Archive for ‘Of Poxes and Plagues’

May 9, 2013

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

by Janie Jones

So, the Good.  My sore throat is finally little more than normal sore throat sore.  Hallelujah!  On the plus side, I now know what it feels like to swallow broken glass.  On the other hand, I think I could have comfortably lived my life without that little tidbit of knowledge.

On to the Bad.  I only managed a 75% on my chem final exam.  I am thoroughly bummed.  I studied my ass off for that test.  The only way I could have studied more is if I wasn’t choking on my own spit that was too painful to swallow.  Now my final grade will depend on whether or not Chem Prof curves the grading scale, and if he does, how much.

Finally, the Ugly.  We have snow predicted for tomorrow night.

So what’s a girl to do?  Post a photo of her dog.

April 2013 009Rupert is modeling his summer look, bandana sans sweater.  I think he was simultaneously mad we denuded him of his dapper winter look, and relieved that he wasn’t boiling in his own argyle.  We both, however, are bummed that just as soon as my throat feels better the storm clouds roll in and it’s no fun now to sit in the gazebo when the weather is cloudy, windy, wet and only 47 degrees.  Dog Mom, Rupert says, I need my sweater back!

May 8, 2013

It’s gonna be a bright sun shiny day.

by Janie Jones

Okay, probably not really.  We’re forecasted rain, but the weather is warm, so we can still have some windows open and enjoy the fresh, albeit wet, spring air.

My throat, even after 4 doses of antibiotics the size of New Hampshire, still is extremely painful when I swallow, but I am done with my chem final exam and have 3+ weeks where I am left primarily to my own devices.  It feels very good my friends.  Very good.  I still of course have to work, I need to get the summer writing class set up for my boss, and I plan to start my Trigonometry work, once I get the syllabus from Trig professor, but both can be done on my schedule which is insanely liberating.

Hence no matter what the weather is today, no matter the fact that it feels like I’m swallowing broken glass when I do so much as swallow my own spit, today feels like a bright sun shiny day.



May 6, 2013

In case you were riveted to your computer waiting for more….

by Janie Jones

Or maybe I should title this post, “Miracles of Modern Medicine.”

Apparently, and it’s been so long since I’ve had my throat cultured for Strep that this was truly news to me, they can do an instant strep test on your throat culture in the doctor’s office.  Last time I had a Strep test it took 2-5 days to get the results.  I do believe that was some 30 years ago.  I don’t get this bad of a sore throat often.

Well, anyway, this is only a partial medical miracle because, as it turns out, apparently it’s only really instant if you have the particular strain of Strep they can test for instantly.  40% of the time you may get a false negative because you have one of the myriad other strains that they can’t test for instantly.  So, I’m negative on the instant test.  But, as it feels like I’m being stabbed in the throat every time I swallow and so much as moving my head slightly gives me discomfort, not to mention the dull ache radiating into my left ear (which apparently looked fine), they are putting me on broad spectrum antibiotics anyway (just in case tomorrow they find I have one of many other fine varieties of Strep or, failing that, in case it’s some other bacterial infection of unknown etiology).  Normally I’d say, now let’s not put the cart before the horse, because if it’s viral antibiotics won’t do Jack and I’d generally prefer not to go medicating all willy-nilly and half-cocked.  But, I hurt, so horse-pill sized antibiotics are all good whether proven medically necessary yet or not.

Let’s just hope gagging them down on a sore throat is worth the added pain….

November 17, 2012

It has been a weird week

by Janie Jones

Monday school was closed on account of the Veteran’s Day holiday, but I had a follow up with the oncologist.  My follow up MRI showed no changes, and they are now saying that’s good despite my vision getting worse.  My ophthalmologist has me on Prednisone to reduce the swelling caused by the radiation that was probably causing all the orbital area pain in September.  The second day the pain was gone, so that’s good.  They say I may need the Prednisone for another 3 weeks up to a year to make sure the swelling does not come back.  And, some of the other eye irritation that plagued me for most of the last half of the summer and fall is improved, just I still don’t see “right.”  As they can’t quantify that it’s almost as if it doesn’t exist to the medical world which is sometimes frustrating.  I am lucky though, and I know it, that I can still read and drive and function, even if it’s not as it used to be.  But, still it can be frustrating when you know you don’t function as you used to function.  The “new” wisdom is that I will follow up in 6 months again with another MRI and then again periodically for a few years.  If nothing changes, I’m diagnosed “cured” whether my vision ever gets better or not.  If  the follow up MRI show the tumor getting bigger or other negative symptoms appear in the next 6 months or few years, well…  I guess they don’t want to go there unless they are forced to.

Wednesday was my lovely biology exam.  Grades are still pending.

Thursday was my chemistry exam.  I did very respectably despite the panic I felt when I couldn’t remember some of my formulas.

Friday I found out that only one other person is taking biology II next semester and the Dean has said if she can’t get at least 10 people she will cancel the class.  This may prove to be a huge problem for me.  I am trying not to panic, but, I stand to be massively screwed if I can’t come up with a back up plan.  But on the plus side my biology teacher cut a whole chapter from our next unit resulting in no homework this weekend!!!  Yeay!!!

And, now I am sporting a sore throat.  Not so yeay.

It has been a very weird week.  I have had highs and lows, sometimes at the same time, if you can imagine that.  But, as they say, there is no rest for the wicked, and I must have been very, very wicked, because I have nothing left but to keep on plowing forward.

October 5, 2012

It’s the little things you take for granted

by Janie Jones

Like being able to tell an m from an n or an i from an l.

Like being able to read what is written in a pale green marker on a white dry erase board.

Like being able to see the bottom step in the dim morning light.

Like being able to tweeze your own left eyebrow.

Like being able to file your own fingernails and have them be straight and even.

Life with a wonky eye sure has it’s charms.  Leif is encouraging me to wear an eye patch.  I’ve never really been too keen on eye patches.  What do you think?  Janie the Pirate?

Just doesn’t seem like me.

October 2, 2012

Tuesday Titters: Canceled on Account of Plague

by Janie Jones

I had grand plans for a new batch of seasonal lame jokes (yes, I still have a few up my sleeve after last year, you lucky devils you) unfortunately my brain is so sleep deprived and my head so sore I can’t think straight.  And before you peanuts in the gallery start asking how you’d know the difference, let me just assure you there is indeed a difference.

I came down with my latest version of Black Death Friday.  It may have been brewing earlier for all I know.  However, this weekend it decided to take on the charming characteristics of abrasive expanding concrete inside all of my sinuses, and in addition to being in exquisite pain, as soon as I try to sleep, it becomes impossible to breathe.  Breathing being somewhat desirable, and one might even go so far as to say necessary, I tend to spend all night gasping for air.  My normal cold remedies of choice have been all tried to no avail.  And, I’m unfortunately fresh out of raw milk.

So, I am sorry to say, unless I have a truly miraculous recovery before the end of the day, there will be no Tuesday Titters this week.  I might not survive, but I imagine you all will.


September 29, 2012

Janie Jones, you’re the winner!

by Janie Jones

Janie Jones, you worked hard all week to catch up your school work to have a weekend of fun, play, relaxation and family picnic and bike ride in one of the few balmy fall weekends left to the Great White North.  Your fingers were itching to take photos of fall colors, your soul was eagerly anticipating sitting on a blanket in the sun, reading, eating, maybe dozing knowing you for once didn’t have to rush.

And, you won!

Your prize?

A lovely head cold.  Replete with stuffy ears, sore throat and the charming side effect of breathing like a goldfish.

Well, if one looks at it from the silver lining prospective, at least you can now be sick in bed and not worry about missing school.  And instead you can redesign your blog look to bring the fall colors to the blogosphere.

Now, go take two aspirin, a gallon of chicken soup and don’t get up until Monday.

Happy weekend to all you losers out there.