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Dept. of Tearing Hurry

I Am Running Around in All Directions

I am not quite acting like a chicken with its head cut off (and yes, children, that was a thing in the days when one might dispatch a chicken for dinner), but whatever I'm doing is very close to that. I shall search for a simile when I have time.

So it seems as if I definitely must complete three days' work before the end of Thursday, because the medical procedure I'm undergoing on Friday has been moved up from 1 p.m. to 10 a.m. And I just realized that I'm supposed to attend a meeting Thursday night, in the midst of preparing for my procedure. The combination of meeting and procedure prep is, for a variety of reasons undoubtedly known to those of you over 50, unrealistic. I am praying that the meeting will actually be viewable online; then I can cover it from home, which will a much more suitable locale, given the prep necessities.

(What? No, I'm not going to spell it out for you, although the hint I gave you ought to be enough. I will say that, in addition to that for which I'm prepping, I'll be undergoing an endoscopy at roughly the same time. God, I love growing old.)

Yesterday I realized that, by covering one story last Thursday, in The Place That I Have Come to Loathe, I missed another meeting in my regular and much-preferred beat. Luckily, I was able to cover that meeting by archived video. Hurrah for 21st century tech.

And therefore I'm off! Perhaps I'll have enough energy to check back in later today. I'd like that.


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liadtbunny
Oct. 19th, 2016 03:54 pm (UTC)
I hope the universe aligns itself so you can get everything done!

*hugs* for being poked about by doctors.
kaffyr
Oct. 19th, 2016 08:10 pm (UTC)
Being poked is an extremely accurate term, unfortunately. Luckily, I'm told I'll be out (either completely or twilight sleep) for most of it, which I can deal with.

Thanks for the hugs!
lost_spook
Oct. 19th, 2016 04:16 pm (UTC)
Aw, good luck with getting it all done - and most of all, good luck with all the medical excitements. *sends hugs*
kaffyr
Oct. 19th, 2016 08:05 pm (UTC)
medical excitements

I like that turn of phrase! Although I have to admit, they're something south of excitement, and more "gritted teeth live-throughs." Heh.
lost_spook
Oct. 19th, 2016 08:33 pm (UTC)
Aww. Be thankful for anaesthetics and modern pain relief?? (Sorry, I keep spending way too much time in the past!) *hugs again* Yikes.
kaffyr
Oct. 19th, 2016 08:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, definitely! I'm old enough to remember being put under by extremely unpleasant ether (slick square of rubbery material placed over one's nose, followed by a sort of cage-like thing attached to your nose above the square of rubber, terrible smell, and pinwheels in front of your eyes as you sort of fall away into darkness) - not the best thing for an impressionable four-year-old.

Today's sedatives, put into you quietly via intravenous line, are much nicer. (I do remember, for one of my other childhood operations, getting something put over my nose that smelled like cherries or strawberries. That was much nicer than the ether.)

Oh, and your icon reminds me, I watched some of Shadow of the Tower via YouTube, and I think the acting in it (other than James Maxwell) got better as the episodes went on. The actress playing his wife was a little "stagey" at first, but improved vastly, in my not very humble opinion.

And oh, Maxwell's voice! There was something about the way he presented Henry VII!
lost_spook
Oct. 22nd, 2016 01:49 pm (UTC)
I'm lucky - this year was the first time I ever had to have an anaesthetic! (Although coming round is still rotten!)

I very much hope your procedure went well! *hugs you very gently*

Oh, and your icon reminds me, I watched some of Shadow of the Tower via YouTube, and I think the acting in it (other than James Maxwell) got better as the episodes went on. The actress playing his wife was a little "stagey" at first, but improved vastly, in my not very humble opinion.

And oh, Maxwell's voice! There was something about the way he presented Henry VII!


I have been delaying answering this because you have no notion how happy it made me to read that! And, yes, something is very off in at least parts of Ep1 all round, really, I don't know what was going on there (and Norma West is indeed much better later on; perhaps it was just the acting down as a teenager she wasn't so good at, who knows?). Or, very likely, being a fellow fannish sort, you can easily imagine exactly how happy I felt. :-D

I think, for me, although there are lots of excellent actors in it, the two other stand-out performances (at least, of the one-off guest cast) are John Franklyn-Robbins as Stanley in ep6, and Christopher Neame as Warwick in episode12.

I hadn't seen James Maxwell in anything before I watched this, so it's very good to know that somebody else can have a similar sort of reaction. The voice thing in particular - I stumbled over that, rather, in my initial efforts to find some other things he'd done, because it is marvellous in SotT, but his accent (being I suppose fake anyway at least 90% of the time in any given role) is different every time, and few of them are anything like his Henry voice and I was a disgruntled viewer as a result (even when Amazon didn't send me the wrong JM-free bit of Raffles to confound me). But as you can tell I got over that. :loL: (I like his softer voices, and his random booming Scottish accents, and his endless run of East German-accented spies. But his Henry voice is the best. I suspect the nearest to that would be some of his grander stage roles - he was apparently a very good Prospero, and the Duke in Measure for Measure, and loads of other things.)

I had just been rewatching it myself, as you can probably tell from my entries and, as ever, finding myself shifting on what exactly I think about his Henry; there's always something further to wonder about each time and I do love it, for all its faults. It's weird and deliberately stagey, but it's also good-weird and interesting too. (I think!)

Anyway, I hope you are feeling okay this weekend and taking good care of yourself post medical unpleasantness! ♥
flowsoffire
Oct. 19th, 2016 04:32 pm (UTC)
Ughhhhh. Good luck, I hope everything goes well ♥
kaffyr
Oct. 19th, 2016 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your thoughts! I'm sure things will be all right; it's just the schedule crunch that's really worrying me.

flowsoffire
Oct. 20th, 2016 04:50 pm (UTC)
*fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly*
kaffyr
Oct. 22nd, 2016 07:25 pm (UTC)
In the end, things didn't go completely smoothly, which did, for a while, threaten to make me unhappy, but things evened out by the end of the day.
flowsoffire
Oct. 22nd, 2016 07:40 pm (UTC)
Good things worked themselves out in the end, then… *hugs you tightly*
eaweek
Oct. 19th, 2016 04:32 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the procedure, and my fingers are crossed for a happy outcome (i.e., not needing another one for 10 years).
kaffyr
Oct. 19th, 2016 08:03 pm (UTC)
Heh - I hope so, too, although my last procedure was only five years ago. Having both done at the same time is, as my very good doc says, getting all the unpleasantness dealt with at once. Unfortunately, once this is done, we have to consider whether I get a hernia repaired. Gosh, it's fun being an almost-senior-citizen!
eaweek
Oct. 20th, 2016 03:11 pm (UTC)
My mom had a hernia fixed, and it wasn't bad at all. She was very glad she had it done! She had some post-op problems, but that was from being put on Percocet, which didn't agree with her. When they switched her to Vicodin, she was fine. My sister also has had hernia repair (twice). Both of them said that once they healed, they wondered why they didn't have it done sooner.

Best of luck to you with everything. And I agree that having everything done at once makes so much sense--why go through the prep (ugh) twice?

I'm due for my first one next summer, after I turn 50. The prep worries me less than the food restrictions and fasting. I can deal with going to the bathroom a lot, but not being able to eat? Not so much. : (
kaffyr
Oct. 22nd, 2016 07:27 pm (UTC)
In the end, my doctor said after the procedure that the hernia was small enough that she didn't want to go in and fix it. I'll trust her for now, although I suspect we'll end up having to fix it, perhaps in a year or so. Yesterday wasn't altogether successful, medically, but we did at least discover a couple of things that completely surprised both of us, at least in terms of the endoscopy. We'll see where we go, once the results of her biopsies come back.
a_phoenixdragon
Oct. 20th, 2016 07:14 pm (UTC)
Bless you, darling...hang in there! I'm pulling for you...always!

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Oct. 22nd, 2016 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my dear. Hugs back to you - birthday hugs!!
a_phoenixdragon
Oct. 23rd, 2016 03:14 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you, sweetie!!

*Twirls you joyously!*
editrx
Oct. 22nd, 2016 05:34 am (UTC)
My gastro guy once did the upper and lower at the same time and called it by some appalling nickname only funny to gastroenterologists who've clearly never had it done to them.

Unfortunately I can empathize with you as I have IBS and have had over a dozen lower ones done. I have found telling them to give me LOTS of demoral ahead of time helps. I get very very talkative and tell loads of jokes, then wake up in recovery remembering nothing.
kaffyr
Oct. 22nd, 2016 07:31 pm (UTC)
I have IBS

Eurgh, I sympathize with you - IBS sucks!

I have found telling them to give me LOTS of demoral ahead of time helps. I get very very talkative and tell loads of jokes, then wake up in recovery remembering nothing.

Although yesterday wasn't completely satisfactory, the one good thing about it was that I was put almost completely under; far more than the moderate sedation or twilight sleep they used to give. Now the stuff is one step above "truly heavy surgery"-heavy sedation. So I was completely out for both procedures. I've had Demerol, and it does make one jokey and happy, but for me, it always ends up giving me a rebound headache, so I'm glad I got the almost-complete-sedation.

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