Go West

May. 28th, 2004 11:46 am
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If for no other reason than health, I or we should have stayed out west.

I've already had two very bad headaches (one migraine) since getting back here. +Kyle's had three nosebleeds - two in the past 24 hours.

This valley is so hard on the body! >_
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I have been sick ALL WEEK. It just started with a sore throat Saturday, but I didn't really think anything about it. It's Spring...allergy season galore, etc. Sunday it was about the same, but Monday it was definitely uncomfortable. Tuesday, I decided it was definitely a cold, but figured I wasn't contagious by this point. Wednesday, I was miserable and really needed to not be at work, but as it was Wednesday, I kinda didn't have much choice. Thursday, I stayed home. I was just exhausted from it - slept much of the day, and part of the night as well. Thursday night, we watched Lost in Translation, which was sweet, but also a very sad story, to me. Hits a little close to home right now.

Friday, I was better enough to come back to work, so all is more or less well. So Friday night, we partayed! ^_^ It was a last-minute thing, because VJ and I had planned to go out on the 30th, but things didn't pan out because she's got so much to do here right before graduation. So +Kyle got in touch with Scooter and we all decided to hang out...but what to do? Nothing really worthy opened this weekend, and anyway, we saw Punisher last weekend, and are going for Van Helsing next weekend. Too many movies in a row gets boring. We debated over skating, bowling, going to Sherman and hitting the mall/arcade, going to Stagecoach for karaoke, or just renting like 48 hours worth of movies and making ourselves sick. LOL!

The weather was absolutely horrendous. Lovely green sky, perfect tornadic conditions. We drove through it on the way out to Jim & Nancy's. We prayed for only rain, and from what I have heard, there was no tornadic activity, and very little hail in Marshall County, so we're very thankful for that. We did get a fantastic light and sound show, though, so that was fun.

So we debated for nearly an hour over what to do while the sky cleared, and finally decided that it was really too late to go to Sherman if we weren't going to stay for a movie. None of us was really up for karaoke. My voice is still shot, anyway, so it's just as well. I doubt the guys would get up and sing anyway. :P +Kyle and I at least will go skating next Saturday, and Sunday afternoon we'll all hit Sherman for the mall, Van Helsing, and Chinese. Probably not in that order. So that left our old standby of bowling, and boy was it FUN! ^_^ The lanes were good and slick this time, despite the weather.

We rented a lane for two hours, and did pretty well compared to our usual. Lucky lane #13. The highest game (total for the three of us) was 399. I actually made it over 100 in that game. I think my average is about 80 now, and they each tend to average around 100, I'm going to guess. Still, we played some pretty bad games, too. We can usually get four games in two hours. Sometimes we manage to start a fifth, but only if one of our games involved a lot of strikes. +Kyle didn't want anything to drink, so Scooter got a pitcher of Budweiser, and we split it just about halfway, but it took nearly the two hours to finish. :P Beer is actually pretty good when you're doing some kind of activity, and everything is just a little bit funnier for awhile. I can see why people like to drink it when they're working outside in the heat, but I'd still rather have something fruity.

So after the first game, the guys were hungry. It was after 10, so pretty much everything in Durant was closed, but Taco Mayo was still open, so we went in there. The food is pretty good, but overpriced in my opinion. It's way spicy compared to most fast food "Mexican". The cashier was cool, and the rest of the night crew was tired, but entertaining. Everyone was really nice. It definitely takes a certain kind of person to work night shifts like that. The rain really started coming down hard again, so we waited around awhile, but it let up before they closed at 11:00, so we went back to the bowling place.

Being after 10:00, it was cyber bowling for two hours. They bump the price up by $5, for a foggy, darkened room lit with strobes and black lights. It's kinda cool, because the music mix is better - more techno, danceable stuff. The fog gets a little irritating to the eyes about the end of those two hours, though. Anyway, we decided it was worthy, and played another round. First game, I made a strike right off the bat, which was cool enough, but when they start the cyber bowl, they randomize this orange pin with white stripes as the head pin. If someone makes a strike when that pin comes up, they win cash on the spot. No pressure!

So about the third round of that game, that orange pin came up in our lane...on my turn... T_T NO PRESSURE, remember? I don't even know WHAT I did, but whatever it was, it was like magic, because I knocked every single one of those pins down, and we got back our $25 for the game. I don't know if anyone else applauded, but we were all totally crunk over it at our table. WAI! THAT was completely awesome. I just did this lame football dance the whole way to the desk, I was so beside myself. I can't believe I made that strike.

Consequently, I pulled something in my hand and bowled terribly for the rest of the night, but it was still much fun, overall. We finished out the second two hours, and all bowled pretty badly, as we were getting tired, but that was okay. We went to Waffle Shoppe for coffee around 1:30.

I got quite buzzed by mistake, so I now know my alcohol tolerance is just under than one pitcher over four hours. I definitely wasn't drunk, because I was fine after one cup of coffee and subsequent trip to the loo, nor do I have a hangover this morning. I was just a bit wobbly, and pretty much everything was funny for about 20 minutes, and then I was fine. So I won't be drinking that much again. Fun, but not THAT fun.

So what did we talk about until about 3:30 in the AM? All kinds of interesting topics like:
The planet's natural ability to maintain itself without the help of mankind (and in fact, how mankind's attempts to "save the planet" often create worse problems than we perceive - i.e., smog in overforested areas, and other ozone related problems.)
The Myth of Overpopulation
Viruses (bodily, not digital - everything from ebola to the flu - and why relying on antibiotics is only helping the weak to survive longer - not increase longevity of LIFE)
Said Longevity - People are living longer years now, but their bodies are breaking down at earlier ages than, say, 50 years ago. Mr. Hamby comes to mind.

Hmm...that's the first time I've remembered so many topics so readily over coffee. Interesting.

Well, I'm off to cut out my cloak, and hopefully get it sewn up, as I'm going for the last fitting at Nancy's tomorrow. Then I need a DDR fix in a major way.

'Nother post on why this worked out so well at some point, but...not yet...


Feb. 27th, 2002 12:26 am
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My skin finally cleared up!

But it looks like I'm going to need to go on a high calcium regimen for awhile. The chest pains were getting better, then I ran out of supplements, and now they're getting worse again. *sigh*
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I looked up the name of my antibiotic - it's not penicillin based. It's Sulfamethoxazole, which is a sulfonamide antibiotic. Common allergic reactions to this drug is a skin rash, and there are no reliable tests for allergy to these antibiotics. Doctors must rely on the patients memory about when and how these drugs were taken, whether it was in combination with other drugs, how long after the dose the symptoms developed, and what other medications were being used at the same time, including non-prescription items such as vitamins,

So it looks like I'm not allergic to penicillin. Why didn't I look this up before?
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except for the rash.

My feet and, well, nether regions have been sortof itchy all day, and then about 4:00 I suddenly broke out in this weird rash. It started on my hands, then I noticed it was all over my arms. My face & ears were getting hot, so I went in the bathroom to check, and sure enough - I was horribly red & had bumps all over. So then, I started undressing to see just how far this thing went - all over my chest & shoulders. Oddly, not on my back or stomach, or legs. Called mom. Diagnosis: allergy (but to what!?) or possibly the precursor to scarlet fever (associated with strep throat.) Called the doctor's office. The nurse said to take a Benadryl, and to finish taking my antibiotics (they run out tomorrow). She didn't sound worried at all, so I stopped worrying so much. She said that if the rash persists after the antibiotics are gone that I should call back and they'll decide if I should come back in for more tests or get a new prescription.

So, I took a Benadryl, and went to take a bath with baking soda till it kicked in. Got to thinking. We took laundry to the laundromat one week when I was too sick to go to mom & dad's. We used Cheer with color guard. We've never used Cheer before, period. Methinks I'm just getting around to using the clothes we washed that week, and methinks I'm dreadfully allergic to Cheer. (Why it took most of the day to show up, I'm not sure - unless my immunity to it was just gradually being worn down throughout the day.)

It's the most feasible explanation, as I'm very sensitive to soaps, detergents, etc.

So, I feel good, but still a bit itchy and hot. x_X
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Surely to goodness I'm getting enough calcium by now. I'm taking 1200 mg a day, plus approx. 2 glasses of milk, plus any other calcium that may come in foods I eat. That's definitely over the USRDA recommended dose. These muscle spasms actually feel worse today. Maybe I'm not getting enough magnesium with it. I thought they were spreading to the left side, but it was thankfully just a breathing stitch.

I may sleep on the couch tonight. Took a nap today and found a position that didn't aggravate the coughing or the spasms. I don't really want to, because I hate sleeping alone...but it may be the only thing.

I'm so sick of this. Only 2 days of meds left, and I'm still hacking. I really hope it goes away within the next 48 hours. We can't afford for me to go back to the doctor's office, and I really don't want to ask my parents for more help with it. They're doing well this year, but not surely not well enough to keep spending $130 on me every 2 weeks.
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I stayed at mom and dad's this afternoon. Goodness, I needed out of the house. ^_^'> Mom got out all her herb books and we determined that the chest pains I've been having are a calcium deficiency. (Dr. Lyndon Smith actually says this, not mom ^_~) This jives with things because ever since I've been sick, I have not been drinking milk because it's such an allergen. How can something I love so much be so bad to my body? =( Normally, I have at least 3 servings of milk, plus whatever cheese or other dairy foods I may have. But since the 27th, I may have had 3 glasses of milk. ^_^'> No wonder I hurt so bad. I'm on supplements now, and am drinking a bit of milk in spite of the extra mucous it will cause. Better than these muscle spasms. Breathing is so difficult with this pain, and the coughing is unbearable. My poor hubby sat on the couch and cried tonight while holding the places that are spasming while I yelled and yelled over the pain. I feel so bad making him cry like that -_-

Anywho, mom also looked at my throat, and the telltale white spots of strep coat my swollen tonsils. The antibiotics must be fighting that too, because I certainly don't have the symptoms of strep. You can bet I'm gargling with Listerine a little extra just in case, though ^_~

Got muchly much laundry done at the 'rents house too. Gosh, we needed that. We took some to the laundromat last week because I was too sick to go to their house, but that's so expensive. Besides, I just needed to get out of this house.

Oh.... -_-' My ear is bothering me again. Stupid sinuses...and my prescribed sinus drugs didn't help much today with the pressure like they're *supposed* to. I was tempted to take more than one, but maybe that's not a good idea. I can't hear so well today, which has not been fun, but it should go away tomorrow if it does like it did before. If not...I guess I'll need to call the doctor's office again -_- It feels like it will pop out soon, though, so I'm not too worried over it.

Hubby brought "O Brother Where Art Thou" home from the store today (emps get free rentals! woo hoo!). That was a really fun film - it made me laugh, which was painful, but worth it. ^_^

How can I have a good day and still complain so much? ^_~ Ah well. I need to do a bit on customs tonight and take some in-progress pictures. Tomorrow I reckon we'll go to the post office after a MUCH long-needed time. (Yes! You will all get your ponies soon! ^_~)

Am still very tired. All this shallow breathing has really cramped my style. But, the brandy ("it's like drinking peach fire") mom sent has been very helpful at night. Haven't been waking up every hour with that hacking cough. Sleep is still not restful, unfortunately, but at least I'm sleeping 5 or more hours in a row again. =)

Anyway...enough of my ramblings. Today really was a good day.

stir crazy

Feb. 9th, 2002 05:26 pm
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I have got to get out of the house... x_X

but I've got to get well.

But I'm so bored!

But I don't reel up to going anywhere...

*frought with indecision*
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My voice is shot. This is probably a good thing - hopefully it means I'm almost over this. It's just amusing that the one day I really shouldn't be talking is the one day we get bombarded with telephone calls. -_-'>
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They were throwing out roasted chickens at the store today, so guess what we had for dinner? yummm... I must have eaten half the breast doused in lemon juice. THEN I took meds. no more up-chucky for me thanks.

*saves her yogurt & apple for in the morning when nothing else sounds good*

Overall I am feeling better tonight. =) I think I burned my face in front of the heater earlier, though... LOL
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Called the doc...they confirm that I should not take these meds on an empty stomach, and if I have further problems, I should call back.

The lady I spoke to said it would more likely be the antibiotics that give me trouble, but so far it's just been the cough syrup.

Hubby is bringing me plain yogurt as per mom's recommendation. I hope I can eat it. I'm so tired of Jello and Pretzels. =_=
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I am soooo sick today. Got up, took my new meds, and not a half hour later, everything came up. -_- I took everything on an empty stomach - nothing says you have to eat first, so I didn't think about it, but that's the only reason I can figure out.

I know I need to eat... I'm extremely weak, and my stomach definitely says 'feed me', but literally nothing sounds edible...probably because it's been over a week since I really ate a full meal. Am nibbling on lettuce because it's almost time to take meds again. -_- Guh, I feel awful.

But the worst thing? I don't think I'll ever make it to the post office...so many ponies to send out. -_- Everyone's really understanding, but I still feel terrible about it. It's ALWAYS something with me. I should just give up trading.

*wants to cry, but hasn't the energy*
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OK so I finally went to the doctor today. (Parents offered to help out with it since we can't afford an office visit.) It was a long wait, being a walk-in clinic, but worth it. And the verdict? I have my first bout of Bronchitis!

My ears have really been bothering me, so I was afraid they were infected, but he says it's just a touch of sinusitis - no infection, thank God. I have a stabbing pain in my chest, too (pulled muscle) so coughing is no fun at all. Oh, then there's the headache, which is weather-related.

BUT...now I have drugs. ^_^'> He prescribed 10 days of antibiotics and some new cough syrup, and some other pills for the sinuses. It's definitely all helping, but it makes me very sleepy.

It was pretty cool, actually. I am of the school of "hate all doctors" (especially men). This guy was so nice, and really *listened* when I was telling him all the symptoms - he wasn't one of those "fire off as many questions as possible in 30 seconds and ignore the fact that the patient is still answering your first question" doctors.

He even stopped to check when I remembered to tell him about my ear fears. I've never had such an attentive doc. (At the same time, he didn't seem OVERLY critical or 'know-it-all' like so many doctors do.)

I might actually start going to the doctor regularly when we can afford it again. ^_^'>

I did forget to tell him about these swollen veins in my mouth...d'oh.

My first real LJ entry. I feel better, if a bit sleepy.

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