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Madrigal writeup coming later this week. It's only partial as it felt much more crowded than the last time I went to one so we left during the theater portion of the show. Highlights included getting a picture of Mom with Damon (in partial plate armor, he's going to be a heartbreaker) and talking to Brittany Skewes (she co-directed this year's show).

The same cold front that brought us snow Sunday/Monday laid me out. One of these days I'm going to install a self-cleaning hydrocephaly drain in my right maxillary sinus and not give a damn how it looks because it will improve my quality of life so much I might stop using The Doctor Whose Advice To Pray Enabled My Chronic Sinusitis' name as a curse word. Or not. I hope she dies of brainrot.

Laurel's been a pain and a half lately but I hope she's saving it for the overpriced eye doctor, who we pay another $150+ to in two weeks so he can guess (the techs do all the measuring and last time they didn't even bother finding out what the vision in her right eye was) whether eyepatching has helped her lazy eye. If he pushes surgery again well save our money and tell her pediatrician we felt he was more interested in money than Laurel's vision. I'm perfectly content to take the same approach Tea's mother did with his younger brothers as years of eyepatching is much more affordable than some $10k+ eye surgery that's the most common procedure said children's eye practice does.

Slight update to the appearance of the main page at castle.geek.net to reflect the pruning of dead content (and contributors that are long out of touch) and get things ready for a D'Evelyn alumni project I've had incubating all year; also uploaded the November 2003 photos to odd harmonic.


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Dec. 10th, 2003 12:45 am (UTC)
I had always wanted to get a door installed for my sinuses, so I could just open it up and lean forward whenever it got too bad. And I figure it might be harder to see and easier to disguise. You might look into that.
Dec. 10th, 2003 01:00 am (UTC)
Damn you for making me smile in the midst of a Cranky Mood!

Seriously, I'm pondering how it would work. I had most of the hydrocephaly drain thing worked out (except for what I could use to drill through bone) because the first company to successfully market self-cleaning drain tubes is local and was willing to part with a few samples for a reasonable price. Of course, they're not sterile anymore, but they're _really_ fun to play with.

On an unrelated note, one of the local newscasts ran a color piece on avalanche abatement and when I saw explosives I thought, damn, it would rock to be paid to get to play with that.
Dec. 10th, 2003 07:30 am (UTC)
Well, for the doors, what I was thinking was sawing through the bone, and then perhaps putting a slight bit of rubber around so the bone wouldn't re-fuse, (perhaps also over the skin?), and then put in a tiny pushable-magnet (like they do with TV Stand doors, you know? You push it and the door pops open, then shut it and a magnet holds it shut), and then cover up the seam/rubber with makeup and such. The only thing is, I figure the fresh air on the inner sinus would feel pretty weird, but at least you could just go Open->Tilt forward->Shake head -> hope it lands in garbage can or something -> stand back up -> close face.
Dec. 10th, 2003 01:27 am (UTC)
Micheal suffered Lazy Eye when he was around the age of two. He had to wear bifocal glasses for about two years and that corrected it. They worked too and his lazy eye has not resurfaced. Maybe that is something you can talk to the doc about.
Dec. 10th, 2003 02:07 am (UTC)
The overpriced eye doctor says glasses would only help if she's farsighted, which Laurel isn't, at least in her left eye.

Laurel's lazy eye wasn't noticable until she was around 18 months and it's steadily gotten better since, so we only saw the eye doctor in the first place because her pediatrician here guilted me into it at her last checkup. I'm not wild about returning to the eye doctor because our last visit was over four hours (the actual exam and consult took 20 minutes) and it's an hour's drive anyway with light-to-normal traffic.
Dec. 10th, 2003 05:24 am (UTC)
I should have clarified that Micheal did not have so much a prescription in his bifocals. Just the the left eye strangely enough. But if Laurel's is getting better than I would not both with another pointless trip to the eye doctor.
Dec. 11th, 2003 05:07 am (UTC)
Also: This has nothing to do with anything, but it turned out that I was victorious over the relay monitor, and did not have to do that stuff over again.

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