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15 November 2012 @ 03:38 pm
It’s Like A Teeter-Totter.  
So, yesterday I had a check-up with my liver doctor and they are finally going to start reducing my medicine.

I’ve actually been pushing them to do this for awhile. The medicine is an immune suppressor so the longer I am on it the higher my risk for other diseases, in particular leukemia, which because of my crappy immune system I am already at risk for. Otoh, I have to monitor the hell out of my liver levels now and hope they stay solid. I’m actually happy to be going off the medicine though - if they monitor my liver levels properly, they should be able to manage any spikes in activity. So this is a good thing. Even though it is nerve-wracking. And I can’t go back on the anti-anxiety meds I used to be on, because they can damage my liver. You know, like I am anxious about going off the liver medicine, so I could take anti-anxiety medicine except that it causes liver damage - it spins your head, right?

We also got stuck in a traffic jam on the way home - ten miles in thirty minutes. We finally got off and grabbed dinner before trying again. It made me remember when I was a kid, all of a sudden at 4:30 my mom would start pushing the doctors in a crazed attempt to get ahead of the traffic. Too many times we did not make the cut.

But something I thought was kind of weird on the health survey at the doctor’s…they asked if my sexual partners were ‘Male’ or ‘Female’. I thought, “Well, good for them for not assuming that just because I checked ‘Female’ for my own self that my partner would automatically be ‘Male’." However…what the hell does that have to do with anything? How is that a ‘health’ question? I was baffled. And then, the survey asked about my birth control and one of the options was ‘Not Sexually Active (Abstinence)’. I am ‘not sexually active’ but I’m not practicing abstinence! Isn’t there a box I can check for ‘can’t get laid to save my life!’ Bitches, please…abstinence…/scoff/.

Finally, my baby boy Roo, has an ulcer on his eye. An ulcer! Doesn’t that sound awful? My poor boy. The vet gave him eye drops and also other eye drops made out of his own blood. IKR? It’s like some sci-fi shit going on here. Apparently it has like his antibodies that he needs, but how weird that we have to syringe his blood from a little tube and then drip it in his eye. So far he has been very good about the whole thing.

This is Roo.
Roo under blankets
I love his big eyes.

Roo under blankets


That is all.
 
 
 
lizibabes: A&T licklizibabes on November 15th, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
I hope all goes well with the liver meds and that the change helps you, fingers crossed for you that it works out.

the traffic jam sucks, I loath traffic with a passion.

Oh your poor kitty, tht sounds terrible, I hope he's okay. And his own blood? I've never heard of that, does sound all sci fi
dodger_sister: animalsdodger_sister on November 18th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks, babe! My liver is doing really well right now, so it does seem counter-productive to take me off the meds while they are working, but it has to be done. We'll see how it goes.

Nothing has ever been as bad as the traffic jam we got stuck in outside of Chicago - went 3 miles in an hour - but the ones outside of the university can get really bad. I could do just fine never being stuck in one again, thank you very much.

Roo is feeling better. His eye is finally open instead of squinty and swollen shut. I guess the weird scifi blood eyedrops worked! (so weird though!)
Shireboundshirebound on November 15th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
Dear sweet Roo! *pets pets*

I hope everything goes well as you reduce your meds.
dodger_sister: animalsdodger_sister on November 18th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
Roo seems to be doing better! His eye is open almost all the way again.

I'm crossing my fingers on the medicine - it does feel like a balancing act. Thanks for the good thoughts! :)
Why all the pearls?Why all the hair?Why anything?: SuperSimpsons Homer and Castielrhymephile on November 16th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
Well, sexual partners and sexual health can be directly related to your overall physical health. Sleep with the wrong people, pick up diseases, that sort of thing. It's also probably a measure of your risk. It would of course be higher having sex with men rather than women. Of course you can also get diseases from lesbian relationships, but in the scheme of things your risk is increased with heterosexual sex as a woman.
dodger_sister: eliza dushkudodger_sister on November 18th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
Well, sexual partners and sexual health can be directly related to your overall physical health.

And I would get the question, if there had been more sexual health questions on the list. There were three questions - 'Are you sexually active? Are your partners Male or Female? and What form of birth control do you use?' So I could be in a long term loving committed relationship with a man for the last ten years - (pretty low chance of diseases then) - but none of their questions really covered that. No 'do you practice safe sex' or 'how many partners do you have?' or whatever.

Idk, I just felt like for a sexual health section of the form, it was very lacking. They won't really be able to tell much about my sex life based on those three questions, because really, I could say I was Married, using birth control and my partner is male...and my husband and I could be going to orgy parties every week and not using condoms.

It was all just very weird. Health surveys questions are so all over the place. ;)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on November 16th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
Oh, I love Roo's loveable little face!

Dude. Your medical sitch is HARD. *hugs* You should write some Beckett/Harkness to take your mind off of it! :P
dodger_sister: torchwooddodger_sister on November 18th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
Roo has a lovable face, thank you! His momma-cat was the prettiest cat I have ever seen and of all of her babies, he looks the most like her.

Yeah, the medical situation feels like I can't win. Go off the medicine, risk liver failire. Stay on it, risk cancer. And people are always like, 'What makes you think you won't live to be a ripe old age?' and I just roll my eyes.

You should write some Beckett/Harkness to take your mind off of it! :P

Shut your facehole! 8)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on November 18th, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
Mmm mm M mmmm mm mmmmmmmmm, mmm mmmm M mmm mmm?
dodger_sister: torchwooddodger_sister on November 18th, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
You think you're cute...!!

My sister was being a smartass one day and she says to The Nephew, "Aunt A says I think I'm cute, but I'm not. Is she wrong?"

His response, "Probably not."


;)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on November 18th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
Aw, you're just pouty 'cause you're not sure what I said, there! :D
dodger_sister: torchwooddodger_sister on November 19th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
I know what you said! You said, 'here are more awesome story ideas...go write them all for me! Look at how pretty Jack Harkness is!" /pout/ Sometimes I have to sleep and eat and stuff too, woman!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on November 19th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
Dude, no! I said "But if I shut my facehole, how can I nag you?" But your translation works, too. :P
dodger_sister: torchwooddodger_sister on November 19th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
But if I shut my facehole, how can I nag you

OMG, that's actually what you said! I matched the number of letters up to the original (why? because I am super lame awesome like that) and that is totally what you said! lol
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on November 19th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
OMG, that's actually what you said! Would I lie to you? 0:)
Kate: Star Trek Not Aloneceitfianna on November 16th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
*hugs* Medicine can be far too confusing, but I hope that there's a good solution.

I have internet in my place though it took ages to set up, I feel this is how everything for this move has gone. Nothing is ever simple and taken care of in just one or two steps, its always multiple steps.

Aw, Roo, I hope it gets better.
dodger_sister: animalsdodger_sister on November 18th, 2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
You can't win with medicine, man. Thanks, yeah, crossing my fingers that tapering off the meds will work out.

Nothing is ever simple and taken care of in just one or two steps, its always multiple steps.

It has to even out eventually, right? I mean, you are in the apartment, have your stuff, have internet...shouldn't it all settle down soon? I'm thinking, by the time Christmas break has come and gone, you should be somewhat settled - at least at home if not at work. Though work does sound like it is settling a but. Just realized, You haven't even been there a full semester yet - doesn't that seem weird? Seems like you have been at this job for longer than that now. Here's hoping things level out soon.

Roo seems to be doing better, thanks. His eye is finally open almsot all the way and the sore looks better. He has also been so brave these days, you might even get a chance to really see him when you are here. I think the more time since Papa Bear passed away, the more brave Roo has gotten because he wants attention and Papa isn't here to give it to him anymore. He even lets J pick him up and rock him now.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on November 17th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
Isn’t there a box I can check for ‘can’t get laid to save my life!’

You wouldn't think it would be so difficult....

I experienced LA rush hour for the first time yesterday. I'm not sure it is worse than Bay Area rush hour traffic, but it still sucked. Thankfully, it was a short stretch -- just a taste, to remind me why I love public transportation.
dodger_sister: traveldodger_sister on November 18th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
You wouldn't think it would be so difficult....

IKR? I am a pretty easy girl - if someone would just give me a chance, I could be a total slut! ;) Hmmm, maybe I am aspiring to the wrong things? Naw.

I experienced LA rush hour for the first time yesterday.

Omg, that has to blow. I have a Flistie who lives in LA and she can't even watch NCIS:LA without bitching about how they would not be able to get anywhere in the city in the time they do. It seems like they are constantly going, "I am ten minutes away, boss!" when nothing in LA is 'ten minutes away'. lol

Edited at 2012-11-18 10:34 pm (UTC)
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on November 19th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
ARGGHHH!!!!! Revised comment on LA traffic: It fucking sucks.

I gave myself PLENTY of time to get from Oxnard to the Burbank airport yesterday, but of course there had to be an accident on Hwy 101. I missed my flight, the flight they rescheduled me on was delayed, and then cancelled. I ended up on a plane leaving four hours later than my original flight and made it into my home just before midnight. So frustrating.
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on November 19th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Dude. I can't even with how much that sucks. At least you're home now!

Wanna feel better?

Here is a Gives Me Hope comment fic meme and Idek what happened but I just wrote J2 for it. IKR? Go read some of that. It'll wash LA traffic right off of you. Here.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on November 20th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That definitely brought a smile to my face.