I am taking advantage today of this recent parting of the iron curtain around my Blogging Ability........for some reason the blockade has lifted and words seem to be accessible to me once again. I don't know if it is a temporary or a permanent thing, but I am taking advantage of it like crazy to get a few blogs into storage for the leaner times. (like today, for instance.)
One of the reasons I was so quiet last week was the strange fact that I felt like my convalescence had hit a serious bump in the road. I had been somewhat smugly commenting that, during my entire adventure with the broken hip thing, I had really suffered comparatively little pain in the damaged leg. Oh, I don't mean that it didn't hurt like hell most of the early time, but as I struggled along and did my exercises etc. and staggered around the house and environs the agony abated greatly and for a few weeks, as I graduated from wheel chair to walker to cane, I really did not say "ouch" (and other things) all that much. I should have known that I would get my comeuppance for my arrogance.........one should really try to stay humble at all costs.
Suddenly, for reasons unknown, putting my weight on the bad hip caused me to say a lot more than "ouch". In fact, not only my hip and leg, but other joints in my bod was hurting unmercifully too. After checking myself out for other signs of the Flu and not finding any I decided that what had happened was that I was healing.....,that meant that the nerves severed during the installation of various titanium nuts, bolts and plates and baling wire were healing too and as the numbness left me the aches might well begin. Bummer.
At the same time that I was accepting this misery as a part of my recovery process I was also puzzling over a bunch of vampire mosquito bites.....I think they were mosquito bites because I was able to kill one of the evil critters as he was biting my ankle (but this guy was about 5 times the size of a normal mosquito incidentally) and I observed the curious fact that he left behind not one puncture but two......hence my christening him the Vampire Mosquito.....there were a several more of these strange bites here and there....he must have been busy before I got him........and they not only itched like crazy but formed huge welts which lasted for days. I was speculating about a number of rare diseases I might be suffering from including West Nile Virus, but when I didn't shrivel up and die immediately I decided it might not be that after all. Finally I just gave up and surrendered to my fate whatever it might be, but I can tell you I was NOT happy about gimping around the house uttering piteous groans and shrieks all the while scratching my odd bites like a flea-ridden hound dog.
If anyone has any clue about WHAT really bit me, I will be ever so grateful to hear your ideas. Even though the welts are mostly gone the strange puncture marks remain faintly visible. Is there really such a thing as a Vampire Mosquito? And, if so, would wearing a bunch of garlic around my neck be any help whatsoever in protecting me from future bites? I must say that the whole idea makes me vaguely uneasy..........I may have to go back to sleeping with my head (and especially my neck) completely covered by the sheet except for the tiny area of my right nostril as I did for years after first seeing the movie "Dracula" with Bela Lugosi ....... (in MY day vampires were not beautiful, adorable, sexy or anything but .........simply Bela Lugosi Ugly.) I am equally as puzzled by the current mad fad for vampires as I am by the possibility of there being a vampire mosquito...........how and why does the formerly abhorred become the deliciously desirable?? Beats me.
WTF....sometimes I feel like I have outlived sanity as I used to know it................sigh.
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