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I already enjoyed cleaning my ears out with Q-tips entirely too much. Doing the same while drunk is even better. Insert moans here.

I used to buy middle of the road vodka just because. I'm trying to save money, so today I bought a 1L bottle of the stuff for $5.60. The OJ cost nearly as much as the booze. I can't taste any difference, and it still works fine. I have found my new drink of choice.

I've been unconsciously clenching my teeth for a couple weeks now. I force myself to stop when I notice, but soon after I'm not paying attention I start doing it again. My jaw is really starting to hurt. And the new pills (replacing the non-functioning Vicodin a couple weeks ago) aren't doing anything for anything, jaw or otherwise. Dosage is 4x1 a day, 50mg tabs. I started at that dosage, but I've been upping myself after one pill at a time did nothing. I'm taking three or four at a time now, which gives slight pain relief. I am also still on meloxicam, which the doctor seems to think is really good as a muscle relaxant but hasn't relaxed me at all. I've been on this set for a couple weeks; I'll give it a couple more before I go back to the doctor to tell him this isn't working either.

In a wikirun stemming from looking up the above-linked tramadol, I found out that marijuana is a Schedule I drug while cocaine is Schedule II, because it's apparently used as a topical anaesthetic. Whisko tangy foxtrot?

Today - err, yesterday - was my seventh session with the chiropractor at William Beaumont. When I come in I lie facedown on their special exam table (very comfy, wish I had one to sleep on) and the tech puts four EKG-type electrode pads on major muscles in my back. These are hooked up to a machine that sends pulsing electricity through the muscles, the idea being that the constant tensing and relaxing will help loosen the muscles. Hot pads are placed on top of these, and I lie there for about 20 minutes while the 'trodes do their thing. After that's finished the tech puts the pads away and takes the electrodes off, then rubs something that smells like Vicks into my back.

Then the chiropractor himself comes in.

Lie on this side. Put this arm over here. Move the other one under there. Legs like this. Head cocked to the side. Grab my hand here. Ready--SNAPCRACKLEPOPOWPAINYEOWSOBWHIMPERAHHHHH#*!!@(#*!$

Then I lie there wanting to die for a couple minutes until I can stand up again without keeling over. As I attempt to not black out the doctor says "looks good, I'll see you next time" then sneaks out leaving me writhing (if I could) in agony. This process resulted in him saying on Tuesday (pre-'adjustment') that my spine was looking much better. I don't feel much better, or a little better, or any better at all. The head physical medicine doctor - who examined me and then referred me to my current doctor - I first talked to said that because of the extent of the injury and because it had gone untreated for so long it would take 4-6 months to fix fully, which I understand, but I was hoping for at least a tiny bit of relief by now.

I started out doing my stretches (full set of standard Army stretches, 20s apiece; the stretches and band exercises I got from physical theraphy in Germany and here in El Paso; and the stretches I got from the chiropractor) twice a day; once in the morning during PT so I'm at least doing something during that 'free' time, and again just before I go to bed. A couple days ago I started doing them three times a day, adding a session during lunchtime.

My knees are also starting to hurt more and more. I guess that's what happens when you gain 40 pounds.

I finally got the dispute paperwork for the TKS debacle from an Experian affiliate today. They contacted the collections agency, and every single charge listed is either from when I was in Iraq or after I left Germany for El Paso. Motherfuckers.

My finance situation should turn around come January. On the 15th I get a ~$50/month pay raise, several hundred dollars for clothing allowance, and my tax return. I also turned in an application to a nearby Pizza Hut, so I may soon be slinging pizzas across the city on the weekends. Depending on how much commissions work out to, that's an extra $400 or so a month after taxes. I'm going to catch up on my car, which I am stupidly behind on, and then possibly get an apartment. There's a complex up the street that's a 2 bedrrom for $350, which is already better than sharing a crappy room with a moron roommate. No idea how much utilities/etc are, but I'll find out if I get the chance to check it out.

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ruecian
Dec. 30th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
Depending on what you get, --
Utilities are anything from thirty to ninety.
lacunatheif
Dec. 30th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Depending on what you get, --
im actually really down with the whole drunk Q-tip thing. i also like trimming my toenails while im inebriated.
ruecian
Dec. 30th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Depending on what you get, --
I'm really big on Q-Tips.

Period.
lafinjack
Dec. 30th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Depending on what you get, --
WEIRDO
harmony_random
Jan. 4th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
The feeling is addictively orgasmic inside your skull, is it increased by the knowledge of slowly breaking delicate tunnels, smashing vibratey hairs and tiny loopy drumskins?
Are Q tips cotton buds?
swanofgrey
Jan. 14th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
I have no idea how I found myself here, but just thought I'd share...

Putting really cheap vodka through a Brita pitcher filter a couple times makes it taste much much better. Not that it really matters once it's mixed with other liquids...

I just know that I had to cut back on my drinking the day I poured some OJ and though it tasted weird... and realized after awhile the problem was it didn't have vodka in it. oops?
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