Thursday, February 16, 2006

Some whining, and also some food porn

Grr, ow. :(

Had the dreaded MRI and CT scan this morning. The CT scan wasn't dreaded, actually, just the MRI. I had to get up at 4:30 a.m., too! (whine, whine, whine, I know...) But, it's over with, and I was able to convince my freaking-out mind not to tell my body to start screaming and pounding on the inside of that little tube they stuff you in. I could only have pounded with my left hand, anyway.

I see the doctor Tuesday to get the results.

My life has become pretty basic this week. It involves eating, sleeping, and trying to find ways to sit, stand, and lay down that do not cause extreme pain. I've got this harness thing on that helps, but it digs into my armpits something fierce, so it's sort of an exchange of one kind of pain for another. Mostly I would just like to put this pain down for like, five minutes, so I can regather my wits and face the inevitable rest of it. It would also be easier to bear if the muscles in my neck would stop seizing up. Either something is messed up in there too, or it's just a reaction to the way I have to constantly hold myself to cause the least pain. I never realized you use the muscles in your neck and chest to sit up from a lying-down position. All those muscles around where my clavicle separated from my sternum scream at me every time I try to sit up. I've taken to rolling over on my left side and sort of oozing up. It makes me look extremely cool.

Injuries stink. I recommend against them.

A chick who runs a local art-and-culture website called me the other day. Apparently she got my card from that coffee shop where my photos are on display, and she wanted me to do some photos for her site. I figured it would take my mind off the pain, so last night I gave it a whirl. I had to take Percocet within about two minutes of starting to work, but once that stuff kicked in, I was in my little photohappy trance, only I was dropping shit and knocking stuff over right and left (well, mostly left). Luckily, the camera sustained no injuries, since it was securely mounted on a tripod during the whole mad endeavor. I did manage to drop a big-ass 500 watt light, which, in some drug-addled fit of accidental coordination, I managed to catch with the side of my foot and sort of ease down to the floor.

Anyway, here are the pictures I took:

Mmm, carbohydrates.
Mmm, sugar.
Mmm, cheese and basil and tomato and eggplant...

The chick wanted a wine shot too, but the ones I took sucked, so I'm going to try that one again tomorrow or Saturday.

Okay. Tomorrow: I attempt to drive my car (which is a stick shift). Riding the bus with a harness and sling is getting old fast. Hopefully I shall be able to manipulate the gear shift without pulling over to go into a paroxysm of agony. Wheeeeee!

12 Comments:

At February 16, 2006 11:49 PM, Blogger Dr. Charles said...

beautiful pictures, i hope they distract you from the pain, must be miserable. hang in.

 
At February 17, 2006 4:36 AM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Sheeshz, J, my physician had been telling me that you're not supposed to be sitting up to get up in bed, instead you should always roll over to your side, put your feet out on the floor and to slowly raise yourself up on the side to a seated position....Yes, it doesn't look very cool, but it helps keep your bone and muscle - especially in the neck - healthy.

Nice photos! Just some thoughts on it...it's lacking natural light...I don't know...it's a bit too dark for me. I'd love to see it set out on a wooden table in the garden with sunlight shining on it...just my taste.

And please, don't go crash yourself somewhere driving the car with that sling still on!

 
At February 17, 2006 5:10 AM, Blogger Sorted Lives said...

Georgous photos -- as always! Keep your chin up -- it will get better, I promise

 
At February 18, 2006 1:24 AM, Anonymous atpanda said...

You made that food look purdy. You poor guy! Awe... Does M drive a stick shift too? Anyway you could just borrow his car? Yeah, I'm sure you didn't think of that. Anyway... Happy weekend to you!

 
At February 19, 2006 12:31 AM, Blogger Raehan said...

Those are great food photos.

Sorry about the injury. : (

 
At February 19, 2006 1:42 AM, Blogger M said...

shizzle, Stizzle, that's brutal! Maybe see if your insurance will rent you an automatic car? It's worth asking...

I want to have a Percocet photography trance. That sounds like more fun than a barrel full of monkeys! On crack!

(Where ya been on YM these days?)

 
At February 19, 2006 1:52 AM, Blogger deputyswife said...

You made me hungry... Food porn... lol!

Hey, any advice for an idiot camera user? Go check out my crappy pictures of my quilts. Any suggestions on getting better pictures here in my house. Would it be better to take them in the day? I know you are busy, but if you get time, pop over...

 
At February 19, 2006 10:10 AM, Blogger Tay Hota said...

sorry to hear about your pain... my pain you ask... well, okay: when I upload my pics to my editing program (photopro or whatever) I can edit them, but outside of the program I can never find them again... so I can't print them or send them to flickr or anything... it's infuriating... (I'm so mad I'm not even going to check whether that's spelled correctly...)

 
At February 19, 2006 10:34 AM, Blogger cmhl said...

oh no!!!! I hope you are feeling better today!!!

 
At February 19, 2006 2:36 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Thinking of you, J.

Excellent job with the photos - good to see you are getting more business from the coffee shop. (And nice save with that big-ass light.)

 
At February 20, 2006 4:32 AM, Blogger Fitèna said...

mmmm, great pics J! They're magnifique! How's the picture selling going at that gallery?!
I told Suley but I don't think I told you I've started taking photography classes! Had the first class last thursday! It was great! An anecdote, the Prof has a client who married six times, he shot all the six wedding pictures!

Take care and take it easy on the arm! Be thinking of you!
Fitèna

 
At February 20, 2006 3:32 PM, Blogger Sorted Lives said...

Just checking in -- you haven't blogged in a few days. Hope all is well -- remember a tall pitcher of dirty martinis every 4 hours will make the pain go away!!!

 

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