Nothing quite like waking up at 4:00 AM with a stomach acid reflux attack. A bad one, too; I didn’t throw up but I can’t lie down even a half hour after it happened, so I figured what the hell, I’ll hop online for a bit. This was preventable, I noticed a half hour before I went to bed that I hadn’t taken my nightly Pepcid, but I neglected to anyway. Ughh. Gonna telecommute tomorrow so I can rest a bit and not need to travel around a lot.
Thanks for all the posts on religion in the thread below. It’s looking like it’ll play a little less of a part in E03, since I have a sequence of events that tie more into the ACTION ADVENTURE(tm) aspect than the faith aspect. I’m looking to shuffle things around a little so I can have Mallory explore faith at his leisure, even if it’s a bit of a side story to what’s going down actively in the plot. The good news? I actually have a good outline here with plenty of linking between scenes. I hadn’t outlined this one properly yet, was still kicking around ideas / apprehensive to approach the material.
I’m going to WWF Smackdown this thursday. it’s live, and it’s near my hometown. If all goes according to plan you can look for me ringside on the upper left corner of your screen, near where the entrance ramp connects with the ring itself. I’m planning on bringing signs; right now it’s planned as “CRZ is Walking” on the front and “Blackman = Ratings” on the back, with a second one in the works. (Maybe “2F” with an arrow. Any suggestions?)
Now, for the thing I’ve been debating mentioning in my journal. We finally have enough info that I can discuss the factuals instead of the possibles.
My father has been diagnosed with chronic heart failure. He’s been coughing up a storm and feeling weaker for the last two months, ever since the very stressful, heavy-object-lifting move to the new house. He’d assumed it was a cold at first and didn’t see a doctor until we damn near forced him to, and two weeks (ugh) of tests later we finally have a verdict. Apparently they saw a wobbly EKG in his 2000 physical and didn’t tell him… grrrr.
Well, I’m not hella worried. This is the 21st century, dammit, and no disease is as intensely studied as heart failure (since folks close to retirement, particularly white males, have income to blow on medical procedures). They’re already discussing some treatment options to try and clean things up, and if they flop, there’s a bypass operation which isn’t exactly like cliffdiving in terms of risk. (More like skydiving. With parachute. Still with SOME risk, but not certain doom.)
I refuse to panic about this or feel sorrow. There’s nothing right now to panic over. Things are being handled. Stuff is getting done. If things get worse and we start hearing some overtones… then I’ll worry. Quite a lot, I suspect.