Happy birthday to charitypomaybo!
Meh, but not as meh as last weekend; I pretty much kept my brain.
Ways to Help
Okay, this is a big confluence of things going haywire, so you get it in manageable chunks.
Help Finance a Liver Transplant
debsliverlovers: "This auction is to raise money for the medical and incidental expenses related to Deb Mensinger's liver transplant. Deb and Laurie will have a number of expenses that are not covered by insurance, including the costs related to getting the potential live donor to Massachusetts for testing and, if all goes well, the surgery. Deb has been disabled for several years by a genetic form of porphyria. Over time, porphyria destroys the liver, and Deb has now reached a point where she requires a liver transplant to survive. We all know how difficult it is to get an organ transplant, and how long the lists are. However, there is a spot of hope in this: Deb's brother is willing to be a live donor. If he passes all the tests, genetic and otherwise, the hope is that the two of them would go into surgery simultaneously, and surgeons would remove a lobe of his liver and transplant it to Deb. In 6-8 weeks, both livers would regenerate into full, functioning livers, and Deb will never have porphyria again."
Additional help needed from Boston-Area Folks!
ellen_kushner says "Every other week, Deb needs a ride to or from Mt. Auburn hospital, to arrive at 8:30 and come home at 1-ish. LM is available, but since she's already spending 1-2 days a week driving Deb to other appointments, it would be marvelous if someone else could do this, even if it's one-way and occasional. The dates through July will be: May 7, May 21, June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30." Deb lives in Malden or Melrose; Ellen's uncertain and is double-checking. Even if you can only take one of those shifts, you'd be a godsend.
Help a Flood Victim
moonstone_fae has lost her house and everything in it to this weekend's flood. Here's the list of stuff-most-needed; here's how to give money.
If you were affected by the floods and need help, just let me know and I'll add your links to the list.
Help Reesa Fight Breast Cancer
natrlobsessions's Spinathon project is still going strong. Sponsor a spinner! Sign up to spin!
Recall of a lot of OTC children's medications!
All Over Disasters
Oil in the Gulf, floods in the South, contaminated water in Boston, bomb in Times Square - am I missing anything? Damn. That's one hell of a weekend. Hell being the operative word.
I with my delicate immune system am worried. Giardia and cryptosporidium infection symptoms looks a damn lot like celiac symptoms, so now I get to be paranoid if I'm in GI distress because I got accidentally glutened or because I have an intestinal parasite. Yay?
* This is my new favorite mashup. Adam is already really sick of it.
* Great post by shweta_narayan.
* the_resa has a new webcomic! Starring Silver!
* Tim Gunn critiques superhero outfits, parts one and two.
What's up in the solar system?
Work, home, trying not to crash - I have stuff that needs doing! The heat yesterday made me too lethargic. Our AC unit isn't in yet - hopefully tomorrow night. So here's hoping that the rumored rain cools things down a bit. I shall see emilytheslayer this afternoon/evening, and this evening we'll speak with Elayna's lawyer and finally have an idea of how big a settlement we're going for.