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Last week, I got sick. And not only did I get sick, but I went fucking all out. 

It started Wednesday night. I was out in the new garage wiring up a few new outlets before we start the project to finish it off. I was up on a ladder running some wire and suddenly I just felt so tired. Like unbelievably tired. So tired I could barely hold my head up.

I got down off the ladder, went inside and sat down, figuring I had just pushed myself too hard. It was nearing bedtime anyways, so I decided just to head to bed early. But, before going to bed, I took some Pepto Bismol because I was feeling a little bit nauseous.

I woke up a short time later feeling absolutely terribly nauseous. I went in the bathroom, and after several episodes of diarrhea (I'll spare you the graphic details, but the term "pure liquid" is probably accurate) I violently threw up in the trash can. Immediately, I began to feel better, so I figured, okay, maybe I just ate some bad food.

I tried to go back to bed, but then the chills started. I had cold sweats. I've never had cold sweats in my life. I had to go to the bathroom again for more diarrhea and about an hour later, vomited again. At this point it's like 4am and I'm just sitting on the toilet, sobbing. Wanting to rip my stomach out, wanting it all to be over.

My wife made me some tea to help settle my stomach, and we went to the doctor at 8am. He diagnosed me with norovirus. Unfortunately, there's no real cure for norovirus; you can just treat the symptoms and ride it out. So he gave me a shot of promethazine in my arm to control the nausea, a prescription for anti-nausea pills, and sent me home to.

I slept about 40 of the next 48 hours. No shit, I have very little recollection of anything from Thursday morning to Saturday afternoon. And, because we have a baby in the house and I didn't want to get my wife and daughter sick, I had to ride it out pretty much alone in the guest room, quarantined from the rest of the house. Fortunately, my wife would bring me food and gatorade, but otherwise, I got to watch a lot of really crappy TV and stare at the ceiling.

Sunday, I finally started to feel my appetite coming back, and by Monday I was almost completely back to normal though there are still some lingering after effects. I've noticed I've been having a lot more heartburn, for instance.

I was trying to think of the last time I got that sick. I usually don't get puking sick - I get really bad sore throat sick. I get lots of respiratory infections, but not often do I get like this. The last time I can remember getting this sick was probably 12  years ago, my freshman winter at Auburn when I had the flu.

Regardless, I'm very happy to be back among the land of the living.
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I've been having a lot of dental work done recently.

It started way back in August, when I noticed something feeling really weird in the back of my mouth. Like one of my teeth had cracked in half. But there was no pain. So I figured I'd go to the dentist and have it looked at. But I decided not to go to that same dentist I went to last time around. They were expensive, for one, and it seems like they wanted to drill my entire mouth out. So I picked a different dentist.

Glad I did that.

This new dentist seems to take a more cautious approach. Whereas the previous dentist was like DRILL ALL THE THINGS, this dentist is more along the lines of "let's try this less invasive thing first and see if that works."

Unfortunately, it didn't work out right just off the bat. They tried to fill that tooth, but the filling caused pain so I ended up with a root canal back there. Then, while doing the root canal, part of the file broke inside my tooth. Fortunately, it broke at the bottom of the canal, so there are no complications from it.

Went back again today for my checkup and to have them look at something that has been causing pain on my lower right side. After all that was said and done, they took X-rays of my entire jaw, as I mentioned that the previous dentist thought I should have my wisdom teeth out OMFG RIGHT NOW. After looking at the X-rays, she told me she really didn't see any reason why I should have to have them out.

So yeah, glad I got that second opinion. And, short one minor filling, a clean dental bill of heath. Surprising, considering where I was a couple years ago.

Yay

Aug. 29th, 2011 05:31 pm
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Had my second root canal this afternoon. So far no pain and just a little sore. We'll see how things go.

What happened?

Well, for a few months, I've been able to feel that something wasn't quite right with my far back molar on my left top side. It felt like it had a massive hole in it. But, there was no pain. So I didn't think a lot about it. But, at the same time, I remember the lesson I learned the last time - that dental problems are best treated quickly so that they don't become excruciatingly painful.

So last week I went to the dentist to have them look at it. I had managed to knock the corner of the tooth off. She wanted to attempt to fix it with just a filling first, but it ended up being a pretty deep filling and she warned me that it was a 50/50 chance that I'd have to come back for more work. Within a few hours, I knew it hadn't worked out. I've had fillings before, and I had far more pain with this filling than I'd ever had before. So after giving it a few days just to be sure, I scheduled a follow-up for today.

So today they did the root canal and put a temporary top on the tooth. I'm supposed to go back on Thursday - my 30th birthday - for them to finish.
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So I'm nearly done paying off the debt from surgery, which means I get my wings back. But it also got me to thinking about something. Some that's been bugging me for ... well ... probably damn near my whole life.

Do any of you guys have trouble telling left from right, or is it just instinct?

When someone tells me "take a right" or "turn left," for a moment, I never know which way they mean. It just doesn't click in my head; I have to stop and think about it. Okay, I'm right handed. Which hand do I write with. That one? That's right! My whole life has been that way, every time someone gives me a direction based on left or right. I have to consciously think about it. But it's only left and right. I have no problems with forward and backward, or up and down. I have no problems navigating on a map or telling cardinal directions. It's just directions relative to left and right that give me problems.

Now, most of the time, this causes me no problems. Over the years, I've gotten used to thinking ahead of myself - I know a turn is coming up, I know it's a right, so I know to turn that way when I get up there. It's even easier (lazier) when using a GPS. It has a little arrow icon on the screen indicating which way I should turn.

But flying is different. I don't have that moment to consider which is my left and which is my right when I'm sitting in a cockpit. Not when the plane is pulling to the left on takeoff and I have to correct to the right. Moreover, because I'm working in 3D space now instead of just 2D, my problems are doubled. I have to tell my left from right on the yoke and my left from right on the rudder pedals.

Even in airplanes, I've found little ways of starting to cope. For instance on takeoff, I no longer go all the way to full throttle immediately, but push it in slowly over about 4 seconds. This gives me the little moment I need to feel what the plane wants to do - I know it's gonna pull left, but I don't know which way left is! - and correct the opposite direction. But that's not right and might get me killed. Over time I've learned it's gonna pull that way, but the minute someone applies a label to it, I'm totally fucking confused again.

With the amount of shit I already have on my mind when in the air combined with how much faster things can happen at those critical times, I can't afford to use this same method I've used in cars.

So do any of you guys have a hard time telling left from right? What ways have you found to cope?

Update!

Feb. 16th, 2010 05:27 pm
kiranlightpaw: kiran_likeshine (Default)
Thursday night and Friday morning were the worst. I was popping pills every two hours to keep the pain under control and let me get the sleep I needed.

[livejournal.com profile] kubulai was right in his comment to my previous entry: I didn't go into work Friday. But he's also right that I would go Orly Taitz batshit insane if I didn't do something other than lay on my ass. So, I VPN'd in and worked from my comfy position on the couch. It actually helped to keep my mind off the pain. Also watched the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.

By Saturday it had started to lessen. I could eat solid foods again as long as I chewed the majority on the other side of my mouth (which I was already doing to avoid the pain before). I also went from pills every two hours to pills every four hours. I actually felt like doing some things so I worked on some code for Furry Weekend Atlanta. Saturday evening Sarah and I went out to dinner at Red Robin (a place I hadn't been in months, mostly due to their lack of diet-friendly items). I figured, since I'd been on a liquid diet all day prior, I'd earned a good meal.

Sunday, I was able to take myself off the pain pills and make due with just tylenol.

Monday, I woke up to find a giant crack in the middle of my windshield. Fucking joy. That's $200 down the drain. Still not sure how it happened, either.

Recovery

Feb. 11th, 2010 08:19 pm
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So I'm sitting here, woozy from the pain meds they gave me. But I made it through to the other side!

I went into the oral surgeons office this morning. The got me checked in pretty quickly and into the chair, sedated, and numbed up. Then, it was two ours of drilling, poking, and the occasional burst of pain. I was awake the whole time, by the way. They start with the root canal - and you know it's gonna suck when they start with the fucking root canal. After that, they do the crown, and finally the shit where they pull my gums back and trim the bone down.

So yeah. I have stitches in my mouth and soreness and some pain. But ... it's not as bad as I'd feared. Then again, I'm also high out of my damn mind right now because of all the Lortab I've taken. :P

WOOHOO!

Jan. 8th, 2010 01:36 pm
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FAA Medical Acquired!

Home

Jan. 3rd, 2010 08:33 pm
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Back home. Had a good visit with the inlaws. Still feeling sick.
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Met my third weight goal today, at 180.0 pounds. That means I have lost 51.8 pounds, or 22.34% of my body weight. And more or less right on schedule, too. I'm averaging 10 pounds a month or 2.5 pounds a week. And, best of all, only 20 pounds to go until my final end goal!

Of course, the last time I tried this and got down around this level, I totaled my car. Let's hope that doesn't happen again.

In other news, the letter(s) from my doctor saying my blood pressure is normal and anxiety is gone are now on their way to the FAA CAMI in Oklahoma City. Hopefully I should have a definitive answer in the next few weeks, but I have a hard time believing they'll turn down an otherwise qualified pilot when the doctors agree there are no problems.

Here's hopin'!
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So I finally got the results back from my heart tests. My average blood pressure was 121/65 - nice and normal. In other words, there's nothing wrong with me. Waiting on the official letter so I can send it to the FAA in Oklahoma.

Got new tires on my truck today. I had a flat tire a year and a half or so ago, and since I got two replaced at the time, I only had to get two this time. So yesterday I set an appointment. I went in for my appointment this afternoon.

It took TWO FUCKING HOURS for them to attach two tires to my truck. WTF? Did they give my truck to the new guy?
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Moreover, paid off credit card means at least two more flights a month. That is, if I can get this whole medical thing cleared up in time!

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