Data and more data and more …

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The title of this post is a reference to my big project, the West Kingdom History site revamp. Have been spending VAST amounts of time updating data. Finished the current part of it, and am now looking at the next. Working on table structures and next up the code part. It’s kind of a toss-up whether I should be working on the administrative part, or the front-end part, they’re both vital, and sometimes one helps drive the other, and vice versa. Ugh. Oh well. Taking a breather to catch up a bit here.

So, a week … nearly two … ago, I picked up a bug my wife managed to get (some nasty-ass cold). Took me out for a week, the worst part being that coughing a) messed with my stomach wall (not fully healed yet from the surgery), and b) messed with my incontinence issues which I was making good progress with. Every cough a spasm on the stomach wall which hits the bladder which causes small leaks. Sigh. No fun at all. Now that the cold is mostly gone (some last vestiges, these things take for-freaking-ever to go away these days, and I’m sure it’s not just my age — people younger than me are struggling with these things too). Anyway … getting better.

Herself is stressing about work, she has no clue if in a year she’ll still be working at the company she’s at (no names), which would be seriously distressing … she hopes to stick on until retirement (66, she’s 61 now). If they lay her off, I think she’ll have two years of coverage after, but that’s not the five she needs. And since I’m not working (seriously, some part-time stuff that comes and goes) that is even harder. The company keeps reorganizing … it’s very frustrating. She keeps hanging in there, but she’s worried that they’ll try to push her out sooner than she’s ready. Luckily her bosses like her, but still there’s never a guarantee anymore.

Anyway … not a lot else. Cats are as great as ever, goofballs. Herself is mostly back to healthy from the bug, I’m mostly back to healthy from the bug. It’s now just finishing recovery from the surgery. And working on that History project. Man, that is a monster. I knew it would be, but still … Suppose that’s about all I need to put in here for the moment. Just felt I should post once in a while.

Having a cold while recovering from surgery – no fun

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Okay, last week, herself got a head cold (possibly something involving a fever). I thought maybe (knock on silicon) I had avoided it, until Sunday afternoon/evening. Ugh. Monday was horrid, I spent most of the day in my easy chair watching TV and dozing. I did almost nothing else, except get up to use the bathroom, feed the cats, etc.

Tuesday … only marginally better, but my throat — oh my gawd, my throat hurt. (Still does) And my head. And my stomach wall, because I coughed a lot, which hits the core muscles which are … the stomach wall, and mine is recovering from six incisions a couple months ago.

Today, a bit better, head a little less weird (but still weird), but the coughing was even worse. The biggest issue with the coughing is that despite all my work on getting the incontinence under control, the short hard bursts of energy on the stomach wall hit the bladder and if there’s anything in there, you get some leakage. That’s annoying. What was worse was that today I fell asleep (still mostly napping and watching stuff on the tube) and woke up with a wet spot in my jeans — big enough that I smelled the ammonia smell, and so on. Went upstairs, changed the underwear, pad, and jeans, and washed the jeans. Sheesh.

Nearly every single cough … argh. It’s very hard on the psyche among other things. Oh well. Off to take some Nyquill and crawl into bed with a book. Hopefully it’ll be better tomorrow.

On the positive side, Saturday was the two month anniversary of the surgery, so … something to keep in mind. Sigh.

And a Bit More Catching Up

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Nothing special, really, just feeling like doing something besides watching tv … I guess.

My recovery from the surgery is mostly going pretty well, the incisions in my stomach (six of them) are mostly healing up. One is taking a long time for the scab to go away. I guess at one point I may have pulled it too soon or something. Nothing bad though, no infection, etc.

A couple(?) weeks ago I discovered my youngest brother, David, also has Prostate Cancer. His wife got hold of me (because he feels we’re estranged … I just haven’t had much reason to reach out to him, but oh well), and I got hold of him and we messaged back and forth about it for a while. I am suggesting he push his doctor to do his job a bit (diagnose already). The Gleason Score for the one segment of his Prostate that is high is quite high. It’s one of 12 segments (or regions, or whatever term the medical community uses), so that has to be taken into account, though. He needs to make a decision. I suggested if he opts to deal with it to go with the surgery (for reasons outlined in other posts here).

On my side of things, the issues with incontinence are slowly getting better. No need to get graphic on that, but am feeling like from one day to the next I have more control.

We made plans before the surgery to go to Beltane Coronation (SCA event) this year, and got a hotel room for that. We did this hoping I’d be up for it, as we can cancel the room if needed. However, I’m feeling pretty good about it, and frankly I miss people. So that’ll happen this weekend.

Have been making progress on the History site data moves, but man, it gets tedious at times. Right now the hard part is updating every person who was an event autocrat (or now “Event Steward”) so that the event link points to the new version of the site (data driven, the web address is almost identical with the parameters being the thing that’s different); and the same for those who have reigned; and also for those who have arts stuff that points to specific events (mostly “Head Cook” entries). To do this I am using the Who’s Who on the admin side and looking at things by letter. So I did the letter “A”, and I looked at every single person whose name starts with “A” and updated the links if they had any. That got bad (“A” is the big one …). I added some code that displays the number of “jobs” and “arts” entries, and if both are zero I can just ignore them. Speeds things up … but it is still time consuming. Oh well. Made it through the letter “J” today, starting “K” tomorrow. One bit at a time. The biggest frustration at this point is that I can’t sit at the computer for long periods of time, the posture in the computer chair causes pressure on the abdominal wall and after a few hours it starts to ache. I have to go do something else … so with the letter “J” it took two days, where if I hadn’t had the surgery it would have been one … Also as I do these, I am finding weird little discrepancies, events that didn’t make it when I moved the data (well, I am only human), misc. issues with dates of reigns, and so on. Trying to fix things as I go also slows me down a bit, but it is worth it. It’s one way to ensure the data is mostly accurate.

Once I am done with that, I still have a few things to do for Phase 2. THEN I can start the coding for Phase 3, which may (or may not) make some folk happy — the Arts stuff, including Scribal … we’ll see how well that works. In my head I have a good idea, and I have the database worked out for the most part, although there are probably some things I need to do. But, getting there.

My poor long suffering wife is doing pretty well. She’s been frustrated by Kaiser, as she is the one paying the medical bills. She paid one, and then got hit by another. Turns out that they bill by department. Ugh. I hope that is the end of that. She was feeling pretty good after the first one. Not so much now. Once I get this whole thing behind me I will need to start seriously looking for real work again. Frustrating as that process is. Anyway, CJ is mostly doing fine. She and I are slowly working on cutting back on carbs and sugars a bit, although I keep blowing it (sugar addiction, damn it …) on the sugar side. But one step at a time. I really don’t want to do a structured diet, because at least for me I don’t have that much weight I need to lose, although I do need to lose some. She needs to lose more, but it’s hard to do a diet if only one person in the house is following it. A less structured version will help, but … she probably ought to get more exercise too. That’s hard when she comes home from work fried nearly every night.

The cats are doing great. Not a lot to say there. Two years old and counting and sweet and lovable, and goofy as you would expect. We treat them well, they’re love monsters … what more can you ask?

Well, pretty much rambling and my stomach wall is starting to bitch about sitting up straight like this, so should stop again. Can’t wait until that stops …