Dominos and Doctors

Sunday, October 2, 2011

I'll start by making profuse apologies to everyone for my delay in posting the giveaway results (not to mention my delay in actually doing it :oP Although I did indeed "nod off like grandma" Friday night, I also spent the late afternoon/early evening hours in a quasi-catatonic state. You see we had a reward day Friday for close to 300 students. Translation? Basically, everyone over 5 and a half feet tall got punished ;o) I spent far more time than was wise standing out in the blazing hot sun Friday afternoon maintaining order at one of the activities (I was waiting for someone to come relieve me, which they didn't). I finally managed to find someone to fill in as things were beginning to fade in and out. Not good.
There is a health-related line that I try so very hard never to cross. Having an autoimmune issue (Dermatomyositis) means that I am stuck with a pathetic immune system and am far more susceptible to medical issues than most folks. I know where the line is, and most of the time I can get pretty close while remaining on the safe side. Sometimes, though, circumstances give me a little push and I wind up on the wrong side. This causes a domino effect of things going wrong one after the other. Most annoying. Ordinarily, when I've overdone it, I fix it by going to bed super early and getting plenty of rest the next day, but Saturday was yard sale day. I wasn't about to miss the chance to raise a little money for church and Epic Farms, so I sucked it up and shot out the door at 5:15a.m. to set up. 
While moving a table with DD, my back suddenly twinged (okay, TWINGED) on the right side underneath my shoulder blade. Nuts. We set the table up, and I snarled at myself for whatever it was I did this time (sometimes it's too much to keep up with, you know?). Well, I woke up this morning feeling like dirt and unable to draw a full breath (uh-oh) with both the right and left sides of my back hurting. I spent half of today at the walk in clinic (always such a joy :oP was x-rayed to check for Pleurisy, had a blood count, got a shot (which I took) and some pain meds (which I did not). The doctor told me that if the pain does not go away after a few days I may need to have a bone scan done (to make sure the Big C has not pulled off a sneak attack on the old ribcage). There's a happy thought, right? Personally, I think I'd much prefer the pulled muscle behind Door #1.
So now that I've finally finished splainin' my tardy self (hee), I'll get to the drawing. I only ended up with three entries (if there were more, they forgot to come back and leave a comment because comments and GoodSearch supporters were where I got the names). Congratulations to Bethkay! Please email me your address, and I'll pop your goodies in the mail as soon as I can (yay for you! :o)
Hopefully you won't forget that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (I'm definitely aware, as you well know *laugh*). Please say a prayer for all of the women [and men too] who are out there fighting this awful disease. I'm trying to hurry and finish working on an extra special little giveaway for you this month. Hopefully, this one will go the way I'd like it to and in a timely manner. I guess you never know though, right? *rolls eyes* Have a blessed week everyone!



  1. Pulling for a pulled muscle...

  2. Grace: Right there with ya girl! Thanks. ;o)

  3. I vote for Door #1 too!
    Thanks for the reminder about October.
    Take care,

  4. Please take care of yourself! It sounds like you could really do with some R & R. I hope this week brings some peace and a chance for recuperation!

  5. Fingers & other appendages crossed for the pulled muscle.

    Glad I didn't win the give-away, Australia is too far to post stuff I think. :) Happy to report GoodSearch says I have already raised you $2.29, so if a few of us get involved it might add up to a bit over the year.

    Clancy (aka Frances)

  6. Deanna: Thank you and you're welcome. *laugh*

    Dreaming: I'm sure I'll be just fine, although I think a little R & R would go over quite well right now ;o)

    Clancy: Thanks so much for the well wishes. $2.29 is the total amount raised so far, you have to click on "Epic Farms" under the search bar to see specifically who raised what.
    Pretty sure that the ones still at $0 forgot to make GoodSearch their default search engine; and one of them is my dad *laugh* (guess we need to have a lesson there ;o) I noticed on DH's computer (the bulldog) that Yahoo overrode it the first time so I had to go back and change it again.
    Oh, and I had a total plan to hit up DH for the postage bill for you (just in case - heh heh).

  7. Heal quickly.

    Wishing you rain, too.

  8. That's the total amount from everyone? Rats, not nearly as good! Still, should be useful over a year.
    Fingers crossed.

  9. Gail: Thank you. We were supposed to get several days last week, but ended up with one very short shower. None on the radar for this week either. *sigh*

    Clancy: 'Fraid so. *laugh* What's funny is that most of it is just me - I am always searching for stuff ("Rickey" is DH's laptop, which I swipe to use in the evenings ;o) You are exactly right though that it will add up over the course of a year.

  10. Woohoo, I have got it working & now contributed 2 cents... I had GoodSearch as my home page but hadn't registered I think - anyway, is working now. Sorry about the 10c I missed :0 but glad I have it working now.

  11. Jen, I am thrilled to have won & am hoping you mend quickly!! PLease get plenty of rest & take care of yourself! hugs, bethkay

  12. well considering the lateness in my commenting I could hardly blame you for being tardy in posting now could I? :)
    Congrats to the winner and I agree with what Grace said

  13. Clancy: No big; glad you got it all figured out ;o)

    Bethkay: Hooray for you, and a thanks too (heh heh).

    Ann: Better late than never, right? Hopefully you're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel (and it's NOT a train *grin*).

  14. Ouch ~ a sore back ~ never fun!! Please take care!

    Congratulations to the winner!

    xo Catherine

  15. I'm hoping for a pulled muscle. That would only make sense because you were lifting things you probably shouldn't have. You might be overdoing it a little. Take care and try not to worry too much.

  16. Hey Jen - I just posted a contest that you might be interested in. Its a chance to tell your story and be featured in Horse & Rider, plus win an awesome prize package. I have a hunch you could write up something fabulous, a photo shoot with your beautiful horses would be perfect & you'd get lots of votes from all of us! Please check it out & think about it:
    best wishes, bethkay
    (I know you like contests too & when I read about it, I immediately thought of you!)

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