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26 March 2013 @ 09:29 am
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24 March 2013 @ 11:21 pm
Spoilers be under here.

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23 March 2013 @ 11:29 pm
I watched the 2nd part of the pilot.

My spoilery thoughts below

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22 March 2013 @ 10:04 pm
When I first finished BSG, I didn't feel too bummed out the way I usually feel when something that is my whole life is taken away, like when finishing the ASOFAI books, or Harry Potter, or the Dark Tower, or LOST.

That emptiness wasn't there.

Maybe because it was only two weeks in my life that it was my whole life.

But now I just wish to watch more. I kind of want to watch Caprica but there's no Starbuck. I do intend to watch Caprica eventually. Starbuck is one of my favorites. For now I'll just deal with having my icon be Starbuck.

I rewatched the Workaholic's "Karl's Wedding" episode because Katee Sackoff is in it. Funny but weird to think of the homeless drug addict as Starbuck. Even at her worst, Starbuck wasn't that bad.
22 March 2013 @ 03:14 pm
I'm rewatching LOST. Again. and writing reviews on the internet. again.

Spoilers for all of LOST.

It's been a while since I watched LOST. I think I started rewatching it 1.5 years ago and then I slowly petered out. But now I'm not working so I'll be watching LOST like it's my job.

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21 March 2013 @ 05:32 pm
I've spent the past two weeks watching Battlestar Galactica and playing Mahjong Connect.

Here's my take on the ending, filled with spoilers:

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12 March 2013 @ 09:01 pm
I got my sutures removed today. The doctors said I'm healing well, but I do need to be careful not to do much to make sure my sternum heals. I have to sleep with a bra so my boobs don't make the sternum halves move away. I also can't sleep on my side......argggg

I need to learn how to be comfortable sleeping on my back. I fucking hate sleeping in a bra.

They also said I'd probably be able to go back to work in 6 weeks, once the sternum is fused back together. Thats way better than 3 months!
08 March 2013 @ 09:24 pm
In the hospital i had morphine via IV. That was sweet sweet relief. I can see how surgery/injury/whatever could get people hooked.

They gave me a script for vicodin which sucks but it's not totally useless. The first few days I was home I took 3 or 4 in 24 hours. The hardest part is getting the pain to go away while sleeping so I'd wake up to take a pill. On Wednesday a nurse told me I could try benadryl to sleep, which does help a lot. Last night I noticed I only have 6 vicodin left (I was given 20). Even if I cut down to 2 a day, that's only 3 days!

So today when I was in a lot of pain, I took tylenol. It didn't do a whole lot but it took the edge off and I rested a bit more today. I took one vicodin after dinner, and if I wake up in the middle of the night, I'll take the tylenol again.

Everyday I do feel a tiny bit better so I think I'll be good. There is progress.
06 March 2013 @ 07:01 pm
As far as having heart surgery goes, Deborah Heart and Lung is a pretty good place to have it. I felt very much taken care of by the nurses. Doctors weren't so bad either but really it's the nurses that stood out to me.

After the surgery, I was put in the SICU, where the nurses were only assigned to 1 or 2 people at a time, so they were very attentive. On Thursday morning, the first morning of eating, my nurse was Carlos who remembered me from my catherization in July. He remembered that I was vegan and got the hospitals dietitian to come talk to me about the vegan options they have that are not on the regular menu. The food was pretty good for hospital food but I was much happier to eat at home. Some of the steamed veggies were pretty gross.

When I went to a regular room (out of the SICU), the nurses had more patients but they were still very caring. By Saturday, my IV was blown and most of my veins were blown so getting a new IV in was super hard. My arms are very bruised and it hurts to do a lot with them. I'm not doing much but even holding a small book hurts.

Deborah has this Zipper Club, a nonprofit support group for people that have had Open Heart Surgery. They have meetings and some volunteers walk around the hospital and talk to people like me. This was incredibly amazing. The nurses were very caring, but to have someone to talk who has gone something very similar gave me a lot of hope. One woman was talking to me right before I got my chest tubes out. She was telling me how much better I'll feel after those are out, and that they are the source of most of the pain. Once those tubes were out, OMG, amazing relief. It's not sunshine and kittens but it made a huge difference!
14 February 2013 @ 01:08 am
The ones that go viral. Do you think it's because the people making them are creative? or because the cats do something adorable/funny?
31 January 2013 @ 09:16 pm
Sorry this is just copied and pasted from facebook
I've been a bit confused about all this heart stuff but thankfully Dr. C at Tabby's Place explained it for me.
If I have any of this wrong, please correct me.

The coronary artery wraps around the heart, moving blood with it.

The pulmonary artery takes blood from the heart and brings it to the lungs.

Normally these two do not cross, except in my heart. In mine, there is a fistula connect these two. There is less pressure in my pulmonary artery so some of the blood that should be circulating around the heart is going to my lungs, resulting in less oxygenated blood for my heart.

The surgery will remove this connection. I also have some scar tissue near the base of my aorta will be removed.

I also have to get pulmonary clearance and dental clearance. I have 9 cavities, 5 are filled. 4 more cavity fillings to go and then maybe I can schedule surgery. Maybe.
09 November 2012 @ 09:29 pm
Nov 1st Benjamin turned two. He's doing awesome. I think he needs to sleep more, but otherwise he's good.

I don't remember what I wrote about last with his slow weight gain. At his 18 month check up, the dr thought he was not gaining fast enough and that he was now off the chart. We went to a GI specialist who wanted us to up his calories. We did as much as could. He gained two pounds within 3 months but the GI dr said it wasn't enough. She wanted us to fry all of his foods. We didn't do it. I already think he doesn't eat enough veggies, I don't want his taste buds to only want fried foods. I don't think I worded that correctly but I hope you know what I mean.

We didn't think he was Failure to Thrive. He is gaining weight. He speaks in sentences. He understands us and can mostly communicate what he wants. He climbs all over everything, runs around. He scales my dresser, which scares the shit out of me. He's meeting or exceeding milestones. He is just small. I'm fucking 4'9 and Matt is 5'7. We are not tall people. Our kids are not going to be tall.

Yesterday was his two year check up. He is now in the 4th percentile. The doctor is no longer worried about FTT because he is on the chart. Whew. Big sigh of relief. We knew he was fine but it's good to have it written down in his medical chart.

I hope this photo works

30 October 2012 @ 04:23 pm
A few days ago at work, I was standing at the reception desk with two receptionist and a tech. I could feel in my intestines that a fart was coming soon. I was trying to hold it in. I was thinking about walking away to let loose.

The receptionists were arguing over who lost a receipt. One of them says "Whoever smelt it dealt it."

I know it was my time to shine. I let it rip. It was loud. It was amazing.

They all turned around, they thought it was fake because of the timing, but I proved them wrong. It was real. It was glorious.
29 October 2012 @ 07:31 pm
Our road is closed due to flooding. We live on Creek Rd, right on the big timber creek. Last year there was one part of the road that had a thin layer of flooding water from the creek.

We have a leak above our window, which used to be where our TV and video games were. Today we rearranged the living room. We have tape and plastic leading the leak into a bucket.

We still have power. I think cabin fever is settling in a bit. Matt took the kids right outside our door to see the storm. Des wanted to go right back inside but not Ben. Ben didn't want to go back inside. Matt took a short walk with him and then made him come back in. Ben has no fear.
04 September 2012 @ 10:59 am
I had my appointment with a cardiologist to follow up the cath I had in July. I did have an appointment about a month ago but I had to cancel because I had a stomach virus.

I don't completely understand what is going on with my heart. The doctors are not completely sure either. They said they had a conference about me.

During my open heart surgery and during the cath I had in 2002, they did not see this particular defect. My right coronary artery is connecting to something that it's not supposed to. (I told you I didn't understand it.) This is making my heart not get enough oxygenated blood, which can make it harder for me to do physical activity. I get winded easily and get chest pains.

I've never been a physically active person so I always thought I got winded easily due to me being out of shape. I remember one time doing some intense yoga and getting some sharp chest pains. Back in February I started going to the gym. Weight lifting didn't seem to affect my heart but going on the treadmill did. It seems to be cardio that affects me.

Light cardio I seem to be fine. Walking around at work, cleaning, holding animals. That doesn't seem to affect me.

I'm 50 pounds heavier than I should be. Obviously, any extra weight is more work for my heart. I need to be more severe with sugar. I'll probably cut out gluten and sugar.

The cardiologist said I could have open heart surgery if I want. They would put a clamp where the artery is not supposed to connect. This is not a life or death situation but if I felt like I needed it, they could do it.

I'm leaning towards not surgery.

I went to an awesome wedding on Sunday, danced a lot, and had a lot of fun. I barely got any sleep then I did an 11 hour shift at Tabby's Place. My chest has been hurting since Sunday night. I'm really really tired.

I don't know. I'm rambling now....
13 July 2012 @ 01:24 am
I don't usually stay up late when I have to get up early. I usually go to sleep with the kids but tonight I'm freaking out. It's 1:22 and I have to be up at 4:30....

I need to fucking sleep. It's just a cardiac cath. I've had one before. It sucked. it sucked a lot but hopefully this will give me some answers?

11 May 2012 @ 03:39 pm
Today Des grabbed Ben's leg as Ben was walking and Ben fell onto his face.

I know stuff like this is going to happen with kids but it still surprises me. Usually Benjamin is the one hitting. It's quite rare to see Des hurt Ben.

I started crying a bit when I was watching Matt talk to Des about what he did. He was firm that hurting Benjamin was not okay, but was also very loving towards Des. He told Des he knows he's a sweet kid and that he will continue to be great big brother. It was just the perfect mix of firm but loving. Made me cry.

I feel very lucky that I have such an awesome partner. He's quite attractive as well.

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26 April 2012 @ 08:36 pm