The pain in my knees has now subsided to coming and going throughout the day, it’s no longer a steady wave of pain immobilizing me. I have done a bit more research and it seems to be an MCL strain but is probably nothing more than a strain. So I have laid off exercise for the remainder of last week and will continue that this week, dependent on information from my doctor. I am glad, however, that the pain comes and goes because this makes it much more palatable. I have noticed that since I stopped taking my Meloxicam, my knees feel better much more quickly and now I am also able to take other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or Aleve. Yesterday, I noticed that once I popped a few naproxen sodium caplets and put an icing sleeve on my right knee, it felt great for about 6 or so hours and even after that, once the pain returned it was not as bad as before, it hurt every few steps rather than hurting if you merely looked at it. This leads me to believe that the Meloxicam was slowing the healing process as my knees would hurt exponentially once the drug wore off, almost to the point of making walking impossible. Whatever the role it plays, I will no longer be taking Meloxicam, its side effects (including a narcotic-esque withdrawal period) make me feel very uncomfortable. I am pretty sure that my doctor will not be pleased to know that.
In other news, this weekend was fantastic all pain aside. After a great night at the Fillmore in Miami seeing Girl Talk, we spent Friday doing as little as possible. It was very nice having a day off and getting to enjoy it. Most of Saturday was spent much the same way, except I ended up going to West Palm that night to see my friends Paris is Burning play some serious technical death metal. I also had the pleasure of seeing letlive., a very emotionally charged hardcore band that lays it all on the line every show. I have not seen a band perform that erratically and spastically in quite some time, it was quite a spectacle to take in. It is not something easily translatable into words, you will just have to see them when they come to your town. And if you have a chance, talk to the singer, Joshua, about the scene and music, what he has to say is amazing and needs to be heard by a wider audience. Overall, the night itself was fantastic, I got to see a lot of my friends and hang out. The downside being that on Sunday, my knees were wrecked again but that cleared up pretty easily.
Yesterday, we had a nice and lazy day again. Aside from eating breakfast and taking some clothes to Goodwill, the only thing we did was go to see documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams, narrated by the impeccable Werner Herzog. My biggest complaints: the pointless use of 3D and the length. Other than 3D being the current fad and using that to pander to a wider audience, the actual use of 3D and stereoscopic filming served absolutely no purpose in the movie. How are you going to make rock art paintings which are completely one dimensional into a three dimensional representation? Hint: you cannot. 3D’s only use in the entire film was for fluff and superfluous use in making scientists appear separate from their backgrounds and giving depth to some of the cave shots. Using 4K or higher resolution would have benefited this movie much, much more than the pointless use of 3D. Besides the fluff use of 3D, I felt it was a bit long in the tooth at slightly over ninety minutes. A documentary this long is typical however, this was very sparse on information and drive around the sixty minute mark, it really felt thin after that until the last scene which has little relevance to the rest of the movie itself. I found the documentary itself truly interesting and very engaging for the most part but those gripes may prevent me from purchasing the DVD. If Herzog pumps up the resolution and drops the ropey and gimmicky 3D implementation, it would be worth it.
I’m not sure what is coming up this week besides visiting my doctor but I hope it is fun, I just miss exercising!