Monday, June 25, 2007

Back to the bloody buggering bugs.

Maybe. Indulge me, if you will, on a long story. It almost has relevance on a knitting blog. You'll see at the end.

Saturday morning I worked out. (Yes, I'm still doing that.) The upper body stuff in particular has been killing me, partly because I avoided heavy lifting for so long because of my hand problems, and partly because my rotator cuffs look like swiss cheese (I rode dirtbikes for many years, as a kid). So when my shoulder started bothering me Saturday afternoon, I didn't pay it much attention. Sunday rolled around and my shoulder still bothered me - the pain seemed to have settled into my deltoid muscle over my right shoulder, and I figured I'd pulled or otherwise annoyed it, and continued to ignore it. By Sunday evening, I thought I was in big trouble because my shoulder was KILLING ME, so I figured I'd agravated the pulled muscle with knitting all day. I took two muscle-relaxants, hoping that would do the trick, and went to bed early.

This morning I woke up in a good bit of pain, thinking, "Damn, no knitting for me today." (See? This is almost relevant.) I reached up to massage my shoulder, and realized there was this hot, hard BUMP there. Off I went to the mirror; hello, that's not a pulled muscle.

I'm not sure what it is, but it sure the hell looks like some kind of bug bite.

Thanks to my bug research last week, I freaked out immediately, and spent the day with warm compresses on it. (While knitting. Hey -- if it's not a pulled muscle, whee! I can knit!) When the husbeast came home, we both looked at it, and between us have ruled out every cause except Zit From Hell and Mystery Bug Bite. We're hoping for Zit From Hell. (For those of you who are long time readers and might be thinking shingles, I'm almost positive it's not. It doesn't look like shingles, and doesn't hurt like it either. This feels, yes, like a pulled muscle. Shingles feels like pins-and-needles on fire.)

I took muscle relaxants for a zit. There are no words to describe how totally stupid I feel.

But I'm knitting!

The color's fairly accurate on my monitor... I'm past the sleeve hole thingies and am knitting wildly toward the edge. At which time I have to do a knit-on lace edge over 480 stitches. I can't wait.

14 comments:

April said...

Dork.

Anyway, there's a very nice FREE pattern for a stranded bag today on Knitting Daily. Of course you have to register with Knitting Daily to download the pattern but it's the Interweave Knits sister site so there's other cool patterns as well.

www.knittingdaily.com

Bells said...

Well you were just covering all bases.

Doesn't mean I didn't laugh.

Amy Lane said...

Well, that's one relaxed zit... (hoping it's not a bug bite...I had to kill spiders over my doorway the other day and I'm still freaking out about it...)

amy said...

I pulled a tick out of my face yesterday. Right along my jaw bone. I immediately felt symptoms of Lyme Disease. So I'm not one to give rational advice here...

Cindy said...

So where's the picture???

Terby said...

I get those large painful zitlike things in response to spider bites. Hurt like mad.

Sheepish Annie said...

Boy, you will knit and work out through anything! I take a break from working out or projects that aren't going well if someone else is in pain...just to be on the safe side.

Julie said...

A few replies to comments:

- I am not posting photos of a probable zit to the internet. There is a danger of too much information when it comes to a blog, and this is right on the edge of it. Even if the husbeast did offer, with a straight face, to take the photo.

- My big hangup with it being a bug bite is, it's under my shirt and happened sometime Saturday afternoon while I was awake. I can't figure out how a bug would get there without me noticing. (I wasn't outside hiking or gardening where I was around bugs, either. I was inside all day.)

- If I wait to work out or knit when I feel really good, I'll never do either. Between the chronic pain and the miraines, I'd never leave the house. Though I did have a two week long migrane a couple weeks ago, and worked out through that. I did impress myself that time. Even if I did wear sunglasses in the gym.

Bells said...

I'm glad you're not posting a photo. There are some things the world doesn't need to see - from any of us!!

Erika said...

Who cares about the muscle relaxants, as long as you can keep on knitting right? Keep on rockin' that bug bite!

Laural said...

Pain is pain and I don't give a damn where it comes from take the meds!! Knit on!

Roxie said...

ummmm, had you considered perhaps getting a medic to look at it? There may even be something you can do to mitigate the discomfort.

KnitTech said...

Ouch, may it go away soon!

Anonymous said...

LOL, Julie, I can't stop laughing at your zit...it's probably saying, "Duuuudeeee!" right there on your back, all happy.

The pinwheel knit looks great! Let me know how it knits up, as K wants me to make one for her.

TrishJ