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Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming October 12, 2018

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While the weather has cooled off nicely, I’ve still got a heck of mess in my life right now, both financially and health-wise. My mom is now in the Geriatric Unit at the Civic Hospital here in Ottawa (and no, I’m not talking about that), I’ve still got symptoms of the bronchitis that I’ve been fighting (and am on an antibiotic for) and my rib is still broken from my fall down the stairs here at the house on Sunday. Glad to see the back of this week, as it’s been kind of stressful, but the end of the week means I get to game this evening with the Friday night group. That said, there were two conditions to gaming this evening. The first was that they were buying supper. The second is that they’ll be doing all the (heavy) lifting around here for the night, since my chest and ribs are not up to it.

The Friday night gamers will be continuing their Living Land campaign of the Torg Eternity RPG this evening. I’m looking forward to the game, and can’t wait to game with Kathy and the Friday night gamers.

Have a good evening, folks. 🙂

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October is a New Month October 1, 2018

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It’s the start of October. A new month.

To be honest, I’m really happy to see the rear end of September.

While there were a few good moments in the month, September was a month that I will remember because of the pain.

Most of the pain is in my left leg, my feet, my left shoulder, and my abdomen. (I’ve actually got a bad bruise from an insulin shot that is over a week old and going away very slowly. I expected this to take a while as being diabetic, the healing process is slowed down somewhat. What I wasn’t expecting was the pain that goes along with it, and there have been days where I’ve been in absolute agony trying to walk.

Anyway, here’s hoping that October is a comfortable month, and that winter doesn’t strike too early or too hard at all. ::knock on wood::

I’m currently down with my yearly infection during the late September/early October period, so that’s no different this year. I’m taking it as easy as I can, but I’ve lost my voice. Lots of fun ordering my insulin and other prescriptions.

In the meantime, let pumpkin madness strike. 🙂

Last Day of June June 30, 2018

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It’s the last day of June, 2018.

And in all honesty, I can’t wait for this month to be over.

I’m not going to go into details about everything that’s gone down in June and why I’ll be happy to see the month in the rear view mirror (all you have to do is read some of the blog entries of the past month to see what’s been going on health-wise with me), but it will be good to start looking forward to the month of July. I don’t have a lot of plans for July, to be honest, and it’s not going to start off with any gaming (as both the Friday and Sunday gaming groups will be taking the long weekend off), but to be honest, I’m looking forward to a quiet beginning to the month.

That said, Ottawa and the valley are starting a massive heatwave (which began yesterday), and today is no exception to this. The temperatures for the next week (!!) or so are in the low to mid-range 30+oC range, and with the humidity in the air it’s feeling like the 40s! Ickk! Just plan to keep as cool as I can. ‘Nuff said about that.

In the meantime, I plan to go out and buy a few groceries this afternoon, so just have to remember to make it quick. Otherwise, the perishables will melt in the heat outside. That, and stay hydrated and not take too many chances with my health this week.

Friday Evening Game Session Cancelled February 23, 2018

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Needless to say, tonight’s game session of gaming is cancelled.

Just can’t play tonight, in the aftermath of the death of DavidM last week.

Not sure when we’ll game again on Fridays, but for now need to mourn and heal somewhat.

A Death in the (Gaming) Family February 15, 2018

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It has been a very difficult day for me today, as well as for the Friday night gaming group.

When I woke up this morning, I learned from Stephanie, DavidM’s wife, that DavidM had died at 3:45 am this morning of congestive heart failure as a complication/consequence of his having a very severe case of the flu that’s going around. David had been ill for over two weeks now, and had progressively got worse to the point where he’d been admitted to the hospital a week ago today. I’m saddened by his loss, and can’t even begin to imagine or feel how his wife and family are right now.

I’ve been sort of dysfunctional for most of the day, in a state of shock for the most part (I guess), and haven’t really accomplished anything at all today other than a bit of banking and grocery shopping I needed to get done.

I’d been gaming with DavidM for several years now, and had come to really like him. His personality was sparkling, he loved his wife and two children, ages 14 and 19, fiercely, and enjoyed what he did for a living. His loss leaves a terrible void in the lives of both his family and his friends, and I still can’t believe he’s gone.

A tragedy. A horrible day for all concerned.

Yesterday’s Physio Appointment January 19, 2018

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Had another physiotherapy appointment yesterday afternoon. Only my third appointment since coming back from GenCon.

Woke up yesterday morning, and didn’t feel all that great. Lots of pain, and some dizziness. Managed to eat some scrambled eggs with veggies and cheese for breakfast, then showered, and then took care of a couple of laundry issues. Headed out for the physio clinic, “Quality Care Physiotherapy, and got there in time for my appointment, though I had problems parking the car.

The physio appointment went relatively well, though not without a lot of pain involved, and when I was finished I made two appointments for next week. I went downstairs to the small little restaurant in the building, ETC, and had a bowl of broccoli and cauliflower soup with a grilled cheese sandwich and some side greens for lunch. Yummy! 🙂

I dropped off at mom’s place and picked her up, and then took her to the local Basics store. After shopping with her, my who left side of the body was hurting again. All the physio care wasted. I took the groceries I’d picked up and went home after dropping her off at her place, and took another painkiller.

Spent a quiet evening watching the Ottawa Senators continue their losing ways with a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues, and then read for about half an hour. Took care of the nightly insulin shot and then washed up and went to bed. And didn’t sleep much…again.

*sigh*

New Year’s Eve Thoughts December 31, 2017

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And so, here we are, once again. New Year’s Eve.

I haven’t planned to do much this New Year’s Eve, other than to relax and have a relatively quiet evening, and I don’t expect that to change. I’m in a heck of a lot of pain due to the cervical spine issues I’m dealing with, and truth be told am not really all that mobile at the moment. I’m just looking forward to ringing in the new year as quietly as I can, and it seems fitting that I’ll be doing so on my own with a bottle (or two) of beer.

Not even sure that I’ll be awake at the stroke of midnight, depending on how I’m feeling and all.

In any event, I would like to wish all my friends a very safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. Be good to yourselves, be good to each other, and I’ll catch you here again in 2018. 🙂

Final Day of 2017 December 31, 2017

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It’s the last day of 2017.

Thank Goddess this year is coming to an end. While there have been some good moments this past year, 2017 saw too many deaths of beloved figures in both music and entertainment, a U.S. government that wreaked all manner of changes and most not for the better in the world, and the senseless slaughter of too many people world-wide in acts of terrorism and sheer evil. Add to that the rough times I’ve had this year health-wise (especially during the last four months of the year), and in other regards that I’ve not discussed this year, and… Well, to reiterate, good riddance to 2017.

It’s a Sunday morning, so I’m sitting here at home taking it relatively easy. The weather outside is brutally cold, and the snow was coming down when I woke up, and I feel as if I’ve not really slept all that well last night. Well, actually I didn’t. I don’t intend to do a lot of stuff today, and I’ll see how I feel later in the day.

Time to clean the dishes, and take a nice, hot shower. Hopefully the latter will make me feel somewhat better.

How I Spent My Christmas Day December 26, 2017

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Yesterday was Christmas Day. Being a single fellow, with little family left in the world, and not celebrating Christmas to boot, ’twas a day where I got to spend much of it on my own. Well, actually all of it.

Suffice to say, the day passed relatively uneventfully. I was in a lot of head/neck/shoulder/arm/hand pain when I woke up, and realised it was a lost day. I managed to make a pancake breakfast (with sugar free syrup) for myself, but that didn’t help the pain that I was in, in fact making it somewhat worse.

The rest of the day was spent napping, doing a bit of (gaming) reading, watching a DVD (I can’t remember what, will have to get it off the watched shelf and see what it was… it was the Doctor Who DVD of “The Power of the Daleks”), and just trying to sit in chairs and in a comfortable position that didn’t make me want to scream in pain from the problem(s) mentioned above. Listened to a bit of music, predominantly Annie Haslam and some Renaissance, and was able to mellow out somewhat. Only heard from one person during the day, and that was Kathy. She called to find out how I was doing, to wish me a Happy holiday season, and to tell me that Ellie had loved the Christmas present I’d made sure she’d received.

I managed to struggle through making supper, and treated myself to a couple of latkes (a Hanukkah tradition) with some apple sauce for dessert. After cleaning the dishes away, I sat back and watched the Doctor Who Christmas special, “Twice Upon a Time”. What can I say about it? It was a lovely episode, a fitting end for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, with masterful performances by both Capaldi and David Bradley (as the First Doctor), and introduced new Doctor Jodie Whitaker in a sequence that left me waiting to see what comes next. There was some stuff that I didn’t like about the episode, but I won’t get into that simply because I don’t have the energy and typing just isn’t that easy these days. I’m going to miss Peter Capaldi’s Doctor for the most part, but won’t miss Steven Moffat’s showrunning.

After the story wrapped up (1-1/2 hours, including adverts), I took my nightly insulin shot, took my evening pill and some of the Gabapentin, and had an early night of it. Once in bed, I read for about twenty minutes, and then tried to get some sleep.

The Human Need December 10, 2017

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Yesterday was a strange day.

I woke up feeling relatively all right, as the term “relatively” is used about myself these days. Frankly, it meant that I didn’t scream from the pain in the hand/arm/shoulder/neck/back when I got out of bed.

I went about the morning stuff, and took it fairly easy and didn’t feel all that bad. Since I’ve had some cabin fever of late and really did feel a bit better, I decided to go out and find some companionship. (No, not that way, silly readers! I’m not up for that at the moment, to be honest. But thanks for thinking it.

I risked taking a drive (given my current health state and the medication for pain I’m taking) over to Billings Bridge Centre, as I needed to pick up a 2018 calendar and just wanted some time among the (human) herd, so to speak. So where better than a shopping centre during the Christmas season?

I went up to the food court and had some lunch, and then headed over and picked up the calendar, though not the one I was looking for, before thinking of heading home. But I was quite relaxed and enjoying my time among the human herd. So I went and sat down at a nice, comfy bench with a good cushion on it, and sat and people watched for a couple of hours, and just…absorbed all the human (inter)action around me. By the time I left the shopping mall and got home, I was feeling somewhat more human again…though I did feel very pained in the body parts that are bothering me these days.

Woke up this morning very early, due to the bad pain in the hand/arm/shoulder/neck/back areas, and while I feel I know that I’m paying for the afternoon out, I’m feeling somewhat better about myself and a bit more human again. And that’s all that counts.

In the meantime, I feel like having pancakes for my late breakfast, and that’s what I’m going to do.