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still not enough spoons - helen-louise
still not enough spoons
Well, my gall bladder stopped being evil. But I still lacked sufficient spoons to go to Polyday. Had a high temperature & headache & period pain & legs so achey I was limping in the house, so there's no way I could have made it up the hill to the station, let alone across London. I miss the people I didn't see, but at least the smoking ban means it's not my only chance to see people for 6 months.

Today, the headache is (mostly) gone and the period pain is manageable, but I still have a temperature of 37.4 °C 90 minutes after taking paracetamol. It's not obscenely high, but it's high for me (my usual is 37.1 °C at this time of day) and high enough that I can't quite think straight/right. And I'm not sure what to do about it other than take paracetamol - go to the doctor and say "I have a high temperature but no other symptoms?!". It's pretty clearly my usual chronic fatigue/glandiness thing, except my glands don't actually seem to be swollen. I'm about 95% sure that they'll look at a temperature of 37.4 and decide it's within the range of normal - never mind that it's high for me, or that the hospital panics and starts feeding you paracetamol if it goes above 37.0 (a problem, when my normal temperature is 37.1!). Blah.

How is life treating you? I want to hear all the gossip & scandal!

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barakta From: barakta Date: 23rd September 2007 14:26 (UTC) (Link)
I had wondered if evil gallbladder had prevented you attending yesterday. I managed to make it for some of the day before our visitors arrived. I am sorry to have missed you, but I will see you soon because smoke free pubs are totally the win!

It doesn't take me much to go batshit with a temperature. I think mine is usually 36.9C (+/- dodgy thermometer) and if it's 37.7 or higher I can and have hallucinated. I suspect you are correct in that all you can do is take paracetamol, drink plenty of fluids and rest as much as possible. Periods are evil, and may make the effect of the paracetamol and temperature strange?

I'm okay, recovering spoons while people go to London cycling thing. I'm swotting up for my job interview on Friday and trying to stay awake. I'm conserving spoons for my 4 days at work and interview. Sadly nothing scandalous to report.
From: fluffymormegil Date: 23rd September 2007 14:27 (UTC) (Link)
I have no gossip or scandal to report.
redbird From: redbird Date: 23rd September 2007 15:06 (UTC) (Link)
No gossip or scandal, I'm afraid, but I did meet a new friend's partner a few weeks back, and we all got on well--my partners liked him, and he liked all of us. (I met her other partner a few months earlier, very briefly; not enough to really know if we'll like each other, though no hackles rose.)
epi_lj From: epi_lj Date: 23rd September 2007 18:18 (UTC) (Link)
As usual, I have neither gossip nor scandal.

Which is kind of awesome. :)
alexmc From: alexmc Date: 23rd September 2007 18:48 (UTC) (Link)
> I still lacked sufficient spoons to go to Polyday

Me too. Well sorta - I made it to the pub at about 8pm and sat with dougs and friends for his official birthday drinks.

Perhaps we can encourage each other to go next time? maybe do some Spoon re-distribution if possible?
baratron From: baratron Date: 23rd September 2007 20:02 (UTC) (Link)
Well, I don't really need encouraging to go, I need to be healthy enough! Seriously, I couldn't even walk to the station, let alone from Waterloo to the venue. And I was so brain-fried yesterday that, even if someone had driven me there door-to-door, I wouldn't have enjoyed it. I spent the day sitting on the sofa going "urgh" and poking at Sims.
alexmc From: alexmc Date: 23rd September 2007 20:47 (UTC) (Link)
gotcha. Sorry. hugs
baratron From: baratron Date: 24th September 2007 01:49 (UTC) (Link)
It's ok, I'm not offended :) I realised you hadn't seen that part of my post.

I don't often need encouraging to go to events where there'll be a lot of people I know - I'm an extrovert, in the gaining energy from being around people sense. I find it draining to deal with people who aren't geeks because I just don't have enough culture in common with them, but events with my sort of people are recharging. But if I'm exhausted & in pain & not right already, it's not a good idea to push my body further. I probably made things worse for myself by going to all three students on Friday, even though I was spacey after the first one.

Of course, now I'm feeling very lonely because I didn't go out at all this weekend :( Two of my friends came here today, but I was in pain & in a bad mood & didn't feel at all social until just before they were leaving! Stupid body.
ailbhe From: ailbhe Date: 23rd September 2007 23:11 (UTC) (Link)
My implant is giving me a period-style bleed with no increased temperature or aches, in abdomen, breasts or otherwise. I'm pretty impressed.

Also, ecoballs work well, as far as we can tell.

And our remortgage is coming along nicely.
ailbhe From: ailbhe Date: 23rd September 2007 23:12 (UTC) (Link)
I bet my implant is made of, like, plant sex encased in latex, or something.

You can alternate paracet. andibuprofen toreduce temperature, and use ;cooling wipes ;;on exposed; ;sk;in.;

;Argh, I hate my key;;b;;;oard.;;;;;;;;
baratron From: baratron Date: 24th September 2007 01:42 (UTC) (Link)
Didn't you only get a new keyboard a few months ago following a daughter-related incident with juice? It's gone wrong already?

I'm sure a person could alternate paracetamol with ibuprofen to reduce temperature, but I personally can't because ibuprofen makes my throat close up :/ Same with aspirin and this stuff called salol that's used in schools to model igneous rock crystal formation. So I'm officially Not Allowed to take any aspirin derivatives. Salicylates are not my friend. Blah.

The implant wouldn't work for me either, joyous though near-permanent contraception would be. I go loopy when my progesterone levels are high, in a Not Good way. There's some debate among my medical professionals about whether synthetic progesterone would have the same effect, but I think it would be like playing Russian roulette with my mental health. It would be a case of trying some Pill or other and stopping if I go nuts. Dunno if it's worth the risk.
ailbhe From: ailbhe Date: 24th September 2007 12:36 (UTC) (Link)
The new keyboard is a plugin, not a replacement for the actual laptop keyboard, which is still in place and liable to suddenly start inserting characters into otherwise innocent text boxes. The old laptop keyboard has just gotten *worse*, that's all.

I hated the progesterone-only-pill. I wish sterilisation was (a) reliable,and (b) reversible (the implant has a higher success rate than sterilisation).
From: skibbley Date: 24th September 2007 09:57 (UTC) (Link)
Missed seeing you, though wouldn't have been able to spend much time with you. Hope to see you soonish.
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