It’s been quite a long time since I’ve written a productive blog post. That’s only sort of not for lack of trying. I have one in the works that will hopefully come out soon that I’ve been dwelling on for a long time. It’s not my usual sort of post, either, but I think you’ll like it, assuming I ever get around to writing it well. It has been through nearly 8 drafts at this point, and I’m still not sure I like it enough to share. But life has interfered with my ability to function, and thus, this blog hasn’t been as active as I’d like.
Anyway… I’ve had a really rough year, physically. My body is slowly breaking down and no one can figure out why. I’ve had some extremely terrifying diagnoses thrown at me (and no one really seems to know what is right or not, even now). I’ve been on meds that made me have stroke symptoms. I’ve been on meds that made me want to jump off of a cliff. I’m now on even scarier meds that have warning labels saying “stay out of direct and/or artificial sunlight”. No one knows what is wrong with me, but something definitely is, so they just keep trying random meds. Every time they try, something else goes wrong. It’s very frustrating at best, and downright terrifying at worst. I’m not looking for medical advice. I have a good team of doctors who I trust, I’m just, complicated. I’m really hoping that this round of meds works. We shall see.
In the mean time, my cat has been going through similar medical insanity. He’s been hyperthyroid for nearly 2 years at this point, and we’ve never managed to get a handle on it for more than a month or so at a time. So finally, about a month ago, I gave in and decided to do the radioactive Iodine-131 treatment on him. It was a very stressful decision, since he has several other health issues that may or may not have been related to being hyperthyroid, and if we did the treatment, they could either get better, or they could get way worse. We decided, in the end, to treat him, and after a somewhat rough hospitalization and first week home, he seemed on the mend. I had to go away for a week, and the day I got back, between when my roommate left to pick me up from the airport, and when we got back (about 2 hours), both of his retinas had detached, and he went completely blind. Not a side effect anyone had even imagined, much less expected at all. It was pretty terrifying, for him and for me – he went to sleep and woke up blind. Not that there’s anything wrong with a blind cat, and we have been making good accommodations to help him adjust. However we got him into the vet and on the right meds very quickly, and as of yesterday, both of his retinas are re-attached, and he’s regaining his sight – the vet said you can’t even tell anything happened. And we learned that the treatment worked and his thyroid (at least right now) is doing great. So all in all, a rather stressful few weeks, but I am hopeful that we might actually be on the other side of it. I love my cat and I hate seeing him in pain. He seems to be feeling a whole lot better these days, though, so fingers crossed.
And finally, on the “this is great news” front, I finally have a paper published! And it’s in a very high profile journal. I’m very excited, and working very hard on the next several papers. Yay academics. I don’t know what I would’ve done this year without grad school to keep me going. I’m so glad that it is a part of my life.
That’s pretty much it for now. Hopefully more will come as things become less hectic and scary.