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 …

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About Ken Mayer

Who am I? That is the question, isn't it? Over the years I have been many things. I assume this will continue. At the moment, I am actively seeking work. I am married to my wife of 23 years, am active in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.) ... and much, much more. The purpose of this WordPress site is to put my "Autobiography" here, allowing for easier commenting and such. We'll see how that goes.

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