Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wasted Day

I have been keeping a headache at bay for about 2 weeks now. I grab a couple of aspirin or Tylenol or Motrin and gulp them down with lots of caffeine. Then I convince myself that I feel okay and go on about my business. Yesterday I awoke and looked over at my exhausted sleeping husband, wondered what was on his nearly bald head and plucked a tick off. I flushed the tick and brewed the coffee and got started on the day. I read all my e-mails, then stuck a ball cap on my head and went out to gas up my mower.


We are so behind in park maintenance due to rain and "he who" is stretched way too thin. In an effort to be of more help I dragged my mower over to the sites and started mowing........mowing the entire area and not just the parts he can't get to with the big mower. I was in the sun, so after about an hour of that I switched to just mowing the tight areas in the shade. I was making fabulous progress and had rounded the curve on the first row of sites. He who was dealing with some electrical issues and I imagined how happy he would be that I had gotten so much done. That is when I hit the water on 17 and the geyser shot up into the air, drenching me and my now un-new mower.


I felt wretched that I had caused him more work instead of helping. He was a sweetheart about it........... even though he had told me not to take the mower over to the sites. He did suggest that I just go inside and stay there. I cooked his favorite meal for lunch and saw him off to work. No way, I was not staying indoors with so much that needed doing. I checked in a camper and put a sign on the door and went to deliver firewood and retrieve my mower that had been abandoned. I put the phone in the cup holder on my trusty golf cart and held the handle of my disgraced mower while driving the golf cart and pulling it. I stopped and watered gardens for special folks and then came back to the main building. The phone rang while I was still too far away to answer it and I quickly made it to my front door where I discovered I had effectively locked my self out.
Wanted to cry, but I wanted to do that in private and I was locked out.


I won't describe just how I broke into my own home, but I will say that it involved climbing through a bunch of stuff piled up by he who is a pack rat. At any rate I was able to get back in without calling for a rescue. Since it was still light outside and staring to cool down a bit I decided to plant a bevy of day lilies in a half circle around the new flagpole. The forecast was for showers overnight so I got them in the ground and wanted to mulch, but, alas, a pile of wood got dumped on my mulch pile. There wasn't much left, but......... I also planted two small red maples on the property and then called it a night. My head was starting to hurt, but I thought a shower and salad would make me feel better.


My head was pounding by the time I laid it on my pillow and I woke a couple of times in the night to take aspirin. When I woke this morning it hit me full blast. Tunnel vision and intense pain. Felt like sinus pressure, so I sent he who shops to score some sudafed and mulch for me. I took the sudafed and aspirin and coffee and I swear I could "see" every beat of my heart before my eyes as my head continued to pound. Still in my tattered sleep shirt that I can't bear to part with (says "Y are you so stupid" on the front) and a pair of sweat pants I stumble off to bed. The phone rang and rang until I accidentally hit the wrong button and effectively silenced it. The dogs either whined until I put them in bed or got up and down and up and down. The tap of the toenails on the floor sounded like sledgehammer blows. I finally achieved a level of relief in time for he who works to leave and be on his way. I can't stand the light in my eyes and certain noises make me want to scream out in pain.


So, nothing, absolutely nothing has gotten done today. I feel guilty as I sit here and write about my fragile state. My poor husband will pull a 10 hour shift, then come home and finish installing water on a site before he even comes to bed. I think I need to learn how to do this. I already know how to dig a hole. I just need to learn how to connect the pipes. Not today ............ maybe tomorrow.

16 comments:

@ly said...

That's a migraine...I know I get them. I recently went to a Doctor and got Maxalt. It works and you don't have to take it every day...just when you feel it coming on. I know how you feel...and it sucks!!! Hope it goes away soon.

joanne said...

Oh you poor girl! I sense your pain...been there but I have no good advice but b.e.d. I hope you find some relief soon and can get back to fixin' up things. I'm sure it will be a busy weekend there..;p

Brian Miller said...

ack. hope your head feels better...that one sounds like a beast. good job breaking into your home...i may have had to do that before. smiles.

luksky said...

Cyber *hugs*. Hope you get to feeling better mentally and physically. :-)

ellen abbott said...

Oh you poor thing. so much to do and when your head hurts, when my head hurts it just makes me sick. I hope you get better soon. don't feel guilty, just go out and learn a new skill when you can.

houndstooth said...

I think maybe tomorrow you need to work on how to take it easy!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

ouch! you poor thing! i hate migraines and it sounds like you have one full force!!! your day makes mine look like a walk in the park. totally feel for you - totally...

i hope you are feeling better tomorrow. "he who is" will understand.

Whitney Lee said...

Hideous. I hate days like that where if it can go wrong, it does. I hope the headache and Murphy's law leave you alone.

Mamma has spoken said...

Those are the type days that you wish you could have just stayed in bed and sleep the pain away.

SkippyMom said...

The day is not wasted if you took care of yourself and got the headache to finally abate. That is a doozy! I am glad you are feeling better. Try to rest up a bit - I know you have a lot to do, but you first, 'kay?

And I know what you mean about those nails on the floor when you have a migrane/cluster headache. Wear socks you dang doggies. hee.

Nancy said...

Oh Kathy, it must be so horrible to have headaches like that. I have always been fortunate that mine are usually self-induced. It sounds like you are both working very hard, not just hubby, although his days are really long. Hope the water pipe goes well. Take care.

Pat said...

Hope you feel better soon. Headaches are NOT fun - I've lived with them for over 30 years - till I finally mentioned them to my doctor. Now I take Topamax every day, 2x day, as a preventative for migraines. It works pretty good. Every once in a while I'll get a migraine, and I take another pill at the onset of a migraine. The if it doesn't go away after 10 minutes, I pop another pill.

Sudafed for sinus headaches usually works for me when I have a sinus headache.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

God knows how you keep going the pair of you. A headache that bad is so debilitating - yup must be a headache. Or real stress. See that doctor of your's, get yourself checked out at least to put your mind at rest. Hope you are feeling better now.

Sandi McBride said...

When you picked the tick off he who probably has Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or even Lymes Disease, did it dawn on our sweet Kathy that a visit to the doc was in order for both of you? Get to the doctor. Thats an order...
Sandi

Meggie said...

My head has pounded all day today. I hurt my back just putting on my jeans and I felt wrecked all day. At least I had the luxury of rest and Gom got me a hot water bottle for the back.
I hope you can get to a Dr to find out what is wrong with you?.

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