Tension, taxes, and ticks–oh my!

April 4, 2011 § 11 Comments

Today was marked by three things:

1. Tension
I keep forgetting to post the update from my orthopedist last Wednesday. He X-rayed my back and said that the vertebrae from the first surgical site were still intact. The best, educated guess at this point is that my left-side sciatic nerve is “traumatized” from the herniation in 2008. He said that sometimes what can happen is that when that area becomes inflamed, the nerve sort of “overreacts” and shoots pain signals down the leg. He put me on a steroid and a pain killer. I take the pain killer at bedtime to help me sleep (and boy does it ever!), and this morning was my final dose of the steroid. I still feel pain in my left leg–it’s similar to tension. I generally want to just remove my leg and let it hurt apart from me for a while. I have a follow-up appointment with my doctor on the 13th. I’m still holding out hope that the steroid will take a little more time to work in my body and will do something amazing over the next couple of weeks.

2. Taxes
This basically says it all, right? I hate taxes. Like, hate them. I’m always nervous that I’ve done them dreadfully wrong. I guess if I were really concerned about it, I could take some courses from H&R Block or someone similar, but in the meantime, I’ll just sit around and chew my fingernails to nibs. The good news is that our forms are filled out. Now I just need my spouse’s signature, and these puppies plus one ginormo check will be headed toward their disparate treasuries tout-suite.

3. Ticks
I found a little, eensy-weensy tick on Annie’s foot earlier today. I panicked and called V…and then the vet when V wasn’t able to answer. The receptionist I spoke to was really sweet and helped calm me down. Of course, my first thought was, “Lyme Disease of Torture and Death!!!” But the receptionist assured me that I could remove it and kill it myself, otherwise the vet would be more than happy to do it for me. I took some breaths and told her I’d try first, and would seek veterinary assistance only if I absolutely couldn’t get the tick. I managed to get Annie to lay down calmly; then I took a pair of tweezers, some rubbing alcohol, and got to work. It took no time whatsoever because this eensy-weensy tick wasn’t even properly attached yet. It was definitely trying, but it didn’t have its head fully buried (thank goodness). I put it in the rubbing alcohol bath to die and watched it carefully to make sure I saw a head and pincers. I’m pretty sure I did see them…but I’ll be watching Annie’s leg closely over the next couple of days, just in case.

And, there you have it, folks. My busy Monday. Back pain. Uncle Sam’s money. And my first encounter with a tick.

It’s been a banner day in the Hab. household!

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§ 11 Responses to Tension, taxes, and ticks–oh my!

  • Lisa says:

    Deep breaths. I hope tomorrow is a better day. πŸ™‚

  • Lauren says:

    Sorry about your sciatic nerve — I hope it settles down soon. Too bad the steroid didn’t take care of it.

    Glad your taxes are done πŸ™‚ Jeremy and I did ours a few days ago using H&R Block software. I was scared and nervous! But I think it’s accurate. If not, I guess the men in black suits with sunglasses will come cart me away! :p

    • Mrs. H. says:

      Thanks sisturr–yeah, I’m bummed that the steroid hasn’t made a difference yet, but I’m hoping for a miracle. πŸ™‚

      And don’t worry–if you didn’t do your taxes right, they’ll just send you a bill (or maybe even a refund if you overpaid!). Hehe, they reserve the sunglasses and black suits for the real tax evaders. πŸ˜‰ But I know what you mean–last year, the first time I ever filed a “married joint” tax form, I was convinced that we were going to be carted away for some hidden fraud or something. But I think it’s much more likely that you did everything just right! πŸ™‚

      • Lauren says:

        hehe, yes, I guess I won’t get carted off! lol. It’s just nerve-wracking, since we are due to get a substantial refund. Scary!

  • Dana says:

    Sorry to hear about your stressful day. And way to get that tick out stat– my husband was bitten by a sneaky tick about a decade ago and has suffered from chronic Lyme’s Disease ever since. NO FUN AT ALL.

  • Yikes! I haven’t even started my taxes yet, so I say congratulations to the Hab. household!

    • Mrs. H. says:

      Lol, thanks. I hate doing taxes, so I’m glad to have them over with! Sure, we may starve this month…but at least I’ve done my civic duty, right? πŸ˜‰

  • Tori Nelson says:

    Cheers to a better today!

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