January 24, 2007

Work Tip #5

When talking to the wife of an ex-CEO and trying to explain why you haven't been back to bring them a new modem, it is best to not use the phrase, "Up to our elbows in alligators". The reason is that your mouth will automatically turn the word elbows into assholes. If the brain isn't paying attention, the mouth will snicker after the word escapes.

I bet Hillary is happy

Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, will announce Wednesday that he won't make a run for the White House in 2008, FOX News has learned.

The Massachusetts senator will make his announcement on the Senate floor Wednesday and is taping a message to e-mail supporters to thank them for their support.

The Boston Globe reported that Kerry chose not to enter the crowded presidential field so that he can re-dedicate himself to getting his head out of his ass or getting the United States out of Iraq, whichever is easier.

On a side note - Yesterday, I happened to catch a few minutes of Diane Sawyer's interview with Hillary. Diane mentioned former President Clinton several times and each time she did, Hillary referred to the man as "him". As in, "I've spoken with him" or "I mentioned it to him", etc. She never ever used his name. I find that interesting to say the least.

January 23, 2007

You broke it, you fix it

I'll admit it...I love to work on computers. I love to take them apart, put them back together, and figure out why they don't work. Sometimes it gets under my skin, but for the most part, I love doing it.

What I don't like, though, is folks in my company expecting me to work on their home PC's. I've had several people tell me they were going to bring me their PC to work on...not ask, but tell. One of the guys in my group is working on the home PC for the AVP of my department. He brought it in and said it's "not working" and that we should fix it. To say that pisses me off is a huge understatement. It's like saying Donald is miffed at Rosie. Granted, I'm not the one working on it, but it's the principal of the thing. I've got plenty of stuff to do without having to fix your home computer.

And please don't get me started on PCs that are being given to retirees...that's a whole 'nother ball of wax. I can tell you, however, where several of them live since I've had to assist them with their computers.

January 22, 2007

Tonsil hockey

So...went to the doctor yesterday. Yep, had to go on Sunday because I've got an infected tonsil. It's not strep or tonsilitis, but an infected tonsil. It'd been hurting for a few days, but when I woke up yesterday, my whole throat hurt and the tonsil in question looked pretty gross. Got a presciption for an antibiotic to solve this problem.

Also mentioned to the doc that I'm addicted to nose spray. If I don't use it at night, I can't breathe. He wrote me scripts for Nasocort, a non-addictive nasal spray; methylprednisolone, a mild steroid; and Allegra D, which I didn't fill since it cost over $100. I did get Claritin-D, which I've used before. The meds cost me $94...I shudder to think what it would have been without prescription coverage.

I didn't go to the doctor ONE TIME in 2006. As of yesterday, I've already met my deductible for '07. Sheesh...this crap better quit soon or the dogs are going to have to get jobs.

January 12, 2007


No disk problems! Wahoo! The doctor said I've got a slight tear in the disk wall, which can be cured with exercise and time. He gave me a list of exercises to do and said if it's not better in two weeks, he'll give me a prescription for physical therapy.

To say I'm excited is an understatement. I was worried about having surgery, but he said that as long as I don't have pain, there's no need for surgery.


January 11, 2007

That was easy

Had the MRI this morning and it went well. It was the "shove you in the tube" kind, which doesn't bother me. It felt good to lie still for a while in the middle of the day. Funny thing is that the only real thought I had the entire time was "DON'T FART!".

When I left, they gave me the results on CD. Being a good dork, the first thing I did was make a copy when I got to work. The second thing was I popped it into the CD reader to look at the images. Let's just say I have no idea what I'm looking at.

I can see my spine and vertebrae and some organs and some other gross crap. It means absolutely nothing. The only thing that makes any sense is that it appears that my disk has not ruptured...or at least I think it hasn't. I was premed for a year but we didn't cover ruptures that semester so I'm merely guessing. Going to the Spine doc tomorrow for him to review them. I'll let you know.

On a lighter note, Trey seems to be getting used to going outside again. He went out with no problems this morning and even went out last night. Guess I'm getting him back on schedule.

That's about all for now, Dear Reader. Be cool and remember, lift with your knees, not with your back.

January 10, 2007

The Human Suppository

They're going to shove me into an MRI tube tomorrow morning. I've had one before so I know it's a tight squeeze. I'm still nervous, though.

The Doctor didn't really say much. I showed him the x-rays the chiro took and at least his reaction wasn't "HOLY SHIT!". He didn't really say much except that I've lost the reflex in my left ankle. When he tapped on the back of it, my foot didn't move. I'd say that's not good, but the foot/ankle don't feel weak. The only think he did was offer me some pain pills, but since I don't have any pain, it was a moot point.

The thing that worries me about surgery is that I don't have a significant other or close relative to help out. My Dad's in town, but he bitches and complains about stuff like this so I don't ask. Plus, the dogs can't cook worth a crap and always leave the kitchen in a huge mess. So...know any live-in nurses? :)

Going back to the Doctor's on Friday. I'll let you know more then.

January 08, 2007

Numb nuts

Since the numbness is still in my left butt cheek and the back of my left leg, I made an appointment with a spine specialist today. After going to the Chiro four times last week with no changes, I figured it's time to kick it up a notch. I'll let you know.

In other news, Trey seems to have become afraid of going outside. He even peed on the carpet last night while I was standing in my bathroom. To say I overreacted is an understatement. I literally dragged his ass outside and shoved him out the back door. Then I felt bad about it, but I won't put up with him peeing in the house. This morning, though, he was still hesitant to go out, but I didn't have to drag him. I think the fact that I was home for the last 10 days threw him off his schedule.

Well, that's about all to report. Back at work today and it's SO exciting.

January 02, 2007

A whole month?

Holy crap...I've not posted in over a month? Hmm...

To start off 2007 right, I was going to have a big blowout with friends, get drunk, throw up, and start over again. Instead, I ended up spending the weekend on my couch, with a 45 pound three-legged chicken sitting on my chest. Trey hates fireworks almost as much as thunderstorms. As I type this, he's lying under my desk.

I was on the couch because I've hurt my back...again. Went to the chiropractor Friday, cleaned the house Saturday, and was up at 3 in the morning with an aching back. Thank the Lord for Bengay, Tylenol, and heating pads. I'm a tad nervous, though, because I've got some numbness down the middle of my left butt cheek and into my left leg. I've had some numbness for years from when I hurt it the last time. The neurologist I was seeing at the time said it was fine as long as I didn't lose any strength in my leg (or in my ass too, I guess). Now, though, it seems a tad worse. I'll give it a week or so of treatment with the chiro to see how it goes.

In other news, I've made a list of my 2007 goals for this year. I did pretty well last year, so we're going to do this again. They are as follows in no particular order:

- Lose weight (again)...don't ask.

- Learn to cook for 1 (I'm through with the 3 cans of tuna a day routine)

- Keep weight off for minimum of 6 months

- Put a minimum of 1,000 miles on my bike

- Ride the 2007 MS150 (Update: Newest member of Team FedEx for 2007!)

- Finish painting my home (to be done before May '07)

- Decorate said home so it looks like someone actually lives here

- Post more than once a month

- And finally, see someone about the mild panic attacks I've been having

Well, Dear Reader, that's all for right now. I hope each of you has a wonderful 2007. Be sure to check back again for more updates.