pikestaff: (Rarity - Come At Me Darling)
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Living with [livejournal.com profile] azuhuxley_daioh in a little place somewhere (preferably around here in Montana but ultimately I'm not picky), the both of us writing for a living and spending the rest of our days cuddling and playing vidya together. <3

In other news my sickness seems to be well on its way out! I stayed home from work yesterday and just let myself rest and I think that helped a lot. Also my wrist/thumb feels much better already after a regimen of wearing that wrist brace for 12 hours a day. I'll keep it up for a little while, just in case!
pikestaff: (Rainbow Dash - Not Impressed)
So over the last week or so, my right hand (my thumb in particular, but some of my wrist as well) has decided to give me numbness and/or pain at sporadic intervals. I'm assuming it's either repetitive strain injury, or carpal tunnel (which runs in my family). Either way I'm now wearing a wrist brace at least 18 hours a day, to hopefully nip it in the bud.

Also I'm sick with a sore throat! I'm not amused. It's not as bad as it could be (I haven't lost my voice, for example, like I did last year,) but I still feel rather icky.

I'm drinking shots of orange juice left and right and I figure I'll turn in early tonight. I work tomorrow but I promised Hux that I would call in sick if it got any worse. Hopefully it doesn't, though.
pikestaff: (March Hare)
So, some interesting developments have happened lately in my life. I'll refrain from details for the time being, lest they not come to pass, but there's a good chance that there will be some pretty big changes in my life happening sometime in the next few months and either of the two probable paths that will likely emerge from said changes are A-OK with me. More details on that later!

Still looking for a new job, though, with little results. At least I'm getting enough hours/sales these days to barely keep me afloat.

So yeah! Other than the fact that I'm currently terribly sick with some sort of cold/flu bug, things are going better than they have in a while.

*COUGH*

Feb. 18th, 2011 11:26 pm
pikestaff: (Gir is dead)
Okay, I need to apologize for not posting in a while. I was massively sidelined by some sort of flu/cold/bronchitis that resulted in me essentially losing my voice for a couple of nights (hilarious results were had), missing a good three days of work, and having to relinquish a couple hundred bucks to the doctor so I could get meds and a time-off-work note.

Technically I'm still pretty sick but I can't afford to miss any more work so I'm loading up on cough meds and toughing it out now. Really though, this is the most sick I have been in... months!

I blame myself. See, this all went down mere hours after I was bragging about how I was the only one in my department at work that hadn't caught the mysterious Sears illness yet. Buuut yeah.

That's about all that's going on with me. Well, [livejournal.com profile] azuhuxley_daioh has introduced me to Civ IV and now I'm addicted to YET ANOTHER video game, but that's beside the point, since it probably comes as no shock to anyone.
pikestaff: (Tree Finger Wag)
It wasn't particularly interesting or helpful )

In other news I have an awesome new book idea. It involves anthropomorphic timepieces. If this surprises a single one of you I will be speechless for the rest of the day.

Yeeeeah

Dec. 7th, 2010 09:57 pm
pikestaff: (Default)
I am now officially single. And it sucks.

And tomorrow I have to go to the doctor because my Mysterious Health Issues are just getting worse. I can't afford a doctor and the clinic is booked until mid-January. Yeah, I'm really not sure what I'm going to do about that one.

I'm not gonna lie, I've kind of been crying my face out off and on for a while.

---

You can leave comments if you want but I am going to screen them all so no one else sees them but me, that way if you want to talk to me but it might be personal-ish you don't have to worry about it. Otherwise, I think most of you know various other ways to reach me. Ciao.
pikestaff: (Upside Down Gir!)
I've noticed something interesting (and perhaps semi-frightening) with the way my body functions. Now, I have no idea if this has basis in science/physiology or if I'm just making trends where there are none, but as it's happened a few times now I think it may have some sort of basis in fact.

Basically, whenever I'm under a lot of stress for a prolonged amount of time, my bloodstream throws a big ol' snit fit. I'll get spontaneous nosebleeds for no reason for days on end, I'll get random cuts and scratches on my hands that bleed more than usual and take forever to heal up, feminine-issues get wonky (TMI, sorry)... and so forth.

Now as I said, I have no idea if this is an actual thing or just coincidence, or maybe the byproduct of something related (stress makes me careless = more cuts and scratches? I dunno). But I do know that this has happened to me a few times, the last time it happened was earlier this year when I was scrambling for rent every month and now it's happening again.

Now I'm not going to deny that I'm sort of under a heck of a lot of stress at the moment, but when it starts messing with my biology, well, that's just Not Cool, so I'm casting around for ideas to help myself relax so I can heal up. So far, my ideas include: lots of deep breaths, listening to relaxing music, reading more, and hijacking my mom's treadmill because doesn't exercise release some sort of good chemical or something? (<--- Bachelor of Arts alert, hahaha.)

I'm also taking iron pills now in an attempt to give my blood cells a boost and make them happy again.

Do you guys have some good stress-reducing ideas? D= I need as many as I can get.
pikestaff: (Default)
I am sick. Bleh.

But my watch shows up the day after tomorrow! Woot.

The heat in the apartment seems to have officially gone out. This also means that showers are cold and generally un-fun. This wouldn't be as much of an issue if it would actually, you know, stop snowing in the mornings.

Anyways I signed up for this thing which is like Twitter for books, mostly because I wanted to motivate myself into reading more often. It's called GoodReads and it has already inspired me to spend the entire day reading a complete book, so I'd say it's working thus far!

Now I intend to spend the rest of the night working on my own book, while curled up with a blanket and hoodie cause I know it is about to get chilly.

P.S. I resub'd to WoW. Well actually, Nick bought me a game card so we could dork around together in game. I definitely don't want to go back to raiding or any of that stuff that previously devoured my life-- I want this to be a purely social activity this time. To be honest I'd have gone much longer without the game, but it's tough when a.) your entire family plays, and talks about it all the time, b.) most of your coworkers play, and talk about it all of the time, c.) your boyfriend plays, and talks about it all the time, and d.) most of the people you socialize with play, and talk about it all the time. I really had no chance. =S
pikestaff: (Gir is dead)
Went to the bank and then realized I'd forgotten my paycheck. ME AM SMRT

Went to go put gas in my car and then remembered it's Labor Day Weekend and everyone is going out of town so there was a gigantic line. Sooo yeah. Anyways, I was totally not going to wait in line to get gas. I'll just get some on Sunday or something, when everyone else is gone (I somehow wound up with a three day weekend, like... out of nowhere. So yeah, I'm cool with it)

So one might think the day was massive fail, but then I somehow managed to buy a whole bunch of groceries for under $25. /Final Fantasy victory dance

Feeling kind of icky though, since I seem to be sick with... something horrible. One of my guinea pigs has the same thing, I think. I feel bad because I don't have the money to take him to the vet (I just *took* him, for something different, last month >.>) fortunately, I had some guinea pig antibiotic lying around with a really long shelf life and I know enough from dealing with the sick animals at work that I can sorta... self-treat him. Which I kinda don't like to do, but at this point, I don't have much of a choice. If he doesn't get better I'll bite the bullet and take him to the vet though.

Nick lost his internet again because he somehow has even less money than I do. I think it's permanent and for a while this time. Last time he was able to barter with them, but this time...? Yeah I doubt it. We'll see how that goes.
pikestaff: (House O RLY)
So according to the doctor I have a "hiatal hernia".

Now I am on Prilosec which is gonna cost me $40 a month SO MY CHRONIC STOMACHACHES HAD BETTER GO AWAY NOW. >=|

In other news, hai clouds! It's May! See the calendar! You can stop snowing now! >.>

Sooo

Apr. 7th, 2009 08:20 am
pikestaff: (Default)
Last night I randomly became afflicted with a really bad runny nose and a sore throat, all at once and completely out of nowhere.

This morning I've still got both and it hurts to talk. Work is in five hours. I'm going to attempt calling them regardless but considering my past results, the odds of me actually being able to stay home today despite my condition, are pretty low. So I'm trying to decide whether or not it would be worth it to go to Urgent Care in the off chance it might be something I can get treatment for (and a nice doctor's note to show work).

Probably it's just a cold and I'll wind up sitting in a waiting room for an hour to be informed to go home and take some DayQuil. So it just might not be worth it to go anywhere.

Blech...
pikestaff: (Moogle Plushie)
Am sick.

Have spent the day curled up in front of my computer with a blanket, some Gardetto's (I AM AN ADDICT), a pop, and cold medicine.

Plan on spending the rest of the day doing... well, basically what I've done so far all day! Trying to get better before work tomorrow since their track record of me calling in sick is roughly 1 "okay you can stay home" to 5 or 6 "sorry, you gotta come in anyway", so I'm probably not even gonna try calling in.

WoWInsider linked to me again, apparently. No matter how many times they do it, it still freaks me out, and every time they do it, I still sit here nervously counting down the hours until I'm off the front page. xD Yeah you'd think I'd be used to it by now but I'm totally not. Oh that profile thing is still coming up, yes I dunno if I mentioned it or not, but we're still hammering out the details. /nervous

Edit: ahaha, now Nick is on the front page too. My life is crazy. I just... I will never cease to find it endlessly amusing that World of Warcraft of all things is such a big part of our lives now, in a way that I think is ultimately positive. xD

And Again

Oct. 3rd, 2008 10:55 am
pikestaff: (Trenchcoat Pikestaff)
Well after the two days of feeling horrible and no luck getting work off, I at least had yesterday scheduled off so nyar! I had a day to rest anyways.

Still feeling pretty awful today though. Called work for the third time in the last four days. And DENIED! for the third time in the last four days. Really it's mostly just humorous now though, considering the fact that everybody in the store is sick at this point (nothing like going to work and hearing your department manager tell you she's already thrown up twice that morning.)

I am on Advil, Sudafed, and Dramamine (for the nausea), hopefully it'll get me through the day.

Blech

Sep. 30th, 2008 08:50 am
pikestaff: (Gir is dead)
Took all of about thirty seconds after waking up this morning to realize that I'm getting sick. I can feel it-- the cough creeping into my voice, the soreness slowly taking over my throat, the nausea spreading through my stomach. I'd throw in the runny nose, too, but in all honesty there is never a time where I don't have a runny nose so I wouldn't know if that's "getting sick" or "my neverending allergies."

I called work and told them quite frankly that I was getting sick and requested the day off. They told me (big surprise) that there would be nobody else in Pet Care for a couple hours so I had to come in at least for a few hours and then if I'm still feeling bad, I can go home early once more people show up this afternoon.

Fair enough though; if anything it will give me more leverage for when I'm even more sick tomorrow and need tomorrow off. At least, I'm guessing I will =P

Remind me later to post about the weird thing that happened a few days ago that involved the firetruck and policecars in front of my house.
pikestaff: (Gir is dead)
My allergies are killing me you guys, I am in a perpetual state of sneezing/runny nose/sore throat. I've stuffed myself up on allergy medicines as best I can, hopefully I survive.

I am somewhat worried about moving to a place where all of this will be even worse, (did I mention that is why we moved out of that state in the first place? XD) but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do right?

In closing, I'm trying to make myself available on instant messengers more often in case anyone feels this burning desire to chat with me; just be warned that between my crazy-random work schedule and getting ready for the move, I may not be around much.
pikestaff: (Big Gir)
Today I went to work, after calling and asking if they needed me (of course they did! =P) because of the whole being-sick-yet-again-thing which made me miss yesterday.

When I got there a couple of my managers sat me down and had a big chat with me where they said they were really concerned about my health. Apparently, basically everybody in my department has come to my managers asking if I am okay, because I am pale and losing weight. I had no idea it was that bad.

So we sort of had a talk. I mentioned my concerns about allergies and the bad scheduling. They told me that they really liked having me work there so they would be willing to work with me with basically any health problems whatsoever. They said they are going to start giving me better shift schedules. They said they are willing to cut back my hours if I need it. And they told me I can take like a huge week-long vacation sometime soon. As soon as the week after next if I want. Which I am really stoked for. =D And we're going to see if any of that helps at all.

I do think it may actually be deeper than just allergies and bad scheduling though-- I'm starting to think it has something to do with my heart condition. Dunno if I've ever gone over this in my LJ or not, but long story short: I have a heart defect, my heart is almost twice as big as it should be for my body size, and as such I cannot expand my lungs to full capacity and I get tired out really, really quickly when I do strenuous physical exercise. I always thought this was limited to strenuous exercise in one stretch-- but I'm starting to wonder if sustained moderate exercise over a long period of time counts too. Afterall, I didn't start having massive problems this bad until I started working full time for months on end.

So I think I'm gonna talk to a cardiologist and get my heart re-checked-out. And also go to a "normal doctor" and have a full physical done and figure out exactly what is going on and what steps I can take to not randomly get sick every three weeks.

Anyways, I'm really glad work is going to be working with me on this. And if it doesn't work out no matter what they try, I can go find a new job that is less strenuous/allergen-intensive, and I will have a good excuse. But right now I'm excited for VACATION =D For a whole week. That is going to be awesome. I want to sit outside and drink smoothies and read. <3 Epic Vacation is epic.

In the meantime, I am going to try and drink more water, eat some more protein as per my mom's always-excellent advice, and probably take this coming week off of raiding in World of Warcraft. Cause Karazhan full clears 9/12 clears every weekend is kinda stressful especially when you have to deal with loot drama or become the impromptu raid leader, both of which I've done. xD (and yeah I know, non-WoWers are like "lol World of Warcraft is serious business" and most WoWers are like "lol Deadmines Karazhan is serious business" but you gotta believe me here! D= )

And in other news... The Yogurt Spoon.

G'night!

Sick...ish?

Apr. 5th, 2008 08:10 am
pikestaff: (Default)
That "frog in my throat" from a few days ago has turned into this fairly persistent cough and a rather mild sore throat. At this point I wish my body would just decide whether or not I'm actually getting sick and quit with this whole "You're going to get kinda mildly halfway sick" thing because it would make my life a lot easier regarding my decision on whether or not I am actually sick, which would determine whether I should start acting sick (laying around in bed all day with tissues and not going anywhere) or whether I'm still up for everyday activities (work and various errands). It's sort of a silly dilemma but it's a dilemma nonetheless. XD

After about 45 minutes of inner turmoil this morning, I decided that I am, in fact, sick, if only just barely, and called into work and told them I had a cold and couldn't come in. I feel bad because a.) by the time I called them it was pretty much only one hour before my shift, which is cutting it about as close as you can, and b.) if I don't go in today they're going to be pretty understaffed for a Saturday and I know they're already behind enough this week as it is.

But hey, you really can't control getting sick. I don't want to risk going to work (even if I probably could have taken some Advil and cough drops and toughed it out if I wanted to) if this is just going to get worse later today, or something. I have Sunday and Monday off anyway so hopefully this will all clear up before I'm scheduled back on Tuesday.

Also gives me a convenient excuse to watch the LDS General Conference on TV. Cause I'm a silly Mormongirl like that.

/anime pose, complete with the fingers making a "V"
pikestaff: (Pikestaff)
I went to the allergy specialist today. Told 'em all about the horrible symptoms I seem to be having as soon as I walk into the door at work. Went into all sorts of detail about how I'm a gigantic ball of sneezing, coughing, hives and a runny nose.

So they ran all sorts of tests on me, including a blowing-into-a-tube test and a test where they poked my back with various things.

The results?

I'm not allergic to any animals. Not one. They even tested me on "extra" animals because they know I work at a pet store, so aside from the basic cats/dogs/horses, I also got tested for guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, mice, hamsters, and parakeets. Absolutely no reaction. I'm not allergic to these animals in the slightest.

I am very highly allergic to basically all grasses, molds, and weeds. At least, I'm gonna guess I'm highly allergic to those. I looked at my back with a mirror afterwards and that half of my back was entirely swollen and oh man it itched. They're going to send me a paper with the "official results" in the mail. They did tell me, though, that I tested as being completely not-allergic to any of the animals, and that so far I was looking very much allergic to grass/mold/weeds.

I was then informed that I seem to have some sort of obstruction making it difficult for me to breathe as well as most people, and they're not sure what it is, but they want to figure it out and fix it. I had to breathe in a bunch of mist from this tube for about 15 minutes, and I've been given a medication in the form of a white powder that I have to inhale twice a day. ...yeah, I know, let's hope the police don't catch me taking my medication. =P

Also I have to go back in a couple weeks, and have some more tests run (they're going to take a blood sample and test it specifically for a bunch of types of birds and stuff like bird poop and various feathers), because the allergy specialist is rather baffled, much as I am, about how I'm having such bad allergy symptoms at work when I'm not allergic to animals. Here's my own personal two-pronged theory: a.) animal food (stuff like guinea pig food is compressed timothy hay after all), and b.) PetSmart/Target/that whole commercial zone was built some ten years ago on what was pretty much a swamp. No joke. When I worked at Target they had to close off parts of the store bit by bit and replace the entire floor because water was seeping up through it. That whole area has got to be Mold City.

So that's my new theory. I guess we'll see how things go with the further tests. Note to self: get the Petsmart insurance thingy finalized because this is all ridiculously expensive.

I am also apparently losing weight. I noticed this today because I weighed like 112 pounds instead of my usual 120-ish when they weighed me at the doctor. I also noticed that I can now pull my belt all the way to the tightest hole instead of the second-or-third-hole. And it's still a bit slack.

This is sort of worrying because in the past the only times I've lost weight like that have been when I'm either really sick, or on some sort of crazy medication. But then again, knowing my schedule lately... okay, lemme tell you about today as an example:

-Woke up at about 6am, ate a granola bar and a soda pop.
-Did not eat again until about 4pm, when I had a small bag of Gardetto's chips. (I love these by the way)
-Had about six or seven peanut M&Ms at 8pm.

...that's everything I've eaten so far today. And here I am about to go to bed and should probably eat but I'm just not hungry for some reason. (Edit: Never mind, we have some sort of pizza thing in the fridge. >.>)

And it's not like I've meant to do this either, but with the crazy schedule today it just happened.

No wonder I'm sick and no wonder I'm losing weight, guys. I am horrible. xP
pikestaff: (Cutest.  Icon.  Ever.)
Three days until my allergy-specialist appointment!

Yes I know, it's silly that that's the most exciting thing going on in my life right now. But it'll be nice to finally maybe take care of some of the persistent health problems that have been following me around forever. And possibly get a new job.

It's snowing a lot outside. A lot. That's pretty nifty.

Should I re-watch Cowboy Bebop, or Trigun? DECISIONS.
pikestaff: (Gir Mage)
So I think I've pretty much narrowed down the whole sickness thing to allergies. The reason I say this is because if I take Zyrtec (super hardcore allergy medicine) in the morning, about 90% of my symptoms go away for the rest of the day. I am now left to determine whether these are work related allergies (because I started getting sick way back when I first started working at PetsMart) or if they're seasonal related allergies (because for the most part, the sickness didn't get really bad until a few weeks ago). I know for a fact that there are at least two things at work that I am horrendously allergic to: timothy hay, and something about the birds, either the birds themselves or the dust they kick up. Timothy hay makes me break out in hives and sends me into a sneezing fit that lasts about an hour; the birds make my eyes itch and make my throat swell up. But I also get bad symptoms at home too so it's not just stuff at work, I don't think.

I suppose that if it ends up being work that I'm mostly allergic to I'll have to find a new job or something, which is kinda sad because I just achieved official full-time status and because for the most part, I really like my job. My mom suggested I move to cashiering or something but honestly, the whole entire store is filled with animals so if I'm allergic to animals I don't think that would help. Besides, cashiering is beyond boring. I don't want to go back to a cashiering job.

Anyways, I got a $100 check in the mail yesterday. Because apparently one of the student loans that I've been paying off finally realized "Oh wait, she consolidated her loans, riiiight" so they sent me the money that I've sent them so far. I'm... not complaining!

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