3000 miles from home! 

I’m blogging today from lovely Fairbanks Alaska.  In a few short days I’ve completely fallen in love with this place. Haven’t gotten to do a whole lot yet but been really enjoying just chilling and being away from the urban sprawl.  There’s an undeniable calm that permeates the landscape here and the energy is absolutely amazing.  

Of course,  it’s not all vacation fun. Shannon’s here to get some laser eye surgery procedures.  I’m actually sitting in the waiting room of the outpatient center as I type this.  Enjoying meeting Shannon’s friends, got to check out the Shakespeare Camp in the boonies which was awesome.  Looks like Shannon and I may be getting involved with next summer’s production as well. I’m thinking that I’ve had enough of a break from theatre now but I’ve been absolutely burning to get involved at some other theatres and branch out. I love my Franwilly people but just feel like I need to get out and see more. This would be an excellent opportunity to do so. I’m still kind of burnt out from my last show and a little chewed up and screwy feeling but I have to keep going. I don’t want my break to be too much longer lest it becomes terminal sort of thing. 

I’m an actor and a stagehand  and damnit I miss it. Plus I really want to do another show with my Boyfriend. It’s been a year and I’m finally getting the itch to go back. 

That is about all I have right now.  Relaxing and doing the vacation thing for the first time since I was sixteen years old. Everything is breathtakingly beautiful up here and I am rejoicing in the experience of the Last Frontier.  More to come. 

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When all things are considered…

I’m strangely content of late. It’s actually rather nice. I’m keeping up with my obligations and looking forward to my vacation in Alaska  next week. As for my health,  it’s pretty solid. I’m seeming to get some ADHD coverage from the Wellbutrin I was prescribed for depression,  so that’s a plus I’d say. I’m not sure what my current status is diagnosis-wise. If it is Rheumatoid Arthritis it’s the Seronegative type, as the blood work doesn’t really support this as SED rate, Rheumatoid Factor and C-reactive Protein are in the  normal range . I have to see a Dermatologist to get a biopsy on one of my nodules. If there are palisading lymphocytes then they are rheumatoid nodules, according to the Rheumatologist. At any rate,  I’m not particularly swollen or inflamed right now,  at least not badly. 

    It’s very strange the way my pain and fatigue wax and wane. Most days I feel relatively strong and capable.  But some days I flare up and come home feeling like I’ve been beaten by a golf club. As for fatigue,  I’m a fairly crazy coffee drinker, but when it hits, no amount of caffeine will move me. I had a day or two that I slept way too much and pretty much felt drunk and disoriented no matter what I did to kick myself into gear. My fatigue and stiffness have mostly been sparing me lately, for which I am grateful.  When the fatigue does hit nothing can touch it. 

    So if not RA, then what? My Mom came with me to my last appointment with the Rheumatologist.  At one point she looked confused and said  ‘So does he have RA or not?’. He said, ‘I’d bet my car on it but I’m not ready to bet my house.’. Which I presume is doctor-speak for I dunno. We shall see I guess.  My flares are erratic and won’t bother me for a decent amount of time in between.  I can’t really figure out what aggravates it. I had lots of swollen joints when I first saw my current doctor. That plus nodules which I still have on many knuckles. Also the xrays revealed some erosion.  The prednisone helped a lot but steroids are not for long term use. Anyhow,  the crucial thing is I’m alright and not feeling sick or sore right now.  

    On the Metal front life is good. Last show was a bit of a mixed bag.  Great bands but too much Metalcore filler.  Got to see Brazilian Death Metal Juggernaut Krisiun as well as Nile, Cannibal Corpse,  Revocation and SUFFOCATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE DAMNIT! I GOT ROBBED DAMNIT! Oh well.  It’s just that they are the primary reason I went to that show. I was sorely disappointed.  Seeing Master in a month and DRI in December.  Hoping to get my copy of Harald Oimoen’s book signed! Metal Nerd for Life.  Aside from that,  just doing my thing. Finally decided to quit shaving my head too. Ha!