Been a while, so here’s a bone

I’ve had a pretty busy couple weeks and have been feeling a lot more tired than usual lately (read: stress), so I haven’t kept up with my blog as much as I have honestly wanted too.  So here’s a little of what’s been going on in my life that I haven’t said anything about until now, in no particular order.

1.) I saw a rheumatologist about my knee.  I had to push to get the referal from my primary care manager, which pissed me off.  Anyways, she was the nicest, most helpful doctor I think I’ve seen yet about my knee pain (outside of Dr. Cincinnati in Martinsburg).  She said with great certainty that she believes my knee pain is as simply defined as patellofemoral pain syndrome.  Here’s what WebMD has to say about it:

The main symptom of patellofemoral pain syndrome is knee pain, especially when sitting with bent knees, squatting, jumping, or using the stairs (especially going down stairs). You may also experience occasional knee buckling, in which the knee suddenly and unexpectedly gives way and does not support your body weight. A catching, popping, or grinding sensation when walking or with knee movement is also common.

One of the handouts that the doc gave me even stated on it that, “even though you may be experiencing a great deal of pain, you may be told that nothing is wrong with your knee,” or something close to that extent.  That just blew my mind when I read it because, you know, that’s what I’ve been told until now!  She put me in for a referral to physical medicine and I guess we’re gonna try to help me start healing my knee.  My med board is still going through, but at least I hopefully won’t need to walk with a cane forever.

2.) I finally got to ride my motorcycle for the first time since coming home.  Picked it (my red one) up from the shop on this past Saturday.  It’s gonna need a new battery, but for now it’s making due with the battery from my black one.  I think my red one is going to need some more work, though.  It’s got a pinhole rust spot in the bottom of the tank that is leaking mildly, so that’ll need fixed or I’ll just need a new tank.  The black one will probably end up being my main ride.  It’s in awesome condition and I think will run really really well once it gets a tune-up.  I needed to ride, too.  Let me tell you!  It felt so good to be back on two wheels again.

I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but I bought a jacket from Tony Nowak, the guy who made the jackets for Indy IV (amongst jackets for other movies/stars).  I think I mentioned it… anyway, I got a call from Tony yesterday saying that he shipped it and it should be on its way to me!  I can’t wait to get it!  Tony is such a cool guy.  Very nice, very humble, very personal.  I mention this jacket, though, because I also got another one.  It’s a black denim with interior armor.  Really sweet looking jacket.  It’s made by the sister company of Joe Rocket… but I can’t think of the name (and don’t have the jacket with me here at base).  I’ll probably wear it more in the hot summer months since it’s got vents all over the place and doesn’t have a quilted liner.

Hi, my name’s Ryan, and I’m a jacket junkie…

3.) My stupid little brother joined the Army (not stupid) and also got married (very stupid).  He’s going to be like a cannon crew member, or some such.  He goes to Basic in Georgia, and AIT in Oklahoma, and he leaves next week.  He got married on Sunday.  Just a small “him, her, and a witness” deal.  Apparently they’re planning something bigger later on, but I’d probably place money that it’ll go about as well as my marriage has.  Which brings me to my next number…

4.) Today is my wife’s birthday.  Happy Birthday, TigeR!  Hope you enjoy it with your boyfriend!  Or are you waiting till Saturday so you can just celebrate Valentine’s Day and your birthday all at once?  Seriously though, I hear you’re doing well for yourself, considering.  Working two jobs, with upward movement potential in one of them.  Maybe getting a new(er) car, which is cool.  I’m jealous.  And you do have someone who according to you makes you happy, so good for you!  It doesn’t make any better the fact that you committed adultery, ripped away what I thought were mutual plans for a family of our own, and didn’t show so much as a twinge of emotion about it, but hey, you’ve got a new flavor of the month.  Cool!  Watch out, though… karma is a BITCH.  😀

5.) I had a root canal today.  How’s that for irony, considering the above number?  It went well, considering everything.  Wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be, but he gave me lots of anesthetic, and I’m currently hopped-up on a couple Vicodin, so take pretty much everything I’ve said so far with a few grains of salt and some tolerance.

Anyways, that’s pretty much what’s been going on with me, lately.  Oh, one more thing, did I mention my sister was pregnant again?  I really need to go back an re-read my own blogs.  I can’t remember what I have and haven’t talked about.  Yeesh.  But yep, she’s due in July.  They don’t know the sex yet, but we’re all hoping for a boy.  Alright, that’s all I’ve got to say right now.  Catch you later.

Keep your powder dry.

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