I should be having a bagel with my friend Shems right now. Today I was going to drive down to Florida, meet Shems in Tallahassee, have a late dinner with my friend Jim in Clearwater. I was going to go to Mom's house tomorrow and stay there until Saturday. Probably visit with my friend Linda in Lakeland. Stay with my friend Ruth in Ocala on Saturday and Sunday. Stay with Elaine and her family in New Port Richey (in Brian and Irene's house) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
I'm sorry to be missing that, but to be honest -- I'm not sorry that I'm home. Thinking about doing all of that while I'm feeling this way is kind of overwhelming. I'm going to make this trip -- just not right now. I will dearly miss seeing Elaine, but that gives me an excuse to go to California.
I have decided that my back going out is a blessing. Were it not for this, I would be out driving Mel around, running to Publix, watching Kael. With my back like this, all I do is sit, with the occasional forays into the shower, laundry room, and kitchen.
Speaking of all that -- I had my teeth brushed before 10:30 today, which I consider to be excellent work!!! The last two loads of laundry are in progress: the whites are in the dryer and the sheets are in the washer. I will wait for Bruce to help me make up the bed, but he always helps me with that anyway. All in all, I think I've done pretty well today.
The back is worse today -- very tight. I am wondering if it's because I didn't use any heat yesterday. I'm using the heating pad today -- far away from the blistered area (another blessing -- my back is worse on my right side and the blisters are on the far left side!!!) and I'm using it judiciously. I've taken Advil. I'm doing very little.
Last night was a terrible night -- I never have terrible nights. I could not sleep on my right side because that requires me to raise my right arm above my head and that hurt like the dickens. But I HAVE to be able to sleep on my right side (I alternate between left and right all night long). I kept getting tangled up in sheets. I sleep with a pillow between my knees to keep them more comfortable and every time I rolled over that would get caught. My knees stiffened up. I had a headache. I was glad to wake up this morning!!! I'm a little tired, so maybe I'll nap on the couch.
I have discovered a new comfort food: orange juice. When I was in St. Louis doing that elimination diet, that was the first thing that I added back in because I was just craving it. Bruce bought me some yesterday and it tastes so good I can't tell you. I generally stay away from juices because you're getting the highest calorie part of the fruit without a lot of the good parts (fiber, etc.), but I am making an exception in this case!
I had two Mighty Muffins for breakfast, but that seems a long time ago. Time to go forage!