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Well I started attending college in August this year. I’m taking a few different classes. Developmental math, which is split into sections so you can focus on where your skills are lacking. I only needed to do 2 out of 5. We finished part 1 last week, I made a B on that class. This 2nd part is all algebra stuff and most of it is working well with me but time will tell.

My psychology class.. What can I say about it other than it sucks. Its not the content either. I love psychology especially the brain and senses. But no, the instructor. He’s droll. Monotonous and only reads whats on the slide, while we copy down the slide. Occasionally he’ll get talking and get the class involved and then drops it when its ready for the next slide. I’ve seen a few students with very valid questions being told “welll, uhhh, well, there is research about this or that” or a “we’re not totally sure yet but ” and he’ll cut off mid sentence. We had a test in his class last week that no one was prepared for. I saw a classmate from that class going ro our speecj class and she said everybody failed pretty much. Said there were or two A’s and a B or two, some Cs,Ds, and a lot of Fs. I’ve got a hankering that one of those A’s or B’s might be me, it’d be cool if it was.

My US History I class is awesome, there’s only 4-5 of us there at a time we all get along pretty well, there’s this one pretty girl there who sits a few feet away. Tomorrow is our last US History I class then after fall break, Next Thursday Oct 18, 2012 will be the start of US History II (these history classes are meant for US I 1 semester,  US2 another semester) But I think out great wonderful teacher Zachary Rupley handled it well and we are doing well in that class and *GASP* learning something. He’s cool, good survey on him when they pass them out. I suggest if you need a US history teacher take himl

My last class is Speech. Love the teacher, shes awesome, some of the class is nice.  A lot more people than I’m used to in my other classes. Pretty easy class and I’m learning stuff. I recommend Rupley for history and KC Gott for speech and Women studies.

Which brings me to my point. I missed tonight’s speech class due to being sick. I had picked up something awhile back and was starting to feel better and went ahead and got my flu shot Monday while picking up some meds, we were worried it might kill me cause of my egg allergy but alas I live! I did have some hives and itching and such but no where near as bad as that time I went into full blown Anaphylaxis. The only problem so far has been aching body. Thighs, arm muscles, back pain, neck and headache pain. Been pretty nauseous as well.

So I’m wondering if I have the flu, or a mild flu, or a cold or something with the added benefit flu.

I’m trying to get my TiVo connected to the phone line again so it can update itself and hopefully get it going again.

I’ve been going over plans to re-d0 m network, need to move the ProCurve up a bit then run a few drops there and let it handle most of my systems. Some of my switches are a little out of date so may end up upgrading in the near future.

I’ve been sick for the past few weeks. Started out like a bronchitis started going away so went and   got a flu shot on Monday. Now I’m feeling pretty shitty. It’s very difficult to stand up, my thighs and arms a very sore and tender to touch. My back hurts, I am running fevers on and off, having some nausea here and there. Due to this I’ve missed a few classes this week, Math on Monday I went to see what teacher though if I should stay and turn in my notebook and was told I could leave.

I completey missed my physhology class cause I didn’t want to see my test and since I felt so awful I thought that I might go off on him about his shitty “teaching” which involves him reading from the slides we’re simultaneously copying down. Its just so freaking boring and dull. I might record this entire next class.

I’m looking forward to US History II mainly cause of Rupley. Hes a great instructor and I’ve learned more from him than the other 4 combined. Plus he teaches with his heart and emotions. Gets the class involved like its should be.

Anyway missed speech class that I was looking forward to going to but she said I’d be bessst if I left if theres any posibility ofme spreading my illness.

Hopefully I’ll start feeling better soon.

Brad
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Played some angry birds and cafeworld but that’s been about it for entertainment, been reading some lifehacker and IKEA Hackers, trying to find me some ideas on bookshelves for my books and figurines as well as a better, more efficient, desk. (maybe a chair, too)

John 16:33 (Holman Christian Standard Bible

I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

Also remember this: “I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”Philippians 1:6

No matter all the bad and upsetting things that’s happened to me today, I can still look up to my Father above and know that He is always there, He will carry me on and will never put a problem before me that I can’t handle. He loves me.

Isn’t our God awesome?! Let us  lift up our voices and sing unto the one who redeemed our souls!

Not much has been going on. I don’t remember if I posted since the Census let me go but oh well.

I’ve been trying to find a new job, applied at Target several times, but apparently they don’t want me. Also applied at G2K Games, and several other places.

I’m going to be doing a ride along with the police department again here. I did one several years ago and had a great time. Hopefully I’ll get an officer like the one I had last time. I’m anxiously awaiting their call back.

I am giving some serious thought to reapplying with the city police department here. Really hope that if I pursue it, it will work out.

Been playing some World of Warcraft with one of my friends lately, though I haven’t had a chance this past week unfortunately. I got my blood elf paladin to level 33 with some awesome gears and stuff.

I’m kinda anxious about getting the collectors edition of Final Fantasy XIV.. FFXI/XIV both just seem bleh to me anymore.

Cory lost his internet the other month so haven’t been able to talk to him any which sucks 😦

I guess that’s all, not sure what I got on to write about anyway.

 

Well I just “celebrated” my 26th birthday on Monday (March 29th). It was alright, Cory had wished me a happy birthday around 1am or so my time (12am his).

The day wasn’t that great, it was rainy out and stuff. Mom and Adam came up to see me and brought me my cheesecake sampler birthday cheesecake and my present from them. Tarascon Primary Care Pocketbook It’s a pretty nice pocket guide for primary care, there’s an emergency medicine one I’d like also.

Ate some cake, watched the rain let off a little and went and fixed my busted in lock on my car door. In the process of removing a bolt I sliced my finger apart and bashed it into the sharp edges of the door frame. Apparently both bolts that hold the lock to the door handle area had come out so I found one and finally got it reattached and all. Works pretty well now.

My next gift from them will be reactivating FFXI. Mainly just so I can talk/play with Cory, but there’s some new missions I want to finish up too and maybe work on my WHM to get it ready for level 99.

Thomas got me this awesome Bludgeon from Transformers  Voyager, which he had gotten for himself but the sword was bent some so he knew how much I wanted one and let me have his non-perfect one (which is fine with me).

My mom is going to reactivate FFXI for me either Friday or Saturday probably whenever it’s safe to reactivate to avoid a fee for other months, so hopefully Cory and I can play together soon.

I had to take an employment test with the Census Bureau today. Had my application and I-9 form filled out and ready, the test giver guy was pretty awesome. I made a 98% got 27/28 questions correct. I hope to hear back from them in a week or so. So here’s hoping.
My email has been acting up and I didn’t get like a weeks worth of mail recently so if you sent something and no reply send again. Some emails are trickling back through too from that time frame but still send another.

Oh I did my clinic orientation at the free clinic. Looks like I’ll be doing front office stuff which should be fun, plus I get to help needy people out in some way. Hope it all works out very well.
Goodnight!

Brad

Well I had a pretty severe upper GI bleed last week. I went to the ER Sunday morning after vomiting up bright red blood (actually it was coffee ground type the first time then BRB) and having some bad epigastric pain.

Got taken back pretty quickly, NG tube went in which immediately started sucking out bloods. (mind you you are not sedated when they put that tube in, its very uncomfortable and seems to get caught on anything and yanks portions of it out of your nostril.

The ER doc was giving me Morphine 5mg for pain, but it wasn’t really helping. Eventually around 18:00 that evening the doctor for my group who does admissions came and talked to me, we got my pain meds changed over to Dilaudid which helped my pain a great deal.

“Slept” in the ER over night, my GI doc showed up Monday morning for a consult, he wanted to do an endoscopy since he saw the bright red blood. Around 16:30 we started the endoscopy, they thankfully removed my NG tube while I was under a little bit of sedation, I remember all that though so it wasn’t that bad. He didn’t find a source of the bleeding unfortunately. I see him Thursday morning to followup and see what else we can do. He mentioned the pill cam endoscopy but that’s expensive but would help to show if theres bleeding down in my small bowel.  My hospitalist wants me to talk to him about colonoscopy since I am at high risk for colon cancer, have a previous history of polyps, etc. I am past due on my colonoscopy though anyway, I’ll bring it up to him but will have to tell him I have no way to pay for the procedure up from, which isn’t usually a problem with that group as he and my primary doc are in the same group so I pay that bill monthly. The hospital on the other hand wants $500 upfront to be able to have your procedure there. Its actually cheaper than doing that at the outpatient center.

I was transferred to the ICS (Intensive Care Stepdown) unit for a day, where I ended up receiving 2 units of O+ blood as my hemoglobin dropped down to 8-8.3. After awhile I was transported to a normal floor for HMG patients and finally got out on Thursday. The Hospitalist doc discharged me home with a few Dilaudid pills as they were helping my abdominal pain quite well when my Percocets wouldn’t. I found Dilaudid to be a much cleaner drugs in regards to the side effects. I had little sedation, no itching, nausea, etc unlike with Oxycodone or others. I think it might be something to look into having a few of those each month too  for those migraines that would take me to the ER I could take one of those and be done without a costly $500 fee.

My right arm is hurt. One of the sites that an IV was in and where they did numerous sticks for bloodwork has gotten VERY swollen. At first it was just a half dollar sized lump inside the elbow area, but now it has grown down and up, its up into my bicep now. So bending my arm out or picking things up, etc causes a great amount of pain.

I’m also sick now. I started feeling under the weather yesterday afternoon. Laid down for awhile after my brother went downstairs and noticed the body aches and my head felt like it wain a vise. Then I started to feel hot to touch and sure enough a low grade fever. Now I’m hanging around 102.5F. Though it likes to hang around 100.x, I’ll test it and it’ll be 100.4F, then seems to go away then retest when I notice fever again and its like 100.9. Just keeps growing every time it comes back.

My PCP is going to try to make time to work me into his schedule to see me about my arm and illness. Hes just a great doctor, very friendly, genuine concern, will do what it takes to help his patients.

Cory’s been sick as well, hes bee congested and nauseous I think. Hopefully he’ll feel better soon. Greg hurt his shoulder so hopefully that’ll heal up soon also.

Okay that’s enough, my arm is killing me, making me cry especially if I accidentally straighten it out. Gotta be up early anyway.

Good night!

Choices

Posted: January 21, 2010 in Friends, Health, Life, Work
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Well its 05:00, always a nice time to try to end the day.

A lot has happened the past few weeks. Ended up in the ER a bunch several days last week due to 1 migraine and then a GI bleed that wouldn’t stop.

Migraine went as they usually do. Go in, wait in my darkened room, talk to the doctor or PA. They check me out. Call my mom to come get me. Get my shot of dilaudid and phenergan. Wait 20 minutes (more like 40 in some cases, though I have been able to leave before 20 minutes a few times). Leave. Then home to bed.

Well that night I had been feeling pretty nauseous and had some abdominal pain over the stomach (more so than I had been with the migraine, which I hadn’t had any vomiting with, just nausea). It intensified a bit and I ran off to the bathroom and produced quite a bit of blood. I went to throw on some clothes and get to the ER across the street. Managed to find a cup which came in handy to vomit in (proof even). Got in there fairly quick and taken back. I saw a PA I had seen back in March of last year when something like this had happened (with much less blood). He got me checked out some, gave me some pain and nausea meds and had me do some orthostatic vitals. (Thats where they take your bp/pulse/o2 sat laying down, sitting up, standing up). My pressure was low and pulse was low laying down, on sitting up, pressure dropped a little and HR increased, standing up made me pretty dizzy and BP dropped a lot and HR went up to about 138.
Laid back down and waited some more, he came back in and did a rectal exam to check for blood there, and pressed on my abdomen some to check for tenderness, etc. Pain had increased quite a bit so got me some more pain meds and a big helping of zofran for the nausea. Anyway the doctor over that PA came in and talked to me (I had seen him back in September for my last bleed which got me admitted) said he was gonna let me go home (As my nurse is coming in with the fluids the PA had ordered) but told me to return if I vomited any more blood, felt weaker, anything like that. Came home and slept since I hadn’t slept any and when I got up was still bleeding so went back in. This time they put me in the Fast Track area (for cases such as headaches, colds, back pain, things that aren’t too serious at present). The PA that examined me just didn’t seem like he knew what to do. He said he would get me some protonix for the pain, and some zofran for my nausea. Okay, well the protonix never came and I finally got my Zofran when I was leaving. They did another H&H on me, my hemoglobin and such had dropped some since that morning. He did a rectal exam as well, he seemed nervous about it, more so than I was. He was nice about it all though just seemed like he was afraid of those things (can’t blame him in some cases haha). But got discharged and said to make an appointment with my doctor. Well I see him on Tuesday but the bleeding finally stopped, I can tell I lost a bit of blood due to the weakness and I’m sure my HGB is low low low.

I got to watch Cory play some music today! Was pretty cool, he used his webcam and some site to stream it to live. Hes pretty awesome!

I’ve been considering a career lately. Its actually something I’ve wanted to do for most of my life. Joining the military. I’ve wanted to be a Marine as far back as I can remember, but I don’t think I could make it through their training at this point. I’ve been looking into the Army Reserve. This would allow me to be able to work and to also serve if called upon. Maybe even go fulltime if I like it well enough. I’m not going to jump right into it just yet though. I have a lot of thinking to do on it. I have some stuff I want to see how it turns out first, and depending on the result, then I can proceed forward or stick with the other stuff.

Ok time for sleep..

Well not a whole lot has happened the past few days. It’s been snowing though, which, is super awesome! Its not as much snow as we had the weekend before Christmas but its still out there and more is on the way I heard.

I had to visit the ED Thursday afternoon for a migraine. It had started Wednesday and none of my meds were helping it so I went over there and got checked out and given 1mg of Dilaudid and 12.5mg of Phenergan. That stuff usually helps my headache, it doesn’t make it go away but it makes it much much more tolerable, enough to where I can actually sleep. They gave me half the normal doses I get (2mg Dilaudid, 25mg Phenergan) so the pain and nausea was still hanging around after the shot but not as bad but not a huge improvement that I probably would’ve had with the higher dosing.

I slept for awhile after coming home from there and got back up around 21:00. Cory had sent me a message so I tried to talk to him some. I was really hungover groggy and stuff so couldn’t really concentrate that well to talk as much as I usually do.

I managed to get up at a decent time today, got woke up around 07:30 then off to sleep again, then up around 8something then 10 and finally got up around 11. Pretty tired now too, since I didn’t nap or anything at all today.

I played some Spirit Tracks today, I beat the Fire Temple, the boss there Cragma (I think that’s his name) is a neat boss, hes pretty easy compared to some of the others. I’m getting close to the end, but I will be doing all the side quests too since I enjoy those.

I guess that’s all for tonight, got more to talk about but am just too tired to go on.


Cactuar!

Originally uploaded by Vaprotan

Well my Sabotender hat arrived Tuesday! I went by my moms to pick it up and it fit just right on my head, even covers my ears really well. It’s got these pompom things hanging down from each side, while they are nice, they do get in the way sometimes.

It’s difficult to see the face and the points at the top due to the angle and the color, but let me assure you, it’s awesome. 😀

I’ll be working on my About page on my blog to try to add some of the info I had on my old blog and some new stuff, so check it out sometime.

Not got to talk to Cory lately, I think I’m catching him right as he’s logging or such as he logs not long after I send a message, so hopefully its just that and he’s not mad or such. Gonna try to talk to him some tomorrow and see how it goes.

I’m still not feeling too great. My body is still achy, nose is stopped up some, nausea, etc. Now I’ve got a migraine brewing to add to it all. If migraine is still going  tomorrow I might end up at the ER D: Since they can usually help me when my home meds have failed me. ; ;

Been playing Spirit Tracks more, was up pretty late last night so used that time to play some. Finished playing the game around 04:30 then I think I fell asleep around 05:40 or something, then kept waking up. Finally got out of bed around 11:45 or so. I did lay back down around 14:20 and got back up around 16:50, though between those times the phone rang a few times and woke me.

Well time for sleep I hope, took Ambien a while ago, so it should still be working.

Well its 14F outside right now, so it’s pretty dang cold. It had been flurrying some last night and I saw a tad this morning but not much. I was really hoping for snow again. 😦 No one else seems to want the snow for some reason or another. Most of them don’t give a reason, so bleh!

The Cactuar hat was ordered from YesAnimation.com, they have some pretty nice items on there, although some prices are a bit higher than at other places I shop at. I do see a few things they have I want to pick up (Silent Hill Save Point Necklace for one.)

Not really a lot been going on here. I’m not feeling too good lately as mentioned before. Today I had some body aches, some chills, headache, and such going on. Feeling a bit better now but am really tired since it is 4am now. I napped around 13:00-15:00, then woke up covered in sweat as usual. Thomas came over around 8ish and we made it to this new game store in the mall, they sell and trade used games, consoles, accessories, etc. VHS/DVDs also, and resurface discs. Pretty nice place. Seems they have a few different places like that around in Knoxville and in-between there and here. I’m considering asking them for a job, I HATE the mall, I hated working there when I did, I hate all the stupid annoying kids in there. But it’d be a job and the geeks would be in there mostly so I can get along with them okay I think.

Played Spirit Tracks more, beat the Ocean Temple. Did some side quests. Think I’m almost all caught up on bunnies now. Gotta transport some townfolk around and a few other things then I can continue on to the next dungeon and all that.

Well time for bed.

Well today has had its ups and downs. I’ve ran low, almost out of a medication I have taken every day for a long time. Stopping said medication causes withdrawal effects and the like. I have other weaker meds to help with that some. So just been really stressed out about it all. I’d prefer to just stick with the first med but not sure if that’ll be a possibility or not.

Let me first say, Happy New Year! I hope everyone was playing it safe and not drinking and driving or other things drinking can cause. Hopefully this year will be a bit better than the last.

I played some Spirit Tracks today, ended up beating the Snow Ice whatever temple today, which was nice. Captured some rabbits and other side quests things. Got some treasures to get from this one tower before I go and hunt the map piece to unlock the path to the Ocean Realm. Probably gonna go play some battle Zelda with Adam for a bit tomorrow sometime.

I was hoping to get to talk to Cory today some but didn’t see him around when I was awake, he had gotten on while I was napping but was gone when I got up so I had to leave.

Ended up picking up Harold since he moved back we’ve been hanging out some. Thomas got back in town tonight as well so we all three hung out. I was driving so got those two going back and forth and being crazy then having to watch for cops and checkpoints and stuff. Nervous wreck. ; ; Had fun though I think. Tomorrow just me and Thomas hanging out so should be much calmer, we’re going to try to watch Public Enemies again since he’s been wanting to watch it. But I do enjoy staying in rather than out driving up all my gas (which isn’t very much anymore). Maybe Cory will be around tomorrow to talk some. What better way to spend the first day of the year than hanging out with/talking to your two best friends? 😀

Looks like my mom got that hat ordered from Yes Anime or something like that, I checked out a site I found when Googling that but am unsure if that’s the same site as I did not see the hat on there (Though they did have an awesome Silent Hill save point cosplay necklace). I’ll have to find out tomorrow. I’ll post a review of how that experience with that company went when the Sabotender hat arrives and is on my head.

Well its 04:00, time for sleep.. I hope. :\