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Healing

Posted 2012.01.06 18.49 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

So it’s been 6 full days now since the second operation. A week since the original procedure.

I’m certainly on the mend. I can tell, there is less pain, moving around is easier. On the other hand, I’m not feeling as good as I had hoped. Maybe I was overly optomistic, and maybe having two operations in two days is a bit of an extra strain on the system.

I went to work yesterday for a few hours; that and a visit to the drug store afterwards completely wore me out. By the time I got home I was exhausted, and in a good deal of discomfort.

On the other hand, despite how tired I was, I had insomnia and lay awake staring at the ceiling for half the night. So from that point of view, I’m a lot closer to being back to normal than I feel.

I’m expecting to spend the rest of the weekend slumping around doing nothing, much as I’ve done this past week, and with luck I’ll be just about finished the mending process by Monday.

There should be more to report, but I can’t remember what it may have been. And sitting at a desk & typing has tired me out again.

Complications

Posted 2012.01.01 6.47 in Family/Friends, Life On Drugs

So it turns out, at least some of my anxieties were not misplaced.

I came through Friday’s surgery ok, by Friday night I was feeling pretty all right. Then it all went downhill fast. By Saturday morning they decided that the surgeon needed another look, but he was working at a different hospital that day.

So when my dad came to pick me up in the morning, instead of taking me home he had to take me over to the emergency section of a different hospital. They were expecting me, but it was still a hassel with admission and all.

Then they decided to do another surgery, which from prep to OR to recovery took all day long. And finally, when I got out of recovery, the surgeon had told my dad and I what was up but hadn’t filled out paperwork with the head nurse.

So they were reluctant to discharge me, and the doc wasn’t answering his pages. Finally I signed a form to discharge myself, and at long last, got home late yesterday evening.

My dad gets an extra big Thank You for staying with me through the whole second-surgey thing, even though it was an excruciatingly long and boring day at the hospital for him. I can’t describe the joy and comfort I experienced seeing him there for me when they let me out of recovery.

Big props also to my mum who stayed the night here at home with me, and is now off at 6am getting painkillers for me at the drug store.

Anxiety

Posted 2011.12.30 10.45 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

So I’m on my way to a date with a scalpel, and I’m nervous.

They say it’s no big thing. Simple procedure, only takes 30 minutes or so.

I’m sure they’re right. I’m sure everything will be ok.

It’s just that I get nervous when needles, scalpels, and anaesthetic are involved.

And it’s not like they do anything to ease the anxiety – to the contrary, the whole process is designed to extend the discomfort. No food or water after midnight, so you’re hungry and totally parched while you’re waiting. No painkillers or other medication for a full week ahead of time.

I get the no-food thing, and the no-water thing makes a very slight amount of sense. But it doesn’t do anything to make one feel less uneasy about the situation.

Personally, I think they should give you a small supply of demerol, to start taking as soon as the anxiety sets in. That would go a long way to making the whole process run a little smoother. At least from the patient’s point of view.

Munday…

Posted 2010.06.21 7.32 in Family/Friends, Pointless Blather

Not a fan of Monday – and the morning is especially unloved. Once I take over the world, I think I’ll extend the weekends to include Monday, so everyone gets a 3-day weekend.

Yesterday was Fathers’ Day. I went to the hospital to spend some time with my dad. He got through last week’s surgery ok, but he’s been in a lot of pain. It’s difficult to see him like that – I imagine it’s always hard for someone to see one of their parents all weakened and suffering. Looking ahead, hopefully he’ll be well enough to go home this week.

Also ahead, there’s like a week and a half till the end of the month and I’ve got a small mountain of work to get through by then. Between that and visits to the hospital et cetera, I’m already feeling all tapped out and exhausted.

In other mundane news, the world cup is into it’s 2nd week and England is acting like they’re homesick and want to get out of South Africa as quickly as possible. They just have to endure one more match on Wednesday then they can pack up and leave. Booooo. I don’t know who else to cheer for; I guess I’ll decide that on a match-by-match basis.

Right now I’m rooting for North Korea as they face Portugal… No particular reason other than I tend to root for the underdogs, and I like watching big upsets.

Tuesday Update

Posted 2010.06.16 8.34 in Family/Friends, Pointless Blather

(Yeah I know it’s Wednesday.)

So no posts for a week. Lots going on, or nothing going on. Or both. I’ve been so intensely exhausted lately, it’s getting increasingly difficult to function. I still get up and go to work, still do most of the stuff that has to be done, but otherwise, there’s no energy left over for anything else.

This world cup thing is on, 3 games a day now in the group stages. I’m cheering for England (till they get eliminated) and in games where England aren’t playing, I cheer for the underdog.

The big thing this week is tomorrow. My dad goes in for surgery to get his cancer removed. I’ll be taking him to the hospital (at 5am…) I haven’t spoken with him in a week or so, I don’t know how he’s doing, but I’m nervous. Haven’t been able to sleep much the last two nights. I’m sure things will work out fine, but I can’t help be concerned — it’s my dad, after all.

Dingoo Mod – to the EXTREEEM!

Posted 2010.06.02 18.32 in Computers/Internet/Technology

For no really good reason, I had to mod a Dingoo A320 with a memory upgrade. The 320 has 32MB of RAM, but the A330 has 64MB of RAM. IMHO the A320 has more going for it, fewer glitches, than the 330. But the 330 has more memory…

So you can see how I’d already be vaguely thinking about it. Then over on Dingoonity, a user named flaming_goat asked if it would be possible. Well you know there’s no turning back after that…

I read up on the chips in the 330, and the chips in the 320. I checked my 320 to see how it was wired. It looked feasable. None of my tests said it would fail, so the only way to know for sure was to try it.

DigiKey had the chips I wanted and they were only about $12.50 for a pair of them. No turning back now…

Detailed instructions follow below the fold…

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Uncategorizable Updates

Posted 2010.03.10 15.31 in Family/Friends

Uncategorizable because I don’t really know what sort of heading to use, or where to file them, or how to respond or react or what to do, really. Sometimes things happen and I guess reactions are deferred or just fail to trigger, because it’s either far enough outside the comfort-zone so as to be a bit un-processable, or gets lost somewhere between being startled and denial. Or, maybe I’m just a bad person and don’t know how to deal with stuff.

Anyhow, in the last month or so, my dad was diagnosed with cancer, but from the sound of it, they’ve found it early enough. There’s a lot of questions still. He’s going to have surgery to remove it, but first he might have chemo to shrink it, then radiation later. Or maybe there’ll be radiation first, and chemo after. Or maybe radiation and chemo first, and surgery later. As I said, lots of questions, particularily what’s and when’s.

Today they installed a valve in his arm so that they can plug the chemo in. I think they call it a pic line or a stint or something like that. 18 inches of tube though, they snaked in through a vein in his arm, leaving a little valve thingy on the outside. So he has that, but doesn’t know if they’re actually going to start the chemo this week, next week, come summertime, or whatever.

My dad seems fairly calm, but I’d like to have some of the whens and whats filled in.

The other wierdness is that my aunt has seemingly disappeared. She lives in BC so it’s not like we see her or speak with her too frequently, but from what I understand, she has vanished and been missing for several days now. My dad called the RCMP out in BC to ask them to start looking into the situation, but they have decided that she isn’t really missing.

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