Not, mind you, the status of entertainment media or overall societal trends. Those can be quite adequately summed up with this image macro...
Rather it's an update on the status of my Walter Mitty lifestyle. If you care to see such banality look below the 'fold'.
Over the last week, I've managed to trim the hedges, which hadn't been trimmed since the stroke in August, cut the grass, which, in the case of the back yard, had not been cut since August, vacuum the house, which had not been done since the vacuum that replaced the one that died in December, died in January, and sweep the roof, which I'd needed to do long before the stroke.
The lawnmower was a particular chore since starting it required muscles I've been ignoring for 9 months. Fortunately it turned out that the lawnmower was actually broken down. As expected, it was old gas, and I was able to clear the carburetor without much trouble. However, the act of cutting the grass absolutely wiped me out. I think that I've gotten into too much of a routine and am only exercising discrete muscle groups at work.
I had meetings once again with neurologist and for the first time since COVID hit, my GP, who were all actually impressed with my progress thus far. At the neurologist's, I passed the fairly remedial tests she presented easily. I'm off two medications now, my blood pressure is very good and as noted before I can run for short distances. The GP gave me a clean bill of health, though I need to get some of the lab work done that one must get when one is 52 and has put everything off for two and a half years because "PLAGUE!"
On the debit side I still can't bend well, it takes great effort to put on my shoes and get in the van, and I occasionally slur my speech. The Neurologist, however, did not prescribe a reinstatement of physical and speech therapy since I'd improved in all areas (except lawnmowing, which she did not measure) despite having had no therapy since November.
On the streaming front I recently received in the mail my new microphone and the peculiar anachronism that is a hardwired gaming keyboard and mouse...for a Mac. I still can't get my .PNG animator to work with Twitch and Discord, which, in turn is giving me some ulcers since my next stream is supposed to be Friday night.
Aside from doctors visits and spring cleaning this technical issue has been taking the sum of my time and mental bandwidth, which is why posting has been nigh nonexistent. I do have some partially finished posts, but they are now mostly overtaken by events.
Anyway, apologies for the lack of posting, life has been happening. I anticipate life will slow down in short order, however, if it stops completely posting's not gonna happen.
I'm aiming for a happy medium.
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Spring cleaning is so nice. I'm so procrastinating on it. Didn't top-dress my lawn this year at all. Barely made one pass with W+F.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Mon May 2 13:57:05 2022 (LZ7Bg)
Is your house amenable to a cleaning robot? I got a midrange Roomba last year and found that it's conducive to vacuuming more frequently than I otherwise do, which is nice.
Congrats on your ongoing improvements, too.
Posted by: Rick C at Tue May 3 08:18:04 2022 (6oqhX)
The Feldenkrais guy has a video on bending over. It turns out that adults do it wrong and make it harder on themselves.
So this video is about remembering how to bend over.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Wed May 4 15:46:13 2022 (sF8WE)
@ Suburbanbanshee: Thanks! Glad you are still around. How are you doing?
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Wed May 4 15:55:59 2022 (5iiQK)
@Rick C: Thanks very much for the offer! Alas, I live in a '70s split level ranch with 4 different sets of stairs. (This is one reason I did a lot of my stroke recovery at my folks house 300 miles away.)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Wed May 4 15:59:00 2022 (5iiQK)
Brickmuppet, glad to see you haven't lost your sense of humor!
Posted by: Rick C at Fri May 6 09:39:08 2022 (6oqhX)
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