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Happy Earth Day, everyone! :)

Today is the day when we celebrate Gaia, Mother Nature, and all that goes along with that. While it's fine to celebrate today and all that, please remember to treat the planet right. It's the only one we've got.

Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled

In lieu of my recent hospital stay and the fact that I'm feeling quite under the weather, gaming for today is off. Since Tammy is still on her vacation, this is a good thing.

And the weather is not cooperating, either. So no gaming today.

A Stay in the Hospital

For those who may have noticed, I did not game yesterday (Friday) evening.

The reason for this is that I spent much of Friday night and all of Saturday morning in the hospital.

I started feeling pretty bad on Friday (the 13th!) with very bad lower abdominal pain and bleeding down below. That's when I decided that I'd get myself over to the Ottawa General Hospital. Took a cab over. I got to the hospital around 9:25 pm. Managed to get through triage relatively quickly and was feeling pretty meh. Couldn't sit in a chair properly, so found an empty seating area (relatively speaking) and stretched out as best I could.

Several hours later, I was admitted into the Observation wing, and after hooking me up to an IV and taking blood samples and some other tests including my favourite (the DRE) NOT!, I was told that it might be diverticulitis and was scheduled to have an abdominal CT scan. They hooked me up with a saline solution to hydrate me, since I wasn't allowed any water (chips) or food, and also gave me a shot or three of Delaudid for the pain. The nurse who was keeping an eye on me took a photo around 1:10 a.m..

All I remember at the time of the picture taking is that I was seriously uncomfortable from the pain, and really tired. Couldn't sleep, 'cause I couldn't lie on the bed for long periods of time because of the back and shoulder issues.

I had the abdominal CT scan around 7:20 am today. They injected a dye that made me warm all over, but the CT scan lasted all of 1 minute, 30 seconds, and then I was left on the bed for the trip back over to Observation for 25 minutes. It was very cold in the hallway.

Anyway, the good news is that I don't have diverticulitis or any form of cancer down there. Not going to go into any detail about what's happening with my bowels and the like, but a treatment has been prescribed, and now I just deal.

Got home around 11:50 a.m. this morning. Hunger warred with a desire for sleep, and food won out. Then went to bed and slept for several hours.

I'm hurting all over, and the bruising and pain where I had the IV and then the bloodwork done on the other hand is pretty bad. Can't use either hand really well, but have managed to type this. The abdominal pain is still pretty bad, too. :(

Taking it easy the rest of today. Have to wait and see what tomorrow brings.

Happy Birthday, Peter Capaldi!

For those who might be interested, or who are just plain Doctor Who fans...

Peter Capaldi, the actor to most recently play the Twelfth (or Thirteenth, depending) Doctor in the Doctor Who series celebrates his birthday today.

While I can't say that I'm a great fan of New Who, I absolutely adored Mr. Capaldi's acting in everything I've seen him in. I actually came to like him in the role of the Doctor, and found him to have elements of my favourite Doctors over the Classic years of the show. Sad to say, Mr. Capaldi has already left the role of the Doctor, and we await the new series with Jodie Whitaker in the rule.

So here's wishing Peter Capaldi a happy 59th! :)

Friday Evening Gaming Session Cancelled

Gaming for tonight is off.

I've been having a good degree of lower abdominal pain on my left side, and other stuff is going on as well down below.

Kathy and the others understood my need for not gaming tonight, but she also told me that a couple of the Friday nighters aren't all that well at the moment (colds?), so it was a good thing we're not gaming this evening.

In the meantime, just going to try and take it easy for the rest of the day. Hope the problem goes away on its own.

A Version of "La Bamba"

Am having a busy day of it. This includes some editing, but a lot of chores and housework.

Thought I'd post this video for the fun of it. (The actual video starts about 1:42 into the video.)

Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled

Tammy is on vacation this week and next, and with just one other player in the Sunday gaming group at this time (though I'm hoping to remedy that at CanGames in mid-May), this necessitates postponing gaming this week.

I was hoping to do a bit more playtesting for the convention this week, but alas, such is not to be.

I'm actually starting to miss gaming somewhat.

Friday Evening Gaming Session Cancelled

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, gaming for this evening with the Friday night group has been cancelled.

Hopefully, things can get back on track next week.

NCS Tests Today

Promises to be a long day today.

I'll be heading over to the Ottawa General hospital in a few hours to the neurology department to have some Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) tests done. Heard all kinds of bad things about these tests. Really not looking forward to this at all.

Book Reads in March, 2018

As is my standard usage of my blog space at or near the beginning of the month, I present the listing of my March, 2018 reads.

Books Read in March, 2018

Into the Forest by Jean Hegland (r)

Finch by Jeff VanderMeer

Torg Eternity Core Rules by Shane Lacy Hensley, Darrell Hayhurst, et. al.

Torg Eternity GM Screen by Various (RPG)

Maureen Birnbaum Barbarian Swordsperson, The Complete Stories by George Alec Effinger (r)

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett

February, 2018 Locus

The Tears of Ampharool QuickStart Rules and Introductory Adventure by Raphael Bardas, Francois Cedelle, Nadege Debray, Yann Zachary and Sarah Newton (RPG)

March, 2018 Reader’s Digest

And those were my reads in the month of March. Not a lot of reading in the month, bt what I did read was entertaining enough though some of it was a bit tedious, to be honest. Once again, it's been very difficult for me to actually hold a book in my hands or to lean one against my hands over the past few months due to the problems I'm having with my left shoulder/neck/arm and spine. Add to that the fact that I'm editing stuff, and that explains it...just very incapacitated, or just very busy.

The books I enjoyed the most were:

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey - The first book in the Expanse series. This book is an intrigue-filled mystery to be honest, with two mystery plots going on simultaneously, which converge before the halfway mark of this large volume. By the end of the book, the story has turned into something else and there's a bit of everything going on here, with two central characters (Miller and Holden) who are both well-written and well-defined. That said, the book is somewhat long for my taste, and the writing is uneven in places, but the story is just so riveting for the most part. Recommended.

Torg Eternity Core Rules by Shane Lacy Hensley, Darrell Hayhurst, et. al.
(RPG) - The original Torg: The Possibility Wars Roleplaying Game came out over 25 years ago, and had a devoted following, including me. The folks at Ulisses Spiele US have done a bang-up job redefining Torg for the modern day, and while most of the game mechanics are familiar and offer some changes and additions, the game plays even better than it used to, for the most part. With a good slew of adventures already available for the game, I recommend Torg Eternity for folks who want to get into multi-cosmic games that involve the invasion of Earth by different realities.

The rest of the books that I read (and re-read) in March, 2018 were all pretty good, but these two stood out the most for the month.

Overall, I managed to read 5 novels, 3 RPGs and RPG products, 2 magazines, 0 comics, and 0 graphic novels in March. Since this is the early part of the year still, it brings the year total in 2018 to a set of numbers that look like this: 18 books, 6 RPGs and RPG products, 5 magazines, 0 comics, and 0 graphic novels.

Anyway, thoughts and comments are always welcome. :)


John Kahane

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