Thursday, November 29, 2007

Last update in November

Yay.... I don't need surgery again! Yet.... The endometriosis is starting to grow back, after a 4 year lull. Pretty good, for a body that seems to hoard an excess of oestragen. It's been a little over 4 years since I got the Mirena IUD, and the specialist today noted that it's probably running low on progestagen... tipping control again to the oestragen hungy endometriosis. Several fingernail sized cysts have appeared on the left ovary, but otherwise everything is as it was 4 years ago. Thank goodness.... The adenomyosis has not increased, and there seem to be no adhesions. I was prompted to get this ultrasound by incredibly sharp pains on the left side every month or so - alerting me to something being wrong with the left ovary (it was linked with ovulation and not periods). Sometime next year, I'll be getting my second Mirena IUD instead of surgery. An increased level of progestagen to the area should settle the endometriosis back down, without any removal. Ultrasounds + Mirena + some (small, monthly) discomfort, is still much, much better than surgery..... I'm really glad it had nothing to do with the adenomyosis... the only treatment for that is still a full hysterectomy... :-\ The specialist commented that with endometriosis/adenomyosis, you learn a lot about medicine and bodily functions, and learn how to monitor your own health extremely well. I think this is the case for any chronic condition.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Too hot!

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I played with the ISO settings on my camera today, the first time I've ever purposefully experimented with it. It was close to sunset, probably not the best time for it, but I had a flock of willing subjects. Because the weather has been hot, the birds have appreciated the tub of water I leave out (specifically for the ducks, as they have always been fond of it).

While I was sitting outside, one of the cockatoos decided to take a drink. He moved a little too quick to capture him mid-drink, but provided an excellent action shot afterwards. This summer will be a warm one....

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Too busy....

Work has been insane in the last few weeks. We've had the rest of the writing team down from overseas to train them (and ourselves) in DITA XML, and our new authoring system. Of course, this was at the same time as doing normal work. This required a lot of overtime. But because *everyone* in the team was doing it, none were able to use the new time in lieu system (if you work late, you can come in late the next day, but time in lieu does not accrue). At least I get one day time in lieu for working the Cup day public holiday - I need to arrange a bunch of appointments for whatever day I end up taking in lieu. Unfortunately, training has also meant going against doctors' recommendations of working Wednesdays at home, to avoid the allergens in the building/air conditioning at work. Of course, there were social obligations outside of work for the team, some of which I was not up to because my ankle is still healing. On that note, I managed my first 10,000 step day late last week, thanks to a walk at lunchtime. Unfortunately it wiped me out for the rest of the week, and the ankle is still complaining. But... it is getting better, finally!

On the walking front, I made it to Rivendell when I was in the Otways in October. I'm now heading for Lothlorien. It's slower going because of the hotter weather, and the insane workload. I should be spending more time studying, but I tend to crash as soon as I get home. Fibro plays up more on warmer days, which paradoxically causes the Raynaud's to be worse in hot weather (for people who don't have it as a symptom of something else, it's normally worse in cold weather). With this workload, I'm getting really run down, and symptoms of CFS/costo/etc are appearing... must take more time for me.

I'm finding many old friends on Facebook these days, it's really quite funny! I'm back in touch with some high school and primary school friends. I find it really funny how some have turned up in what I thought were completely unrelated friends groups. It really is a small world...