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So Long And Thanks For All The Fish

I am moving out to my own domain and self-hosted WP blog

http://www.dancingaboutarchitecture.org

For those of you who read this blog via RSS feed, the new feed address is

http://feeds.feedburner.com/DAA

which you can either enter into your RSS reader now or head over to my new site and use the handy syndicate buttons.

For those of you who read this blog on Live Journal, unfortunately, my new blog will not be syndicated over there. However, you are more than welcome to set up a syndication using the RSS feed above if you still would like to read this blog on your friends page. Please comment on the LJ site if you do set up one up so others can grab it too.

I am now off to change my blog address at every location I have it entered, which I imagine is going to take quite a while. Can those of you wonderful, fabulous people who have my blog on their blogroll, please change it to my new address?

See you all over at the new place!

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TGIF!

Thank God It’s Friday!  This week has been so long and stress filled.  I am currently sitting on the couch playing with themes for my new blog whilst the Doctor Who episode “Dalek” is playing in the background.   Ahh… the life of a geek.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Medical Issues

Today I had to go and see the specialists over at RPA Hospital after my unsuccessful pap smear. I think the whole appointment can be summed up by the fact that I didn’t see one specialist, nor did I see two specialists – I saw three specialists. Turns out I have a congenital (present from birth) defect affecting my reproductive organs and possibly my urinary system. I need to go for a pelvic ultrasound to have a look at the extent of the defect and then an IVP to investigate my kidneys and urinary system. Then it’s back to the specialist to discuss the findings and if surgery is possible to correct some of the defects.

I have been told by the specialists not to give up my dream of having children as it should be possible for me to conceive. This is after me telling them that I have no desire to have children. I guess in their line of work they rarely see women who don’t want kids, especially since I was the only non-pregnant woman in the waiting room.

I must admit that I am a bit stressed out about this. Adding on the stress from work at the moment and you have only stressed out little vegemite. I just want the weekend to hurry up and get here so I can have some downtime to process this all.

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ARGH!

Work is insane at the moment.  I have worked overtime the past two days and will have to go in early tomorrow to get everything done.  Needless to say that this leaves little time to blog and go visiting all your blogs.  Hopefully after tomorrow things will become less insane and I can get back to the important job of blogging.

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One Year On

Fibronyalgia RibbonA year ago this week I started experiencing pain in my knees, by the end of the week the pain had spread to my entire body and I could barely move. A month later, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is best described as a widespread chronic pain disorder. It causes pain and weakness in the muscles, fatigue and cognitive dysfunction. Nobody knows what causes it and there are few effective treatments for it. A year ago, I was working as a veterinary nurse. Two months later, I was forced to quit as my body just couldn’t handle the physical aspects of the job. I had to re-examine what to do with my life based on what my body was capable of. Needless to say, it was a tough period of my life.

I joined a couple of online support groups but I soon became tired of them as I felt that most members were trying to out do each other with how sick they were and how little they could do. I didn’t want to dwell on my condition and my limitations. I wanted to know what I could do, not what I couldn’t do. I stopped researching about fibro and quit going to my rheumatologist (he wasn’t much help anyway). I got my current job and tried to get on with my life. It worked to a certain degree. I gained back most of my mobility and learned to cope with the other crap that comes with fibro.

My life has changed dramatically from the life I had a year ago. I try not to dwell on the things I have lost but instead focus on what I have gained. I am debating going back to my rheumatologist to see if there is anything he can do for the persistent pain in my legs. If I can get that pain under control then maybe I can exercise more and be able to do more of the things I want to do.

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Light Reading?

Besides doing two loads of laundry and taking the dogs for a walk, I have spent the remainder of the day on the couch reading.  Such a relaxing way to spend a Saturday.  I have read two books this afternoon, “A Child Called It” and “A Brother’s Journey”.  Both books are about surviving child abuse.  The authors are brothers and both tell their version of growing up in the same abusive household.  Not exactly light reading, but the books were ones I couldn’t put down.  It was amazing the extent of their abuse and yet nobody did anything until it was almost too late.  The older brother got pulled out of the house and put in foster care, but the younger brother was left there to survive as best he could.  Back in the 70s nobody talked about child abuse, what happened behind closed doors stayed behind closed doors.  Today there is much more awareness about it, but still not enough to save kids from abusive situations or to stop things before they get a chance to escalate to the point of abuse.  With women having kids to cash in on the baby bonus without any thought about how they can afford to care for the children, I can see the incidence of child abuse and neglect escalating in Australia.  Already the foster care system is at breaking point, it simply can not provide for the number of children needing care.  I am sure as hell the Howard government never thought about these kids when they decided to throw money at women, who have no business having kids, for them to breed and keep on breeding.  I wonder if the Rudd government has the balls to scrap this scheme and put the money towards providing paid maternity leave and a better foster care system.

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Earth Hour

Earth HourOn Saturday 29th Saturday at 8pm, the world is going to turn off its lights for one hour to help bring awareness to our environment and how we are damaging it by living beyond our world’s resources. Earth Hour last year was a Sydney only event, but this year it is going global. All you have to do to take part is to turn your lights off for one hour at 8pm. If you feel so inspired, you can make it a real event by holding a candlelight dinner for your family or friends or by having a night-time picnic in a park overlooking your city and just seeing what it looks like with all the lights turned off.

I really want to take part in Earth Hour, but like last year, I am going to be out. Last year I was seeing a production of “Sunday in the Park with George” and this year I will be at a Patty Griffin concert. I seem to always end up in a place that produces more greenhouse gases in one night than my house does in over a month.

Next year, I promise to actually take part in Earth Hour.

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