On the health front, my busted toe is, well, still busted. The glorious bruising is almost all cleared up, but the toe will remain taped for several weeks yet. Canes and limping are in order, which makes various Other Things ache (in particular my right hip). Much to my sadness, I have confirmed that the muscle relaxant (which helps prevent spasms) also seems to be one of the driving forces in my Weird Dreams Situation, which leaves me extra-tired. So I get to choose: better sleep with potential cramps and extra pain, or less pain with more groggi- and fogginess. Clearly, I wish this was a multiple-choice menu so I could pick and choose.
In good news, my allergist and I had one of those enlightening appointments when we finally use the same terminology and understand each other clearly. Something minor that has been a hassle for some time has been explained and now I know for sure it is No Big Deal and can get with the rest of my life. I also received confirmation on how to deal with my Winter Nosebleeds. We both exclaimed on the wonder of the camera cellphone. Pictures of my last few big reactions were quite useful and I was able to email them to him for my records, straight from my phone. Technology truly is a marvel. If all goes well, beginning in March I can drop back to shots only every other week. Huzzah!
As for the subject line, I have been picking and choosing my battles. The tree with star and skirt have been up for a week with wrapped gifts beneath it, but I am only just getting to ornaments now. Last year I did not put on garland and felt it was missing something. This year the star garland is mostly up and I feel better already- I do like the sparkle. However, holiday cards will be at a premium with year. I have written a whopping two so far. I think it will only be select close friends and family who receive. I would like to make one or two more ornaments for those who I know will especially appreciate- probably this weekend.
Hubby’s big annual office holiday ‘do was downscaled this year. While I miss the opportunity to get gussied up and socialize, I had to work that night anyway. We are being grateful for steady employment and good wages when so many aren’t in the same boat. That said, I had a 13-hour workday yesterday. That about sums up my week. I am quite exhausted and looking forward to the holiday break even more than usual.
Finally, my osteoarthritis in my hands has been acting up. I now have an arthritis gel to rub on my hands. I mean no disrespect to my elders, but it makes me smell about 90. It does, however, work wonders, so I certainly won’t stop using it.