The State of Things

This past week was a long and difficult one for me. I was in pain, which isn’t unusual for me now since the surgery, which would have been bad enough but bearable had I not been stupid at work, tripped and fallen and slammed my stomach into a bench before continuing on the way down to the floor.

That was about as much fun as it sounds.

It would have normally been the sort of thing I could get up and walk away from, maybe with a groan and the need for some Advil, but nothing serious. As it was, it amplified the pain in my abdomen so much that I couldn’t even bend my body to get off the floor. I tried. It failed. Paramedics were called, a scene was made, and in the end, I spent a little while at the ER, just to be sure that everything was okay.

They gave me an injection of what turned out to be fentanyl, and for those who don’t know, that’s a narcotic. I felt a little sleepy, but I didn’t think much of it, because hey, I hadn’t been sleeping well anyway due to the pain, and I was tired. Fatigue plus constant painkillers were what I suspect made me trip in the first place. But at one point I looked at the clock, looked away, and then looked back what felt like only a short time later, only to find that half an hour had passed while I stared at the curtains moving.

They weren’t really moving. I was just so stoned I couldn’t tell.

I suspect there are better places to trip than a hospital bed.

But it did take away most of my pain, and took it down to a more manageable level. They gave me a prescription for morphine and sent me home. Morphine, I should add, knocks me out at even a low dose, and leaves me with a fuzzy head for about 4 hours after it stops taking away pain. Any day in which I need morphine is a day in which I cannot work.

I spent almost a whole week off work. I went to my workplace’s Christmas party on Saturday night, but mostly to let people know I was still alive. I was there for about half an hour before I had to leave again. People were just glad that I showed up at all!

So I’m down almost a whole week of pay at work, which means I have to take overtime if I can this coming week just to pay the rent at the end of the month, and I’m not looking forward to that. As such, this coming week’s going to be somewhat light on reviews and interaction. I think maybe 1 more review will end up getting posted, and I won’t be around Twitter as much.

But after that, on to more positive things! I have 9 list posts that will be going up, starting next week, looking at the top and bottom books of this year, what’s to come next year, and more! I’m looking forward to all of that, because it gives me a great chance to look over everything I’ve done and pick out the books I really want to get some serious recognition.

And if anyone wants to listen to my Canadian accent, I was part of another SF Signal Podcast, talking about good gifts for genre fans in my family/circle of friends. Drop by and have a listen!

4 comments on “The State of Things

  1. Condolences all around, and glad your up and moving. It wont make you feel better, but I have plenty of OT in my future for the end of the year as well.

    Look forward to seeing you posting again.

    • At least I can schedule the overtime for when I want to take it, which is nice. My workplace is offering unlimited overtime until the end of this Sunday, to get some extra hours on the last paycheque before Christmas, so I’m taking advantage of it while I can!

  2. Take whatever time you need to focus on getting yourself back on track–that’s far more important than posting a certain number of reviews in a given week!

    • True true!

      I’m actually looking forward to the coming 2 weeks, because even though I won’t be posting any more reviews this year, I’ll be going full speed ahead with the “Best of” lists that I’ve compiled, which is always fun (even if it can sometimes be a challenge to decide which books I liked the most in a given year)! And I always like seeing everyone else’s “Best of” lists, too!

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