- Back Stuff
I do have an appt tomorrow to try another diagnostic injection. They had to reschedule me from another date which was annoying BUT I was thrilled when they said it was with the doc who has been gone on maternity leave. As I've said, I've really had an awful time with the Pain Doc but there aren't really other options nearby outside of this clinic and the only other doctor there had been on leave. I am hoping the lady pain doc is truly back and not just helping out for the one day for some reason. It would be hugely helpful to have a doc who isn't a total jerk and who actually makes me feel like I'm listened to and who believes there's hope.
I also need to look into a possible venue for pool-based physical therapy. I've been doing the exercises the PT in Lancaster gave me but it is hard to tell if they are leading to any progress....it hasn't reduced the pain but it may be helping me build back muscle which is important.
- Riff-Raff Day
Our trash is picked up Monday and they usually ask you to put out your stuff no earlier than 6 PM the prior day. I had to make a CVS run on Sunday and noticed that people had already started piling up Riff Raff stuff by 2 or 3. I also spotted a few people stopping at these piles to see what had been left. As I pulled onto our street, one truck was stopped and the passenger was grabbing a lawn chair from our next-door neighbor's house. I went in to tell MM to put out our stuff and he said he actually already had and that it was gone within 10 minutes. We watched as more "hunters" drove by, guessing at what items from our neighbors would go first. MM put out an old computer monitor...the monitor stayed but they cut off the wire within 15 minutes (MM said for copper or gold fibers).
It was amusing to watch as neighbors helped each other carry unwanted stuff to the curb and as folks drove through town, exploring for found treasure. It really made me smile. I love that items were getting left and taken. I don't know if the pickers planed to keep the items or maybe sell them at a flea market, but either way the items were getting re-used rather than tossed in the dump. Terrific little local tradition.
There had also been a bunch of yard sales on Saturday in advance of Riff-Raff Day. MM saw a neighbor putting out a beautiful 1930s typewriter. It was in a suitcase-style holder and all the keys seem to be in working order. The neighbor asked for $10, MM insisted on giving him $20. I spotted a few similar items on E-bay for over $200...although it is also just kind of a cool thing to have for a while. Our friends also grabbed a small stack of records, including Man in the Mirror and an old-school comedy album. We all laughed when we realized that kids today probably had never seen either type of item.