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One evening last week, I was walking down the hill with [personal profile] rushthatspeaks past the community garden, and I saw a bright green bird in the undergrowth. What was a lovebird doing there? Unusually and luckily, the garden was actually open, so I went in and, with a little help, caught the bird. It seemed small if it was a lovebird, maybe a young one, and it wasn't going to make it outdoors despite its alertly biting the heck out of my hand as I held it. (In retrospect I think it was actually a parrotlet, not a bird I'd encountered before -- all green with a flash of blue on its behind, and the photos look right.) We were discussing how to keep a bird safe from cats at either of our houses until its owner should find it, but, also unusually and luckily, there was a cop parked right there, and I asked him what one should do with a found parrot. He called Animal Control and they came within about fifteen minutes to pick it up. They keep it for a couple weeks waiting for an owner to prove ownership by answering security questions, then send it to "a nice shelter" for adoption. The cop was very nice about the whole thing. I hope the bird is doing well; it had a bare tummy and some caked-on waste, but it seemed so alert that I think it was only messy because of its scary day out huddled on the ground.

Later that evening, there were magical cookies. I'd made some of my regular peanut butter cookie dough and just put it into the fridge. Keeping dough overnight vastly improves regular chocolate chip cookies, so when we baked some of the dough I wondered if it would be better. YES. YES IT WAS. Somehow butterscotch notes were in there, and the cookies were completely amazing. Had I measured the peanut butter? Of course not. As of last night I have now made another batch of dough, some of which is in the fridge right now, to see if the miracle can be repeated. Maybe the almond milk is important? We shall see.

In other news, I am going to Woods Hole (apparently some people haven't heard of it? most famous marine laboratory in the US) for a short course this summer! Being at the beach for ten days in late July will be great, and I will learn a lot about molecular evolution that's going to be very useful for my job. My mom says we visited there on my college tour (20 years ago, I remember nothing), and she wasn't impressed because it wasn't fancy, so it's probably exactly the sort of marine station I already know I love from Friday Harbor. Looking forward to it very much!

Also I am very brave today. I made an appointment to talk to my surgeon again about going on hormones to suppress the endometriosis, because I'm having trouble again already. I really hate being on hormones, and what she wants to do is a shot that lasts three months (so no take-backs). Potential issues include: BASICALLY MENOPAUSE, plus all the other wonders of getting sick more often and lacking mental focus that I've already had from hormones. This is fairly terrible, but apparently my other option is chronic pain, which isn't acceptable either. So, we will discuss it on May 6.

Date: 2015-04-21 09:12 pm (UTC)
submarine_bells: jellyfish from "Aquaria" game (Default)
From: [personal profile] submarine_bells
Endo sucks. I hope you find a treatment that works well for you.

I tried the hormonally-generated-insta-menopause, and it was hell on wheels for me - black black depression, insomnia, and many many more joys. So the idea of a "no take-backs" version of that sounds, um, non-optimal to me. Also, the outcome of that approach is generally temporary - sure, it shrinks the endo lesions, but only while you're on the hormones. They're back to business-as-usual once you stop. The only thing that really worked well for my endo was finding a surgeon who was willing to be seriously aggressive about removing it. Has your doctor talked about a surgical solution with you? If not, I strongly suggest you discuss it with them. In my case, this all happened a bit over a decade ago... it could be that medical research has come up with new ways of doing things since, but I did a *lot* of reading at the time, and it was pretty clear that then the surgical approach was the "gold standard" for dealing with endo - the most reliable way of getting symptoms under control and reducing the chance of recurrences. Has that changed?

Anyway, here's hoping that what you wind up trying fixes your endo good and proper!

Date: 2015-04-22 03:45 am (UTC)
submarine_bells: jellyfish from "Aquaria" game (Default)
From: [personal profile] submarine_bells
Ah, right. Hysterectomy sounds pretty aggressive as surgery approaches go. I gather it wasn't entirely successful, then. Ugh. I'm so sorry you have to deal with this.

(Sorry for losing track: my January was pretty much entirely in the fraught-to-awful range, so I'm afraid I lost the plot a bit.)

Date: 2015-04-22 04:15 am (UTC)
submarine_bells: jellyfish from "Aquaria" game (Default)
From: [personal profile] submarine_bells
***hugs*** if you want them.

I remember that... the cycle of hope and then disappointment and despair when a treatment was proposed, performed, and then a little while would pass and the bloody stuff would regrow. It was *awful*.

I had surgery, then hormones, then surgery again; at times other options were considered and discarded. And it looked like I'd be up for more of the same, indefinitely... and then I switched surgeons to someone with less attitude and more competence, and she went in with a more aggressive approach. I can't say I was delighted at the time to wake up post-surgery and discover that I'd had a surprise bowel resection.... but it did the job, finally. It was worth the the hassle to finally escape from the up-until-then more-or-less annual cycle of treatment, 3-6 months of low pain, and then it would return.

So here's all the sympathy in the world. Endo really does suck, and I'll be thinking of you and hoping you do find a solution for yours.

Date: 2015-04-22 04:31 am (UTC)
submarine_bells: jellyfish from "Aquaria" game (Default)
From: [personal profile] submarine_bells
Also, Woods Hole? WHEEEEE! Does Bob Ballard still work there? Anyway, Woods Hole do the coolest stuff! It's like Disneyland for ocean geeks!

Date: 2015-04-23 02:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] umadoshi
Hooray for all of the good things! So much BLAH for the endometriosis attacking you again. :( I hope a genuinely workable option comes out of talking to your surgeon.


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