Aralis

Mar. 13th, 2012 08:19 am
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Had a decent Aralis event. Some really cool moments, also some disappointments, and the bugs remain not-my-favorite creature to fight. I had a really hard time staying in Fathom's headspace this event. I suspect that had to do with being on a site that I NPC at A LOT, and staying in a cabin that contained several people that I often NPC with (and lacking several other people I often spend time with at Aralis). It was really easy whenever it was just me, [livejournal.com profile] dunriver, and [livejournal.com profile] marcus_sez_vote to fall into sorta quasi-IG joking around.

Ah well. Will work on it next time. Some fun moments: )
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Couple of quick things. First of all, I'm feeling much much better (with regards to my back). Nearly am at 100%, with only an occasional twinge to remind me of it. I was completely combat-active at Pirates this weekend, and while I took it a bit easy when I had to bend in certain directions, I didn't have any problems, aside from a minor ache when I'd been standing for a very long time.

Car passed inspection yesterday, that's one less thing to worry about.

My brother called me last night, sounds tired but like he's doing OK (had some bad stuff happen recently, is in the process of recovering). He got to hear about all my hijinks at the hospital (we share a dislike of needles, though he's worse than I am).

Hmm... other than that, I sort of need to finish making a character for a game I'm playing on Friday night (before Volta on Sat). Weather for Sat looks... pretty decent, if it actually holds for another few days. We'll see.

Need to do laundry. No joke.
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I had an interesting weekend, starting at about 9:15 AM on Friday. This will be a long entry.

the ER and resulting hijinks )

Aralis as a wounded person )

Aralis highlights )

Update

May. 15th, 2009 09:48 am
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Since the last posting, [livejournal.com profile] sarrciano has been to the doctor a couple of times. He's doing better, but not at 100% yet, which is frustrating. But at least the most alarming of the symptoms are gone, and I can see small signs of improvement in the way he's acting. Doing lots of sleeping and resting. Me too, actually. I don't think I've been so relieved to get back to work ever.

I am going to Aralis this weekend. He is not (going to spend it relaxing at his parents' place). Hopefully a few more days of rest and eating regularly will set him right. If not, back to the doctor on Monday. Hope not.

That's about it, thanks to everyone who reached out in various ways with offers of help and stuff.

And I'm very much looking forward to being able to hit the things that cause me (IG) stress this weekend.
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I've had a minor cough for the past several weeks. It started out as a cold, but then got better, but I was still coughing a bit. But it was nothing more than that, and I'm not coughing very often, so I've mostly been ignoring it.

Anyway, long story short, yesterday morning my throat was a bit sore, and I was sorta brain-dead all day, and it wasn't until I was actually driving myself and several people to the Madrigal meeting that I realized that my throat was really sorta sore and I sorta felt like crap. Oops. By then I was at the meeting (which I really couldn't afford to miss anyway, as it's my meeting to beat info skill answers out of people). And I was grouchy and cranky and less helpful than I usually am, which is terribly productive at meetings. :sigh:

So anyway, apologies to anyone I was bitchy to last night. I was fully expecting to call in sick this morning, given how I was feeling when I got to bed, but I felt much better when I woke up this morning. Not 100%, but a million times better.

update

Mar. 4th, 2009 10:50 am
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Well, I had an unexpectedly long weekend. Friday I stayed home sick, and then Monday got snowed in until the afternoon.

The sick part sort of stunk a lot (I'm still not really recovered), but other than that, fun weekend. Friday I sat around like a lump, drank a lot of tea, and watched some TV. And napped in between coughing/sneezing fits.

Saturday, [livejournal.com profile] sarrciano worked an extra day, so I once again made with the sitting around. Did manage to get out of the house long enough to buy some fabric and trim for a coat for Sarrciano. Sat afternoon, we drove down to [livejournal.com profile] thedeviantangel's place to hang out with her and [livejournal.com profile] silway. She cooked lasagna for us (yum) and we all talked a ton about larping, switching between games every 10 minutes or so. Was a ton of fun, and we stayed way later than I'd intended, but we kept starting new interesting conversations that we didn't want to cut short.

Sunday, failed to get to the store to buy some cough medicine, but did get a good start on the coat while watching a LotR marathon. Ran out of black thread for the serger, though, which was sad. Even sadder was how many times I messed up one of the sleeves. After the second time I fucked it up and had to rip out not only the stitching but the serged edges too, I decided to put it down for the night. That didn't stop me from glaring at it and smacking it every time I caught a glimpse of it as I walked by, though. Because I'm totally rational like that. It was clearly the outfit's fault that I'm an idiot.

Monday, my work had a delayed opening, which was cool, except the roads near my house weren't really drivable until after noon, so I just took the day off. Managed to finish the coat, including the trim, and I'm reasonably satisfied with how it came out. We also did manage to get to the store for cold medicine, which is helping to defeat the stupid cold, and some food items. Failed to find something to hang the picture that we got for Christmas, but that's ok, because yesterday [livejournal.com profile] sarrciano went to Home Depot and got something to hang it with, so now we have a painting hanging on our wall. Almost like a real house. Looks very nice. :)

Yesterday was crazy at work, what with me needing to catch up on two days of work and it being the beginning of the month and having meetings all day. It was crazy, but productive. And tonight is Madrigal meeting. Yay.

well, sh*t

Feb. 26th, 2009 03:12 pm
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Grrr. I thought I'd somehow managed to make it through the Sunday morning fight without getting sick. Made it all the way to Wednesday no worse for wear. But when I woke up this morning my throat was sore. Was hoping it was just talking too much at the Madrigal meeting last night, but it's getting worse and has moved to a good congestion-filled cough. Grrr. I hate being sick.

Hopefully can last the rest of the day and then go home to self-medicate with tea and sleep.
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Ugh. I hate being sick. Hate hate hate. Started feeling sorta off Friday morning. By Friday evening I was fairly certain I was running a fever and felt pretty crappy. Friday night I was having trouble sleeping, what with the fever and my throat hurting. Luckily, D is smart and suggested that I take some ibuprofen to reduce the fever and make the pain stop. Actually slept after that, and the fever broke sometime during the night. Thought the worst was over.

Felt fairly decent when I got up the next morning. Not 100%, but pretty good. Took another pill, ate some food, and decided I was well enough to go to the gypsy/guild gather down in CT. Glad I did, it was a lot of fun. Mostly just sitting around hanging out with a great group of people. Bit of fun roleplay, and Zebydiah/Randy came up with a fun game/challenge where we did a bunch of wierd combat things, and hired Videl to do it. More hanging out and fun and food inside, before we eventually completely fell out of game and talked about random stuff (and I got to show off my pretty new dress!) until pretty late. Drove back home, and was there not long after midnight.

Then the fever came back, and the chills, and the not sleeping. And I'd run out of ibuprofen, and the advil didn't seem to be working as much. Was a long night. D spent most of Sunday bringing me tea and telling me not to apologize for not feeling well. Glad he was there, but could have done without the sickness.

Today I went to the doctor's, where they checked and said that I didn't have strep (I was pretty sure I didn't have it, since when I have strep, I run a 104-degree fever, but still nice to know), and then told me that they didn't know what it was, but my throat was 'very, very red' and looked bad, and that they were going to give me massive amounts of antibiotics that would hopefully deal with the problem.

I'm ready to be healthy again. I still have piles and piles of stuff to do for Madrigal. In all honesty, if it wasn't Madrigal this weekend, I might have waited a day or two more to see if I got better without medication, but I really need to get healthy nowish.
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I've been not feeling well for the last week or so. Stomach issues again. :sigh: Really need to figure this out sooner or later. Am starting to feel better - slept through the night for the first time in a week, which helps a lot.

And now, on to the quizzes! )

update

Apr. 3rd, 2006 07:40 pm
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Feeling a little better now. Stomach still hurts, but I've doubled up on the medication and it's allowing me to eat and sleep through the night, which was really the problem. Spent the weekend at my parents' house being taken care of, which was nice, even if I'd rather have been healthy and hanging out with friends.

quiz )
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Yep. Stomach problems did not go away. I'm personally of the opinion that I caught whatever stomach bug is going around, which triggered my regular stomach problems. After a day, the unsual symptoms went away and I'm down to my normal misery. Not happy. Also feeling somewhat defeatist about the entire idea of going to a doctor, since every time I try to go when I'm actually ill they can't make an appointment for 3 weeks. So far I've managed to avoid the worst of the secondary problems that generally accompany the stomach pain - the not sleeping enough, the not eating enough, and the making myself faint, mostly through sheer determination, though I've managed to burn my hand quite badly by spilling boiling water on it (don't ask). At least it's a change of pace.

My parents have offered to let me spend the weekend at home watching TV and feeling sorry for myself, and I may take them up on it, if I'm not better by then.

Eviscerating myself still seems like a good option.

yes/no meme )

and a quiz )
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On Saturday, my stomach seemed to be acting up. Took one of the pills I have that's supposed to help with that and went on with life. Yesterday, it was worse. Today I woke up from the pain of my stomach hurting, and became very, very unhappy, since I thought it was a recurrance of the problem that I've had for the past several years. The problem that I thought I'd dealt with *twice*.

Went to work in a bad mood, especially since this is an absolutely horrible week for me to miss any work. Nearly threw up and then nearly fell asleep in my cubicle before I realized that I felt like shit beyond the pain in my stomach, which was not a normal part of the cycle. (Far too early for the feeling like shit part.) So I went home, and promptly fell asleep for 3 hours.

So the good news is that I'm pretty sure it's not *the* stomach thing that I get. The bad news is that I've got a stomach thing that's apparently being passed around, complete with all types of misery. Amusingly, this makes me happy. I have big plans to drink a ton of tea and sleep for the rest of the afternoon, possibly tomorrow, too, and get myself healthy for the big push at work at the end of the week.

other good things )
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So very happy about this. My stomach has finally stopped hurting constantly - still hurts from time to time, but it's not preventing me from eating or sleeping or working, so happy. In other, related news, the doctor called back (been playing telephone tag since Tuesday) and "You look good." Meaning, my liver is working fine, my bloodwork seems fine, and the ultrasound didn't show anything. Which is good, because I don't want to have something seriously wrong with my liver, but also not helpful, because while my bloodwork may be ok, there's obviously something not right, and still have no idea what it is.

Looking forward more to the weekend now, though. :)

worry

Jul. 17th, 2004 10:20 pm
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It's been a very long week. Started last weekend, when we finished packing. Worked Monday, Tuesday, part of Wednesday, Thursday, three-hour interview Friday morning, then working until late Friday night. It was all tiring, but the real bad part of the week was my dog.

Monday he was fine, went on a three-mile walk in the evening, after work. Tuesday he seemed fine, it was raining, so we didn't go for a walk. Wednesday, he seemed a little sluggish, wasn't hungry. On Thursday, at work, got a call that Cao was running a 107 degree fever (101 is normal for dogs, 105 is considered a bad fever), and had gone to the vet's version of the emergency room where they were trying to get the fever down. They managed to get it down a little that day, and he came home that night, but I got home late enough that I didn't get to see him. The next morning he looked awful, eyes glazed, didn't wag his tail at all to see us, and barely able to walk. They took him to a different doctor, and the fever was back up, and his system had gone septic (I think that's the term). On Friday the doctor advised us not to get testing done that night, because it was likely that Cao wouldn't survive the night. My parents were a wreck, and I was trying to be there for them and not break down myself.

He did survive the night, and we visited him twice today. Each time he seems a little better, but he had a horrible fever for two days, and hasn't eaten in almost four, so he's still not near healthy. Worse in some ways, the doctors still don't know what happened to him. He's got all sorts of problems related to what happened to him, but they still don't know what caused it. We might be able to bring him home tomorrow. If anyone who reads this is inclined towards praying, I'd appreciate if you thought about him tonight.
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Yes, it sucks very, very much. And I am lucky enough to get it very, very often. (It's not so bad, I'm down from 2-3 times a year to once every 2-3 years. Unfortunately, it's hitting me harder each time.)

Started out good. Had a great time in Boston with Trelaine, Pirates of the Caribean was awesome and funny... :) Drove home, didn't even hit much traffic... That night I woke up a few times with a sore throat, thought it might be from the smoke in the club, the next morning I woke up feeling something like shit. Dragged myself through breakfast, felt a little warm, hoped it was my imagination, and climbed on the bus to go to camp.

Made it all the way through one period before I gave in and went to the nurse. I don't have much of a fever, but every time I stand up or move I feel dizzy, so I decide to go home. By the time I get home, an hour later, fever is up to 101. Sleep for three hours. Decide to go to doctor. Roads are flooded, (It's a rule, I can only get sick when it's a blizzard or tropical storm. Really.) but we make it. Doctor takes one look at me, checks my throat, announces that I don't have mono (scary thought I hadn't had) but surprise, I do have strep throat. Give antibiotics and says that I can't go back to work until Thursday at the absolute earliest, because I'll still be contagious. Camps being what they are nowadays, I figure that they won't want me back until Monday.

Drive home. By then the fever has hit 102.7, but I'm going to call the camp like a good little trooper to let them know I won't be in for a few days. Imagine my surprise when I say 'strep throat' and they say 'be back in 24 hours'. I patiently (I think, I don't remember much of the conversation) explained that my doctor had said I'd still be contagious until Thursday. They said that it was usually 24 hours. I said, I don't think so, and they said, we have a lot of experience with this. I think I replied that I'd had it a dozen times, and that it didn't usually worked that way. It was when they got to the point of questioning my doctor's credentials that I said I'd see how I felt and hung up on them. Then I collapsed for another 3 hours or so.

Anyway, antibiotics are much better than they used to be, because I'm almost functional by Thursday (there wasn't a chance that I'd be better on Wednesday), and although without a voice, I head off to work. Somehow made it through the day without killing anyone (including myself), despite the fact that I had no voice with which to yell, and one of my co-counselors (the useful one who actually pulls her weight) was gone on a trip. Got home and discovered that I'd almost worked myself into a relapse, but 11 hours of sleep got me going again for work today.

Anyway, as my concluding statement, strep throat sucks, I'm probably eventually going to have to get my tonsils out, and strep throat sucks.

Have a nice weekend!

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