Sunday, November 6, 2011

Abby Normal

I borrowed the title from an old favorite movie of mine, Young Frankenstein.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Very good. Would you mind telling me whose brain I DID put in? 
Igor: Then you won't be angry? 
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: I will NOT be angry. 
Igor: Abby someone. 
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [pause, then] Abby someone. Abby who? 
Igor: Abby... Normal. 
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [short pause] Abby Normal? 
Igor: I'm almost sure that was the name.

Since adjusting the bar for my life, thanks RA, I have to admit ... I've been doing pretty darn good lately.  I have been working a lot of OT to stick some money back for Donna and a new bike.  Even working the long/extra hours haven't hurt me much.  I wish I could feel this good all of the time but I know with winter closing in on us, this won't last too much longer.  What I do find annoying, despite feeling good, is after sitting longer than 20-30 minutes it hurts to stand and start walking.  I also hate that my hands just ache for no good reason.  My feet hurt all of the time whether I'm standing, walking or have them propped up.  Then there's the fatigue, many times after waking up from 8 hours of sleep, I feel tired and have to push myself to just walk across a level floor.  Isn't it amazing that despite all of this, I consider myself to be having good days?  
This is one thing I wished outsiders could understand.  While we do go on and do many normal things, enjoying life the best we can now, we don't do this easily or pain free.  We make many sacrifices and adjustments in life, just to appear normal, that are invisible to most outsiders. 
Speaking of normal, life in Oklahoma has been anything but normal this year.  Above average tornadoes (ok, we're used to those), flooding then drought conditions, we had 51 days over 100, 35 consecutive days over 100 and then BOOM ... Saturday afternoon we had a 4.7 earthquake followed by a 5.6 a few hours later.  There have been several aftershocks, none serious.  There is damage to several homes and a section of a US Highway is buckled.  We live 140 miles away, so we have no damage but did feel the larger one last night. By the rest of the years activities, I guess I should be preparing for 10 feet of snow (yearly average is 5.1 inches) this winter.


Anonymous said...

I believe the change of seasons this year is being particularly naty to us RAer's. I too have been having a LOT of issues with the standing from sit or gawd forbid I actually go low enough to the floor and not close enought o grab onto anything to get up. Goodness, it's a freak show and a comedy all rolled in one. :)

Glad your enjoying your body no matter how short or long lived it is. Good for you.


tharr said...

Thanks Tammy. It has been very mild here until last Wednesday night. I got my first taste of winter to come when a cold front pushed into our area. My hands and right shoulder started hurting about 3 1/2 hours prior to it's arrival. I can hardly wait ubtil the real winter arrives (deep groan). I know exactly what you mean about needing something to grab ahold of to help you get up, I have actually slid across the floor on my knees to get to a grab point before! lol

Wren said...

Jeez, I loved that flick--it was hilarious! I heard about the earthquake, Terry. Living in California as I do, I've gotten used to the idea of quakes, if not the actual event, but I never knew that they happened in Oklahoma. I'm glad you and your family weren't hurt and that you suffered no damage.

I hope your winter isn't too awful. We had a couple of small storms pass through here over the last two days--from the way our weather guys were talking, you'd think they were HUGE, but the actual storms were pretty tame. The rain and the cool temperatures were really nice, though the pressure changes had my hands and wrists twinging and the bursitis turning mean.

Take good care of yourself--don't work too hard.

tharr said...

Wren, I know ... I still love watching Young Frankenstein. Donna says I have a weird sense of humor, but I love most of Mel Brooks and Monty Python's stuff.

My hats off to you, I don't know how you could get use to living with earthquakes. We have tornadoes, but you have warnings and can get prepared for them. We have a severe thunderstorm moving in on us this morning with the threat of ... yes, tornadoes later today. Ahh, life in Oklahoma. If you don't like the weather ... wait 5 minutes, it will change.

I hope none of us experience a severe winter. You're right, the TV weather people have to justify their job and the equipment the station has so they make everything sound like it is going to be severe any more.

Cathy said...

I am glad you hear you are having some "good" days. I am the same as you, good days still include sore feet and achy joints after sitting a short time. But, as I told my rheumatologist the other day, "In comparison to where I have been, I hate to even complain."

My Facebook page was full of stories of friends/family in Kansas who felt the effects of the OK earthquake. Weird.

tharr said...

It's crazy that we consider ourselves to be doing good in spite of all of our aches and joint pain. I just wished a normal person could feel what we feel on one of our good days.

This was the second earthquake that I have felt, the first one was one in Arkansas about 9 years ago. Pretty weird indeed.