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By georgeha (Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 07:12:22 AM EST) wrenchin' and wenchin', drugs (all tags)
with my immune system. But it's okay, I scored some Tamiflu and 'roids.

Plus, Election Night Pickup, the side jumping truck and a cold windy two hours working on the Ford, early mornings are nearly over, got lucky at lunch and less in this long delayed diary.

Poll: Best way to depress/suppress immune system?

I got to see my doc yesterday, with the whole family attending (she was able to send the girls to her office to use the fancy colored markers on the whiteboard when they got too rambunctious). I could be having a spodylitis flareup, or a rheumatoid arthritis flareup, or something in between, or something all my own. But we do have a plan.

Some steroids to kill the pain and inflammation, more Plaquonil to depress my immune system, no flu shot to trigger my immune system, and soon antivirals to keep me from getting the flu and some Tamilflu in reserve. Bring on that Avian flu!

If this doesn't do it, we can look forward to Minocen, methotrexate, sulazadine, a rheumatologist, and maybe a hoverround. I might need a sidecar rigged as a flatbed.

While I was voting last week, I realized the woman behind me was my nieghbor, and we owed her Girl Scout cookies. So we chatted, I offered her a ride home (she walked, but I came straight from work so I had the car), and she approved of my listening to the alternative station playing Death Cab. End result, two boxes of cookies out of our house.

I don't recall if I ever mentioned the side jumping truck that leapt out at Mrs. Ha one day and shattered the passenger side mirror. I ordered another from ebay, figuring that any 2000 Windstart passenger mirror would work, and after Mrs. Ha was complaining about the poor visibility, and the Haynes manual said it was only three bolts, I went out into the dark cold and windy evening to replace it. Fifteen minutes, I figured.

It would have been fifteen minutes, except that I had to take off the inside door panel, and figure out how to mate a six connector five wire lead from the mirror to the three connect four wire lead on the door. Oops, I guess we didn't have heated side mirrors.

After a bit of troubleshooting and such (first time I ever ran a car while drinking a bottle of beer) I was able to figure out how to wire the mirror sort of correctly (up and down is still reversed). It wasn't easy using heat shrink tubing with a Bic in the wind. I reckon it was about two hours all together.

Mrs. Ha's early morning lab work is nearly done (she has to be there at 5 in the morning), thank goodness, as she didn't change her bedtime much. Next up is normal daytime hours at an outpatient lab. She might be hired by December, hooray, we can balance our budget.
Finally, I guessed exactly what my salad would cost at lunch, and got it for free. Woot, I should buy a lottery ticket.

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My doctor likes to play God | 16 comments (16 topical, 0 hidden)
And if all the drugs don't work by ks1178 (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 07:45:13 AM EST
At least the tamilfu might give you a nice trip.

I dunno, it's rare and expensive by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 07:54:07 AM EST
Ecstacy might be cheaper.

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Yeah, but I don't think by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 08:04:12 AM EST
your wife is Nicole Kidman.

(obscure 90's flick..)

Ooh, that looks interesting by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 08:10:48 AM EST
Hitchcockesque on IMDB, and Nichole Kidman does her own nude scenes.

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Oh now really by johnny (4.00 / 1) #14 Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 02:52:56 PM EST
Eyes Wide Shut is great, Tom Cruise and all.

Even if I didn't like it I would have to like it or else Kubrick would have fucked up, and that would be more shock than my cognitive system can handle.

She has effectively checked out. She's an un-person of her own making. So it falls to me.--ad hoc (in the hole)

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He was great in by johnny (4.00 / 1) #17 Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 04:47:29 PM EST
Rain Man, Magnolia, and especially in Collateral. Perfect in Collateral. Hard to take him seriously in the M.I. movies.  He's such a runt. Not exactly action hero. I admire his physique but I cold hold him in the palm of my hand. . .

I liked his "breakthrough" performance, in Born on the 4Th of July.  Quite a depressing movie, but he did it well. Heartbreaking line: "This can't be motherfucking hell, because if this is motherfucking hell, where's the motherfucking devil?" (After which, of course, he immediately shows up. . .)

She has effectively checked out. She's an un-person of her own making. So it falls to me.--ad hoc (in the hole)

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WIPO by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 08:08:57 AM EST

but maybe that's tacky

Yeah, I strove not to offend anyone by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 08:11:47 AM EST
except for the whingy shoe gazing emo kids, and they're impossible not to offfend.

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You stole my AIDS joke <nt> by miker2 (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 11:16:50 AM EST

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and YOU sank my battleship! by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 1) #11 Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 12:02:24 PM EST

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I laugh at your feeble dependence on medication by debacle (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 10:43:36 AM EST
Really, I think it's kind of sad. My grandmother takes less medication than you do.


My grannie does too by georgeha (4.00 / 3) #10 Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 11:26:30 AM EST
but then she's dead.

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I've got some sad news for you by lm (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 01:01:14 PM EST
If she's dead, it's not your Grannie that's taking her medication.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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Azathioprine. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 01:22:42 PM EST
Only the best from the NHS.

Well dammit by johnny (2.00 / 0) #15 Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 02:57:54 PM EST
Get better and stay well, all of you Ha's.  I've had just about enough of this shit lately and I swear I'm not going to put up with it too much longer.

ATTENTION DECENT HUMAN BEING INFIDELS: Do not get sick and suffer unnecessarily.  Enough is enough, and let the bad people take a turn. That is all.

I don't know which is more impressive: wiring the mirror, adapting to its up-is-down-ness, or guessing the salad weight. All three of those accomplishments are beyond my abilities.

She has effectively checked out. She's an un-person of her own making. So it falls to me.--ad hoc (in the hole)

I think salads cost $3.50 a pound by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #18 Wed Nov 15, 2006 at 02:01:17 AM EST
and the digital scale displays the weight, easy if you're quick with math (I guessed, by mine run between $1.50 adn $1.75.)

The wiring was easy but tedious, just matching wires, tryign to move to mirror, repeat.

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