danagryphon: (Arms)
Hubby and I went away this past weekend for a holiday party/awards banquet/Christmas parade for the Shrine Clowns down on Cape Cod. The town of Falmouth make a BIG shindig out of their Xmas parade weekend; the parade is Sunday, but on Saturday, the town is hopping with craft fairs and shopping and all sorts of events. The hotel we stay in has a gingerbread house decorating event for kids, which we get to see the set up for while we are eating breakfast in their dinning room. This year, I didn't go on the big craft fair/shopping expedition because I'm very leery of jostling crowds with my shoulder a bit tender. So I stayed at the hotel and rested while Hubby went out.

Otherwise, the shoulder was actually pretty good, and by the end of the weekend, I was actually able to lift my arm over my head (part of the way, at least) under its own power. Today I go for my post-op appt (it was moved from Friday) and get my stitches out. Thank GODS. The incisions are all completely healed, but the stitches are itching like CRAZY. I've actually stopped wearing the bandaids over them because they were irritating my skin more than anything. Once the stitches come out, I'll be able to put some lotion on it to relieve the dry skin, which should help with the itching.

Tomorrow I go back into the office, braving the commuter rail and the subway to do so. I am debating about wearing the sling or not. Generally, I don't need it, but it is a good deterrent to keep people at a little distance. (Two instances this weekend of people slapping me good-naturedly on the shoulder are strong incentives to wear it when in a crowd who doesn't know or give a shit that I'm still healing.) Plus, I still do not have any strength in the arm to hold on if I'm stuck standing, so it might get people to offer me a seat if that happens. Yeah, I think I'll probably wear it for the commute, but take it off while at work.

The other thing that should happen today is getting my order for PT, which I will set up tomorrow. I'm hoping I can just do once a week if I promise to do the same exercises at home. I have all the stuff I need to from the last time I did PT. But I definitely want to do PT with a therapist so I can have someone tell me when I might be pushing it, and to track my progress more objectively. I can't WAIT until I can pick up a bow, for example, so much so that I know I'm going to have to force myself to take the therapist's word as law on when that can finally happen. However, I am going to start going to an indoor range this Thursday with my two yeomen, to work with them over the winter. Plus, yeoman #2 and I need to get together to make his arrows.

Time to get back to projects. I have a ton of stuff to get done now for Birka, including calligraphy on 3 scrolls (one is a private commission) and at least one garb outfit (more if I decide to make something new for the boy, too). I also have a commission for pair of leather coronets that don't have a firm deadline, but I'd like to get working on it soon (although I'm still waiting on some sketches from the client for one of them). I *did* manage to finish my EK Artisan Exchange gift before my surgery, so I just need to get that packed up and in the mail.

Now I just need to find my motivation!
danagryphon: (House Face)
My shoulder surgery on Wednesday went really well. I got home around 3:00 in the afternoon and pretty much slept the rest of the day. I had a nerve block that made the my entire shoulder and arm completely numb and limp, and it lasted until Thursday morning, so I had no pain. But I was really queasy from the anesthesia. I did take a couple of Percocets around 11 pm on Wednesday, in case the nerve block wore off while I was asleep, and that started off another bout of nausea. I slept on the recliner in the living room with music on (for some reason, music really helps me when I'm nauseous). I woke up a little before 8 am on Thursday, and still didn't have any pain, although I had feeling again.

Huh. In fact, it didn't really hurt any worse than the chronic pain I had before the surgery.

Cool beans.

I took the Percs with me to [livejournal.com profile] xandra_rozina and [livejournal.com profile] brokk's house when we left around 10:30, along with some straight Tylenol, but I was good all day without anything. Which means 1) I wasn't nauseous and could eat the wonderful dinner they prepared and 2) I could drink, which was especially nice when the cordials came out for tasting. Overall, it was a great day with lots of lovely company, and I have much to be thankful for.

Thursday night, I slept in my bed, and once I got the pillows situated for proper support, again had *no pain*. At all. Awesomesauce.

I was supposed to take the bulky dressing off today at noon, but it came off this morning when I changed shirts, because I sweated it off in the night (which honestly, is better than ripping off foam tape anyway), so the 4 small incisions are now covered with bandaids. I'm supposed to wear the sling until tomorrow, which is when I can also shower. But I can prop my hand on the computer and type two-handed for short periods of time.

After the horror stories the drs office prepared me for as far as post-op pain, I am HUGELY happy to have little to none. I am icing for residual soreness (and mostly for swelling, really), but DAY-UM, it feels good. It's going to be hard to not push, I think, because it feels so freaking good. But yes, I will behave myself, mother. Part of why it's so good is that they tendon was not as damaged as the doc had thought, and they didn't have to do any repair to it. Which will reduce my recovery time by quite a bit. I have my post-op appt next Friday, and will start PT shortly after that.

Can't wait until I can get back to my projects!
danagryphon: (Mal Misbehave)
For a change. Why not.

The good news is, my PotA story for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang has been claimed by an artist! Woohoo! I can't wait to see what she does for it. Also, the ending is SLOWLY coming together, but it is coming together. Meanwhile, I have another plot beast that has started consuming my brain, so I'm trying to get down the outline of the story so that I can set it aside for another time.

The better news is that popping anti-inflammatory drugs and sleeping with ice packs on my shoulder may have actually done the trick. My right shoulder is mostly pain free for the first time in weeks, despite the call from [livejournal.com profile] calygrey last night to come down to her house and process a road kill deer at 8:30 p.m. And we were done by 10 p.m. Woohoo! Go us! And I got two legs and half the backstrap of fresh venison now aging in my spare fridge. Even better, now that I've figured out how to use the meat grinder attachment to my Kitchen Aid mixer, I can make Bambi burger. Mm.Mm.Mmmmmm.

Camping in a cabin up in NH with the Boy Scouts this weekend, so I'll be pretty much incommunicado Friday evening until Sunday morning.
danagryphon: (Mal Misbehave)
For a change. Why not.

The good news is, my PotA story for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang has been claimed by an artist! Woohoo! I can't wait to see what she does for it. Also, the ending is SLOWLY coming together, but it is coming together. Meanwhile, I have another plot beast that has started consuming my brain, so I'm trying to get down the outline of the story so that I can set it aside for another time.

The better news is that popping anti-inflammatory drugs and sleeping with ice packs on my shoulder may have actually done the trick. My right shoulder is mostly pain free for the first time in weeks, despite the call from [livejournal.com profile] calygrey last night to come down to her house and process a road kill deer at 8:30 p.m. And we were done by 10 p.m. Woohoo! Go us! And I got two legs and half the backstrap of fresh venison now aging in my spare fridge. Even better, now that I've figured out how to use the meat grinder attachment to my Kitchen Aid mixer, I can make Bambi burger. Mm.Mm.Mmmmmm.

Camping in a cabin up in NH with the Boy Scouts this weekend, so I'll be pretty much incommunicado Friday evening until Sunday morning.
danagryphon: (Kids)
Many pink and red things are sweet to give others on Valentine's Day.

Pink eye is not one of them. Please keep it to yourself.

(The elder child seems to have come down with pink eye. I'll be spending my day tomorrow taking him to the doctor.)
danagryphon: (Kids)
Many pink and red things are sweet to give others on Valentine's Day.

Pink eye is not one of them. Please keep it to yourself.

(The elder child seems to have come down with pink eye. I'll be spending my day tomorrow taking him to the doctor.)
danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
Ok, right shoulder, listen up. I know the left shoulder got all that attention last summer, with the cortisone injection and the physical therapy and all that, and that it's feeling pretty good now. But that is NO REASON for YOU to decide you need the same treatment. Seriously. This pain you are causing me, especially when I try to sleep at night, I can really do without.

Suck it up, right shoulder.

No love right now,

Me
danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
Ok, right shoulder, listen up. I know the left shoulder got all that attention last summer, with the cortisone injection and the physical therapy and all that, and that it's feeling pretty good now. But that is NO REASON for YOU to decide you need the same treatment. Seriously. This pain you are causing me, especially when I try to sleep at night, I can really do without.

Suck it up, right shoulder.

No love right now,

Me
danagryphon: (House OMG)
Mmmm... Health PSA reminder with hot guys. A total win-win.

Love it!

May not be safe for work for everyone... )
danagryphon: (House OMG)
Mmmm... Health PSA reminder with hot guys. A total win-win.

Love it!

May not be safe for work for everyone... )
danagryphon: (Mal Misbehave)
It's been a while since I did a real update. Lots of things going on, but none of them would be what I consider interesting enough to write about, I guess.

I joined NaNoWriMo's August Summer Camp, in hopes of using that to spur me into finishing Common Ground by the end of August. I'm over half way to 50K words (the Summer Camp goal), so we'll see how it goes. It probably means I'll have to change my writing M.O. for a while, and just write flat out, not go back and edit as a I go. But I've been getting some wonderful feedback from [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62 , totally invaluable, that's been encouraging me to finish as well. Thanks so much, babe!

I'm also still hoping to finish my Glee fic by the end of the summer, before the new season starts, since it is set during the this time. That's currently at 4K words, but I don't think will be much more than about 6K-8K when it's done.

In other news, the shoulder is slowly getting better. After the initial surge ahead, I've had a little bit of a setback with it being rather sore and a little more weak after my Tuesday PT. So Thursday's PT was a few light exercises, then some ultrasound and massage. I'm to cut back on the exercises when it's sore, but not stop entirely. It still looks like I have dodged the bullet on needing surgery, but totally recovery is still going to take some time.

Not too much happening on the SCA front lately, with so many folks being off at Pennsic and all. I'm going to the Carolingia archery champs at the end of the month, but then there aren't too many events on the calendar after that. Crown Tourney is in Bergental in November, so certainly that. And since Mistress Eleanore is cooking, I should probably chat her up about helping her in the kitchen, so we can decide if we are going to cement this apprentice thing or not.

As for me, I'm now tentatively committed to being head cook for two events early next year, probably within a month of each other. So that'll be an interesting experience. But they are both in sites I've worked with before, so at least I know what resources are available there. However, one of these events will be a RP, which I've never done before, so that'll have that little bit of added incentive to make Good Food.

Once August is done, and IF I actually get the novel done by my goal, Sept and Oct will probably be devoted to SCA garb and such. I like having new garb for big events, like Crown, so I'm hoping to maybe finish my outfit that's been languishing for a year now.

Of course, Sept is also Webelos Woods, which I'm committed to teaching the Scientist badge for, as well as doing Astronomy that night. And school starting, with the Boog entering his senior year. So we need to schedule some college visits for this fall and start looking at college applications. He's in good shape otherwise, with SATs at 1390, a GPA of 3.45, and got a 5 on the Calculus AP. He hasn't even started his application essay yet, but he's a good writer, so hopefully that will go fast.

Also in SCA news, I applied for the editor of the A&S newsletter that the Kingdom MoAS office is interested in starting. They were taking applications until the end of July, and I'm sure they all confabbed over Pennsic to make a decision, so hopefully word on that will be coming sometime in the next week once everyone gets home from PA.

Well, that's probably enough for now. Gotta go see about heading over to a friend's house for a bday party.
danagryphon: (Mal Misbehave)
It's been a while since I did a real update. Lots of things going on, but none of them would be what I consider interesting enough to write about, I guess.

I joined NaNoWriMo's August Summer Camp, in hopes of using that to spur me into finishing Common Ground by the end of August. I'm over half way to 50K words (the Summer Camp goal), so we'll see how it goes. It probably means I'll have to change my writing M.O. for a while, and just write flat out, not go back and edit as a I go. But I've been getting some wonderful feedback from [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62 , totally invaluable, that's been encouraging me to finish as well. Thanks so much, babe!

I'm also still hoping to finish my Glee fic by the end of the summer, before the new season starts, since it is set during the this time. That's currently at 4K words, but I don't think will be much more than about 6K-8K when it's done.

In other news, the shoulder is slowly getting better. After the initial surge ahead, I've had a little bit of a setback with it being rather sore and a little more weak after my Tuesday PT. So Thursday's PT was a few light exercises, then some ultrasound and massage. I'm to cut back on the exercises when it's sore, but not stop entirely. It still looks like I have dodged the bullet on needing surgery, but totally recovery is still going to take some time.

Not too much happening on the SCA front lately, with so many folks being off at Pennsic and all. I'm going to the Carolingia archery champs at the end of the month, but then there aren't too many events on the calendar after that. Crown Tourney is in Bergental in November, so certainly that. And since Mistress Eleanore is cooking, I should probably chat her up about helping her in the kitchen, so we can decide if we are going to cement this apprentice thing or not.

As for me, I'm now tentatively committed to being head cook for two events early next year, probably within a month of each other. So that'll be an interesting experience. But they are both in sites I've worked with before, so at least I know what resources are available there. However, one of these events will be a RP, which I've never done before, so that'll have that little bit of added incentive to make Good Food.

Once August is done, and IF I actually get the novel done by my goal, Sept and Oct will probably be devoted to SCA garb and such. I like having new garb for big events, like Crown, so I'm hoping to maybe finish my outfit that's been languishing for a year now.

Of course, Sept is also Webelos Woods, which I'm committed to teaching the Scientist badge for, as well as doing Astronomy that night. And school starting, with the Boog entering his senior year. So we need to schedule some college visits for this fall and start looking at college applications. He's in good shape otherwise, with SATs at 1390, a GPA of 3.45, and got a 5 on the Calculus AP. He hasn't even started his application essay yet, but he's a good writer, so hopefully that will go fast.

Also in SCA news, I applied for the editor of the A&S newsletter that the Kingdom MoAS office is interested in starting. They were taking applications until the end of July, and I'm sure they all confabbed over Pennsic to make a decision, so hopefully word on that will be coming sometime in the next week once everyone gets home from PA.

Well, that's probably enough for now. Gotta go see about heading over to a friend's house for a bday party.
danagryphon: (Dean)
Dean is the master of the OPToMA.

Watched "On the Head of a Pin" last night.

O. M. F. G. Z.

Angst-freaking-fest.

I was quite admiring of some of Dean's techniques for torturing demons. I was hoping he'd get maybe a little more creative, but hey, it's prime-time TV. (yes, I am an evil, twisted bastard, but we already knew this)

But the scene at the end, in the hospital, with Cas, was total, total fanfic fodder. Slashy fanfic fodder at that. Speaking of which, today's first ep on TNT is "The Monster at the End of This Book". I sooooo cannot wait to watch it. Still have "It's a Terrible Life" already on the DVR to watch, but both of those puppies are getting watched tonight.

Oh yeah, and Sammy! Holy Crap, Dood! How's dear old brother going to feel about that shite!

Quote of the Day (Dean to Cas after Uriel flys off): You guys don't walk enough. You're gonna get flabby." I am SO going to steal that line for my current fanfic.

"Lucifer Rising" airs Tuesday. I can't wait. Squee!

Oh, on the medical front, I tried going without the sling yesterday. Big mistake. Huge. I was in so much pain last night that hubby had to help me change for bed. I even considered swiping one of his Vicodin, but I had already downed some Tylenol. Finding a position where I could actually sleep comfortable was... challenging. Yes, yes, I promised him I would call the doctor today. And I'm back in the sling. Now I just wish I could get a nice ice pack here at work.
danagryphon: (Dean)
Dean is the master of the OPToMA.

Watched "On the Head of a Pin" last night.

O. M. F. G. Z.

Angst-freaking-fest.

I was quite admiring of some of Dean's techniques for torturing demons. I was hoping he'd get maybe a little more creative, but hey, it's prime-time TV. (yes, I am an evil, twisted bastard, but we already knew this)

But the scene at the end, in the hospital, with Cas, was total, total fanfic fodder. Slashy fanfic fodder at that. Speaking of which, today's first ep on TNT is "The Monster at the End of This Book". I sooooo cannot wait to watch it. Still have "It's a Terrible Life" already on the DVR to watch, but both of those puppies are getting watched tonight.

Oh yeah, and Sammy! Holy Crap, Dood! How's dear old brother going to feel about that shite!

Quote of the Day (Dean to Cas after Uriel flys off): You guys don't walk enough. You're gonna get flabby." I am SO going to steal that line for my current fanfic.

"Lucifer Rising" airs Tuesday. I can't wait. Squee!

Oh, on the medical front, I tried going without the sling yesterday. Big mistake. Huge. I was in so much pain last night that hubby had to help me change for bed. I even considered swiping one of his Vicodin, but I had already downed some Tylenol. Finding a position where I could actually sleep comfortable was... challenging. Yes, yes, I promised him I would call the doctor today. And I'm back in the sling. Now I just wish I could get a nice ice pack here at work.
danagryphon: (House Face)
Well, actually, yes, yes, it is.

So my left arm's been bothering me on and off for a while now. I injured it the first time over ten years ago, when E was a baby, and I tried to one arm lift him across my body. Big mistake. I spent a week not being able to raise my arm higher than chest height, or lift anything weightier than about a piece of paper.

But it's not my rotator cuff. The pain is too far down on my arm, not really in the shoulder at all. It radiates down the back of my arm, all the way to the elbow. So it looks like what I've got is a good case of triceps tendinitis.

It acts up at some point every archery season, but it's already got me down for the count this year. After my spectacular 100 royal round a couple of weeks ago, practice last Sunday was particularly lacking in skill. It doesn't exactly hurt to draw the bow, but moving it up and down to load is what actually ends up hurting. And the crossbow is even worse, since it involves lifting the dang thing up and down every time I span it.

Sleeping Sunday night was next to impossible in my usual position on my left side. I took the day off Monday so I could sit home and ice it, and have been wearing a sling any time I'm not sitting at my desk for the last two days. Sitting and typing is actually fine, because I can rest my forearm on the desk an essentially immobilize the upper arm.

I think I'm going to end up calling the doc about this flare up, and see if I can get some PT and exercises to keep this from happening. I really don't want to have to give up archery (not to mention, I'd really like to get back into shape for fencing). Tylenol helps when I remember to take it. But I am notorious (at least to my husband) for not wanting to go to the doctor. "Oh, look honey, I've got a piece of broken bone sticking out of my leg, I guess I should probably see a doctor. But can't I just pop it back in and sew it up myself? What's the doctor going to do that I can't?" Yeah, yeah, I know. Blame it on my Irish blood.
danagryphon: (House Face)
Well, actually, yes, yes, it is.

So my left arm's been bothering me on and off for a while now. I injured it the first time over ten years ago, when E was a baby, and I tried to one arm lift him across my body. Big mistake. I spent a week not being able to raise my arm higher than chest height, or lift anything weightier than about a piece of paper.

But it's not my rotator cuff. The pain is too far down on my arm, not really in the shoulder at all. It radiates down the back of my arm, all the way to the elbow. So it looks like what I've got is a good case of triceps tendinitis.

It acts up at some point every archery season, but it's already got me down for the count this year. After my spectacular 100 royal round a couple of weeks ago, practice last Sunday was particularly lacking in skill. It doesn't exactly hurt to draw the bow, but moving it up and down to load is what actually ends up hurting. And the crossbow is even worse, since it involves lifting the dang thing up and down every time I span it.

Sleeping Sunday night was next to impossible in my usual position on my left side. I took the day off Monday so I could sit home and ice it, and have been wearing a sling any time I'm not sitting at my desk for the last two days. Sitting and typing is actually fine, because I can rest my forearm on the desk an essentially immobilize the upper arm.

I think I'm going to end up calling the doc about this flare up, and see if I can get some PT and exercises to keep this from happening. I really don't want to have to give up archery (not to mention, I'd really like to get back into shape for fencing). Tylenol helps when I remember to take it. But I am notorious (at least to my husband) for not wanting to go to the doctor. "Oh, look honey, I've got a piece of broken bone sticking out of my leg, I guess I should probably see a doctor. But can't I just pop it back in and sew it up myself? What's the doctor going to do that I can't?" Yeah, yeah, I know. Blame it on my Irish blood.
danagryphon: (House WTF)
AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRGGGGGGG!

Dude! When you are pretending to be doctors from the CDC, it helps to NOT say stupid shit like "the kids caught pneumonia because their windows were open"!!!!!111!!!

Seriously!

So far, though, that's the only really stupid fallacy I've caught in Supernatural. The other kinda funny thing is how many of the legends they bring up I already know a lot about. Okay, so some of that is wrong, too, but only in the usual way that people don't understand them, like Wicca being an "ancient" religion. LMAO. But come on, the pneumonia thing just really got me.
danagryphon: (House WTF)
AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRGGGGGGG!

Dude! When you are pretending to be doctors from the CDC, it helps to NOT say stupid shit like "the kids caught pneumonia because their windows were open"!!!!!111!!!

Seriously!

So far, though, that's the only really stupid fallacy I've caught in Supernatural. The other kinda funny thing is how many of the legends they bring up I already know a lot about. Okay, so some of that is wrong, too, but only in the usual way that people don't understand them, like Wicca being an "ancient" religion. LMAO. But come on, the pneumonia thing just really got me.
danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
Latisse??!! Are you kidding me? We have to have an act of Congress to encourage drug companies to research drug treatments for sometimes life-threatening rare diseases, because there are so few people suffering from them that they can't possibly recoup the cost of R&D. But they will happily spend money to market a glaucoma medication as a miracle prescription medication to grow longer, thicker eyelashes. Yes, for $4 a day that isn't covered by insurance, you, too, can have eyelashes like a sickly sweet Disney animal. And even though they didn't have to spend money to discover this drug, you know they still had to pour quite a few bucks into getting it approved by the FDA for this purpose. Because this isn't just an "off-label" use. This is a full blown, FDA approved use(less) of this medication.

Some of the side effects that the FDA warns of that the Latisse people downplay are unwanted excess hair growth in other areas that the medication might touch, brown iris pigmentation (it turns your eyes brown?), and darkening of the eyelids. But I gotta wonder, what does it do to your intraocular pressure if you *don't* have glaucoma?
danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
Latisse??!! Are you kidding me? We have to have an act of Congress to encourage drug companies to research drug treatments for sometimes life-threatening rare diseases, because there are so few people suffering from them that they can't possibly recoup the cost of R&D. But they will happily spend money to market a glaucoma medication as a miracle prescription medication to grow longer, thicker eyelashes. Yes, for $4 a day that isn't covered by insurance, you, too, can have eyelashes like a sickly sweet Disney animal. And even though they didn't have to spend money to discover this drug, you know they still had to pour quite a few bucks into getting it approved by the FDA for this purpose. Because this isn't just an "off-label" use. This is a full blown, FDA approved use(less) of this medication.

Some of the side effects that the FDA warns of that the Latisse people downplay are unwanted excess hair growth in other areas that the medication might touch, brown iris pigmentation (it turns your eyes brown?), and darkening of the eyelids. But I gotta wonder, what does it do to your intraocular pressure if you *don't* have glaucoma?

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