getting my brain scanned

Well, that was fast. After I saw a neurologist last Wednesday (March 18), her order for an MRI was approved almost immediately by my insurance. Then, when I called Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), I was given an appointment for the very next morning. All of this after more than four months of daily […]

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visual snow

Ever hear of visual snow? Every morning starts with a neighborhood hike. Still adjusting to the change to daylight savings time, I was getting a later than usual start on Monday and as I reached the end of the driveway I encountered one of my neighbors out for a stroll with her dog. We ended […]

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111 days of headaches

I’ve not been forthcoming lately about my health. It’s been deteriorating rather markedly in the past months. Today marks 111 days—and counting—of daily headaches, ranging from tension-style pressure and cluster-like ice pick agony to “flaring match” pain and full-on migraines. I’ve been losing my balance. I’ve been forgetting things. I’m experiencing visual disturbances and pronounced […]

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there can be only about eight hundred or so

This morning I walked into my local library branch and was heralded by the announcement, “Ah! Yes! It is The Willis!” Yeah. I was dumbstruck. My librarians know me on sight; that’s no surprise. But “The” Willis? Even one of the other librarians (also a friend) wandered out from the back at that. “What?” she […]

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torn between two backpacks

Executive summary: I?m torn between two backpacks. Being torn between two lovers might actually be easier. Question for readers: What bag do you use, and why did you choose it? Thanks to Lifehacker, I found an excellent post by David Danzeiser about how he traveled the world for a year with only a 20-pound backpack […]

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I survived Orycon 36

The three days of this year’s Orycon in Portland went by astonishingly fast. This was my fourth time at this particular sci-fi/fantasy conference, and my first year as a panelist. I was assigned to an apparently ambitious number of events?eleven panels, plus a twelfth I was invited to join?and by some miracle I made it […]

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