Thursday, May 08, 2008


  • At the suggestion of Supadiscomama over at The Rhetorical Situation, I made reservations for high tea here, where one can sip divine teas of all sorts and relish every morsel of aesthetic and culinary goodness that comes with cake, mousse, cremeux, and biscuits that are inspired by the haute couture fashions of the Spring/Summer 08 runways. This is my birthday present to myself, and my husband can never know how much this cost.
  • So, the branch block procedure didn't exactly work. I don't really understand why, and I have some specific questions to ask my neurologist. I'm still having pain, which ranges from basic soreness to the feeling that someone has attached a jumper cable to the nerves in my neck. They've scheduled the next step up in the line of procedures for next week. I'll have a Radio Frequency Neurotomy, which isn't as bad as it sounds. They basically burn the nerve endings (denervation), which prevents the pain signals from being transmitted to the brain. Fortunately, if this works, it should stop the pain for 9-12 months! Unfortunately, 50% of people of who have this done on the neck report increased pain in the area for up to 2 weeks.
  • The semester is over!! Thank God! Since I have a non-teaching fellowship for the summer, I can get down to some serious dissertating. I'll be turning in the 3rd of 5 chapters at the end of the month, which puts me in a good position for finishing the two remaining "set up" chapters over June and July, revising my writing sample in August, and hitting the market in the fall.
  • I ditched the Technical Communication class I'd been assigned to teach in the fall. It's a long story, but the short version is that there is absolutely no damn reason I should've ever offered to take that course.
  • Hubby sold over $400 of books in the past 2 weeks! It's a good thing too, because I just found out that MRIs aren't so cheap. After insurance, our portion is a little more than $600.
  • I'm really tired of pills. I've only been taking the vicodin and Soma when I absolutely have to, as I want them to actually work when I take them and, obviously I don't want to become dependent on them. But, I've still ended up with enough pain that I have to take a dose around midday and then again in the evening.
  • I really don't think my husband has anything at all planned for Mother's Day....really, nothing. I hope I'm wrong.
  • I'm super excited about this weekend, because I'm getting together with friends for a girl's night out, and part of the plans include going to see Baby Mama with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.


Jennie said...

Okay, I'm dying to know how much those *most adorable teacakes ever* cost! I won't tell your husband, I promise.

Not sure if you're a tennis fan, but Wimbledon is not to be missed! I don't know if they still do this (I lived in England in 1994) but they used to reserve a bunch of tickets each day that you could queue up early for at the gate.

I hope your pain eases up for you soon. And who knows, maybe your husband is planning something special for Sunday. Although I am sure my husband isn't. I even had to be the one to send HIS mother something. He's not the best about special occasions.

AcadeMama said...

Jennie: the price for the basic level tea, which is what I'll be taking, is $68, but the price ranges up to a bit over $100 for the couture champagne treatmeant. And my hubby is right there with yours this year...I still don't think he's sent her a card, and I simply won't do it. He's a big boy, and she's not my mother..ya know?

Lisa Dunick said...

Hope that you have a better mother's day than you're expecting!

Jennie said...

I was thinking about you was your Mother's Day? Did your husband surprise you? Mine totally didn't, meaning we didn't do anything special. Even though I [always] send the card to HIS mother, I draw the line at planning my own Mother's Day. And we never do anything that I don't plan. Luckily my husband is a good guy every day, because he really sucks at special occasions.

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