Thursday, February 19, 2015

Rumors of My Demise...

...Have been somewhat exaggerated.

I've been traveling on business this week, and while it's been great getting to (finally) visit the west coast and see some great folks and facilities, the visit has not been without it's down-sides.

First off, the day before I was scheduled to leave, I had a gout outbreak in my right knee. Shades of last year before the NRA AM when it hit the day I flew to Indy and all that. Managed to get to the doc in a box for meds and it appears to be on the wane now, but the first flight out was sheer agony.

And the flight. Oh, there will be a LOT more on this end. If you're friends with me on Facebook you're aware of my tribulations getting out to OR. I'm waiting until I'm safely home to post specifics, mainly because I have complete and utter faith in United to screw things up further. Be prepared.

Quick synopsis: United's handling of this trip made me long for the competence and customer service I received from JetBlue...

With any kind of luck I'll be home tonight and recovering. Should have my normal car pic up tomorrow, but I'll most likely cogitate over the weekend for the full-blown trip overview (with regards to the travel portion). The folks out here have beeb awesome - I've experienced some of the wonderful weirdness that is the greater Portland area (unicycles! midnight dog walkers! Churches converted to beer halls! stoplights on highway onramps!) I've managed to visit three different facilities and take three factory tours while out here - check the work page for more information on that.

It will be VERY good to get home tonight, although I will NOT be celebrating with any sort of adult beverage (I have localized the gout outbreak to consumption of alcohol as the only change...)

That is all.


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5 comments:

Orwell's Ghost said...

I used to get a few attacks of gout per month before my doctor mentioned 'allopurinol', which stops you from getting new attacks (though it makes a current attack worse). I haven't had a gout attack in the past three years. There are other preventative meds out there. For an actual attack, black cherries or cherry juice really helps. I know, it sounds like snake oil but it did work for me.

Old NFO said...

Welcome to my world Jay...

Glenn B said...

The gout - ain't it a terrible beetch! Unlike with a wife, you can't even drink away the pain! I had it so bad in my knee, about a year ago, that I could barely walk about 20 yards from my car into the ER entrance at a local hospital without howling in agony. Luckily I only get it two or three times a year, anyway that is how it was once upon a time. Since that bout in my knee I seem to get somewhat more often (like today) but luckily only at the base of one big toe (as in now but just a bit) or the bases of my thumbs. Then again, for all I know, it could be why all my joints feel like I have been a walking Lyme Disease factory for years now.

Anyway, feel better sooner than later. Oh, as for the booze, I have found that wine is the worst, beer next and hard stuff is the most tolerable - especially Moonshine Cherries (and I have no idea if maraschino cherries help reduce the uric acid in your blood but boy do they taste good).

Unknown said...

Did they also break your guitar?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YGc4zOqozo



--Greg

Anonymous said...

With my Gout, Allopurinol was a miracle drug. I went from 4 years of "you must have plantar fascitis or something," painful limping around to pain free in 30 days. It was bad enough that I sometimes had to drive with my left foot working the gas. The uric acid also causes long term damage to your joints.

Please find a rheumatologist.