Monthly Archives: January 2006

Still not a waterfall…

I’m not feeling especially talkative right now, so I’ll be brief. I had another eye injection yesterday. This injection was another steroid injection. Good thing is that there was no fainting incidents this time. My eye showed the pattern of the last steroid injection. I had the reflective X-Files looking floating globs, and I still do I guess. Dr. Saxe confirmed that I will indeed need cataract surgery sometime soon, probably around 6 weeks from now. The procedure will indeed give me an artifical lens in my bad eye. It’s a short procedure, apparently lasting only 20 minutes or so, but from what Dr. Saxe said, I’ll probably have to lay low for a week or so afterwards to let things recuperate. I guess I’ll have to confirm that with the guy who will actually be performing the surgery, but since nothing is confirmed, I don’t know anything about that yet.

Nope, not the waterfall…

I saw Dr. Saxe yesterday for another checkup on the progress of my eye. Actually, I might as well say regress, because nothing good came of this latest checkup. The experimental drug helped out a little, but it was nothing to write home about. He thinks it seemed to retard some of the swelling on the outer friges of my sight, but it did nothing for the swelling in the macula, which affects my sight much more.

He also noted that I’ve developed a catract from the steroid medication that was injected during the two laser procedures I’ve had. One would start to think that the logical choice would be to stop the steroid injections and look for some other course of treatment. Well, one would also have to take into consideration that the steroid injections are the only thing that’s seemed to reduce the retinal swelling that’s constantly blurring my vision. Talk about a catch-22…

He mentioned that a cataract surgery would likely improve my vision, and that after said surgery, I could resume the regimen of steroid injections without worry of further catracts. That seems counter-intuitive to me, but he did mention something about an implant that would go along with the cataract surgery. The only thing I can come up with is that they’d replace my natural lens (where the cataracts form) with an artificial one that isn’t prone to cataract formation. I see him again in two weeks for another steroid injection, so I’ll have to ask him then.

Back to the old stomping grounds…

Yah, I suppose I'm overdue for a post now. I'm now moved into my apartment completely, with no roomates or other annoyances to speak of. It's great having my own place. I still need some furniture type stuff, like a couch, and some more shelves and things with drawers in them. Other than that though, I'm set. I've got the larger bedroom set up as the computer/guitar room, and the smaller bedroom is where I sleep. I figured I'd need less space to sleep than my computers and guitar setup take up, so that's the way the cards fell. I spent a few hours the other night running some cables from the living room to the computer room through the heat ducting so I could have sound and ethernet run between the two rooms without having wires all over the floor. It worked out pretty nice, but it was kind of a pain. I've got my guide cords in there though, so if I have to run anything again, it shouldn't be so hard.

My entertainment system leaves a lot to be desired though. My TV is old as hell, and literally takes about 5 minutes to fully turn on. Once it's on though, the picture is nice. I also am planning on getting a new receiver soon. I've got my eye on one, and I'm pretty sure I'll go out and get it this weekend with my holiday bonus. The TV will be next, but I can't say for certain when that will happen. I'd prefer to get a TV with a VGA input, but every TV with that feature that I've seen has been prohibatively expensive. Who knows… maybe I'll find a deal.

Other than that, it's been same old same old. Too much work, not enough play. I'm juggling three projects right now at work, which is certainly a pain. Everybody wants progress, but it's hard to do when you're being pulled in different ways. Once of the projects is reaching a good pause-point, so I'll be able to focus more on the other two once that's reached.

Someone set us up the bomb!

[fglrx:firegl_stub_register] *ERROR* Unable to the open some already present DRM kernel module!

I saw this in dmesg after trying to install the newest version of ati-drivers on my mythtv machine. I love foreign translations!