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November 4th, 2004

No I'm not dead, sad, but definitely not dead @ 10:43 pm

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Hi guys,I've been hounded by lots of people to write an entry, so here I am, writing on my desktop with my full sized keyboard. I hope that hving the extra large (comparatively large that is) keyboard doesn't confuse me more than I already am.


I'm really sorry it has taken so long for me to start writing again. I say start writing because now that I'm feeling a bit more motivated to do so and because I've got to get back in to practice being that I am going to be forced to write no that I've got an Advocate to publish soon.

Honestly not much huge has been going on. I've gone back home twice since I last wrote, once to check up on my mouth, and go to a genetics appointment, and see what was up with it, and the secondtime to pick up my dog Fiona. Its really nice to have her back as now I'm able to get around without paying someone to stay around waiting for me. As long as I feed Fiona, she's quite content to go wherever with me at any time. I think she greatly appreciates the newness of this big room in the Northwest Quads, and I enjoy having a warm furry body to hug when the roommates set the thermostat to 67° in the middle of fall. Tonight its going to be in the upper twenties and I swear, if this air condition thing keeps going on, I'll scream. I guess this also means that I started walking since I last wrote too, and I shouldn't waste too many words on it. Its just wonderful not to have to be using walker aided transport any more, most definitely cool.



The story of my numb mouth continues. It appears as if its not infected, but my top right lip if here exists a top right lip ), is still not even close to feeling normal at all. I'm now used to it, but its still not normal and that's why I'm off to a neurologist tomorrow morning. Why they couldn't get me in earlier than this I don't know, and why they couldn't make it so I didn't miss classes ... blah blah blah. That's the medical system for ya :(.

The genetics appointment went well too. I'm now on the "experimental" (at least for my bone disease) hormone/vitamin/random drug type substance called calcitriol. The short story is that am now on a low calcium, low phosphorus diet. The way it works is that it flushes all of the calcium I eat out of my blood. I say hopefully because if I were to continue eating lots of high calcium foods like cheese :(, ice cream :(((, and Coke (Has phosphoric acid in it so I can't drink that) :(((((((((((((((, I could get painful kidney stones. The idea is that since I have so much calcium in my bones that getting rid of some using massive dosages of this medicine, 8 to 10 times the normal dosage, will lower my risk to fractures by 50%, a very good thing. I'm doing pretty well with the dies; I've even successfully cut my self almost exclusively off of Coke. Mountain Dew apparently has no phosphoric acid in it so I'm starting to develop a taste for it. The nice people at the coffee shop have even figured out a low calcium mocha for me, so I'm hooked up there as well. When I first started it, it took a while to get used to it, but I do still enjoy the little pizza and cheese I get to have every week as I don't have, and shouldn't totally limit my calcium intake. The doctor said when I asked what would happen if I totally eliminated calcium. he said, "There would be serious side effects to that." and I asked what side effects. He simply smiled and said "Death." I seriously don't want to die so I'll have to have *some* calcium laden foods, darn. I just wish there were more people like me out there as I'm finding it increasingly hard not to find foods that haven't been "fortified with extra calcium for strong bones".

The other good news. Since I don't have a personal assistant, I don't feel like I can't absolutely schedule something. So I've been a b7sy little bee scheduling various tests and getting things worked out so I can finish some of the stuff I haven't finished in a while due to stupid injuries and/or procrastination. So I finally took my process control test. Though I took that whole class in Australia and didn't finish it, audited part of the class the semester before last here, and finally taking it for a grade last semester and getting hurt during that semester, I'm finally finished. I don't know why I was worried, seeing as I've had some of that material in triplicate, but I was. I just didn't know how the oral exam would go. It went well though. I was basically asked 20 questions about a particular problem, and scored accordingly. I got an A :)))), only missing 2 points on two OF THE questions. I have a physics oral exam to take next week, and I'll start working on reactor design as well next week, so I'm well on my way to getting done with my degree and closer to an internship and subsequent graduate school. I can't wait to move on with life. Not that I don't hate academia, I don't mind it really, I'll just be ready to (a) make some money and (b) do something new. I'm just thankful I'm feeling more motivated to get things done.

And that leads me to my final topic. Studying helps keep my mind off of the election output. As some of my readers know, I wasn't a fan of the outcome at the slightest. I considered moving away from this country and back to Australia on Wednesday, but then considered against it as positive change still can happen here, I think. The only way I think I'll be able to make it through four more years of this is to continue being positive, activating change where its needed, and making a difference with a vote for change in 2008.

More tomorrow I promise. Hope this meets you all well.
 
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From:sunnyblue
Date:November 4th, 2004 09:53 pm (UTC)
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People like me need that "fortified with calcium for stong bones" stuff because since I can't drink milk I'd have to scarf down a butt-load of cheese and vitamins and crap more than I do to keep myself from getting the opposite bone issue you have.

I'm glad to see you updating. Been wondering what' s been going on.

I was pretty sour about the whole election thing. For 2 days I've been pondering moving to Canada.
From:awallens
Date:November 5th, 2004 05:39 am (UTC)
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Hey I'm glad you're up and around... Literally! I too was mega disappointed about the election... Read my LJ, you'll find some interesting life changes going on.
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From:jzsfreak
Date:November 5th, 2004 02:25 pm (UTC)
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Your mouth numbness problem reminded of when I had my lower wisdom teeth removed and the surgeon nicked one of my nerves and the whole left half of my lower lip and chin went completely numb for about 4 months. I looked like a freakin stroke victim. Hugs to you. I'm glad you have your puppy with you! Do your parents still have that cute stray from a long time ago?
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From:falcon13
Date:November 7th, 2004 06:44 am (UTC)
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as a joke I put up a forged letter from the New Zealand embassy to me [using their actual embassy logo!], responding to my 'request' to emigrate! It momentarily fooled a couple of my readers.

today's editorial section of the Washington Post has a number of articles about the election -- including some that strongly favor the Republican/Bush view of the world. my major issues with BushBoy include that he has NO long-term vision for the U.S. in this complicated and complex world; he has NO real interest in bringing the worker class folks into a real middle class existence; and he has a LOT of interest in increasing the wealth of the already-monied class; and a VERY muddled concept of how to deal with our antagonists. other than that . . . ;-)

having weened myself from a walker and crutches following my KneeJob, I empathize strongly with your ability to walk unaided again. Go Noel!

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