March 5, 2003

Pins and Needles

This morning found me in the hospital, not in the ER, but in The Medical Arts Pavilion at Suburban General near Norristown. Don’t worry, I’m not dying, at least that’s what they tell me now. I went in for what is called an EMG, which stands for Sticking needles in your muscles and sending an electrical current through them. It seems that after I went snowboarding over Christmas that I banged myself up a little bit too much (stand up, go 10 feet, fall and bruise tailbone excruciatingly, repeat) and am now reaping the benefits. Every time I lay down my left leg goes to sleep, not in that pins-and-needles way, more of a I-can’t-feel-my-leg kind of way. A few needles and jolts of electrical current later and I am told that I have no nerve damage. Apparently I may have just bruised a bone badly and, if that being the case, it might take a few more months to heal. All told it was a slightly uncomfortable experience, the doctor never introducing himself or asking my name, just throwing me a gown and asking me to “hop in”. Oh well, that should teach me not to hurt myself so much anymore.

Last night festivities included a show at the Troc with Interpol and opening bands The Ravonettes and Laguardia. I have to say, a bit regretfully, that I was pretty bored. Interpol really didn’t offer much in the way of a live show, just standing and playing with barely a spec of recognition of the crowd before them. Some friends say that being gloomy and introverted is their shtick. Then I suppose I just don’t get it. There was nothing at the show that I couldn’t have gotten from the CD (with the exception of one new song). No change-ups. Don’t get me wrong, I love their music, I just wish they brought a bit more with them. And the band leaving the stage presumably ending the show only to be cheered on for an encore routine is just plain silly. We know you are coming back. All of your instruments are still scattered about the stage. The house lights are still down. The sound guy hasn’t put on filler music. Just stay the hell on stage and play another song or two if you want. The Ravonettes, who reminded me more than a bit of X, were fun and had a tall cute bassist. Laguardia sounded promising from the first few songs, but I missed the rest of their set in favor of getting a beer.

Commentary (11):

1. ROb Weychert says… mar 5, 2003 | 7:49 pm

Three cheers for not having nerve damage! Knowing that the outcome of your hospital appointment was not especially grim makes me that much more disappointed that I wasn’t there to watch you get electrocuted by needles.

2. P. Dalkner says… mar 5, 2003 | 10:36 pm

It’s funny, this morning I was actually playing with my Jason Santa Maria voodoo doll. Strange, huh? Oh, and what’s with the “schtick” thing? Next time you can quote me directly instead of paraphrasing. My lawyers don’t bite.

3. Jason Santa Maria says… mar 6, 2003 | 12:34 am

I thought I was paraphrasing Marc when I wrote that. You keep your voodoo doll away from me…I was wondering why my arm caught on fire and I kept running my head into the wall.

4. xkimex says… mar 6, 2003 | 1:36 am

hmmm, recently my right arm gets all pins and needles when i sit down.….but i’ve never been on a snowboard.

5. Kevin Cornell says… mar 6, 2003 | 9:42 am

I had an EMG about three weeks ago. It’s one of those situations where foreknowledge of how it feels doesn’t make the slight shock any better. Every time i was shocked, I was surprised how nasty it felt, and my leg jumped like crazy.

But of course, if it didn’t do that it would be bad, because I’d have nerve damage.

So anyways - get an EMG! It’s worth it!

6. Kimlan Nguyen says… mar 6, 2003 | 11:04 am

Wow, Jason. You and Kevin were meant for eachother! Twins, maybe?

7. Jason Santa Maria says… mar 6, 2003 | 11:41 am

Well, we were going to wait a bit longer to tell you Kim, but I actually proposed to Kevin this weekend. He accepted, and afterwards we smashed your engagement ring with a hammer…then we played yatzee!

8. liz says… mar 6, 2003 | 11:46 am

So Jason, when were you going to tell me!!!??? Shelly was right! GAY!

9. Jason Santa Maria says… mar 6, 2003 | 11:56 am

Well, I guess I thought you would just figure it out at the wedding. Fuck Shelly.

10. Peter Santa Maria says… mar 13, 2003 | 2:22 pm

Dood, see what happens when you don’t listen to your big brother? You end up goin’ to lame-o rock shows with craptacular bands. Sure they look pretty and they are oh so emo-tional, but do they rock?! Nay, I say!

Now, let’s all say it together in your best Kevin McDonald impersonation…SUUUUUUUUUUCKS!!!

Anyway, glad to hear your leg is A-OK : )

11. Sarah says… mar 13, 2003 | 3:59 pm

Hey Jason,
You’re a nut. Possibly you herniated a lumbar disk, hence the numbness in your leg. You should have called me, I would have recommeneded a pillow over your ass for future boarding sojourns, and possibly an MRI to view your spine. Use ice over your lower back to decrease swelling. Stretch that ass, it’ll be good for you. Another thing, try Scrabble in Spanish. It can get PRETTY out of hand. Like the word “hola”, doesn’t score many points, but stumps them every time. Anywho, maybe a gentle chiropractor could help your back. You don’t have any problems peeing do you? I mean, starting the pee, not having to push to pee, and feeling peed-out when done? If so, get your ass to the doctor. OR, drink 40 beers and start again tomorrow.
Love ya mang,
Sarah Kleeber