We had to go to Orlando yesterday for a follow-up with Doctor Creamer, who did my recent RF nerve ablations. The traffic was about as bad as I had expected it to be, but we got through all right and arrived for the appointment with a few minutes to spare. His office is very efficient, and we only had to wait about ten minutes before they took me back.
As I said before, I have seen a lessening of my pain levels, but not the immediate relief I did with my first ablations two years ago. I think I just lucked out on those because they say it can take several weeks before you actually see any noticeable results so I’m not discouraged. I’ve also been experiencing a lot of pain in my left hip and my left ribs when I roll over to spoon Terry at night. This has been an ongoing issue, and we have tried all kinds of different mattresses, but nothing seems to help for very long. The doctor thinks it might be Bursitis or something like that, so he scheduled me to come back and get a nerve block shot farther up in my spine to see if that will help.
I also told the doctor about the intense tailbone pain I had during our trip out west and back anytime I drove for three or four hours. I told him I have tried several different seat cushions that are supposed to help, including some that have cutouts for the tailbone, but Doctor Creamer said that those could actually aggravate the problem because of the way they put pressure around the tailbone. He suggested I get something called a low-profile ROHO cushion, which he said medical supply stores usually carry. What he didn’t tell us was that these things cost about $400 or more. Terry made some calls and only found one available in our area, but they didn’t have the pump for it, so it’s basically worthless. She also did some research online and found some on Amazon, but before we spend that kind of money, we’re going to do some more research on them.
We were in and out of the doctor’s office within an hour, and when I asked Terry what she was in the mood for dinner, she said that Mexican food sounded good. So I texted our good friend, author Frank Butterfield, to ask if he wanted to meet us for an early dinner at her favorite Mexican restaurant in this area, Salsas Cocina in Port Orange, near Daytona Beach. Frank said it sounded good to him, so that’s what we did.
Every time we get together with Frank, I come away with even more respect and admiration for his amazing intellect and true goodness as a human being. As always, we talked about books and writing and also about some of the things going on in the country these days. It’s interesting to get Frank’s perspective on things, and he gave me a lot to mull over in my mind.
Back at home, I answered a few pressing e-mails and then responded to somebody’s comment in yesterday’s blog who took objection to my views on trigger warnings and said that obviously, I have never had anything bad happen in my “charmed little life.” I try not to get into debates with people in the blog comments, but this time around, I had to speak up. I don’t know of anyone who has not experienced their own hardships and tragedies, myself included.
With that done, Terry and I watched the first two episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. Wow! Very intense! Terry read the book a while back and said that so far, the TV series follows the book very well. We’re both looking forward to seeing more episodes.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. I’m too old for that kinky stuff, but I know you can make a phone call in Las Vegas and set something like this up, but I had no idea fast food restaurants were getting in on the action these days.
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Buck Fever, the first book in my friend Ben Rehder’s immensely popular Blanco County mystery series. If you’re not a fan of Ben’s books, you have no idea what you are missing out on. Wacky characters, great humor, and superb writing. Give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.
To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with U.S. addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
Thought For The Day – I came. I saw. I made it awkward.