Friday, August 24, 2007

Well, then!

I just got home from work and noticed a large, crusty brown stain on the bottom of my sweater. It looked like I had been rolling around on a dirty diaper. What the hell? Why didn't you guys TELL me?

In other news, I found this awful blog this morning, the author of which was complaining, complaining endlessly, about traffic and rude drivers and junk mail and poor customer service and a big stain on her shirt.

What a boring, sniveling bitch! Let's just pretend that we don't know her.

I'm curious about something-- and really, this isn't a complaint, it is an area of concern. Part of my outer thigh on my left leg consistently feels numb-ish and tingly. At night it likes to go pins and needles, making sleep very uncomfortable. Just that one area, roughly the size of my open hand.

I don't recall sustaining any injuries to that side of my body, although I do frequently make sudden and violent contact with furniture and walls, so it's not entirely out of the question.

Do I need to break down and make a doctor's appointment?

I'm thinking that it might be related to spending hours a day parked on my ass in front of a computer at work. I know that's what causes the pain in my right arm (I've gotten quite good at mousing with my left hand!), but leg issues? Issues in just one leg?

Our trip to Ireland is coming up in one week, so I'm thinking that two weeks of Guinness and wandering freely in the green hills might do the trick.



Blogger Bearette24 said...

D is actually numb and tingly all over. It means he needs another cortisone shot for his herniated disc. The doctors did say if the tingling is just on one side (i.e., one leg), it can be from sitting at a computer too long and can be remedied by moving around.

But Guinness should also do the trick ;)

4:13 PM  
Blogger Suse said...

My right foot is a bit itchy come to think of it.

Can I come too? Pretty please?

8:08 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

Get thee to a doctor, pronto. You will be doing A LOT of walking in Ireland (I know, I've lived there) and it's better to have this checked out now than to go over there and be miserable. Also, the plane ride is long and could aggravate the problem.

I had a pain in my knee six months ago. I ignored it and then went to Spain for a week. Ouch. My trip would have been a lot more enjoyable if I had visited the doctor beforehand.

Where are you going in Ireland, if I may ask?

8:49 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Bearette- that's what I suspect to be the culprit, and it's nice to hear D's doctor's input. Thanks!

Suse- sure! Can you fit into my carry-on?

kay- thanks for the advice. As for the itinerary, we're flying into Shannon and then driving to Galway, Lahinch, Dingle peninsula, Kenmare, and Kinsale. We'll spend the last night in Bunratty, near the airport. Yes, there is much hiking and biking on the agenda.

If you or anyone else has suggestions for can't-miss places, let me know. Mike has been to Ireland once, but it was years ago and only for a couple of days.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

I lived very close to Shannon. I would recommend doing at least one other castle in addition to Bunratty -- Bunratty is furnished, and therefore not your typical Irish castle. There are several in the Galway area that are good.

I really liked Killarney and the Ring of Kerry. Those are near Dingle, so you might pass right by there. (Although by that point you might have had your fill of the Irish coast scenery.)

If you can get inland just a little bit, I highly recommend the Rock of Cashel in Cashel, County Tipperary. The architecture is stunning -- it's one of my favorite places in Ireland.

Cork is a fun city, too. You'll be in that area, and it's worth checking out if you have time.

Have fun! I can't wait to hear about your trip when you get back.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

I bet your recent crankiness is due to the fact that you are VERY MUCH in need of a vacay. I know I always get irritable when I know my "time away from it all" is coming near.

Drink a beer or two for me, will ya?

Of course, we will be expecting lots of good pictures when you return. :)

9:46 PM  
Blogger kj said...

i'd go to the doctor just to satify my hypocondriac self. or try 3 motrin and see if that does the trick.

have a great vacation, liz.


3:46 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Kay- re: Bunratty... we're not really planning to anything there, including the castle. It's just a convenient place to stay for the last night. From what I've read, it sounds like a bit of a tourist trap (?). Rock of Cashel sounds nice.

We're not going to drive the entire Ring of Kerry, but I think we'll see enough to satisfy. :) We are planning to go day hiking in Killarney Nat'l Park, if the weather cooperates while we're in Kenmare.

Did you drive while you were there? That's what I'm nervous about.

Roxanne- thanks! Yes, I'm definitely in need of a vacation, just the two of us. We haven't taken much time off for the past couple of years, aside from some weekend family visits. And Florida in June, but that was a whole family affair, too. :)

kj- thanks! we had a lengthy discussion on whether we should make this trip a return visit to Italy, you know. We'll go back someday, it's not a question, but not this time. :) I'll want to know where you stayed on the Amalfi coast.

7:31 AM  
Blogger BabelBabe said...

H has disc issues as well, recently manifesting themsleves in leg numbness. To the doctor with you.

And I like you just fine, cranky and stained and all.

BB, President of the Mutual Sycophantic Society.

11:46 AM  
Blogger His suzy said...

I have tingling on the sides of my knees, but that's due to a bit of nerve damage. I went to the doc for it several years ago when it first happened and he said that if it really hurt they could give me a cortisone shot in my knee, but otherwise, there was nothing to be done for it. A shot in my knee for something that's not bothering me that much? No thanks!

Anyway, all that to say that it could be something along those lines.

I was in Ireland for a few days in college and we were in Killarney and the Ring of Kerry. Very beautiful area, especially the lakes.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

There is kind of a cool island -- I think Inismor...near Galway. You have to take a bus ride to get there, and the bus has a square cut out of the top for ventilation ;)

4:21 PM  
Blogger R U Serious?? said...

uoccvI know the blogger what you referred to but I actually like her AND her cranky posts!

That numbness does sound like a minor disc thing. You might want to see a Chiropractor for a quick tune-up before you leave. From a person with back problems for the past thirty years, yours seems minor. But just to be sure..... My last back injury caused numbness from the thighs down in both legs, two Staph infections, loss of a big toe and now Charcot foot. But yours sounds like something was just tweaked. Do NOT go to a GP like I did!

7:45 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I get cold numb patches on the outside of my legs and it as always been connected to sciatica and also when I was pregnant if the baby was lying on a particular nerve.

Maybe a visit to an osteo?

7:40 AM  
Blogger Kay said...

Yeah, Bunratty is a tourist trap. But since you already know that, it might be kind of funny to go through the castle anyway. Don't do the grounds and the village -- that's not worth it.

Killarney National Park is gorgeous! You're going to love it! I'm not much of a hiker, and I was very impressed by it.

I didn't drive in Ireland because I wasn't old enough to rent a car according to Irish law. I had some French friends who rented a car, and they said driving on the left was easier than they had expected. Western Ireland doesn't have much traffic compared with this area -- so at least that's one thing you won't have to worry about. As long as you or Mike knows how to drive stick shift, you should be okay. Oh, and there are lots of traffic circles. As long as you're comfortable with those, you'll be golden.

Irish people are generally pretty friendly, so they'll be happy to give you directions if you're lost. Their bus system is good, too. Don't rule that out as a means of transportation.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Heather B. said...

My one arm has been doing the same thing. It's always on pins and needles and then it will just start to hurt. I could just be sitting there and suddenly, it doesn't work anymore.

But then again, I'm sitting at a computer most days and only get up once I get good and starving. So that might have something to do with it.

10:43 AM  
Blogger nejyerf said...

reading this post made me numb and tingly.....

3:35 PM  
Blogger nejyerf said...

re: dorked out book
count me in
what else do dorks read? nancy drew? trixie belden? cherry ames? or am I TOO dork for you?

can you handle the dork??

3:38 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Oh nejyerf, you cannot possibly out-dork me. I read all of those, plus the entire original Bobbsey Twins series.

3:41 PM  
Blogger R U Serious?? said...

Is this Alex chewing on a Michael Vick trading card!!!

1:29 AM  
Blogger nutmeg said...

I agree with Kim as to the possibility of sciatica. I have been doing pilates and hve been experiencing the same sort of pain and the instructor said it was most like sciatica. She showed me a certain stretch that helped a lot - left leg bent across top of right leg each through with hands grap right shin and pull up and vice versa(clear as mud?) Anyway, a trip to the doctor maybe on the cards.

7:55 AM  
Blogger nejyerf said...

i'm throwing down the dork gauntlet

elizabethe enright....gone-away lake, the saturdays?

beverly cleary- ellen tebbits, mitch and amy?


2:21 PM  
Blogger J.M. Tewkesbury said...

Oh, goodie! This means postcards will be headed my way. Yeah!!

Have a grand time in Ireland. I've yet to meet a single person who hasn't had the most memorable vacation when they've traveled to the Emerald Isle.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

nejyerf- Beverly Clearly was like God to me. :) BUT- you may have me with the Elizabeth Enright... I remember reading Thimble Summer (that's hers, right?) but other than that, I'm not sure.


And yet- Choose Your Own Adventure? Judy Blume? Anne of Green Gables?

9:05 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

And re: Beverly Cleary... how could you forget poor Ribsy?

(I was always secretly horrified by that name)

9:07 AM  

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