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18 September 2009 @ 02:16 pm
Stuff What Happened Yesterday...  
I had my every-3-years OBGYN visit (with the dreaded Pap smear) yesterday. That's always fairly awful, but there was a surprise bonus at the end: someone giving flu shots in the waiting room.

Two birds, one stone. I usually skip the flu shot (because I have great immunity), but I figured it'd be better not to endanger HSH. And the fact sheet gave me the info I'd been looking for on his behalf-- whether the flu shot is dangerous or important when you're immunosuppressed from something like Chemo. Turns out he needs it, so he'll be getting one on Tuesday.

The route from the doctor's office to the freeway goes past Fleet Feet, so I'd planned last weekend to stop off afterward and get new running shoes. \o/ I finally has new shoes!

What did NOT happen yesterday was the recording of Fringe, because it turns out that when HSH installed the converter box for the digital TV changeover, he bypassed the DVR entirely. Augh! One of us will be rewiring this weekend, and I'll try to catch the show via Hula or something. Better to know now, before the Prime Time season really heats up...

I went running with the new shoes this morning. The temps were hotter than I like, but there's no helping that in Sacramento. The shoes DO feel more cushy, though I didn't get a massively improved feeling from them thanks to slowly overheating during the run. The other shoes had almost NO cushion, though, and were at least 5 years old thanks to the plantar fasciitis fiasco that struck within 4 months of buying them. So I definitely needed the new ones. Hope to "feel it" more when the weather's cooler, if THAT ever happens.

This weekend: Saturday soccer (Christopher), Saturday ride (me), and Sunday brunch with my MIL who is feeling better now and getting around with her walker. That last news is both surprising and wonderful, because she was doing poorly after the last bout of whatever hit her (she doesn't go to the hospital anymore, as she's moved into the hospice stage). It's nice to have her with us a little longer, and I'll keep my fingers crossed as tightly as I can for more.

Kimberleylampshade_days on September 19th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Every 3 years? They have me go every one and a half for some reason. The physical exam/pap is always three quarters uncomfortable, one quarter amusing, because my doctor is a proper British gentleman sort, and he always tries to lighten the mood with some quaint little random anecdote.

So glad to hear your MIL is feeling better.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
It used to be every year, and now I'm on a 3-year-schedule, though I could go in for the physical part of the exam every 1.5 years if I wanted to. (Hah!)

My doctor is very nice, and they've all been nice, but the pap itself hurts, the manual exam hurts, and the rectal/bimanual always brings the threat of vomiting. UGH.

Thanks for the nice thoughts about my MIL. At this point, we never know whether she'll pull through an illness or not. She was so very tired after this last one, for so long, that we didn't think it was going to happen. I'm glad she did. :)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on September 19th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
The store that were doing my running shoes can't supply my size. Grrrr.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
I thought running was out because of your hip? Or do you use the shoes for walking?

Most places will special-order for you, and I'd think THAT would be a necessity in smaller cities. :0
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: hasebe's got a gunastrothsknot on September 19th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Running was out because I don't like it. Personally I would have thought that bursitis in the hip would rule it out, but not according to the quack.

I've been told to start by the doctor because I'm starting the menopause and don't do enough weight-bearing exercise. I figured I'd start triathlon training. I'm going to start a couch to 5k when I get my fucking shoes. Everyone in Central Scotland is a size five, apparently.

My parents are even paying for them.

Seriously, I want a do-over on this last few days. *is all self pitying*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)

I still have my doubts, given the bursitis. And not every doctor has sense. My SIL's doctor gave her permission to start running again after she'd ALREADY gone through neck-halo surgery and relapsed back to the "you may not run, you may not even bicycle if you have to lean over" stage.

In her case, because her neck will never truly heal, running will never be smart. That's aside from the stomach problems she has that prevent getting enough calories in-- you canNOT add major exercise onto that condition when you're already at least 10 lbs underweight, or at least you shouldn't.

Your parents are paying for the shoes? Now that IS good news. In theory.

Is it an athletic store? Those kinds of places will order for you over here, while places like Target/Walmart/etc. are of the "We only have what we stock" mentality.

Have some red wine, that'll help the last few days. And send the teenager off to play outside for the day.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on September 19th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
It is, but Asics have stopped making that particular shoe. So it's off looking for another shoe.

Oh well.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
Asics! My one true love!

That's what I bought yesterday-- a pair of these, because I need the pronation control.

However, mine are marked European size 50, so what is this "5" of which you speak? American 5? You must have tiny feet!

Look, here's a pair in nancy-pink, Size 5, IN THE U.K., which I think means they'd ship it. Mine are blue, but the model # is the same.

Edited at 2009-09-19 01:58 am (UTC)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: niki dark glassesastrothsknot on September 19th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
They look very swish, but they're about £20 out my price range - the parents are giving me £30 toward the shoes and I'm finding the rest. I thought that seeing as I'm new to running and may not even get on with it - it's not like i don't have lots of dance and taebo stuff that I can do instead for weight-bearing cardio - I'd get the lower end of the price range.

If I take to it - who knows, I might shock myself. I realise a lot of my distate for many sports comes from the shitty time I had at PE in school - then the next pair i buy would be up that end. Aren't you supposed to change them them out every six months or something?

I've saved that link - a quick look through the site and a lot of the stuff is really good value.

I think a size five means my foot is five inches long.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
People who run several days a week (3-4) might change them out every 6 months, and major athletes every 3 months.

Me, personally... it's in the 2-3 year range instead. I only run 1 day a week (used to be 2), because it's my crosstraining from cycling (the elliptical trainer covers the other 2 of the 6 days).

I'm not prepared to shell out that often for ANYTHING, let alone $100 running shoes. My parents grew up in the Depression, and I tend to see guidelines like that as ways to make OTHER people money. ;)

Size 5 seems to be about a size 7 or 7 1/2 over here, which is around the average.

I wear 8s, but I'm forever being steered toward getting the 8 1/2 in the Asics, perhaps because there's more impact/sliding when you run. In all other contexts, 8s are perfect.
bebeascarpetta on September 19th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad t hear you got your running shoes.I was wondering whether you had decided getting some absolutely necessary ;) detail[like another game-boy game]for the kids instead.
"However, mine are marked European size 50"
But that would mean they are a size 14 UK.Are you sure?
Lovely coincidence though.I got my Asics yesterday,because rowing is out ATM, so it's running.I've got the GEL KAYANO type given my height and weight and I love them although right now they only add to natural perspiration.
Hubby let me know [he is due back from his medical crusade by the end of November]to get the flu shots because we've got a slight problem over here right now.
My gynecologist called and practically forced me to come in for a check-up[I won't tell you when I went in last].
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
It was more a matter of [in]convenience! I had a $10.00 gift certificate for Fleet Feet (which has 3 unhelpful locations in my metro area), but moreover... there's a 60-day return guarantee.

In the past, I've bought shoes that fit and felt great, only to discover on the first run that I've wasted my money. If they don't have the right pronation control, I get a stabbing pain on the outside of my left knee that starts in mile 1 and lasts for days. So basically, the wrong shoes are useless!

I tried on a different pair (at $140 vs. $100) that was even cushier, though a little weird with the slanted lacing system, and less coverage over the big toe. I'll wear the shoe out there without that-- I think my toe lifts up when I lift my foot. The Gel Kayanos were highly recommended on several websites I saw. But basically, I bring in my old ASICs and ask for the new version of that. The base structure (that prevents the pronation) is identical on all of the last 3 pairs I've had.

Conversely, I've bought other Asics and a pair of Saucony's at random places, and those both were a waste of $60-$80, for not having pronation control.

But that would mean they are a size 14 UK.Are you sure?
I found a size conversion chart (here), and it turns out that "European" is not "UK," and that the UK equivalent of my size (not marked on the box) is a 6. My regular shoe size would be your 5 1/2, but I buy the running shoes a half-size bigger.

I hate the Obgyn checkups even more than I hate blood draws (and they both hurt). However, I've known too many people who were surprised by giant cysts to balk at it-- even the dreaded bimanual exam, which finds exactly that sort of thing!
Deadbeat Nymph: dean nosedeadbeat_nymph on September 19th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, I hate thinking about the gynecologist. I haven't been since the one time when I was 18 that traumatised me. Damn. And I know that now that I'm in my thirties, I really do need to do these things, but...

I didn't finish Fringe last season, but I'm not sure why. I did quite like it. And I loved the lead, as well as the mad scientist. I should catch up and begin S2. Is that necessary? I'd prefer just to watch it, but I don't want to be terribly confused.

Good news about your MIL. :) Hopefully her improvement will rub off on HSH. *crosses fingers and toes*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 20th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
Better to go than to have something preventable sneak up on you, especially a cancer or a cyst.

For Fringe, you really should catch up before beginning S2. Some things happened late in the season (especially the S1 finale) that set up a lot of fascinating information that becomes important for the next year. And such an interesting and bizarre show, too. The science makes my cringe, but I love the lead and crazy Walter and also, randomly, Lance Reddick in virtually anything.

I hope my MIL rebounds a little, because apparently she started going the other way again late this week, and the thought of her freedoms and pleasures never quite coming back to her is really upsetting. :(