I've been perforated!

Apr. 23rd, 2019 07:02 am
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(I wanted to use "I've been shot!" as the subject line, but people panic so easily these days.)

Yesterday I learned a new German word, "Gürtelrose." I wanted to tell my German conversation group about my getting a shingles shot, and I suspected "Schindeln," the word for roof shingles, wasn't the right one. The disease, according to my iPad's dictionary, is called "Gürtelrose," literally "belt rose."

It was the second of a 2-shot series which the new Shingrix vaccine requires. CVS was a little sneaky in not telling me a second one was required till after I'd paid for the first one. The first cost $170, the second $150. It's not pocket change, but I can afford it.

Whether it was worth it is another question. I've read that the disease hits 1 adult in 3, but this sounds unlikely. Here's a more detailed and plausible breakdown, which gives a 1 in 5 lifetime probability. The good news is that Shingrix showed a high efficacy rate in trials.

How bad is shingles? It's not life-threatening, but descriptions say it's very unpleasant. The shot was an intramuscular one and still hurts the next day, but the disease must be a lot worse. The Mayo Clinic says it often manifests as "a stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or right side of your torso." That would explain "Gürtelrose."

I'm not dissatisfied with my decision, just thinking about it. I hope no one here thinks it's "anti-vax" to weigh costs against benefits.

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Apr. 23rd, 2019 03:32 am
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Apr. 22nd, 2019 03:57 am
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Done Since 2019-04-14

Apr. 21st, 2019 06:02 pm
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BAD week. Colleen is in the hospital again, with damaged kidneys and multiple severe drug-resistant infections. She slipped getting back into bed Monday morning, after getting weaker all the previous week. It's pretty dire this time. V and I have been there every day.

N came up Thursday afternoon, and the kids and their SOs came up yesterday. It's that serious. See updates. I'm redacting almost all of the medical details in the notes; it'll go into the next Colleen update, with a content warning. Look for that tonight or tomorrow.

She's been delirious and mostly non-verbal from the infections and her wacked-out blood chemistry; the last coherent thing she said yesterday was "I want my Bear." All I could do was hold her hand, but that seemed to be enough.

N and I have decided to make this year's Rainbow Con a celebration for Colleen. She will almost certainly still be in rehab at that point, in which case we'll record and/or stream it. Come, if you can.

Notes & links, as usual )

I should post this.

Boycott of US cons?

Apr. 21st, 2019 06:31 pm
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A friend of mine is wondering if there's enough of a movement to boycott travel to the US, on account of immigration issues, that the 2021 Worldcon in DC might not happen. In that case, there would probably be no Worldcon that year. Do any of you from outside the US have thoughts on this from your experience in fandom?

I'm not going to criticize anyone's choices here. Sometimes I wish I could boycott the US. It's just curiosity.

A chance encounter

Apr. 21st, 2019 05:34 pm
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Oh, this was a lot of fun! I'm sitting at a sidewalk table outside a restaurant. I've finished my coffee and I'm just enjoying the day.They said it's okay with them if I just sit here, and they're closing up anyway.

A woman came along pushing a baby in a stroller. She was looking up at the sign for the nail salon next door. I think I said "They're closed" or something else equally obvious. She replied with a couple of words that I didn't get, but it was pretty plain that she'd spoken in French or with a heavy French accent. I pointed out their phone number on the sign (also completely obvious): «Voilà leur nombre de téléphone.» She was surprised. «Êtes-vous français?» «Non, madame, je suis américain. Je suis né à Washington, D.C. J'ai étudié le français au lycée.»
("There's their telephone number."
"Are you French?"
"No, ma'am, I'm American. I was born in Washington, D.C. I studied French in high school.")

I can tell you, I was quite surprised at the way French was coming back to me!

She was from Belgium, it turned out. She wanted to know when the salon would be open. There wasn't any sign on the store, but I said something approximating French for «Wait a minute, I can probably look it up on the Internet.» After a little poking around on my smartphone, I found the hours and showed them to her. She thanked me, I waved into the stroller and said "Hi, little face!", and she went on her way.
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Players
Ander: Human cleric
Dorritt: Human warlock
Himo: Wood Elf rogue
Kokai: Gnome Mage
Milo: Human Ranger

Alas, my notes seem to be incomplete. Well, no doubt I can reconstuct the missing material at some future date. Suffice to say we have descended into the city and had a few inconclusive encounters with locals.

There are far too many large dinosaur footprints in this city. Read more... )

Off-season

Apr. 21st, 2019 12:15 pm
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NOTE: I'm not rejecting Christianity; it's fine for those that want it and don't press it on other people. It's just a thought that came to me about the overwhelming flood of Xmas music that starts hitting the airwaves and Muzak around Halloween and doesn't give up till (hopefully) January. I call this category of filks "Christmas pickles".

O come, all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels!
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Oh heck, let's just ignore him,
I'm getting bored.


Now get a kick out of Pentatonix' version! YouTube 4:01


Good morning!

Apr. 21st, 2019 03:32 pm
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Good morning!

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Apr. 21st, 2019 08:54 am
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Today's song is one I wrote as a Valentine's Day present for my wife, Colleen. I don't seem to have audio up on the web; I considered singing it to her earlier today, but one look at the lyrics told me I wouldn't be able to. It's hard to sing when you're crying.

Here's Eyes Like the Morning. Audio at the link, or [ogg] [mp3]

lyrics, if you don't want to click through )

Do I know anyone

Apr. 20th, 2019 05:22 pm
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Who can turn a few reviews into epub books?

Me

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