Saturday, September 29, 2007

Tasmania

We are heading to Tassie on the boat this evening, and returning in 8 days. Unfortunately, I'm still on crutches (possibly for the entire time I'll be there), but it should still be good. I hope I can get a shoe on today!

We are taking the chop-top 1970 bug, which always gets a lot of looks and comments (and offers to buy it!). I've heard that it is likely to snow we we are staying for the first night! Thank the heater was fixed.

Expect lots of photos of Tasmania!

Monday, September 24, 2007

*Just* a sprain?!?

I'm furious a: "It's just a sprain so you can come in to work"... Um, no... it's not *just* a sprain. Then "We'll provide a taxi. You know, we are doing this just for you." ..uhh... riiight....

My annual and sick leave was mis-reported again sand I can't figure out whether it is due to incompetence or software problems.

Anyone know of a good, 4 day a week job: writing/ documentation/ training/ project management / research / any combination, that would be happy with semi-regular telecommuting?
Normally Me
Only the ligaments around the ankle are damaged. I fell down stairs, dislocated a toe on my other foot == lots of damage.
Grade 1 or 2 sprain. Grade 3 strain.
Ice speeds the recovery process and reduces pain. Ice causes my blood vessels to spasm, blocks blood flow which slows the recovery process, and increases pain (Raynaud's).
Inflammation response is short (2-3 days), can be reduced with anti-inflammatories. My brain can't turn off inflammatory responses (fibromyalgia). My ankle remains swollen for over a month. I can't take anti-inflammatories (kidney disease).
Pain receptors are turned down/off. My brain is sensitised to pain, it can not turn off pain receptors (fibromyalgia).
Once-off sprains are relatively quick to heal (4-6 weeks). I have repeatedly sprained my left ankle, badly. It takes several months for me to heal (> 10 weeks).

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Lucky

Movement outside
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Not a good weekend. My ankle gave way, again. Unfortunately this time, it was on stairs as I was walking down (4 stairs to the triangular landing). It hurts.....

A quick trip to the hospital's emergency department (only 2 hours!), and I'm very happy that my foot is not fractured, and the ligaments are only torn, not severed as I had worried. It's still classified as a Grade 3 strain though :-\

Hobbling around this morning, I manage to dislocate my middle toe on the opposite foot, yet again. Stupid toe - it dislocates way too easily (4th time now). I don't like this weekend much, but... it could have been a lot worse.

I had huge plans - clean the house, finish the garden, mow, reorganise the garage.... We are going to Tasmania next weekend, and I had also planned to drive a fair bit. I really don't know why I have such excellent timing!

I shan't be going upstairs (or down stairs) any time soon!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Manifest

Untitled
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I've uploaded the few photos I took at Manifest. I was not up to taking many shots, and not feeling overly comfortable taking 'sniped' photography with that many people around. However, comparing the sniped photos and the posed photos I took, I will be doing much more sniping at future events!

(Not sure 'sniped' is an official word, it just feels right)

Monday, September 17, 2007

An important lesson

The long queue
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I learnt something this weekend - where my current boundaries are. I was hoping to spent two long days at Manifest and then on one of the nights, go to Miyako for a yummy Japanese dinner. Unfortunately on both days, I had to leave early due to fibro/sciatic/endo/raynauds pain. I was really upset at missing the two panels I wanted to see on Sunday, and didn't take nearly as many photos as I wanted to. But a black-out during one of the anime screenings showed I was past my limits already. I couldn't completely kill myself because I have to attend work - I wish I had a more flexible schedule! Perhaps, if there hadn't been a 2 hour wait in line for registration, and missing the last bus home after work on Friday night, I would not have been so bad. Many people waited a lot longer for registration on Saturday though (in the photo), so I'm kinda glad I got there early.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Blinding headlights, grrrr.

Walking to the station tonight (after dark) because I missed the bus and didn't want to wait 40 minutes for the next one, I amused (or irritated) myself by noting the rarity of non-blinding headlights. About 80% of headlamps were maladjusted, completely blinding pedestrians. 100% of SUV lights were poorly adjusted, and the most painfully blinding were the 'hoon' cars (lowered, wind resistance kits, blue tinted lights, etc). Not one car lowered their lights, which either indicates that they did not care about pedestrians and left their lights on high beam, or they didn't know how bad their normal lights were. Remind me to leave earlier, it's the only way to avoid a headache from the stupid cars!

Ow...

42 kilometres walked in 2 weeks... not bad, but I am paying bucket loads for it at the moment. There seems to be a bug circulating again, flu-like symptoms that knock someone out for several days. That's what I feel like. Feverish, everything aching, skin sore to any slight pressure, migraine, sinus, throat... ug. Unfortunately today has eaten up the last full day of my sick leave, and I'm not feeling much better. I could do with a month or two off at this rate. I'm not sure why my manager was surprised at the answer to her question "Are you seeing results from increased walking?" - "Yeah... much more pain". My brain misinterprets nerve signals as pain... increased physical activity == increased nerve activity == higher misinterpretation of those signals in my brain. *sigh* Not to mention the havoc it plays with my screwed up vascular system....

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Update

Pair
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The pair of galahs that live in a tree next door were hanging around all day today, eating seed, and terrorising the rosellas. The cockatoos managed to chase them away briefly.

The cats seem to be rather upset - I'm alone again for just over 2 weeks. I think Gingy thought we were moving again! Once he realised that we weren't actually packing boxes (he had 'packed' himself into a box last night), he flopped in the middle of the couch, and hasn't moved for most of the day. Lazy.... Smokey on the other hand, hasn't slept all day. I guess he'll be a lump in my bed tonight.

One of the remote switch controls blew with a lamp light-globe last night, and I now have no idea how to switch the AppleTV on!

I also noticed that our rental payment details have finally changed - we used to be with Ray White, but the rental department apparently were only 'renting' space/resources.  They have struck out on their own, now affiliated with Barry Plant.

Health-wise, I'm not doing so well. I've logged enough data now to know that when I increase my activity/exercise, the pain increases. Decrease activity/exercise and pain decreases. The increases and decreases seem to be at the same time, so I'm not sure which is the cause, or where I can break the cycle. Not working does certainly help the Reynaud's symptoms - I'll probably see this more markedly when I take a week off work at the start of October.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Energy!

Farming!
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I had a load of energy from Monday through to about 8pm on Thursday. I was also running a temperature, several degrees higher than normal. As I'm normally hugely fatigued (fibro/CFSish), this was a huge novelty, and really exciting. It almost felt as if I was normal, but the pain was still there.

I got heaps done: studying, work, xstitch, gardening and loads of walking. My highest step count on Monday since getting my pedometer (13,859). This was cos I just missed the bus after work, and decided to see how far I could walk until the next bus caught up. About 5.5km... shows how often that bus runs at that time of night! Of course I took the straight route, and the bus wandered through the back streets.

Studying isn't progressing as fast as I would like, it's a lot of busy-work. The teacher in me desperately wants to rewrite the notes! ;>

The flowers and insects are out, even though it's still cold during the nights. Now I really need to work in the garden to encourage the birds. In the front, all I have is a magpie that eats the worms! Today I get a couple more bird feeders so the birds don't feel so exposed. Hopefully I'll find one suitable for nectar eaters.

But first... my second driving lesson....