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October 7th, 2005


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02:43 am - Doing the mid-shift blogging....
I think they would frown on mid-shift Minneapolis Blog. Maybe I should whip up a batch of the St. Paul stuff for the next work potluck,though....

I've had a sleepy couple of days. Tuesday's big storm kept me home from work on the excuse that our dog is terrified of thunder. She will try to crawl under any available heavy object from a bookcase to a bed to the sofa in an attempt to get away from the big, noisy monsters. When things get really bad, she wants to head to the basement and hide in the shower down there or under the laundry tub. (And, really, when there's a bad enough thunderstorm, she's right, we should head to the basement.) Since erickavan has difficulty enough moving herself some days, wrangling the dog to keep her from knocking stuff over and/or hurting herself is beyond her. So I try to be around if we're expecting really bad weather. A quickie summer thunderstorm she can get through, but an all-nighter like Tuesday is a bit much.

Wednesday, I was going to go in to work to make up for missing Tuesday. When the time came, however, I was mighty tired so I decided not to. Instead, I watched bad movies, gleaning bits and pieces out of them that were kind of cool.

For example, early in Wild Things, there's a scene where one of the titular characters and her mother enter their home. The mother is on a balcony on the second floor and the daughter is walking in the front door. They enter their respective doors, turn to opposite directions and close the doors behind them. It visually shows that these two women are so very much the same while also not getting along with one-another in a beautifully subtle way.

At work tonight, I'm acting as mentor for one of my co-workers. Which is a nicely circular thing, as she sat with me as I first learned our proprietary typesetting platform and now I'm helping her learn our new Word-based tools.
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From:mizzlaurajean
Date:October 7th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
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Why are you always so tired? Have you had this checked out by a doctor? Are you taking your vitamins?
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From:jbru
Date:October 7th, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC)
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For starters, there's the lack of sleep. I'm often awakened from a full sleep period by one little emergency around the house or another. All that adds up to getting not quite enough each day. Then there's the mild narcolepsy I have which presents itself as staying in REM sleep most of the sleep-time so I don't get enough good, restful sleep. Toss on a little depression (moderated by medication) and you get one sleepy Pete. I was checked out by a doc back when I was commuting home in the afternoons and woke up while driving on the freeway once too often. That's when the narcolepsy was diagnosed.

I am taking good vitamin supplements, but I still struggle with getting enough vegetables in my diet. I keep trying to do better, but am often (surprise, surprise) too tired to make myself something decent to eat. Carrots are my friend, but one can only eat so many carrots.
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From:mizzlaurajean
Date:October 7th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC)
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Do you take something for the narcolepsy?

I know next time I go to the doctor I'm making them do full blood work up checking everything under the sun to see if I'm low in anything and if my thyroid is as active as it ought to be because I'm always tired too. And it gets old.
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From:jbru
Date:October 7th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
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I take our good pal Ritalin for the narcolepsy, gives me a little boost to get through the day.

erickavan keeps noodging me to get in and see the sleep specialist again. Grumble, grumble, women, grumble, grumble, ganging up, grumble, grumble.
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From:dreamshark
Date:October 7th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)

Not friends-locked?

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Maybe entries like this should be. I don't know what reason you gave for missing work, but if I were your boss (or even a co-worker) and I happened to read that you decided not to come to work because your dog was scared of thunder, I would not be happy. Especially when it's followed up by deciding not to go to work the next day because you were tired and didn't feel like it.

Or do you have an arrangement where you can work from home without impacting anybody else's schedule? Some people at my company do that from time to time.
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From:jbru
Date:October 8th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)

Re: Not friends-locked?

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The reason I gave for not coming was exactly what I said. I also told anyone who asked the same thing. When your dog is big enough to topple bookcases on to your disabled sweetie in its panic, you take care that doesn't happen.

The following day is a normally scheduled day off for me. So I just didn't make up the day that I missed. Wasn't like I took an extra day off. The one thing I do like about my current place of work is that they are pretty accommodating of shifts in schedules, particularly at this time of year when we are not at all busy.
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From:erickavan
Date:October 8th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)

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some parts that also got left out- the power was going on and off, and he did need to be home to set up the outside generator to run my oxygen, bipap, and other medical equipment, and do regular checks of it all.

our sweet, normally docile, dog brandy is big, and when she gets really, really scared (rarely, but big thunderstorms terrify her), she can accidentally hurt herself and others. we can't knock her out anymore as she is 14 and the acepromazine can kill her. among other things, she has toppled huge heavy floor to ceiling book filled (fan book filled, meaning every possible spot has books crammed in)shelving unit onto herself and me.

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