Aching Feet and Tennis Elbow, What’s Next? Wait, Forget I Asked!

I guess you can say I work too hard at my day job. I tend to do a lot of the chores, and I’m starting to get the bad back and arthritis to prove it. I know aging is a fact of life and everyone gets old and gray, and I don’t really have a problem with that. It’s the problems that can come with aging. The aches and the pains that we go through in our lives.

I still can’t believe that I got tennis elbow… and I don’t even play tennis. The only time I held a racket was back in high school where I tried to play tennis, but only because it was part of the curriculum, you know, learn about all the different sports, exercise and health and all that. But tennis elbow? I managed to get that from moving boxes at work. All that heavy lifting. So I’ve had to deal with that since just before Halloween. It turns out it takes forever to heal, and of course there is a possibility of it recurring in the future.

Makes me wish I could steal the delorean and go back in time and warn myself about the tennis elbow, and even then slap myself in the face and tell me to take better care of myself! Ah well.

But over the Black Friday weekend, it wasn’t the elbow that bothered me so much, it was my feet. My shoes are pretty much too old and I need a new pair, but my problem is I can’t find the pair I really need, and that’s extremely funny because I work in a retail store that sells… shoes.

The plus side is if we’re not busy and I did all my cleaning duties and whatnot, I can browse our own merchandise and try on shoes to see what fits. Unfortunately, nothing does. So I turn to getting inserts to put in, you know, insoles, to try and add some extra cushion and comfort, but even that isn’t working either.

So I’m practically limping while trying to limit the use of my left arm, and on Black Friday one of our co-workers couldn’t come in because she had strep throat and was still contagious at the time. Bottom line, she wasn’t there to work on the biggest sale day of the year. The rest of the weekend went surprisingly slow enough, probably because people got hung over from the whole shopping thing on that Friday. I couldn’t blame them really. But my curse of working in retail (or food services way back when) was that I always had to work Black Friday and I never got to shop on that day either, so I don’t know what it’s really like to be part of the crowd trying to get to the last toy on the shelf. I see it happen to other customers all the time, but to be that customer myself, it’s never happened.

On Sunday it was me and that co-worker who was sick the other day. The day was almost over and it was pretty slow. That co-worker of mine got all the trash from the cans scattered around the store, but it had been ten, maybe twenty minutes and she hadn’t put new bags in those cans. So I go to the register where we kept some under the counter with the cleaning supplies, and I see three big trash bags, completely full of paper and trash, all tied up and ready to be taken to the back in preparation for throwing them in the dumpster. And there was that co-worker, leaning on the counter, checking/typing on her cell phone.

I refilled the cans with new bags, and when I got back she was still messing with her phone. So I pick up all three bags and started walking to the back with them.

“I was gonna get that,” she says.

I didn’t answer, but I did think to myself, “Pfft, when? You just keep chatting on your little phone, I’m sure your personal life is much more important that your job. Keep up the good work… if any!” And I kept thinking such thoughts as I carried those three bags to the back. “I cleaned the floors, manager cleaned the mirrors, you go the trash… No wait… you started too, but then I finished the job. If we earned commission on the chores we pulled, you’d be running to do everything before I could blink.”

Of course commission really comes from selling things. I could understand commission earnings like from selling cars or houses, but from picking up trash? Nah! Not on this planet… but then if we got commissions for planting trees and picking up bits of paper on the ground, the world would be a much cleaner place. Kind of sad, really, where we only do things because we get paid, and everything else that’s probably more important gets ignored because we think to ourselves that it’s not our job.

But if you get paid by the hour, isn’t it unfair to carry out tasks that other people could have done, but didn’t because they were on their personal cell phones? I mean sure, I could check my shipment while moving shoes on a shelf, but she couldn’t text to someone while collecting trash?

Needless to say, I worked hard all weekend. And my physical injuries are sure to be ignored by all of course. I even mentioned my tennis elbow to my manager, but I’m not getting any compensation from the company because I can’t exactly prove that it’s a work related injury.

On the other hand, I haven’t bothered to tell the higher ups that tennis elbow is caused by repetitive movement of the arm and can take months to properly heal. “Repetitive movement”. Like say, lifting heavy shoe boxes on a shelf? It could also be caused by typing on a computer, and many other things. Bottom line, it started at work, and it’s been hurting since. Do I get anything for it? No. Meanwhile, my co-worker gets strep throat and doesn’t come in to work on Black Friday, the one day a year where nobody has the day off, period, and that’s not the only time she’s neglected work for personal reasons. I swear, she gets more illnesses than Kagome from the series Inuyasha.

As for my aching feet, yesterday before my shift ended, I tried on a men’s sandal, Adidas, the one called Addissage, which has short little nubs of rubber/plastic/whatever it is to give the insole of the sandal a hard but bumpy texture. It’s supposed to be good for aching feet.

I grabbed one, dropped it to the floor and let my worst-aching foot slip into it, and OH MY GOD, it helped immensely. Shame I couldn’t wear them as a work shoe because it doesn’t have a strap that goes around the back of the sandal, but I might buy myself a pair just for my own foot therapy. After the holidays I might need it.

Hmph…. I still need a pair of actual working shoes though, preferably athletic so I can tie it up, not one of those slip-on shoes, but I might have to actually have to go with the slip-on option. My feet are just plain killing me.

It must have been over a month, maybe almost two since I got the tennis elbow, so I can only hope that it’s almost healed. As for the rest, well, I need to double check my feng shui.


Been a Long Time…

Wow, it’s been a year and a half at this point. It’s hard for me to be able to stay consistent and keep blogging all the time,, which is funny because I am a borderline OCD. But then that part of me really shines at my day job, where organizing things comes much more naturally. I need to figure out a way to keep blogging and turn it into something I can relentlessly pursue.

Some things I’d like to touch up on. First was the release of Skyrim Special Edition. Since I already bought the original game on the PC, I was given the SE for free, which I thought was kinda nice. The graphics were amazing, but I wasn’t too sure my computer could handle it. Turns out I could use an upgrade here and there. My system is definitely not ready for Fallout 4, a game I was curious about trying, but I decided to hold off on it since my system can’t handle it. I’d rather wait and be sure I can run it that buy it and discover I can’t.

The only thing I didn’t take to in Skyrim SE was the fact that I had to get used to the original interface. On Skyrim, I use a mod called SkyUI, which alters the user interface to make it much more friendlier to use. All the options to search for items, and sort them by value, weight, name, whether items were enchanted or stolen. The perfect mod for the OCD player, at least in my opinion. Without the Skyrim Script Extender however, using mods in the Special Edition was limited, and as such, there wasn’t a SkyUI for me to use. There’s other options out there I assume, but it just wasn’t the same. In the end, I had to shelve the Skyrim SE and go back to playing the original Skyrim. After all, I was sure my computer could handle it, and it had all the mods in perfect working order already.

And then of course there’s Inigo. A fantastic mod made by someone called SmartBlueCat (SBC). Inigo is a follower that is a khajiit that is very unique. You won’t find another mod like him. Others may come close, but I like to think that this cat is the top. He currently has over 7000 lines of unique dialogue, and every so often he does something that knocks my socks off. Once, after I sold some of my goods at a caravan, I heard Inigo starting to talk and I looked back to see him standing before the caravan leader and trading with him! He then came to me and gave me a few items he bought for me at random! I wouldn’t be surprised if he bought himself a dozen sweet rolls as he did this.

And as for World of Warcraft, Owlaf is still there. Legion was interesting and the upcoming Battle for Azeroth raised my eyebrows. It looks like Jaina is coming back, but some of my friends believe that she has a lot of explaining to do, like why she didn’t help us fight off the Legion during this last expansion. I tend to agree. Jaina was mad because the Kirin Tor allowed the Horde back into Dalaran, and she left the counsel and hasn’t been seen in the game since. I am also wondering whatever happened to the Black Prince, the last member of the Black Dragonflight… or so he was until you learn a secret from Ebonhorn during the Highmountain Tauren questline in Legion. The Black Prince hasn’t been seen in a while and he was concerned about the Legion invading Azeroth, but now that that’s taken care of, what does he think about the Alliance and Horde turning on one another?

The idea of the Horde and Alliance’s tenuous peace being broken is intriguing. It kind of reminds me of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, just after they return from the locker. The ship is back in the realm of the living. Captain Barbosa looks out over the edge of the boat, the sea wind blowing into his face, and then he suddenly turns, pulls out a gun and aims it at Jack Sparrow! Jack pulls out his guns and takes aim, and so do Elizabeth and Will among others on the ship. Everyone is turning against each other. Nobody pulls the trigger at first, but just stands there aiming at one another.

Then Barbosa just laughs, and everyone else joins in.

I imagine the Alliance and the Horde are going through the same thing. Now that they’ve dealt with Argus and the Burning Legion, they turned on one another, weapons raised, and as they stand there glaring at one another, they start to laugh. I can imagine a parody of that Pirates scene being made for this.

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