Friday, August 15, 2014

I'm not dead!

I guess I should have titled this with Week Whateverthisis, but we kind of lost the streak with the net outage and my lovely hospital visit. Hoo-flippity-ray for that, by the way. Assuming anyone wants to read about that and what else is going on in life, here goes!

So anyone remember how I was having pain in my leg? Like moreso than elsewhere? Bone chips. Bone chips are so much fun. All hail the bone chips. They actually knew about a few of the tiny ones and said it wouldn't matter, they'd just melt away somehow and I wasn't using the muscle enough for them to cause pain. WELL WHAT DO YOU KNOW THAT WAS NOT ENTIRELY TRUE. I now have a new word in my ever expanding vocabulary and it is my new least favorite word ever: Abscess. Think I spelled that right. Anyway.

Apparently a couple of the stray chips they didn't find started causing problems, and between them being hard to see on X-rays and me being on painkillers and smashed up to hell anyway (I played this neat card game called Smash Up during the internet outage. Lot of fun. Really enjoyed it :D) it just wasn't gonna get found in a timely manner. So anyway, last week or so and holy balls it's been a long time but anyway last week or so, the pain just got unreal and I went in to the ER for a checkup. I've never seen that many doctors around one X-ray; they'd look at it, tap, Very Serious Hmm, then call another one in. At about five or six of them it was "alright Jeremy, you have bone chips here, here and here that are" and then the medical terminology for MAKING YOUR DAY NOT VERY GOOD AT ALL.

What followed: days and days of lying in a hospital bed listening to a game show called Family Feud, where families don't feud and don't get serious prizes. Old lady in the next bed was apparently a big fan. Either that or she was asleep and nobody bothered to turn it off. Oh boy oh boy was that ever not a great thing. Thankfully after a while it didn't matter because surgery, procedures, drugged-up sleep, repeat. The funky-shaped plate arrived and that's in now, though they had to do that last to make sure the abscesses didn't kick back into high gear.

If I've got all my facts straight here, that should be the last operation. Which comes with good and bad news. I won't walk properly again, they say. I'll walk, but there will be a limp, arthritis, scarring... at this point, honestly, it just sounds good to still have legs. Pushed my progress back a lot, but I was able to keep at the shoulder for a few days and even though it's stiff I'm pretty sure it'll bounce back.

So where does that leave the blog? Well, I have to move into a new apartment for September 1st. Roomie and the rest have been real troopers, but I'm still going to have to clean out the pizza fund to pay for some moving help. It sucks to be useless. The blog is staying up, but obviously I won't be updating as often. I had to skip a couple of pills to have enough energy up to do this post and it's not any kind of fun at all. Won't be doing that again in a big hurry. This weekend I'm going up to Cape Breton to visit my grandparents. After that, it's moving week, and then school comes. Between moving and school, I don't know what kind of rate of posts I'll be doing, but if you don't give up on me, I'm not gonna give up on all of you!

A huge thank you to everyone who shared well-wishes with Lacy. It was really great to hear from so many people. Even if this is the point where things have to slow down, it was a hell of a ride and I feel honored to have connected with so many great people. You're all awesome. :D

Signing off for now but still very much on my feet, figuratively speaking.

28 comments:

  1. Yay! So glad to hear this!!

    It's LFR, the old lady bike racer. Remember what I told you awhile back. There is always hope. Doctors will always give you the worst case scenarios, this is not to say they're wrong or anything, but they base their estimations on the median / average human. If you're young, strong, athletic and have higher than normal tolerance for getting through stuff like physical therapy, outcomes can be radically different.

    I have another bike racer friend who recovered from massive bone abscesses and necropsy, had vast metal installations and multiple surgeries done to his leg, and he wasn't able to walk for over a year (motorcycle accident). Anyhow beyond some really funky looking scars, he is a nationally ranked track cyclist. His legs aren't equal length, but that's easily fixed on the bike by shims.

    Young Jedi, there is always hope. Be realistic, be strong, but most of all be of good cheer. We're all out there pulling for you. Don't worry about updating frequently, many of us have RSS feeds that tell us when updates come in :)

    -- LFR

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  2. I'm betting I'm not the only one who just tossed some money into the Paypal kitty, so let me head your question off at the pass and explain why. :-)

    I can't do anything about most of the crap that's going on in the world. I can't fix the Middle East, or the Ukraine, or Ferguson. I can't solve racism or world hunger. But you know what I can do? I can share a little of my disposable cash to help make the life of one guy better, so that he can have the help he needs in moving *and* still be able to afford a treat or two when recovery gets him down.

    You've been dealt a crappy hand of cards. If a small effort from me can, uh, slip you a different card under the table so you can cheat at the game of life -- do me a favor and pretend that metaphor didn't go wildly astray -- then I see no reason not to do it.

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  3. Welcome back, Jeremy! It's good to know you're doing better.

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  4. Glad to hear you're still kicking, little buddy. Metaphorically speaking. Here's to a healthy end of the year. I have amusing x-ray slides of my own can show you if you'd like a good laugh.

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  5. Survey says, Welcome back, Jeremy! Glad to hear you're alright.

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  6. The laughs and smiles you've been able to bring have supplied me with plenty of health and happiness, so it's the very least I can do to send you good vibes and some food/moving money. I went into withdrawals and searched the internet for blogs like yours during your happy fun times with bone shards, and while many were good, they didn't have your enthusiasm and range of material. Kick back, relax, and feel better; we'll all stick around until you're ready to get crackin' at some new content!

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  7. Glad to hear you are OK. Take care of yourself man.

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  8. Glad to hear from you. *sniff* Brave heart, Jeremy.

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  9. Vibes. Good to know you're better

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  10. Huzzah! Thanks for the update. Smash Up is an excellent game, we recently got the Cthulhu expansion pack and it makes the game much more interesting... I highly recommend it.

    I shattered my left ankle at 24, and I remember being the youngest person in the orthopedic ward, surrounded by old ladies who had fallen and broken their hips. There was a lot of game shows and soap operas on the tv all day :)

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  11. I still check daily. Hope you're doing okay.

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  12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY8APrYU2Gs

    Not giving up but what re the chances you'll have time for a weekly update? Or just the Hobbit progress?

    Anyway, I hope you're doing well, with the recovery, the move and school.

    -GP-

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  13. Just hope you're recovering well, too.

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  14. Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't been on sooner, I'll put up a real post later. I'm doing well; had a great time back in Cape Breton, got all moved in (twice, actually and that's a story for another time) and back in school. I've just been overwhelmed with LIFE stuff recently. But hey, I'm here, I'm good, and a big thank you to all of you who stick with this. I'll pick up Hobbit again soon because I really do want to read it. Maybe this weekend.

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    1. Glad you are doing well. Hearing that there could be more posts again just made my day. Thanks.

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    2. I'm glad to hear you're living well! Living well is the best...er, revenge? Okay, bad metaphor. Anyway, all the best wishes!

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  15. Hey! glad to hear you're doing ok, take your time we can wait

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  16. Smoot from RPG.net here- hope all's well. Still checking in from time to time.

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  17. Still checking in. I want winter holiday updates, at least :)

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  18. Here's hoping you continue to be not dead.

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  19. I just re-read the Jaws and T-2 commentaries and boy, do I miss this shit :^)

    -GP-

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  20. Just another Anonymous here, wishing you the best.

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  21. Jeremy,

    Hope all is well. Would love to read your thoughts if and when you resume this project.

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