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Vogon's experiencing some side effects that worry me -- dizziness, nausea, swelling around the eye below the wound, hallucinations which may be related to the concussion *or* the Dramamine II he's taking for the nausea) -- but he's seeing his doctor tomorrow.

I read how to clear a BIOS password today since the one on the computer in Laurel's room somehow got scrambled and rendered the computer unusable. I started by removing the CMOS battery and leaving it out for half an hour -- no dice. Vogon suggested I look for the clear CMOS jumper, so I reread that section of my reference, then moved and restored the jumper positions on the most likely jumpers one at a time, plugged things back in and booted. That did the trick, but also alerted me that the CMOS battery was low. It's a standard size battery (CR2032) but walking anywhere in 90-degree weather with the midget in tow for a ~$3 battery is unappealing so I'll replace it later.

In case it's not painfully obvious, I'm cranky, but not because of sleep issues. I've got an especially nasty round of PMS right now -- bloated, tender and swollen breasts, more easily frustrated than usual, and it seems like Laurel won't shut up. If I was cramping, I could justify taking bitchwort or cohosh, but odds are I'm just going to feel like crap on rye until Mother Nature decides to pull the floodgates.

...And people wonder why I'd gladly trade in my entire reproductive system if anyone/anyplace would take it out.


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Jun. 3rd, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
You perhaps already know this, but: Lithium batteries have a very long shelf-life. That becomes a point-of-interest if there are sizes that you use multiple times over the course of a couple of years.

I look for sales to maintain a stock of batteries for my PDA, and buy batteries for my 20-something year-old watch two at a time because they have to be special-ordered.
Jun. 5th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
I do. Vogon periodically buys extra lithium batteries, I simply couldn't find any CR2032 ones around the house (they're probably hidden in his study somewhere) so I decided to buy them.

I have a PDA with a proprietary internal battery that needs to be frequently recharged (Palm recommends topping it off on the cradle daily) that went dead after I went a month without recharging it, so now it's a very pretty paperweight. I mostly used it to hold addresses and notes anyway, so I'm really only out its utility and should to hit an office supply store sometime to look at small address books.
Jun. 5th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
Which model is your PDA? There are probably supplies and instructions “out there” for independent battery replacement.

My PDA (a Rex 6000) has the functionality of an 8-bit personal computer, but I use it mostly to store lists of various sorts (contact info, serial numbers, &c).
Jun. 6th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
It's a Palm m500. I'm just nervous about opening it up myself to replace the battery, but it's worth trying since the minimum charge of having it repaired by sending it to Palm is as much as the PDA cost new a few years ago.
Jun. 7th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
The battery is the UP383562A; I've not searched exhaustively, but the best price that I found was from Brilliant Store. It's plugged (rather than soldered) into the system. I found fairly simple instructions for battery replacement. You need T5 and T6 Torx screwdrivers, and it would probably be helpful to have a plastic flat-head screw-driver.
Jun. 3rd, 2005 06:43 am (UTC)
Jeeez, that doesn't sound too good. You'll have to keep us posted on what the doctorb says. Hope he's OK!
Jun. 6th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
The swelling went away over the weekend. I don't know what the doctor said on Friday, but he was quite nice today when we accompanied Vogon so I could watch his stitches come out. (Laurel looked at pictures in magazines for most of the visit, but did helpfully ask "Can I see his brain?". Haha.)
Jun. 7th, 2005 07:59 am (UTC)
...so, did she see his brain?

(seriously, it's good that it sounds like he's doing a lot, lot better.)
Jun. 3rd, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
Eh, I hate PMS, like childbirth isn't bad enough...hang in there. :)
Jun. 7th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
Thanks. Once my cramps start I can treat them, so it's the waiting that kicking my butt this month.
Jun. 3rd, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
Head wounds and force
I saw a head wound from a guy who passed out in his shower, clipped a metal fixtureon his way down, woke up in a puddle of blood, then stumbled across the hall to his neighbor, and promptly collapsed into the neighbor's house when he opened the door.

It looked like a 3" gash. He was hit hard enough that I had to tell him who he was several times between when he regained consciousness and the German paramedics took him away.

Just guessing, but a gash like that would probably require a lot of force. I'm sure I could endlessly theorize, but hallucinations this late in the game don't sound good. If he were to complain about vision out of that eye I'd be seriously concerned about facial bone fracture.
Jun. 7th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
Re: Head wounds and force
He fell headlong much of the length of the bathroom so, yes, that was with some force.

He's doing much better now.
Jun. 3rd, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
BTW, I had an interesting pate on a whole grain bread vaguely resembling rye the other day. It wasn't that bad (read: a far cry from "crap on rye") but it was harder to cut apart than the bread it was on. It was pretty cohesive. I think I heard it scream as I separated just enough to fit on a bite size bit of bread. I really wish it had tasted like crap just to fit in with the other unappetizing qualities it had.

I really do have an odd sense of humor. And if it helps, I think Walgreens stocks CR2032 batteries. I know King Soopers and Safeway do for sure tho (and all of the those office-supply-super-evil-chains).
Jun. 7th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
I think it would be funny if food made more noises.

I bought a two-pack of CR2032 batteries at our local Walgreens over the weekend, I simply didn't want to walk there with Laurel in tow since she's developed the habit of announcing that she's too tired to walk when it's time to go home or we're partway there. She's too heavy for me to comfortably carry and struggling with her in the heat of the day here seems to tire me more than her, so I just don't run errands with her now.
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