Sixth Sense, Good News, Health News, Likely Bad News

Had britzkrieg and her fiancĂ© over last night to watch Sixth Sense which neither of them had seen before, and they’d also somehow managed not to have the ending spoiled for them. I really enjoy that movie, although I think this was the only time I’ve seen it that I wasn’t unnerved by it. Then again, it took me three viewings of it to watch the whole thing through without hiding my eyes through parts of it. I’m such a wuss.

We also did our taxes yesterday. Quite pleased with the results. Going to use the refund to buy a new computer! Shiny.

Had a follow-up with my Rheumatologist. He’s referring me to a pulmonary specialist as he still can’t figure out why I’m having such problems breathing. Also he put me on a prescription NSAID (diclofenac) and is switching me off Methotrexate and onto Imuran. So, more pills. And I’ve got to have a slew of blood tests done to make sure I can tolerate the Imuran. Pin cushion me. Sigh.

I was in so much pain on Thursday it made me furious. So I decided to try to meditate some of it away. I’ve been out of practice with my yoga, but I still remember the techniques, dammit. And hey, it worked! After half an hour of meditation and relaxation focus, I could breathe easier, and I hurt so much less. And I was in a better mood. I think I’m going to try to get back into the meditation groove. If nothing else, it’s self-hypnosis with a goal of relaxation pain management/stress diffusion.

And finally, heard from a couple fellow past Phobos winners that the results of the 2003 contest are beginning to go out. They know this because they got an email from the CEO that they’re winners.

I haven’t gotten any such email.

I suspect that means “Tried as an Adult” can be clumped into the non-winner category. Waiting for the final word, but in my (albeit limited) experience, the good news goes out in one batch, and the other news goes out later, in a more leisurely fashion.


I’m prepping myself for a great deal of disappointment over this. Whereas it’s possible I might be a winner still and the email was delayed, I think it’s more likely that I should gear up for a good mope fest. In preparation for this probable eventuality, Matthew bought home cake. He’s a sweetie.

But still . . . wah!

Going to try not to think about it today and instead focus on shopping for a new, shiny computer.

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7 Responses to Sixth Sense, Good News, Health News, Likely Bad News

  1. britzkrieg says:

    Thanks again for having us over last night! Next time is our treat.

    Tell hubbie that The Blair Witch Project unnerved me a lot more than The Sixth Sense (which really didn’t scare me), though the latter gave me more to think about. He should get a laugh out of that, at least.

    Terribly sorry to hear about your recent health woes! But glad that yoga might help. Good luck!

    You may not win the Phobos contest this year, but try to focus on all your other successes, whether you do or don’t. You’ve accomplished so much!

  2. I didn’t know that you are experiencing this now for quite some time. I hope your doctor finds out what is really wrong with you not having to breath better. I know I would hate to be in that situation.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Yah, my overall state of physical well-being has been on the fritz for a while now. It’s annoying but bearable, and I’ve got some really excellent doctors, whom I trust, which is always a good thing.

  3. alijt says:

    Wow…I have Fibromyalgia and know what living with pain is like. I would love to learn yoga and meditation techniques if it helps me not rely on the pain pills as much. How does one go about learning more about this alternative pain management? I hope you get to feelin’ better! Skunky cheek rubs to ya!

    • Eugie Foster says:

      I really love yoga. I got into it a couple years ago as an exercise alternative, took classes at a local studio. I did power yoga, which is a really good, low impact workout. Then Hobkin came along, and I preferred spending time at home than going to yoga classes (and I’m inherently lazy). But I still remember all the meditation techniques from my classes. I don’t do the asanas as much, but I want to get back into the breathing, meditation, and relaxation practice. I’ve had good luck with it as an alternative form of pain management. But it does take work and practice.

      If you’re interested in learning more about yoga and meditation, I highly recommend taking a few classes. Once you learn the basics of meditation, you can do it on your own at home. But it really helps to have an instructor at first to show you the basics, help you get a good feeling for your focus and balance.

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