Aug 30, 2010

A weekend of contradictions

Happy Monday! (Doesn't that phrase sound like a contradiction?) First up today is my dress for August's six months + six dresses challenge. Kyla inspired me with her print dress last month so I decided to step out of my comfort zone and find a great print dress of my own! (Please excuse the crappy lighting and random background items. I realized I didn't have pictures of me in this dress and the mister wasn't home to take any so I had to do what I could with self-portraits).
And yes...that is what my hair looks like when I let it air dry - I like to think of it as untamed bedhead. (To see my dresses from April, May, June, and July click away!)

My weekend was a combination of relaxation and pain. Sounds contradicting, right? It started with a doctor's appointment Friday morning. I went in to talk about my finger and my knee. I went to a specialist, and while I was impressed with the doctor, I was not impressed with the staff. The nurse told me they had only written down the concern about my finger, not my knee and the doctor would only "deal with one issue at a time." After having a conversation about how ridiculous it was that I would have to come back in for a separate appointment, I figured my finger had been a problem for longer, and we should figure that out first. (And honestly, by the time I talked to the doctor I was so focused on my finger I forgot to mention my knee).

He pretty much told me what I thought - my finger was messed up because of how I had to get my wedding rings off, (I gained weight during our first year of marriage and and had to work to get them off after our first anniversary) and in that process something was damaged in my finger. He told me it might not go back to the size it was, which was what I expected to hear. (I mean really, it's been bothering me for the better part of a year, I didn't think it would magically be fixed). However, the doctor was concerned that it still occasionally hurts and swells so he told me he could give me a cortisone shot and see what that does in the meantime for the pain.

I've heard about cortisone shots. I know they hurt, but I also know they work, so I told him okay. Holy hell. Worst minute and a half of my life. He gave me the shot in the area of my finger that is the problem (between my knuckle and the joint of my hand) and it felt like my finger was simultaneously being crushed into the table and set on fire. For anyone who's ever gotten a cortisone shot in a part of your body that requires more than the tiny amount they put in my finger, you are my personal hero. Seriously.

The good news is my finger seems to be doing better. The bad news is my knee decided to give me problems of its own come Friday night. It was bugging me during the day, but by the time I went home I was in tears in my car from pushing in my clutch. (It's my left knee). I've been taking medicine all weekend and I'm going back to the doctor this afternoon, but I have no idea what's wrong with it. I haven't been running lately because I didn't want to push it before my doctor's appointment, and while I've been doing yoga frequently I honestly don't think I've been exercising enough to severely injure it. This is the first time where it started hurting and hasn't stopped, so I hope the doctor can tell me something useful. Ugh! I feel like an old lady complaining about my aches and pains - I just want to know what the problem is so I can deal with it and move on.

The upside to my weekend - I crossed something off my 30 before 30 list. Megan bought a headboard/footboard/bed frame, and since one of the things on my list was to assemble a piece of furniture without throwing down the pieces in frustration and quitting, she was more than happy to let me do this for her. (And I was able to do most of it sitting down!)

(The finished product - pretty, right?)

Was your weekend as full of contradictions as mine was? Can you believe tomorrow is the last day of August? Anyone else participating in this last month of the dress challenge?

11 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh I am so sorry about your finger and your knee...I hope it will get better soon...I cant believe that tomorrow is the last day of August...Hmm...Have a wonderful Monday and see you soon:)

kisses

Charbelle said...

I'm so sorry about your finger and your knee!! I've had a cortizone shot in my elbow, I thought I was going to levitate off the table!!!

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

I want to jump on your bed :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

So sorry to hear about all the pain of your weekend. :( But yea for crossing something off of your 30 before 30 list. I crossed something off, too (host a dinner party). I dn't know that Friday night's dinner should technically count as it was so so so informal, but oh well! Good enough!

Hope you figure out the knee issues soon...

EmbellishedbyEmily said...

LOVE Megan's bedspread! And never cut your hair, please. Thanks.

Jess said...

Cortizone shots=death. I've had several, in my hip, and its pretty much like they're injecting liquid fire directly into the joint. I so get it.

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Oh that is ANNOYING they wouldn't let you get your knee looked at because of their mistake. Grrr, hate it when things like that happen!!

Despite the painfulness of the cortisone shot I'm glad to hear your finger is feeling better now!!

Stevie said...

Love your dress! Such a fun pattern! And I love the black and white with your gorgeous red hair :-)

So sorry about your finger. I've never had a cortisone shot, but I know plenty of people who have. Sounds awful.

3ate4 said...

I like your hair like that, doesn't look half as bad as mine when I leave it to dry alone!

Emily Jane said...

"I feel like an old lady complaining about my aches and pains - I just want to know what the problem is so I can deal with it and move on."

Story of my life!! I'm so sorry about your finger, but glad you're feeling better. I had to have about a dozen cortisone shots in my back once and it was the most painful and traumatic experience ever. Big hugs go out to you <3

Nora said...

1. Love the dress. You look great.
2. So sorry about your finger + knee.
3. Way to go on the 30 before 30 list! It looks great and what a friend you are. I'll call you next time I have something that needs assembling ;-)

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