Friday, February 11, 2011

Things I can do without Sam.

Howdy. Sam is still in Houston tonight. I’m freaking bored when he’s not here and — worst of all — there’s nobody around to scratch my back. I sort of wander aimlessly from room to room, taking showers, eating raisins and trying to remember where I left my wrist brace. I guess the only good news is, I’m expecting UPS to deliver a box of inkjet cartridges today and there’s still some leftover chicken chow mein in the refrigerator. I guess I also should mention our improving WEATHER situation. The temperature will hit 50° today, and by the middle of next week we’ll be in the low 70s. This is a huge deal, believe me, because it’s been really cold here. I’m so excited I might even drive around and buy myself a cheeseburger! (Okay, maybe not.)

About the wrist brace comment ... about two weeks ago I developed carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand. (A year ago it was in my RIGHT hand, which was monumentally worse.) Apparently mine isn’t caused by a repetitive motion injury, though ... it’s a form of neuropathy, or a deterioration of the peripheral nervous system, which is one of the many irritating and seemingly endless side effects of diabetes. I’m dealing with it, but when one hand turns into a throbbing claw it’s almost impossible to do really ordinary things like making the bed, turning a doorknob, folding socks or trying to unscrew a jar. Thank God I can still TYPE. I’d blow my brains out if I couldn’t at least write posts. I mean, I can always teach Sam’s socks to fold themselves, right?

Sam is driving home tomorrow (Saturday) morning. It’s 250 miles from Houston to Mesquite, or about 4½ hours including pit stops, during which he sometimes looks for sushi or tacos. With Valentine’s Day coming up maybe he’ll even buy me a PRESENT. (At the moment I could use a new left hand. Seriously.)

Thank you for reading this.

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