So I had my abdominal CT on Friday. I was dreading the two barium shakes I had to drink but they actually didn’t taste that bad. I was able to get both of them down without issue. I had no clue what to expect of the procedure, I had ideas of it taking an hour or more and of course I would have to be in a hospital gown. Neither of those things were true. I didn’t have to even take off my sneakers, the only requirement was not having any metal in the scan area. The entire process took about 15 minutes.
So the drinks were to create “contrast” in my GI system. In addition I was given an IV prior to the scan to give contrast to my blood. The fluid they inject you with feels odd as you can feel it circulating in your body, causing certain areas to heat up. They warned me about the sensation ahead of time. The machine reminded me of the open MRI that was used to scan my knee years ago. During certain periods you are told to hold your breath for a few seconds. The entire thing was really a non-event. Unfortunately I will not have any information on the results until today or tomorrow.
So I felt fine afterwards and came back to the office to eat my lunch. Somewhere after 1PM I started feeling not so fine in my gut. The result was two trips to the bathroom that reminded me of colonoscopy prep. I asked to go home as I felt ready to burst. It was a long drive home as I fought the pressure pretty much the entire way. Unless I missed it, there was no mention of the barium shakes causing explosive results afterward. It would have been nice to know. That was not fun. I wound up laying in bed for a couple hours at home.
Because of persistent rain the property had a lot of standing water still on it so mowing the grass was off my list for the weekend. We started Saturday off with standard fare, tending to the chickens and weeding the property. During the afternoon I turned my chore focus indoors as I vacuumed all the carpeted areas and then followed up with steam cleaning the hard surfaces. Just for good measure I let my two hard surface cleaning robots loose afterward.
Late Saturday afternoon we headed over to the high school. I had the Meepo along and Cindy wanted to get a brisk walk in while I rode. The ride was cut short by yet another round of hard rain. I still had fun cruising in Expert mode. I even maxed the throttle for a short burst which supposedly should be at 20+ mph.
On Saturday night Cindy and I watched our latest Netflix rental, I, Tonya, the movie about the mess which is Tonya Harding. I thought the movie was very well done and provided me with a lot of background that I did not have about her life. I had no idea just how dysfunctional and abusive her relationships were growing up. The circumstances around the Nancy Kerrigan attack just seem incredibly moronic. How that group of mental midgets thought this was a good idea is amazing and a testament to the power of stupid people collaborating. Anyway, I came away from the movie feeling somewhat sorry for Tonya. I’d give the movie a B+.
Sunday was really nice for me, it felt like a perfect mix of work and play. In the morning Cindy and I parked at DD and rode from there. She started out the session on her roller skates but then later switched to her MiniPro.
I got some tidying up done in the hobby room and did something I do far less than I used to, wash the vehicles. I washed the Tacoma and Cindy’s Ioniq. Both were overdue for sure. I used to wash cars a lot more often in the past, I’m not quite sure why I have slacked off on that nowadays. I guess like most negative things, I can attribute it to old age.
So I decided to go out on a second ride mid-afternoon on the Gotway Monster. I wanted to go all the way to Collier North Regional Park and back, a trip of almost 35 miles. Very early on in the ride I saw something bizarre. As I headed west on Immokalee Road I saw four cops fly by me but none of them had their lights on which seemed very odd. As I rounded a corner I saw a car stopped at the intersection with Wilson Blvd with all of those vehicles surrounding it, with their lights on.
As I got closer I saw the car that was pulled over was a Maserati that I remembered passing me a few minutes prior. I assume the cops did not want to tip off the driver they were in pursuit. As I swung out around the police vehicles I was shocked when I saw two of the cops had their guns drawn and pointed at the open door of the car. I glanced quickly to my right and did not see a driver in the seat so I have no idea what was going on. I later tried to look up the incident on the news and the sheriff’s website but found nothing. It was a little crazy.
The ride to and from the park was fun. I was glad that I had the Monster for the ride, I utilized the seat on the wheel for prolonged periods of time to give my feet a break. By the time I returned the wheel was constantly beeping from low battery levels as the Monster did not have a 100% full charge before I left. When I checked Strava for my ride statistics my mouth dropped open when I saw the top speed it recorded during the ride, 33.1 mph. Wow, I had no idea I was going that fast at any time and I certainly was not trying to hit a new speed record. If that speed is accurate it is the fastest I ever have traveled on a single wheel by several mph.
I finished up my Sunday with a short WoW session, wrapping up a near perfect day. I can hardly wait till the next 5 days pass so we can do it again.
One year ago today Hurricane Irma smacked the hell out of us. Hopefully we can avoid that scenario for another decade but seeing three named hurricanes in the Atlantic right now doesn’t give me the warm and fuzzies.