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As of this morning, my sister has officially been diagnosed with PTSD from nearly dying in February. She says it's okay to give details now--she had an ectopic miscarriage, in which she also lost a Fallopian tube and 50% of her blood (internal bleeding; nobody realized it until she was in surgery). (In the recovery room, a nurse cheerfully told her, "Well! We almost lost you!") So... that was fairly traumatic.

Scout has had a very bad week. The vet recommended we change his food, and... that did not go well. And then he tore into some garbage. I have cleaned up many, many kinds of canine effluvia the last few days. Mom took him to the vet yesterday evening--

--and today he's there on an IV to replenish his fluids and get his blood sugar straightened out (he's also diabetic). That is the calm, not-freaked-out version of events.

My wrenched ankle is a lot better, although still a bit wobbly; I will probably continue to use the ankle brace from time to time as a preventative measure. Unfortunately, I've started periodically having a burning sensation, sometimes a mild but shooting pain, in my big toe; it seems like I'm inheriting my mother's neuropathy.

My teeth are somewhat less haunted, although they do ache a little today.

We have moth problems.

Lizzie keeps shutting down if I'm away for more than an hour or so, despite the best error-repairing efforts of my frequent Advanced SystemCare scans; I've started pricing Dell laptops again for a Lizzie 2, possibly on a payment plan, because things are not looking good. Yes, it will be a Dell. No, this is not up for discussion. The Compocalypse was one of the worst months of my entire life and I'm not going to deviate from the one brand I have ever been able to rely on now.

Over the last few weeks, I've been dealing with mania and then (relatively mild?) depression, possibly a mixed state in there somewhere. I don't know that I've written anything substantial since the "Takiawase" recap last spring and the short story I finished afterwards; last year was such a parade of awful variegated stress that I was holding on to life by my teeth at several points. In a way, I feel like I'm having to teach my brain how to string sentences together again. That's why I don't post very often; I try, but--okay, right now, I'm stalling on this sentence. I don't even know how to complete a thought, and then I walk away, and then five days pass, and I never post it at all. We'll let that suffice.

I have gotten a lot done on the double-length Twin Peaks pilot recap. I have hopes for that being finished this century. (Lily Rose, who did commentary for me umpteen months ago, continues to wait patiently for me to get my shit together.) "Mukozuke" is closer to being done.

Kristen and I have been working on the Twin Peaks "Northwest Passage" eyeshadow collection, which will come out in July. She and Freddie and I have also been working out early Hannibal season 3 concepts for a set of four colors to come out in May, I think. The Blade Runner collection is already out and complete.

I have finally told a few Great Red Dragon Con stories on the latest episode of Made of Fail, which (ICYMI) foresthouse and I now cohost. The original theme was just "conventions we have known and loved," but the first twenty minutes are about Sir Terry Pratchett's passing, seguing into Emily's experiences helping run the North American Discworld Convention. I'm still trying to finish my Dragon Con post from last September to go with it, but clearly am having trouble sentencing the words, so we'll go ahead and mention the podcast itself now.

That should be all for now, both good and ungood, I guess. There's even more going on at the moment that I don't really want to get into--I tend to prefer that things settle down before I talk about them. In the meantime, we persevere.

Hang in there, Cleo. We're all pulling for you, both for the writing and for you yourself.

Oh Cleo! You guys have been through the mill and no mistake. So glad your sister made it!! I'll be praying for her as she deals with the PTSD. And for you and your healing from stress and injuries, as well.

Sorry that the things are mostly awful. All the possible well-wishes to you, your sister and Scout (and to everyone else in your life who might need those). I forgot whether you're okay with virtual hugs, and Scout might not appreciate the army of virtual manuls invadindg the house while he's away, so I'm sticking with "good thoughts" for now.

I hope Lizzie's regeneration will be successful.

Send your sister my love, if it's welcome. I have PTSD from the Fukushima earthquake and associated horrors. It's hard, but it gets better. But it is hard.

Oh hugs to your sister-I had a miscarriage that they thought was ectopic for a bit(turned out it wasn't, just close), and I know how horrifying it can be.

More hugs or affectionate gesture of choice to the rest of your family as well. Healing thoughts.

I am so sorry for all that you and your family is going through. Hang in there, and we're all sending good thoughts and virtual hugs your way. I hope things get better soon.

Okay, I feel bad for laughing given the general nature of the post, but I just clicked on the moth link. I completely lost it when I got to "plenty of company for scrapbooking."

Same here. The whole Storify had me LMAO.

Holy shit, that's a hell of a rough few months. Wishing all of you good vibes and a less stressful rest of 2015! *hugs*

I'm so sorry. Please, take care of yourself and your loved ones as best you can.
(And burn all the moths.)

Wow! That is a lot of goings-on. Allow me to officially shakefist in disapproval at all the bad ones.

My latest laptop is a Dell Inspiron 3537 (the cheapest I could get in this size) and it has been serving me quite well. I will note also that migrating from the old one *before* it gave up the ghost was considerably easier than all the previous times when I put off getting a new laptop until the old one had died, so if it's looming on the horizon, I think planning for it early the way you're doing is a good idea. Go Cleo!

Aw man, Cleo. Jedi hugs to you and your sister (and Scout).

Hugs to you and your family!

I'm still stuck on 50% of her blood. O_O That's horrifying. I'm sorry you all - especially your sister, but you all - are dealing with such a bad year. May 2015 be on an upswing.

That sounds like case bearing moth or one of its relatives. They all make little cocoons out of lint and dust debris. We've been fighting an outbreak of them for years because they got into the walls and the insulation. Kill them on sight and vacuum up all cocoons. They eat any paper, wood, fabric, glue, hair, grain or dry goods they get into so seal stuff off in containers.

Edited at 2015-04-18 03:01 am (UTC)

Well, hell. That's a lot to deal with. My best to you and yours, and I hope that things improve vastly and swiftly.