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I visited the NY Ren Faire yesterday. It was a different experience than the last time.

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Bookcases

Aug. 29th, 2013 01:00 pm
wgseligman: (Celtic garb)
My bookshelves were full of all the games I've purchased recently. The games had spilled over onto the floor, stashed in canvas bags so I could easily grab them to take to a friend's place or a game night.

A friend of mine had a couple of bookcases she had to give away. They were the same style as the Billy bookcases I already had. I took action.

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Patches

Apr. 8th, 2013 10:01 pm
wgseligman: (Ren Faire)
I've had some medical problems recently. As a result, I've only got partial vision in my left eye.

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I'm hosting a small gaming party at my place to welcome in the new calendar year.

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Ring

Dec. 4th, 2012 09:58 am
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Something unsettling happened to me yesterday, on my birthday.

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Over the past few days I've felt the steady yearn to visit the NY Ren Faire before the end of the season. This means going this weekend (Sep 15 or 16), since I'll probably be too busy the following weekend.

So why not just go?

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Game day

Jul. 22nd, 2012 09:13 pm
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Today a group of friends came over to play some games. We played Cards Against Humanity (twice!) and Settlers of Catan. It was the first time I played either one of those games. I enjoyed myself, though I won neither game.

Good company, good games, good times. It was a healing experience. Once again, I thank all those who came.

Upswing

Jun. 4th, 2012 12:50 pm
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The past four days have been a health nightmare. I now seem to be on the mend. I'll know more tomorrow.

Adventure

May. 27th, 2012 10:14 pm
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I just came back from a trip to California to visit my mother.

I had a medical emergency while I was there. I am so glad Nancy went with me. Without her, things would have been much more complicated.

I'll arrange for more complete medical care during this coming week.

One thing is clear: I can't go to Free Spirit Gathering this year. I've already written them to cancel.
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I tried to donate blood again tonight. Once again, my iron level was too low. It's in the normal range, but for blood donations they have a narrower range of acceptance.

I got some tips from the phlebotomist and I'll give it another try. However, it's occurred to me that maybe blood donations are simply not the method for me to give.

I'll guess I'll have to find something else to do to ease my conscience.
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OK, last night I whined.

If you're one of my LJ friends, you saw the post. If you're not, it's not worth becoming one just to see it. Believe me.

One of my personal rules is: It's OK to whine once in a while, as long as you offer something to the universe to make it worth tolerating the whining. Fortunately, [livejournal.com profile] sabrinamari provided an answer: I've made an appointment for tomorrow evening to donate blood.

Already I can hear the universe respond, "OK, Seligman, if that's what you're going to do, you can whine once every 56 days."
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I just came back from an endoscopy and a colonscopy. The alien implanted egg is doing great, and... it's a Queen! Hurray!

Translation for the humor-impaired: I'm fine. It was just one of those exams you get when you reach your fifties.
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Today I'm going to undergo a minor medical procedure that will affect my eyesight. I won't be able to work for the rest of the day.

In two weeks, I'm going to have a diagnostic procedure that will become a feature of my life from now on, once a decade or so. The preparation for the procedure is messy, painful, and will take an entire day; I won't be able to work that day either. I'll have to miss work on the day of the procedure, because of the anesthesia; I won't be able to drive for the entire day.

All of this medical attention is unpleasant, to put it mildly. I wish I didn't have to do it.

But the alternatives are worse: blindness, or dying painfully as a friend of mine did.

So through it all I'll thank the gods for giving me access to this medical care, and for having a job that gives me the insurance and the days off to receive it. It may be hard, but these are still gifts.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] sabrinamari at Big Book Sale: Strong Sales, Book Reviews and Good Advice Needed!

Note from [livejournal.com profile] wgseligman: I've read the book, I think it's excellent, and I've reviewed it at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 

My publisher is having a big book sale, and if you've been thinking about reading my book, this is a very good time to do it. Here's the deal:

75th Anniversary Special

Rutgers University Press is celebrating its founding in 1936 with a special online offer for our customers. Take 36% off the list price on all books you order from our website through June 25, 2011 (simply enter discount code 02ANNV11 in the shopping cart).

The link to the sale page is here:

http://rutgerspress.rutgers.edu/index.html

And the link to my book page is here:

http://rutgerspress.rutgers.edu/acatalog/Surviving_HIVAIDS_in_the_inner_city.html

I would love all suggestions about how to get the word out about this and encourage librarians and individuals to grab a copy.

I checked in with my publisher yesterday, and while sales aren't bad, they could really use a big boost. I appreciate anything you can do. Please offer your thoughts! Signal boosts are also very welcome.

Finally, I would be very grateful to those willing to do Amazon and Powells book reviews---if you'd like to review the book, please let me know.

I've asked a few wonderful people about this already, but I could use even more help in this area, particularly if you have an unusual/specifically focused perspective on HIV/AIDS, managing serious chronic illness, health care, women's health issues, resilience/surviving under really challenging conditions or social/cultural capital...

You can see some of the reviews that have been written already here:

http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-HIV-AIDS-Inner-City/dp/0813548926/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1308839226&sr=8-1

Thanks so much, my dears!
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For anyone who follows my overly-melodramatic stories about my health:

After a single day of rest, I feel fine. This in itself is a blessing; when I catch a bad cold, it normally knocks me out for five days. Only a day of nasty symptoms is so unusual for me, I can't remember the last time it occurred.

So I'm fine. Stop worrying. Go out there and change the world. Or at least the bed sheets.
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I had just started walking to lunch today (yay, exercise!) when I started coughing. This was no minor cough. It was a five-minute coughing fit with lots of disgusting side symptoms.

I inched my way back to my car and drove to get lunch. At this moment my chest feels sore, but I'm not sure if it's due to all the coughing or something else.

Where's the blessing? Simple: I've got a three-day weekend with absolutely nothing scheduled. If I had to get sick, this is the weekend to do it. I've got plenty of soup and tea at home. I can focus on resting and getting well.

There are many people who don't have this luxury. For what I have, I give much thanks. 

And I haven't forgotten the obligation of those who have: to share something with those who haven't. But not this weekend.
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This was hard to watch, remembering what it was like for Isaac. I absolutely agree with Sir Terry Pratchett on this issue.


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I am told I have to re-shape my body.

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After I finished writing my previous blog post, I went to bed. I took off my socks, took off the foot dressing... and discovered another opening in the skin.

Oh joy, oh bliss, oh crepes suzette.

I'm going to make an emergency appointment with my podiatrist. Although none of this has been serious yet, the situation is just begging for another ulcer.

Did I mention that my insurance doesn't cover the visits to the podiatrist?

OK, I'm griping. Focus on the positive: I can afford this visit (grumble!), I have good medical care, I caught the problem in time.

161 books. 161 books. 161 books. It's my mantra for today.
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About four months ago, a small cut on my foot turned into a skin ulcer; I've already described the circumstances. Since then, I haven't been able to do much in the way of effective exercise.

Last week, my podiatrist told me: Give it one more week to all the wound to develop another layer or two of skin, and you can start your long walks again. This was great news! I couldn't have asked for a better birthday present. (This is a lie, but Joyce is booked.)

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