Restricted Performance | Auto & Human

The engine light came on in my car last week when it was below zero, and the “Restricted Performance” message appeared until the car warmed up (photo from internet – not my car). Understandable. The engine light wasn’t on once it was above zero. This week, the engine light is now staying on consistently, and the “Restricted Performance” message flashed briefly this morning and then went away. I have several short jaunts to drive per week, and I definitely don’t plan on driving far until this is figured out. That’s the issue, though… When do I have time to deal with this? If it has to go to Jag to be fixed per warranty, that’s at least a 45 minute drive one way! So my first trip is for an oil change on Saturday, followed by a visit to AutoZone where they can hook it up to a computer to see if they can determine the issue that way.

My personal restricted performance seems to be multiplying. My performance on the job is excellent – above and beyond actually. However, I need to pull back on how much overtime I work because it’s restricting my performance in other areas of my life.

Then I just about went deaf in my left ear due to wax build-up. Before you gross out and think I’m not a clean person, that has nothing to do with it. See this information about when and how to clean your ears. First of all, I’m too cautious to put a Q-tip any further than what’s visible. Any further, and it can and will just push everything back more causing a bigger issue. Where this wax was in my ear canal was way too far back to be reached by Q-tips or other fancy ear-digging instruments and had to be irrigated at the doctor’s office, which was not fun! It turns out that the right ear is also a little blocked, but they couldn’t break that one free. So I continue with ear drops at home. Blah.

Now, about those ear drops… Two nights ago I was leaning to the left after filling my ear with Debrox, and I sneezed. Yeeow! Something popped, and now my bottom rib on the left is extremely tender to the touch. Sitting is fine, but sleeping is a nightmare even before getting to REM stage! Last night I tried rolling to my left side and thought I was going to puke. Lying too far on my right side causes issues because of my girly figure (hips) causing my side to crunch in like that. So I have no other option but to sleep on my back. Even that puts a little pressure from behind, so a wedge to keep my left side slightly elevated would be perfect I think. Deep breathing is a little painful at times, but ibuprofen and acetaminophen help.

This seems super odd to have happened within a week of my husband doing nearly the same thing! He sneezed hard while driving and felt a pop, but his pain is towards the back at the bottom of the ribs. Also left side. Some of you may remember the year Jason broke his arm and in that same year, Josh broke his, and then Ali broke hers! Then there was the time I fell down the three steps into our family room and whacked my upper back (not broken). I don’t remember how long after that, but Miranda slipped down the same stairs and broke her leg (spiral fracture). THEN not long after getting out of that cast, she slipped and broke her arm! When we do calamities around here, we do them up big!

Darcy Elliott

I don't believe humans truly have a purpose. Our goal is to survive until we expire. Period. Joy is pleasurable and worrying is not. Balance in life is crucial; but if the scales must tip, may they tip on the side of joy. I’m just another human trying to survive. I blog because I can and because I enjoy it, not because it serves any purpose.

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