Thursday, June 12, 2008

Cheers to Amy

I have spent the last few days pretty upset that I didn't get to go to Amy's wedding. She is my only girl cousin for goodness sake. And I don't get to see the family very often. From what I have been told, I missed a great time. Especially the Connect Four at the reception (there is a lot of opinion in the Zents family of who rules the Connect Four board. Any time the cousins get together, there is a little competition). I may not have been there physically, but I was there in heart and spirit. According to pictures, Amy got herself all gussied up, and looked beautiful. Sorry Amy. I miss you, and welcome Corin into the fam. Hope he realized what he was getting into.

Zents Family & Connect Four

Bike Processional


Aunt Cheryl playing the Harp

Grandad & my niece Alexandra

Friday, June 6, 2008

Laying around

I am tired of laying down. And not so happy that I had to cancel my trip to California for my cousin's wedding. But my back is a mess, and I am pretty much confined to bed, with the occasional trip to the couch. Yesterday was the worst, Jon had to help lift me to stand, and I had trouble walking. My acupuncturist recommended a chiropractor. So I went to see one. Now I don't know about all of you, but I was terrified. I have never understood why people don't like the dentist, but I think now, I may get it. When I walked into that office I had trouble breathing, I was so freaked out. All I could think was, one good twist of the neck and BAM! Paralyzed for life. Maybe bedridden isn't so bad. I can still knit, so things could be worse. But I knew I had to do something. So after a series of mobility tests and x-rays and what not, he did an adjustment on me. He was not a hand adjusting type of chiropractor. He had some new technology where a machine did it. There was a piece that looked like a pitchfork with balls on the end that ran down my spine and vibrated bones back into position. It actually felt kind of good. Then I was hooked up to a machine that sends electric pulses to my muscles to retrain them on where they should be not where they have been the last so many years. When we left, I could stand on my own. I actually felt much better. And I could breathe, which certainly helps. So I go back today, and Monday, and hopefully don't also have to cancel my trip to Colorado next week. I am still taking Percocet and Valarian Root, just not as often, and probably won't after today's treatment. But getting back into a daily routine will be tough. I took a shower this morning and was exhausted, needed to lie back down. Thanks goodness for Jon. He has cooked for me, did a little cleaning, and 3 loads of laundry. And cracked plenty of jokes about his 80 year old bride.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Last Friday I went to my first acupuncture treatment. I am really excited about the idea of naturally aligning my body. I started some Chinese herbs that taste like dirt, but I happily suck it down 3 times a day anyway. She asked me if I wanted to see the needles, or if it would freak me out. Are you kidding? I have given myself shots before, those microscopic things don't bother me. But people are a little crazy if they tell you that you can't feel it, because you can. The crazy part, within 2 hours I felt extreme back pain. I had to cancel my weekend plans because I could barely move. I can stand, and lay down, but sitting is really uncomfortable. Even when eating, I have to get up and stand half way through. I have been laid up on the couch taking pain meds and muscle relaxers for days. I am calm, and creative, but not very productive. Thank goodness I don't have to worry about work. I meet with her again this Wednesday, and I am hoping she can fix me. I have my cousin's wedding in California this weekend, and if I can't go I will be really bummed.

I did manage to go to my knitting guild meeting last night where I presented our new website (someone drove me, I can't exactly operate heavy machinery right now). Jon donated it to the guild. It was a big hit, and I am really excited about it. It was my last meeting as VP, and can now officially call myself President. The next year is going to bring such exciting things. The women in the guild have been a wonderful support to me in the past year, and I can't wait to return the favor during my term. My big focus is going to be increasing membership. The website should give us good exposure. In addition, we need to print rack cards for all the yarn stores in the valley, and business cards for all of the members. I love knitting, and can't stop. I have to do a little everyday, or I can't sleep at night. I know, a little OCD, what's new. But it is nice to have something to focus on and be passionate about. I love that I will get to teach it to youngsters next year, and corrupt a few more kids into fiber addiction. They won't know what hit them!