social distance diaries: days 183-189

the one where things get weird

Day 183, Monday

Straight to the vet at 8am. I couldn’t sleep and know a migraine is starting as a result, but my anxiety was way too high and the weather is too variable at the moment.

Kitty is ok and received another shot of steroids to help with her inflamation, but I hate the thought of her having to take steroids for the foreseeable future. I hope this is a seasonal thing that resolve… I’ve tried everything, but can’t determine what the irritant might be. Having so many issues with scents and chemicals myself, my home is generally free of common irritants. All I can think is that there might be mold? It started after my other cat died and a part of me also wonders if she reacted to the cleaning that she received.

Anyhow, what I do know is that going to the vet when I can barely walk and it’s raining is a BAD combination. I ass-planted when I stepped on a slick walk and now my right side is bruised and achy. Luckily, I didn’t hit my head and I fell on the cushiony part of my side, so it’s just a bruised bum.

Day 184, Tuesday

For reasons I had to bring two of my mom’s cats to my place for the day. One was generally grumpy and the other mildly concerned… returning them to their carriers was an ORDEAL and resulted in my BF lifting the couch while I hobble-chased with a towel.

Day 185, Wednesday

I’m really feeling Monday’s fall and the cat toting of the last two days (they chonky). My back is not pleased, but my ankle is getting back to normal.

Anywho, got my flu shot and had a followup with the cardiologist and ortho. My heart is fine, just a “sinus tachycardia” caused by stimulation (probably hormones or diet). Nothing to worry about at least. I’m glad I have a cause, because I’m tired of people telling me to a) relax or b) that I need to breathe. FFS I practice yoga on a regular basis and have low blood pressure, I’m already too relaxed.

Ankle is healing as well. I should be able to start taking short walks soon without the brace. I’ve been making good use of my exercise bands to strengthen the ligament.

Day 186, Thursday

Started getting a migraine. Meetings are even worse when your head is pounding and you just want to sleep.

Day 187, Friday

Quick morning writing session and the draft is just about done…

Day 188, Saturday

YES! The rewrite/dev edit is complete! It feels like such a triumph after all the everything that’s been happening. There were times when I doubted that I would ever have the energy to write again, but slow and steady brought me back to this. I’m going to take the rest of the month to read up on craft, plan my next round of edits, and work on some practice query materials.

Day 189, Sunday

And like that, I learned that at least one of the terrible sounds coming through my wall is the sound of my neighbor’s punching bag. GAH.
They’re not the worst neighbors I’ve ever had, but they have no sense of what it means to live in an apartment or an old building where every thump resonates through the wall. I usually ignore it, but my SHELVES were shaking and all my frames were rattling. I sent a text letting them know, even though I hate making contact. (again, I’ve had REALLY bad neighbors)
By the sound, I suspected a kickboxing workout. Nope. Just a home gym setup in a too tiny apartment with a shared wall. 😦 I skip workouts that involve jumps just to avoid being that neighbor. No such awareness on their part.
Things are being slammed even as I write this.

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Author: gricel d.

writer. librarian. cat lady.

2 thoughts on “social distance diaries: days 183-189”

  1. Ash has been on a steroid pill daily since January. 😦 We just moved him on to an every-third-day regimen, to see if the change in carpet has helped. He tends to react to residual build-up in houses and we knew the carpet was old and disgusting. We didn’t really have the money to replace it right now, but it needed to be done – he got sick maybe a week or two after we moved in! I don’t think that was a coincidence. So we’ll see.

    Boxing is an interesting development. My kids are so loud when playing video games that I’m sure our neighbors can hear then even without an attached wall. It’s often loud swearing at the TV. Sigh.

    1. I’m starting to suspect it might be mold or something similar. My place has a nasty old carpet too, but I have more furniture than I did the last time I rented a cleaning vac and the thought of all that damp carpet makes me cringe. I’ve been vacuuming like mad, hoping a change in the season brings her some relief. My only other suspect is the scented garbage bags I bought when the stores were still half-stocked from panic buying. I hate the scent myself and it’s the ONLY new thing I’ve introduced.
      I can hear their TV, but can usually drown it out with music or headphones… It’s the shaking and thumping that I can’t block out no matter how much I try. There are times when I leave the house for an hour, but that’s obviously not an option now 😦
      We have new neighbors that have a newborn and I wonder if they can hear it too… they’re across the way, but we all share a floor. I figure they have to hear it when he throws a dead-lift.

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