Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Habent papem. (Non habeo papem me ipse.)

I left for the periodontist* just after the white smoke went up over the Vatican but before the new pope was announced. So my thought process while I was in the chair went something like this:

Habemus papem. Ecclesiastical Latin is so clunky; what's wrong with a dative of possession, I ask you?
My Latin professors always translated habeo as 'to have in hand,' but then they always illustrated it with 'horse,' which is a strange thing to have in hand. Unless you're holding the reins, maybe.
How would you render the difference in English? 'I have a horse in hand' is silly. 'I have the horse right here?'
...if at all possible, yes.

And then there were bad hexameters:

Caballum ipsum nomine Paulus Revere habeo.
Homo est atque dicens, sub candido caelo, potesse;
Illo equum potesse dicente, potest vere equus.


(I am sure it is full of mistakes; I have not taken the time to clean it up. If you want to point out infelicities in comments, have at it.)




*Cleaning, because the medicated mouthwash I have to use after the grafts stains my teeth brown. There is one last surgery scheduled for April, to touch up the one graft the surgeon still doesn't like and to remove the extra tissue around my molars-- mostly scar tissue from the wisdom tooth extraction-- that keeps me from flossing them effectively-- and then there will be a crown on the implant in May or June. And then we really will be done.

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

I have soup and pudding.

I will probably have very little but soup and pudding for the next week, but at least I can eat. Swelling is worse today, and seems like it might turn into bruising, but the pain is much better.


Meanwhile, why is it so much harder for me to write the AU where Enjolras and Grantaire have any moment of connection and understanding before "Orestes Fasting and Pylades Drunk" than it is to write the AU where there is sex pollen? (Or, well, sex-pollen-like substances. Substances with sex-pollen-like side effects. Which everyone is totally familiar with. Which makes this pretty clearly AU from the start.)

But, yes, I accidentally a kinkmeme fill.

I'm still working on the last part or three, but in a day or so, anyone want to beta some sex pollen?

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Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Back from periodontist

I am assured that everything went very well and that my grafts are a work of art and that I am model patient. But omg OW. Ow ow ow. Home with painkillers now.

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Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Word Count display in MS Word; gum surgery; writing

I'm still using Word 2003 at home, because every Word upgrade since 5.1a has been a textbook example of Verschlimmbesserung. And one useful thing it does which Word 2010, which I use at work, does not do automatically is to display, in the word count status bar at the bottom of the page, both the total number of words in the document and the word count up to the point where the cursor is.

Does anyone know if there's a way to make Word 2010 do this? It shows the total number of words, and if you highlight a section it will show the word count of both the selection and the whole, but I haven't found any way to make it show the words-to-this-point figure, and I really miss having it.

~*~

In other news, I am having what should be my last gum tissue graft tomorrow! Wish me luck.

And I am now not only writing the WIP o'Doom; I am also rewarding myself for making my daily or weekly word count on the WIP o'Doom by allowing myself to work on Les Mis kinkmeme fills. Yay? (Nothing posted yet, I'll link when I do.)

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Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Much improved already

Still v. tired, but pain has subsided a mostly-manageable dull ache so long as I don't do anything to disturb it.

Things which have disturbed it this morning so far have included sitting up, turning my head, touching my face, swallowing, blowing my nose, and, on several occasions, breathing, so not out of the woods yet. But still an improvement.

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Back from periodontist

Many thanks to [personal profile] alpheratz for getting me home safely. Surgery went tolerably well, though periodontist says that my bone density is not what it could be and I should get that checked out, and was totally unsurprised to hear osteoporosis runs in the family. JOY.

As for the actual procedure, it could have been worse.Collapse )

So basically I am okay and this is going to hurt for a little while but probably not cause any other complications, and I still have a lot of banked sick leave and plan to use as much as I need.

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Monday, January 14th, 2013

Eep. At least I don't have a lot of time to fret about it.

Just called the periodontist to see when he can schedule me in for the tooth implant (and possible bone graft) procedure.

Turns out, Wednesday. This Wednesday.

Well. That's my week sorted.

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Huh. The rain has stopped.

And just like that, I suddenly feel so much better.

Stayed home yesterday with what felt like the beginnings of a cold-- swollen sinuses, general feeling that my head was wrapped in wool-- rather than overextend myself and risk delaying my recovery from the gum surgery. Woke up this morning without any more definite cold symptoms, but wretchedly tired, with my head and everything in it just feeling wrogn-- and emailed in sick for the second day in a row.

And now the rain has stopped, and it feels like the barometer might finally be rising, and I can think again. I can move my head without feeling like my brain is sloshing around.

I suppose it makes sense that my sinuses might be hypersensitive to pressure changes while the tissue of my upper jaw is still tender and slightly swollen from the surgery. It would explain why I've felt on the verge of coming down with a cold that never actually materialized.

And if that's what's been going on, I can hope for real improvement tomorrow, when the forecast is for dry and clear.

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Grar.

After healing perfectly for two weeks, one of my tissue grafts popped its stitches during the hurricane, or possibly even Tuesday night, and started creeping back up the gumlime; they're going to have to fix that one when they do the other side.

So next week I have a pre-surgical cleaning on Wednesday, since I still can't brush the gumline around the graft, and the next round of surgery-- on both sides, plus the roof of my mouth!-- on Friday.

Part of my weekend is clearly going to be spent making soup stock.

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012

State of the gums.

The good news is that the swelling in my face is finally going down!

The bad news is that the bruising is finally coming up.

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