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Just a small status report, since I know I've been pretty quiet for some time now. I've been a little active on Tumblr (reblogging things is easier than composing; you just click what you like), but haven't been around on the doll forums much and haven't been posting here on my journal. I also haven't been able to make eyes since last fall, due to some health issues which I will explain below.

It turns out that I have epilepsy, probably post-traumatic. (Remember when I got hit in the head repeatedly while working at the hospital, the final time being when my partner and I broke up that gang fight in the Emergency Department lobby in August of 2011? Yeah.) But it's hard to determine the exact cause, especially since my seizures didn't start immediately after the injury (it took them several months to begin, which actually isn't unusual, and also might be partially due to the fact that the doctor I saw after the injury put my on an anti-convulsant for off-label treatment of nerve pain in my neck...which might have suppressed any seizures I would have otherwise had at the time). But I digress...

So anyway, I have epilepsy now. I'm on medication for it, which is resulting in some fun side effects. The most annoying one is the aphasia. Yep, my speech is a bit off - the wrong word comes out, or the come out jumbled (either the letters within the word or the order of the words within the sentence, both happen). Especially if I speak too quickly. Also, my typing is all messed up. It's like I've become dyslexic, which is super fun (especially given that I'm in the process of trying to get into grad school for English Language & Literature right now). The aphasia is also anomic, which means I should probably look into getting a thesaurus app for my phone before I go nuts.

In other news, James and I now have a dog (we got him almost three weeks ago). He's a rescue, a Plott Hound/Doberman mix, about 5 months old (almost 6 now!), and his name is Oswald (we call him Ozzie). He's adorable, and he's eaten two of my shoes so far. He's also a poop machine. Amusingly, I can't smell his urine (another fun side-effect of the medication I'm on). So if I think he has pissed inside (he has the occasional accident when he's over-excited), I have to ask James to check to see if it's dog pee or just water, because I can't tell the difference.

Date: 2013-11-08 07:44 am (UTC)
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K, my god, it's good to hear from you.

I'm so sorry about your health - I don't even have words for saying how sorry. And you are so tough and I know your spirit is resilient but seriously - you must feel so frustrated right now.

I'm really glad to hear you're looking at grad school - I think you would love it and I think it would love you. Doggie sounds amazing.

Life here has been hard. Last year was pretty traumatic and I cropped up with fairly severe OCD. I've been living in Berkeley receiving treatment for that and have seen improvement recently, to the point that I'm doing NaNoWriMo this month and contemplating returning to my work up north soon (if they will still have me).

Take care of yourself--tell James hi from me--and if you have the time/energy/inclination, I'd love to talk more.

J

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