[Rant] Minor Rant III: For a Few Hollers More

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I’d like to think I’m young. Just like I’d like I think I’m 5’2”. Sadly, neither are true :(

Getting old and short sucks.
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Man are we all going through health issues right now? I went into Urgent Care with shortness of breath and 'bands around my chest' and they sent me to ER where they found a right bundle branch block. Turns out I have, at minimum, chronic asthma, and at worst, something seriously wrong with my heart. Considering my sister's health history, this has put my wife on high alert.
Fair enough! It sounds worthy of high alert. I hope you’re able to get more information soon and that it’s good news.
 
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Oh you guys are going to love this one. I think we found out what's happening. I have an excess of fatty cells in my liver. My doctor told me to cut back on the alcohol and drink more water. Uh...okay. I don't drink and I go through four or five bottles of water (or more!) every day already.

Some causes of this are obesity, high glucose, or high triglycerides. I have all three of these. So, I'm going to stay on the diet. It's already lowered my glucose and blood pressure so I guess it's a good thing I started anyway.

The fun part is that dizziness is NOT a symptom of this. However, the last time I went to the eye doctor (July 2018) he told me I was developing cataracts. Not bad enough to have to do anything about, but I'm getting them. My vision has gotten progressively worse over the last year and I have a feeling that I am probably going to have to have cataract surgery. I'll find out around November 8 when I have my next eye exam done.

Oh, and dizziness *IS* a symptom of cataracts. So my worsening vision could have alerted me to a potentially fatal or debilitating liver disease that we would not have found this early.
 
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Oh you guys are going to love this one. I think we found out what's happening. I have an excess of fatty cells in my liver. My doctor told me to cut back on the alcohol and drink more water. Uh...okay. I don't drink and I go through four or five bottles of water (or more!) every day already.

Some causes of this are obesity, high glucose, or high triglycerides. I have all three of these. So, I'm going to stay on the diet. It's already lowered my glucose and blood pressure so I guess it's a good thing I started anyway.

The fun part is that dizziness is NOT a symptom of this. However, the last time I went to the eye doctor (July 2018) he told me I was developing cataracts. Not bad enough to have to do anything about, but I'm getting them. My vision has gotten progressively worse over the last year and I have a feeling that I am probably going to have to have cataract surgery. I'll find out around November 8 when I have my next eye exam done.

Oh, and dizziness *IS* a symptom of cataracts. So my worsening vision could have alerted me to a potentially fatal or debilitating liver disease that we would not have found this early.
That makes sense, your brain really doesn't like your eyes being out of focus and will start shit.
 
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It really explains why PUBG has been giving me so much trouble.
I'm experiencing the joys of presbyopia right now, but I wasn't expecting vision to cause equilibrium issues. That's something I usually associate with inner ear, not eye.

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OMG. So the nursing program, when you submit the application they want you to submit all the shots, prereq, etc that you have along with the application. Ok. Did that. Went to orientation, none of that counted and now I have to buy a document management service and resubmit all my documents through that, and a shot that their website list that you don't need if you've had a history of the illness (chickenpox) isn't acceptable so now I need to go grt another shot. At least the document service is lifetime with no extra fees so I can use it with any employer.
 
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Right bundle branch block disappeared! It's possible it only appears under duress (such as a stress test or being sick). I am no longer requiring immediate care and can now relax and focus on eating chocoblocks and smoking goofballs or whatever kids do nowadays.
 
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I was having major dizziness over the summer and I couldn’t play anything on a big screen. I pretty much gave up FFXIV because I’d be barfy any time something moved. It’s a shame because I love that game.

Handheld Pokémon games seem ok and I don’t understand the difference.

Congrats on your success with your new eating plan!
I had wondered why a certain pink cat had disappeared
 
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I mean this in the most respect, holy shit I have no idea what is going on with gared, but I did not mean it to be the spark that caused him to walk away again!
I assume this is just related to Gared's continuing problems and hope whatever he feels he needs to do will work for him. A couple weeks ago he made a post asking for anti-bark collars saying his dogs barking caused him stress, and immediately deleted it when I posted they're usually cruel and provided links for quiet training.
 
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I assume this is just related to Gared's continuing problems and hope whatever he feels he needs to do will work for him. A couple weeks ago he made a post asking for anti-bark collars saying his dogs barking caused him stress, and immediately deleted it when I posted they're usually cruel and provided links for quiet training.
There weren't any links in your reply. You may have meant for there to be links, but there weren't. So instead, all I got was a response that my at-ropes-end, measure of last resort before handing my dogs over to be destroyed was ineffective at best and cruel at worst. And even if you had included links, why would you assume that I hadn't already done the easiest thing first? I already know that I'm completely worthless and a huge waste of everyone's time, so the only time I ask a question or ask for help (from anyone) is when I've literally exhausted all other resources and options.

The choices I have/had at this/that point are to either pay hundreds of dollars for a dedicated training program for two dogs with personal trainers and an official PTSD resource - which I can't afford and we don't have in this region even if I could - or to hand the dogs back in to the local pound and watch as they're destroyed. However, I distinctly remember a Halforums member telling a story one time of how they were also in a similar circumstance and had to resort to getting an anti-bark collar, and how they specifically put the collar around their own neck and yelled 'bark' until it shocked them so they could make sure it wasn't too high of a shock; so I figured I'd ask around and maybe someone else would remember so that maybe - just maybe - I could save my dogs' lives. But no, I get "that's cruel and ineffective, here are literally no links to the easiest, first place to look for help."

But that's not it. There was also the fact that two years ago I said (in one of the politics threads) that I was worried about the amount of authoritarianism that was going around at the time (election season), and was laughed at and followed into my PTSD thread and told that only a whacked out nutjob would be concerned about ridiculous things like that. Now, people who express the same concern are welcomed with open arms and heaped with reassurances and/or commiseration. It really sucks being two years too early to the party for being treated decently, much less with respect and care. And many, many more things. It all leads me to believe that we just can't communicate. We're not speaking the same language, somehow. So I'm just done speaking. It only causes problems.
 
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There weren't any links in your reply. You may have meant for there to be links, but there weren't. So instead, all I got was a response that my at-ropes-end, measure of last resort before handing my dogs over to be destroyed was ineffective at best and cruel at worst. And even if you had included links, why would you assume that I hadn't already done the easiest thing first? I already know that I'm completely worthless and a huge waste of everyone's time, so the only time I ask a question or ask for help (from anyone) is when I've literally exhausted all other resources and options.

The choices I have/had at this/that point are to either pay hundreds of dollars for a dedicated training program for two dogs with personal trainers and an official PTSD resource - which I can't afford and we don't have in this region even if I could - or to hand the dogs back in to the local pound and watch as they're destroyed. However, I distinctly remember a Halforums member telling a story one time of how they were also in a similar circumstance and had to resort to getting an anti-bark collar, and how they specifically put the collar around their own neck and yelled 'bark' until it shocked them so they could make sure it wasn't too high of a shock; so I figured I'd ask around and maybe someone else would remember so that maybe - just maybe - I could save my dogs' lives. But no, I get "that's cruel and ineffective, here are literally no links to the easiest, first place to look for help."

But that's not it. There was also the fact that two years ago I said (in one of the politics threads) that I was worried about the amount of authoritarianism that was going around at the time (election season), and was laughed at and followed into my PTSD thread and told that only a whacked out nutjob would be concerned about ridiculous things like that. Now, people who express the same concern are welcomed with open arms and heaped with reassurances and/or commiseration. It really sucks being two years too early to the party for being treated decently, much less with respect and care. And many, many more things. It all leads me to believe that we just can't communicate. We're not speaking the same language, somehow. So I'm just done speaking. It only causes problems.
I'm sorry the links didn't show. I obviously can't go back and check, but I usually preview my posts before hitting post to make sure things show up correctly, and linked to a resource list from the ASPCA. That they didn't come through probably means maybe there was a redirect problem or a forum plugin ate it. The next time I checked the thread it was gone, so I assumed it meant you found what you were looking for, and didn't think it might be a stress reaction until this.
 
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Oh goody, our power is going out AGAIN for 36 to 48 hours. I’ll just go ahead and throw away stuff in my fridge AGAIN and buy replacements AGAIN once I’m done sitting in the dark and eating cold meals AGAIN.

Fuck off, PG&E.
 
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Oh goody, our power is going out AGAIN for 36 to 48 hours. I’ll just go ahead and throw away stuff in my fridge AGAIN and buy replacements AGAIN once I’m done sitting in the dark and eating cold meals AGAIN.

Fuck off, PG&E.
The real fucking pisser is that they STILL started new fires even doing these blackouts. So really they're just doing this as a "Fuck You" to the state for having to declare bankruptcy.
 
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Oh goody, our power is going out AGAIN for 36 to 48 hours. I’ll just go ahead and throw away stuff in my fridge AGAIN and buy replacements AGAIN once I’m done sitting in the dark and eating cold meals AGAIN.

Fuck off, PG&E.
We just got word that they might extend it to FUCKING THURSDAY if the wind doesn’t let up. And three separate fires all sprang up around us during the day, so now the outside air is unsafe. It’s like the fucking apocalypse around here.
 
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I just happened to have to go check our breaker box, and noticed the breaker for our septic pump was tripped...

I looked and it was nearly full, but not overflowing. I turned it back on, and it seemed to clear out some of it, but it tripped again, and not much is getting pumped out.

Hopefully I can get someone here to pump it out soon, and then I’ll probably try to redo some wiring and probably replace the pump if I can.

It’s only minor because at least I found it before my yard was flooded with poo water.
 
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That usually means the pump itself is in need of replacement. Dad had that happen to the sump pump in his basement once. Motors tend to go bad after a while, especially if they have to keep running during times of heavy use.
 
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That’s my guess as well, the pump is probably 30+ years old now, although it sat unused for probably 20.

The wiring is a bit sketchy though, so I wanted to do that first either way. It’s basically and indoor outlet/box nailed to a 1x4 that’s covered by a pail. Not ideal...
 
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That’s my guess as well, the pump is probably 30+ years old now, although it sat unused for probably 20.

The wiring is a bit sketchy though, so I wanted to do that first either way. It’s basically and indoor outlet/box nailed to a 1x4 that’s covered by a pail. Not ideal...
as someone that has to guide people through this, yes please do, and if you can help it before the grounds hard, try to get your wiring in conduit.
 
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as someone that has to guide people through this, yes please do, and if you can help it before the grounds hard, try to get your wiring in conduit.
Conduit won’t happen. I’m not trenching out from my house to the septic this year. Especially since I’d have to try drilling through my basement wall as well. Maybe in the spring. I know I should get it done, but that’s the least of my worries right now.
 
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Its all pumped out and ready for the new pump. Just need a new fitting. For those interested.

The offending unit. It was a fighter.
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It’s replacement.
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And just for @Bones
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Also, one of the teachers at my school has started playing smooth jazz Christmas music in his classroom all day. He has it on while students do their work and while I was in there for several hours fixing one of the lab computers.

First, it's early November! Give it some time!

Second, have you ever heard a slow jazz version of Blue Christmas? I hate that song to begin with because of how slow and dumb it is, but this version WAS EVEN FUCKING SLOWER. It's a good thing they didn't include lyrics because it would have taken someone an entire minute to get through "I'll have a blue"

I mostly feel sorry for the kids in his class as they will have to listen to that crap for two solid months.
 
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