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I ended up having some drama yesterday. For about a week-and-a-half, I had pain in the lower right hand side of my stomach. At first, I thought it was muscle strain from drum circle. I was playing the African drums, and you have to hold those between your thighs. My inner thighs hurt like crazy after it was over, and my stomach issues started up not long after that. I also didn't think I had appendicitis because I wasn't feeling particularly feverish. Late last week, I had made the decision to wait to see the doctor until October 4th as my husband was changing jobs and we would be on new, and a little bit better, insurance. That, and we wouldn't have insurance Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Well, things changed on Monday and Tuesday when the pain got worse. Tuesday night, I tried to resume my daily walk, and ended up turning around early because my stomach was bothering me. When I was in bed, I reached to pick up my cat, who was at the foot of my bed, and felt a sharp pain-- yeow! On Wednesday, I made an appointment to see my doctor after work. She took my temperature, showed me the thermometer, and said, "you have a fever." This floored me because I wasn't feeling particularly feverish. She felt my forehead and said, "yeah, you're warm." So...she poked and prodded some more, I said ow, and she decided that I needed to go to the hospital to have a CT Scan done to make sure I didn't have appendicitis. Joy.

I went home, dropped off my stuff from work, picked up doomsey, and we high tailed it over to the hospital. They made me drink that Barium crap *ugh* and three hours later they did the scan. Fortunately, it wasn't appendicitis so I didn't have to have surgery. They did, however, find a cyst on my ovary, which is what they think it causing the pain. And I understand that those can hurt like a mofo. So...I'm back at home. I haven't heard anything from my doctor yet, but I have a feeling that they're not going to be able to do much for it except monitor it.

Yeah...I have a feeling I'm going to be popping a lot of ibuprofen over the next couple of days.


Aug. 21st, 2010 10:43 am
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I was finishing up my breakfast and surfing the web, when I heard Cosette jump up onto a dining room chair and immediately let out a distressed yelp. I think she pissed off her knee again because she's walking a little bit stiff-legged. Also, when I tried to get her to jump up onto the dining room chair next to me, she didn't want to do it. She would put her front paws on the chair, make like she wanted to jump, and then decide not to. It ended with her looking up at me, sitting on her hind paws, and moving her front paws up and down. In her idiolect, that means, "I want something, but can't get it / do it myself. Can you do it for me?" So, I picked her up and put her on the chair. And yep, that's what she wanted because now she's sitting on the chair and asking for pets.

On the bright side, she doesn't appear to be in any more pain. She's walking around fine, albeit a little stiff-legged, and she's not making any more distressed noises. It's just that she doesn't want to jump up onto anything. For those of you who have just friended me in the last few months, one of Cosette's many health problems is that she's got a bone chip in one of her knees that occasionally get aggravated and another chip starting to form on her other knee. I've taken her to the vet before, and there's nothing they can really do about it short of surgery, and they're reluctant to do that because she has so many health problems. Fortunately, it's one of those things that, if you give it time--and when it's really bad, pain killers-- it will get better on its own.

Oy! My poor lame kitty.
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This weekend has been just a whirl of activity. On Friday night, [ profile] doomsey and I went to James and Carrie's wedding. I'm sure [ profile] doomsey had a good time talking with friends, but I had a blast. There may have been a bit too much alcohol consumed and a lot of dancing.

More on the wedding and on Pagan Pride )

As soon as we got home, I got a call from my parents. My sister was in the hospital because she was having chest pains and tingling in her left arm. By the time the news got to me, they had managed to rule out both a heart attack and a blood clot. They kept her overnight for observation and to run more tests. This morning, I called my parents back to see if there had been any more developments and found out that she had been released from the hospital. The doctors believe that she had an anxiety attack of sorts (and she has been under a lot of stress lately). The doctors did order an echocardiogram, but I guess she's not going to get the results from that until tomorrow. I hope she follows up with her doctor and/or a cardiologist to make sure that it's just anxiety and not anything more worrying.

My sister apparently told my parents that she felt "foolish" over going to the hospital and finding out it was nothing, but honestly, it's better to get things checked out and have it turn out to be nothing than to have something wrong and not get it treated. When I woke up after having my embolism, I tried to tell [ profile] doomsey not to call the hospital and that we should wait a bit to see if the problem clears up. Yeah, I would have been in deep doo-doo if I had done that because I had another episode of sorts while I was in the ambulance and almost blacked out again. I think the only reasons I didn't faint again is because I was on oxygen and the paramedic told me how to breathe to avoid passing out. So...I plan to call up my sister plan to call up my sister later this afternoon and reassure her that she did do the right thing considering the fact that she has two little ones to look after.

To end things on a less pessimistic note...LINK DUMP!!!

-Hurr durr -- Dumbing down of American education anyone?

-If Historical Events had Facebook Statuses (Swiped from [ profile] cedarseed)

-This? Yeah...not a good idea.
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Today I had a blood draw for my cholesterol test. This time I didn't ditz out and forget to fast. The ditzing out waited until after the appointment because, at that point, I hadn't eaten for the past sixteen hours. And I still feel like a space case, quite honestly.

In lieu of a real post, have a link dump!

* Super Speed Carousel with motorcycle -- Hilarious video! Go watch it now. The fail is epic. (Blame [ profile] doomsey)

* There is an abandoned theme park in Nara that bears a striking resemblance to the theme park in Spirited Away. Nice pictures! (Someone linked to this article earlier in the week, but I have no idea who it was so I can't credit them). :(

* A somewhat inappropriate children's book. I take that back. It's a very inappropriate children's book, but funny nonetheless. (Blame [ profile] popfiend)

* Ancient 'cat-like' crocodile had bite like a mammal

* Parents who named their son Adolf Hitler are denied custody by the US court -- D: ... I have no words. What were these parents thinking?
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Around ten o'clock this evening, I noticed that my left eye felt all dry and scratchy. I was about to get ready for my walk, when I looked in the mirror and noticed that my eye was swollen. My eyes usually aren't prone to swelling that much, and the last time I had something like this was when I was a kid.

I put a warm cloth on it and that helped me feel a little bit better, but it didn't do anything for the swelling right under my eye. At some point, I said, "fuck it, I'm not going to sit here all damn evening and wait for the swelling to go down. I'm going for a walk." And so, out I went and did my usual one hour, three mile hike. I came back and looked in the mirror. Yep...still swollen. it's one thirty in the morning and there's still swelling under my eye. I took some Benadryl and am planning on going to bed soon. Hopefully it will be either gone or significantly improved by morning. I'm wondering if maybe I should make an appointment with my doctor in the morning if the swelling isn't down...just in case I have something crazy like pink eye and have to go on antibiotics.

Any thoughts?
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I know this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but my answer to this question is yes simply because of the fact that my birth control pill was one of the things that almost did me in two-and-a-half years ago (thanks Yaz). If I had a kid, I'd want to know if she's on it so that I could run her to the doctor and make sure she gets checked out for clotting disorders as I have a mild one and have no idea if that could be passed down to her. If she's got a clotting disorder, then we'll look into other options.

I'd rather have a pissed off daughter than a dead one, you know?

And no, I'm not going to give her a hard time about having sex.
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* Yesterday afternoon, [ profile] doomsey and I went to see the play, "The Sins of Sor Juana," at the Goodman Theater. My in-laws really liked the play and told me that I was going to enjoy it, but neither [ profile] doomsey nor I were very impressed. I think part of the problem is that I'm familiar with her history and her writings and I didn't feel as if the play really did her any justice.

* After the play, [ profile] doomsey and I went down to 79th Street to get dinner at Yassa, a Sengalese restaurant. I ordered what I always get when I go there: Maffe. is that good that I only order that and nothing else when I go there. *drools at the thought of eating her leftovers Wednesday night*

* My crappy neck muscles have been triggering more headaches / migraines. I had another one last night and wasn't able to go out on my walk.

* This evening I went for my usual walk and saw what I thought were three squirrels climbing a tree. The thing is, they were a little bit too big to be squirrels. I turned on my little flashlight-- great for avoiding skunks and getting hit by cars in general-- and saw three young raccoons blinking down at me. So cute! Too bad I didn't have a decent camera.

* Speaking of walks, I'm down between 15 and 20 pounds thanks to all the exercise I've been getting. Whee!

Reposting this here because Twitpic is being flaky:

Cosette likes to sit with her paws crossed, just like a little lady...

Cut for image )

Here's an article on how the Cajuns living near the Gulf have been affected by the oil spill. Very sad. (Link via [ profile] rm)

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* Work has been a pain in the neck...literally. I had a horrible migraine triggered by my pissed off neck muscles on Monday. (My neck has been screwed up ever since I got a neck sprain in 2007). I spent most of the afternoon laying on the couch downstairs being hurty and sick to my stomach. Needless to say, I didn't manage to get out for my walk that evening. :P

Cosette is on Adequan for her arthritis issues and it's been working for her beautifully. She's much more playful and you can tell she's feeling better. I'm almost tempted to ask the vet and my doctor if I can start taking it for my neck. Or I could just say fuck it and shoot myself up with some of it and see what happens (it has to be taken subcutaneously). Hey...they say some athletes use it for doping so it has been used in humans before (not what I would use it for doping, but if it lets me read for long stretches of time like what I used to do, that would be awesome). And, apparently, Adequan acts a lot like Heparin so it would help with all of my clotting issues too. And no, I won't actually do this, but right now it's looking so so tempting right about now.

Or maybe I should suck it up and start taking glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate....

* It's going up to 92 degrees today. That is pretty damn hot.

* My second cat, Arwen, has a lump on her back. I guess I'm going to have to take her to the vet in August to have things checked out. That is going to be nicht gut because she acts like a hellcat when you take her out of her natural environment (aka our house). The vet and the techs have to handle her with welding gloves. She's not their worst patient-- their worst one managed to bite a tech through the welding gloves-- but she's pretty damn close. the question is, which vet in that practice am I going to subject her to?

* [ profile] doomsey has been talking about pestering some friends and finding out whether they're free this evening. My reaction? Meh. We're going to a play tomorrow, and I don't feel like doing much of anything today. We've had a lot of weekends this summer where we've been booked solid, and for me, that tends to get draining after awhile. Yeah...I'm such an introvert. I think I'm going to do some reading and then see if maybe [ profile] doomsey wants to watch the rest of Torchwood's "Children of Men." We have about three episodes left.

* Jewel goes into undercover into a Karaoke bar and starts singing her own songs. The results are epic. (Blame [ profile] doomsey)

* Commercial done for a library using the same style as the Old Spice commercial. Hilarious! (Via [ profile] happyfunpaul)
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Dear neck muscles and head,

Cut that out...RIGHT NOW!

No love,

[Edited: By the way, I'm sitting in a dark room with my computer screen set to the lowest setting. You know, it would be nice for this pain to go away so I could do something interesting, like read a book, watch a movie, or knit].
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Hey! I've still been so busy that I've been finding a hard time to post. I'm still reading my friend's list and making comments when I get the time.'s some of what's up with me.

Cosette's appetite has been a bit off for months now, and she's losing some weight here and there. She hasn't been throwing up like she used to, and she's still showing an interest in food because she comes up to me and starts begging when it's dinner time. She just doesn't hoggie doggie it down like she used to. While we were in San Francisco for a wedding, [ profile] emygination, who had been baby-sitting our cats, remarked that she didn't think Cosette was eating enough on Friday. Fortunately, her appetite picked up on Saturday and Sunday. [ profile] emygination thought that it might have been because she missed us, but [ profile] doomsey and I talked about things while we were in San Francisco and we decided that it wouldn't hurt to bring her into the vet again and have things checked out anyway.

So...I stuffed Cosette into her crate Thursday morning and trotted off to the vet's office. She decided to take another X-ray because she hadn't had one done in awhile. She pointed out that one of Cosette's kidneys are shriveled, which is not a surprise because she does have kidney issues after all, and that her intestines looked big. She doesn't know if it's a gastro-intestinal problem set off by the kidney issues or something more ominous such as cancer. She told me that she'd do an ultrasound, but it only detects advanced cases. She also doesn't want to do an intestinal biopsy because of all of her health issues. So...we don't really know which of the two things it is. Honestly, I'm not too worried about it right now. I doubt that it's cancer because the vet has been saying for several years now that her intestines are big or feel full, which back then we used to chalk up to her eating too much. And, as I said before, she has the kidney issues and that could be causing the thickening of the intestinal walls. If, by any chance it does turn out to be a slow growing cancer, well, she's just turned fourteen years old this month. She's had a good life. I'd hate to see her go, but, you know. I don't want to put her through any treatments that will make her miserable.

The vet also noticed that Cosette has bad arthritis in her spine and that she has about two areas where the disc space between vertebrae is thin. She thinks part of Cosette's change in appetite might be caused by pain and that's what we should treat first. I'd also like to point out that occasionally during the day, I pick up Cosette's food dish and put it in front of her wherever she's sitting...even if it's on the couch much to [ profile] doomsey's chagrin. She doesn't refuse to eat. Instead, she goes "oh hai! there's food here," and will start eating some of it. It's quite possible that her not eating could be caused by the fact that she doesn't want to physically get up and go to the food dish because her back is bothering her.

To treat her back trouble, the vet prescribed her 24mg of Adequan once a week. She did take this drug in the past for arthritis in her back and knees, but had to go off of it because it made her stomach problems worse. She doing much much better now that she's getting 10mg of Pepcid a day so I don't think it's going to be a problem. I gave her her first shot on Thursday morning, and I noticed that she was eating more Friday during the day so I think things are looking somewhat hopeful with that.

Also, and don't laugh at me, I have to take Cosette to an animal chiropractor to have her back adjusted. My sister-in-law has done this with her animals, and she says that it works beautifully. The only problem is that I just have to find the time to bring her in. The chiropractor is only available 8 to 5 on Mondays at the vet's office I go to, and unfortunately, I work most of that day. I could probably make it if I went early, but I won't be able to do it at all during the fall though because of my work schedule. [ profile] doomsey offered to take her in on Mondays. I suppose it would work, but she's much better behaved when I take her for her appointments. Alternatively, I could see what the chiropractor's schedule is for Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays. The only down side is that I would have to drive out to whatever animal hospital he is at that day. I left a message on the chiropractor's answering machine explaining everything, but haven't heard back from him yet and probably won't hear back from him until Monday.
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Blargh. Sick again. I started coming down with this particular bug while I was visiting my sister and her two girls yesterday. J. is going to shoot me if any of her girls come down with this. Her kids have been sick a lot these past few months, and her littlest was in the hospital with pneumonia for four days back in early April. And...since this cold is just starting, it probably means that I was contagious yesterday. Beautiful. :(

I didn't go on my walk yesterday or today because I haven't been feeling well. I hope to get back on schedule with that on Wednesday. Oh...and while we're on the topic of exercise, last week I determined that exercise is a major trigger for my heart palpitations, much more so than stress or caffeine because I got a lot of palpitations after some of my walks. I'm going to have to mention that to my doctor that the next time I see her, which is going to be soon because .

On the way to work this morning, I was turning right and so happened to glance at an animal sitting in a car window. I ended up doing a double take because said animal was a cat, which was not what I was expecting at all. Usually cats cower in their carrier during car rides. This particular kitty must have been very laid-back.
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Hey! Been busy playing catch-up both with work and with the class I'm taking, so I haven't been able to do a lot of reading...or posting for that matter. Have some links:

* Brooklyn Teacher Gets Stolen Car Back, All Souped Up -- Wild! (Via [ profile] doomsey)

* Can a Plant Be Altruistic? -- Interesting article about plants. Also from [ profile] doomsey.

* Somebody knitted this gem. And I thought *I* was being nerdy when I knit my Doctor Who scarf! (Via [ profile] bottledgoose)

* Ugh! Now why is my stomach all pissed off? Oh well...I suppose I should try going to sleep.
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Well, I have good news guys! Cosette has a heart murmur, but it's very minor and it's caused by a slight thickening of the heart wall. The cardiologist says this is an age related change only and that it's something that's just starting. If there was a valve involved, it would be a different story because that means that she's leaking blood, but that's not the case. So...since this is such a slight problem, she doesn't need any heart medication at this point. She is going to have to be re-tested next year though.

Whew! I guess this means I can relax now....
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Hey guys! I'm taking Cosette in to get the ultrasound done on her heart this morning. I'm pretty nervous about how things will turn out so please think good thoughts for her today, okay?
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* It's called a turn signal. Use it. If I clip you because you couldn't be arsed to use your turn signal when you change lanes, I will tear it out and shove it up your ass. Really...what's with people not using turn signals today? I had two people do that to me in a thirty second interval.

* Saw a "New Driver" sign on a Lexus. You're really going to let your kid learn how to drive on your nice Lexus? Well okay then....

* Amazing Video Shows Shockwaves Explode From Volcano -- I know it's Faux News, but the video is kind of cool. Go watch it.

* I am greatly amused that the German word for jewelry is der Schmuck.

* The vet called. This time, Cosette's blood work turned out almost completely normal. Thank God! I asked whether the Pepcid AC could cause a weird heart beat, and it turns out that that's very unlikely. In fact, they're finding that people and animals benefit from Pepcid because it controls acid. Still taking her in to get her heart checked on Monday though.

* You know, I usually don't read much fanfic, let alone recommend it, but you've got to read this Buffy / Farmville crossover. Hilarious! It's also not very long... (Via [ profile] sl_podcast)

* Looks like [ profile] doomsey and I will be going to that party tonight...
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* Victoria Secret commercials are okay for public television, but Lane Byrant commercials are not because heavier women in the their underwear is too obscene. Okay...gotcha. (Via [ profile] popfiend) [Edit: Also may be NSFW]

* A MAGIC the gathering card inspired by the Icelandic volcano. (Swiped from someone on Twitter)

* Really? Really? The cat jumped up onto the coffee table about two hours ago. Then, she started favoring her leg and shaking it like it was bothering her. I hope whatever it is works itself out because I don't think I can handle something *else* being wrong with her. :P

* Tonight during dinner, [ profile] doomsey was rambling on about zucchinni and heckling me about not feeling up to cooking. It ended with me breaking down into tears.
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I know, I'm posting a lot. Sorry! I just had a brain storm while I was giving Cosette her medication. The last time I went into the vet's office, she told me that I should give her 10mg a day of Pepcid AC to help control her nausea. What happens in many animals with kidney disease is that they get a build up of acid in their stomachs, which in turn, thickens the lining. She was certain that that was happening in Cosette's case.

Well, after I gave Cosette her pill for the day, I thought, "what if the Pepcid is causing her problem?" So...I hopped online and starting reading. I saw that two side effects for Pepcid AC in humans are arrhythmia and tachycardia. Hmm. I do more reading about dosages. It said that the normal dosage for most casts is one-quarter of a 10mg pill every two days. If the cat is still not better, you can up the dose to 5mg a day. Hmm. Maybe she was getting too much? I also read that Pepcid AC is not good for cats with heart problems. I'm not worrying too much over here though, because I also read that overdosage is not very common and you have to give them A LOT to kill them. For dogs, that's 2000mg per kg. One thing that it said was that you can give cats a very high dosage without them showing any adverse effects.

So...I'm wondering if I may have just solved the problem. I'm going to be bring this up with my vet when she calls me with the blood test results tomorrow.


Apr. 22nd, 2010 10:25 am
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Today, I took Cosette in for her three month appointment to have her kidneys checked. During the exam, the vet heard a heart murmur. She said that it sounded as if she were skipping beats. At first, they thought that her blood pressure was high and that that was putting strain on her heart. They tested her and her blood pressure turned out to be normal. It might have been that she was overly freaked out today, but they want to investigate this more because this is something new; they've never heard a heart murmur out of her before. That and heart problems can make her kidney issues worse. I'm going to have to take her back to the vet in the next couple of weeks-- as soon as Monday if the cardiologist is available-- and have an ultrasound done on her heart. Oh...and she also needs to give a urine sample anyway. They tried getting one out of her today, but her bladder was empty.

Great...just great. I really needed something else to go wrong this week....
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* Now I want an iPad! I can use it as an overpriced cat toy! (Via [ profile] rm)

* I did a little more weeding today. I saw not one, but three...count them...three garter snakes in the flower beds next to my garage. Each of them ducked into a little crevice between the garage and the dirt when I passed by. When I finished weeding that bed, I saw one of them poke raise his head up. It was almost as if he was asking, "is she gone yet?" So cute! I'm have tempted to do a little "catchi and release" so I can get some pictures.

* And the wasp nest is back! Now, they're tooling around the garage. It's hard to pinpoint where they're nesting, but they seem to like both the gutters at the front of the garage and a little spot under the eaves of the garage. I think that, after anime night tonight, I'm going to go out there and spray with some wasp and hornet killer. [That's going to have to wait until later because of an ill-timed migraine].

* The arborist came by this afternoon and looked at my pine trees. They're infected with Zimmerman's pine moth, and the holes in the bark are caused by woodpeckers trying to get at the larva. [ profile] doomsey and I were afraid that the trees would have to be cut down, but the arborist said that both were salvageable. Yay! She said that they will have to sprayed twice a year for the next year or two. Then, after that, they can be sprayed once a year. It wasn't too expensive so, after talking to [ profile] doomsey, I told her to go ahead and do it.

* Missing anime tonight because of another migraine triggered by my crappy neck muscles. I think I need to start doing my neck exercises again. Oh...and sitting out in the bright sun this afternoon and not getting enough sleep last night didn't help the headache either. Now, the pain's mostly gone, but my neck is still sore so I'm sitting with a neck pillow.

* This cuteoverload picture made me laugh. That is one pissed off cat!
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* [ profile] doomsey called me up this morning to tell me that he scraped the side of the car on the gate while trying to pull out of our driveway. Since it's a pretty deep scratch, it needs to be fixed. It's going to cost us $650 to fix and we're going to be down to just one car for three days.

* The story about the girl whose prom got cancelled because she wanted to wear a tux and bring a female date just gets more and more disturbing. After the school cancelled the prom, the parents organized a prom themselves. Constance Miller got an invitation to the prom, but it turned out to be an alternate prom for seven people, two of which were students with learning disabilities. Meanwhile, the rest of her class attended a party elsewhere. You have *no idea* how infuriated this makes me. So fucking spiteful. Well, I guess that's Mississippi for you. Tea-bagger heaven.

* And...our insurance company's mail order is giving us the run around about filling one of [ profile] doomsey's prescriptions. They're harassing our doctor by calling her numerous times to ask her for more information. And now they're calling us saying that the prescription can't be filled until they hear back from her. They pulled that shit when I was trying to get one of my prescriptions filled several years ago or so. After talking to my doctor, I called my insurance company back, told them my doctor hold told me they were harassing her, and asked them not so nicely if they were going to fill my prescription or not. After I said that, the problem got fixed promptly.

* Is it me or a people driving like jack-holes lately? I had a kid riding a bike try to Darwin Award himself on the front of my car this evening. I was waiting at a stop sign because I had to turn right and I had seen a kid riding a bike just behind me. I figured that, being a kid, he'd be more likely to blow right through the stop sign and run into my car when I turned right. So, the kid turns right. I turn right. Then, the kid abruptly veers across the street...IN FRONT OF MY CAR...turns around, and then proceeds to go down the street he was originally on. WHAT WAS HE THINKING??? Well, I had him pegged for being the type that would do something dumb, but I obviously underestimated his dumbness.


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