Hey everyone! Checking in here with another journal entry. This year I'd like to try being a bit more regular with them-- no more going 6 months without an update (hopefully).
January has been... well, there's no other word I can use aside from "chaotic". Actually, it sort of started with Christmas, and then continued into the new year.
I mentioned in my last journal entry that I was going back to Florida to spend Christmas with my family, and that I would be passing through Las Vegas on my way back to Washington. The whole thing started pretty smoothly-- I took a shuttle down to Seattle, and a nonstop flight the next morning to Tampa. The Christmas break was pretty nice. Where I was, Christmas Day was in the mid-80s Fahrenheit. It was the trip back where I experienced some problems. I had a layover in Houston before my flight to Las Vegas, and unfortunately, a huge storm system (like, with tornadoes) struck the Houston area the day before my flights. When I landed at IAH, I was a little worried I would be late for my connecting flight, but as it turned out, that wasn't a problem, because it had been delayed for about 4 hours. About midway through my time in Houston, the terminal lost power to most of its computer systems, which meant even more of a delay. I was originally supposed to get into Vegas around 7:30 PM local time, but it was actually much closer to 11:30 by the time I was finally on the ground. Which meant I didn't get to see the Bellagio Fountains, because they stop the show for the night around 11. I checked into my room at the MGM Grand, which had an excellent view of the Excalibur and New York, New York. It's weird looking out your window and seeing a giant castle and the Statue of Liberty. About midnight, I took a cab out to the Bellagio anyway and walked back down the Strip, taking photos. I bought some souvenir dice and poker chips at a gift shop along the way. And the next day, I was on my flight back to Bellingham.
The night I got back, I was really exhausted, so I just kinda collapsed on my sofa bed. Sometime after 11, I was woken up by my apartment shaking. In my tired state, I initially thought that the neighbors upstairs were doing something, or that it was a train passing. But it turned out to be an earthquake, a 4.8 with an epicenter just north of Victoria, BC. Just about everybody from Vancouver to Seattle felt it.
I spent New Year's Eve with a friend of mine in Canada, and we were having a nice time. A couple minutes before midnight, though, we got a panicked phone call from another friend. Without getting into any details, this other friend ended up in the hospital for a few weeks. So, that sort of made for an awkward start to 2016.
Over the first week of January, I was sort of looking to get back to a little bit of normalcy in my life, but that didn't happen. I did finally get to see the new Star Was movie-- a little derivative of Episode IV, yes, but I thought it was still a really fun movie. A few days later, though, I ended up in the hospital myself. I woke up at around 3 AM with really horrible stomach pains, and nothing I did helped. So I drove myself to the ER, and they admitted me. It was the first time I'd ever actually been to the ER as a patient before. They hooked me up to an IV and an EKG, ran some blood tests, took some ultrasound images, and gave me a phenobarbital cocktail to ease the pain and help me get some rest. I walked out of the hospital at around 10 AM, with a new diet and a regimen of prescription medications to take over the next few weeks.
Over those next few weeks, I resumed my appointments with my job counselor, attended a party that ended up not going well, and nearly broke one of my fingers (although, fortunately, I was ultimately able to avoid going back to the ER). In between all of that, we lost David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey, and a bunch of others. And last weekend, I had a dental procedure, and I spent all of Saturday and Sunday recovering.
I think my life is finally slowing down enough to catch a breath. No more medical issues to deal with in the near future (hopefully). And I'm really hoping it stays slow for a bit. I could use the rest.