I've just returned from a super fast trip to Vegas - in one day and out the next - and I'm totally wiped! I just don't think I'm built for 10 hours of driving in 2 days. In fact, I'd say that my trip to the Las Vegas emergency room is proof positive! While driving out there, I had a sudden sharp pain along the shin of my right (accelerator) leg that felt as if I had been electrically shocked. Immediately following the pain, the entire area went numb. It was pretty freaky, but I figured it was just one of those bizarre random pains we all get every now and then... But, 8 hours later when my leg was still numb I started to get a bit more worried. I called the advice nurse at the local clinic from my hotel, and she urged me to get to the emergency room immediately. I shuddered at the thought, having dealt with the excruciatingly painful ER wait times in the past, but decided I needed to take care of myself nonetheless. After 3.5 hours waiting to be seen by a doctor, I was told I had peripheral neuropathy - really just a lot of jargon for a damaged nerve that was probably a result of sitting in the same position for an extended period. The doctor seemed to think it would get better on its own as long as I took it easy on the leg for a bit. She was right - when I woke up the next morning my leg had returned to normal. I'm always annoyed by these little reminders that I'm getting older, and that maybe I'm not quite as spry as I think I am. I made it back home without further ado, although I used and abused the cruise control so that I could move my leg around a lot during the trip home. I share all of this just to remind everyone out there to take care of yourselves. I hear lots of folks who end up really, really sick because they didn't get something checked out in the beginning. My little trip to the ER was me trying to learn from the mistakes of others and try to keep an eye on what my body is doing.
I also wanted to quickly share a beautiful new online shop that has some amazingly cute handmade stuff: Mahar Drygoods. The site is beautiful, with illustrations by the incredible Jen Corace, and the carefully selected stock is really fun to browse through. Enjoy!