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Sunday, December 23rd, 2007
9:46 pm - left knee ouchies
I wanna gnaw my left leg off. Autoimmune reactive skin is soooo not fun.

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Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
11:44 am - final marks
I got a 98.5% in Behaviour Modification, and somewhere between 80%-90% in Research methods. Yay!

Second term starts tomorrow. Just one class - the second part of Research methods, with a lab component. This course will consist mostly of statistics as seen through the eyes of psychology. I took a stats course a few years ago through the math department, so I should be OK. *gulp*

current mood: bouncy

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Saturday, December 16th, 2006
12:12 pm - Finished exams!
I finished my last exam (principles of behaviour modification) yesterday! I had one other one (Research methods in psychology on December 14. Both were all right. I'd say I got at least 75% in both. Yippee for vacation!

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Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
10:00 pm - Medical Update!
Gee, I never updated this for a REALLY long time! Sorry!!

To make a long story extremely short, my shunt catheter was tied off on June 6, 2006. After 4 days in the ICU, of feeling lousy, things turnd a corner and I slowly got better. The summer was pretty rough. I tried to take it easy.

But I continue to have daily headaches to this day. I'm currently on Topamax, and we are slowly increasing the dosage (GP and I; the neurosurgeon is done with me, from his point of view I am a "successful" patient...uhm, ok).

Headaches are marginally less severe (6-7). Yay! I can function better, but things are definitely not optimal. "Optimal" would be to have no headaches at all, like things were before July of 2005.

current mood: embarrassed

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9:51 pm - Living life as a spoonie
I haven't posted on here in a loooong time, and reading other friends' posts had spurred me to the cause.

Writing - whether for academic torture... *polite cough* enrichment, or pure fanciful pleasure - has become my refuge. If I'm working on a research report, I'm a dedicated university student. If I'm writing in my RPG group, I can get out of my sick, painful body and into whichever of my characters I'm inhabiting.

For however long I get lost in whatever I happen to be writing, feeling like by body has completely betrayed my mind doesn't have to be the center of my universe.

What I like best about the RPG writing is that I can completely immerse myself in a character's life and become them, whatever they might do. That takes zero spoons, and that's the best part. My characters can walk without losing their balance, and they feel no pain unless it's part of the story. They can have unlimited numbers of spoons.

When I get up from the computer after writing a story, I'm not drained - I am refreshed. :-)

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
10:52 pm - Medical Musings
Finally got a call back from my neurosurgeon's (a.k.a. "Neurodude") nurse today. While his receptionist has been unfailingly kind and empathetic on days when I have phoned in, barely able to speak coherently from the pain in my eyes, that nurse been acting weird for a long time, telling me to go to the ER for a chronic shunt problem. I was told to report unusual or exceptionally painful events (ie headaches), and I asked about going back on a prescription med, Diamox, that the neurosurgeon has had me occasionally use to reduce the CSF in my atypical case of problematic hydrocephalus.

She said that he said: take Gravol. Not the Diamox under any circumstances.

All right: assume "the meek and complacent patient role"! Hut!

Oh joy, oh rapture...yeah, right. This means that I will once again be reduced to a very sleepy, but pain-free blob. At least the Gravol did not make me feel as though I was suffering from an atrocious head cold every morning. I maintained a 3.45 GPA while on Gravol at university! Yay!

But...

How I wish I could drop a chandelier on that nurse. My neurosurgeon is highly skilled and intelligent, the best in his clinic...however, his cautionary demeanour (when a scalpel will not fix the problem) drives me up the wall. If you can't slice 'em, street 'em.

But his nurse is a pit bull. Actually, I have known some very nice dogs in my time, and it is my opinion that pit bulls can be just as happy and congenial as any other breed of dog. It's the contemptible habit of a few exceptionally Delta-category humans that have bred the poor animals to be vicious, child-biting monsters.

Thus, tomorrow I will begin using a combination of Tylenol with Codeine, and Gravol. At least my neurosurgeon will be happy because gravol is not addictive. He was not pleased when my GP granted her medical blessing to Tylenol 3 with codeine ("You don't want that [addictive] junk" were his words on the matter). I say "screw addiction risks" if the pills make me feel normal, instead of fostering in me a deep, repetitive and situational urge to defenestrate, so the pain will stop once and for all.

current mood: irate

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Thursday, May 11th, 2006
6:06 pm
Silverbow says I should put the avatars on my pute to work, so here goes...

current mood: amused

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5:35 pm - Well, here I am
Hey everyone,
thanks for visting my LiveJournal site. Not quite sure yet how things work, since I just got here myself, but we'll see how things go.

current mood: optimistic

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