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Happy Halloween! :) October 31, 2017

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Halloween.

Kids running up and down the streets, shouting “Trick or treat!” at the top of their lungs, obedient parents in tow. People dressing up in various costumes, some good some bad. All sorts of Halloween candies, toffee, and caramel apples, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, and so forth. Hollowed out pumpkins in windows lit by a single candle within. Witches, ghoulies, and goblins, oh my.

I just want to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!

Be safe, treat the kids right tonight, and watch out for all those Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein look-alikes! 🙂

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Home From the Montfort (Hospital) October 30, 2017

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I just got home from the Montfort Hospital about 10 minutes ago. I’m exhausted, shaking with the pain and spasms in both arms, and…tired.

I had to be at the hospital tonight around 8:45 pm, 45 minutes in advance of my MRI tests. I finally decided, given the cold, blowing, and somewhat rainy weather, to take a cab to the hospital, as I just couldn’t trust my left arm and shoulder driving, and it’s a good thing I did given that I’m in pain and suffering arm spasms since the tests were done.

I arrived by taxi at the Montfort Hospital around 8:35 pm, and had to walk on my still tender feet (remember the blisters? Not fully healed yet) almost the length of the hospital to the Registration area and then to the Imaging labs. After registering and filling in a questionnaire that is mandatory before MRIs, I had a devil of a time changing out of my clothes into a hospital gown because of my left shoulder and arm difficulties. I then was helped by the technician and her aide onto the flatbed of the MRI machine.

I’ve had an MRI before this, I believe twice, so I thought I was prepared for the process again, but I was wrong. Thank Goddess I’m not too claustrophobic, though, or perhaps it’s just that the MRI tube doesn’t induce that in me. In any event, I was having a cervical spinal set of MRI tests done, and so my head was completely inside the tube. Even with the sound deadening headphones and the music of CHEZ 106 playing, it was deafening in there, with the pops, wheezing, thumping, rattling, and other sounds of the MRI device during the 20-25 minutes scan. Don’t remember it being so noisy the last couple of times. I should hear back on the MRI test results within the next week to two weeks or so.

By the time, I came out of the scanner, my left shoulder was stabbingly painful, my muscles in the lower arms were throbbing and spasming, the left shoulder feeling like every nerve was on fire. It also generates some heat, and I was soaked with sweat (a condition that I was told for this procedure was normal), but I was somewhat dizzy as well. I had to rest in the waiting room for about 15 minutes, and then proceeded back to the main hospital lobby area and ordered a cab home.

Once I got home, I was barely able to take my insulin shot successfully, and had a hot cup of chamomile tea. I collapsed into my den chair, and I’ve been scribing this WordPress entry. As soon as this is done, folks, I’m off to bed. I need to take a couple of Tylenols before I hit the bed, methinks.

Night, all.

Monday Morning October 30, 2017

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Today promises to be a very long day.

I did not sleep well last night. Between the bouts of coughing that I had in the late evening and that led to some bad diarrhea, as well as the sheer agonypain that my left shoulder/arm/neck/back are currently suffering, sleep did not come easy and when it did come, tossing and turning were the best that I managed to have.

To make the day even longer for this Monday, I have my appointment at the Montfort Hospital this evening for an MRI at 9:30 pm. Not sure how I’m going to get there yet, since my left arm and shoulder are so bad that I can’t use the arm for much of anything these days.

Ah, well… one step during the day at a time.

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming… Sort of October 29, 2017

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I’m in the process of getting ready for gaming with the Sunday group.

Well, sort of…

SteveR is coming over, ostensibly to work on his second The Dark Eye character, but I’ll also be working with Tammy on the telephone to go through her equipment for her character for the game and to talk to her about her witch characters alchemy, curses, and spells in detail.

This will all happen if my voice decides to hold out. This is all happening while I’ve still got whatever infection I have; I’m still hacking away, and the antibiotic that I’m on will be finished with tonight’s supper.

So we’ll see how things work out this afternoon.

In the meantime, I’ve got figure out what I want to eat for lunch today.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming October 27, 2017

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It’s Friday!

That means it’s time for another Friday night gaming session. So, I’m getting ready for this evening’s game session with the Friday night group.

I’ve still got my lovely head cold/flu, but it’s eased off somewhat though I’ve still got the cough (and stuff nose at times). The Friday night group are doing all right, so I’ll be running the game tonight. The Friday night gamers will be continuing on with The Dark Eye RPG this evening.

I’m looking forward to tonight’s session, though I hope the meds I’m taking for the cold/flu/whatever don’t make me overly “creative” tonight.

In the meantime, supper (of some form) needs to be made, and eaten. Then gaming.

Have a good night, folks.

What to Run at CanGames 2018? October 26, 2017

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“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to speak of many things…

One of the subjects I’d like folks’ input on is what game(s) I should run at CanGames 2018 this coming year.

So please, go over to my LiveJournal page and vote in the Games at CanGames? poll.

Thanks, everyone. 🙂

Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled October 22, 2017

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It’s Sunday morning.

That means it’s time for Sunday’s gaming session. Except that’s not going to happen today. Tammy is working on-call duties for the week (which ends today), so that means she’s unavailable for gaming. While SteveR doesn’t want to play without her, he’ll likely come over as he wants to create a second The Dark Eye RPG character, just in case his Hunter character dies.

This means I won’t be starting the The Dark Eye Sunday campaign today, which saddens me somewhat. That said, I’m still fighting the bronchitis that I’ve got, so perhaps this is a good thing.

Here’s hoping I can game with them next Sunday.

Happy Birthday, Ursula K. Le Guin! October 21, 2017

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Today is the birthday of one of my favourite writers of all-time, Ursula K. Le Guin.

Many of us who read science fiction and fantasy were likely influenced by her early writings, such as the Earthsea trilogy, and the Hainish series (including The Left Hand of Darkness), and I am staggered by the sheer amount of material that she has written over the years and which I have in my possession. And honoured to own.

While I began with Asimov, Tolkien, and some of the other great writers who dominated the late 1950s (as my dad felt that I should read the sf and f that was written during the decade of my birth and before), it was the words and prose of Le Guin’s writing that gave me my love of social science fiction, and introduced me to the social sciences in such a terrific fashion.

Happy Birthday, UKL!! May the Goddess bless you with health, happiness, prosperity, and the ability to keep us entertained with enjoyable, thought-provoking books and short stories for many years to come! 🙂

Current Mood: awake awake
Current Music:Santana – “Black Magic Woman”

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Friday Evening Gaming Session Cancelled October 20, 2017

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‘Tis Friday, and that means it’s time for another Friday night gaming session.

Well, it would normally be a Friday night gaming session, but I’m coughing away so badly (see the earlier post today, about this) that there’s no way I can possibly game this evening. Heck, it’s hurting to breathe somewhat as well.

This means that tonight’s game session of The Dark Eye RPG is off for tonight. I was really hoping to be able to run tonight’s game session, but such is not to be.

Here’s hoping that the antibiotic that I’ve started today will allow me to run the game next week, but one day at a time.

A Long (Sick) Day October 20, 2017

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Yesterday was one heck of a day.

As noted in yesterday’s blog entry, I had made a doctor’s appointment since my illness has gone on too long and the coughing has gotten much worse.

The appointment was originally scheduled for 4:00 pm, but as I was eating lunch the doctor’s receptionist called, and said that I could come in any time, as the office wasn’t too busy for the day. Mom decided to come with me, since she wanted me to take her grocery shopping afterwards, so…

The doctor and I talked and then he examined me. The diagnosis was a severe case of bronchitis, since he could hear the crackling in my lungs, and so he put me on a dose of antibiotic, the Biaxin stuff, for ten (10) days and said that I should get a bit of rest, if possible. He also told me that when I was well again, I needed to come in and have both the flu shot and the pneumonia shot, as the “season” was going to be brutal for both.

From the doctor’s office, I drove over to the nearest First Choice Haircutters, and finally got a haircut. I hadn’t been for a haircut since before I left for GenCon back in August, so it had been a while and I was somewhat shaggy. When I left the salon, I felt like I might have lost 3 lbs. or so. Might have, given that the stylist cut off almost 2 inches (!!) of my hair!

From there, it was over to the local Independent Grocery, where I would take in the antibotic prescription to the pharmacy and also help mom do the grocery shopping. Suffice to say, I was there for almost 1.5 hours (as my mom’s getting up there in years, and she’s somewhat…slow), but picked up a good $60 worth of groceries for myself. I took mom back to her place, and helped her unload the groceries she’d bought, and then we went back to my place and unloaded those groceries, and made supper for her.

By the time I’d taken mom home, and then returned from the house after supper, it was close to 10:00 pm.

I was knackered. And coughing away like hell.

But life goes on, right?