Not strep! (yay!) Although I do have a throat infection that necessitates antibiotics. I'm taking today as a sick day to let the drug (Cefprozil - which is a new one for me) do its magic. After about 24 hours now, the big white spot that was my left tonsil is about 50% smaller. I love modern medicine.

I spent the majority of the day so far reading Leonard Nimoy's "I Am Spock," which was written in 1995. There's an exchange of letters between Nimoy and Isaac Asimov reproduced in this book that had me in tears. It was a touching example of Asimov's humor, as well as a treat to get a glimpse into the interaction between two artists whom I have loved since I was a child. Although I have never met either of these men, I miss Asimov for his work, both artistic and editorial, and I know Nimoy will not be around forever. Perhaps I just get maudlin when I'm sick. *sigh*

Other than that, I have been rereading some mini painting tutorials on line, which has me ready to start my next fig. It looks like the muse has decided to stay a while.


Jul. 27th, 2009 10:58 am
Finished up a wizard mini this weekend, and started three more. :) The wizard has a staff with an orb at the top, so I did a little gem-work to get back into practice. There's a really simple way of making gems stand out in your minis, and I get a kick out of doing it, even if I'm the only one who ever notices. (sometimes the detail is just too small for the casual observer)

It looks like the throat infection that I whinged about last week was not getting better, as I had previously thought. I'll be seeing my doctor in a few hours. :(

Apparently I like the new Planet of the Apes movie a lot more upon a second viewing. I recall being very annoyed when seeing it in the theater (although I can't recall why), but when I watched a bit of it last night on the telly, I was pleased and amused. Mostly I really like the makeup. Sue me.

I'm also quite enthusiastic about the direction of the latest collaborative Potter fiction game in which I am participating. I haven't been feeling all that well lately, and I think my writing has suffered because of it, but the plot is looking juicy and complicated, which bodes well for the future.
But I think I'm coming down with an actual illness. My throat hurts and my tonsils are red and swollen. One of them even has white spots.

Damn! No time for this! (although, it really has been a long time since I've been sick)

Thumb News

Sep. 18th, 2007 01:09 pm
Results of the MRI are in, and the winner is:  torn ligament in the top joint of my thumb!  This is, of course, much better than having something growing there, which was our previous theory.

Unfortunately, not knowing that I had a torn ligament in my thumb for over two months now has led to continued fraying of the ligament rather than allowing it to heal.  Thus the old joke:  "Doctor, it hurts when I do this."  "Don't do that."  comes into play.  I am in a hard cast for the next three weeks.  It was 4, but as we are going on vacation in 3.5 weeks, I wheedled a shorter cast time from the doctor so that I can get it off before we go.  She'll give me a removable support brace for after the cast is removed.

This is my first hard cast; it's on my right hand completely covering my thumb, and down to about mid-forearm.  So far I have found out that there are many activities for which I utilize my right hand and thumb (not the least of which is typing, grrr).  If any of you have had cast experience, could you share a bit with me?
No arthritis!  The bones in my hand are beautiful, smooth, and strong.  I love my bones.  They totally rock.

I may, however, have some sort of a growth on the joint, probably a cyst.  It was hard to tell from the x-rays (and we went back to take additional shots to see) whether this was part of my bone, a sesamoid, or a soft tissue growth.  I have an appointment for an MRI on Thursday.  If it is a cyst, we will likely try a cortizone injection (ouch!) before considering any cutting.

Ha!  I feel younger already!  :)
Ok, so everyone who has been hearing me yelp every time I touch anything with my right hand will be happy to know that I have an appointment this Tuesday with a hand surgeon.  Apparently huge doses of anti-inflammatories did nothing to help my thumb joint pain.  :(

Get offa my lawn!


Jun. 13th, 2007 12:22 pm
I have noticed that as one ages, one's medical issues become more and more...embarrassing.


May. 18th, 2007 11:11 am
I would just like to say that I have now gone 24 hours without a headache.  :)

(I hope this doesn't curse me!)
I have a Tuesday night yoga class.  Last Tuesday class was cancelled.  Last week I was grumpy beyond belief.  :(

Last night I forced myself to go to yoga.  I was not feeling well, and I felt a migraine coming on.

Class lasted about an hour and a quarter.  Afterwards I was totally mellow, the sky was beautiful as I was driving home, I was in a great mood, and my headache was almost gone.

I love yoga!
Today my company had an Open House at the Health & Fitness Center.  I used to go when it was free, but then they did a complete rebuild, and we had to sign up to participate, so I stopped going.  (Well, there were other reasons why I stopped going, but it was a barrier to restarting.)  The price is absolutely miniscule ($8/month), so that was no problem, it was just the idea of going to go sign up.  Don't ask.

So, now I have signed up and have become a member of the HFC.  There is a one-hour Hatha yoga class on Tuesday evenings that will fit just perfectly into my schedule.  If that is the only thing I do, it will be equivalent to $2/class.  I am totally psyched.

Plus, it is really a great facility, with a lot of equipment and a lot of different programs, most of them free.  They did a great job rebuilding the place.  I am glad I finally got over the hump and signed up. 
Heard this on Morning Edition on NPR on the way in this morning:

Babies' Fetal Cells May Protect Mother

Some scientists have proposed that when a woman has a baby, she gets not just a son or a daughter, but a gift of cells that stays behind and protects her for the rest of her life. That's because a baby's cells linger in its mom's body for decades and -- like stem cells -- may help to repair damage when she gets sick. It's such an enticing idea that even the scientists who came up with the idea worry that it may be too beautiful to be true.

If you think about it, this makes a lot of sense.  Babies, who are clearly the Masters of the Universe, have plenty of reasons to keep their mothers around and healthy, especially during the first 20 years of their lives, when they are most vulnerable to attack.  I see this as just another piece of the puzzle in my theory on the insidiousness of Babies.

I keed!  I keed!


Jan. 6th, 2006 10:15 am
Imitrex tastes bad
Migraine headache won't go 'way
This should be a haiku

But it's not.



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