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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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3rd-Jul-2009 08:57 am
Happy birthday to theferrett and naufiel!

Hello to new reader 19_crows!

Closing out Week One of detox. I have slightly more of an attention span now. Massive headaches, but that's at least partly due to the weather and the jaw-clenching. Trying to rest and stay hydrated. Prone to the shivers. Still not up to much physical activity (weak like kitten!), and generally exhausted and dropping things out of short-term memory.

What I don't know is how much of that is Lyrica detox, and how much is Gabitril ramp-up. The particular hell of changing anti-seizure meds... you can't just stop one and start the next *after* the withdrawal, because that leaves you excruciatingly vulnerable to seizures. So you have what's usually six weeks of your body hating you, which can end up with you realizing that Untenable Thing X is a side effect of the new thing, not the withdrawal from the old thing. And then you start all over again.

What I *do* know now is that the Lyrica was not doing a thing for the fibro. Because my pain levels have not fluctuated at all this week. So that's good. Next thing I'm dropping is the Robaxin - dialing back to using it only when I'm in extra pain. I can't quit the Celebrex (the only thing that really works on the pain), the Lunesta (I flat-out don't sleep without it, and sleep-dep triggers fibro and is a major seizure risk), or the Toprol (the heart palpitations are not life-threatening, but are hella disturbing, and I don't get untenable side effects from it), and I have to be on an anti-seizure med. But I don't know that the Robaxin does much. We'll see.

Thanks to sponsors eustaciavye, highway_west, maxymyllyn, B. S-C, and my first anonymous of the 'thon, we're up to $85!

Please sponsor me!

I really need to write my big comprehensive post about Blogathon today. For you guys, and for BARCC - my volunteer coordinator wants to help me publicize.

And - I know times are hard. But sexual assault rates rise in times of economic distress, and our budget, like everyone else's, has been slashed on the state level. The Blogathon matters more than ever. We raised over $3,000 last year. It really does make a huge difference in the services we can offer survivors and their loved ones, and the community as a whole.

Astrid offered me Blooddrop fragrance oils for Blogathon, but my brain isn't holding options very well right now. Which of these reminds you of something I've written?

Stuff is getting mailed today. Really sorry about the delay. :( The weather has made walking to the post office a bad idea, and especially when I'm in anti-seizure-med flux, I should not drive. Adam has the day off today, so we can do that and go to the library. *nod*

Is next weekend. As of now, I'm just on one panel (The Year in Novels) and the Interfictions reading, which suits my current struggle for coherency just fine... hopefully I'll be feeling much better by then, but if not, I can handle reading off a list of what I've been reading and telling you what I thought of it.

So who-all's going?

Link Soup
* Wow, what an unfortunate cover.
* These look awesome, though.
* Preorder this book!
* CAPTCHA fan art.

Daily Science
Hear the music your brainwaves make.

Friday Memage!
Wearing: Dark red pants from the Wiscon Clothing Swap, BPAL Inquisition shirt (the Lab has decreed that I am Naughty).
Reading: Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab by Christine Montross. Read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater yesterday, and I am telling you, it is this year's Hunger Games. Intense, spare, wistful, lyrical, with some fascinating ideas.
Writing: Ha. I can barely write an LJ post right now. I'm tossing around ideas for a possible new story to run during Blogathon, though, along the bottom of the posts.
Planning: Shipping BPAL & hitting the library today. And perhaps we will finally get to see Moon. No plans Saturday. Sunday, the Wyrding Studios party at eustaciavye's, if I can get a ride.

My life has pretty much totally been on hold for a week now. I am being as patient as I can, but I do not like not knowing how long my life will be on hold; I was hoping to travel a bit in July, and as of now, I cannot make plans. I could be feeling better tomorrow, or not til August. I wait.

And how are you?
3rd-Jul-2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
I will be at Readercon, and am presently in the nervous / excited phase! Which I fully expect will last up until and all through the con.

Also, that cover -- heh. There's a wee little man where his crotch should be! Waaait a sec...

3rd-Jul-2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
A bit sad, but mostly okay. I'm looking forward to painting and possibly going to a cookout with friends tomorrow...but first, cleaning.
3rd-Jul-2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
Wearing: Black slip-on sandals, jeans, black-and-silver belt, black-and-silver blouse, Ren Faire necklace, watch, glasses.
Reading: A Civilian's Guide to the U.S. Military, by Barbara Schading, Ph.D. (Research for the flash-fiction series I'm writing in my blog.)
Posting: Language information to the Torn World Wiki, once I get the tables all sorted out.
Planning: Getting out of work at noon today! When I get home, I shall nap. Or play Rune Factory: Frontier for a while. Not sure which one's going to win. ;)
3rd-Jul-2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
When I think of getting on meds, I think of things like what you've gone through this past week and it just terrifies me.

Um - awoke with the Throes of Womanhood, so mayhaps that will mark the end of my almost-sick stuff, as this whatever-it-is with my throat and my low grade fever is not much fun.

Very obsessed with cat belly buttons right now. Sadly, Lurk won't show me his.

I would like to declare today No Pants Day, but I'm pretty sure the boss wouldn't appreciate that, and so I have GOT to stop snuggling the cat and go find some pants.

ETA: Oops. Hit send too quickly..
Glad you're seeing a bit of improvement, love. You've been on my mind (what little of it has remained to me)..*love*

Edited at 2009-07-03 02:48 pm (UTC)
3rd-Jul-2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Because I know you want reminders for these things:

I'd offered to make a beadwork tapestry for Blogathon, based on Shayara. I'll have a photo & information for you by the 18th. It's gonna be awesome.
7th-Jul-2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Dude, that sounds awesome!
3rd-Jul-2009 03:54 pm (UTC) - re: blooddrop scents
The note list of Atlas Moth makes me think of Galen the gryphon, even if there's no saffron listed. The note list makes me think of spice-scented feathers.

will look at the regular scent list later, as I'm at work now. :)
3rd-Jul-2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
My kneejerk answer on the scents would be Café Zizou for "Valentines," but that may be a wee bit obvious and not necessarily dead-on. Still pondering, though.
3rd-Jul-2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Working on some meds changeups of my own. Happy that my girl has FINALLY been able to get good medicines to take care of her sinus infection--she's been miserable. :( Very glad that she's here for now, though. :)
3rd-Jul-2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Wearing: black jersey dress, green sash. I am feeling Basic today.
Reading: Journal articles. Will break into a book on bipolar soon, as homework for my psychiatrist.
Writing: General discussion of my dissertation. The end is in sight! Except for six million rewrites.
Planning: Writing. Taking recyclables in and buying stuff to make potluck dish for 4th of July party tomorrow. Cleaning. Some form of exercise. We'll see how much of this actually gets done.

Here's to hoping you're experiencing more withdrawal from the old than side effects from the new...
3rd-Jul-2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
I will be at Readercon, as will ioianthe! We'll just be driving in and out every day since it's so close, but we'll be there. :)
3rd-Jul-2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Your headache may also be related to your caffeine deficiency. I'm glad that you're improving, though.
4th-Jul-2009 04:27 am (UTC)
Crud, I forgot you don't know I am B. S-C!

Sorry about that!

5th-Jul-2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
I would love to go to readercon maybe another year. it sounds great.
17th-Jul-2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
The Russians have been recording brainwave music for some time - and making it available as a sleep aid. Here's one of the local reports on the local therapist who offers it - the other explained in more detail about the recording having to be sent back to Russia to be made into a DVD, but is now hidden behind the San Jose Mercury News' deliberately obtuse archive system. I have a constant eye out mentions of brainwave music because it looks as if I will have to write the Wikipedia article; no one better qualified is doing so. Grrrrr. Anyway, there it is - fascinating in many ways, but trips some of my personal wires.

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