The puddle in the basement is now just a slowly vanishing damp stain on the concrete. I did finally soak up most of the water last night with some towels, then rolled the dehumidifier into the center of what was left, and let it go. Worked like the proverbial charm. The heat from the compressor evaporated the water on the floor, and then all that water vapor condensed and was trapped. So the basement is mostly dry now. In other homeowner type news, I also did some repairs in the bathroom. The towel rack is now much more firmly attached to the wall.
On the health front, I still haven't ridden my bike, but otherwise I feel mostly human again. A lot of this has to do with reducing or dumping all together some of the medications. I started half doses of the beta blocker last Tuesday, and have a lot more energy now, and I'm not quite so depressed. Thursday I dumped both the Prevacid and the Flovent. I stopped the Prevacid because I'm pretty sure that whatever was wrong with me wasn't reflux. In fact, I had more digestion problems *after* I went on the Prevacid. Those seem to be clearing up now that I'm off. I stopped the Flovent because I had completely lost my voice because of it. This is known side-effect, but it had never caused me problems before, so I wonder if it was some sort of synergistic effect with the other meds. To be honest, I haven't noticed much of a difference in my breathing or coughing since I've been off.
I also had my first cup of coffee (okay, mocha) in a month yesterday morning, and I had a beer with dinner for the first time in a month. The doc had never specifically prohibited caffeine or alcohol, but I was avoiding them just to be sure. Turns out caffeine really doesn't do anywhere near as much to blood pressure as salt. I don't drink a lot of coffee anyway, but it was nice for a change.
I was going to ride this afternoon, but as I was getting ready it started raining again. Sigh. Stoopid weather.