|My bedroom window...|
We had torrential rain yesterday - I'm talking about rain so heavy that we couldn't see across the lake. And while I appreciated the fact that the rain was lowering the steamy, miserably hot temperature (not that I went outside at any time, mind you...) ... I did not appreciate the rain coming in my bedroom windows. POURING in my bedroom windows from the water overflowing from the gutters that we THOUGHT we had cleaned out sufficiently to prevent this from happening. Epic fail number three. Fortunately, I didn't have anything near the windows, just my big stuffed animals so we just took down the curtains and lined the window with towels to catch the water as much as possible.
My parents bought a warranty on the house for these kind of maintenance issues that wouldn't fall under their homeowners insurance. A sudden discharge of water (like a pipe bursting) would be covered under insurance but leaks are generally not. We've just got to find us a good leak-stopper guy. I know there's a better term for it but it's beyond me at this point.
So the window waterfall was epic. Then there was this...
I started having this sharp pain in my left hip/left side about a week or two ago. Last night it grew so painful that I couldn't sleep. I was "labor breathing" my way through it. I read - and finished - my Alfie Boe biography (it was fabulous!) and when I finished that it was 3am and I was nowhere near being able to sleep. To make it worse... I would get into a semi-comfy position, the only comfy position, curled up on my right side in sort of a fetal position... and I would just about breathe through the pain enough to get my mind off of it and my precious Little Trouble Kitty would come and LAY ON MY LEFT HIP! Arrrgh! When I would reach up to try to push him off he would slap my hand away with his claws out. And then he would purr his rotten little self back to sleep. He didn't want anything coming between him and his mommy, not even his mommy. It was crazy. I dozed off and on a little bit but then the kitties woke me up at first light wanting to eat.
I went back to the Whine Cellar and settled in my cozy spot on the loveseat and waited for the drugs to kick in so I could sleep. The pain eased up but I never did get to sleep. I just started browsing historical costume sites and passed the morning quietly with the sleeping cats... who were apparently tired from harassing me all night.
I should mention that the strike has somewhat ended and Austin has at least attempted to do some of the tasks on his to-do list. He hasn't fixed the boat yet. That was a biggie. And he had an Epic Fail of his own trying to repair the lawnmower. He got so frustrated with the lawnmower that he threw a tool (I don't know what it was because I don't do tools) so I told him to give it a rest and go get whatever the thing-a-ma-jig was that he threw. He hasn't done the weed-eating yet but we're back in that rainy cycle where things don't dry out before it rains again. I don't know. I would prefer "gainfully employed and cheerfully cooperative" but I'll settle for relatively helpful at this point. The bar is low.
I'm half asleep and I pray this will be an early bedtime. I think I've talked about this before... your body does a lot of repair work while you sleep.... and if you suffer from chronic pain your body already has a lot more to do in those sleeping hours. If you miss a night's sleep it begins a domino effect of increasing pain and decreasing ability to sleep. It's not a lazy thing, it's a survival tactic. I know if I don't sleep things get bad fast. And trust me, they were bad enough last night that I was at my highest level of pain tolerance.
You know how when you go to the doctor or the hospital and they ask you to give them your "pain number" on a scale of 1 to 10? I started out waaaay too high at the pain doctor. I started out at the top of the scale and there has been much, much worse pain since then but I don't have anywhere else to go.
My dinner is ready: fish sticks with homemade tartar sauce and velveeta cheesy shells. Mmmmm! Good! Have a great evening! Love and hugs!