So here is a fun exercise for a group of creative folks. You can do this with artists or writers.
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He lost some weight (down to 7.9 lbs from 8.4 lbs a couple of weeks ago) and expressed himself with discomfort when his belly was palpated. Blood was drawn for blood chemistry and a CBC. Told to re-start the Metoclopramide for the nausea 3x daily and to stop Lactulose and Ursodiol for three days til his tummy settled again. He got shots of Metoclopramide and Cerenia and we were on our way.
Get home and not long after he has nasty diarrhea. Sigh. That was likely partially due to the stress of the day and maybe because of the Metoclopramide, which increases gut motility along with controlling nausea/vomiting. That and he's eating slightly watered down wet food with no solid kibble, so...yeah...
Blood work came back today. His liver values have actually improved slightly and his kidney values remain the same, as did Red Blood Cells. The problem, it seems is his White Blood Cell count, which is quite high--it was at 9.5 on 7 August but as of yesterday was up to 25!! OUCH!! That's Not Good, and it indicates there's infection activity in Ra's body somewhere, probably his tummy based on palpation reaction. So now he's back on Clavamox (antibiotic) for 14 days and back on Metronidazole, which I understand will help boost his WBC. He's back on that for 14 days as well. Also, because he was dehydrated from the vomiting, we're to give him 100cc of sub-qs (vs. 50cc) to help get him rehydrated for awhile. I need to ask how long he'll be at that level--don't want to give him more fluids than he really needs because he's got that heart murmur to worry about.
Sigh. While we're both ever so glad that Ra's liver is a bit better and his kidneys remain stable, we're bummed that he's on yet more medication! He's already on so many meds!! :( But we do what we must to get/keep him well.
Went to pick up the Clavamox and more A/D cans and wanted to speak to Dr. L about a couple of questions I had, but he was working alone and with another client, so I was encouraged to call between 1800 and 1900 when he'll be less busy. Have a question about the Atopica (the bottle's almost empty and I'm curious to know how long a bottle of it is supposed to last as I don't want it to run out during the holiday weekend and also how long to keep Ra on the 100ccs of sub-qs.
Vet's always closed on Sundays and is also closed for Labor Day, so we're hoping to limp him through the long weekend without incident. Wish us luck?
So i've spent a lot of time actively volunteering and thinking about volunteering. I've especially thought about how organizing volunteers is fucking difficult -- certainly when trying to organize along explicitly ideological lines. I've been part of a situation where several families, comprising generations of dedicated volunteers, were not-so-gently pushed out of an organization because a new leader came in and triggered an ideological shift and a minor revolution happened. I know how ugly and bitter things can get.
What i am here today to ask you -- as an organizer, as a fan of SF conventions -- is: What does feminist conrunning look like??
For however you define feminism and/or social justice. For however you wish to define conrunning -- whether running an actual convention, or organizing a group for some other purpose.
How does a group balance existing according to its own principles while at the same time still getting stuff done? How does it deal with straying from those principles -- whether as an org, or on the individual level? How does it deal with toxic volunteers, especially when they're an otherwise effective worker? Conversely, how does it deal with ineffective volunteers who are otherwise individuals deeply committed to the principles?
Where are the tipping points? Put up with X amount of bullshit in order to get stuff done? Or kick out problematic people and risk not having enough staffpower to get that stuff done?
And, most importantly, how can we actually make it work?? What are the secrets to recruiting and retaining good volunteers? To creating a healthy organizational working environment? To getting stuff done while still upholding our own principles?
Can it be done?
Here's the breakdown...
weekly avg 129
Last year's carried over avg 143
carried over handicap 60
So, all and all, not a terrible start, but not a great one, either. I'll take it. ;)
I've been too busy to read much lately, which is no fun at all, but I did finish The Bone Palace by Amanda Downum. Fantasy with an interesting cast of characters and a magic system that I like for being familiar enough that it doesn't require a lot of explanation, but unique enough that it can do some cool things. The setting is really vivid too. I want to read the rest of the trilogy at some point. Out of order, obviously, since I started with book #2, but it doesn't seem to matter. It's satisfying as a standalone story.
What I'm reading right now:
Just started Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey. When you barely have time to read, that's the perfect time to pick up a 600-page doorstop space opera.
What I'm going to read next:
I also have Bird Box by Josh Malerman out from the library, but I'm not in the mood for creepy mindfuck horror tonight, so spaceships it is.
Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives
This story returns to the main storyline of "Love Is for Children." The first few chapters show Black Widow considering and carrying out a mission, then after that it's pure ageplay. It fills a square in the Plot Challenges Bingo Card 7-4-14:
Situation: Crime pursued by vengeance
Setting: Red Light District
Complication: Everything Is Spiders
I also have a list of photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider, a series landing page, and anarchive of images. The perk story "Brotherlove, Brotherlust" Part 3 is still open for participation.
A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.
Anonymous commenters: You don't have to specify exactly who you are, but it helps to have a first name or a username from some other service, so I have some idea of who's saying which and how many different "Anonymous" folks there are. You can just type some kind of identifier at the end of your comment.
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I have a linkback poem, "The Face of a Hero" (Polychrome Heroics).
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.( Read more... )
That being said, the book as a whole was awesomely depressing. Not only was it set in a yellow fever epidemic, not only did it contain a brief but absolutely horrifying torture sequence, but both the epidemic and the horrifying torture were actual historic events, ie, they really happened to real people. Also, dead children. Truly grimdark, though not gratuitously given that it’s real history. Not even Ben and Rose’s charming courtship and politicly crude policeman Abishag Shaw’s delightful way with words ("But I do think I should point out to you that even if Miss Chouteau gets cleared of Borgialatin the soup herself, it ain't gonna win her freedom,") can lift the general gloom.
I have been told that this and Sold Down the River are the darkest books in the whole series. However, I already started Graveyard Dust, and it looks like Hambly is careful to get new readers up to speed on events, so Fever Season is probably skippable if you like the characters but want to miss the awesome depressingness.
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And I always end up reminding myself that an oddly large portion of Criminal Minds gen casefics, of which there are very few in the first place, are Supernatural crossovers. I don't know why the only time anybody wants to write gen Criminal Minds casefic they have to do it with Winchesters and demons, but I don't really mind. It works for me.
Which is my way of admitting that last night I stayed up way, way too late reading Criminal Minds/Supernatural crossovers. It was 2006 all over again! I was so temporally confused! I don't know where I am anymore!
Those lengthy scenes of the BAU profiling the Winchesters without having all the relevant information never get old. Even though they are all basically the same, in every story. I still love 'em. DON'T JUDGE ME.
On that note, come ask me questions on the writing meme! DW/LJ.
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