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Dept. of Surgery Day

Operation Get BB Back to Optimal Ocular Outlook

It's the end of the day. BB is sleeping on the couch, one eye very piratical. I will be quite fierce with him if he does anything like bend over, or try to pick up things, both of which activities are prohibited over the next day, and highly discouraged over the next week. 

I'd been hoping to get some work done at the hospital; in BB's previous hospital forays - much more serious and much lengthier - I'd gotten into the habit of setting up my laptop in the hospital's business center and trying at least to get some stories written. This was a different hospital, albeit the same health system, and a much, much different procedure. Very short. Still, we were there for four hours or so, what with the lead-up time and the time in recovery.  So I am hoping to get up extremely early tomorrow to get some work done before I have to take him to his follow up appointment. And then, of course, get some work done thereafter.  I'm grateful to my editor for being very flexible. 

Thanks to everyone who wished him well; those wishes seemed to do the trick, and I appreciate them. 

I went through a bit of a melt-down yesterday, because I got thrown another job to do as condo board president that, while not all that difficult, is a bit tedious. I over-reacted, although the only person to see me over-react was BB. I will get that work done tomorrow, or over the weekend. Since at least one step is scanning something into the computer, which is a task BB usually does, I may need him to at least walk me through the task. Yes, I am that much of a Luddite, unfortunately.) 

Possibly the meltdown was also because I had to run the Guild's monthly meeting, something I don't necessarily look forward to. Especially since Crazy Union Puppy is always there. He's less difficult to deal with, insofar as he's only CUP about half the time, and the other half of the time he's turning into a reasonably good leader, but still ... CUP. And yes, I inch ever closer to deciding not to run. I almost told people last night, but I didn't want a couple of people there to get all squirrely about it. 

And possibly the meltdown was because I've been tasked with political lobbying in Cleveland next weekend. I'm not all that good at it, so I'm glad to have going with me the woman who I think I'll support as Guild local prez if I decide to duck the hell out of the job. We're driving, to save the local money, so I'm going to get there tired and get home tired. Yay. 

Still, there are good things: first off, obviously, BB will be able to see better, very soon. His left eye's done, and in a couple-three weeks, he'll get his right eye done, and then it's on to reading glasses instead of thick, thick glasses, and he'll finally be able to read the books he hasn't been able to read for several months. That's a true hurrah!

And I've managed to get past 1,000 words on one of my MCU fics, while the other one is almost to 1,000. Go, me!

I've also re-read Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen for the second time, and The Goblin Emperor for the third time. I like the first not despite it's lack of plotty plot but because of that; Bujold is so good at the interior life of her characters, and I am so glad to see Cordelia happy. Bujold doesn't do sappy, and there were a few moments that really hit me hard because they were kind of pitiless reckonings of life spans, for instance, but I like that. 

As for The Goblin Emperor, I just love the world, and the characters, particularly Maia. There should be more characters out there like him; good, and, again, not sappy.  I think the author has said that she doesn't expect to write any more in this universe. I'd love to learn that she's changed her mind, because Maia's world, his allies, his friends (to the extent that an emperor can have friends - which is to a surprising extent), his empire, and the world in which it is only a small part, are so fascinating that they beg for more tales. 

And now I must away to bed.

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Apr. 15th, 2016 06:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for the follow-up on BB's surgery. I meant to call Wednesday, but didn't because life, and All That Jazz...

Much love to both of you. FYI, I expect to be in Chicago for a bit next month. Will be in touch re: timing and such, and look forward to seeing you then!

Both of those books are on my list. Hope to get to them soon.
Apr. 15th, 2016 03:14 pm (UTC)
Well, you've had your own (less than) fun hospital experiences lately, my dear — not to mentione e-mail hell — so don't worry about it.

And definitely let us know when you're going to be here, and we'll set up a get-together!

As for the books? If you have to read only one of them, go for The Goblin Emperor!
Apr. 15th, 2016 07:48 am (UTC)
May BB recover smoothly and well.
Apr. 15th, 2016 03:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my dear - he's doing fairly well today.
Apr. 15th, 2016 11:42 am (UTC)
Glad things seem to be going reasonably well - good luck with all of it! <3
Apr. 15th, 2016 03:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's going well so far, knock wood. We'll see the doctor for a 24-hour follow-up checkup (which is an awkward phrase, I know), and then he has the weekend, where I'll be giving him as much TLC as he'll let me. I hope you're doing well, too!
Apr. 15th, 2016 12:21 pm (UTC)
This was an awesome post!!

I'm hoping BB recovers quickly and is feeling awesome soon!!

Arrghhh...so many meetings and leadership roles. It is easy to get frustrated and overwhelmed. Don't be too hard on you, lovie.

Apr. 15th, 2016 03:17 pm (UTC)
It is easy to get frustrated and overwhelmed.

I just need to stop melting down and start cowgirling-up!

*hugs to you, my dear!*
Apr. 15th, 2016 03:01 pm (UTC)
I hope BB will be able to get back to reading soon and you can find a few moments of calm. It's sounds like you've had a stressful week.
Apr. 16th, 2016 12:04 am (UTC)
He had his 24-hour check-up today and is apparently doing very well. The sad thing is that after his second surgery, which will take place 2-3 weeks from now, he'll have to wait another 3 weeks before he can get his eyes checked for a new glasses prescription. So, up to six more weeks before the reading can begin in earnest, but it's there at the end of the (currently difficult to see in) tunnel, so we're hopeful. And today is Friday - huzzah!
Apr. 16th, 2016 02:49 pm (UTC)
It's good to have a solid-ish date for things:)

And Saturday!
Apr. 16th, 2016 03:59 pm (UTC)
Saturday started earlier than I wanted it to, but it's quite lovely out (or should I say, it's very lovely out? I read recently that "quite" means very different things on either side of the Atlantic, which amused me a bit. But I'm rambling at this point.)
Apr. 17th, 2016 02:25 pm (UTC)
As long as you don't tell a British writer their fic is quite good, you'll be fine:)
Apr. 17th, 2016 04:34 pm (UTC)

I'll remember that one.

Apr. 15th, 2016 03:58 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the surgery went well, and I hope the recovery goes smoothly, too! For both of you. :)

Sometimes a little overreaction is necessary to balance the scales I think - you have a lot on your plate!

The Goblin Emperor - seriously, I would read a dozen more books about Maia, I love him so much. I've read it three times already, and I think it's time to re-read it again!
Apr. 16th, 2016 12:06 am (UTC)
The recovery seems to be going fairly well. It's a slow slog, but it's worth it. When it comes to me melting-down, I appear to have calmed down, or unmelted, possibly because it's now Friday.

The Goblin Emperor - seriously, I would read a dozen more books about Maia, I love him so much. I've read it three times already, and I think it's time to re-read it again!

I'm so glad to hear someone else out there loves Maia as much as I do. I'm about to go looking for fanfic, in hopes that there's some good reading still available in some form. Heh.
Apr. 16th, 2016 03:15 pm (UTC)
There were quite a lot of GE stories in this year's Yuletide, and at least a few of them pleased me enough for me to bookmark.
Apr. 16th, 2016 04:01 pm (UTC)
I actually was about to post an "Achievement Unlocked! Found Goblin Emperor fic!" post, after hunting for some on AO3. I've only read four so far (binge much, woman?) and they are surprisingly good.
Apr. 15th, 2016 07:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update, and here's to a speedy recovery and good eyesight afterwards!
Apr. 16th, 2016 12:07 am (UTC)
I'll drink to that!

No, really, I plan on serious big-ass-martini time tonight.
Apr. 17th, 2016 02:11 am (UTC)
I'm glad BB is doing well. From what I remember (from when I was 4 years old), recovering from eye surgery can be annoying, especially the whole not moving a whole lot part, but at least it will be worth it.

I have been trying to make some progress on my own fiction writing, though it has been going in fits and starts. Last week, I managed to get more then than I have in the two weeks that precede it - but that was also the time I could have spent finishing articles. My deadlines are more flexible than Pioneer Press deadlines, but they do exist, and I'm going to have to work more on Sunday.

Also... "Crazy Union Puppy?" I understand if you don't want to elaborate, but what makes him so, well, crazy?
Apr. 17th, 2016 06:41 pm (UTC)
From what I remember (from when I was 4 years old), recovering from eye surgery can be annoying

Luckily, cataract surgery has become an outpatient procedure. BB was back at home after four hours of hurry-up-and-wait at Skokie Hospital, and 20-25 minutes of surgery. He can't pick heavy things up for a week, and is discouraged from bending over for a few days, but that's it. Now we have to get the other eye done, wait 3 weeks and get a new prescription for reading glasses to him.

Also... "Crazy Union Puppy?"

Heh; it's the sobriquet I've privately planted on one of my much younger colleagues (at least he's much younger than I am). He has some MOs that I disagree greatly with, some assumptions he has that I know are incorrect ... it's all things that make me crazy privately. It was much more of a problem a couple of years ago, and has moderated recently, but occasionally he can still be a pain.

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