Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fixed the boo-boos

I got my car back today. It took an extra few/several days because the wrong parts came in. So we had to wait for the right parts. But it looks bright and shiney. I have a 1/3 paint job done now. LOL. But I'm happy to have my car back. Poor thing.

As for my physical therapy, it's going nicely. My physical therapist is very into letting the body heal itself, working WITH the body, and taking it nice, slow and easy. I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting with a neck and back injury but PT invoked thoughts of having to do millions of exercises, weight lifting and stretches and stuff... but really on a level of, like, Olympic training or something.

I've had PT before but only on my ankles and yeah, I had to do all kinds of things even when it was still hurting and swollen.

So I have to do heat, then stretching very lightly--if I feel any pain I am to stop the movement--and then ice. It does help me feel better, for a little while anyway.
Today in therapy he put this ultrasound heat on my neck and back, then electric stimulation with an ice pack. Verrrrrry weird stuff. I'm feeling pretty sore right now though.

This is a disjointed post. I've also gone through mid-terms during this BS so it's just been a real stressful situation all around. Hoo boy.

One of my poor ferrets got sick over the weekend too, warranting an emergency visit to a vet. He has a bladder infection and had developed crystals in his urine, blocking him from urinating. Poor sweet boy. We had been mixing in a quality cat food with their ferret food... just because that's what my ferret shelter friend does... but maybe that's not such a good idea anymore. ANYWHO, full ferret food diet from here on out. EVO is supposed to be really good, so is 8-in-1 Ultimate diet (specifically the Ultimate line) and Totally Ferret is okay. Oh and I've heard/read good things about Zupreem I think.

We bought some Totally Ferret that day at the store but they didn't have much of a choice, and then I bought some EVO and 8-in-1 Ultimate dry food online.

I'm just grateful he is okay now. Poor, poor sweet thing. But thank goodness he seems to be on the mend, and thank goodness it wasn't anything really serious and that he managed to pass the obstruction himself, albeit I'm sure it was beyond painful for him. It usually is super serious whenever any of my animals get sick and there's usually nothing I can do or anything that can be done. That's just been my rotten, horrible luck over the years.

I have two boy ferrets right now. Apollo is about 5.5 years old and Luke is 5 years old. Apollo is what's called "adrenal", which is a horrible thing that ferrets suffer from due to irresponsible, horrible breeding practices that mess with ferrets' hormones... but the use of melatonin has been found to help these ferrets. We've been giving Apollo melatonin orally but next vet visit we're going to get the melatonin chip put in him.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Messin' with the mind

I went to my psychology class on Thursday. Trying to put my life back together after the car accident. What a stressful, horrible, painful mess. Anyways. :-(

So we're talking about development and Piaget and all that fun jazz. My professor puts up a video from You Tube:
(Just look up "conservation task" on You Tube and you should find it if the embedding doesn't work.)



She played it once, talked about it a little more... like the difference between the younger kids and the older child in the video and their cognitive development... Then she played the beginning one more time.

After she made her points about the video, my professor shut it off in the middle of the second playing and said "Okay. That's enough of screwing with little kids' minds."

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Why bother anymore?

The world is truly "guilty until proven innocent." And even then... you're still guilty.

Awful.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Continuing on...

In my last post I forgot to mention one more "problem" with blogging... the juxtaposition, if you will, regarding anonymity.

On one hand it's nice to meet new people, make new friends... I've known some bloggers who've given out their URLs to just about everybody they meet, such as their dentists. And/or they would meet people through the blog and become "real life friends" with them. Later on they would lament the loss of being able to write freely because real-life people read the blog.

You see, my first blogging experience was with LiveJournal. I started on there in 2001. I would read about a lot of people's experiences with meeting other LJers offline and becoming fast friends. I was kinda jealous of that. I met with a few LJers offline myself but never more than once. I was crestfallen that I never developed any meaningful relationships offline.

But now... perhaps this is a good thing. One thing that was never taken away from me was my ability to write what I want, when I want, and write what I needed to write.

Let me further explain LiveJournal and why I think it's been advantageous to me... You can lock your journal however you want. And you have that choice for every entry you make. It can be fully public, fully private or only people on your Friends List can see your entries. You can even make filters so only certain people on your Friends List can see what you write!

I have friends on my LJ from all over the world. I think we are able to enjoy being open and honest without worry of "real life" implications. I'm still not fully open there... my friends know my first name and the state I live in and all, but I do keep other telltale details vague. Occasionally I wish I could say more about my life, for instance I keep quiet about the exact university I am attending. But it's better to err on the vague side.

Let me end by saying this... it bugs me there is no right answer for all of this! LOL
No black and white, no clear cut solutions.
This is one reason I enjoy math so much, there is pretty much only one right answer and there is really no debate about it. (For the most part.)
It's not like life, life is so damn complicated. And blogging has become complicated. One thing I do miss is people/bloggers being open and honest, reaching out for support... Blogging seems to have locked people up into a box whereupon they must put their best foot forward and keep problems to themselves. Problems that could be, used to be, helped just by blogging about it.

bloggy thoughts

I realize that I am quite guarded when I write this blog. I actually have a personal journal where I spill more about my life... but this here blog is very... guarded and perhaps even bland. Not like I have a lot of readers anyways!

It's tough. In the day and age when you have to be careful about the information you put out there about yourself... how can you then reveal things in a blog? I used to average about 15 entries a month and it's really petered off since I shifted inward to being very cautious about what I say in this here public blog. Now there certainly are ways to still protect yourself while being able to reveal more about yourself. It's not like I have to post my SS number or anything.

Not to mention... in the day and age when there's a million, trillion blogs out there with talented people writing... and not only writing but earning lots of money for doing it... what am I?
I will say I'm a little tired of these "professional blogs" where people are doing it for the money. In my opinion ever since Dooce was able to support herself and her husband and family with just her blog... that was like a starting gun for the race to extreme blogging--blogging for lucrative reasons instead of the reasons blogging came about in the first place. For connections, thoughts, venting, a sense of virtual community, etc.

I don't know why I'm writing this other than I'd just like to get it out there.

And here's something about me... I was in a little car accident a few days ago. :-( Someone shot out of a side street right into me. My poor sweet car is banged up, I'm banged up... Ugh. Hopefully I'll be fine in the long run, i.e. no soft tissue/muscle damage. I'm extremely sore and today I overdid it so I just had to take a strong painkiller. Ergo... that would also explain the "floopy writing".

I am NOT looking forward to having to sit in a classroom for 3+ hours when I have to go back to school.

Okay, I'm really losing the possibility for coherent thoughts now so I'd better quit while I'm ahead. I think it's too late for that though.