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So apparently I must have overdone it, whatever it was, at some point in the past couple of months. My hip had been really bothering me for at least a month and a half and kind of keeping me from walking for more than 1/2 mile without aggravating it. So I finally went to the doctor. It was getting annoying.
They diagnosed me with bursitus and a strained sartorius muscle. I got a shot of cortisone in my hip and a prescription for physical therapy. They also said “The sartorius muscle is the longest muscle in the human body. Now you have something to say at cocktail parties.”
At the doctor I got to wear “hospital shorts” to get xrays. They were pretty sweet. They were made out of the same material as many reusable shopping bags and ballooned out around me like navy blue oompa loompa pants. I looked pretty snappy with work attire on top and oompa loompa pants on the bottom.
Web MD says bursitis is more common in people over the age of 40. I’m not there yet but I’m close enough that I can’t really call myself an outlier. I’ll be even closer in a few weeks. Yay birthday. I guess I’ll have to postpone the epic birthday hike or bike ride that I was totally failing to train for anyway.
At physical therapy I learned that I have flat feet and I lock my knees. Also they told me to take it easy for a few days until the cortisone does its magic. So it’s like a prescription for playing video games, right? I guess there are still a few things that I could be doing that don’t much involve my hip or leg.
Meanwhile we’re doing this “eat well live well” challenge at work where we wear pedometers and compete to see whose team can get the most steps and eat the most veggies and fruits. Maybe if I just ride my bike on my lunch break I can get equivalent steps without aggravating my ******* bursitis.
I drove to Pennsylvania last Saturday to send in my dna test. There’s some NY State law that you can’t get your DNA tested in NY without a doctor so you have to sign a statement saying you won’t take the test in NY or mail it from NY. So I found the closest out of state mailbox to my house and drove there.
This video is from Geneva, NY to Lawrenceville, PA which is a tiny town just across the border. I think there are some missing bits but it’s hard to tell because it’s so fast. After I mailed the test I headed back through Avoca NY to visit a friend I haven’t seen in 8 years.
Time seems to pass so quickly, a bit like in the video. It doesn’t seem like it could have been 8 years already.
Day 2: I made beans and greens and sausage soup and cooked chicken adobo for the next night’s dinner while the sun got lower and lower on the horizon. We ate and finished at 7:36 (exactly sunset – which is why I noticed the time). I had remembered to throw my lights on the charger when I got home so I had plenty of juice to cruise around in circles in the fire department parking lot for 20 minutes and try to take photos of my monkeylectric lights until my camera ran out of batteries. I got a lot of pretty good shots. Even though I was wearing super warm gloves the wind was just ripping the body head away from me. The fire department is on top of a hill so there’s plenty of wind up there. Also with the gloves on it was hard to actually push the right button. I kept accidentally turning off the camera instead.
I did figure 8′s for a while and notice that I have a preference for turning left. Right just feels way more awkward, like I have less control, almost like writing with the wrong hand. I’ve been trying to pay attention to my body asymmetries for the past couple of weeks to try to figure out why I’m having issues with my right hip. I don’t know if this one is particularly notable… however I’m noting it, just because.
30 days of biking has begun. I’m really hoping that I’ll get through the whole month. I have never actually done it.
Day 1, we had plenty of leftovers so I rode around the block before dinner. It was super windy and fairly cold but the sun was still out. I couldn’t figure out which direction the wind was coming from until it became a clear headwind for the last leg of the ride. Before that it would just try to surprise gust and knock me over every once in a while. A microscopic dog that was fenced in startled me and got my adrenaline racing. It sounded like a really big dog… until I looked at it.
Professor Blastoff is one of the podcasts I listen to regularly. It’s one of the only ones I make sure to listen to the day it comes out. It may be the only one now that (unnamed podcast) is on hiatus.
I cannot name this podcast because who knows… you’ll go listen to it and then you won’t hire me or something. It can be offensive, if you’re offended by offensive things. But it’s funny.
Anyway, today I was listening to the Viruses Episode of Professor Blastoff while I was walking through the woods. I couldn’t stop laughing out loud while they were playing “Name that Punky” and I still have a head cold so I probably sounded like a deranged orc crashing through the woods.
After a minute amount of deliberation I have decided that it would be so awesome to get my DNA sequenced that I ordered the kits for Brian and I. They have a 20% discount if you get more than one.
When I put my address in the web form at 23andMe I got an alert box that said NY State doesn’t allow this testing without a doctor’s oversight. My feeling is, that’s stupid. Who has more of a right to know my genetic details than me? And why do I need a doctor’s approval to decide? It seems like one of those rules designed to protect an industry. The test only involves spitting into a tube and then putting that in the mail. I’m pretty sure I can handle that.
I know they’re trying to protect me from having some kind of meltdown if it comes back with the information that I have some kind of genetic marker for a disease. I know that sometimes these tests can have surprising results, like maybe the family history you’ve always believed is a little different than you expected. So I what if I find out that maybe the myth of a Native American ancestor who may have had their ear bitten off in a logging camp or bit someone else’s ear off turns out not to be true? (Not that the DNA test would tell me anything about the ear biting.)
I ordered the tests anyway. It will just involve driving to a different state to drop them in the mail.
I really really really liked this show. We watched the whole series in less than two weeks on Netflix. They’re short. They’re funny. They have ridiculous gory horror effects. And they’re probably/definitely not for kids. This super short 10 second video does a pretty good job of summing up. There is… some “language” so probably not for work.
Or preparing food, or cleaning up food, or having food stains on my shirt, etc.
Brian sent me this link yesterday, and I don’t know what it says about me that it appeals to me so much.
“I hypothesized that the body doesn’t need food itself, merely the chemicals and elements it contains. So, I resolved to embark on an experiment. What if I consumed only the raw ingredients the body uses for energy?”
Basically the author is mixing up a glass of fat, carbs, protien, vitamins and minerals every day and drinking that instead of making food. He says that he feels great and it costs less than food, doesn’t require refrigeration, and takes a minimal amount of preparation. Don’t worry, he’s getting regular blood tests to avoid dropping dead.
Oh… and the best part is, he calls it Soylent!
I know it’s kind of crazy, but when I think about how much time in my daily routine is devoted to getting food, making food, eating food, cleaning up food… it’s ALOT of @@#$% time. Sometimes I feel food runs my life.
I love good food. I like making good food when I’m in the mood to. Certainly the requirement that I eat multiple times a day gives me plenty of practice and I get better at making food all the time but if I could provide my body with the fuel it needs AND have all that time to do other things… that could be nice.
Time is worth a lot to me. I never feel like I have enough of it.