Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine Humbug Gets OWNED

Ok, so some of you might not know this about me, but I am a Valentines Day Humbug. I mean, seriously... it's NOT a holiday! What is it? An excuse to indulge, spend, and make your loved ones feel guilty. Really? Bill and I don't celebrate it... we never have. Each year do you know what I get for Valentines Day? An Oil Change for my car. Yep. That's what I want. If he's gonna spend good money on some random day of the year, then I want something useful.

Now... I'm not a total scrooge. I always pick up a card (only funny ones) for my man, and a few candy treats for everyone in the family - it's fun, it's unusual (for me to buy them junk), and everyone gets a kick out of it. But, when it all boils down... I am a V-Day Humbug. Until this year.

This year I got owned.

Backstory... about 6 weeks ago, I was doing the financial check-up. Going through CreditKarma, the bank account, credit cards... and I saw a charge I didn't recognize - in Las Vegas. ??? So I research, and still don't know what this is, but it looks fishy. I call the hubby. "Hey, do you know what this charge is to ___ for $___?"  "Yeah, don't worry about it," he said. "Um, excuse me? What IS it?" I replied.  "DON'T worry about it."  Oooookay. WTH??

Back to present day... Last night... we're chatting about our day and bowling night (Wed. is bowling league). I have somehow managed to mangle my right elbow (because I needed another injury??), so we're tossing ideas around about how to ease the pain without quitting bowling (I throw a nearly 15 lb ball - it's no small thing). Suddenly, he says, "I'll be right back". Was it something I said? He returns with a gift bag. And this is the moment my V-day Humbug took over my vocal chords, "Are you kidding me?? You got me a GIFT??" (insert "what is wrong with you" tone of voice).

"Just open it," he says (with maybe a little exasperation in his tone).

So I do (which was no small feat, as that box was both unlabeled and Chelle-proofed). Finally I get it open. Humbug is back. Is this a joke? You fell for this crap??? Seeing my poorly hidden skepticism (no poker face for me!), he begins explaining, finally ending with, "Just try it. If you don't want it, I'll use it."  Ha! This is MY gift, even if it is a gimmicky piece of @#$.  Back off, buddy! (I know, there's no logic in my irrational humbuggedness.)

So I open it up, set it up, turn it on, and...   OMG. Yeah, he's not getting this one back. And for someone who detests Valentines Day as much as I do, it means something when I say my dude scored a righteous gift! What was it?? Check this out...

What IS that??  It's a TENS unit. It's the size of an iPod, has two outputs (two can use it at the same time), and lemme tell ya, this is NO gimmick! Bugger packs a punch!

Remember this? I've come a long way, baby!
October 2010
If you are unfamiliar with TENS, it stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. It's used in Physical Therapy, which is where I was introduced to it when my knees blew. Through the little electrodes, which adhere to your skin, the device delivers an electric pulse. Turned up too high and you can scream in pain and watch your body jump like a kangaroo, too low and you'll never even feel it. Just right (thank you, Goldilocks) and the stimulation can ease pain. I had huge success with it, and have even looked into buying a home version of the device.

As I've been training these last months, and my injury/disease embattled body struggles, the hubby paid attention. When he attended a trade show, and a vendor said, "Hey! Wanna get a great massage?" my hubby said no-thank-you to the salesperson and walked away (lol - good man). A second salesman stopped him and said, "Hey,  you got any sports injuries?" "Well.... yes, yes I do." "I can help you with that." Magic words... now he had my hubby's attention. He hooked Bill up, put the device in his hand, and 20 minutes later, Bill had more fluid mobility in his shoulder than he's had in  years. Not kidding. Bill is super skeptical, but this little device proved itself to him. And being the loving, amazing, incredible husband that he is, he immediately thought of me and all my injuries, and how much I'd appreciated the TENS treatments when I was in physical therapy... and he bought it for me.

Ok - he bought it for me, hoping I'd let him use it ;-)  Which I will if he can stand the intensity ;-) because there are two sets of electrodes so you can use this on two people at once! How cool is this??? How awesome is my husband???

I am so excited with this gift! I used it last night on my shoulder for 20 minutes and did get some easing of the pain and more mobility (and the pain only woke me twice during the night!! HUGE victory!). And today after my leg workout I will be testing it out on my hamstring. So. Freaking. Excited. OMG! Thank you, hubby!!!!! :-D Thank you, thank you thank you!! But I am still morally opposed to Valentines Day, so...

Thank you, Easter Bunny. Bawk, Bawk!! ;-)

1 comment:

  1. awesome! I love the tens machine... i feel the same way about Valentines... it's like Hallmark is holding a gun to your head and telling you how you feel!! and when you should communicate it... pfft!