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renniekins
renniekins
Happy Tuesday
This has been a less than good day. Last night I crawled into bed early with my book. I read for awhile, and woke up a few times in the night - but I believe all told I got about 10 hours of sleep. Seems an indication that I was sick and exhausted. As M said: for me that's practically a coma!

When I woke up this morning I only had a slight fever, so I figured I was over the worst. That was before the stomach cramps started. It's been a weird day, because when not hurting I've felt quite fine. But then periodically they will hit, sharp pain all over my abdomen, and all I want to do is curl up and whimper. It feels as though my intestines have been replaced by a squirming mass of poisonous snakes. (cool analogy though, isn't it?)

So I've been working today, pairing on the phone with a fellow in NH. Being able to work from home has been such a blessing today, since it meant I could work and be effective during the non-hurting times. When the cramps started I could clutch at my gut and make all the nasty faces I wanted without anyone seeing (I am quite sure that making faces helps alleviate pain), and when necessary I could put him on hold and hobble away to walk around moaning pitifully or visit the bathroom. Sometimes a trip to the toilet has helped, although more frequently these trips have been, well, unproductive. Heh. (I know, that analogy is less impressive.)

To make matters worse, my cable-internet has been once again intermittent. The first time in the morning when it went out, it returned 30 minutes later without rhyme or reason. The second time was kind of amusing. The cable went out, and I wandered into the livingroom to look out the window. There in front of my house was a Comcast truck! Not to mention two additional vans parked nearby! I looked out my back window at my actual cables, by which I mean the wires running to my house. There on a nearby telephone pole was a worker messing with my cable!

I described the sight to my coworker. "This guy must be the source of my current outage." He recommended that I throw rotten tomatoes at him. "Oh shoot, I need to visit the grocery store. I don't have any tomatoes."

I decided not to visit the grocery, nor the coffee shop nor library. Instead I just spied on my cable guy, watching him do whatever it was he was doing on the pole. When he climbed down, I saw my cable modem coming back to life. He must have fixed it -- good thing I didn't throw any fruit.

Happily that was the last outage of the day, and I am hoping that it will be the last outage ever! Or at least for a very long time.

M asked me on the phone this evening if I needed anything from the store or whatever. I said that unless he knew of a cure for stomach cramps, I was all set. I already have plenty of things around the house that don't cure stomach cramps. Sadly, he didn't know of any miracle cures. Darn alleged medical professionals.

I didn't even think of asking him for tomatoes... but the cable guy was long-gone by that time. If he comes back tomorrow and I still don't have any tomatoes though, I'm going to feel downright foolish.

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delosd From: delosd Date: March 5th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Making faces does help alleviate pain. It's a well known medical fact. I think I saw it in The Lancet...
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: March 5th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
It is a firm belief in my family that heating pads help stomach cramps. Sometimes you can put the heating pad on the small of your back instead of your tummy, and it still helps.
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djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: March 5th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Pepto Bismol does help with the pain of food poisoning.

I learned that the hard way. I think it was the fourth day of not eating (and not being hungry at all) that Mark insisted I try some. He was going to drag me to the hospital if I didn't take it. Surprisingly enough, it worked. So if you are still having problems after a day or so, you may want to try some.

I thought my pain was like swallowing little pins - I'd take a sip of water, and it would turn to pins all the way through my alimentary tract. Amazing how much tract that is...
onemorethanten From: onemorethanten Date: March 5th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Linemen

Hey there, take it easy on the guys working OUTSIDE!... in the WINTER!

Make all the disparaging remarks you want about the greedy Comcast execs, the idiots running their customer service and billing and such and yes also the schmucks they send INSIDE to "help" people connect to their cable modems, but stand down on the tomatoes for the people on the poles.
From: writerwench Date: March 5th, 2008 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a nasty bug you've got there, hon. Have you got any lemonade? Sprite? It keeps up your fluids and gives you sugar-energy without overloading your sore gut.
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From: nottygirl54 Date: March 15th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)

you and the rest of your friends...

"It breaks my heart that I will not be part of that, as I believe that I would have been a positive influence for Katie and a good role model for her." - Edward

You couldn't back off and keep your nose out of our business.. Now he suffers because of you.Screw you
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 16th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: you and the rest of your friends...

Hi. I don't know who you are, or what you're talking about.
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