Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween

Alien scientist genius from the 70's from the future

Judge Judy

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Shoulder update

I went to the physical therapist on Monday and learned that I have very weak shoulder muscles. Those muscles (the ones that comprise the rotator cuff) are supposed to support the head of the humerus in its socket. When they're not strong enough, this puts strain on the tendon, which can result in inflammation, or rotator cuff tendonitis--voila!

They're still not sure why I had this awful experience since I didn't have some sort of instigating injury or event. They gave me a therapy band to work out with and taught me some exercises to strengthen my shoulder muscles. I have a follow-up appointment on Friday.

Maybe after I do these exercises for a while I'll be able to do a REAL push-up, and not just attempt a push-up for the amusement of others. :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bupivacaine and cortisone: nectar of the gods

*Note to self: do not create a blog post titled "Not much going on," lest you tempt the blogging gods to give you something to blog about.

On Monday, October 5th I got my seasonal flu shot. I was very diligent about taking Snoopy for a ride--do any of you know what that means? I made certain to move my arm around A LOT so it wouldn't get sore from the shot. My arm was pretty sore the next day, but by Wednesday it was fine.

Some time around the 11th my arm started feeling a little bit sore again. It wasn't anything too bothersome; just a bit painful, especially when I raised it above my head to wash my hair, etc. Throughout last week, it progressively got more and more sore. On Thursday it was the worst it had been and by that night I couldn't move my right arm at all without pure agony. I thought maybe if I got a good night's sleep that would do the trick. I tried laying on my back, my stomach, even on the arm that was bothering me, but nothing was comfortable and/or less than excruciating.

On Friday morning my sweet hubby Rob took the day off to take care of me. The major hitch in our plan was that I was scheduled to work from 9 am to 9 pm in Saratoga Springs. I called my boss and asked him to find someone as quickly as possible and that I would work until a replacement came in.

Rob drove me to the Instacare in Saratoga Springs (which opens at 8 am) and the doctor told me that I have rotator cuff tendonitis; something typically seen in someone 20 years older than me. I asked what causes that and he said that in most cases, it is unknown. He told me about my treatment options and we decided to go with a shot of bupivacaine (to numb it) and cortisone (for the inflammation).

The first shot was the bupivacaine, and he injected that directly into the spot that had been hurting the most. I could not believe the pain!! I started seeing white spots, getting light-headed, and sweating profusely. Next he injected the cortisone, but I had checked out mentally by that point. When he was finished he had me lay down until I felt better.

My arm felt better and better throughout the rest of the day. Another pharmacist came in to relieve me around 11:30, at which point Rob drove me home and I took a 2.5 hour nap. My arm has felt fine since then, but I'm still going to do the physical therapy prescribed just in case.

I need to make it clear that I do NOT think that it was my flu shot that did this; I think it was myself being too much of a spaz about making sure it didn't get sore. So what's the moral of the story? Make sure you get your flu shot, but don't be so worried about it getting sore that you end up hurting yourself!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Not much going on

Why do I feel obligated to do a post when I have nothing to say? Oh well, here it is.

Not only do I feel guilty for not posting, but I feel guilty for doing a post without a picture, so here's this oldy I dug up. Aren't we just gorgeous when we are tortured with our own coolness?

Anyway, here are a few things that have been happening in our lives:
-I got my seasonal flu shot last week before people started freaking out. (Rob is getting his today at work.) I have had lots of panicked mothers telling me that their pediatrician's office is out of the vaccine. Don't worry, they'll get more. And what do I think of the H1N1 vaccine? I think I'll probably get it . . . if I can find it anywhere in the state of Utah.

-Last weekend we went shopping for clothing and totally cashed in! We got six shirts for Rob (two long-sleeve tee types, two button-down collared short sleeve types, and two polos) for less than $55 after tax! I just love bargains. Nothing thrills me more than finding a really great shirt that we would spend $15 or even $20 on, but don't have to because it's on clearance for $5! HOT!!

-It is colder than I'd like it to be. Okay, that last sentence is true for me about eight months out of the year, but that doesn't mean I ever get used to the cold! It has been nice weather for jogging, though. A couple days each week I have been doing this really great five-mile loop that runs along open fields between Spanish Fork and Mapleton and goes past the new Maple Mountain High School. Have I mentioned how nice it is to only work an average of three days per week?

-As was mentioned on Rob's blog, 30 Rock starts back up tonight. I'll be honest, when we first started watching this show I stuck with it for Rob--it wasn't my favorite. But now I love it! I have been pretty unimpressed with a lot of the new shows that are supposed to be amazing this season. I would mention specifics, but I don't want to tick off any of my friends who enjoy these shows--that's fine for them. All I'm saying is that it's nice to have my favorites come back.

-I'm not sure what I should be for Halloween . . . or if I even have the energy to care. I am excited to live in a real neighborhood where we might get trick-or-treaters. I am definitely going to use this slim possibility as an excuse to buy some really good candy!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Dustin and Heidi

I am the youngest of eight children. All eight of us have been married except my brother, Dustin. Well guess what?

Dustin and Heidi started dating a LONG time ago . . . like way back in September. They were in the same MTC district and recently bumped into each other on that ultimate of matchmakers, Facebook. They decided to hang out and a few weeks later decided that they are meant for each other. I couldn't agree more!

My parents, who are serving a mission in Omaha, didn't even know that Dustin was seeing anyone. One night he asked them to video chat with him and gave them quite a surprise!

This picture was taken while they broke the news to my folks last Wednesday.

We Palmers are always looking for an excuse to eat ice cream, so yesterday we had a congratulations party for the happy couple.

I almost caught Shayla with a smile on her face--almost! She definitely enjoyed the cake and ice cream.

The nieces and nephews had a great time tearing apart the basement, just like old times. Their parents were nice enough to make them clean up before they left. :)

Everyone packed in to our computer room to watch a replay of the video chat between Dustin and my parents. We decided that it might be fun to count how many times total my parents said "What?!" Don't worry, though; they were very excited once the shock wore off.

And here is the obligatory self-portrait of Rob and Reb! The party was a ton of fun and we are all so happy for Dustin and Heidi. Congratulations!