I left work at 4 PM yesterday and headed to Kelly’s. She’d just had two wisdom teeth removed and I told her I’d come over on Tuesday (instead of Wednesday when I usually go over there) to stay with her and make sure she was okay. The procedure went smoothly. She was home when I got there and except for the fact that she was still numb, she was fine. As the numbness wore off, the pain started to bother her a bit. Fortunately, she’d been given a prescription for some painkillers. We took it to the pharmacy to get filled. Unfortunately, the doctor forgot to sign the prescription, so we had to wait while the doctor was contacted. Eventually, I headed back to the pharmacy to pick up the filled prescription. I stopped in at the grocery store and got Kelly some soup so that she wouldn’t have to take the medication on an empty stomach. When I got back to her place, I made her soup and afterward, she took her medicine and lay in bed watching a movie.
By the time I finally went to bed, she was feeling better and the pain medicine had started working. She was wide awake and had lots of energy. I, on the other hand, was tired, having been up since 4:20 AM. Besides it was passed my bedtime. Kelly was eager to try out the new toy she’d gotten me–ear/nose hair clippers. (Yes, it is to my utter humiliation to report this, but it is only fair that I balance out this journal now and then with things that are equally uninteresting, and yet humiliating.) And so we passed a frightening (for me) five minutes testing the clippers out. Kelly may have her own perspective on this, but all I can say is that my nose feels bald.
Needless to say, I didn’t manage to get any work on the novel outline done last night, but that’s okay because I can work on it tonight, and besides, I wanted to make sure Kelly was okay. It was a tough balance. I kept wanting to go into her room and ask her if she was feeling okay (which I must have done half a dozen times), but I also didn’t want to “bug” her unnecessarily every 5 minutes and drive her nuts. I hope I struck the right balance.
And in other news, I saw that the Yanks won their first game of the season last night. Their second game is being televised on ESPN2 tonight and I may try and catch a portion of it.
Woke up this morning at 4:20 AM without much of a voice still, but otherwise feeling better. I had some breakfast and caught the usual 5:09 train into the office. Perhaps a third of the way to the office, I began to feel a bit nauseous on the train. This is very unusual for me, but I stopped what I was doing (watching a show on my iPhone) and just tried to relax. I felt much better by the time I got to the office, but I didn’t want to risk going to the gym, so I postponed until lunch today. I have 3 phone meetings today which will be interesting, considering the state of my voice, but I’ll do the best that I can.
I’ve been trying to rest most of the day today. I slept in. I kept activity to a minimum. But I couldn’t resist the 72 degree temperatures and Kelly and I did head up to Greenbelt to walk around the lake early this afternoon. I picked up some litter for Zeke on the way back. And it’s been rest, rest, rest for the rest of the day. Kelly headed home around 3 PM and I dozed off for about 2 hours. And while I am feeling somewhat better, my voice has not recovered yet, which will make for an interesting day at work tomorrow since I have 3 hours worth of phone meetings.
I have laundry to do but I probably won’t get to it tonight. Kelly got me a whole bunch of new clothes which I am eager to start wearing but which really need to be washed first.
I’m calling it an early night tonight. I am planning on getting up for the gym tomorrow and want to be in bed by 8:30 PM.
I just finished an abbreviated lower body workout the hotel fitness center. What I thought might be allergies looks like it might be a cold or bug or something. While my throat isn’t sore, my head has felt weird since this morning, and my eyes are burning a little–like the onset of a fever. It’s not too bad, but rather than risk burning myself out for the weekend, I cut the workout short after about 2/3rds of a full group of exercises (not much, really).
I’m going to hit the showers, then find some place that has some Advil. Then I’m heading down to conference registration.
Yes, it’s 6:05 PM by my clock, but I am in bed and about to turn off the lights. I’ve been putting in long days these last few weeks, especially when you factor in the gym in the morning, and writing in the evenings. I’m taking tonight off. I’ve had my dinner, packed my lunch, and I’ve sent my tired, aching body to bed.
Any email that I haven’t responded to yet (like messages from kruppenheimer) I’ll get to tomorrow.
Good night, and good luck.