June 6th, 2008

20111112, Marilee

Back From the ER!

I got there at 8:30pm and left at midnight. I spent two hours of that waiting -- first to see the doctor, then for a bed, then for results. Then again, I read two old WashPosts and had my rehydration fluid. The Prince William ER has changed since I was there last -- there's now a big triage area with its own doctors and then, if necessary, you get a bed. I had physical exams by both the triage and ER doctors, labs, a chest x-ray, EKG, and CAT scan. Everything was within normal limits for me (I'd taken a printout of my last labs) except the phenobarb which is a little low, but wouldn't cause loss of balance.

The ER doc told me to call Kaiser Neuro and tell them he thinks I should have an MRI. I'll scan the notes and results and send them to Kaiser Neuro tonight in an email instead.

I expected to have to do all this, just tomorrow, at Kaiser. The ER was very well-designed and teh staff very good, but they have real emergencies to deal with and didn't need me taking up a bed. So far, Kaiser emergency docs 0, me 4.

I slid the bracelets off after I got home (the allergies one smelled like crayons!) and gave them to Spirit, but Shiva took the allergy bracelet away and played with it.
20111112, Marilee

Shiva Is Nuts!

He's still playing with the crayon-smelling bracelet and has been trapping and ignoring (cycle) a bit of paper I crumpled up. Such a silly boy.

And then while I was settling into the recliner with the duvet, Shiva started chasing Spirit because he wanted to dash. She didn't want to dash and took refuge on the duvet. I set my phone to alarm at 9pm, but it made the "feed me!" dings before that and I turned it off so I woke up at 11:00pm. I don't hurt as much (no recliners in ERs) and I don't think I'm as sleepy.

I didn't do much today -- I was up late early this morning finishing LJ & ML and so I slept in. Then I started online and then I had a nap. I think the next few days will be similar, but with less sleeping. We have a heat advisory Sunday and Monday. I'd normally stay in Sunday anyway and I'd planned to stay in Monday since they'll be topping our section then and the van will be back out in the circle, so I don't think it will affect me very much, but there are still areas with lots of people who don't have power. Many cities are already setting up heat relief centers. It isn't the actual temperature that will be so bad, but the humidity has struck early, so the heat index will be over 100F.
20111112, Marilee

Jack Haringa Must Die! edited by Nicholas Kaufmann

I bought this chapbook to support the Shirley Jackson Awards, knowing that I'm not much for horror, and that's still true.

On March 7th, a batch of writers wrote little vignettes in their blogs on how Jack Haringa would die. Who's Jack? He's a critic/editor/teacher who drills down to the least error in a book, be it punctuation, grammar, plot, or title. He lent his name for the chapbook, which collects the best of the blog vignettes.

Horror has never moved me, so a lot of these were just so-so for me. I originally planned to list and have very brief reviews of the stories that I liked, but it turns out they're all of one type: Jack is somehow killed by variations of his own elements of fame: punctuation, grammar, etc. I don't expect these vignettes will be published anywhere else so if you want to read them, buy the chapbook!

Seriously, for $10 and shipping, you can support the Shirley Jackson Awards. I suppose you could just donate, but this way you get a book, too!