So, after four years or so, I got a new hearing aid today. For those who may not know, I've had nerve "deafness" in my right ear for eight or nine years.
Anyway, after a hearing test and a forming session last month, my insurance said "go for it" and I picked up a new hearing aid today. Besides being intensely blue, which the med. tech was very excited about, my aid came with a set of tools, and of all things, a remote to set volume. I'm still trying to figure out why.
Sounds good, though.
So my mother had a stroke, on February 8, 2017. She's okay, mostly, just a bit weak on one side and with some memory issues. Strange, the same thing happened to me seven years ago.
Of course, living 200km away from home, and being in a wheelchair, I can't exactly pop by and see her. Funny.
So Carrie Fisher died today. As an actress I knew of her, but it was her work in mental health that was most prevalent to me.
My wife was tearbound at the news. I was stoic, like usual. Good old stoicism. I died a little myself, on the inside, but damn, I'm not going to show it.
I will miss you, Carrie.
It's a few days before Christmas. Another one. The malls are a nightmare, and I have (of all things) an MRI on Boxing Day, at a Catholic hospital (don't ask, I just am used to it). My wife, who usually goes an hour or two away to spend Christmas with her family is taking a shorter trip this year, partially due to my appointment and partially due to her parents selling their big house for a smaller condo.
Merry Christmas, everybody. I'll just sit here quietly and not watch the plethora of Christmas specials on TV.
I was originally going to follow that title up with a bible quote and somehow relate it to a story about my garbage disposal unit blowing up and sending meat chunks everywhere, but I'm entirely too lazy for any of that.
"LOL WHY U MAKE THAT TITLE THEN!?" Because that was the original title of my first blog post back in uh... I forgot because I deleted them all without checking. Yeah that's right IM STARTING OVER. WHAT YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
So here's the thing. The last Ghost Recon title I owned was... the second one, GR2 on the XBOX (the original one that actually worked, GG BILL). So admittedly, I'm a little "out of the game" when it comes to the series. HOWEVER, I still have this neat little section of this website where I can post my deepest and darkest secrets. So i'll probably start using this rant and rave instead of anything actually series related.
"LOL SO ###### U BEEN DOING THEN!?" Well I just got out of the military after eleven frickin years. Had a lot of fun, but it is time to move on. What am I moving on to I would rather keep private, but it "makes me happy" and that is what matters in life. :gandhiemoticon:
I still get my gaming on though! If any of you scum bags wants to play ArmA 3, let me know. OR DON'T, WHATEVER.
Until next time, I leave you with this inspirational quote:
"I had to throw the whole bag of food out the window because the god damn zebra wouldn't stop chewing on my truck mirrors."
I had a few blogs; differing enough to lead me to separate them. No more. I have one, now, and anything I can think of now has a home.
It's a different technology that any other I operated, but the very common WordPress tech behind it. It's at Any Luck at the moment. The hosting is a thank you from a friend.
Rocky has been more than supportive here. It was just time to move one thing overdramatically to somewhere else.
in Windows 7 type in the start menu cmd.exe
right click on cmd.exe and run as administrator
cd "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync"
move Backup folder to x:\Backup (the whole folder)
then type mklink /d Backup <drive:new backup location>\Backup
If your wallet isn't smoking after visiting the Steam Store before this coming Christmas Day, your games list must be impressive. Featuring such deals as Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Complete Pack, currently at 75% off (OGR trilogy, GRAW 1&2) you can't go very wrong.
The deals will probably get even better closer to the sale's end, if history repeats.
So I got the new iPhone 5, yep I was sad enough to queue up for it on release morning,
The whole thing was very painless!
Apply Screen protector
install protective case
Phone myself from landline to check number has transferred across!
Now all the software stuff.
Settings - usage - battery as a percentage - ON
Add Twitter and login!
Add Facebook and login!
Connect to gmail account!
Check Calendar has picked up all my data.
This is going waay to smooth lol.
Hmm, how to get my iPhone contacts appearing...
Checks iTunes for contact settings - it says they are synching over the air to icloud! Wow, never knew that. So, set ew iPhone to sync contacts from the cloud and BANG, there they all are on the new phone. That is very cool.
So I fell down again, this time just trying to get dressed. Luckily it was a slow fall, and I landed squarely with my tailbone on the tile floor, but without anything unpleasant breaking my fall, so I shouldn't have any surprise bruising tomorrow.
Every now and then I guess subconsciously I need a reminder that i'm still broken.
May, huh. A long time ago. Well, yesterday I arranged for the bulk of a new system to be purchased. I'm now just a couple of drives (the computer kind) away from a nice new system.
Cooler Master 371 case with a Thermaltake TR2 500W power supply to start with. The motherboard is a Gigabyte A75M-S2V (built to last, with USB 2.0 & 3.0 ports), 2x4GB (8GB total) Patriot DDR3 1600 memory, and an AMD A83870K Quad Core APU w/Radeon HD6550D.
Part 2 is the drives, and if I can pull off the cost, the hard drive will be a 3TB Seagate Barracuda, with a cheap multi-format Samsung DVD-X. I'll toss in a Mushkin 60GB Chronos SSD if I get incredibly flexible on costs.
I have a friend who works at Microsoft, so Win7Pro is on hand, cheaply.
I have my diurnal gastric day patient surgery in the morning on July 6, due to a scheduling mishap. I typically go in every late June & November. It's incredibly minor; the set-up and breakdown takes longer than the procedure, but it's all done through imaging (x-rays) so the doctor can see the tube & the contrast while they work.
I also recently met with my Specialist in Ocular Plastics (eye surgeon who closed my eyelid) recently, and she was trying very hard not to say my closed eye may be reopened, as it's actually improved quite a bit. I'll always have a bad eye there, but I might get 3D back in a few years.
My computer has given of the blue smoke. some will grok. Nine years ago. Right about when Hyperthreading was brand new and RDRRAM was going to do something involving questionable ethics & seafood. Those went well, I note.
So I've lived at this address for six or so years, and always knew I was close to home by that disused water tower next to the railroad tracks a few blocks over.
What I didn't know is that water tower is part of the building that houses Ubisoft Toronto.
Oh how I wish it were different.
It's the early hours of March 16, 2012 and I realized that my health care situation, how do I put it. On April 1, 2010 I rolled myself to my wife's father's van and left the medical side of things behind me. Almost two years have passed since I've been dealing with all this.
It seems silly to go on about it, but hey, it's all I have. I'm still the same person I was, but I can't express it well.
So Humber River shipped me back to West Park. It took a lot longer than expected, and I don't know if it was HR or WP slowing the process, but I waited.
Eventually, they tossed me in a Ambucab and moved me to a private room, still under sterile observation, and nobody knew why. The folks at Humber, when questioned, would clam up, so West Part had to assume an unknown pathogen, and held me in relative seclusion. Luckily, since I had been there recently, I had months of rehab under my belt, so if I had to stay put, it wasn't a problem.
They lifted quarantine after a couple of months, mostly (and this is a guess) because I wasn't showing any signs of problems.
This time, I more or less learned how to do what nurses had been doing for me for years. I take a lot of medication, but of course I can't swallow pills. I need special food because I'm on tube feeding and diabetic. Insulin only comes in injectable forms. So, I learned. The fun is discovering the best new tools for the jobs.
Oh, and the wheelchair? An easy solution. My right side works, just very clumsily. The chair is just easier than a walker or canes right now.
And yes, there is more. For another time.
Anyone who asked me for my presence before this began and was met with me not feeling well, that was true, mostly unrelated, and stupid on my part.
I was drinking very heavily for years prior to this all, and managed to do some damage to my pancreas and liver. Luckily, though the damage was effectively permanent, I stopped drinking completely before it was too late.
I approached CAMH for support, which they were glad to provide, though the waiting list is long for the serious stuff. I was building up to take the next step with my psychoanalyst, when I had my stroke, and somehow it didn't seem as important any more. Well, truth be told, I can't get in/out of the apartment unless I have help, or it's an emergency, and the missus takes enough time off just looking after me & my physical health. Booze and cigarettes are long a part of my past now.
That said, there is one major remnant of those days left. They left me with type 2 diabetes, the sort that requires insulin therapy, though my case is not severe.
To Part 3!