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Mar. 4th, 2006

Today has been a strangely vacuous day. I slept at about 3AM, after finishing Dirty Bomb. I'm trying to make it more of a habit to sit down and finish my stories if they are short enough to finish in under a week. It's not a bad thing. My stories have a distinct way of unfinishing themselves, some of them for embarrassing lengths of time. So if I have to calculate egg whites for three days and get pink eye, I will calculate egg whites for three days and get pink eye. This is the only way I can finish anything. Now all you need to do is go nail me to a stake and call, "Burn!"

I've begun collecting short notes of things again. I scoffed at this back in Santa*'s Advanced Poetry Workshop, but I ended up starting a habit of it anyway. Santa's secret writer-training powers are something else. Speaking of Santa, I actually still need to patch together Finches properly as a novella manuscript and show it to him. It is not common for me to dawdle on requests to read my writing. But it is common for me to dawdle. I am clearly the most dreadful friend in the world that way.

Speaking again of Santa, I actually forgot to tell him some of the poems I did in his class wound up on Spiderwords back when it went up on Spiderwords at the start of this month. This is a huge boo-boo. I am officially a lousy and ungrateful student. Though I have since emailed details to the appropriate places. In a tone that is clearly me on no cold medication. With one very obvious grammar mistake markfinnCabbit later spotted, too late. I must now go and bang my head against the keyboard some more in retribution. Metaphorically. Moving head too fast causes nausea of bad kinds.

Today, though, was mostly sleep. It was supposed to be TOEIC writing day. Followed by, if I had the time, some more fiction writing, or even coding (which I frankly need to hurry up and do more of). This unproductivity stuff eats at me a lot during the day, when I tend to feel sluggish. It's funny, but a good sniff of evening air and I'm a lot more chipper. The balancing problem hasn't gone away either. I can't lie down and not watch the floor swing over my head every time I shift my head. It seems to do its worst in a horizontal position. In an effort to figure out what's up with that, I tried tossing the keywords, "vertigo from horizontal position symptoms" at Google. I got a consistent result for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). The page over there has my symptoms down to a tee, and doing the doctor's test in the picture made me feel green. It also has very interesting exercises (with movies) to try to help limit the balancing problems while I wait it out, because this is one of those things that goes away by itself (true enough, it went away the last few times, though remarkably faster than this time around). It's something to work on, anyway.

* Santa, favouritest Creative Writing Professor in the known universe.

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eekers
Mar. 3rd, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
Are you going to have a go at the maneuvers? I was reading about the condition earlier while trying to find out what my dizzyness was... oddly... have you ruled out blood sugar issues?
vampyrichamster
Mar. 3rd, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
I'll have a go at the maneuver. Can't hurt to try, anyway. I've thought about the nutrition angle, and that's actually one of two things that's been thrown about here, malnourishment and anaemia. Both of which, going by my general habits, I could very easily have. On the other hand, it could be a cold.

But I literally wake up one morning and can't get out of bed without the floor moving, and it'll be this way for a couple of days usually, and I'll go back to normal. For a bit. This time's the longest I've had this problem, being now exactly a week. If it were either nutrition or anaemia, something I've been eating regularly would have kicked in by now. Plus, I've actually been moving around helping out with the gardening, so it's not a weak physique -- just specifically vertigo while lying down.
eekers
Mar. 3rd, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
I suppose by it being a lying down thing you are infact removing the nutrition angle, as I dont think that is limited to certain bodily positions, and is more likely to occur after exertion and standing up quickly etc. More likely imho to be an ear infection? Sinus related and possibly a cold thing? Have you got anything with levomenthol in ( Vics vapo rub etc) that might unblock things? but yep, vertigo sounds a likely conclusion if you dont feel blocked up or achy eared... have you thought of... *drum roll* going to the Dr? :p

oo jealousy, I cant wait til I can garden again...roll on spring!
vampyrichamster
Mar. 4th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
We thought about it as an ear infection, but I don't have any sort of irritation in my ears. I'm also kind of past my cold. I tend to have colds for months and always am in between colds, but it's probably not that (since colds and imbalance don't happen at the same time). No blocked noses.

Also, based on what I saw on the BPPV site, I don't think I want to pay a specialist to move my head around for half an hour. ;)

That... new icon.... is insanely fetching.
eekers
Mar. 3rd, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
Also... "House " has a pet.... did ya know already? ;)
vampyrichamster
Mar. 3rd, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
I have indeed read the scripts of the future. And I have heard of this pet. I am sufficiently impressed with this show. I have good reason to worship it! :)

*SQUEEHAPPYHAMSTERICON*
eekers
Mar. 3rd, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
When does series 2 start for you? it rocks btw :)

vampyrichamster
Mar. 4th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
Ah, yes. We're on ep three or so of Season 2 now. :)
Rat ep will show in about two weeks, I think. I need to hear Wilson go on about the plague.
eekers
Mar. 4th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
ooo very close! Great... the final shot of the rat episode made me think of you... ^_^
vampyrichamster
Mar. 5th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
This is not surprising. Rodent-shaped things of all sorts seem to remind my friends of me. It is my dire infecting powers! They work!
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