Prednisone, Cyber Attacks, and Bears

I am coming out of the fog that is shingles. I know I have been very fortunate because I have a very mild case. The miracle drugs they gave me have done their job, but now that I am weening off of them, my old aches and pains are coming back. Prednisone gives me the opportunity to remember what it was like before aches and pains became a normal part of life. Of course, they deteriorate other parts of the body, so everything is a delicate balance.

Yesterday I was awakened by the familiar spinning of my old friend vertigo and I had a bit of a spell of feeling sorry for myself. Now I am realizing I will have some follow-up visits to the doctor to address the ills that remain. But enough of that.

Last night our governor declared a state of emergency due to the gas shortage caused by the cyber-attack on the Colonial pipeline. My husband found many gas stations out of gas and people were already panic buying. I think I have half a tank in my car which should do me until he comes back from Kentucky. I am hopeful he will be able to get there because he has been looking forward to this for a long time. The pipeline supplies most of the gas to a portion of the southeast United States and they do not anticipate it coming back online until the end of the week.

I was in the Air Force during the energy crisis in the early 1970s. Long lines at the gas station, bulbs reduced in the overhead lights, and I even remember all the vending machine lights were turned off. But this time it was an attack from foreign soil – all for the love of money.

I noticed WordPress made another change while I was away. The mobile version (not the app) has a few extra steps before I can get to the dashboard. Change has become their new normal.

Our good friend the black bear has been back snooping around the scent of the bird feeders. Note to self – do not dilly dally getting the feeders in at night. And on that note, I will end this and try to move around a little bit. That’s something I have not done much of this last week.

15 thoughts on “Prednisone, Cyber Attacks, and Bears”

  1. That’s a big bear!
    Glad to hear you are feeling better. Take some time to recover fully before you rush to do too much.
    I also remember the ‘petrol crisis’. Long queues, and only allowed to buy £1 worth of petrol at a time. When I saw on the news that it was a Gas pipeline, I thought of Gas, not petrol (gasoliene), so hadn’t realised it affected travel by car. Another ‘difference in the same language’. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Pete, the pipeline came back online last night, but the fuel moves only about 5mph so it will be a few days before things recover. Gasoline is still difficult to find here. I am happy to wait out the madness as I have enough to get me where I need to go. I have been approaching my recovery very gingerly. I slept a full night last night so that is a good start.

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  2. Glad to hear your shingles are getting better. Yes, prednisone sure does make us forget those age related aches for a bit! If only it lasted longer!
    Haven’t looked at gas prices or availability for a few days….uh oh, I’d better check!!! As Emily Litella ( Gilda Radners character on SNL) used to say…” There’s always something!”

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  3. Ah! That’s why the price of gas jumped from moderately expensive to ‘holy cow!” I got filled up just before the price went into the stratosphere though. *phew*. I’m so sorry to hear that you had shingles. My mother got them, and I remember how horrible it was for her, hers affected her scalp and ears though, and she said she wanted to claw her skin off sometimes. Even touching her hair hurt she said. Prednisone is indeed a magic drug, it’s really discouraging that one must use it short-term and sparingly or suffer side effects. I hope you feel much better very shortly!

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    1. Thank you, Melanie. I just hope everyone that can gets the shingles vaccine. Shingles is painful and can have long lasting effects especially as we age. The pipeline came back online last night so I am hoping we will see things start to return to normal soon.


    1. Thank you, Dan. I am feelingjuch improved and on the downhill slide. With the pipeline coming back online last night, I am hopeful people will relax and not panic so much.

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  4. Glad you’re improving and hope your vertigo stabilizes quickly. The current gas situation reminded me of the 1970’s, too. Fortunately, I was able to get some non-ethanol gas at a small semi-rural station, which found folks lining up in LONG lines for the single pump as I left.

    Impressive bear in your photos! Quite large, compared to our neighborhood bear.

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    1. The bear seems to come through around midnight, but yes, he is impressive. I am hoping the gas frenzy will lessen now that the pipeline is back online.


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