— 2:56 PM on August 13, 2008

The doc X-rayed me 'til I glowed yesterday and then declared that my bones are sound. She prescribed some drugs that will dull my senses and the pain together, if I so choose. At least I have the option.

Just now, I slapped a big capsaicin patch on my back to see what that would do for me. Holy frijoles, jefe! Burning heat at room temperature. Weird. I'm not sure whether this is relief or just changing the channel to a different sort of pain, but it's interesting.

If you don't read our blogs, you may have missed my post on backup strategies. Wouldn't mind getting your thoughts on that one—but not in the comments to this post, please. (Just watch; it'll happen.)

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