kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Fan)
I just emailed MFS to let him know I could help with the BayCon fan-table at SiliCon.

(For the record, the only day I'm guaranteed to be there is Saturday. Friday I'm working, though I expect I'll hit the party floor for a while once I'm off; Sunday is Decompression, and I'll make a game-day decision on whether or not I'll be attending that.)
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (CommanderCookie)
...with the emphasis on LONG. An even 60 ribbons...well, okay, some of them were very odd, indeed.

Now with footnotes! )

(crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] nerd_plumage)
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Default)
I've spoken with [livejournal.com profile] gridlore several times throughout the day, and he's made several fantastic advances thus far. As of 1040 this morning, he stood up unassisted for the first time in days. As of 1230, he had successfully negotiated a flight of 15 stairs both up and down. He's still feeling weak, but he's miles beyond where he was when I took him in yesterday.

In labwork-related news, they've discovered a thyroid issue (he didn't tell me + or - and may not have known the difference anyway), and started medicating him for that; the folks I've talked to here with wonky thyroids heard that and all said "Yeah, that explains a lot." They're still doing the 24-hour test, but the improvements we've seen thus far make it look at least possible (if not quite likely yet) that Doug will still make at least part of the con.

I was unable to locate an oversized get-well card - so damnit, I made one. I opted for a box of 30 gel pens in lieu of a collection of 10 micro-point Sharpies, and am regretting the decision; anyone reading this who is either staying off-site or won't be at con until tomorrow and can bring me multicolored Sharpies will be saluted as a Hero of the Revolution (or at least get one of our limited-edition badge ribbons).

And how am I, you ask? )
kshandra: long-haired woman silhouetted against a stormy sky (Bad)
Five minutes after I hit post Doug called me to take him to the hospital. (I made a phone post while I was in the car coming to get him, but it doesn't appear to have made it to the server.)

I just got back to the office for the afternoon; he hasn't been admitted yet, but almost certainly will be. The MD we spoke with (who was fabulous - almost everyone we've dealt with today has been great) explained what a normal potassium level is (5-6 - it's an exponential measurement, like earthquakes) vs. what his actually was (2.2 in yesterday's labs, today's weren't back before I left) and the dangers of putting too much in the system too soon ("I'd just squirt ya and send you on your way, but too much potassium is how Kevorkian's machine works"). They had finished the first infusion (both K and magnesium) as I was leaving, and were going to be doing follow-up labs to see how well he was absorbing it. There is a possibility (pending his response to the infusions, discovery of a root cause, etc.) that he could be released as early as tomorrow

I have a Crappy Cellphone Picture™ of him in his hospital bed that I will be emailing the newsletter staff. ;-) (He's sticking his tongue out at me, it's great.) I'll also be stopping on my way up to the hotel tonight (Yes, I'm still coming up - if only so I can get all the crap for the party offloaded into [livejournal.com profile] aurictech and [livejournal.com profile] ataniell93's room) to pick up one of those absurdly oversized get-well cards and parading it around Meet The Guests tomorrow if he isn't on-site by then. (As well as a bottle of Nair - they did an excellent job of attaching the lead pads for the monitor and the EKG, but there's still some hair stuck under them, and it'll be easier to just kill all of it before pulling the pads off.)

Apart from a few moments in the car where I desperately wanted [livejournal.com profile] dafydd with me (not simply as someone to hang onto, but as someone who Speaks Doctor), I'm actually doing remarkably well. If anything, Doug going into the hospital makes things easier for me, because I'm no longer on eleventerhooks (these go to eleven) waiting for my phone to ring with the call I got at 0930 this morning.

BTW, thanks to all of you who made food suggestions for increasing his K levels, but remember that this is Doug Who Won't Eat Anything we're talking about. (Alas, literally - one of the other things that has been wrong these last two weeks is that he's not producing any saliva, so none of the few things he will eat taste right. They gave him crackers and cheese this morning, and he wasn't even able to finish one cracker...on top of the saliva issue and still having no matching molars, he was actually so weak he was having trouble chewing.)

Anyway. I've finished inhaling the burrito I picked up on my way back here, and really should do some actual work in the three hours I've got left. I'll see some of you later this evening; [livejournal.com profile] sylvan is my Point of Contact on-site until I get there. [livejournal.com profile] kevin_standlee, Doug would like me to sit in for him on Match Game, even if he is on-site; if you have an alternate, I'm okay with that, but I think it'd be a blast to do. (And I can pimp [livejournal.com profile] tas_baycon and the Minions of Doug while I'm up there. *grin*)
kshandra: long-haired woman silhouetted against a stormy sky (Bad)
(edited from an email I just sent my boss)

[livejournal.com profile] gridlore's appointment with Kaiser was yesterday afternoon; they called us at 0624 this morning (yes, I checked the timestamp) with the labwork results. His potassium levels are apparently through the floor, with a corresponding rise in some muscular enzyme whose name Doug didn't catch. (The doctor who called asked if Doug had fallen recently. His comment? "I'm a delivery driver – I land on my ass about once a week.")

They actually wanted him to come into the hospital today; as all of you already know, Doug and I leave as soon as I get out of work today for the con. So he’s been advised to get "three bananas' worth of potassium a day" (about 800mg) and hydrate like crazy all weekend, and we'll go in as soon as I manage to get the car unpacked on Tuesday.* I'm incredibly grateful they were willing (and able, frankly, in light of some of his previous medical stunts) to cut him that much slack.

I have no idea what kind of access I'm going to have during the con (it's my understanding that there simply wasn't room in the hotel for a netlounge this year, though I think [livejournal.com profile] murphymom is bringing her laptop), so this may be the last you hear from me until Tuesday. I'll update you then with whether Doug was admitted (I expect he will be), how long they expect he'll be in, etc. For today, let me apologize in advance for any lapses in judgement, bad attitude, or the like, as, well, I’m rather brittle at the moment.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding.

* Oy, but y'all should see the car. I commented more than once yesterday that I felt like I was driving Fibber McGee's Closet; Doug correctly noted that if I were, everything would fall out whenever I opened the door. So far, so good.
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Argh!)
Yeah, I know - it's my journal, they're all personal notes. But that's the subject line under which I sent the following out to the Baycon staff list (or at least I attempted to; I got a response back from Michael Siladi, but never actually saw my message come back to me on the list), and I figured consistency was probably a good idea here. Minor edits have been made for purposes of reposting to LJ.

As those of you who read [livejournal.com profile] gridlore's LiveJournal already know, he is out on Workman's Comp leave this week for what was initially diagnosed as a strained lower back.  He's concerned, however, that this may be something considerably more serious, as it has had a profound affect on his mobility in a very short time.

How does this affect the con at all?  Well, there is a non-zero possibility that he will be attending in a wheelchair.  He'll be able to stagger up the minimal stairs from ground level to a presenters' stage, but in his current condition there is absolutely no way for him to cover the amount of ground involved in getting from point A to point B at a convention (with the inevitable stops at L, Q and X along the way) in either a timely or non-painful manner without mobility assistance.

Those of you who remember when Doug was first diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease in '95 will remember how he struggled with his hatred of vs. his need for special treatment, and it's all coming back around now. So if you see him in the hallway, ask if he could use a push to his next panel, and don't avoid the elephant in the living room that is his limited mobility, but don't dwell on it either (unless, of course, he starts in on an animated discussion of it).  If you have questions regarding anything you need to know for the con (Programming and ProgOps, I expect you may have a few) or things you can assist with personally, feel free to email either or both of us.

<end of quoted material>

This is also likely to have a profound affect on the [livejournal.com profile] tas_baycon party; if you find yourself with ANY time to help us with set-up during the con ([livejournal.com profile] aurictech, do you check in Thursday or Friday?), please come find one of us.

(crossposted with minor edits as relevant)
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (ComputerBear)
I slept all day, which naturally means I'm awake at this hour. So what do I do? This.... )
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Bunny - Phbbt)
I appear to have come home from the convention with kennel cough. :-P The cough is minimally productive, and lives just far enough back in my throat for lozenges to be all but useless. I have no other symptoms of Con Crud (maybe a tiny bit of lymphatic swelling, but only someone as hyperattuned to checking that as [livejournal.com profile] gridlore and I have become over the years would notice); it may well just be that I left the A/C up a pinch too high in the room. But it's annoying, damnit, and only serves to enhance the desire for a vacation to recover from my vacation.
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] rmjwell has a goodly number of pictures of you up in his BayCon gallery (graciously hosted by [livejournal.com profile] johno).
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (ISaidNo!!)
[livejournal.com profile] gridlore and I got back from BayCon around 7:30 this evening; my apologies to everyone (and I do mean everyone) to whom I missed saying goodbye, particularly the out-of-towners, but Doug has to be at work at 0700 tomorrow, so he needed to come home. Thanks to everyone who worked so damn hard for us in Cashiers (an amusing number of whom are on my f'list); you're all rockstars. Extra-special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] perlandria for catching my fat ass before it wound up in a sling this weekend. Total ribbon count is somewhere north of 40 - not a patch on [livejournal.com profile] pentaclemoon's haul, of course, but I was happy enough with it. I left my badge in the car (took it off so I could drive), so I'll have to post the inventory tomorrow at some point.

Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] medancer for adding to my Pocket Dragon collection (and to Whoever told you they live on my computer desk here at home). I Said No!! has now joined Tea For Two in my "icon crossover" collection; Balanced Diet was in the Dealer's Room as well, but (as seems to be all too common for me) I spent the bulk of my con money eating in the Coffee Garden, so I wasn't able to pick it up.

(My sleep-depped brain just presented me with the idea of a Pocket Dragon mood theme. I so don't have the patience for assembling that....)

I seem to already be falling back into my "3-hour nap so you're up half the night" patterns, which I'm not so wild about (and which explains the timestamp on this journal entry), but I'll deal.

/dies

May. 25th, 2006 09:19 am
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Brilliant!)
Dude, I so needed to see this today.



In use by [livejournal.com profile] brandeks.

I shall now go back to work and giggle occasionally. And try not to think about the fact that I forgot the PDA keyboard in this morning's rush. At least home and con are not too far apart, and if I go get it today, I'll still be able to park.

Yay. Not.

May. 13th, 2006 01:43 am
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Bunny - Phbbt)
It's apparently time to play everyone's favorite game, Too Tired To Sleep. And I have Important Shit To Do at tomorrow's staff meeting (which, of course, is almost certainly why Murphy decided to play the interrupt on my Sleep card). So if I look more zombified than usual at the meeting, for those of you who'll see me there, you know why.

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