Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Waiting on the ark.

Rain. And more rain. And then, more rain. It's been a wet winter so far, and my side yard is almost entirely moss. I love the way it looks and feels, but I wish the grass wouldn't grow right up through it.
This is the walkway to the house. To avoid it, I've been running in through the screened-in porch and around to the back door. It's been raining so hard the past two days that the schools were closed a few hours early today because of flooding, necessitating my canceling two patients to go pick up my son.
It's probably just as well that it's miserable outside, since I shouldn't be doing more yardwork. On the positive side, as soon as I hurt my back, I started the stretches I'd learned in physical therapy before and made myself walk around as much as possible. Over the course of two days, I used less than two of the oxycodone, broken into pieces, that I had left over from my hysterectomy in 2010. By this morning, the pain was virtually gone. I think it's a measure of how much better shape I'm in now than I was ten years ago when I first hurt myself. Now, if it would only stop raining so I can go for another run.

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  1. Thanks for returning my call.

    Golly, just better and hankering for a run. Glutton for punishment or what?

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    1. Nope, just happy to be feeling well enough to run!

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  2. glad that you are feeling better....oxy will mess you up, just saying....and we have had like 3 inches of rain in two days...i may need an ark

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    1. Why even say that? These meds are left over from more than two years ago, when I took them sparingly following major surgery. The prescription was for 2 pills, every 4-6 hours. Over the two days, I took less than one full dose. Why would you be thinking I'm at risk of getting messed up given all that? Addicts don't have old pills just sitting around.

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  3. This time of year, I'll take rain over snow any day. We have had no measurable snow.
    Interesting that you are in better shape than 10 years ago. Good for you.

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    1. None here, either.

      I made a decision a year ago that I was going to hit 50 much stronger, and I did it.

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  4. "Rain. And more rain. And then, more rain."

    Yup, it's the same here! And not only rain, but it suddenly went from 60 degrees down to 32 degrees overnight.

    Great photos! I love especially love the one of the rain drops on the water!

    So glad to hear your back is feeling better. Yaaaaaaaaaay!!!!

    X

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    1. It got cold here, too, and we may even get a little snow later in the week. No!!!!

      And thanks - it fels good to be moving freely again.

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  5. Oh, rain sounds wonderful! We have predictions for -20 here next week!

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    1. I like rain and I like all the green - but this is a little too much rain!

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  6. Snow later in the week....yeah, sounds about right. The witch said it'd be leaving here yesterday...2K miles...yeah, about right. heh

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    1. Okay, then - just wait until it's 100 degrees here and I send it your way,

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  7. I definitely know what you are talking about when you say that injuries today aren't what they used to be, thanks to running and getting into better physical shape. I had to learn this lesson for myself, though. My back hurts much less than before, and like you, I'm 10 years older! I hope I never stop running :)

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    1. My hope is mor general - that I never stop exercising. I just want to stay active as long as I can.

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  8. Aha! In other words don't hold our breath for that dental post?
    The only way to handle getting older is as you're doing---Get in the best shape of your life!

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    1. I definitely plan to avoid the dental posts! And yes, that's my long-term plan if at all possible.

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  9. Oh, rain can suck the life out of one's soul, indeed. Hang in there, chicabelle. It'll let up, and your sun will shine. In the meantime, consider this: running in the rain is actually lovely (and it makes your skin very dewy!). I think of you every time I'm running, and that Billy Talent song comes on. Best tune added to my playlist in eons!

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    1. I don't mind if it starts raining when I'm already out, but I'm not nearly dedicated enough to start a run in the rain. And I LOVE that that Billy Talent song is now on your playlist!

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  10. I'm glad to hear your back is feeling better.
    Ugh...rain. I only like it late at night when I am cozy in bed listening to it pound down. Otherwise, I'd just as soon skip it :)

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    1. I do like night rain, once I'm home. And I also like it on a warm day when I know it is cooling everything down. But not so much winter rain.

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  11. Glad to hear your back is doing better!! Does seem like a lot of rain if the schools were closing early! Stay dry if you can!

    betty

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  12. I hope that you will soon take a walk with sun shining over your head!
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    1. Tomorrow, f the forecast is telling the truth.

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  13. Rain is a necessity, but too mich is depressing and damaging. I'm glad your back is feeling better.

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    1. It's the gray that gets to me, I think. So gloomy.

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  14. Glad to hear your back is feeling better.

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  15. I love those pictures. Especially the last one. Glad you're feeling better.

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    1. Thank you. The last one is the remains of a clematis flower.

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  16. I am envious of how schools close in bad weather where you are. Here, there seems to be NOTHING that can close a public school. Since I've been teaching here, kids have straggled to school through snow up to their waists, and twenty consecutive days of rain with puddles like lakes, and the schools have doggedly remained open. Not only that, but we've been forced to stay in class through a two-hour power outage and also to continue class after a lockdown when the police had to come and remove an intruder armed with a knife. I think there's something to be said for pushing onward -- but seriously. Your kids' schools seem a lot more willing to react reasonably to circumstances!

    Good to hear you're feeling like running again; I hope the weather complies with your wishes soon.

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    1. It's because of the buses not being able to make it on the winding mountain roads here. Some of the roads were under water.

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  17. Rain is a good thing as long as there is no flooding. What is a good back exercise, my doctor said I need to strengthen my spine?

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    1. Yeah, but we did get flooding. My basement is a mess!

      I guess your doctor meant strengthen the muscles on either side of your spine? Here's a set of exercises/stretches I found: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/back-pain/LB00001_D

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  18. Good to hear you are back on The Plan. I applaud you from afar.

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    1. Seems better than passively accepting infirmity!

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  19. I am glad that you are feeling better, but sorry too to hear that you have been having back troubles.
    We have not been having so much rain here... we had sort of a false spring. Just enough to make us sorry it went away. But rain is coming. Months of it. I can't wait for spring!

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    1. I love spring and eagerly await it every year!

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  20. Ha, tell me about it. 2012 was virtually the wettest year in the UK since records began. Serious flooding here, there and everywhere. I can only assume it's all part of climate change.

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  21. Be happy for the rain?
    One inch of rain equals TEN inches of snow!!
    Thank GOD for pain killers eh?

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    1. We got our snow on the heels of the rain.

      And yes, I am grateful.

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  22. Well we have seen a little sun this morning, and I hope you all are as fortunate--don't worry I won't start singing "Rain, Rain, Go Away..."

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    1. Sunny and supposed to stay that way for a week!

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  23. I live in a dry climate and still ended up with moss instead of lawn at my old house. Probably not as lush and green as yours though.

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    1. I think the moss really increased here this year.

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  24. in malaysia, it rains like all year through. im not fond of it. hope you got your run :)

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  25. I have the same type of philosophy on drugs. When I had my c sections I took as little as possible of the prescription pain relief. It's much too cold these days for me to run outside.

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    1. I did that, too after my c-section and other surgeries. I just don't like to use any more than I absolutely have to.

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