A few of you may have noticed an inconsistancy in my postings for the past month or so. I took the easy way out publishing really short posts, sometimes just posting a cartoon, and I even took a week off there at one point. Well I thought it was time that I 'fess up to what's been happening.
It all started, or so I thought, with a stiff neck. We had gone for a drive along the southern Maine beaches around the end of April or the first of May with the sunroof open on my Malibu Maxx. The air was still pretty chilly, so when I developed the neck problem a day or two later, I figured, I'm getting old and can't tolerate drafts like I used to. It was very painful, and I couldn't turn my head from side to side. I went to the doctor and she gave me some pain killers, but neglected to tell me I should take them with food. I was okay during the day, because my first dose was taken after lunch, my second after dinner. I woke up during the night and took a third dose with just water. Mistake! By morning I was vomiting way past the point where I had anything left to pass up!< p>
Three hours later, having been through a CT scan, EKG, X-rays, an array of blood tests, and heart monitoring, it was determined that my heart was fine, and the problem was muscular. Apparently, due to the back problem, I had been using different muscles when rising and sitting and walking--much like when your sides ache from excessive coughing when you've had a bad cold. Back to painkillers--taken with food!--and I had hopes that relief was in sight.
My doctor took a look at me and said, "Oh, dear--you look terrible!" Insightful diagnosis on the spot, I thought. She proceeded to examine me, looked in my ears and said, "Have you had an ear ache?" I answered, "No."
Thanks for hanging in there while I was pretty sporadic with posting, and for taking the time to read this unending epistle! (Oh! And an apology to my hairdresser, whom I accused of giving me a bad haircut. It wasn't the cut that was bad, it was that melon on the side of my head that made it look weird!)