7:15 - I feel like crap. Started feeling bad yesterday. Coughing and sneezing. Aching. My arm is still hurting. I’m supposed to be at an all day training today so I had to make arrangements for my students. Got home around 6:30 yesterday evening and just plain crashed. DS made and brought me dinner and I just took some cold medicine, curled up in bed and slept. I did a lot of coughing and tossing and turning and I rolled over once and let out a shriek from the arm. That clinched it. I woke up this morning and decided that I have to go to the doctor. My students are taken care of, I wasn’t planning on being in the building today anyway, and I’d better take advantage of it and see what’s wrong with my arm. DS got the twins off to school and I just woke up. Now that I’ve decided to go, I wish the doctor’s office would hurry up and open but they don’t get there till 9:00.
8:58 - Okay, so I sat here and slurped enough coffee to get rid of the Nyquil hangover. I just tried the doctor’s office and the recording is still on. At least, I got to catch up with some of you chickies in the last couple of hours.
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Crap! Now I remember why I put this off so long…
2:15 - Home again. It wasn’t as bad as I thought. The doctor’s office called me back around 10:30 and told me to come in at 12:45. I was in by 1:00 and out by 1:30. Not bad. The cold is just that…a cold. He did a throat culture but says it doesn’t look that bad. Recommended rest and fluids and gave me a prescription for cough syrup which will most likely hit the round file. The arm was my main concern and I’m happy with the news. He says it’s a strain. As I understand it, the difference between a strain and a sprain is that there is no injury to the ligaments with a strain, just the muscle itself. He says it should heal pretty quickly if I STOP LIFTING STUFF! Heat, over the counter pain reliever, and rest should take care of it within a week or so. I told him I’m leaving on vacation in eight days and he says it should be fine by then. I PROMISE not to lift or carry anything on my right arm for the next week.
Now…I’m tired and I’m going back to bed for a while. Btw…they made me weigh in. 168…It’s slowly creeping up…Cover my ears and sing “la, la,la,la,la”. Not now…after the holidays…