That week seemed to fly by – again! I can’t believe we’re into August! Here are this week’s bits and pieces.
Old or MS? I question whether a pain or symptom could be an MS flare or just old age creeping up on me. A while back, I mentioned that I had strained a muscle in my side. Well, it keeps happening again and again, but in different places. It started on one side right around my waist. It healed quickly, only to be replaced by another pull on the opposite side and above my waist. Now, it goes to the muscles under my rib cage. I know that I often use a great effort to haul myself around, and I’m convinced that’s the cause, but it’s so annoying. Would I have similar aches if I were younger? I hate to blame anything on just MS or just getting older, but sometimes there’s no other answer. Ibuprofen takes care of it, so I’m not totally disabled from it, just annoyed.
Vicious Circle: The other day, I noticed two blister like welts on the top of my chest. The first thing I thought of was the condition my mother had two years ago. She kept getting blisters in the same spot, and eventually had to see a dermatologist, who prescribed a steroidal cream. It healed quickly after that. It was called bullous pemphigoid. When I visited Dr. Google, it said that it appears in elderly patients! It also said it could be auto immune, or it might be caused by excessive use of NSAIDs. Yikes! I’m not nearly as old as my mother was. It was only two blisters. But I was taking a good deal of IB. So I did what any freak would do – I put an antibiotic cream on the blisters, and voilà, they’re gone. I guess it wasn’t the same as my mother’s, and it probably came from an allergy. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Confused: Does anyone watch ‘Rizzoli and Isles’ on TNT in the summer? I got kind of hooked on it, but I can’t follow some of the background. Maura’s father was supposed to be Paddy Boyle, head of Boston’s Irish Mob. Then this week, they have her father as Arthur Isles, a PhD scientist who is visiting Boston. What gives? I’m so confused. Now, I must have answers!
Cute: When my daughter called last night, my older little guy wanted to talk. He thanked me for my letter, and then went on (in a horrified manner) to tell me that his younger brother took his arms out of his car seat harness. “Isn’t that really bad, Nanny?” I agreed, but I neglected to tell him that he did the exact same thing when he was his brother’s age.
Books: I finished The Stranger, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was suspenseful from start to finish and took place in NJ. Now, I’m halfway through A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. It’s a sweeping family saga, and the layers of that clan peel away like onion skins as you read. I’m really enjoying it, but it will end too soon.
That’s about it for now. Have a great weekend.