Dec. 23rd, 2016

mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (music at the coffee shop 2)
So, yeah, I've got health problems. A couple, anyway. Minor. Annoying. My hands hurt, my knees and hips hurt. That's pretty much all the time, so I'm used to it. I move slower in the morning, wait for the joints to warm up. I'm real careful getting out of a car. Not so long ago, I could spelunk through the trusses in the attic like a gibbon swinging through familiar trees. I used to be able to throw a side-snap-kick to the height of an average person's forehead, but no more. Thankfully, I don't have to do so much of that anymore. I get along.

The worst is chronic gastritis. In terms of all the things that could be wrong, it's relatively minor. Think bad heartburn and you've about got it, though it's a deep, deep hurt that no antacid will touch. The scary thing about it is that it feels very much like a heart attack. The two big, noticeable differences are a lack of referred pain - no pain in the arm, neck, or back - and the fact that my sternum hurts to the touch. The sternum thing, that's unique, but the arm and neck pain? Look, I hurt there anyway, so when the chest pain settles in at first I have to ask myself, is the pain in my arm different than usual? Is the neck pain radiating down into my shoulders or the same old tension? Am I short of breath? Oof.

It lasts three to four days. It's miserable, but not life threatening.

So I guess what I'm saying is I'm annoyed. Otherwise, my day's gone great so far. I'm going to have to turn off the music and actually get some work done. Shakira is good and motivational, but hard not to watch when she's on screen #3. Hoo boy is that woman hard not to watch.

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