My nerve pain was pretty terrible this last week. I had the attention span for playing candy crush and listening to podcasts. I still ran errands and did essential tasks, but my mood was bad and I was exhausted. I took a lot of naps.
I went in today for Nerve Block #3. It went well. I’m planning to get these every 3 months. The doctor said she’d do it more often if need be. I told her the biggest difference I’ve noticed is that I’m able to read again. I went from reading only comics and articles in 2016 to reading seven novels so far in 2017. (I still read comics and articles, but now can read novels again too. I just checked my Goodreads account; and I’ve read 9 novels as of today).
The doctor had a resident with her again, and she explained everything she was doing. I think the combination of listening to her explain the details, and the fact that I had a vasovagal reaction last time, made me a little nervous. But I did OK and only had to lay there for a couple of minutes before I could get up and go. The whole thing was fast and pretty easy. I felt sort of euphoric; my pain lowered dramatically and it was easier to breathe. Since my pain is often in my nose and mouth, it can be hard to take a full breath, and albuterol doesn’t always help.
The resident said that my case was the most interesting one of the day.
I am waiting for the headache to come, the one that follows after the nerve block and lasts all night. My mouth hurts but so far, no terrible headache. I think it’s just on the edge though. I bought a bunch of popsicles and plan to keep eating them.
Yesterday as I was driving to the Humane Society for my volunteer shift, I saw a cop car pulled over on the bridge over the highway. I glanced over to see two officers with their arms spread wide, making that classic herding gesture. In between them was a goose. Not a common Canada goose, but a light brown and white, beautiful goose. I laughed aloud and figured they’d be going to the same place as me. When animal control or the police pick up strays, they bring them to the humane society.
A few minutes after I’d started my shift, I saw one of the officers walk in. I was the only person sitting up front at that moment so I asked if I could help him.
“Yeah, I have a… duck? Goose?” he said. “It’s in the back of my vehicle.” I imagine this was one of the stranger things this officer had done.
I went and got someone and it turns out the goose was a domestic, barnyard goose that had gone astray. She seemed quite calm. How she ended up on the bridge over the highway is a complete mystery. Now she is safely ensconced in the barn at the humane society. After a stray hold period she will be up for adoption.
I created a slide show and notes for and introduction to social model of disability. This is suitable for tweens, teens, and up. It is creative commons licensed. Please feel free to provide feedback and to use these slides and ideas for your group (with attribution). The slides and notes are on Google Drive. My brother gave this talk (with some coaching from me) for his kids’ Boy Scout Troop, and it took about 20 minutes.
Disability Intro Slide Show
Notes on the Slide Show
Have you read the following core science fiction and fantasy books? The year listed is the year published and includes YA books.
- Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey, 1968
- The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin, 1969
- A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle, 1973
- Kindred, Octavia Butler, 1979
- Psion, Joan Vinge, 1982
- Alanna: The first adventure (The Song of the Lionness series), Tamora Pierce, 1983
- Shards of Honor, Lois McMaster Bujold, 1986
- The Steerswoman, Rosemary Kerstein, 1989
- China Mountain Zhang, Maureen F. McHugh, 1992
- Ammonite, Nicola Griffith, 1993
- The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell, 1996
- The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner, 1996
- Bellwether, Connie Willis, 1996
- Crown Duel, Sherwood Smith, 1997
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling, 1997
- Ship of Magic, Robin Hobb, 1998
- Kushiel’s Dart, Jacqueline Carey, 2001
- The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer, 2002
- Fire Logic, Laurie Marks, 2003
- Princess Academy, Shannon Hale, 2005
- Zarah the Windseeker, Nnedi Okorafor, 2005
- The Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner, 2006
- Graceling, Kristin Cashore, 2008
- The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, 2008
- Liar, Justine Larbalestier, 2009
- Half World, Hiromi Goto, 2009
- The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N. K. Jemisin, 2010
- Among Others, Jo Walton, 2011
- Adaptation, Malida Lo, 2012
- The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson, 2013
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