Sunday, April 20, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Red Sox are BAAAAACK!!

First of all, let me apologize for my unblogginess lately. It's been a rough couple of weeks for us. More about that later. Now on to last night's game.

Manny hits number 496 and beats the Rangers! After Ortiz got a clutch single to drive in Pedroia, Manny defrelnicated the ball out into the street behind the Green Monster (what street is that, anyway? Is it Brookline? Landsdown?). I was watching the game with a few other fans at Frankie's Sports Bar in Dallas. We were a little scattered, because we had to compete with a Dallas Mavericks playoff game. Blech. So while watching the Red Sox finally win, I also saw the Mavs blow a 12 point half-time lead to lose by about 15. I silently enjoyed that...

Baltimore helped the cause by beating the Evil Empire yet again. It's cute how the Orioles are trying to be contenders this year.

In defense of the Rangers, Jason Jennings really had a decent outing on the mound. It was his best of the year, and I'm glad he didn't suffer the loss for it. Benoit got the loss (again) as he gave up the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the eighth, setting the stage for Papelbon to come in and do that thing he does so well.

As for stuff at the Bickleyhouse over the past several weeks, Stephanie has not been well. It all started with a double ear infection three weeks ago, which, as it was on its way out, gave way to a viral infection of some kind. From there, we suddenly developed a blotchy pink skin rash, along with joint swelling and pain, similar to some kind of rheumatoid arthritis. Keep in mind, this is a 14-year-old, who with high-functioning autism, functions at a much lower age level. At one point, she couldn't even hold a pen to write with, it hurt so much. She could barely walk. We have been at the doctor's office at least once a week for the last three weeks, and Steph and her mother wound up at the emergency room Saturday night, April 12, because the pain was so bad. The only reason I didn't go was because I had to be at church Sunday morning to lead the worship. They didn't get home until 4am.

Steph seems to be doing better now, though. We have never found out what has been wrong. The tests for Rheumatoid arthritis and lupis both came back negative. We have an appointment with a rheumatologist on April 29. If she recovers completely by then, I don't know if we will still keep it or not.

But that's primarily why I haven't had the energy to blog lately. I do a daily blog on another site that is mainly a daily devotional that I do. I keep it there instead of in a paper journal. If you care to check it out, it's at my Diaryland site.

I guess that's it for today. I'll be watching at least part of this afternoon's game, and will have to record Monday morning's, as I will be asleep. Remember, I work graveyard shift...

TTFN, y'all!


Ted D said...

Hey Bickley,

Very sorry to hear about Stephanie; it's always scary when it's your child. Prayers and PV's from NC, man.

Great game last night, and even though they're down 5-3 in the 8th, this team is never out of it.

I hope this week is much better for you.

Bickley said...

Thanks for the well wishes and prayers, Ted. Always appreciated.

~**Dawn**~ said...

Hope things get back on a more even keel for you. That sounds like one heck of a rough patch you hit there.