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Rain, Rain Go Away (Water Leak in the Ceiling) II July 25, 2018

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The rain has been coming down for days now here in the Ottawa valley, and today I have started paying the price once more.

Last year, I had the problem where water was leaking into the ceiling in the entryway of my house, but the condo corporation had supposedly fixed the problem from the outside, although they never got around to doing the repairs that needed to be made inside the house (specifically in the ceiling of my entryway). Now, the problem has returned.

There has been a lot of rainfall over the past few days, thunderstorms included, and the water decided to start dripping copiously into my condo unit’s entry hallway. Here’s a picture of the ceiling.

You can see some of the water stains and a few bubbles in the ceiling material, if you know where to look.

Was told this evening by the condo work manager that the water is actually coming down the interior of the outside wall from up above, near the windows to the upper condo unit, and that a work crew will be working on the exterior of the building tomorrow, Thursday, weather willing. (The forecast is for a warm, humid day but no rainfall expected.)

In the meantime, towels all over the floor in the hall entryway and a bucket (hopefully) placed strategically for the worst of it.

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Io Sono Venuto, Ho Gamed, Io Sopravvissuti A May 20, 2018

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I have returned home.

I came, I gamed, I survived. (I think.)

I’m home from CanGames 2018 (well, about an hour or so ago, iirc), and have come through the convention in pretty good shape, I think. There were some really excellent moments, a couple of not-so-great moments, but I think I enjoyed my weekend of gaming immensely for the most part. I will be posting up three or four journal entries during the next week or so about the convention, but for now I’m just glad CanGames is over for 2018.

I don’t remember exactly when I got back to the house, but have not unpacked any of the gaming stuff and am about to go relax before tonight’s insulin injection, then hopefully get some sleep. I’ve got my diabetic leg lesion (and the massive dose of antibiotics that I’m on) as well as the shoulder problems, and I hope I haven’t picked up con crud at the convention. Remarkably, my voice actually survived the convention this year, though it’s a bit raspy.

Good night, all.

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.

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.

Back From GenCon August 21, 2017

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I am finally back at the house after returning from GenCon Indy 2017.

I got in this evening around 7:15 pm, having some issues that I’ll deal with a bit below, and then went to supper with and his parents to a late dinner at Boston Pizza.

For the most part, I had a pretty good convention, and I took a few photos here and there (some of which I’ve posted over the week on Twitter) as did SteveR. Folks can expect to see my GenCon reports as the week goes on.

That said, the medical issue I suffered on Saturday at the convention definitely affected my ability to participate and see the convention on both Saturday and Sunday, and made flying home today something of an ordeal that I won’t go into here yet. Suffice it to say, I’m going to see the doctor tomorrow, and see what happens. Otherwise, I’m not feeling all that bad, and am hoping I’ve not come down with con crud. ::knock on wood:: Meanwhile, I’m off to have a hot cuppa, take my insulin shot, and then maybe unpack the meds, and get some much needed and well earned sleep. Night, all.

Respiratory Tests July 7, 2017

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Just got home from having the respiratory tests.

I got to the facility where the tests were scheduled, Bank Respiratory Services, around 1:00 pm, and didn’t have to wait all that long.

I don’t really know how to describe the tests themselves, other than to say that they involved a lot of heavy (*whoosh!*) breathing, controlled breathing, panting breaths, and some other stuff. I will say that I wish I had taken a photo of the room where I’d had the tests, ’cause there was some cool gadgets and gizmos in there. As a bit of a humourous side note, I will say that the nasal clip that is used to prevent you from nose breathing kept slipping off my nose! The tests took about 45 minutes to an hour, and left me feeling a bit dizzy and panting, but that was to be expected.

After spending a bit of time recovering in the waiting room, I headed over to my favourite Harvey’s restaurant and had an Angus burger, some onion rings, and a bottle of water. (While I love Harvey’s, I think I’m getting tired of their food fare. Need to find somewhere else to eat lunches on these days of doctor appointments.) From there, it was over to the pharmacy to pick up some insulin that I had ordered, and finally back to my house, where I took a 45-minute nap and then got down to stuff that I needed to do around the house.

Dinner and a Movie (No Spoilers) July 1, 2017

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Had a good evening yesterday.

The Friday night group and I went out to see the new (well, not really these days) Wonder Woman movie. We went and saw the late afternoon show, as that was the only one at South Keys that wasn’t in 3-D. (Most of us can’t go see 3-D movies because frankly they cause us headaches.)

I’m not going to spoil the movie for folks, but will say that the acting in the film was better than I expected, Gal Godot was terrific in the title role, and it is the best film DC Comics has done to this point. Period.

After the movie, which ended around 7:15 pm or so, the five of us went to the Baton Rouge steakhouse, and had a fine meal with good conversation (discussing some of the movie elements, and explaining about the history of Wonder Woman, whom Ellie is now besotted with!), and then ended the evening with some ice cream at the local Dairy Queen.

Got home before 10:15 pm, and was pretty tired and sleepy.

Home From the Ultrasound Tests June 26, 2017

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I have just got home from the lab where I had the ultrasound tests done.

Suffice it to say, I’m not doing well at the moment, can barely move my left arm and shoulder, and the pain is…very bad.

The tests lasted for just under twenty minutes, but I actually passed out from the pain during the movement of the shoulder at one point for around 30 seconds.

Anyway, I’m home now, alternating ice and heat on my shoulder, and have taken some pain medication and will lie down for about an hour now.

OUCHIE!!!

Io Sono Venuto, Ho Gamed, Io Sopravvissuti A May 21, 2017

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I have returned home.

I came, I gamed, I survived. (Barely, to be honest.)

I’m home from CanGames 2017 (well, about twenty minutes ago), and have come through the convention by the skin of my teeth. There were some really good moments, a couple of really bad moments, but I think I enjoyed my weekend of gaming for the most part. I will be posting up three or four journal entries during the next week or so about the convention, but for now I’m just glad CanGames is over for 2017.

I don’t remember exactly when I got back to the house, but have not unpacked any of the gaming stuff and am about to go lie down before tonight’s insulin injection, and then hopefully get some sleep. On top of the allergies/asthma attack, I think I may have picked up some other bug at the convention, and my back, left shoulder, and right foot are bothering me, well hurting quite bad, my head is entirely clogged and stuffed up, and I’m just plain tired. Oh, and I have no voice.

Good night, all.

Sick at Home March 27, 2017

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Definitely feeling ill today.

Woke up around 3:11 am with a case of mild acid reflux. The stuff must have started causing problems with my air passages, because when I woke up again at 5:45 am, I was hacking and coughing away, and was having definite problems breathing.

At 7:00 am, I called the office and told them that I wasn’t coming in to work for the day. Donna told me she barely recognised my voice, so that wasn’t a good sign.

Suffice to say, I’ve got left shoulder pain, arm pain, neck pain, and head pain. I’m hacking away, and there’s lots of discoloured phlegm, my chest hurts something fierce, and I’m feverish. Taking the rest of the day off, and going to try and sleep and relax.

Good thing I’ve got a doctor’s appointment for tomorrow.

Back to bed. Going to take some Ricola throat drops, and have a cup of tea. Then bed.