Weather is chilly but sunny. Decided to carry through with our hiking plans for the day. Drove to Duckabush River trailhead and arrived about 11:00. Plan was to hike 5 miles up and over “Big Hump” and have a quick lunch by the river. Met a few groups of people on the way and on the way back. Sunny but quite chilly. Hardly any wind. Lots of little streams flowing across the trail. Returned to the car at 3:45.
Main idea was to see if my back side would be okay for hiking. It went very well. A bit sore after sitting for lunch. Otherwise, I feel like I’m almost back to where I can hike without worrying about the pain in my leg or butt.
Drove home and got a beer, the remaining taco dip, chips, and cheddar wrapped olives for a snack. Watched the Seahawks game on the DVR. Had some apple crisp and ice cream while watching the Colts-Titans game. Then watched Episode 2 of Season 5 of American Horror Story (Hotel).
Breezy but not raining in the morning.
Played golf with the guys. 2 fivesomes. My group was Steve McDaniel, Shelly Washburn, Roger Reighard, Don Carlson, and myself. We won front 9 and back 9, winning the 18 also. We had 11 marks and they had 4. Collected $10 from each of them.
I shot an 83. Parred 1, 2, 3, and 4. Double bogeyed 8. Back to back birdies on 17 and 18. Everything else was a bogey.
Dinner at Erika and Charlie Mayfield’s. Other guest was “Margie”. Shrimp with feta cheese and artisan bread. Fruit tort for dessert.
Had a martini before leaving here and white wine over there.
Day starts cloudy in Port Ludlow but is partly sunny by the time we leave at 11:00 for the Kingston Ferry.
Oatmeal for breakfast.
Called Tsillan Cellars in Chelan for dinner reservations while at the ferry. Calm, partly cloudy here.
On to Stevens Pass. Darker and heavy clouds as we approach. Temperature drops to low 40s by the time we’re to Skykomish. 34º by the time we reach the pass and there has been snow and slush on the road for a couple miles. Snow gets more serious as we go down the pass on the east side. Maybe 4 miles of slush on the road, then turns to rain.
Sunny by the time we get to Leavenworth. Bathroom stop at McDonalds. Grab a Clif Bar for a snack.
Tried to stop at Castle Vineyards above the tunnel on 97a on our way. Website said they should be open but gate is closed. This is where the Tunnel Zip Lines are.
Arrived at Tunnel Hill Winery in Chelan around 3:45 pm. A few other people there besides us but uncrowded. Tasted 6 wines. Shared a tasting the $10. Bought a bottle of “Sacrilege” ($30) red blend and “Camino” ($20) white blend. Tasting included in price of a bottle. Opened the red and sat to have a glass in there tasting room by a warm fire.
Moved over to Tsillan Cellars for tasting and dinner. Tasted 3 wines for $5. Shared the tasting. Bought a bottle of “Sinestra” ($30) red blend. Had it opened for us to take into dinner. Portobello mushroom appetizer. Sausage cannelloni for dinner with broccolini.
Left Tsillan at 7:00 pm for Wapato Point. Checked in to unit 667. Watched Monday Night Football (Cowboys vs. Tennessee) and Dancing with the Stars. Black Russian for dessert.
Turned in at 10:00 pm.
After playing rounds of golf with Trevor, Elaine, and Jerry Brady (Saturday), I awoke with a very painful right thigh and buttock area. I could tell this was another instance of some nerve condition. I had this back in October, but I could still walk and play golf. It would really hurt if I stood still for any period of time.
This time is different. It doesn’t seem to be related to a back injury since there is virtually no back discomfort. It is really focused on the lower glute area and the back of my thigh. This situation indicates that my sciatic nerve has become inflamed and irritated by something.
Sunday, the 21st, was a very uncomfortable day. I could not walk or stand up without a great deal of discomfort. Sitting was pretty much OK, so I did a lot of that. I took ibuprofen throughout the day, and that helped somewhat. But it’s very difficult to manage nerve pain so I was not completely comfortable at any time. Moving around the house was a real chore. Taking a hot shower seemed to provide quite a bit of relief to be able to move around more easily.
After some research and reasoning, I think I have a good chance of having “piriformis syndrome”, which is not a medical diagnosis specifically, because it does not have data or specific cause for its occurrence. It is explained here in this video: Piriformis Syndrome Video
Fortunately, I already had a doctor’s appointment next day with a new provider here in Port Ludlow. I hobbled into the appointment with hopes for some ideas how to resolve this painful condition. Dr. Laura Wulff at the Jefferson Health Care Clinic in Port Ludlow saw me. She had a very nice personality and positive attitude. She seemed to be pretty informed about this condition and prescribed medication, stretches, and therapy to address the piriformis syndrome. Besides ibuprofen, she suggested Gabapentin. She also seemed fairly sure that with an aggressive treatment program, this should be relieved within two weeks. I was pretty happy to hear that! Additionally, I ordered a heating pad from Amazon. Finally, some massage techniques can be used to relieve discomfort. Here are three YouTube videos that I found to be clear, helpful, and well presented:
Here are some helpful stretches I will be using too.
Hopefully, Dr. Wulff’s prognosis will work out the way she predicts. I want to get back out on the course and be ready to hike and climb.
Elaine made a wonderful lasagna dinner to share with friends this evening. Charlie and Erika came over for a very pleasant evening to talk about trips we’ve done and how we are posting on WordPress.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Weather – About 45º. Cloudy with wet ground conditions. Little wind.
- Golf 18
- Pick up a birthday cake for Dad’s birthday
- Movie in Poulsbo at 3:00
- Dinner after the movie
- “Game of Thrones – Season 2, Disk 4”
Mike wanted to solve some golf problems so requested instead of an inside workout that we play a round of golf to sort out some of those things. There were practically no other golfers at the course when we got there around 8:30. We checked in a got to the 1st tee. Our first hole was pretty disappointing so we walked back and started over again. From there on, Elaine’s golf was pretty normal and steady. Mike’s was not looking too good. Mike had bad holes on 3, 4, and 5. After that it seemed to settle down. Elaine had an OK score of 56 on the front 9. Mike had a sub-standard 47.
On the back nine, Mike improved and parred 11, 12, 15, and 18. Also, hit a good hybrid to the back pin on 17 and made a 5 foot birdie. (Followed by Fireball Birdie Juice)
Gained some insights into lining up better for golf shots.
Dropped by Central Market in Poulsbo for a birthday cake. Single-layer German Chocolate. Bakery put writing on the cake for us.
Regal Cinemas in Poulsbo. Watched “Darkest Hour” a movie about when Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of Great Britain and how he led his country during the time when Germany was threatening to invade Great Britain. A focal point was the extraction of British Army troops by a civilian fleet from the French port of Dunkirk. Interesting with good characterizations.
Mexican dinner at “La Costa” Restaurant in Poulsbo. Margaritas were pretty weak and tasteless. Good food though. Chicken fajita burrito and chicken macho burrito. Plenty to eat. Service was OK, although it was strange how the staff seemed to interchange with each other throughout our dinner.
Game of Thrones – Season 2, Disk 4, Episodes 7 and 8
Amanda and family leave at 9:30 for the airport.
Took care of my cold feet.
Put away travel things.
Called Jorgensen Golf to sign up for tour.
PCT planning. Made new spreadsheet to keep track of campsites.
Benson “Encore” wine.
Leftovers for lunch and dinner.
Game of Thrones – Season 2, Disc 2 (?)
Weather: 32 in the morning. Warming to 37 by nightfall. Cloudy and calm all day. Snow still covers most parts of golf course and edges of our yard.