Wednesday, March 09, 2016

I'm back

I hope you didn't think I would announce the impending 4000th post and then quit on you! I am just  coming back from an extraordinarily hard couple of weeks, starting when I tried,  rather arbitrarily, to quit one of my PD drugs without checking in with my neurologist. She might have advised me that it was as addictive as an opiate, with more severe withdrawal than that from cocaine, and that it was not advisable to go cold turkey from five pills a day to none, especially if one had simultaneously stopped taking Gabapentin, a  drug that makes it less  likely to have seizures when you stop other drugs.

At any rate, I found out, even before Libby found a paper on its addictiveness on a Cornell medical website. Five hellish days... thank God for innovative country medical personnel, and for friends who trust you with heir meds.

We had already decided to go to Deep Springs via Death Valley, to see, among other things, a 25 year bloom of flowers, so we just went, with me still detoxing. Which would have been ok, but for the fact that we stopped in Flagstaff to see Dave Edwards, the old Nat Geo photographer who was my first Mongolian contact.  Why a restaurant would put a stool at a table four inches from a ledge 18 inches high is beyond me, but I then I sat in it-- for at least a minute, before I toppled off the ledge.

Then, already in pain, and unsteady, I  fell down  a  flight of stairs at a motel. The resulting bruising was the worst I have ever seen, never mind had. I could not sleep, nor even lie on my back, and was so worried about my getting blood clots that I took a nearly toxic dose of Aspirin for several days...

But I'm back, and rested, and re- calibrated, and, if I can manage to get enough rest, have LOTS to blog about, including many photos of petroglyphs.

Tomorrow...

10 comments:

Lucas Machias said...

Ouch!

I hope you heal up.

Anonymous said...

Steve - Old warriors never learn.... hope you are recovering ,and will soon be back to "Rude Health " - We missed your posts!!

I would send you a bottle of fine 15 yr. old Boal Madeira from our recent holiday to cheer you up, and boost your blood count , but It probably would not last the trip!

JohnnyUK .

tljhound said...

That's all ??

I was afraid something bad happened to you.

Matthew Mullenix said...

Good lord. You should just walk to the Spur and back from now on. Live twixt hearth and hops and be ye glad!

Steve Bodio said...

Not a damn chance Matt. I am already trying for a mile a a day again. The unlived life is not worth examining and all that. And in addition to the books I can write at home, Jackson and I still want to do one on Minya Konka- look it up.

OTOH I might finally need a short range hawk to fly in the village and on bad days, and if it is a male Harris some help with it (because of their tendency to scream when raised by our usual methods, or so they say)..

Send some thoughts email?

Are you coming to Reid's next month?

Karen Carroll said...

Steve, I don't know if you are aware of the National Library of Medicine. They have all medical information and every paper ever published. It is part of the National Institutes of Health where I worked from 1978-1999. Just search for 'Medline' National Library of Medicine. A huge resource that no one hardly knows about. Paid for by our tax dollars.

Guy Boyd said...

Glad you're back, and by damn, you sure know how to have a good time on vacation.

-Guy

Anonymous said...

Looks like i checked in just at the right time. Glad you're on the upside of your latest adventure! Hope to see you both soon. Lane

Steve Bodio said...

Guy: OUCH!

Andrew W said...

A bit tardy in commenting, but keep on keeping on. And check your email.