SoCS — All Better

I woke up at around six o’clock this morning, California time, with a terrible cramp in my right calf. My wife told me to calm down while she called my doctor. When I got on the phone with him, he said that having a leg cramp wasn’t a calamity and suggest that my wife massage my calf until it felt better. Then he asked if I was getting enough calcium in my diet and suggested some calcium supplements for me to take. The doc wanted me to come in for a physical exam, so I checked my calendar and set up an appointment for the following Wednesday.

The calf massage my wife gave me worked great and by mid-morning I was feeling much better. She later suggested that we go to my favorite Italian restaurant for dinner and I readily agreed, as I love their calzone and they have the best fried calamari appetizer. Plus, it’s a classy place. The menus are hand printed by a calligrapher, but it is rather expensive and I often have to use the calculator app on my iPhone to calculate a proper gratuity. Right next door to the restaurant is a fun arcade where there’s a guy from Calidonia in Panama who plays a calliope at night.

So even though my day got off to a rather calamitous start, by the end of the night, I ended up calling it a winner.


Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. The challenge is to a word (or words) starting with the letters “cal.”

27 thoughts on “SoCS — All Better

  1. Mister Bump UK March 20, 2021 / 5:49 am

    I used to get cramp a few times a night, but I got so tuned to it, I learned to recognise a 2-second window where I feel it is *about* to happen. And if I can act quickly, I can prevent it.
    But that’s post-stroke – something changed. Pre-stroke, it came without warning, or seemed to.

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    • Fandango March 20, 2021 / 10:27 am

      I hate when it happens. So does my wife because I end up waking her up, too.

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    • Fandango March 20, 2021 / 10:28 am

      I noticed that we used many of the same words. Great minds, an all!

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  2. willowdot21 March 20, 2021 / 6:06 am

    Cramp is so nasty I suffer with it too. I used to take Quinine tablets , drink lots of water!
    As to your post it was genius! I think you covered every base!

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    • Fandango March 20, 2021 / 10:29 am

      I have no idea if calcium supplements provide relief on leg muscle cramps, but calcium does start with “cal,” so I let it flow

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      • willowdot21 March 20, 2021 / 10:40 am

        If you are in dire pain put a little salt on you hand then lick it off it can help 💜🦋

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  3. Hetty Eliot March 20, 2021 / 6:08 am

    There’s nothing like a good charley horse, huh? I would get it so bad that icy sweat would come out of my face. I’d wake up and feel the twitch in my calf and there was nothing I could do. It feels like someone stretched out my calf and drove a stake into it. I noticed it tends to happen if my bedcovers are tight and my foot is flexed upward. Man, the pain is incredible. My brother in law had appendicitis and said the charley horse is worse because at least you can curl into a ball with the appendicitis. My calf will hurt for days. They told me getting enough magnesium helps.

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    • Fandango March 20, 2021 / 10:31 am

      Fortunately it’s rare for me, but when it happens, it’s excruciating and my calf can be sore for a long time afterwards.

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      • Marleen March 20, 2021 / 12:03 pm

        Cal-Mag Fizz.

        I was thinking, “What? Calling the doctor?” Then, I was relieved you brought up calcium. Magnesium is more likely the problem [a problem which you don’t really have]. For an emergency (rather than keeping up on nutrition regularly), the above product works quickly. I’ve also used straight magnesium, by Twin Labs (a powder in a capsule), when I was pregnant. Once, my husband called from whatever city he was in for work to ask me what he should do, since he had an ongoing excruciating cramp in his leg. He had to go shopping with the cramp. I guess it would be easy to hire a shopper, now. But I knew that brand would be readily available. He found it, and it worked immediately.

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  4. Carol anne March 23, 2021 / 7:39 pm

    am so glad you feel better! I love italian food! Hope you enjoyed it! xoxo

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