Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Overdue update

I've been referenced! In an international journal article no less ;> Someone outside Monash seems to value my honours literature review.

I'll try to upload photos of birthday goodies in the next few days - I am still recovering from being the 'assistant' photographer at a friends wedding on Sunday. Apparently I took some good photos, but I haven't seen them yet, perhaps tonight. I'm glad it wasn't a much larger wedding though - I was exhausted when I got home!

Found a fibromyalgia specialist at the Monash Medical Center, and am waiting to see if he actually consults with patients (or is just a researcher). The neurologist is out of suggestions. It makes me very angry when doctors diagnose you with a disease, and then don't refer you to an appropriate specialist. I've had to seek out specialists myself. Grrrr.

Last week was nice and cool, this week looks like it will be hot. With no air conditioning in my office, I shall swelter, or be blown away by the overly large and powerful fan that I just received.

Sunday, November 12, 2006


Lyrica doesn't seem to do anything (positive or negative) :-\ Having said that, for some  unknown reason I'm horrendously dizzy today.  And now for a day of Japanese studying....

Friday, November 10, 2006

Money isn't everything...

This slashdot thread contains many insightful and pertinent comments. Especially the one about re-doing your work. The number of times I've had to re-write and audit all the documentation (in 1.5 years) due to marketing decisions is astounding. Yet another one cropped up today.... *sigh*

Wednesday, November 8, 2006


I'm going mad.... at times it feels like my head is literally spinning. I think at the moment, a lot of it is due to not being able to find any quiet place. At work there is the air conditioning hum inside (really loud even though my vent is closed), the pool pump and large air conditioning unit for the building outside (don't ask why we have a pool at work...) The building is quite large (55 people and a manufacturing wing, which is probably also adding to the noise). I have to have my window open because I'm allergic to something in the air conditioning. :-\ It's got to the point where it is impairing my concentration at work. Did you know that an air conditioning unit is on average 60dB?!

At home, there is a freeway 1km away, and two major roads nearby. The road noise (to me) is horrible - I can hear it loudly from any part of the house at all hours of the day. Perhaps I'm hypersensitive? I can't even hang heavy curtains in my bedroom to help a little. Add to that, the hot water system which, since being replaced with a 'renovated' boiler, is getting more and more air in the pipes. It can bang in the middle of the night without anyone using the water because the boiler needed to vent.

For some reason all this horrible background noise is making me really anxious and panicky. According to some sites I seem to be suffering from sensory overload. It's stopping me from sleeping, resting, concentrating, studying, working..... A small break away into the lovely quiet country side helped me cope for another few months, but I'm reaching breaking point.

I think the one thing I loved most about our jaunt to Tuki Retreat in Daylesford was the quiet. I was able to relax because of it.... Been jumping around looking at various studies and news articles on background noise and it's effects, here is a collection :

Monday, November 6, 2006

I'm still alive

Work has been so busy, we wrapped up one project, and I immediately shifted to a time critical messy project. I'm frequently completely dead outside of work/cooking/washing. My lawn is crying out to be mowed, and my mower is cringing - my foot won't be up to mow the lawns for a week or so yet. It is on the mend, but it is slow. Me being me, I forget that it's sore, and put it into situations where it gets hurt again. :-\

I had a chance to see how good my Japanese skills are on the weekend. A wizened, old, Japanese soldier was looking for someone to explain rental prices at one of the inspections. The agent was 10 minutes late, so I had a good time floundering around. I think we managed to communicate some things, but that was my first experience with heavily accented Japanese. It was really difficult! JLPT4 in a month... ug... I don't think I'll do well - things are not sticking in my mind. I think it's partly due to the medications I'm on - they induce a lovely brain fog.

Trying Lyrica now, (in addition to Neurontin), for the nerve/fibro pain, which means I'm completely dazed at all times.... yay.... Perfect timing when I have a project I need to get finished at work. Not to mention for studying for an exam without any classes or an in-person teacher.