Delusions of Grandeur

Archive for May 2004

I’m sporadically working on my final project today, I’ve got two pages finished so far and have a feeling I’m gonna have a tough time keeping it within the five pages that are “recommended” by our professor. This weekend went pretty well, we all did a barbecue yesterday which turned out to be pretty fun. It was slightly annoying that it took me 45 minutes to eat half an ear of corn, but everything else was pretty easy to deal with and I’m sure from the way it feels that the infection will be cleared enough for them to operate on friday. Unfortunately none of the four teeth is at the stage where they can be pulled so all of them are going to have to be cut out. I have a feeling that it’s not going to be the most pleasant experience of my life. However the upshot is that as a result I will likely lose the last bit of weight that I want to get rid of. These last two weeks of illness has the end result of severely increasing my wardrobe since I’m now able to wear quite a bit of clothing that I haven’t been able to fit into (at least not comfortably) in who knows how long! Well, I suppose I had better get back to pretending to do my project. 🙂


I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned recently that the past couple of days I’ve been having this wierd combo ear / throat pain. I spent days trying to convince myself that it was just a result of the drainage from the sinus infection from last week and massive allergy attack that the entire city suffered this week. Yesterday one of my co-workers mentioned that she wasn’t feeling well. When I asked her what was wrong she started describing the same symptoms I was having. The only thing is that she doesn’t suffer from allergies so there’s no way it was drainage in her case. She went to the doctor this morning and they did a throat culture and told her she had strep throat. Well as many of you know, I can get strep when somebody who’s even in the same county as me has it, I’m extremely sensitive to it. Needless to say with a three day weekend coming up I panicked and decided I had better go to the doctor and find out what’s wrong with me, just in case. The good news is that I don’t have strep throat.

The bad news is that one of my wisdom teeth shifted a bit and now there’s just the tiniest gap between it and the bit of skin/gum that was covering it. This gap allowed bacteria in and I now have an incredibly bad infection all throughout the soft tissue in the roof of my mouth and around the left side of my throat. It’s pretty bad which is why my ear was bothering me (apparently they’re very close) and why it hurt to open my mouth too far. The dentist (where the doctor sent me when she couldn’t figure out what was wrong) told me that if I hadn’t come in today I wouldn’t have been able to open my mouth at all by monday. So now I’ve got ANOTHER set of antibiotics, plus Darvocet for the pain and an appointment of Friday with the oral surgeon. If the infection has gone down they’ll operate on Friday and if not then they’ll keep me on antibiotics until it goes away enough for them to operate. For your convenience I went to the trouble of looking up this incredibly strange thing. Why can’t I have something NORMAL?!


This is an inflammation and infection of the tissues that cover the chewing surfaces of the teeth that are not fully erupted. The gums in that area can be red, swollen, and painful to touch. It also may be difficult to open the mouth. In addition, there can be a discharge of pus. Like with all other infections, pericoronitis can spread and create further systemic complications like lymph node enlargement, fever, and malaise. Pericoronitis is treated with a thorough cleaning and irrigation of the affected area. It may be necessary to surgically reshape the gum around the partially-erupted tooth or to remove the tooth. Antibiotic treatment also may be necessary.

Me and Jes

It’s not the best picture in the world, but pretty good considering we were both forcing our eyes open against the glare of the sun. 🙂 In case any of you don’t know her, that’s Jessica on the left. If you’re reading this you should know the person on the right. 🙂

I’m pretty certain that I aced it. As it stands right now I’ve got the highest grade in the class. I had the highest grade on the first exam (97), the average grade was only a 68, which is pretty astonishing since it was a relatively easy test, mostly multiple choice. I think if the UM students would spend as much times studying as they do fixing their hair – or even half that time in some of their cases- they would do much better in class. I’ve never seen such a ridiculous environment, these people make TCU students look like complete slobs. It’s like constantly walking around in an incredibly expensive fashion show! Anyhow, that means class is finished, except for the final project which is due on Tuesday, but I should be able to finish it by tomorrow. I just have a couple of more things to do and then finish writing it up. I’ve already done half the write-up so that’s not a problem. I found out what happened to my partner, she had a pinched nerve and was put on all kinds of pain killers and muscle relaxers. Anyhow our professor told us to work out the responsibility between ourselves, but warned her that she knows my writing style and if it’s evident that most of the work was mine then she would be in trouble. The professor’s recommendation was that we each do our own project, and that’s pretty much what we’ve decided to do. Well, better get off here and get to work, thank god it’s friday…and a three day weekend!

almost as disturbing as those stupid quizno’s creatures Wow….some people simply have WAY too much time on their hands……

In an effort to avoid studying for my final I’ve been playing around on the website Katie just posted . There’s all kinds of random information there and there are supposed to secret things hidden throughout the site. I figured I had better add a cut in, just in case some of you want to figure things out for yourselves. Read the rest of this entry »

A couple of months ago…..well, it’s almost June, so around six months ago now, our computer mysteriously started trying to run check disk every time it was started up or reset. It would never complete the check disk, just keep running in a never ending loop until you hit “any key” to cancel the process. This led to much frustration on our parts because we would often forget about this, turn the computer on and go to make a drink, or a sandwich, or walk the dog or any of a myriad of other things that can distract you from a freshly turned on computer, and return to find that it was going through this stupid loop because we had forgotten to hit any key. Today, just as mysteriously as it started, it stopped. So to whatever cosmic force brought about the cessation of the incredibly annoying check disk loop, I give my eternal gratitude……I may even build a shrine.

I have alot of other random news about such interesting things as the radio station I’m currently listening to, the numbing effects of massive amounts of sudafed, my observances on traffic patterns to and from school and the scary nature of UM students, but all that will have to wait because dinner is ready and seth is getting impatient with me since he called me to let me know dinner is ready and I keep typing.


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