It started with a sunburn.
A mid-afternoon swim on Saturday turned into a sleepless Sunday night. The sunburn wasn’t that bad, but we lost track of time in the water and my back was really red. Saturday night I was OK, but Sunday I was not. I feel asleep with no shirt on, on top of the covers, with the air conditioning blasting right onto my back. I woke up in the middle of the night with the worst chill I ever had in my life.
I’ve never had the shivers so bad. It took a Visions In Sound sweatshirt, lots of blankets, and a Jen, but a couple hours later I was warmed up again. I haven’t felt a chill like that since the flu of 2009. I hid under the covers and was sweating for the rest of the night. The lack of restful sleep meant an exhausted Monday.
Birthday Monday, didn’t have any solid plans. Having dinner with my folks was a possibility but I was not feeling well from the lack of sleep and sunburn. Maybe it is age, but it was the second worst sunburn I’ve ever inflicted upon myself. And it was my own fault too; no sunscreen. I’d forgotten how rotten a sunburn can make you feel. Combine that with the effects from the chill the night before, and I was in no mood to be social. A quiet night at home would do.
Except it wouldn’t.
Jen went out in the afternoon to the mall. I wish she wouldn’t spend so long there. We’ve had so many seizures there, usually at the end of her day when she was getting ready to head home. When I started getting confusing text messages from her that didn’t make sense, I knew that it was happening again. I happened to be finished work at that exact moment, so I jumped in the car. It took 10-15 phone calls before she finally picked up. During the seizure she lost her groceries and mobility device. What a nightmare. She recovered all her stuff but…wow.
Not the worst birthday I ever had, but definitely in the bottom five.
The one thing I really appreciated is all the birthday messages. They were the best gift, but the one I really loved was this one from Darr Erickson. Darr wins the 2021 round with this champion of a comment:
Thank you Darr, and to everyone else who wished me a happy birthday this year. And even if you didn’t, thank you anyway, because I know you were thinking it.
This Friday on the LeBrain Train, we’ll have the real celebration. Harrison the Mad Metal Man has chosen to celebrate his own birth on Friday, so it’s a double party! It will be a list show with the theme: Songs that make our skin vibrate! We have have a full panel as well as drop-in guests. Spoiler alert: Brent Jensen will be there! (And he always shows up!)
Help us this Friday to make it a much better celebration. Hope to see you then.