Saturday, March 26, 2011

A sick day

I have had a lousy 24 hours.  I don't know why.  It started last night with a pain in my chest.  Now, don't worry.  It wasn't "chest pain" as my cardiologist asks me about.  Though early in the morning, I began to wonder about that.  No, it was heartburn, I think.  Nothing I tried seemed to do anything to relieve it and I was awake most of the night.  SWMBO finally convinced me to drink a cup of tea this afternoon and that seemed to start my recovery.  I slept most of the day, off and on, but I still feel weak and weary tonight.  But definitely on the mend.  My loving and worrying wife also convinced me to dine on some egg drop soup and a fruit salad this evening and that, plus a shower I took a couple of hours ago, has me feeling much better.  The chest pain has gone away but my "love handles" are a bit sore from straining on the toilet.  (Yeah, I knew you'd want to know that.)  As Scarlett O'Hara said "tomorrow is another day" and I expect I shall be back in the pink by then.

Now then.  To a matter of some concern.  And I shall excuse you non-sports loving people at this time if you wish.  To the rest of you a report on my reaction to today's results in the NCAA basketball tournament.  I was amazed and thrilled once again at the success of the Butler University basketball team.  It was an exciting game today that ended with their victory over Florida in overtime.  And for the second year in a row this team, which last year was called "the Cinderella team" as it made it to the Championship game only to be finally defeated by Duke University, has won its way into the Final Four.  When tomorrow's games are done, there will be only four teams left in the tournament and Butler will be one of them.  The school is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, where I lived and worked for three years back in the late 1960's and early 1970's.  That explains my support of the team.

On the other hand, the Arizona Wildcats from the University of Arizona in Tucson went down to defeat a little while ago to the University of Connecticut.  Arizona had knocked Duke out of this year's tournament the other night so there was considerable hope that they, too, might advance to the Final Four.  But it was not be as they missed two shots in the closing seconds.  Either one of them would have resulted in a victory.  But that's basketball.  More to the point, it is truly March Madness.


  1. I'm sorry you had a bad day - hopefully tomorrow will be a LOT better.

    We watched those two games - I was pulling for Butler AND Arizona. My bracket is totally shot - the only team I have down that's still playing is Kansas. I'm from NC & traditionally I'm ABC (anybody but Carolina), but this year I'll be pulling for them against Kentucky.

  2. Thanks, Dana. Yeah, my bracket is shot, too, though I've still got Kansas (who I think will win the big ring) and actually Kentucky. I'd love to see VCU beat Kansas tomorrow and if not them, then Butler next week.

  3. maybe something you ate---I can no longer eat butter in food--baked, fried or sauteed. Also find that other foods give me up and walking the floor heartburn.

    Love handles?!! That is just flab, my friend.

    glad you are feeling better. More hoops coming.


  4. Yep -- heartburn seems to strike more often as one ages. I suppose that is a signal that one's diet should change with age too. That's the pits.

  5. A temporary fix for heartburn - munch on some raw carrot. Not sure why it works, and it isn't a long-lasting fix, but it can give a bit of relief. :)

  6. Merci, Lucy.

    Tom, no butter? The powers that be try to get me to cook and bake without butter but until I tried "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" recently I was not a convert. But . . . what would Julia say?

    Jerry, the pits indeed!

    Tombo, I shall try the raw carrot the next time (if there is a next time) I suffer such. Thanks.

  7. Thanks, Judy, I'm better today.

  8. Bruce...Not to be an alarmist, but you do know that some heart attacks manifest like heartburn? If you're feeling weak today (though better, and yay for that!) perhaps you should go get it checked out, just to reassure some of your more worrywart readers?

  9. Well I feel a lot stronger now that Virginia Commonwealth beat Kansas. And I just was at the cardio doc last week so I think I'll be all right. Thanks for your concern though.

  10. Bruce, rolaids always work for me when I get the dreaded heartburn.


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