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I think that I'm gonna make an eye appointment relatively soon. The fact that I couldn't read the teeny print on the bank website, and the trouble I've had since I got my current glasses kinda convinces me that something's up. I DON'T want bifocals, but... Fuck if I wouldn't rather be able to see properly! Also, while I was fine through the con other than the coughing from my stupid asthma, it might now be turning into something else. I was going to go in to the allergist anyway, but this means I'll try to get in tomorrow rather than just getting an appointment when I can. I'm betting its just an opportunistic cold developing cos the asthma has been kicking my ass since the illness I had three weeks before the con. I have to say I'm gettin' pretty tired of getting sick. :P

Other than that, I spent a bit of my remaining con money (Yes, even with the bank stupidity I still had money allocated left for fun stuff) and got the Pathfinder book. With my discount and the sale I got at $35 new, free shipping. It retails at $50. Woot. :)

Saturday I'm considering starting my Xmas shopping. Friday is a NO EFFING WAY day for me and shopping- I hate stores to start with without rabid bargain-hunting swarms. I'm aiming for about $10 per gift, maybe a bit more for the family ones. Anyone who's on my list (you know who you are!) lemme know what you want! For me... All I want is LOTS of Barnes & Noble gift cards.

This being the first day home, not much is going on. I'll go back to work at midnight, work two days and its Thanksgiving. I'll be at my folks Thursday evening, and that's about all that's going on.


Nov. 2nd, 2010 08:52 am
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SO far I've done about 1600 words today. I would have done more, but right after my round last night I started feeling pretty terrible. Regardless, I'll get the remaining 1400 words of my daily goal done later today, and I'll post the next section then too.

In other news, still NO news on the desk I might or might not be getting from work. It will replace the Damned Desk(tm) out front, and is a far more managable size. I'm also kinda looking for another loveseat or hide-a-bed for a good price (like, FREE) for the front room.

(edit) Oh! I forgot. I voted right after work. Get out there and vote!
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Icky medicine. :P

Its a bottle of generic stuff with Dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant. I tried to sleep yesterday, and every time I laid down (aside from one two-hour space where I DID sleep) I starting coughing uncontrollably. This stuff, a generic version of Delsym, works pretty good. I actually slept from about 5 PM til 11. It's ONLY a suppressant, which is what I needed. Of course, it tastes horrible. Grape horrible, as opposed to yellow, green, pink or brown horrible. Of them all, the medicines that were yellow were inevitably the worst. This stuff, supposedly grape, I can get down and the aftertaste is nonexistent. Unlike ANY of the Robutussen or 44D variants, which you can STILL taste an hour later. Bleah.

I'm nearly through this stupid cold. I think I'll be pretty much fine tomorrow. Although... The sensation that I get from the stuff feels real weird; I can feel a cough there, but it kinda just doesn't happen and there's this indescribable sensation in my throat... Weird.
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I'm on a four day weekend, mostly because I wanted it and because it means I won't have to rush to work right after the game on Sunday. This is a good thing. And because I had a little extra cash after paying the bills and getting groceries I decided to get some books. This was done in two halves- some ordered from Barnes & Noble online, the rest gotten CHEAP from Half Price Books.

From Barnes & Noble I got:

My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding (A collection of supernatural wedding tales including one from the Dresden Files)

My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon (Companion to the above)

Strange Brew (An anthology centered around alcohol, with a Dresden Story)

Mean Streets (YET ANOTHER Anthology, this one of gritty city supernatural tales. Another Dresden tale in this one as well)

Armageddon 2419 AD (The ORIGINAL Buck Rogers story! Beware the Yellow Peril! Despite that, its a good read.)

The above have all shipped, and will probably get here by Wednesday.

From Half Price Books, the haul was bigger and smaller- bigger, in that there were more books bought, smaller, as it'd take three or more of them to match ONE of the anthologies in size! [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn accompanied me- we went to the one near Northtown Mall, north of us.

Han Solo's Revenge by Brian Daley (A Star Wars novel, one of three from Daley. Guilty pleasure from long ago)

Ambulance Ship by James White (A tale of the Hospital Station series)

A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeline L'Engle (The third book from the Wrinkle In Time series)

The Moon Maid by Edgar Rice Burroughs (A true pulp, I saw it and at a dollar I HAD to get it!)

Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson (The classic, I've never read it!)

The Mummy, or Ramses The Damned by Anne Rice (From her Vampire Chronicles series, tho he ain't a vamp!)

The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice (More Vampire Chronicles and Lestat)

The Fortress in the Eye of Time by C. J. Cherryh (I've no idea, but its a fantasy and its Cherryh!)

And that's the haul. Most of the stuff from Half Price were a buck or two each. I may order one or two books further on Barnes & Noble, but that'll hinge on their actually HAVING what I'm after. I've gotten a taste for some of the older and more obscure stuff I remember reading long ago. :)

Also on Friday, I made chili. I, [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn partook, though I did offer to [livejournal.com profile] mirrdae and [livejournal.com profile] zxizaraxii. They'd already eaten, however. [livejournal.com profile] khirsahdrgn had a guest over so I didn't ask him. The chili was a good batch, and I REALLY ought to write the damned recipe down- I make it from memory every time and I know there are a few who'd like to know what goes in. [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain brought over some odd hamburgers made of ground sirloin and a couple of different mushrooms ground together too... They weren't to my taste, and the Oniony kaiser rolls weren't something I like. However, I'm a fussy bitch and it's prolly just me. ;)

And now we get to the 'bad' and the 'it f*cking figures' part. I couldn't sleep today. I tried, and it just didn't happen. So I ended up staying up playing 'UFO Alien Attack', and OLD Microprose game for about six hours, til I headed out to the book store. The fatigue finally started taking me down after dinner, so I kinda slumped unconscious after my dinner companions went off to see a movie. I think it was 'Kick Ass' but I was pretty muzzy by then. And now I know WHY I was screwed up- I've apparently gotten a cold or something, and I set to kicking my butt with a vengeance. I took ibuprofin and sudafed, and slept like the dead through fever-sweats. I THINK the fever broke, but I hope like hell I can get over this before Sunday. I REALLY wanna game! Thus, It F*CKING FIGURES that I'd get sick on a long weekend!

Feh. And that's it. Right now I'm up, feeling better and drinking tea. My throat feels like its been sanded and there's drainage, but other than that I seem okay... But we'll see. Thus today will be me trying to make sure its GONE.
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Yesterday I took a trip to the emergency room for what turned out (fortunately) to not be an emergency. Around 4 PM or so I started having abdominal pain- it felt like the burning sensation that you get when a muscle is overtaxed, but rather more intense. I figured it was gas, and did the 'grin and bear it' bit. Around 6 or so I decided to lie down in the hopes that it would let up. It did, by about 8:30... Almost completely. Then it started to hurt in the lower right quadrant of my abdomen- this time a sharper sensation, more like a strained or pulled muscle.

Notably, I've never had pains quite like this before, so I went online to look to see what matched the symptoms- as it turns out, the symptoms were near identical to appendicitis. I know there was a fair chance that it was nothing, just BAD gas or constipation, but appendicitis is a very stupid thing to take a chance on, as one of its 'complications' is death.

So, I called [livejournal.com profile] foeclan and asked if he could drive me to the ER. He could, and we headed to HCMC (Hennepin County Medical Center). I lucked out and was in an examination room in 15 minutes flat. I ended up beng examined, getting X-Ray'd and my first ultrasound (Congratulations! Your gallbladder will be a boy!).

It was determined to be a fairly foul case of constipation; notably the worst I've ever had. They basically told me to get more fiber in my diet and to drink this 10 ounce bottle of... Red stuff. It was okay until the aftertaste hit- Gods, THAT was bad. And if you burp it COMES BACK. O.o

Anyway, things came out alright in the end, pun intended, and I seem okay now. The only bad things are that ths stuff they gave me seems to have been bottled diarrhea, and I woke with a MASSIVE headache, which after ibuprofin, tea and food has passed.

I refuse to be either embarrassed or chagrined by any of this. If it HAD been appendicitis, it's extremely dangerous.

So how was your day? ;)
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... Here's a bit of an update. First, it turned out that I WAS sick, rather than it being my allergies. I think I'm mostly over it now, but this afternoon will tell. I had to work last night regardless. Aside from being a bit run down, it wasn't too bad. Mostly it was a head cold-ish thing, and I'm basically down to just sniffles now.

Other than that, I didn't get a damned thing done this weekend, primarily due to that. Yesterday was me sleeping all day, or at least trying to. Today is sleep followed by the Horror Campaign, which I'm looking forward to despite not getting the damned writeup done. I sent the GM the raw notes at least.

One thing that was good about working last night- I got myself a nice little deskish thing from work, that would have been thrown out otherwise. Its mainly designed for a printer I think, but it has a pull-out keyboard tray. Its in real good shape, and while a touch unwieldy I was able to manhandle the thing into the house and to my room without any real trouble or significant noise.

And that about covers it.
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... Kinda literally. As I left work, JUST as I reached my car there was a sudden sense of urgency... I managed to make it home, but ever since me and the bathroom have been getting quite well acquainted. At least its only from one end. :P

I had hoped to dodge it this time, but nope. O well.

Dad picked up Sprite, Gatorade and Immodium AD for me, and I think I'm a bit better. We shall see.
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Well. I got to work on time as usual, as did my coworker. He stated to me that he'd tried to call off-duty due to illness, but was told that there was nobody to cover the shift, and thus he came in. He went off to do his thing, and I took my post in Ops. Eventually, it was my time to do a round, and so he came back and I went off.

When I got back I stopped in the bathroom to answer the call of nature, and noticed an odor. "Gee," I thought. "It smells like puke in here!" I went back to the office, finding the coworker there flushed and visibly sick. "You okay?" I asked. He shook his head no and mumbled. "Did you throw up?" He nodded yes to this. "You're going home. I'll call someone." In the end, I got the supervisor in and he went home, hopefully to recover. I did all of his rounds on top of mine, and I may 'have' to work the overnight tonight if he doesn't make it in.

And we're being yelled at by the home office for too much overtime- notably, they haven't done fuck-all to fill the open shifts we've had for months, and they've not bothered to get more floats trained at the account.

I hate stupid people and their stupid policies. This is why when I call in sick, I say "I won't be in." Rather than "I don't think I can make it in tonight." I ain't giving them weasel-room anymore.
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This weekend went rather well for the most part. Friday I was able to team with some of the Local Group on City of Heroes, which of late hasn't been happening all that often. Got a level on Fire-Line, my Fire/War Mace Tanker out of the deal too. Saturday was the Vanguard game, and while I didn't get to do much I did get good food and a few side matters (kindasorta) settled. However... I started to feel a bit iffy there, like the mildew was getting to me or I was getting sick. I chalked it up to the former and went to work. I felt a bit off, but still nothing that I couldn't chalk up to my allergies screwing with me.

Then came Sunday. Unlike Saturday, where I slept like a rock (other than Spaz waking me by dancing on my head), I woke after about 4 1/2 hours or so. I still wasn't feeling all that bad, and so I made the chili for the Sunday game. It was a good batch, and the run itself was a blast. However, after I left I definitely was feeling like I had an oncoming chest cold.

Which brings us to now. I've a slightly stuffy head, an odd sensation in my chest and a low-grade fever. I'm nodding a bit, and I KNOW I'm sick. I'm gonna beg off work tonight, and hopefully I'll not miss more than a day. Unlike the coworker I think I got it from I won't keep coming in to infect the rest of the crew. :P

I just hope I didn't share the damn thing around. Sorry to people if they catch it.

Oh- and Amy's butterscotch rice krispy bars with chocolate-chip frosting were great. :)
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Well, I had my little meeting at the office today, and I was right- they thought I was sleeping on-shift the night that the food poisoning started to hammer me. The accepted my explanation too, so no biggie. However, the client doesn't want me on the account anymore, so I'll be going to a different one. That both sucks and is a good thing. On the bad side I have to learn a new account and they didn't have any openings immediately. On the GOOD side there are very few accounts out there with MORE walking than this one, so pretty much no matter what my legs will get a break.

Something else that is good news- The three days I missed last week. I WILL get paid for them as vacation days. I opted to take all this week as vacation too, which will give them more time to find me a posting. So I have a week more off with pay!

All in all, its a mixed bag, and pretty much what I expected. I HAD hoped the client wasn't going to be a fucktard, but O well.

So I get to relax. I have to say I need it.
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On Wednesday, I got my hair cut. As it was halfway to the folks place anyway I also decided to drag my old, busted lawnmower out there because dad wants to try and fix it. I'd kinda rather get a new one, but hes insistent. Anyway, I got there and they insisted on me having dinner with them. I refused at first, then gave in and chowed down. Thereafter I headed home, stopping for comics.

Here's where it starts to get fun.

I started feeling slightly queasy and having bodyaches relatively soon after getting home. I ignored it because I've been achy in general from mowing the lawn and the walking I do at work anyway. When I got to work, I was definitely not feeling good- wrung out, joint pain and fatigue, and an upset stomach. When I wasn't staggering through a round I was witting, holding my head in my hands.

Eventually the night ended. I got home, and had what I thought was the onset of diarrhea- it wasn't, and I went to bed. I tossed and turned, having alternate chills and sweats, til the phone rang- It was the office from work. They told me that I shouldn't come in to work tonight (Thursday), and that I should come to the office tomorrow (Friday) at 8:30 to discuss matters of things from my account. I think that it was that they thought I was sleeping, because of my holding my head the way I was.

I wouldn't have been in anyway, because thats when the diarheea DID hit. The joint pain was a lot worse, and I spent the next few hours curled in my chair. Eventually, because I didn't want to go through what I have in the past when I've gotten sick like this, I made an appointment to see the doctor at 7 PM.

[livejournal.com profile] ataramos kindly drove me in, and after some minor directional snafu's (mine and the nurse who gave me directions' fault), we got there.

As it turns out, it was bacterial food poisoning. I think the fever broke last night, but since I got back from the appointment, all I've had to eat or drink is gatorade. When I pick up my prescription for Cipro I'll get some jello-cups. I do feel better, but I have to sort things with work still too. I didn't go to the meeting (I informed him yesterday that I was ill and might not be in), but I have to rearrange things to get this worked out.

It seems like every time I've gotten things working again, some other stupid shit happens. :P
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Okay. So I just talked to the vet, and what Luna has is two things- asthma and kidney disease. Apparently, she was actually in kidney failure when I took her in. The kidney disease has apparently been developing for some time, then just recently got worse. What happens next is that for the next two weeks I'll be taking her into the ved every other day for fluid-injections to get her kidneys working again. After that, either she'll be okay and treated likely with meds, or I'll have a very hard decision to make.

And thats where we stand. She goes in for the first treatment tomorrow at 10, and the second on Saturday at 11.

Given that she just wolfed down a 1/2 can of Fancy Feast (mixed with water to thin it) and has been drinking regularly, I have some hope. :)

Bedtime now.
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My parents just dropped Luna off. The x-rays were negative, which basically means NO CANCER! So that leaves thyroid or kidney problems, or both.

But it ALSO means she's basically okay!

She received intravenous fluids at the vet, and when she got back she VACUUMED down the baby-food they wanted me to feed her, as well as her usual wet food allotment- her not eating was my biggest concern.

Maybe it was all the mild dehydration she had, tho I dunno really how she got dehydrated in the first place. I always have fresh water out for her, and she demands to drink from the bathroom sink-faucet; so there's something up still, but I feel like a ton of weight is off my back. :)

I'll get the info from all the tests on Wednesday, and we'll go from there.

Now I'll try to sleep again.


Jan. 20th, 2007 01:18 am
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Well, after all the crap with the comp and setting up City of Heroes/City of Villains this morning, I went to bed, beat. Did I sleep? Nope. Was it stress? Nope. It was the onset of a cold or flu. I'm at work with bodyaches and general other flu-y symptoms now. Yick. So, after work I'll make a quick stop for grocery-necessities and then head home to bed. CoH/CoV can wait til I wake up at least.

I will say the amount of play I've gotten has been fun; Goblinn is level 3, and I've yet to try the Villain side of things. I know who I'll be building for my first villain- In my old Proteus Campaign he was named Arctic. I've a better name for him now, which is actually two heavily-hidden puns. ;)

I have to futz with my key-setups too- I keep hitting things that change my view, cause me to chase a target... I'll get it figured.
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Saturday, I woke at 3 PM, still kinda sick but feeling better. I was looking forward to just kinda sitting around, trying to get a bit closer to healthy before work. I dragged my tail out of bed, and went to brush my teeth... just after I started, the phone rings, and I run to answer it, mouth full of toothpaste.

Me- Herrowff?
Account Manager (AM)- Mike? Can you come in?
Me- Now? I broffhing moi teef!
AM- As soon as you can- nobody showed up to work for second- as long as you can, and I'll be in to relieve you, so you won't have to work the overnight.
Me- Uh... I gueff. I can be vere avout pffiveish?
AM- Okay, good.
Me- I'll work fil one?
AM- You might as well get some extra hours...
Me- Sthill gettin' over thith cole!
AM- Okay. Thanks!

I hang up, finish brushing, wash my hair and get dressed. I make it into work in less than a half hour from the time of the call, at 4 PM.

As I walk into the office, the fellow I'm relieving is on the phone... Not a good sign.

It turns out that there is a crew scrubbing the lowest level of one of the two parking ramps which are part of the account, and they managed to blow one of the sprinkler heads by parking their compressor-unit with its exhaust directly under the head, thus setting it off as soon as it hit the trigger temp of 160 degrees f. So, the fire system is discharging all over the place from the blown head. Joy.

Note that we're getting NO alarms.

So, I take over, call my supervisor (the fella who had me come in in the first place) and the building on-call engineer and haul ass to the ramp to see what the situation is. I confirm it, realize that I have the wrong number for the engineer, haul ass BACK to the office, tell the engineer what's up, he says hes on his way and I go back to the ramp.


The engineer arrives and looks it over. he sends me back to the office to put the fire system on test, which I do, and then we spend time digging around to try and find the number for the company to repair the damn head.

We had to actually get one of the tags from the sprinkler room, cos it wasn't in either the security office, nor the engineering office. GAH.

Eventually, things got sorted and the night went quietly thereafter- but damn, I'm getting tired of having to deal with morons...

I got home just after one, and basically idled all night thereafter.
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I've a few minutes before I go out the door for an errand, so here's a little update. I'm all set with AC prep now but for the packing- the money is set aside and I know who is in the room now- Me, [livejournal.com profile] khirsahdrgn and [livejournal.com profile] feezlekhan. I might have room for one on the floor, but talk to me closer to the date. Steve, the fella who usually takes the other bed isn't going this year, due to finances, inability to get the time off and the fact that later this year he's moving to New Hampshire (!!)...

I'm also mostly set for Midwest Furfest. Yay!

On other things- I'm getting over the cold, tho I'm still coughing, its nowhere near as bad as it was earlier. I'm finally cought up on bills (I think), and if I feel up to it I might start dealing with the forest that was once a lawn on Sunday, and maybe de-weed the garden.

Mr. Lillehaug is okay, tho he had to pop back down to the Mayo yesterday- he was getting drainage from the sutures, which isn't supposed to happen. They fixed him back up, and the doctor said, 'If this is the worst thing that happens during your recovery, it'll be smooth sailing'. I think that's the accurate quote. :)

That's it for now. :)
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The ugh- I'm still sick. UGH.

The good news- They're releasing the ORIGINAL VERSIONS of the first (temporally, not chronologically) three Star Wars Films, available til December 31st! Yay!

No more fucktard-inspired 'greedo-shot-first'!


I feel a bit better cos of this. USA Today also has an article, a bit longer, in today's Life section.


May. 3rd, 2006 07:37 pm
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As I posted before, I'm sick again. Just a cold, and I think (I HOPE) that its letting go fairly quickly. My apetite has gone to hell, and I feel like my head's packed with cotton. Bleah. I think this time it was just caused by my immune system being nuked by my asthma and the hellish amounts of pollen we've had.

In other news, there isn't much other news. I'm just hoping I get over this crap.
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Bleah. I just called offshift for work tonight. I woke up because it felt like I'd swallowed a bag of broken glass. :P Hopefully a night of rest will help clear this crap up.

In other, non-angsty news life goes on. If I'm feeling better tomorrow I'll be at [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain's game at his place (Stubborn bugger, he is... bacterial-blood infection and he STILL wants to run...), and I'm definitely also looking forward to our rescheduled Werewolf game on Sunday- We're playing then cos next weekend is Easter, and the following week is bolluxed for various reasons as well.

I might post the narrative I wrote of my Werewolf character's history here later tonight, just cos I'm curious how I did. :)

[livejournal.com profile] danshrugs... We ARE gaming tomorrow. Prolly see you there. I hope.


Apr. 5th, 2006 03:33 pm
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I seem to have [livejournal.com profile] ataramos's cold or whatever-it-is. Bleah. I'm contemplating calling off-shift tonight to see if I can shake it- but seeing as she's had it for almost a week I have my doubts. Everyone in the house save for maybe [livejournal.com profile] khirsahdrgn seems to have some sort of sharp-clawed, deeply-dug-in miserable infection. And people wonder why I call my place 'Plague House'. :P

And I just found out in [livejournal.com profile] foeclan's journal that [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain, his roomie and my former roomie, is ALSO sick and in the hospital with what seems to be a bacterial blood-infection. Gaah. At least THAT one can't be traced to here!

I don't think I have to worry about the Dreaded Bird Flu. Cos anything fatal would just end the misery, and I don't think we'd be that lucky. O.o


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