Where to start?
First, I had my first lesson without Spirit. Do you ever get the feeling you are being set up? Like, "oh lets get a horse to throw Deana because we want her first fall to be here so we can get her right back on." "Let's make her fall in a controlled environment."
I get a Palomino named "Sandman" ....right off I think Metallica. I don't want to ride the kind of horse that Metallica would sing about. But I'm a brave girl. The horse spooks when I pop my gum. What is that? I could play a bongo of Spirit's head. Then in the middle of a mud hole after he has watched a tractor go up the road I barely, barely touch his side and he goes off in a spin. But I tell ya what...Old Rollie stayed on. Set up didn't work. Of course they blamed it all on me....that the horse was used for 6 year olds and I OVER played him...I barely rested my heel on him. I don't use my feet to steer. And besides a 6 year old's feet wouldn't be down where mine was anyway, would they?
Fun and games: We had our friends over for games Saturday night in a spooky environment and our first (and last) hand of Uno lasted over an hour and a half....that has to be a record. We took a break. Finally Toonces (hyperactive person that he is) folded his cards in and pretty much forced me to do the same so we could move on. Suzy finally took the gold...and won a dollar she could frame.
I know I will sound paranoid but I was set up that night too. Toonces convinced me that we would play better apart for Scene It movie edition and I believed him. But he joined forces with Hollywood who is also really, really smart. To make a long story short the first game they beat the tar out of us but were behind on the second. I pretty much stayed behind but a lot of that was because my partner was asleep most of the game. And I had more than enough "Alien secretions". So I wasn't at my best.
I didn't mind being behind but I can't stand to be made fun of. Rollie is a pretty easy target to piss off. And Toonces started calling me a Cub. Or something about the Cubs (ball team) never being able to win. I didn't even know what he was talking about...I was thinking little bear cub. Anyway he got on my nerves. I hate braggers and whiners and he was both...."Why does the buzz card mean I lose my turn?...I think you cheat." "Maybe you shouldn't put the smartest people together" blah, blah, blah. Soon my temper reared and folks were grabbing their coats to go home. It was all good by the time I went to bed but I have decided not to shave for a month for payback!
Okay my Doctor's visit is next and I understand that not everyone is interested in any of this so I certainly don't expect you to have to read this section. You go have a Happy Halloween. This is just for my close friends and family that are going to hear it anyway. Some already have. But if you want to read it, be my guest.
Bedside manner: My Doctor's appointment Friday? oh please. You know the old joke about going to the Doctor tall and skinny and leaving short and fat....well it can happen. When I got home Friday night Toonces asked how it went.
"Well, I'm short, fat, blind in one eye and my cholesterol is too high. How's that?"
My 15/15 has gone to 15/20 to 20/20 and now (even thought I thought retiring would save my eyes) now I have 20/25.
I weighed 3 more pounds than I thought I would but I guess that is vacation.
But the worst thing....THEY SHRUNK ME. I have lost over an inch of height. I am only 40 years old...where could it go? When did they start measuring you at the office anyway....is it because I am 40?
Nurse..."Let's see you are 5'6 and 1/4"." I laugh. Me: "No, I am over 5'7".."
"No you are not." "Yes I am, in fact 2 years ago when I was doing Pilates I measured again because I thought I had shrunk and was below 5'7 1/2" and I was going to stretch back out to 5' 7 3/4". I have always been tall....you guys can trick up my weight to make me feel bad but I am not giving on my height."
We head to the room...me fussing all the way down the hall. Half blind from the eye test. "Well what? All of a sudden I have Osteoporosis? What happened to that inch huh?" "I knew my jeans were longer when I bought them but I thought it was the super tall girl trend."
Inside she can't get my blood pressure...she tells me to quit chattering so she can hear. I tell her it is too low to get without the cuff. It is always low....She tells me it is 100 over 86 with a 58 pulse.
"My blood pressure cannot be 86 on the bottom.....my blood pressure is never high, you did it wrong...you need that cuff!"
nurse.."It is probably high because you have worked yourself into such a tizzy over your height!!!" "What difference does it make?"
me "Because I have always been tall....well until these Amazon girls started coming on...but for my day I am tall and hell now if you did my weight by the charts at this height and not the old one I guess my weight wouldn't look so good either!"
nurse: "Lord honey you are a funny girl. I hadn't had any like you. You're the one that called wanting your cholesterol numbers before your visit aren't you? (it was) I would've called you back but your message was so broken up I couldn't get the number."
Then I get my lab papers.
Crap my cholesterol is back to 238. Last year it was 220. My good was up to 65 but my LDL was up to 159. Well my ratio is still good and maybe that binge night with the cats 2 days before my lab work while Toonces was in Richmond made it look worse. The cats and I skipped lunch and dinner and watched movies until around 1:30am eating Dove dark chocolates, apple slices and Lay's Baked Potato chips cheddar flavor. ( And the bottle of wine I knocked out during those 5 hours so that I had to get some sleep)
My red blood cell count was low......I need to take B12....My heart was stronger than ever (the running and not smoking I'm sure) .........same old, same old. I am a super healthy 40 year old in spite of Mitral valve prolapse....my heart murmur. I am as healthy as a horse....only now a short horse...like Spirit.
My Allegra has run its course....my allergies were too stirred up so the Doc thinks I have been on it too long and am now on a nasal allergy medicine....but I get to keep taking the Allegra because my sinuses would go crazy without it.....but I must ween.......
Doc himself: the Doctor himself retakes my blood pressure as it couldn't be 86 and sure enough it is 98 over 62. Normal for me....(when it dips to 50s I just get so tired I can barely move).
He gets so tickled over my height issue that he takes me back into the hall himself to measure me.
Dr "How do you know you were that tall to begin with?"
Me "Dr. G I was measured for my drivers license in gym at 16 and was 5 7"...I did pageants and some modeling in my early 20s I was measured all the time. I was always right at 5'8"....they actually fudged me to 5'8" for my paperwork. I was always tall. I noticed the other day at a convenience store their height chart and thought they must have it too high because I was too close to 5'7".......I've shrunk."
Dr. "You couldn't have shrunk an inch and a half." "Is there a history of osteoporosis in the women in your family?"
me: "Why do you think I have osteoporosis?"
we went on to some other reasons...from birth control shots to the fact that originally I was really really thin and maybe I squished myself down. Oh awful.
Anyway he takes me back out and I was 5'6 3/4". He showed me several times so I didn't think he was just making me feel better. I still shrunk an inch. My world as I know it is over.
He told me to get back into Pilates and stick with it. Oh don't worry, I will.
Maybe my neck is the culprit.....maybe it is stubbed up.