Category Archives: injury

Baby, it’s cold outside!


Brrrrr! It’s 29 degrees this morning, which made me NOT want to get up early and run so I could test out my knee. But I will try to get in a short run later as one of my daily get ’er dones.

The massage did loosen up my IT bands, thankfully, but did nothing for my knee. The Airrsoti session was interesting—painful but not as bad as labor pain. Dr. Scott Kelly thinks that I have patellar tendonitis (an overuse injury) and feels confident that with another treatment on Thursday plus wearing the magic Kerri Walsh tape [Kinesio tape] and stretching with the hated foam roller (oh, the pain!), I’ll be able to run the half-marathon Sunday. By the way, I discovered that it’s very hard to take a photo of one’s own knee!

I’ve found that all this knee business is a big distraction to the get ’er done schedule. I usually feel pretty antsy the week before the half-marathon anyway; worrying about my knee just heightens the tension.

Speaking of the schedule, how did I do yesterday?

• No problem doing the laundry and filling the pool.

• Massage and treatment checked off the list.

• Hooked up the Seagate external drive to the Powerbook and copied the iTunes library to it. I had forgotten that the Powerbook reads DVDs but doesn’t burn them (bad purchasing decision; I could’ve bought a PB with a DVD burner but wanted to save money). To back up the library (13 gigs!) takes a lot of CDs! I first tried plugging the Seagate’s firewire cable into the firewire/usb hub that we use, but it wouldn’t show up on the desktop. I then plugged it directly into the PB’s firewire port and success! Whew! Had me worried that it wouldn’t work with the PB.

• I didn’t contact the guitar teacher nor did I hook up the DVD player to the new HDTV. However, I did spend extra time with the clothes putting them away (the Mister hates putting his clothes away . . . it’s one of our monthly marital spats, because I think a 58-year-old should put his own clothes in his dresser), and I did spend time with the #2 son quizzing him on his U.S. History (he really struggled with it). The Mister quizzed the #1 son on his chemistry and sports marketing for his finals. We almost seemed like a happy homeschooling family!

On to today’s menu:

• Finish proofreading our homeowners’ association’s newsletter (volunteer work) and drop off the corrected proofs by 10 a.m.

• Pick up the Mister’s prescription at the local CVS.

• Contact that guitar teacher.

• Hook up that darned dvd player!

• Inaugurate Kitchen Wednesday, whereby I go through the mail I’ve been ignoring, get the shredding done, and try to deal with paperwork (I’m horrible at this).

• Self-clean the oven. I don’t use the oven a lot, but it stinks up the house when I do use it (like I did last night). I think I’ve only used the self-cleaning feature once in the 12 years we’ve lived in the house. I already have the manual out ready to go!

• Go to lunch with a couple friends (very important for my sanity).

• Short run.

• Stretch with the dreaded, hated, abominable foam roller.

• Remind #2 son to get together with his National History Day buds so that they actually have a project to turn in.

Hoping for some knee answers today

airrosti2-logoFirst things first . . . as for yesterday’s get ’er dones, I failed to go to Best Buy (no biggie) and to hook up the dvd. Everything else turned out a-okay. I baked the potatoes using a recipe at; the Mister and I liked them more than son #2 (but he prefers mashed potatoes); #1 son ate the usual white rice and barbeque sauce delicacy. I enjoyed the middle school PTO meeting (nice group of gals and a short meeting . . . a great mix!). The doctor’s appointment gave me absolutely no answers, but it was only a prerequisite for today’s Airrosti appointment. I dislike seeing orthopedic doctors who don’t run; they think the answer to every ache and pain is not to run. They don’t understand that runners NEED to run, especially when they’ve paid $65 to enter a half-marathon! Obviously, I wouldn’t run with a fracture, severe sprain, or illness, but I know that I can at least walk for a fair distance, so the half-marathon still is doable. We’ll see what the Airrosti folks say today.

By the way, #2 son lambasted me about not using Arial Black (ugh! that’s not readable for a three-page paper!) and not single-spacing his science project paper (I used 12-point Arial on 18-point leading). Of course, he didn’t bring home his scrawled instructions, so I could double-check that I did NOT see any details about spacing or the Arial Black. I contend it said to use 12-point Arial. Geesh! The only middle school grade that counts for high school is Spanish, anyway. If he gets a B on the project, so be it. I did finally convince #1 son and the Mister to quiz #2 son on his Spanish, since both of them have taken it. Even though #2 insisted he didn’t need their help, he later admitted that he thought it was a good thing. But we didn’t get to the U.S. History; he should have some time during school to study that review today. We’ll go over it after school. He also has his math final.

Today’s get ’er done menu:

• 9:30 a.m. massage (hurts so good!). This could help my knee, and I know it will help my chronically sore illiotibial bands.

• One load of laundry; put water in pool.

• Hook up dvd to bedroom TV.

• Hook up external drive to the old Powerbook and back up the boys’ extensive iTunes library (we’ve done periodic backups onto dvds; I’d like more redundancy).

• Call a recommended guitar teacher, so that #1 son can start lessons. Expect that the lessons will end after a month, just like the drum and art lessons, but feel assured that he will get something out of them.

• 1:30 p.m. Airrosti appointment ( Practice not cringing beforehand.

• Continue excavation of master bedroom; consider bringing in a forklift (it’s a daunting task!).

I did get rid of one big box in the bedroom . . . I freecycled an unopened Epson Stylus printer from 2004! I’m sure the ink has long since dried up, but it should work. My “trash” is someone else’s “treasure.”

A fresh start to the week

Whew! Made it through Friday and the weekend with most of my sanity intact. My biggest problem has been that my right knee hurts, and the Aramco Houston Half-Marathon that I always run is Sunday. Yikes! I’m seeing a doctor today and trying Airrosti tomorrow (it’s supposed to hurt, unfortunately, but that’s okay if it helps). I’m willing to walk the half if I have to, but running is so much faster, even for a slowpoke like me.

Besides the knee, the weekend’s big stress was son #2 procrastinating with his science project that he needed me to type up (wonder where he got that procrastination gene from). Graphic design is one of my (few) talents . . . I can make almost anything the boys have to do for school look good. #2 was supposed to work on the project over the two-week winter break, but apparently two weeks were NOT enough time. As an eighth-grader, he needs to learn to set his priorities and get his work done early. But he prefers sleeping late and playing disc golf. I’ve been spoiled by his older brother, who has always gotten his work done with plenty of time to spare (really since he was in first grade!).

#2 was busy Saturday with disc golf, although he did do some typing in the evening, but that put the onus for finishing the project (due today) on yesterday. I had to produce a table and a graph, which aren’t hard but are time-consuming. And, of course, my Epson inkjet printer just had to act up, refusing to print out page one of the three pages (I used the HP laser printer for that page). Long story short, I finally finished it at around 12:30 a.m., and now I’m sleep-deprived once again. But I won’t be able to take a nap this afternoon due to my doctor’s appointment. Woe is me!

Here’s today’s get ’er done menu:
• Drive through at post office to mail a return
• Stop at Target and Best Buy
• 1 p.m. middle-school PTO meeting
• 2:30 p.m. doctor’s appointment
• bake potatoes for part of dinner
• help #2 son study for his Spanish final (even though I took four years of French in high school and #1 son took two years of Spanish but claims he doesn’t remember any of it) and start to go over his U.S. History review
• be thankful that I only have to help #1 son study for his Music History final later in the week
• if there’s time, hook up the dvd player to the new HD TV and cable box

Need I note that #2 son’s National History Day project is due January 21st, and he’s really not sure exactly what he and his two partners are doing?!? Oy!! And he wonders why I have so many gray hairs??