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Aug. 28th, 2011 12:07 am
jeshyr: Moonscape, with the earth rising behind it (Earth)
Lots of stuff!!! Here are some highlights ...

Have started hacked for Dreamwidth! You can see on the latest code tour that my first two tinsy tiny patches have been accepted and since we just recently had a code push they are now actually being used on this very Dreamwidth you are now using!

Getting started coding doing code for Dreamwidth is a huge task. Without the wonderful Dreamhacks run by [personal profile] sophie and the Dreamwidth Wiki and the very very kind help of numerous people on IRC I would have given up. I am feeling extreme awe and admiration for newbie coders who manage to get started - I haven't coded (much) for a long time but I am familiar with the general gist of things and comfortable with a command line and even I got so overwhelmed and frustrated that I nearly gave up. Those who started with less initial knowledge than I did and have managed to get themselves coding are really impressive to me!

In the name of saving my own brain from terminal overload I created a script that does a bunch of the routine "house-keeping" things for me and also has a good help function for the inevitable when I forget how to use my own script. I wrote it partly as a self-teaching aid but it ended up being quite useful so now we have Ricky's DW Do-Everything Script available for anybody who's interested in using it. Hopefully this slightly reduces the difficulty of getting up and running for the next crop of newbies!

In less virtual news I've been gardening a lot this week as the weather's suddenly flipped from "mostly winterish" to "mostly springish" and my brain has demanded that I muck around in the dirt. Actually I've been doing it to the point where it's a bit detrimental to my physical health so I'm trying to self-monitor a bit better about that.

This morning a bunch of kids who live around popped up and asked me all sorts of questions and I got to answer some fantastic things like what dirt was made of and why I couldn't grow an apple tree in the tiny 1x1m shaded plot. I really enjoy kids!

Also I am waiting quite impatiently for a $60 order from Diggers to arrive so I can plant more things.

Saw my EDS specialist on Monday. He wants me to increase the Midodrine (the orange tablets I call "magic pills", for those of you who know me RL) from 6 per day to 8 per day. I've been doing this since Monday and it seems that it's letting me somehow overdo it - I've been quite ill almost every evening since and had two of my weird "digestion attacks" which I know are more likely when I've overdone it. Not sure what to do about this but I'll play around with the timing of the doses to start with... does anybody want to draw half-life-type graphs for me?

The EDS specialist also wants to get me fitted for a lower-body Jobst Garment with high-level compression and an abdominal binder. These are the very tight/strong compression garments worn by burns patients and people with Lymphoedema, like "surgical stockings" but even stronger. The main garment will probably be like a pair of pantyhose and then the abdominal binder will go over the top. It sounds very strange but if you think about it these compression garments are trying to do the same thing that the Midodrine is trying to do: squeeze the blood up to where it belongs. The Midodrine squeezes the blood vessels by chemically triggering them to contract in the same sort of way that caffeine does. The compression garments will squeeze the blood vessels directly by squeezing all of my lower body.

From what I've read many people do find these helpful but they take a lot of energy to get on and they're not very comfy to wear. The other alternative is a G-suit (yes, G-suits are used for this!!) but those are hard to come by. Anybody have contacts in the Australian Defence Force - I figure they could make it a cool charity/media type thing to give me one :)

Last thing: Foster cat Peggie has been adopted! A wonderful couple came and played with her and have adopted her, they were really nice and I think she'll be happy. Anekin misses her a lot and has been very sooky this week.

That's all for now - how have you been?



jeshyr: Blessed are the broken. Harry Potter. (Default)
Ricky Buchanan


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