Filed Under (day to day, health care) by Rachel on 08-02-2008

I spent the past month looking forward to today – going to Boston all ah-lone! I don’t remember the last time that happened. It was really fun to get a copy of Boston Now, and grab the commuter rail. Even cooler to find one of my book reviews in the paper… B stayed home from work today with the girls, and I took the train into Boston. (We’ll skip the part where I took the Green Line in the wrong direction…)

I met my lovely friend Sue, and we had coffee and looked at the Complete Idiot’s Guide books vs the Dummy’s books. We decided we like the CIG books better – for one thing, they use better fonts. For another thing, they pull the tips off to the side in a box, rather than putting an icon in the margin next to the regular text. We also thought the text in the CIG book wasn’t as dumbed-down, and we liked how the lists were bulleted or numbered – if you have a top 10 list, they should have numbers next to them! (Plus, they’re the ones with my book proposal…)

Then we went to the hospital and I got shot up with lidocaine and had two 3 mm holes punched in my leg just above my ankle. Lidocaine burns! Ow. When we were applying pressure to stop the bleeding, the two little bleeding holes reminded me of all my favorite vampire books. I’d rather have a vampire bite than a skin biopsy myself. ;)

I got a doctor’s order to rest & elevate my foot, so we went to look at more books, I geekily pointed to all the new fiction I had read and reviewed, and then I got on the train to go home.

My great luck with the Green line continued – there was an electrical fire that shut down the trains, so a trip that should’ve taken about 30 minutes took about 3 times that. We left the bookstore at about 4:30, and I didn’t get home until 8:15. The trip didn’t really allow me to rest & put up my foot. Ah well.

I think I need to rest tomorrow after all that excitement today. The vampire bite needs to be under a clear bandage for the next week, and watch for bleeding and/or infections. We’ll find out if my nerves are all normal in a month to six weeks. Next medical stuff is Lyme doctor in Boston on Wednesday.

I’m hoping to do another train-into-Boston-alone trip on March 3 to see Felicia! I’ll end up with an autographed copy of her book! (and maybe have some sushi…)


Vampire bite, or skin biopsy? on 9 February, 2008 at 10:21 am #

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Daisy on 10 February, 2008 at 9:40 pm #

Oooh, an excuse to put your foot up and read. I must find a way to do that; I just stocked up on books, for some reason.

Annalise on 11 February, 2008 at 2:58 pm #

Glad you managed to combine with the hospital trip with something fun! I had a skin biospy a few years ago and I found the punch thingy extremely creepy. Here’s hoping all shows normal with your nerves.

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