My Name Was Ricky
"Life As I Know It"
I got quite the surprise yesterday morning. Here I was, having a pleasant visit with my 86 year old mother. Just sitting on the couch, chilling, chatting and relaxing. Then all of a sudden ... BAM! I got this piercing pain in my lower left abdomen. It felt like a bad cramp. A REALLY BAD cramp. I winced in pain, trying not to show too much as I didn't want to get my mom all concerned. She has enough issues of hers alone to deal with. I got up and walked around a bit to try to "walk it off" and hope that it would pass. It felt a little better so I went to the basement to get her boxes that she used for her Christmas decorations and bring them upstairs for her. It was only two trips but BAM!, the pain came back with a vengeance. By now my mom knew someone was wrong and I told her that I just had a pain in my side and that it would probably go away. I told her that I was going home and we said our goodbyes and I started on the short walk home.
I live about a block and a half from my mom, so it was a short walk in the winter cold and the pain would not subside. As soon as I got in the door I went to my computer and Googled "pain in lower left abdomen". The first few results came back with "kidney stone". I thought "what the fuck? Where the hell did I get a kidney stone?" I got up and started pacing hoping to walk it off. But, it didn't help. I started to think I might have to make a trip to the local ER and I certainly didn't want to wait at least 3 hours in the waiting room there. As an FYI, we might have universal health care, but the waiting times in our local hospitals are ridiculous.
And then I had what I thought was a great idea. If it really is a kidney stone perhaps I could flush it out. I drank a half litre of water and the pain felt a little better. After my second half litre it all but disappeared. I thought it was a miracle. And then it occurred to me that if I am really flushing it out, it's gonna have to find it's way out. I've heard passing a kidney stone could be very painful, the prospect of that started to concern me. Then, I had to pee. Lot's of pee but no stone. I continued to drink water and about 10 minutes later I had to pee again. I started to pee and, if you'll excuse me, amidst the stream, a black object came out and fell to the bottom of the toilet. I hadn't felt anything so at first I thought that if was some fluff that fell off of my clothing. But, then I thought, fluff would float. This went directly to the bottom of the toilet. I had to find out for sure. So I held my breath (don't know why) and reached in the toilet and retrieved the little black object. Sure enough, it was hard as a rock. Ureka! I passed my first ever kidney stone and the pain had pretty much gone away. I washed up and went up stairs and proudly showed it to Josh. He was grossed out for some reason.
But I was pretty proud of myself that I was able to get rid of this and not make a trip to the hospital. Lord knows what they would have done to me there. I'm keeping this puppy. Maybe I can turn it into a necklace or something. Any thoughts?
It's been a while since my last post. One of my many New Year's resolutions is to post more regularly. So here's my first post of 2017! In my last post I wrote about Jessica's and Derek's move to Whitehorse, Yukon. Well ... in just a few days it will have been one month since they left so I thought I might give you a little update.
First off, I'm happy to say that they arrived safely. Their flight was a little late taking off from Toronto because the plane had a flat tire. Yikes! Glad they found that! But other than that, things went reasonably well. When they arrived in Whitehorse I think it was a balmy -28 degrees celsius ... that's -18 degrees farenheit for you non-metric readers. Suffice to say it was frickin' cold. Derek's cousin, Neil, met them at the airport. Thanks Neil! They shared a nice meal together and they spent their first night in an AirBnB that they had booked. Ironically, Neil and his girlfriend, Courtenay happened to be friends with the owner.
And if getting situated wasn't enough, Jessica started her new job a couple of days after arriving with the Government of Yukon as a Speech Language Pathologist. It's had the usual challenges of starting a new job and getting to know everyone, complicated a little by starting it in an entirely new city while trying to get settled in a new place. But, other than that, the job is going well and she is liking it quite a bit.
The daylight ... or lack of it, has taken some getting used to as well. Sunrise is around 10am right now and sunset is around 4pm. Slowly but surely the days are getting longer and the kids can't wait. Granted I think it's reversed in the summer time, so they'll have to get used to all the day light come June.
They've been getting in some social time. Neil and Courtenay have been great introducing them to their friends. They go to trivia night most Wednesday's and have been able to get out to the movies a few times as well. But I guess the theatre is something to be desired. It's the old-fashioned kind from my era with no stadium seating. Eek! I hated those theatres. I always seemed to have the biggest guy in the theatre sitting smack dab in front of me blocking my view of the movie. But it has popcorn ... which always puts a smile on Jessica's face.
As you can imagine, we are in touch everyday. We have discovered the wonders of SnapChat (still trying to get the hang of it) as well as Facetime. Never really had the need to use Facetime until now ... and I'm lovin' it. It's so nice to see them and talk to them at the same time. Gives a parent that assurdness that everything is all right. The grandmother's love it too. They miss them dearly and they love to come over and have a little chat with them. It's particularly funny when they are watching a SnapChat video that Jessica sends and the grannies start talking back to it. And if we are not doing that, there is always texting and. of course, a phone call. How archaic!
But so far ... so good. For the first time on their own I think they are doing a great job and making a great transition to their new home. When Derek's car arrives, they plan on taking in more of the sites of Whitehorse and the surrounding area and take in the many winter activities that are available to them. I'm very proud of them and what they've done in such a short time. Love you guys! Stay warm. LOL!