Tuesday is too much Check-in
Hey, all! Good morning! I was in *horrible* fibro pain last nihgt. No idea why. Oh wait, right, overdoing it radically so our supper guests could have a lovely time and I was *gone*. Excused myself early. They, and Hubby, watched a movie and continued the chit-chat and all, and I lay there with pain from my old 2011 injury (gah) and the damn all over the place "something stop aching so I can sleep", and I hate waking up complaining, I try to not do it even here, but...
Well, remember last summer I spraine dmy whole right arm, neck to wrist? The tendons are still cranky, being tendon. So my right arm went *berserk* on me, and somehow that, I think, made my fibro wake up and say, "Hey, we weren't aggressive enough this last few days!"... I keep repeating, "Two days to physio doc, something will feel better eventually!"
Anyone else ever want to name their fibro and send it hate mail?
This Saturday is the March for /in support of Science. Be nice to a nerd. You have medication, computers, and eyeglasses because of nerds!
Today in history, Robert E. Lee, Colonel, US Army, turned down an offer of command in the US Army. Year? 1861. Reason? US Civil War. Lee became an iconic hero of the rebellion, which he joined. I will note, however, that 1. his genius was half luck because damn, did he end up against a couple idiot opponents along the way (trust me, you get Burnside for an opponent, that's an easy win) and 2. more men wearing the US uniform died in battle against forces under Lee's command than have died on and since 9/11 due to Taliban, al-Qaeda and Islamic State combined.
Now that I've offended a bunch of people, think that one through for a minute. Because it hit me yesterday and I was like, "Why the f*** do we have a statue to that guy like he's a saint? Even if I exclude sickness (half the deaths in the Civil War were disease, if not more).... Damn! That math sucks!" But pardoning Lee was part of reconciliation, and everyone forgot how they'd mocked him or wished he'd fall down dead like Stonewall Jackson did... BTW, for the record, Jackson's men feared him. The press loved Jackson as quirky and lethal-to-the-US-soldiers, but his own men? Feared him. That's why there's always been that rumor, since the day it happened in 1863, that his men fragged him. They probably didn't. .... Anyway, I live in the US South, and I'm a Yankee born and bred, an dmy ancestors died wearin ghte US uniform in that war, and we're debating this huge "Take down or leave the Lee monument" thing, and everyone kept talking about how great he was after the war, but during the war..." And I pointedo ut that if we are honoring his actions post-war, why is he always wearing his military uniform and on horseback?! And then I got in serious trouble, as usual, b/c my brain works weird.
(BTW, US armed forces total killed since 9/11 and including that day, estimated 10,000 over 15 years. Add up Antietam, Cold Harbor, and Gettysburg alone and we hit about 7,000 US soldiers dead in battle. Not disease, not injured. KIA. Throw in Chancellorsville, and it's up to 9,000. And I haven't even mentioned Seven Days, Wilderness, Fredericksburg.... Get the idea? Yeah.)
Weird note: "Casualties" refers to killed *and* wounded, so you have to hunt a bit. THen you learn, as I've long known, that the wounded count is usually anywhere from five to eight times the number of killed in US Civil War battles. Why? Those minie balls (Minie balls, minus diacritical mark on the terminal e). They didn't kill you but you wished they had.
The minie ball is actually bullet-shaped, not a perfect round ball, and soon boasted four grooves in the base. The base also has a small indentation as if the bullet was hit in the butt by a... well, a bullet. This makes the minie ball a bastard. Why a "ball"? Because that indented base means the gas from the ignition of the gunpowder expands the bottom of the bullet. When fired, they're misshapen little buggers. I was hiking a battlefield many years ago and the frost had pushed upa few and I didn't notice till I hit pavement that my hiking shoes had a spent minie ball lodged in the *tread*. (I've also found unexpended minie balls.) You could survive a minie ball easier because, unlike old round shot, it didn't migrate much en route to and through you. But if it hit bone? Amputation was almost always a guarantee, b/c the bone shattered beyond repair. An ounce or more of high-speed lead does that. A round shot tends to spiral and do its own thing, so the shot were harder to find and remove; a minie ball left a pretty straight path. That was fairly new stuff in the mid-1800s onward, in battle.
Thus, the saw and whiskey being the mainstays of military medicine int he 1800s. Ouch.
Oh,t hat minie ball? I was a good citizen, and gave it to the park service. Hey, it's ab attlefield relic. Not mine to just walk off with, tho' I pretty much did, LOL.
OK, that was gruesome. I am so sorry!
I'm really tired and going to head back to bed if the pain allows. May yoru Tuesday be too good, not too much!
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