Saturday, March 31, 2007
I got used to the smell as I was putting the stuff on my head. It's slightly hay-like and grassy. It's really a very natural, earthy scent. And why wouldn't it be? It's all henna (natural) and lemon juice (natural). My hair is pretty long (oh, how I hope I got it all! It's so very hard to section myself!) and with this cake of henna and plastic wrap and towel over my head, it's really heavy. I've got three more hours to go like this! Maybe I should take a nap....
Poor Branwen, my mother's old Saturn. We finished clearing it out and took off the tags so the Purple Heart charity could come and take it away. While we were doing this, we noticed the driver's side lock looked amiss. It was! The metal lock part was pushed back, and the rubber seal around it was loose. Someone tried to break into our car! We were very upset about this. That is not a fitting end for a car that served us so well for a few months shy of ten years. It looks like they didn't succeed (they wouldn't have gotten far in it anyway), but that's not the point. And it's disturbing to think someone even tried, in this otherwise quite suburb I've lived in all my life. Despicable.
Ah, but the old car is gone now. I hope someone will get some use out of it somewhere. Probably for parts. My mother and I were out shopping. This is a good thing. A car, though not alive, is like a part of your family. You rely on it to get you places, to protect you from the elements and from accidents, to carry things that are important to you. We would have cried to see it go.
Tomorrow is brunch. We get to show off the new car to Fox and his wife. And walk to and from Annapolis in the rain. Should be fun!
Friday, March 30, 2007
It's not the job, because I still very much enjoy what I do, I might be getting some help to get caught up, and I'm otherwise not in bad shape. It's the people. It's specifically one person. 1/4 of my group has decided that the other 3/4 should not be in any way associating with each other. I've had problems with some of my coworkers in the past, and they with me but, within the past couple months, I've felt that we've all arrived at a place where we can work together and get a long and respect each other.
But this one person.... This person has picked the most vulnerable of us, WAM, and decided to fill their head with nonsense. Nonsense that is a direct attack on my and another coworkers character. I'm happy to report that WAM is too smart for that and has been sharing e-mail exchanges with me. So, this other coworker, I'll call them Sam, says that we're misleading and offensive to WAM. I don't know where Sam's information comes from, because WAM and I have been getting along fabulously recently.
I don't put much in the opinions that others have of me, but when I learn about it and learn that it is unjustified, I can't help but be quite upset. I was so upset yesterday when this all came out in the open that I barely did any work, I had a migraine and a stomach ache. You can't just not let it get to you, as much as you try. How can one person, insignificant in the grand scheme of my life, have such a strong effect on me?
Well, really it's because I let them. But there are two things, if nothing else, that I am not. I am not a liar, and I am not racist. And I will be damned before I let anyone accuse me of either. Indirectly, this is what Sam has done.
But it will be ok. WAM and I and the other third of us will be talking to Boss² about it, probably Monday. This needs to get resolved before it hurts our productivity more, before it escalates further. There is an employee here who willingly, deliberately, and constantly tries to cause enmity among the group, and it needs to stop now. This is not an ideal work environment.
Tonight, I'll be mixing up a henna potion. Tomorrow, I'll slather it all over my head. Then I'll have a good 4 hours or so to sit around and play with Poser and Vue. Remember that involved scene I was working on? I got some new models that, I think, will put me that much closer to completing it. And I've got time to do it while my hair color settles in!
Toast to Friday, and leaving a very stressful situation behind me for the weekend!
Thursday, March 29, 2007
I like this city, and I tend to not like big cities in general. There are many things to see; museums, historical places, monuments, memorials, Japanese Sakura trees. The place is teething with interesting things that don't have to cost any money to enjoy. It is the capital of a nation, a nation that is a world power, and all we can think of is "taxation without representation."
Well, truth be told, they need to fix that lack of representation part, but they want something new to say about this fine city. People have been calling in to local radio and TV stations and city officials. Here are some suggestions:
Welcome to Washington DC, Don't Park Here.
Welcome to Washington DC, Now Leave.
Washington DC, Traffic Beast of the East.
I vote for the last one (you thought this was going to be a serious political blog entry, didn't you?).
I plan for a few mishaps along my 50 mile commute in and around the DC area. Even sitting in a 30 minute back up, I should be able to get to work by 7:00. So, some poor soul broke down on the bridge this morning, blocking the left lane and creating a 30 minute backup along five miles. No problem, we're still going fine on our time table. Then some fool in a landscaping truck crunched up the back of a little black car, creating another 30 minute backup along another five miles of Beltway. 30 minutes I can take. Not one hour. I was 30 minutes late. Yuck.
Yup. Traffic Beast of the East gets my vote.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I dreamt last night that it was July, and I had just arrived at my friends' home. One cat, Ashy, came right up and said her kitty hello (much like she did when I met her last year). The other female, Pandora, really really really wanted attention from me (only slightly unlike what she did when I met her last year). The other cat, Bandit, spent much of the first part of the dream hiding from me (exactly as he did when I met him last year). But, I was able to tempt him out with a handful of kitty treats, and Willow and I were trying to hold off Pandora as I gave Bandit treats so he'd remember me. In the midst of all these kitties, I realized that I forgot my laptop (horrors!) and my tarot cards (more horrors!) and a few other things that I really wanted to bring.
I know I'm not actually going to forget those things in July (how can I possibly forget my cards?), but now my trip really does seem so far away. I know it's not. My Spring and Summer days are pretty full right now, so I'm sure it will come before I know it. Soon, I tell you, soon!
I've been looking forward to this since I left them last year. Everyone around the office thinks my life must be pretty dull if I'm that excited about going to Idaho. I don't care! It's not dull! And I am excited! So there!
Last night I re-downloaded that three hour download onto my laptop so I can write a back-up copy to a DVD. Downloading to my laptop took one hour. I figured it out though! Three hours to one hour is the difference between a 10MB hub and a 100MB hub. I need one of those on my desk computer! New upgrade to Vue coming soon!
If anyone wants to know, all back office systems at work are down right now. And nothing is on the Africam to keep me occupied. I completely cleared job #1 of the four I have to cover yesterday, though. A step closer!
That's all the bored rambling for now, I think!
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
How many people in our lives would never have been there if it wasn't for modern technology? What an amazing world we live in.
Have a wonderfully happy birthday, Willow. And here's a little Danish Proverb that I've always believed: The road to a friend's house is never long.
While I'm at it, here's to the 400th post! What fun!
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
I am going to upgrade Vue eventually, so I might as well upgrade Poser too. I purchased my upgrade version today and started downloading the .zip file. Holy smokes! The progress screen estimates three hours to download the .zip! It's ok, I've got the time. Then again, if it takes three hours to download a .zip file, how long do you think it will take to install that sucker? Methinks the computer will be on all night.
My mother and I went to brunch by the Bay today. We didn't wear quite enough coat so didn't walk the docks. Still, the sun was shining and the breeze was blowing and the gulls were flying. *sigh* I like Spring!
Saturday, March 24, 2007
In other news, this is the action on the Africam last night. LOOK AT ALL THOSE CAPE BUFFALO!! And they were making Cape Buffalo noises!
They haven't approved my registration for the Africam forums yet, so I have to post my screenshots here. I can mind the forums without posting anyway. I never thought I'd find something more addictive than EverQuest.
Looks like I have the house to myself tonight. This happens so infrequently. Let us reflect on that for a moment.
I might mess with that image I'm trying to create on Poser tonight. Or I might cuddle up with a Callie-cat in front of the Lion King, or something. I can run amok!
Amok, amok, amok, amok!
Friday, March 23, 2007
I'm not sure exactly where he is. I've been told that he's in the path of the lava flow, if a lava flow was to occur. I should ask him for a more specific location some day.
This is also for Willow. Fondly dubbed 'Ellie' by Africam forum members, I've seen this bull twice. Doesn't he look happy?!
Have a good day, Willow!
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Today, my parents and I had occasion to contemplate the fallen branches in our backyard from the ice storm we had a month ago. It was quite confusing. Two branches from the same tree fell in a T pattern, with other trees and their limbs all around it. That must have been some really heavy ice to get that top branch where it was. The force of nature, even its destructive force, can be so awesome.
That small part of forested land has changed a lot since I was young and played among those trees. It's thinner now, much has died and fallen. But the oak is still proud and tall. It's the tallest thing around, actually. If we ever lose that tree, it will be a sad day. As sad as when I lost my maple in the front.
Some things just should last forever. But in my memory, they will.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
What can I say about my brother? We used to fight all the time. He's only a year and a few months older than me. As we both got older, we got along better. I don't have any epic stories of one such time where we just connected, but they happened. He looked out for me, and I desired to see him happy.
On Samhain 2004, my brother married a wonderful woman. We were in the same violin class in middle school. (Most of our mutual friends were always so shocked to find out we were related. That never made sense to me but it happened all the time. We have the same, not super common, last name, duh!) Anyway, we just adore my sister-in-law. She is creative and passionate and when they are together, you can just tell that it is right.
He is living pretty far away now, a good three hours away, and we don't talk to him as much as my mother or I would like. But out of sight is not out of mind. He is my brother, my only sibling. No matter how far either of us go, he'll always be my brother.
And happy birthday to Ichus too! (That's his cat, by the way!)
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
I started out this morning having a good day. And it's going to stay that way. Despite the micro managing at work.
Let's see, I learned a lot about South Dakota and Tennessee yesterday. If you haven't looked at the ThanksUSA treasure hunt, I encourage you to do so. It's a worthy cause, and you get to research and learn stuff in a fun way. I'm not halfway done yet.
I didn't work on the elaborate image that I mentioned yesterday, but that's ok. I've seen people use these programs to do some pretty amazing stuff, so I decided I wanted to try it too. I don't want to give you too many details because I know this will take hours of work across several days, so we'll all have to wait. What I will tell you is that I've got multiple characters and I'll have to come up with some nifty scene to put them in. It should be fun! Maybe I'll get back to that on Thursday. Today and tomorrow will be busy with other things.
That's it. Don't let other people make you have a bad day!
P.S. Happy Ostara!
Monday, March 19, 2007
No, the work didn't go away. But I didn't stay to work it in overtime either. So I got home, retrieved a very important phone message I had been hoping to get, found pie waiting for me, and that's that.
Now, I have some time to absorb my message, and work on this really elaborate scene I'm doing in Poser (that I started this weekend when I was without the internet), and maybe even do a few more ThanksUSA chapters.
Oh! WAM got this phone call today. They answered the phone like they always do. "Thank you for calling merchant services, this is WAM, how can I help you?" And the person on the other end said, "is this a real live person?" Well, after WAM got off the phone and reported that to me, we had a good laugh about what we might say when someone says that. "No, I am a chinchilla." Or, "No, I am a voice recorder who's name is WAM." Or, "wait, let me check. . . . Yep, still living!" Or, "No, I have traversed to a higher plane of existence. You are speaking to a formerly live person, though." Or, "I was in my past life." We had a good laugh about that.
It was like that time I was working at the pharmacy, I was wearing my employee vest and name tag and I had just finished ringing up someone at the photo counter. The next customer approached and asked the question that all retail store employees hate to hear, "Do you work here?" I said, "No, I'm trying to rob the place, but I can't get this register open." Thankfully, the guy had a sense of humor and admitted to having asked a not so bright question. Then there was that time, still in vest and name tag, I walked out of the "employees only" door and someone stopped me and asked, "Do you work here?" I turned back, looked at the sign on the door, turned back around and said, "I hope so, or I might get in trouble for being back there." This gent also admitted to asking a silly question.
Just don't ever wear a red shirt and khaki something to Target. I've been yelled at by unhappy customers before. Who always look quite flustered when I tell them I don't work there.
Yeah, I have nothing to blog about today.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
It happened while I was researching the next puzzle for this year's ThanksUSA treasure hunt. I registered last year but didn't play. I couldn't get past the sudoku in the first chapter. I feel better about this year though. The purpose of the game, folks, is to raise money to help our nation's service men and women and their families. I'm not going to go through the details of the operation, but the game was thought up by two young girls from Virginia. They have created a wonderful monster!
So, that's how it is. Cable's back. That company is rotten. The game is underway. And it's past my bedtime! Ciao!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
We went shopping for a new car for mom and ended up with a slightly-used (expensive) Honda CR-V. It has less than 30000 miles on it and is three years old. That's not so bad. It will take some getting used to; the steering wheel is slightly off-center of the seat, and it has automatic everything. This is the first time that someone in my house will not be driving a Saturn since I got mine in 2001. I'm jealous, it's a really nice, not too big, SUV. In Silver, and it's name is Paddy, in honor of the day.
We tried to go to Bennigan's for lunch but they were playing this awful rap music. I like to say I can take all kinds when I comes to music, but that was the total opposite of what I wanted to hear, and they were playing it so loud and I've had a headache all day. So we went to Red Robin, where they were putting green color in the Guinness. Whatever works!
This evening, my mother and I sat down to a long night of Peter Jackson's King Kong and this is what I found in the couch.
Anyway, movie time! Go easy on the beer!
Erin go bragh.
Friday, March 16, 2007
The way that statement came out was not the way it was intended, especially in the presence of my dad!
There are two quotes that my dad often likes to repeat. One is the title of this blog entry. The other (usually when I'm subject to some fatherly advice) is: "Every man has his price, hold out for yours." Then we started talking about what that price might be.
Let's stick with the $3 billion. It would first be $3 billion a year, and I'm not greedy, I'll say 10 years. There will also have to be a house, that won't cost any of my $3 billion. They're building a really pretty one near my home: decently sized with really gorgeous brick and stone details. It would have to be fully furnished and decorated and all of that, with grounds keepers and house keepers. And it would include a full wardrobe with clothing from my two favorite clothing stores, Chico's and Newport News. I'll also need a sailboat like Gone with the Wind, 36 feet long with comfortable quarters below. And a slip to keep it in that also won't cost any of my annual $3 billion. And I'll need a private beach or other landing on some not-well-travelled creek for kayaking. And I'll need trips to several places in the world; Ireland, Egypt, China, Japan, Australia, Italy, Brazil, and a few others. And maybe even a flight to space for good measure. That would probably be enough.
Yeah, I'm not cheap, but I can be bought.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Actually, Planet Earth is a documentary mini series on the Discovery Channel. I saw a preview for it when I saw The Number 23 on Sunday. It looks fabulous! Starts March 25th at 2000, mark your calendar! One of my coworkers said she would DVR it for me or something (like how I make nouns into verbs?). Fun!
Today, I've learned that plane tickets are a good $200 cheaper if you buy them four months in advance of your trip rather than one week. That's so very nice!
My Boise trip is also now set in stone, lest I loose a little more than $400. That wouldn't be too fun, I don't have that kind of money to throw around! I don't have any money to throw around! The other benefit of booking this early is that I can probably have that credit card paid off by the time the trip actually gets here. It's only four months away.
It will be here soon enough!
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
I'm happy about this, though I still have to answer the voice mail box. But taking time away from what I'm doing, and I have to get these done in a certain amount of time, puts me further and further behind. One thing down and leave to continue overtime to catch up should help.
Probably not by Monday, though. That's my up-to-date deadline. I'll try.
In other news, time off for my Boise trip has been approved. Can we say 'yay?'
It took some convincing, and I still had to shorten it by about a week, and then move it back, but I'm ready to go shopping for tickets! Yahoo!
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
My mother's little green Saturn, the first Saturn that we had, is sick. It's making funny zipping noises. The mechanic said it needs a new water pump, has something weird about the engine, it's had an oil leak for about a year, and it has constantly squeaky breaks.
This is a '97 model with 185000+ miles on it. We bought it new. Maybe it is time to bite the car bullet. It's a shame though. That little Saturn shuttled me to and from college. And I hope and hope and hope that my car lasts just a smidgen longer than 10 years.
We're going to look at a few small SUV's. Something we could hitch a trailer on and carry a few kayaks around. There are also a few little cars my mother wants to look at, our current method of hauling kayaks works. The Honda CR-V is at the top of out list. I'm slightly jealous, because I'd look good in a vehicle like that. But I love Hedwig too, and want her to last many more years. I'll get to drive whatever mom gets anyway. I'm the official driver, after all!
Here's to you, Branwen! (In case you haven't guessed, Branwen is the name of mom's car. We picked a Celtic one to go with it's shiny greenness!)
Monday, March 12, 2007
I wonder if there is a message there. Maybe to remind us to take chances. Even when it looks like it may not be worth the risk, you just might land with a firm grip.
What chance are you thinking of backing out on today?
Sunday, March 11, 2007
The Richmond Renegades are actually a pretty good team, even though they lost 6 to 1. They still played like they could come back. Even those last two minutes, where most teams in most other sports don't even put forth an effort, they played like they were planning on scoring a goal a second until the end. It was pretty neat. And most of their players can take someone out in one gloved punch. That was kind of cool too. It would have been better if they won, but hey, I wasn't disappointed.
Today, it's take my aunt to the airport, followed by dinner and the Number 23 with Monty. This part I don't really want to do, but I said I would. At least I had a fun Saturday.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
I am the kind of employee who rarely asks for days off. I hardly ever take sick days, I never ask for time around Christmas or New Years (when everyone wants off), not even the Friday after Thanksgiving. I tend to take a day here, a day there, and maybe a few spanning a weekend to minimize my time out of the office as much as possible.
Last year, I had such a great time during my short visit to Goldentree Wands headquarters in Idaho that I've been saving up my PTO and planning to take as much time as I could get when the season rolled around again this year. The office has allowed people to go away for months at a time before, so I had no reason to believe that three weeks would be an issue, especially if I asked for it four months in advance.
Maybe it's my fault that I didn't consider that two of the people in my department, but not in my group, are pregnant. And apparently there is one other person who has been approved for extended leave during that time frame that I asked for. This means that the one who otherwise never asks for this kind of time off can't have it.
I don't get it. As far as I can tell, the three people who will be out are not in my group. I'm so swamped with my work, I don't have time to help out other groups, so how does them being out really make a difference whether I am or not?
There are several purposes for my three week trip. The first is that I can go to Utah and visit my aunt, which I've only done once. Then there's GoddessFest, where I'll be offering Reiki again, and on top of that, it will allow me to finish my Reiki Master level and actually complete my training. We're trying to plan a few outings here and there and I'm also going to be checking out the local job and housing markets. I really need that time that I want to take.
Conceivably, I could cut the trip to two weeks, eliminate visiting my aunt in Utah and come back to work right after I get off the plane like a zombie. It won't make much of a difference here at work if I do that. Or, I could always say that my last day of employment would be when my vacation would start anyway. I know, that's extreme, but if OBC would hire some people to replace the ones we've lost recently, then we wouldn't be in this position. I wouldn't be in this position. Cutting my trip short is only going to make me bitter and resentful.
Then again, four months should be plenty of time to find a new job. I'll update my resume and send it to Manpower or something. Post on a few internet sites. I'm still waiting to hear back from that job I applied for last month (which is started to not look very hopeful as that deadline is less than two weeks away). Or, I could up and move to the area I'm thinking of 2 years in advance.
I hate being put in this kind of position. I am not owned by the place that rents my time, but I can't make plans without their approval. Why, oh, why did I not win that lottery?!?!
Thursday, March 08, 2007
You would think that people would notice the ice or know it may be out there, but no, that would require logic. And as a result, people were crashing up their cars left and right and backwards and all around. We were actually doing really good this morning, left early with time to clean off my car, until that ...person... crashed right before my exit on the Beltway. This blocked the two left lanes of the Beltway a good, I don't even know; maybe 5 miles. We slowed to a barely moving crawl, and I ended up 45 minutes late.
Thanks people who can't drive on ice!
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
First, I didn't win the near $400 million lottery. That would have been nice.☺
Also, WAM got wind of a task that I'm supposed to complete that I haven't had time to do. Instead of discussing it with me, they couldn't wait to run over and tell the Acting Supervisor. Now, it really doesn't hurt anything that I haven't done this yet, so there's really no point in rocking the boat. I did 101 jobs yesterday to try to catch up (I'm still very far behind) so the last thing I will tolerate is any of management thinking that I'm not working. If WAM is so concerned, maybe WAM should do it.
Snow started falling sometime in the morning. They were saying 1-3 inches, and it's so cold everything that falls with stick. Through the day, it didn't look so bad, so I decided to go ahead and work my planned overtime.
MISTAKE!! I misjudged this one, I admit, but it's still no fun when it takes 2.5 hours to drive home.
How's that for Wednesday?
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Despite my best efforts, this weekend managed to get quadruple-booked. Gees, I think it's even more than that.
First is Saturday. Miss Luna needs to go to the vet for her annual shots. This is way overdue and is not negotiable.
Then, Turtle wanted me to visit her in Richmond for a charity hockey game. Hockey isn't my game, going to Richmond would include booking Sunday as well, and my aforementioned date from V-day will be there.
Monty wanted to catch dinner and The Number 23. I thought that we were going to do this last weekend. Apparently, we never actually mentioned dates to each other, so this is how this happened.
Or, I could have dinner with my grandmother and aunt on her last night here.
On Sunday, I have to take my Aunt to the airport. Or see that movie with Monty. Or drive home from Richmond. Or play a board game with Fox since I missed his annual birthday game (it's the more involved, all-day games that he and some friends get together to play).
Of course, a lot about Sunday depends on what I do on Saturday. If I don't go to Richmond, then I'd join my aunt for dinner, so Monty's movie is out. Fox already gave me leave to go to Richmond instead of his game, so that won't be done. Technically, my weekend in Richmond could start on Friday night, except Miss Luna needs her shots.
Are you confused yet? There's Turtle (and V-date), Fox, Monty, and my mother (who goes with the cat and my aunt) who want a piece of my time this weekend.
So it would seem that going to Richmond is the thing that will get done. Two people want me there, and another doesn't mind altering our plans so I can go without feeling like I let someone down. So, I can leave after Miss Luna's appointment on Saturday morning. If I drive down with my friend, we'd be back pretty early on Sunday because he has to work. That would give me time to take my aunt to the airport and then maybe take in that movie with Monty. And I'll do the game with Fox another day.
Anyone want to trade schedules? This will be another one of those weekends where I don't do anything for me.
Don't get me wrong, I want to see Turtle in Richmond. But at a hockey game is not how I enjoy spending my time. I'll have to bring a book to read or write or something.
I bet you're wondering why I don't just tell some of these people no, right? It's the guilt-tripping. That's really a rotten way to make someone spend time with you, but most of my friends do it. They try to convince me of why they are more deserving of my time, or how much more important their plans are than any other plans. I hate hearing those arguments, so I end up squeezing every ounce possible into my schedule just so I don't have to hear them complain about why they were the ones left out. Yes, it does make me resentful. And tired. And resentful. Maybe if everyone was more understanding about plans, it wouldn't happen. You can see I'm already resentful and the weekend isn't even here yet.
Overtime this week, booked solid for the weekend, probably overtime next week too. And my next vacation is not nearly close enough!
Monday, March 05, 2007
The difficult part of working overtime is that I only have some two hours once I get home before I have to get in bed and do it all again. That's a touch annoying, and why I don't put in some overtime more often. See, it's not about the money!
The extra dough is nice, though. If I can keep this up, I'm going to have this year's trip to Boise paid off before I even get there! That's WooHoo worthy. WOOHOO!
Sunday, March 04, 2007
I think my family was a little disappointed because it was so dark. Hello?! It's an eclipse! The very nature of the thing means it will be dark! Of course, that made it too dark for pictures. It was an awesome deep red though.
Then we went to the monthly brunch, I bought a new hat (knit cap, to help keep my ears warm in the cold wind). Then we came home and went shopping again. We never made it to the grocery store yesterday, you see, and needed a few things for the week.
I think I'll be working some more overtime this week. While it's sometimes very hard to do, extra cash will help fund this year's trip to Boise. July seems so far away!
Saturday, March 03, 2007
It's actually been pretty warm today, though they say it will get colder this evening. As long as the clouds stay away so we can see the eclipse.
Did you know there is an eclipse tonight? The moon will rise about when the sun sets (full moons just do that). On the East Coast, it will already be completely eclipsed upon rising. If you're in Europe, you can watch the whole thing. If you're on the West side of the Americas, you'll see the end of it when the moon rises. It should be a nice reddish color. Doesn't that sound like fun?!
Friday, March 02, 2007
I'm all here, and doing work. Albeit, I was a little late because ten vehicles did a paint exchange on the Wilson Bridge. But I can't seem to find a groove today. Maybe it's because I was late. Or because I couldn't muster the energy to get up and exercise this morning. Or because the day started out rainy and gloomy and I can't see the blue sky from my desk. Or because it's Friday. Or because my aunt is coming in from Utah tomorrow, and there will be a full moon and a total lunar eclipse and Mercury is in retrograde.
I think I need to ask again to move to a window seat. I think Boss² forgot.
At least my day is already halfway over.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
He is a young man I have never met. On September 20th of 2006, there was a post on a forum that I frequent asking for some healing energy and prayers for Ted. Ted was 14 and in the hospital fighting leukemia for the third time since he was 12. He was in a special hospital in Minnesota, miles away from home in Chicago, waiting for a stem cell transplant from Europe.
Over the next few months, Ted received radiation therapy. The cells in his mouth did not regenerate because of this, he had a fever and an infection. He was totally sedated with a pulmonary hemorrhage. His body did start to recover and produce its own white blood cells, but then his kidneys started to fail from all the medication. He received white blood cells from his mother to help him heal. They started weaning him off the ventilator and the meds that kept him sedated. He got another lung infection and a bladder infection, but was moved out of ICU. An oral infection caused the tissue along his gum line to die. Halfway through December, his leukemia was in full remission.
On December 20th, Ted turned 15 and was back in ICU with another infection. He apologized to his family for them being in the hospital with him at Christmas. They managed to relieve the pain he was in, and replaced his dead jawbone with a titanium one. By the end of January, he was still cancer-free, and the doctors were talking about sending him to a hospital closer to home for recovery.
February 22nd, they found bacteria in Ted's lungs. In a matter of days he was on a ventilator again and fully sedated. His parents signed a do not resuscitate order. Yesterday, his pain ended.
Ted won his fight. His cancer was in remission and he is now free of the pain of his long battle. This child had more strength and courage than anyone I have ever known. Even from the distance that I was, I saw his amazing ability to be selfless. I know the next path his soul will take will be incredible beyond words.