in early October.

I then went out and did some grocery shopping that needed to be done. Just some of the vegetable basics, and some fish for supper.

Got home, and…my poor, blistered feet are bleeding.

*sigh*

I can’t win.

August Is A New Month August 1, 2017

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It’s the 1st of August. A new month. Thank goodness.

I have to say that I’m quite relieved for the most part. While the first six months of 2017 weren’t exactly great for me, the month of July went by with several health issues that I have to admit have scared me, and that have definitely screwed with my head. Not to mention the stress.

On the the other hand, there were some good things in July, 2017. Most of those include gaming stuff, so I’m not going to go back over that stuff here.

As for August, well… There’s a lot of stuff this month, to be honest. There’s a couple of doctor appointments ahead of me this month, including the shoulder assessment for physiotherapy, footcare, and a doctor’s appointment today (and likely another one after the assessment at some point). And then there’s GenCon Indy that I’m looking forward to for the most part, but am not expecting it to be stress-free. Especially if I’m hampered by the shoulder and arm (which I suspect will be the case). I’m just going to try and take the month day-by-day, and am going to try and relax and not stress over stuff as much as I can.

But for now, some breakfast. 🙂

Friday Morning Post July 7, 2017

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Haven’t posted in a couple of days.

Nothing really new to report. My health is pretty sad at the moment, in terms of my left shoulder; the pain is getting worse, every day, and I don’t have a good feeling about what’s going to happen at the doctor’s next Tuesday when I finally get the report on the ultrasound that was done a week (or is it two now?) ago. On top of that, if the doctor has to refer me to a shoulder specialist (orthopedist, I think?) it might take a month
or longer to get an appointment. Meanwhile, the shoulder is just going from bad to worse.

As for today, well…the fourth official day of my retirement from work. Doesn’t seem to make a difference to my overall mindset, but we’ll see how I feel after today’s appointment. Yes, I have an appointment this afternoon at Ottawa Respiratory Services; the doctor must have thought there was something to book me an appointment there.

I need to be there in the next hour and a half, so time to head out the door. Then find somewhere to eat lunch after the tests are done.