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Things in no particular order:

I got a call from my brother last night, and what I had wondered might happen has happened. After three days when he couldn't sleep, and couldn't get rid of a pounding headache, and found himself driving somewhere, unable to immediately figure out why the hell he was driving there, he went to his doctor, who immediately put him on medical leave. His blood pressure was sky-high, he needs to start eating better, etc. He seemed, over the phone, to be both a little shocked about this (first time ever) and relieved. After the last two and a half years - moving Mum and my step-dad from her house to an apartment, getting her affairs in order, then dealing with Mum's last illnesses - he's been running on overdrive for so long he doesn't know how to slow down. His body has rebelled. So cross your fingers for him; I know I'm worried, but grateful that his doctor read him the riot act.
Got back to word of four major contract negotiation sessions scheduled for next week. Again, keep your fingers crossed.

Enjoyed Agents of SHIELD again last night; not quite as good as last week's, but set some intriguing plot points up. Ward became more human, and Ming Na and Clark Gregg rocked it.

I donated to Philippine Typhoon relief and I hope folks who can will do so also. There are a lot of good groups out there: the International Red Cross, Mercy Corps, Doctors Without Borders, to name just a few. Does anyone know if there are Dreamwidth or LJ fundraising efforts extant?

And finally, I'd meant to mention this a couple of weeks back. It's word of a film by Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour, one I'd love to see. The difficulties she dealt with to make the film are pointed reminders of every damned thing wrong with considering women a different species - and the film appears to be a joyous reminder that the different species insists on being human. Imagine that.
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gerisullivan
Nov. 13th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
My very best to your brother. Good on him for hightailing it to his doctor.

Thanks for the links, too.
kaffyr
Nov. 13th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my little brother is a smart man, but I'm quite concerned. Not only because of how it obviously shook him, and how it's affecting him so soon after Mum's death, but because I started thinking about whether I'd be dealing with an ill brother, which is kind of scary.
maruad
Nov. 13th, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
I am glad your brother had sense to seek medical help. I still remember coming back from a 6 day Minicon visit where I was so exhausted ( I averaged less than 4 hours sleep per night during the entire visit) on the drive back that I seriously considered letting the decadent one drive because I felt so terrible. It took me a couple more days before I went to the doctor who promptly put me on T3s which dealt with some of the side effects and allowed me to relax enough to sleep.

Sandy picked UNICEF for our donation. We didn't know if it was the best choice but it was a choice.
kaffyr
Nov. 13th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
seriously considered letting the decadent one drive

*snort*

Glad you made it home. T3 - tylenol 3s? Little Brother has been put on something to relax him temporarily, which is a big thing, since he Does. Not. Medicate. (Well, except for the Advil and Exedrin he'd been eating for the past three days trying to get rid of the headache. Oy.)

UNICEF was definitely on my shortlist. It was also one of the places to which I told people they could donate in memory of my mother when they asked me.

maruad
Nov. 13th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
T3 = Tylenol 3. It also helps when one is too regular.
kaffyr
Nov. 13th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
It also helps when one is too regular.

OK, that went beyond making me snrk or snort. That was a full-on guffaw - because as a long time codeine taker, I know exactly what you mean.
namarie24
Nov. 14th, 2013 03:52 am (UTC)
Yes, I was wondering about any LJ efforts for Philippines fundraising, too. But I will probably donate to one of those organizations, regardless.

Agreed on Agents of SHIELD. I was actually impressed with Brett Dalton's (Ward) acting in one scene, which hadn't really happened before then.

Hope your brother succeeds in relaxing and giving himself time to recover.
kaffyr
Nov. 14th, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
Just found out that fandomaid has a "Buy it Now" effort going on, which may be a good place to go.

The ice on Dalton's face is starting to melt, I agree.

Thanks for your thought on my Little Brother.
apostle_of_eris
Nov. 14th, 2013 04:19 am (UTC)
One hopes this will be only a Learning Experience for your brother.
If the doctor is any good, he will deal with the acute, the long-term, and the necessity of finding out if there's any sort of permanent damage.
kaffyr
Nov. 14th, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
If the doctor is any good, he will deal with the acute, the long-term, and the necessity of finding out if there's any sort of permanent damage.

You've tapped into my thoughts. I'm going to keep in touch with Little Brother a lot this week.
a_phoenixdragon
Nov. 14th, 2013 10:30 am (UTC)
Oh wow!! Poor man...hope he does what the doctor tells him to and takes it a little easier. *Sends love*

I rather enjoyed it. Fitz actually managed to surprise Ward once or twice - and Ward actually did come off as someone I could like.

Hmmm...tifaching has something on that. I'll have to look the lj charity comm up and send you a link.

Ohhhh...do tell us more about it when it comes out! That sounds....rather awesome!

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Nov. 14th, 2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
I was telling namarie24 that fandomaid has an effort ongoing, which I may get involved in.

Thanks for the love; I think LB is going to do what his doctor tells him. I know his lady friend and I will try to keep him on the straight and narrow.
a_phoenixdragon
Nov. 15th, 2013 12:05 am (UTC)
That's the one I was thinking of! Glad someone got you the info!!

*HUGS*
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