October 30, 2007
October 27, 2007
However, I've got the weekend off for the first time in a month. I see a lot of anime in my future...the 3rd DVD of Haruhi is on my desk, and I see that there's 3rd episodes of and Minami-ke and Sketchbook available, too.
Not to mention the little surprise I'm working on for the F1 UPDATE! year in review post.
It's NICE to have an uninterrupted couple of days off.
October 25, 2007
Imagine sprinting as fast as you can for a mile. At the end of it, your heart would probably still be beating slower than mine was.
It's called 'superventricular tachycardia', and it's actually fairly common. The doctors at the ER told me that they see "a couple of people" every day with much the same symptoms. In my case, however, my blood chemistry was completely screwed up. In particular, my potassium and magnesium levels had cratered. According to one nurse, and I have no idea what these numbers mean, a 4.0 reading is considered normal for these particular levels.
Mine were around 1.0. They kept me overnight, hooked me up to an IV tree and pumped bags of the stuff into me (the potassium burned). The next day, I had a prescription for a betablocker, which I'll probably be on for the rest of my life.
It must be working, because other than a 10-minute long episode back in September 2006 that wasn't half as bad as The Incident, I've been fine.
SVT is not life-threatening for the most part. Tony Blair, the recently retired Prime Minister of England, had an attack back in 2003. In his case, the doctors decided to perform a procedure called catheter ablation on him... roughly a year later. In his case, being the leader of a country and all, it made sense. In my case, since I'm a duck with no particular history in this sort of thing, they decided against it... but if it starts to occur frequently in the future, it's an option
Like last year, I'm going to end this post with a request. If something weird is going on with your heart, be it SVT, chest pains, tightness, or whatever, don't be tough. Call 9-1-1 immediately. You don't want to mess around with stuff like that, because, quite honestly, you can DIE if you wait.
And I don't want to lose any of my readers from something I can help prevent.
Now, lets put on party hats and break out the noisemakers!
October 18, 2007
One of the best groups of the late '80s / early '90s... and, sadly, often forgotten.
Ladies and germs, I give you LIVING COLOUR, live on Arsenio in '89.
Vernon Reid is the man. Crank it up!
October 14, 2007
Readers may have noticed a drop in quality posting here at The Pond in recent weeks. To tell the truth, I hardly have time to think these days, let alone blog.
The manager of the Duck U. Bookstore has been promoted to a much larger store. This leaves the store with one a grand total of one employee... me. As a result, of course, I'm working open-to-close Monday thru Friday, and since it's football season, every Saturday home game as well. Then there are the Forum Series events, where an interesting person comes to Duck U. and gives a speech/presentation/whatever to the students. Interesting people often have written books, so the store goes to those events to sell said books... adding another 3 or 4 hours to my day.
On one hand, it's great, because of all the overtime. On the other hand, it's really, really tough to work 12 hours/day alone, with only minimal chances to (say) go use the loo.
So if The Pond gets a little quiet for a while, that's why. Of course, I WILL make time for the Brazil GP... and sooner or later, I'll get back to posting about anime.
It's just that right now, things like 'sleep' are more important.
October 12, 2007
October 10, 2007
Okay, I can do that! Sorry about the quality of the picture, but you know, it's that whole "full moon, dark of night" thing.
He's a cuddly lycanduck, loveable one moment, and the next, he'll rip your head off and quack down your neck. And he's just one of the 185 ducks in my family.
Yes, 185. And that's a conservative estimate.
Fear the ducks.
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