Tom Ramcigam (magicmarmot) wrote,
Tom Ramcigam
magicmarmot

Oh, the pain, the pain...


I have an inflammation of the sacroiliac. That is the joint between the pelvis and the spine. Unfortunately, most pain medication doesn't do very much to kill it. I've been taking a lot of pain medication lately, and today I decided to go without, because pain medication long-term is not good.
Ow.
You ever had a pinched nerve in your hip? It's about like that, but constant. Throbbing. All. The. Time. It's distracting. And now the pain is shooting down my entire leg.
Taking the dog for a walk may help. Sometimes it does. Other times it aggrivates the inflammation.
I usually try to take a break at work in the afternoon to go for a walk. It's about ten minutes down to the train tunnel and back, and if I'm lucky I can be at the tunnel when a train goes overhead and watch the rocks bend. It's wacky.
Today though, I'm sitting this one out. The getting up and starting to walk is incredibly aggrivating, and I've almost fallen three times today.
I've been doing butt clenches at work to try and help, but they do look silly. You can do them seated in your chair, so you don't really miss out on anything, but you end up going up and down a little bit, and if you have a squeaky chair, it annoys your cubemates.
I've been thinking lately about the YMCA. There is one not too far from my house. But membership is $75/month, and I would have to find time which is awfully damn scarce right now.
Back when I was in college and going through a divorce, they had just built a new fitness facility. They had these nifty exercise bikes (Schwinn Airdyne Comp) which were essentially big pedal-powered fans with a computer that could provide you with a readout of things like miles, time, RPM, and calories burned. I had started on them as part of a physical rehab from knee surgery, and when the divorce hit, I became an Airdyne madman. I was there every day, and I worked my way up to a heavy aerobic workout, somewhere around 1200 cal/hr toward the end. And it worked. It was an exercise program that I liked and followed through with.
Once I moved to the house down here, I bought a DP airgometer, which was like the poor man's version. It worked for a while, until I burned through a bearing and caused chain slippage and a knee injury. And that was about 10 years ago. It finally got blown into the recycling bin last fall when we tore down the garage.
A new Airdyne with the computer costs somewhwere around $550. That's less than ten months of membership at the 'Y'. Having one at home with a TV/DVD player in front of it could make for a good workout station. Looking into used models as well, but cautiously. And really, we don't have the money to spare quite yet. So in the meantime, it's clench, release, repeat.

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I have an inflammation of the sacroiliac. That is the joint between the pelvis and the spine. Unfortunately, most pain medication doesn't do very much to kill it. I've been taking a lot of pain medication lately, and today I decided to go without, because pain medication long-term is not good.
Ow.
You ever had a pinched nerve in your hip? It's about like that, but constant. Throbbing. All. The. Time. It's distracting. And now the pain is shooting down my entire leg.
Taking the dog for a walk may help. Sometimes it does. Other times it aggrivates the inflammation.
I usually try to take a break at work in the afternoon to go for a walk. It's about ten minutes down to the train tunnel and back, and if I'm lucky I can be at the tunnel when a train goes overhead and watch the rocks <i>bend.</i> It's wacky.
Today though, I'm sitting this one out. The getting up and starting to walk is incredibly aggrivating, and I've almost fallen three times today.
I've been doing butt clenches at work to try and help, but they do look silly. You can do them seated in your chair, so you don't really miss out on anything, but you end up going up and down a little bit, and if you have a squeaky chair, it annoys your cubemates.
I've been thinking lately about the YMCA. There is one not too far from my house. But membership is $75/month, and I would have to find time which is awfully damn scarce right now.
Back when I was in college and going through a divorce, they had just built a new fitness facility. They had these nifty exercise bikes (Schwinn Airdyne Comp) which were essentially big pedal-powered fans with a computer that could provide you with a readout of things like miles, time, RPM, and calories burned. I had started on them as part of a physical rehab from knee surgery, and when the divorce hit, I became an Airdyne madman. I was there every day, and I worked my way up to a heavy aerobic workout, somewhere around 1200 cal/hr toward the end. And it worked. It was an exercise program that I liked and followed through with.
Once I moved to the house down here, I bought a DP airgometer, which was like the poor man's version. It worked for a while, until I burned through a bearing and caused chain slippage and a knee injury. And that was about 10 years ago. It finally got blown into the recycling bin last fall when we tore down the garage.
A new Airdyne with the computer costs somewhwere around $550. That's less than ten months of membership at the 'Y'. Having one at home with a TV/DVD player in front of it could make for a good workout station. Looking into used models as well, but cautiously. And really, we don't have the money to spare quite yet. So in the meantime, it's clench, release, repeat.

<sigh.>

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Consumer-electronics envy:
Things that I don't own that I kinda wish I did:

<ul>
<li> Cell phone </li>
<li> laptop </li>
<li> webcam </li>
<li> digital camera </li>
<li> portable MP3 player </li>
<li> MP3 network player/server </li>
</ul>
Of course, I do own a few nifty things:

<ul>
<li> Digital video camera (professional) </li>
<li> PDA </li>
<li> home network </li>
<li> DSL </li>
<li> DVD player </li>
<li> DVD recorder </li>
</ul>


Hey! It's a meme-in-the-making. What other things can I add to the geek-tronics list?
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