Thursday, October 29, 2009

Yanks - Take II

Yeah, the Yanks stunk up the joint last night... I know. You know what made it all better? All the love and support I got from my friends. Everyone was so kind and supportive, it was really helpful.

Anyway, tonight is another chance. But, as I sit watching again on the DVR the Yanks are already down 1-0 in the 3rd inning and my DVR is giving me fits with the sound. I think it's just the signal the dish is picking up from FOX because it's happening during other shows as well. If the picture goes out too I'm going to lose my mind.

As last night's really cute picture didn't bring us any luck, maybe this will. JAM drew this a long time ago, obviously, but I am not sure exactly when. Hope it works....

Translation -

I love the smack to the Mets thrown in there. Isn't that great?

Sending some help to the Philippines

It's Kiva time again and I thought it would be nice to spread some of the help to the land of my bigger girls ancestors - the Philippines. I found this woman raising pigs, she only needed a little bit more money and hey - who hasn't wanted to help out a pig farmer?

Introducing... Elisa Labordo - from Sto NiƱo, South Cotabato, Philippines. She's almost to her goal, maybe someone here can click over and give her a few bucks? Or, if she's already met her goal by the time you get there please consider giving to someone else. The Kiva experience has been fantastic. They take care of everything, send you updates when parts of your loan get paid back, and let you know when it's time to find a new worthy person looking to make their life better. It's a no brainer to be sure.

Continuing with the mapping of my loans, so far I've donated to folks in Mali, Paraguay and the Philippines

Redism of the day

When looking at some of the older pics I've been uploading with Red and Pudge we came across this pic -

Red took one look and said "awww... that was when Mem was having a kitty!" Funny stuff - I didn't know my mother-in-law ever gave birth to a kitty, especially one that was really a little dog.

All dressed up...

...and nowhere to go was my little lady when I came home from work today. Weren't she purdy?

And, not wanting to be left out, Pudge rocking the shades too. "Nonner icture Daddy?" he asked? How could I say no to that?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fingers crossed

I've tried to be really good about not turning this space into a sickening Yankee smooch-fest, but I've got to say something tonight. The Yanks start the World Series tonight so I'm sending much good mojo their way. I'm sitting on the couch watching the game now, it's on the DVR so I can skip the commercials, and in the top of the 4th inning the Yanks are down 1-0.

Let's go Yanks!

In the spirit of the season, here's a pic of JAM from early on -

***Update - top 8th, 2 out, runners on 1st and 3rd. Yanks down 2-0 now. I'm not feeling very well.

Posting the past

I've recently been thinking about my blog in terms of its original intent - that of a place for me to look back on as time passes. And, as I wrote here, having that public component always keeps me interested in adding, sharing, and making sure times get recorded. As I think back to my past attempts at keeping a journal in a far more private way (I used to keep up with a web site I built on my computer that wasn't shared with anyone) I realize I spent a lot of time, during a brief period, recording events and posting pics. I always knew they were just languishing in anonymity and now I want to get 'em out there.

As such, I've started posting some of these old journal entries. If you look over to the right you'll see an archives list. As time goes by that list will get far more comprehensive as I post past entries with their original dates going back to perhaps even before JAM was born - we'll see. This is a very enjoyable exercise for me to do - it gives me an opportunity to go through all these old pics, post the pics that are really fun to see, and read about all the fun we've had. Good times....

Monday, October 26, 2009

Family Pics

I've wanted to do this for a while. We've got lots of different family pictures, spanning the "ages," and I've got to go all over the place to look for them when I want to see this one or that one. So, I'm going to use this post as a collection, and just add to it as I come across them.


April 5, 2010 - Washington, D.C. - Walk around the Tidal Basin

April 4, 2010 - Easter Party at Friend's House

November 28, 2009 - Hike in Greenbelt Park on a huge fallen tree

September 15, 2009 - @ The movie - Time Traveler's Wife

September 26, 2009 - @ the National Book Festival

May 17, 2009 - At J-Mac and MB's wedding

February 8, 2009 - Playing with the monkeys at the National Zoo. Red wasn't feeling up to a picture.

November 15, 2007 - Pudge's birthday

August 26, 2006

December 25, 2000 - Our family Christmas picture

Thanksgiving, 2000

September 30, 2000 - Maryland football game - our real first outing as a family.

August sometime, 2000 - Right after JAM's birthday

August 12, 2000 - only about 8 hours after JAM was born, getting ready to leave the Maternity Center. Look at those smiles - what were we thinking???

May sometime, 2000 - at the beach in Rehoboth, DE

September 8, 1999 - My Mom's place in Myrtle Beach

January 20, 1997 - My Dad's wedding - dang we looked good

Friday, October 23, 2009

We've all been there

Well, maybe not all of us have been there, but if you're a guy, and you went to college, or especially if you were ever a college-aged townie of some kind, you'll know what this is like. And, as usual, I'm the last to know about these things so you've probably already seen this. If so, sorry - you'll need to either make friends with some more original people or just take pity on me. I'm guessing it'll be an even mix of both.

So here it is - this guy's best weekend EVER! I mean, it was epic...

Apparently it even made the late nights rounds...

And, as tends to happen with (insert Arnold impression here -->) 'tings uv deese naatcha, the video went viral and caused many lonely teenage boys with nothing else to do to spoof this poor poor man. A great collection of these remixes are found here.

It is a tie which one I like the best. It's either the last one on that page - the one using the theme from Benny Hill - or this one with the silent film influence.

Happy Friday! After my last post I thought we could all use a little levity before the weekend.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

This probably isn't my place, but...

...I need to say something about it. Something really sad happened last night to a local family and it has grazed our family in a very unexpected way. A little boy in JAM's class, not someone I knew other than in passing at some events here and there, but according to all reports one of the sweetest little kids you'd ever be lucky enough to meet, passed away last night. Apparently this fantastic little guy had been born with some health problems and the fact his family got to be with him for 9 years was something of a miracle in itself.

So here we are, on the periphery (at best) of this tragic event, and it's amazing the effect is still so great. Wifey related to me that she can't get the image out of her head of the time, just last week, when she's helped him down the stairs off the school bus on JAM's class' field trip. Although I came home too late for the big talk with him and I missed it, JAM had his own feelings to work through regarding his interactions with his friend. Without going into too much detail, apparently his friend had some mobility challenges due to his illnesses and at times this year JAM had decided not to play with him while on recess in favor of playing kickball, which apparently did not include this young guy. It sounded like JAM was hard on himself for what he characterized as his being mean to his friend, but even though I wasn't there I don't think I'd go as far as saying it qualified as being mean. But, I wasn't there so I have no idea what was said or how it was said. We just have to help JAM think about the times he did play in the sandbox with his friend, the times they did have fun together.

I told JAM about the time I was in high school and a good friend of mine passed away. I told him how sad I was and it was good for me to be able to relate to him that way I think. We'll keep talking to him, and I'll make more special time for that tomorrow. Tonight I let him have something special that he's been wanting for a while - we let him watch two episodes of the animated Star Wars: the Clone Wars off the DVR. Hadn't let him watch that before - the violence is a bit much but I thought he's getting to the point of being fine with it (he'd probably already been there - it was us that was lagging) and he deserved something fun to get his mind off of the day. We all need that sometime right?

There are these life lessons that I know we'll have to go through, with all the kids, but that doesn't make it any easier to anticipate or to deal with. And again, we're so out there on the periphery of this sadness, I can't even come close to imagining how the family is doing right now. They are great people, and we're looking forward to doing whatever we can for them but we know they've got so many people who are closer than we were looking out for them. I just hope that some good comes out of this - the kids work to realize that life is short, that they need to be as good to each other as possible (one thing JAM said - this little guy was just nice to everyone, even if they were mean to him because of his disabilities he still just wanted to be every one's friend), and hopefully we're all surrounded by people who love us.

I'm not particularly religious, to any one deity or dogma, but I will pray that God's looking out for that family tonight and in the future. And I'm going to hold on to my little ones just a little tighter.

When is it good to be a bully?

Saw this tonight. Loved it and what it portrays. I’m constantly going back and forth in my thoughts about the prospect of Dems getting the “right thing” done without the help of the dark side but then my 6-year-old self rears its head and thoughts of fairness invade. What would I think if those conservative f’ers had gotten to the magic 60 in the Senate in the mid 90’s (they had the majority for a long time!)? Good bye Roe, hello universal concealed weapons, death penalty for all!!! Who knows what else? But, I love the thought that this video portrays - and it's funny as hell – I just wish we would do it sometimes. After all the crap they put us through?

Christmas is coming!

I haven't posted about anything really outrageous that I absolutely have to have in a while. Then today I saw this on List of the Day. Oh yeah, I really want one. For all sorts of reasons!

Only 65 shopping days left 'till Christmas. No, seriously! I counted.

I checked - it only runs $200,000. Called the Python. Oh I definitely need one!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I'm not alone, but I might not want to admit it

I adopted the whole blog writing thing late, after Wifey had been at it for at least a year. As I've said, I did it to create a space for me to look back at later in a way that I could never have done with a written journal. I'd tried a hand written journal before and could never stick with it. I'd even tried keeping a journal on the computer but I couldn't stay with that either. I know, big surprise - me not remembering to keep up with something. There is something about the public nature of this space, the fact that "it" is "out there" that makes me want to stay up to date with my posting. There isn't a single person who looks to this space with any expectation (including Wifey - I mean, she lives this with me!) but just being public makes me want to do my best.

Other than this blog though I just haven't gotten into the whole social networking arena. I've been gently (or sometimes not so gently) mocked for my resistance to joining Wifey and friends on Facebook, I haven't had any interest in tweeting, and you can take your My Space and shove it. But amongst my own age group I seemed to be a lone island of sanity in a sea of ridiculously addicted socialites. That is, until Wifey pointed out this article:

In a Generation That Friends and Tweets, They Don't

Yuppers, apparently we're such a well defined group that the Washington Post decided to write an article about us. It was an interesting read too, especially since I've been wavering in my devotion to remain unplugged. You see, although I've been thinking how nice it might be to have another means to keep up to date with people I have a very addictive personality and I know it and I don't want to feed it. That's why I'm very careful about my drinking, I don't gamble, and the only thing I allow myself to fall deep into is whatever game I'm playing on the computer. :) So I know that if I jump into Facebook it's inevitable that I'll be one of those goofs who get all wrapped up in whatever those games are on there, the ones that Wifey says she's always blocking. I'll be updating things all the time, adding info, searching for people that I've been perfectly happy not seeing or thinking about for years.

The bottom line - I think I'm just happy with the way things are going right now so it's pretty nice to hear that I'm not alone in resisting joining the hordes of automatons flocking to those sites.

My only problem? This from page 2 of the story...

On a broad level, there might be differences between those who tweet or issue status updates and those who don't. Pew researchers point to a new but very small study they conducted to show that resisters and adopters 18 to 29 have demographic differences: Social networkers are more likely to have an annual income of $75,000 or more, and nonusers are more likely to have only a high school education.
I'm wondering how quickly I can sign up for a FB account. And, how I can convince the MVA that I'm really 29 again.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Now that's a good start

Had to DVR the Yankee game today because it started at 4pm. Finally got a chance to turn it on, skipped all the pregame garbage and fast forwarded to the first batter. Jeter is up, took the first two pitches and launched the third into the left field seats.

If all goes well the Yanks will be up 3-0 on the Angels by night's end. Finger's crossed.

They lost. In 11 innings. AND, even though I recorded the whole game, AND the two shows after it, I still didn't get to see the end because it went more than 1 hour past its scheduled end time. So basically I stayed up until after midnight to not see the end of the game and they lost.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

A very good day

A day worth remembering for sure so I've got to make sure I write about it. I took the day off from work because Wifey had volunteered to go with JAM on a field trip with his class. Being responsible for entertaining or planning a day for the two little ones is not something I'm really used to doing by myself but I wanted to make sure it didn't end up being just a sit around the house during a rainy day-type day. As I'm not the expert on such days I called in the experience, the big guns. Thank god for my boy D, he came up with a plan. At first we were thinking of taking a drive up to Baltimore to visit Port Discovery but after a lateish morning (I was trying to get some work done from home at the same time) the 40 minute drive up there didn't sound like a great idea. Neither did the huge price tag that would have come with it.

D's solution? Never would have thought of it myself but we went bowling. And had a blast. He and I and the four little ones.


Red doing it all by her big self with her pink ball (of course!!!).

*yes, I know the vids are too big for this space. I've got to figure out a way to make the space bigger without screwing up the rounded corners!

The kids cheering for the littlest member of our group.

Some pics of the general merriment-
- My big girl

- Little Pudge was fantastic in sitting and waiting his turn really well.

- C refused to smile - he was a focused kid on that bowling. :)

- He's a computer genius! Even if this one is only a bowling scoring machine.

- Yeah, little J's gonna' be taller than Daddy real soon.

After one game we paid and went to find some lunch. I was so pleased that we spent well over an hour bowling (yes, one game for four little ones took over an hour :) ) and it only cost us $4 each. For lunch we took advantage of some certificates for free kid's meals at Chik Fil-A and had a blast catching up while we let the kids play in the play area. Thanks to the free meals lunch only cost us about $6. So, we had an entire morning out and a lot of fun and it only cost me $10. NICE! :) I could get used to this stay at home thing.

Who am I kidding, I'd pull my hair out after two days. lol

After the regular nap/working from the couch/JAM home from school/homework (finally got some valve oil for his newly acquired baritone so he could practice)/dinner routine we had a real family moment... I had uploaded the vids from my phone for this post and sat back down on the couch to watch them for a moment. There's something really funny about my kids - as soon as they hear sound coming from a computer they instantly run over and want to watch - without having the slightest idea of what it will be. Even Pudge. I think it started way back when as we used to show him videos of himself and laughing babies on YouTube...


But anyhow, as I was checking out the uploaded vids they all came running over and we spent the next 45 (!!!) minutes watching old videos of them that we had uploaded. It was fantastic. Pudge just couldn't get it into his head that the little baby we were watching was really him only about a year ago. It's old hat to JAM to watch those old vids but even Red was funny while we listened to her talk, ride her scooter or sing for us as a smaller version of herself.

Then, to top it all off, after I finally had to call it quits on the videos we somehow all found ourselves in a tickle fight on the couch that lasted for a good 15 minutes WITHOUT ANYONE GETTING HURT OR CRYING!!!! I don't know if this is normal for other families or not but it seems whenever we try to do something like that someone always takes it too far (read - JAM) or gets hurt by a flying elbow or cries for some random reason. I'm so happy to say that none of that happened tonight and we all had a really great time.

So there I have it - a fantastic day that I just had to write down so I couldn't forget. Back to the grind tomorrow.

Monday, October 12, 2009


Back from my PT appointment this morning. Everything was going swell, going through my workout, lifting weights and stretching without any worries. No, it still didn't want to bend but I was pushing it and even though it hurt a bit I was making it go further than I had. All was good. Until she stepped in. My therapist decided today was the day to make a push. And she pushed. She pushed hard. I've never felt such pain. Yes, I'm a wuss but when I'm sitting in the middle of a very crowded PT office I really can't let the expletives fly. That sucked because I had a string of choice words ready for her.

Sorta like this -

I don't like that place at all. I was in such a foul mood when I came back to the office that there was only one thing in the world that could make me feel better. Today was the first day of a new employee orientation program that we do like three times a year, and they always feed those people going through it. When the breakfast is over the extra food gets brought back to our office and I was so looking forward to it. Yup, a big plate of bacon, sausage and hash browns. OHHHHHHHHHH sooooo good. I'ma drown my sorrows in fried meat and potatoes and there's nothing you can do to stop me.

Oh, and in trying to find the video above (apparently there are no just clean scenes of the waxing part - Universal Pictures sucks) I found this other video - That is some funny stuff! And they turned off the embed code, which I thought was pretty crappy, but the video is funny nonetheless.

Now, on to my bacon.

1 down, 2 to go

The Yanks moved one step closer to another World Series banner last night by beating sweeping a mistake prone Twins team. What made it even more sweet was the same happening to the Red Sox by the Angels. Yup, the mighty Sox were swept by the Angels. Oh, glorious day!

And how's that for an infield huh? A-Rod, Jeter, Cano and Teixteira celebrating the win.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Huh? of the day Take II

This? This is not for the faint of heart. This is not for people of weak constitutions or folks who are a bit squeamish about, shall we say, more adult topics. And, it is just down right unexpected.

Wifey and I are sitting on the couch watching the Yankees-Twins playoff game when A-Rod came up to bat. She asked me - "did he just get someone pregnant?" I'm not too interested in keeping track of page 6 type gossip so I had no idea what she was talking about. Well, what do you do when you need an answer? Google of course! She starts to type in her search query - "first time A Rod in October" because she knew someone on TV had made the joke about this being the first time A-Rod produced anything in October. Even though I'm a Yanks fan I thought that was pretty funny. In fact, in his first at bat tonight, with Jeter on second, he flied out to end the first inning. GET A HIT MORON! His glove is amazing but dude needs to find the gap! No pun intended.

Sorry, digressing. So Wifey is typing in her search string and Google, being its ever-helpful self, starts giving her suggestions based on what she's typing. This is where the squeamish part comes into play...

As she types in "first time a ", and you need to make sure that last space is in there, the first very helpful hint Google fed back was... let's just say a little more off-color than she was prepared for.


Um, yeah. We're not sure what to think about that either. And no, I didn't click on that link.


Oh, and as an update - as I finish this post (it has taken a while - I'm watching the game at the same time) A-Rod just struck out with Teixeira on first right after Jeter homered. COMMON!!!!! He's now 0-29 with runners on base in the post season.

Huh? of the day x2

Couple things made me go huh? today. I had to share.

First, I was looking for one of those things you can hook up to your camera to take the picture without you having to press the shutter button. Called a shutter release something or other apparently - the guy at Ritz Camera didn't know either. (but I'm sure a certain someone out there knows what it is and will email me soon!)

As I was perusing their web site I came across this item in their clearance area. I'm not sure about you but I'm thinking this isn't as good of a deal as they try to make it out to be. Can you see what I mean?

If not, click on this picture and I'll give you a hint...

Not much of a sale if you ask me.

And second, you might not want to watch this if you have just eaten dinner or anything. This kid is absolutely nuts. I wonder why he didn't have any friends sitting around him during the taping.

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On the Road Again

Took three big steps toward getting back to normal in the last two days. First, I had my first PT appointment yesterday for my knee. And, as my colleague is fond of saying, her PT guy told her that PT actually stood for Pain and Torture. This was pretty accurate, and we didn't even get into any of the hard stuff yet. As I indicated in my initial post about my injury, when referring to the slightly less than masculine whelp I let out when the fat man fell on me, I'm a wuss when it comes to pain. I'm a firm believer that if men had to give birth we'd have established a social caste just for that purpose. But, I'm looking forward to the next three weeks as Hina, my torturer/therapist, makes me do horribly painful things in order to get back to normal. It will be nice to be able to put on my shoes without shifting into three different positions, or be able to sleep on my side again.

The second of my big steps is a pretty simple one. I took off my brace all day yesterday, and it's off again today. Except for sleeping, and for what I'm about to relate in item #3, the brace has been off. Gotta build that muscle back up and learn to walk correctly again and that's not going to happen with the brace on.

Finally, and this was perhaps the biggest mental hurdle of all so far, I went back to the gym this morning. Wednesdays and Fridays were my regular basketball mornings and I've missed going so much that I'm sure it was a huge piece of my recent mental malaise. But, with the start of my PT I'm looking to get back into some form of "in shape" so I thought it might be good to get back into the habit of getting up early and getting out of the house to go to the gym. It was a good thing. When I walked into the gym all the guys went right back to busting my balls which was nice. It's good to know things haven't changed. I know it's only been a month for them but it's felt like a millennium to me. No, I didn't play, but I did lift weights for a while and yes, I bounced a ball and shot for a few minutes. I even jumped (little white boy hops really) once or twice just to see how it would feel and all was well.

It was good just being there again to be honest. I need things to be back to normal. I need to feel well enough to finish all the jobs that are sorta-started around the house and I need to not have to rest on the couch after a simple trip to the store.

These last two days were a good start I think. I'm on the road again...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Boy's Weekend

It's almost too good to be true but this past weekend Wifey momentarily lost all control of her senses and gave me a pass to go camping with the fellers. Yup, that's right - boys weekend. Very simply put, it was an excuse to get away from it all (including all the crappyness I've been feeling lately), make large fires, sleep in a tent, eat lots of dead animals and drink copious amounts of liquids you don't normally find at play group.

Life was good.

After literally months of going back and forth about locations, dates, who could and couldn't come, more locations, etc., etc. we finally made it happen at Cunningham State Park. After waiting so long to make up our minds about where we wanted to go all of the 130+ camp sites were booked at the Houck area so at first I thought we were out of luck. But, I've been watching and learning from my world-class planner Wife and I had a backup plan all set. CSP has a secondary camping area separated from the main part of the park that is first-come-first-served so I thought that if they still didn't have any room at the inn on that day I'd just head up early and grab a space for us in the Manor area. If that still didn't work for some reason we had the Catoctin Mountain Park campground to fall back on but that was a last-ditch choice for us. Why you ask? There's no drinking allowed in National Parks. :)

I got up to the manor area of Cunningham around noonish on Friday, found a great site with an electric hookup and mostly put up the borrowed tent (thanks G&K!) by myself. Then, I settled in to wait for the rest of the guys to arrive. One by one they (almost) all showed up and I had dinner already cooking. I was seriously domestic for this weekend. I ran the planning (with way too many emails - I just didn't want to plan something that anyone objected to!) planned a menu, did all the shopping, did almost all of the cooking, cleaned the place up each morning before the hungover/lazy b-tards even got out of their sleeping bags... it was impressive if I do say so myself. But don't tell Wifey - she's not a huge fan of me doing crap like that elsewhere when not much of it gets done around here.

The weekend was literally fantastic. It rained some on Friday night but we were drinking enough that we didn't even notice much. By the time we all passed out it had stopped so the weather Saturday was absolutely perfect. After friend #6 showed up, and making breakfast for some hungover chaps, it was time to sample some of the local flavor. Not wanting to just sit around all day I dragged a few of the guys up to the main part of the park where we took a short (and slow thanks to my still messed up knee) hike up to see the falls. They weren't as impressive as I'm sure they are in the spring with more water coming over them but they were cool to look at anyway.

A pic via the cell phone -

Then we took a drive through Catoctin Mountain Park, a National Park Service park. My only goal was to try to check out Camp David which is surrounded by the park. As you might imagine, we weren't even able to get close. We saw the road that led up to the Camp but it was flanked by some hard to mistake Do Not Enter signs. Instead of adding ourselves to the daily news cycle by storming the Bastille we just drove on by. I had to be comforted by a fleeting view of one of the watch towers that are a part of the perimeter of the facility.

Yup, that's the tower. How doofy am I that I thought that was so cool?

Anyhow, after we got back it continued to be a lazy and totally relaxing day under beautiful mountain weather. A lot less liquids were consumed which was a good thing. Especially since this is how certain people were feeling on Saturday morning....

Not to poke fun at someone else's misery but... :)

We did stoke up an excellent fire, played some cards and listened to C play his guitar for a while. A nice relaxing night.

J & D
C & M
The Big D

Camp was struck after a truly mesmerizing breakfast feast prepared with love by D. I had packed a few pounds of hamburger which I had seasoned with some Worcestershire sauce, garlic and Italian seasoning (YUM for hamburgers!) but not so much for a breakfast meat wouldn't you say? Someone came up with the idea that it would be great to turn that into a breakfast meal with the dozen eggs we still had. Um yeah, I didn't try it. But some other crazy men did and they even mentioned that it was even borderline good. I took their word for it and ate Saturday's left over normal eggs and bacon. Look at me being the smart one huh?

By noon the camp site was cleaned up really well, the cars were packed and we were all on the road. Didn't want to say goodbye to a fantastic weekend but I knew Wifey was eager to not be a single mother any more.

All in all it was a hell of a weekend. We're definitely going back next year (and a certain someone better get off his thespian-ish back side and join us! and another certain orange colored luzer better tell his wife who's (or should that be whose?) boss and ask really nicely if he can join us too.).

To top it all off the park is also already on the agenda for a family camping outing next spring too. I'd highly recommend that park - loads for the kids to do at the main part of the park... we just need to get off our duffs and make a reservation in time. :)


And, just to provide definitive photo evidence of something never before seen - and it's bigger than getting a picture of Nessie or the Abominable Snow Man..... it's a large angry Asian being domestic!

That's right folks, the big D was doing dishes. I know, I couldn't believe it either. Hence the picture.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Update from the land of the gimp

Went to the Dr. this morning. The update on my knee is that the healing has finished as far as he can tell. His moving my knee all around didn't even hurt so he's reasonably comfortable with me starting PT next week. I'm glad he's comfortable with it because I know it's going to hurt like a bitch. Right now I can't bend my knee enough to even drive without pain but after a month of PT and a bottle of 800mg Motrin I'm hoping to be able to at least climb the stairs like a normal person.

Wish me luck, cause this is gonna sting a bit.

Oh, and as an aside - do you think I was wrong to give him some S&%T about making me wait 45 minutes for a 9am appointment? I took that appointment because it was his first slot of the day and I still had to wait until 9:45 for him to walk through the door. When he finally did come through, and asked me how I was, my first response was "annoyed." He gave the same song and dance that all doctors do about each patient taking time and the front desk not knowing how long appointments will take but when they schedule appointments every 15 minutes, AND PURPOSEFULLY DOUBLE BOOK EACH SLOT, don't we have a right to be annoyed?

What do people think about that? Does anyone else say anything about it when the Dr. comes in? This is now the second time I've done it and the one time before this was with the pediatrician and she's bent over backwards since getting us the first appointment of the day. That doesn't mean she's done anything to fix the problem but it certainly worked for us.