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Find myself with a little time, so I figured I'd make a real-life update - I don't do these very often, and I figure I should maybe endeavor to for the people who are actually here 'cause they like me and not just because I write.

Laptop fried its hard drive about two weeks ago: after a ridiculously long and laborious process, it's finally fixed (and magically updated to Leopard, which is nice), but I've lost everything. There wasn't much really important on there, but some works in progress and some original works which might have been nice to keep. Oh, well. Win some, you lose some.

New semester's just started. Four classes, and yet I still managed to somehow wind up with class straight through from 10:00 am to about 5:00 pm every day. Except Friday. And 9 hours of lab per week. It's...not a really fun schedule, and I resent my physics lectures being mandatory, but whatever. I'll live.

New semester always means a capella auditions, which is a really painful process. And since our Music Director's also in an upcoming play, and our Assistant Music Director decided to take the semester off, I've been voted Interim AMD, and I'll probably have to lead most of the auditions. Which invariably gives me a headache.

Speaking of which, my headaches (which I'm fairly certain are migraines) have started showing up more frequently recently. I'm sure I should probably go and get checked out and see if I can get on some sort of prescription meds for them, because I literally wanted to just curl up and die last night. I think it was made worse by the fact that I was probably somewhat dehydrated, thanks to the fact that I went and donated platelets yesterday.

I did not expect that to be as awful as it ended up being. Usually, when I donate whole blood, I just hop up from the table like nothing's happened. I can not eat that day and still be perfectly fine. But was bad. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that you're sitting there for a while, and they're just constantly drawing blood out of you and then returning it at something like room temperature. I think it makes your body freak out, or something, because I definitely wanted to vomit by the end of it. And I had to sit and drink water and much on pretzels for a while before I felt okay to get up.

All the same, I'll probably end up doing it again. I'm a good donor, because I'm the right size, and my blood type is O. And I figure it's something...fairly easy for me to do that helps other people out a lot? Potentially. Or something.

As of now, I'm waiting on my boyfriend to meet me, and then we're going to go for bubble tea. Then dinner, an arch sing, and working the table for SHARE, which is the campus organization to support survivors of sexual and relationship violence. Of which I am the co-vice president. And somewhere, somehow, I have to write a introduction to a formal lab report and read a chapter of physics text.

Oh - and there's about 8 or 10 inches of snow sitting around here. Pretty, but hard to get around in. And cold.

So, that's life for me at the moment. I guess I'll try to do these more often - though I guess that's contingent on anyone really caring to read them?

Date: 2010-02-06 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You did a lot better with the Platelet thing than I do with just getting blood taken for tests. D:

Date: 2010-02-06 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Dunno - I'm just built fairly big, so stuff like that doesn't bother me, I guess.

Date: 2010-02-06 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
xD Oh, I'm not little.

Date: 2010-02-06 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have no idea, then - it's just never really been an issue for me at all. Unless they do it wrong. Then it sucks.

Date: 2010-02-06 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't think anyone has any idea-- even the doctor doesn't. They just.. avoid giving me any and all needles, now. Which is fine by me. D8

I've never had it done wrong, but when my Nanny had a... needle thing where they insert a camera into your veins in your arms? They apparently 'missed' and when she came to her arm was black. She showed me a week later(i dont live with her) and I was livid.
Edited Date: 2010-02-06 11:50 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-02-07 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Weird. I'm totally good with needles.

Yeah, the time they got it wrong and missed, my whole forearm turned this really awful shade of blue. Really not okay.

Date: 2010-02-10 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They missed with the angioscope??? (I'm assuming that was what it was. They were looking at her heart, yes?) That's terrifying, and painful!

It could have been an angioscope... Or I could be making that up... hmm... This is bad, I'm a Nursing Major and I can't think of the name of the damn camera thing....

Oh well, -hugs for both of you- getting poked a bunch sucks. We had to do blood glucose certification in class today and everyone was afraid of the lancets except me. I ended up getting poked three times... It wasn't all that fun. But I found out that I'm borderline hypoglycemic. My blood glucose was 72 an hour after a piece of cake. @__@ 75-90 is normal for fasting ie. not having eaten. I have to eat breakfast every morning now. Yay!

Breakfast here is around 7am and I don't have to be in class until 9am.

Date: 2010-02-06 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Christ *.* You are one busy bee.

And just... reading the platelet experience made me nauseous. I have so much admiration for you right now, and I really hope you feel better soon bb

Date: 2010-02-06 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw, thanks. I dunno - I guess stuff like that just sort of makes sense for me to do, since I'm built for it, and what I can give is fairly useful. Plus, my body just replaces it later - or, in the case of my being an organ donor, I'm not exactly using it anymore.

I'm feeling okay now. Still a little headachey, but only if I move my head too fast.

Date: 2010-02-07 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I want to give blood, but I had blood drawn for a blood test and almost fainted(I was fine while they were drawing it, but afterward the room started spinning)... D: I figure I'll try again sometime in the future(and lying down, not sitting up), because it does help people and my mom gives, so...

Aw. ;.; I shall spare a moment of silence for the fics that may have been. <3


Saying that, I've recently backed-up all my fics-in-progess on Windows Live. Recently, in the last month. You just need a Windows Live ID and you can upload up to 5MB or 5GB, I forget which... but it's plenty for a bunch of Word documents(for me, I don't know how Macs work. x.x;;;).

Perhaps that information came a little too late, but maybe it would possibly help in the future... ? :3

Good luck with all your business(...that's busy-ness xD Oops~), and if it makes you feel better we got two feet of snow, here~? ^^;; Ehe. Easier to get around for you, I'm sure~ <3

Date: 2010-02-07 09:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oof, two feet of snow - I don't even know what I'd do. Call it quits and stay inside, I bet.

Yeah, the funny thing is I always intermittently think to myself that I need to start backing up my files - maybe this will push me to actually do it. Like I said, though: nothing of really tremendous importance was lost, so it definitely was a situation that could have been much worse than it was.

It's funny - I'm finding out that a lot of people on my friends' list can't donate blood for one reason or another. Just a little interesting tidbit of information.

Date: 2010-02-07 08:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
quick fix for migraines, if that's what the head aches are, is a little bit of caffeine. Opens the blood vessels. They are miserable I know!

So glad you're a donor! I'm also O but can't done much cause I'm so short lol.

And good lord, busy much??? I got tired just reading what you have to do!

Date: 2010-02-07 09:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah - my sister pointed me at Excedrin Migraine (migraines run in the family), which has caffeine in it, and sometimes that does help.

I'm one of those people the Red Cross sort of harasses now - I'm a nearly universal blood type, I'm tall enough and weigh enough to donate as often as you're pretty much allowed to. In fact, the only time I didn't donate given the opportunity was when I had to be deferred for a year after my tattoo.

Date: 2010-02-07 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
really? I had no idea tattoos effected it. Good to know lol

Date: 2010-02-07 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Only if you get them in states that aren't federally regulated? Or something like that. It's sort of a vague rule.

Date: 2010-02-07 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I saw someone recommend caffeine and I agree. I actually get headaches fairly often since moving to San Diego (fail, I know) and really, caffeine is only a quick fix but not permanent since you can get the addiction to caffeine and wind yourself with a withdrawal headache which is just plain sucks.

Anyway, ice packs help sometimes, good ol' pain meds with no caffeine can help too. A thing called Migraleif, which is this roll on oil of lavender and pepperminy, can help. Taking more protein and magnesium can help. Hm, an herbal substance called Feverfew (slow acting) supposedly helps too but it takes a couple months to be fully effective and you are suppose to take it regularly.

Can you tell I research too much because mine are just plain ridiculous. I'll down Ibuprofen the whole day and it doesn't help sometimes

I just... don't recommend automatically getting the prescription since that makes your tolerance for the pain meds higher and therefore could render then useless on just even normal stuff like cramps or aches and stuff.

Date: 2010-02-08 05:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've tried ice packs, and normal pain meds - neither really do much for me, or at least, they haven't really in the past. Protein and magnesium I could try, as well as the herbal stuff - though I'm not really sure where I'd get it out here in this ridiculously small college town.

Date: 2010-02-08 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I just don't give blood. lol

And wtf?! Only room temperature? Gah. That can't be at all good for you.

Dammit, I'm almost caught up to you in lab hours. 6 hours of organic lab per week and 2 of bio. But then I have at least 2 hours of research lab per week so does that count?

What classes are you taking other than physics???

Date: 2010-02-08 05:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hey, it's a personal choice - for me, it's just the easiest thing.

I don't know that it's actually room temperature, but I'm fairly certain it isn't body temperature, because it's definitely noticeable. So I guess the question is how much do they actually heat it before they put it back?

I'll have to start working in a research lab, too, actually - I think the requirement is 6 to 10 hours a week? Something ridiculous like that.

I'm in...Cell and Developmental Biology, the Core Lab for my major, and third year Japanese.

Date: 2010-02-08 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've had enough medical trauma, I could never give blood. I also smoke far too much pot for them to want anything from me. If they ask, I tell them.

You and the singing. You make me miss the access to choral groups that I had when I was in school.

How was the bubble tea? And did you guys get slammed with the snow? For once I didn't get anything in upstate NY. WILL WONDERS NEVER CEASE.

Date: 2010-02-08 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have, medical trauma whatsoever. My medical history is so ridiculously easy to take.

It's definitely fun - though I really could do without the drama.

FFFF, I'll answer both those questions at the same time: we didn't actually get bubble tea because the people who run the shop couldn't make it into town, on account of the snow.

Date: 2010-02-13 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I read them! :) Because I lovers you and missers you

Date: 2010-02-14 05:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I lovers you and missers you, too.

Date: 2010-04-24 12:12 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
1. Did we not at some point have a discussion about getting an external drive to do backups?

2. Caffeine may have a short term benefit but could long term aggravate. I believe migraines reflect the pressure / pain resulting from expansion / contraction of blood vessels. Caffeine expands (which yields the short term benefit) but when it wears off will result in contraction. Might affect the vessels in a way that exacerbates the expansion / contraction.

Date: 2010-04-24 06:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, that's probably what I'm going to do with my first paycheck.

Hm. I'd never thought about them like that. Mostly, I just have to take Excedrin Migraine and sleep through them when they get really bad. I haven't had an awful one in a while, though - mostly, I can stave them off with Advil.
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