If there’s been any sort of evolution of my livestreaming over the past six months since I first started livestreaming, I wouldn’t point to view counts or having a mic. It’s being more comfortable with the process. I knew going into this stream that I wanted to spend the whole time hanging out in FF7’s Cosmo Canyon, but what I didn’t realize is that I’d spend 4 hours on what most might roughly spend 10 minutes doing.
2:31pm I’m getting my second COVID shot, and although it’s less important for me to document this experience than the first one, for the sake of thoroughness, this second essay will cover my vaccination experience. It is a warm Spring day as I sit in my car. I’m nearly parked in the same stall. The one I was in before is now occupied by a minivan with a broken window, covered by plastic and tape.
My health has improved after two chiropractic appointments this week. I’ve seen two chiropractors over the years and it’s not like I could exactingly spot the differences, but I can say that my second chiropractor is significantly better for one reason: the finer details. The first chiropractor, years ago, focused on cracking and popping. This second chiropractor is more concerned with moving the muscles around and I only heard one crack and a few pops.
I had my first chiropractic appointment yesterday after months of following other routes, and, I feel confident about this. So confident, in fact, that I’d rather not deal with the third pain management doctor much again, outside of a meeting I’ll have with him tomorrow before my second chiropractic appointment. I felt much better after having my muscles moved around than I did with the injections or any of the pain management medications prescribed yet.
How overlap is there between “The Story” and my life as its eventual writer? The sort of existentialist thought experiments of wondering whether the main or side characters wouldn’t have happened were it not for X don’t particularly interesting me. We’re on this path, not another, so there’s no point in dwelling about the comparisons. That said, whenever I’m out and about, I carry “The Story” with me, thinking about it before writing it properly.
Spoilers?: Minor [differences/similarities in connections]
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Nostalgia, or homecoming-pain, doesn’t do much for me anymore. An object should serve a utility, have an aesthetic you like, or as I wrote about years ago have a nice memory attached to it. I used the word nostalgia instead… I’m not sure I believe in that so much anymore. An object like this mug with the pink note on it didn’t start with a positive memory, but I’ve ground that nightmare thought off it.
My experience with Mexiletine as a medication used to treat my spine pain is succinctly summarized as almost completely useless. Its usefulness is that it acts like other medications I’ve taken before in that it calms my body’s blood pressure, but that doesn’t mean it reduces the pain much at all. This third pain doctor is trying to use this medication as a stand-in for antidepressants, but I think any antidepressants could be the same.
The funny thing about this spine pain problem that’s lasted over a year now is that whenever I think it can’t get worse, it does. The medications this third pain doctor prescribed were harmful-Methylprednisolone and ineffective-Mexiletine. It’s been rough the past few days. I feel like I’ve burned out quite a lot more energy than necessary. This doctor might want to screw around with my health but I haven’t been screwing around in my research.
As this camera roll shows, reverse-chronologically, I took my first Methylprednisolone dose, and then found I had the energy to work on three separate projects. As I was going, I was finding myself going back to my old, learned, hoarding behaviors where I was coming up with new spots for things instead of working with or reusing existing spots. As I wrote for a note to remember: “Don’t build new pathways when existing ones work.”
2021 April 21, 2:30am to 4am, 8mg
3:04am. I’m writing my experiences related to taking this medication, as I have with my first-times with other serious medications, and, as I did with two times before I took Prednisone. Methylprednisolone is part of the same family, so I should expect some of the same results as I have in the past, so this is me writing out my thoughts as I experience them. Maybe they’ll be interesting. Probably they won’t.