Baseball, Back Pain & A Score

Posted by on August 7, 2015
Enjoying the beautiful weather and a little tailgating before the game.

Enjoying the beautiful weather and a little tailgating before the game.

Monday we traveled into Milwaukee to take in a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game.  The game didn’t start until 7:10 pm but we arrived a little after 4:00 pm so that we had time to set up some chairs and break out the grill and do a little tailgating.

The weather was absolutely perfect – mid to high 70s with a nice breeze.  We grilled a couple of filets, some potatoes and had a salad while doing some people watching.  Very enjoyable.

Awesome seats!

Awesome seats!

We moved inside the stadium shortly after 6:00 pm and easily found our seats.  I’d found our tickets using StubHub and they turned out to be very nice.  We were in the 3rd row on the home side of the field not far behind 1st base.

Great view of the Sausage Race ending!

Great view of the Sausage Race ending!

As great as the seats were….watching the game was another story.  Unfortunately, ‘the boys’ had a really tough time of it and ended up losing 13.5.  On the upside they’ve won every game since then!  LOL  I guess we’re not good luck charms!

Tuesday we had no plans and just planned on relaxing at home.  In the afternoon we moved outside to enjoy the weather.  Michael got some firewood and started a fire and then pulled out the ladder to work on a small project.  Apparently when he bent over something happened to Michael’s back.  After bringing the ladder around to the front of the house I heard, ‘Why’s my back starting to bother me?’.

Taking pressure off his back

Taking pressure off his back

He walked over to truck and grabbed 3 sticks of firewood and went down to his knees.  He got up with much effort, walked over to fire and went down again.  He tried sitting in several chairs & on a stool but nothing was comfortable.  We got him in the house by crawling up the stairs and lied down on the floor. We got him hooked him up to his TENS unit and gave him a couple of muscle relaxers and he laid on the floor.

We got him as comfortable as possible (feet up on a cooler) and turned the TV onto FOX News and he layed there and yelled at the TV while his body rested.

After a while the TENs unit seemed to have helped enough that he was able to transfer to the couch where he napped a little bit.  Moving was not easy and quite painful.

By Wednesday morning he was able to get himself to the bathroom but with quite a bit of effort and still a lot of pain but I could see that we were moving in the right direction.

Knowing that he was able to get around some (albeit slowly) I left him at home while I went to Johnson Creek and Watertown on a few errands.  I left Michael with the remote, snacks, sodas, his phone, paper and pen nearby so that he didn’t have to work about getting up for anything other than to use the bathroom.

My first stop was at the Menard’s in Johnson Creek.  Michael will be adding a 50 amp RV outlet at Dan’s when we get there in a few days and since Michael was out of commission it was up to me to pick up the items needed.  (Eek!)  Before I left the house Michael showed me online what I needed to pick up so I took notes and went on my way.

The first item I needed to find was 8/3 wire and after finding my way to the correct aisle I was able to find what I needed fairly easily.  Go me!

Score!

Score!

Next was the 50 amp RV outlet…that proved a little harder to find.  I found all the outlets…regular ones, dryer ones, range outlets…but not what I needed.  I moved on to a different section that had outdoor outlets but still didn’t find what I was looking for…hmmmm.  I went up and down the aisles and just couldn’t find what I was looking for and had to give up and ask for help.  The kind female employee took me right to the RV section and there it was!  I’d been near the area…just hadn’t gone quite far enough.

With my treasures in my possession I headed north on highway 26 to Watertown where I stopped at Pick ‘n Save to do my weekly grocery shopping.  Pick ‘n Save has grown SO much since I was a kid.  When I was a kid you picked up a black crayon when you entered the store and you shopped in what was almost a warehouse environment where you took what you needed out of boxes and wrote the price of the item on the item for the cashiers to ring up when you were done.  Now it’s one of the nicer chains of stores.

Before leaving Watertown I stopped at the Golden Dragon to pick up dinner to take home.  This is the Chinese restaurant that shares space in the building with the Washington Hotel.  We’d decided to try the place to satisfy my Chinese craving as well as for a little nostalgia.

Chinese Take Out

Chinese Take Out

Since it was just a 12 mile drive back home our food was still relatively hot by the time I got home. Unfortunately, neither of us was impressed with our meal.  Michael’s soup (egg drop) was too thick although mine wasn’t bad it was a bit ‘hotter’ than I’d care for…but you never really know what you’ll get with hot & sour soup.  The chicken in Michael’s sweet & sour chicken was pretty dry and my garlic chicken was very bland.  We also tried the pork fried rice and I was actually pretty surprised that it tasted pretty good as the appearance was lacking.  Oh well…you win some, you lose some.

By Thursday Michael’s back was continuing to improve but he still wasn’t gonna be doing any sprinting. However he was feeling well enough to venture outside and sit on the patio for a little while while I made dinner on the grill.

After dinner Michael watched the debates on FOX News and I went into the bedroom and watched a movie.

He slept without his TENs unit last night and really seemed to need a good ‘zapping’ by the time he got up this morning.  The TENs unit seems to be working wonderfully as in the past with the bouts of severe back pain he’s been down and out for weeks.  While he is still in quite a bit of pain it seems to have lessened enough that he can manage to get around on his own…which is wonderful.

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