January in Eureka

*Someone* wined I mean whined at me that I hadn’t written a blog in 3 months. Now I’m not going to name names, but let’s just say that I like to keep my sweet foxkins happy.

Yes, it’s been 3 months. Nothing really earth-shattering to report, so here comes the mundane and usual disjointed discussion of my life as it is now.

I am finally slated for vascular surgery to ablate both greater saphenous veins due to insufficient blood flow through them. Think varicose veins, but under the skin far enough that I don’t have a road map on my legs. The procedure is done at the office, one leg at a time. I will have local anesthetic injected in several sites along the vein’s path. Once that’s working, the doctor will insert a catheter from my ankle to the top of my thigh and then slip a device that will burn the vein shut. Eventually the body will absorb it and it will no longer be a problem. I almost wish I could just get them both done at the same time and have only one (really) bad healing time, but…oh well.

I was supposed to get this done last year, but the ball got dropped somewhere between the VA’s request for local services (since I cannot go to the main medical center for the VA, down in San Francisco), the company that handles the VA requests and the doctor’s office. Then the doctor was given two months to live, so he quit the practice and stayed home with his family. For two months. Still alive, he said…”I know what I can do, and I will keep doing it until I cannot.” Six months later, he’s still here. So there we are.

In the meantime, I have a new sex toy. (That caught your attention, didn’t it?) Well, it’s not really for sex. It just feels that good. It is a wonderful machine called a “FLEXITOUCH“–still sounds like a sex toy, right? It is a pneumatic compression device for the treatment of edema (swelling). The controller is used for all the kinds of swelling we can get–I have the leg “sleeve” attachment, but I could get other attachments for arms, neck, chest…if I needed them. I just slip my leg into the soft, vaguely cast-shaped leg sleeve, then push “start”. There are a series of inflatable bladders, all attached to each other by the intake hose and they begin low and one bladder at a time, start pushing upwards. It feels like someone’s hands wrapped around the leg, squeezing and pushing. It feels like heaven.
(BTW, you can click on the “FLEXITOUCH” above as it’s a link to their site if you really want to see what this looks like.)

I have an appointment at the end of this month for a thumb brace (left hand). The arthritis has enlarged the joint enough that it doesn’t stay in place. I guess this means that I am literally falling apart. Sigh. Medications update: I am taking 60 mg of Duloxetine (Cymbalta), 20 mg of Omeprazole (Prilosec) and 5 mg of Vicodin in the morning. I can take up to 2 more Vicodin during the day/at bedtime. I am still doing a single dose of CBD oil first thing in the morning and then I use about 1/2 to 1 tsp of THC butter (“Cannibutter”) for anxiety and pain, as needed–usually about 2 doses, one early in the day and one at bedtime. I am sleeping between 8 and 10 hours per night, which is about twice as much as I used to get in one lump. I’m not waking up as much during the night. And sleep is vital to healing–and I can tell the difference.

I continue to participate in Beloved’s two nights of gaming. Tuesday is Star Wars RPG. We’re playing a new campaign and have added two more players for a total of 7. Beloved is no longer playing an NPC since we have a sufficiency; he can concentrate on trying to kill us. I mean, just running the game. Three of us decided to create new characters for the new campaign, so instead of a blue male doctor/hacker, I am now a purple female Twi’lek Han Solo named Mura’sakino.

Here is my picture:
Yes, I have tentacles. And those knob things sticking out of the sides of head are my ears. And this is my back story:

“Family is everything to Twi’leks…unless you happen to be a family of the poorest dregs of Twi’lek society. My father literally worked himself to death, shoveling rocks into a grinder until he slipped and fell in. My mother faded away on an addiction to ryll after his death. I had an older brother who had left home when I was 4; I have no idea where he is or if he’s even still alive. My older sister was taken as payment for a clan debt, ending up as a dancer for the Hutts. The last word I had from her she was on Nar Shadaa; that was about 4 years ago.

I lived on the streets after my mother died until I was caught stealing food. I ended up being given to a Corellian trader as payment for a delivery he made to my clan chief and that’s how I left Ryloth.

I traveled with the Corellian for about a year until he was arrested for smuggling. I was sold to the local cantina and became a dancer/prostitute.

I had several owners after that, as first one and then another would have enough money to buy me from whoever the current boss was. My last owner was actually an older man who was very kind to me. He treated me as a human being instead of a possession. He taught me to read and write Basic and then he let me read all kinds of books. He even taught me how to both fly and repair his ship. I became his partner and we traded and did business together for almost 10 years. He actually married me in a legal ceremony–so when he died of a heart attack, I was his heir and got everything. Well, everything except the ship.

So for the past 2 years I have been serving as a crew member on a various assortment of ships, wherever I could get a berth and always with the understanding that I was a mechanic and gunner, not a whore. The reason I’m out here in the middle of BFE is because the captain of my last ship forgot that part of my contract and tried to force himself on me. The first mate was happy to assume command but he decided that I was not going to be a part of his plans and he left me here. He said something about a precedent set and he wasn’t going to have to worry about a repeat.”

I am taking on the role of the purser/quartermaster/housekeeper for the ship our group has and we are becoming traders and cargo-haulers, with passengers sometimes. “Murasakino” is Japanese for “purple”. Once we can upgrade the ship (better hyperlight engine, good shields, better guns) and add the *appropriate* modifications (smuggling holds), we will also find more lucrative methods of supplementing our legal income. This should be interesting…

Friday nights we continue to live in Ptolus. We’ve reached 14th level, which is kind of nice. Lots of spells and abilities–but unfortunately, the monsters and bad guys level up with us, so battle is still…battle and not a bloodbath. We’ve just got fancier ways of killing them. The group is on semi-hiatus since our college student player hasn’t returned for the spring semester yet. We don’t want to start and play out a campaign that she can’t participate in right from the start with us.

I talked to my daughter the other day. She and her SO have bought their first house and are thrilled (mostly) with it. Home schooling has come to an end as there is a public school literally 3 minutes’ walk away. (Only a minute if you cut across the fields instead of following the sidewalk, haha!) L has plans for painting, gardening, landscaping…I told her “photos or it never happened”. The grands are thrilled because their room can be painted the color they want! And there’s a huge backyard, just begging for a dog. (Yes, they are going to get one. Let her get the boxes unpacked first, okay?)

I think it’s safe to say that our families all had a good holiday season, even all separated as we are. Beloved and I spent them very quietly at home. We did have some seafood, which is always a treat–I made shrimp pad Thai (with homemade peanut sauce) and we also had sauteed scallops. We also had fish a couple of times, since I’d been hungering for it. The price for Rock Cod is not much more than the price for chicken thighs.

I’m back to taking courses online–this time, it’s the Wonders of the Ancient Egypt and Chinese Medicine. Both are very interesting and I am enjoying them. I’ve also been doing more reading lately–working my way through the 6 books of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” trilogy for about the 27th time. Re-read the Harry Potter series. Lots of Agatha Christie. I wish I could find Ngaio Marsh books online — the books I have are all pdf downloads that I was able to get for free. I was introduced to Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld” and need to find more of those stories. I am still reading non-fiction from Medium and The Mighty; I also get news from Think Progress and Next Draft.

I guess that’s about it for now. Hope you all are doing well so far in 2018!

Hugs to all!