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The (sometimes violent) urge to write

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I wanted to update you guys on how I'm doing, but I've been debating how much I want to have posts about it loose on the internet. Certainly, I feel more secure about posts here than over on F*book, even though most of my actual family is there (the only reason I put up with it).

So, here's what I feel comfortable saying, and please feel free to email me (powzie @ gryphonsmith.com)

My first follow-up was with my regular gp. That went really well.
My hemoglobin was up to 10.5, which is nearly into a normal range for women, and almost twice what it was when I was admitted. They still had to stick me about 2 dozen times to get any blood to do the tests, though it was much better than in the hospital because Lou knows me as a person, and actually cared that she was hurting me. (Not that I didn't have some wonderful nurses in the hospital, but Lou is also a friend.)

My second follow up was with my specialist, and that also was better than expected. She couldn't find any sign of current bleeding, and the implant seems well and truly in place now. She actually said everything looks "great" which was more than I expected her to say. I actually feel really good now, and hopefully that will continue.

The not so good was that the tests show another problem. It isn't a big deal at the moment, and fortunately for me, the first treatment recommended for it is the implant I just got, so in a way I am ahead of the game. I will see her again in 2 months, and hope things go well enough to avoid surgery.

Now, maybe a little writing to keep my mind occupied.....

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It seems like every time I try to get back into posting here, something comes up.
This time it was an unexpected week in the hospital.

I won't be putting that on my list of favorites anytime soon.

I am home now, hopefully things get better ....

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last night I dreamed there was a Wiggles tribute band

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after the primary last night

photo by Greta Page-Mann

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I had anesthesia last week, and the first thing they told me was not to order anything online for the rest of the day

If I had know you could order a yak, though... from yaks n things....

Man takes sleeping pills, accidentally orders a yak online

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Laura Foster Franks sent me this meme. I would have responded sooner, but I lost my notes twice trying to work on my kindle.So, not the list I began with.....

“In your status, list 10 books that stayed with you in some way. Don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be the “right” books or great books of literature, just ones that affected you in some way. Tag 10 friends including me so I can see your list."

I don't count very well, apparently. And every time I add one, I feel like I'm missing another. But hey....

* yes, we all know what goes here....
1. All the Sharon Kay Penman, but especially The Sunne in Splendor
2. Rosemary Sutcliff - The Roman Britain books
3. Noel Perrin - everything
4. The Mabinogian
5. Thomas Costain- the 5 books about The Plantagenets
6. The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper
7. Jim Fitzpatrick - The Book of Conquests and The Erinsaga
8. Julian May - The Many Colored Land series, except for the last book.
9. Dandelion Wine. All the Bradburys, but this, this, this
10. Kingdoms of Elfin - Sylvia Townsend Warner
11. Hokkaido Highway Blues - Will Ferguson
12. The manga Twin Spica left me a sobbing, uplifted mess
13. Thomas Burnett Swann. everything
14. The Holmes canon
15. Flowers for Algernon

and the entire Ballantine Adult Fantasy series, except for the James Branch Caball's, which I never got into (but probably should try again someday, as it is possible the reason I didn't like was that they were my ex's favorites)

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David Wenham joins the cast of Iron Fist


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Alan Lee receives honorary Tolkien Society membership


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Today is siblings day.

My brother Chris and I are both only children.

Because I had to wait so long for him, when he came along I put him in my backpack and took him everywhere.

I insisted on having his crib in my room, and once he could stand, he would flip himself over the bar of the crib and into bed with me in the morning.

Before he learned to do that, he had a different way of waking me up. His uncle Norman was stationed in Germany when he was born, and sent him a teddy bear wearing lederhosen. It had a fine quality, but quite large music box in its tummy.

He would throw this out of the crib, and clunk me over the head to wake me. As you have probably figured out, this was less effective than he intended.

I believe his teddy had to have a little operation.

1963 or 4. right side: my dad. me, my brother Chris, my mum. Left side my (step) aunt and cousins

in this year The Man from Uncle, Tolkien and The Beatles happened to me. Space had already happened, in 1961

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