Oct. 20th, 2017 08:46 am

Onward through the swamp

Oct. 20th, 2017 08:24 am
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Air temperature 50 F, dew point 41, clear, west wind about 5 mph. Continued dry, no rain forecast until next week.

The Yankees may yet lose.

Plugin Problems

Oct. 19th, 2017 07:06 pm
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My Journalpress plugin is no longer posting things to Dreamwidth. I've seen reports that this is due to a change Dreamwidth made in their site security or configuration, but I'm not sure.

I'll be looking for solutions, but in the meantime, you can always find everything on the website at http://www.jimchines.com/blog/

Update: Karen Wins The Day!

Oct. 19th, 2017 03:56 pm
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So everyone came out of the apheresis room, and was hungry, so we went across the road to a local restaurant for lunch. And were summoned back precipitately, because they had counted everyone's stem cells and the results were ready. Hearts in each other's mouths, back we came - and Oystein had 500 million, which was plenty, and Rafa had 750 million, which was awesome. And Karen had over 1000 million, and is best. Which of course we all knew already, right?

So now we're back in the chemotherapy room, being chemotherapised to kill off the immune system all but entirely. That's the rest of today and then tomorrow too. Saturday, she gets all her thousand million stem cells back, under firm instructions to get stemming, or celling, or whatever it is that they do.
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If you are interested in space photography then this is the book for you. The pictures in here are rich and detailed. I had a digital review copy of it and was able to increase the size of the pictures with no real loss of the quality. The photos on the Moon were amazing. There is information to go along with the shots but no overload of text to get in the way of some breathtaking photos. This is the Christmas gift for anyone that loves photography or space exploration. I’ve already ordered a hard copy of the book for my household and I know I will be going back to look at the glossy pages when it arrives.

Digital review copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss.

Thursday foliage report

Oct. 19th, 2017 12:58 pm
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Some maples still making a bit of show, ash trees mostly bare, oaks beginning to turn reddish brown. The birches, aspens, and poplars are mostly just dumping leaves.

Even the asters have quit blooming. Milkweed pods turning some unmowed fields into cotton plantations.

No roadkill to report. Some ducks in the cemetery pond, but no sign of any heron. May have been a wayfaring stranger, headed south.

Windy enough that I gave up on my plan to bike at the national park. Temperature vaulted into the upper 50s F, so I grabbed my chance for a ride. Did not die.

15.27 miles, 1:15:20

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Day Minus Two: and this is the big one, as far as treatment is concerned. We have been told to expect to be in the clinic for about twelve hours.

At seven this morning, Karen was allowed a breakfast of one (1) glass of water, one (1) granola bar, and one (1) piece of fruit with no added yogurt. Fortunately, I was allowed all the coffee I wanted.

At nine we piled into the team bus, and came to the clinic. Access ports were opened, blood was drawn, and we sat around for an hour while they tested that for stem cell wealth.

Once satisfied, they are taking us - or at least the patient half of us - into the apheresis room, to be attached to a machine for the next four hours. Their blood will be slurruped out of them, and the stem cells fished individually (I like to think) from the blood before it's pumped back in again. Karen is rated for 117,000,000 cells. Which is quite a big number, and I want to know how they count 'em.

After that comes five hours of chemo, also through the port. Then they take us home.

Karen's been connected up, and we caregivers are not allowed into the apheresis room. So guess what I get to do for the next four hours?

Uh-huh. Fortunately, while we were making our wills and giving all our worldly goods into the possession of a trust (The Trebizon Trust, did I mention? I am convinced that in a few hundred years it'll be this megacorp, dominating human space if not in fact the galaxy), our lawyer and I had a cheerful talk about how The Count of Monte Cristo is a masterpiece, and I thought, "Ooh..."

So I'm halfway through that, and there's enough reading left to keep me happy for a day or two to come. After that, though, Lord only knows what I'll turn to next. Suggestions of long, familiar comfort-reads available on e-book will be gratefully received.

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Oct. 19th, 2017 09:11 am
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I could get along fine without having antisemitism tucked into the Weinstein uproar.

Not really October

Oct. 19th, 2017 08:22 am
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Air temperature 39 F and dew point the same, scattered clouds, light SSE wind for the newspaper walk. May get up into bike ride territory today.

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Oct. 18th, 2017 08:18 pm
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People keep reporting deaths of important Names that I've never heard of . . .

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Oct. 18th, 2017 02:00 pm
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I had a slow start to my day and then I waited on the sister creature to finish up with the Kidlet before leaving for the signing. It was too late to do a lot of my enroute stops, so I will do them today.

I have an appt with the naturopath today, and then there is the signing at the Beaverton Powells with Hearne, Wendig, and Wilde.

Did other stuff when I got home, still mulling over what values friendship has. Got a lot going on in the brain over that.

On top of everything else, I have a tooth starting to go bad. To get the VA to fix it, one shows up in the Dental office and you might get seen if they have a doctor available. I will start tomorrow, but first calling to see if they do have a dentist in the shop thats doing the emergency visits. Then of course is the hour drive up there and how many other folks are wanting to be seen without an appointment. Its such a load of fun at times, meanwhile, the tooth is letting itself known.

They also serve who only

Oct. 18th, 2017 02:39 pm
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As I write this, Karen’s in surgery. By the time I can post it - for I have no wifi at this hospital - we’ll be back at the apartment, and she’ll be fine. Drowsy, maybe. It’s a minor procedure, to connect a port to her bloodstream so that she can be a cyborg for a few days; local anaesthetic and a sedative, no more, but they say she’ll go to sleep.

We have a room that is ours for the duration, and all I have to do is sit in it and wait. Half my task here is waiting. (I have never liked waiting, and do it poorly.)

Outside our room in one of those windowcleaners’ cradles that hang on cables from the roof. Two men are in it with all the tools, and they are doing all the things to the wall at my back: hammering, sawing, drilling. It’s like being in the apartment, transposed to a minor key: for there they are building another tower block just next to ours, and that affords us all the noises of major construction.

I am in a weird mood, I find. I feel ... pent. Potentially eruptive. Popacatepetl in miniature. It’s just the waiting. Karen will be fine, and so will I.

I’m rereading an old favourite novel, Elizabeth Lynn’s “A Different Light”. I still hope to meet her one day, for I know she’s local and we have friends in common. (I’m also rereading “The Count of Monte Cristo”, though I have no hope of meeting Dumas. That’s on the other Kindle, back at the apartment. Reading different books on different Kindles may seem perverse, or contraindicated, but really it’s just about power management. This one, the original, a full charge lasts for weeks; t’other is a tablet-in-embryo and I only get a few hours out of it, less than my phone even.)

I thought I’d be doing more work than I am, but apparently a man can just read and shop and cook and watch TV. Maybe after this week is over, when the procedures are behind us and Karen’s just apartment-bound in neutropenia, I’ll find the mindspace again. These next few days are going to be rough: apharesis and chemo and then at last the transplant. At the moment she’s in a lot of pain - or would be, but for the shots - which they tell us is a good thing, a sign that the process is working as it should. Her bone-marrow is sending lots of stem cells out into her bloodstream, ready to be harvested, yay: but this is a painful process, and her bones ache. Tonight’s going to be the worst of that, and she’ll have the discomfort of today’s operation to deal with also. Plus a lot of stress about tomorrow, when we’ll be all day at the clinic.

Now there are weird noises happening just outside the door. Power-tool of some kind, I think. I’m not going to look. They said I can go down to the cafeteria and get some coffee, but I think I’m just going to sit here and wait till Karen gets back.
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This Elemental Masters book has Nan and Sarah in the lead with John and Mary Watson helping them. When John Watson asks them to check on a girl that may be having visions of a broken London they find out that she is seeing the future and they race to find who and what is trying to bring this about. Even though Sherlock is on the cover of the book he really isn’t in the book much. They never know who is working with the thing from the other world trying to get in but they do defeat the evil that is attacking with the help of Puck and the backup he brings.
There are new characters introduced and I wouldn’t be surprised if the one bad guy that gets away shows up later down the road at some point.

Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

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The latest installment has several plot threads that finally come to a conclusion. Does Daav return home, does Theo return home even stuff going back to the Crystal duology shows up here. Is it the end of the series, no it isn’t since there is still the Department’s agents that want to get them. Surebleak is still growing and changing due to Korval moving there. Shan isn’t heard from in this book and the ending certainly has you leaving the reader on edge as to the new arrivals to Surebleak have to say to Korval. As much as I enjoyed things in the book the last few pages were the best and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

Digital review copy provided by the publisher.

Just slouching along

Oct. 18th, 2017 07:54 am
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Air temperature 46 F and dew point 33, broken clouds, wind SSW about 5 mph. Still haven't had a hard freeze here.

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Oct. 17th, 2017 09:00 pm
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And *that* sure as hell was a weird "Jeopardy" finish.

Heart Update

Oct. 17th, 2017 07:09 pm
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The new doctor did an EKG as part of their new patient intake.  The nurse who ran it looked at the printout with a furrowed forehead.

"What is it?" I asked, suddenly nervous.  The cardiologist who saw me in the hospital, remember, declared after a dozen tests that my heart was fine, but ultimately wrote "abnormal EKG" on my chart, and I haven't had a chance to call his office about it.

"It's . . . giving me some messages here," she evaded.  "The doctor will talk to you about it."

This made me nervous.  Was this another abnormal EKG?  Whenever the staff won't tell you, it's bad.

After an interminable wait, the doctor himself finally came in, and I asked about the EKG.

"It's just the machine," he said.  "There's nothing to worry about."


I also asked about my low heart rate, and he confirmed it was because I run, and that my rate was normal for me.



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