1. I don’t think I can watch Succession anymore. All the characters are repugnant and there just isn’t enough entertainment to make up for that. I was relieved when it was over last night and then I realized how ridiculous it is that I’m watching something I’m not enjoying.

2. In other shaking my head news, I couldn’t help myself…I had to click on a link that was raving about Drew Barrymore’s air fryer—available only at Walmart, and in sage green. I’ve nothing against Drew Barrymore but why, oh, why….a branded Drew Barrymore air fryer? Of course, I’m the one that clicked on the link. Sigh. I just don’t get these things.

3. Beautiful little sweet potatoes from Farmer Greg. I think we’ll have them with some salmon tonight.

4. I told myself I wouldn’t eat too much over Thanksgiving but I think I ingested most of a pan of stuffing. I would have been fine without that, but damn it was good. Last night we cooked some kale and then tossed in leftover Brussels sprouts and some peas, stirred in the last of the gravy (which was GREAT this year), and put it over some rice. It was comforting and felt kinda light despite the gravy. Tonight, I definitely need some salmon and lots of green vegetables.

5. My baby Owen is suffering from vertigo. He’s got a consult and they gave him exercises to do but if anyone that has dealt with this has any tips, please let me know.

6. We’ve got to figure out a way to get Ernie’s pain under control. He’s just fine much of the time, but nighttime is hard. Turning over in bed gets really painful, which means he doesn’t sleep, which means nobody else sleeps either. Then on top of that, last night Hattie infiltrated the bedroom. We’ve been leaving the bedroom door open a bit so Bob can come in and get Ernie in the morning. Hattie usually stays in her corner of the media room couch but last night she took it upon herself to come and go from my side of the bed about fifty times.

7. Picked up on Wednesday…..sleep for all was much better last night. Ahhhhh. What a difference.

8. I wanted to get out of the house for a bit yesterday so Ernie took me for a drink at Huber’s. I gotta stop eating their popcorn. It doesn’t agree with me, but damn, I love it. We sat and talked for a bit, then eventually went home, had a piece of leftover ginger cheesecake for dinner and watched Dandy Warhols videos for a few hours. So much for salmon.


6 thoughts on “Random notes from the Sandwich Life

  1. Your random note about Succession reminded me of me watching “Shameless”. In the beginning it was actually quite good and then got worse and worse, where, as in your story, all the characters were despicable. But I still kept watching through 8 (!!) seasons and then I finally quit it. 8 seasons! Shameful. It was a huge relief to finally stop torturing myself. I totally get it.

  2. I agree on Succession. It’s awful. I want to see what finally happens, but I think I’ll wait to read about it. Don’t want to waste another minute on this mess. About vertigo: I had it when pregnant if I stood up too fast. Not a lasting problem. A brother-in-law has had it off and on since lat summer and is waiting to see a specialist in Pittsburgh, (He lives in Erie )Although he suffers from chronic back pain, the doctors don’t think his back is causing the problem. Husband’s sister had it too. In her case, she fell and apparently dislodged something in her inner ear that regulates balance. She was referred to a PT who did some sort of maneuver that restored the “something” in her inner ear to normal. I want to say “crystals” but that sounds too New-Agey. Hope Owen gets some relief and that Hattie stays out of the bedroom,. Love to all.

    1. Yes! It’s called an Epley and can be very effective, when done by a trained person. It evolved from the Dix-Hallpike maneuver, which is used to diagnose Benign Positional Vertigo. Many things can cause vertigo and I’m assuming that Owen had an evaluation to determine whether there was an obvious cause.

      “Strong evidence exists for the use of the Epley maneuver for benign positional paroxysmal vertigo. A meta-analysis of the data performed by the Cochrane collaboration concluded that the Epley maneuver was effective for treating BPPV, but that there was a high likelihood of recurrence of symptoms. [10] Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians should be familiar with the procedure. An interprofessional team approach to the evaluation and care of a patient with vertigo will provide the best patient outcome. [Level V]”

  3. I asked my friend that has dealt with vertigo in the past. He said “There’s a couple different things that can cause it. The most common is inner ear. There’s also mental, which is difficult to diagnose and treat. The type I had was actually a neck issue. I had a pinched nerve or blood vessel or something in my neck. I went to Central Illinois Institute of Balance and they figured it out and fixed me.”

  4. I had vertigo a while back. I think I got it immediately after a doctor’s assistant cleaned wax out of my ears for the first and only time with some kind of electronic device that must have loosened the crystal in my inner ear that keeps you “in balance” Mark got vertigo shortly after really banging his head getting into a car we were test driving. Both of us went to the Carle “dizzy clinic” where they put you in a special chair that lowers your head very quickly and that forces the loosened crystals back to where they belong in your inner ear. Ten minute procedure that cured our vertigo!