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April 23rd, 2004


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01:30 pm - In Boston!
So I'm in Boston. Wheeeeeee. :-D

The trip looked rather touch-and-go for a while. Specifically:

Thursday: headache descends, accompanied by variable temperature, occasional shivering, swollen lymph nodes, lack of appetite and all that "good stuff".

Friday: discover that this extends to only getting sleep in bursts of two or three hours at most. Add sickness.

Saturday: not really better. Continue treating with paracetamol (US: Tylenol).

Sunday: nope, still not good. Ring NHS Direct. Referred to out-of-hours emergency doctor's surgery at Sunday lunchtime. Visit, have a number of tests, referred to Medical Assessment Unit with the scary threat of being an inpatient. Various possibilities like viral meningitis discussed; after the blood tests, the diagnosis is glandular fever (US: mononucleosis).

Monday: go back for more tests. Declared medically fit to fly, subject to insurance confirmation, though if I have any doubts at all then I am advised to rest at home. Insurance company: as I didn't stay in hospital overnight, all well. Immense bouncing and squealing from this end, as well you can imagine; I declare myself definitely well enough and pack like I have never packed before.

Tuesday: coach journey averagely lousy; Subway breakfast with addedentry; Icelandair trip from London to Reykjavik reasonable; trip from Reykjavik to Baltimore incredibly long and fairly uncomfortable. Ah well - you get what you pay for, and I paid GBP 0 + tax. Baltimore to Boston leg with AirTran: I had seat 19D, seats 19E and 19F were free, so I stretched out as soon as the seatbelt light went off. Can't fault AirTran as a consequence. Big huggy reunion with dezzikitty, a cab journey home and a happy night settling in.

Wednesday: caught up with sleep. Lots. Also went out to the supermarket; alfredo pasta for dinner. Yum!

Thursday: into Boston, pick up tickets for the Blue Man Group for Saturday night as part of the birthday present. Meet up with Meg and Elsa for lunch, but it is so staggeringly hot (about 80°F - as hot as it's likely to get in Middlesbrough all year) that I am not in a terribly hungry mood. Skip on afternoon plans, return home instead. Sounds like a good reason for a quiet night in, then.

Friday: taking it very slowly and gently indeed, as well you might imagine. Today I am 28½, but far more importantly, a very happy and wonderful birthday to the person who makes me happier than anyone else in all the world, my amazing and overflowingly fun girlfriend dezzikitty.

Prognosis for rest of weekend: lots and lots of taking it easy in recuperation. Or something like that, at least. ;-)
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic

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From:tall_man
Date:April 23rd, 2004 10:35 am (UTC)
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W00t! There should be much rejoicing!
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From:addedentry
Date:April 23rd, 2004 10:42 am (UTC)

Bring me the head of Alfredo Pasta

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Hurrah for lovers and birthdays!

You looked a hell of a lot better on Tuesday morning than I'd expected, given your illness and a red-eye coach ride. Enjoy your 'recuperation'.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:April 30th, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Bring me the head of Alfredo Pasta

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Definitely a case of Victoria Coach Station basement bathroom proving well worth 20p. Perhaps I'll show you the video I made on a videophone at Victoria Station before cleaning up. I look, ahem, rough.
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From:elsalus
Date:April 23rd, 2004 10:49 am (UTC)
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It was great to finally meet you. Hope y'all are having fun on your half-birthday and Meg's full birthday. See you guys tonight.
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From:applez
Date:April 23rd, 2004 10:58 am (UTC)

A bought of mono you say?

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Well do take care, and don't be kissing anyone! ;-)

I had me a bought of that fairly recently - not at all fun. Take it easy, don't push it.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:April 30th, 2004 07:48 pm (UTC)

Re: A bought of mono you say?

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The glandular fever and associated kissing-related transmission has been kept in a strictly closed loop. How do you think I caught it in the first place? ;-) It was definitely worth it! :-D
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From:malachan
Date:April 23rd, 2004 11:42 am (UTC)
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Don't forget to take (and upload) some photos!
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From:leiabelle
Date:April 23rd, 2004 11:58 am (UTC)
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I'd wondered where you were these days. Hope you feel better soon, and that you can keep having fun in Boston! :D
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From:imc
Date:April 23rd, 2004 12:34 pm (UTC)
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lots and lots of taking it easy

Yeah, we believe you. ;-)
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From:catalana
Date:April 23rd, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
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Hey - we're on the same continent now! Cool. *grin* Of course, I'm still in Illinois so we're not in the same timezone, but...it's closer.

I hope you have a fantastic time in Boston. If you're doing any sightseeing at all, I really recommend the Computer Museum.
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From:imc
Date:April 23rd, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC)
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Computer Museum

Oh yes, I've been to that. Can't remember if there's a Spectrum there, but I think there's a ZX80 (or possibly ZX81). :-)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:April 30th, 2004 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Sightseeing didn't happen, but I do appreciate the recommendation; does sound like fun and it's definitely on the list for next time. A fantastic time was still had all the same, thanks. :-)

I wonder if the Computer Museum would like a complete collection of .net magazine issues 1 to 124?
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From:ericklendl
Date:April 23rd, 2004 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Glandular fever is no fun. On the other hand, "quiet nights in" are lots of fun - so I'm told - so it probably balances out.

Happy birthday dezzikitty, with sparkly marqueed HTML and everything! And remember Chris, she'll be measuring all her future birthdays by the standards you set today, so do leave yourself some room for manoeuver! :-)

Chris, will you be at MSO Cambridge? I'm probably entering the Scrabble tournament at the last minute...
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:April 30th, 2004 07:51 pm (UTC)
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MSO Cambridge: almost certainly not, alas, nor MayCon which has contrived to be on the same weekend with lots of other nice people in Birminghtam instead. Suddenly all magicked-from-somewhere (OK, credit card) discretionary fun budget money is earmarked for half a dozen occasions per year and games conventions get much less of a look in.
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From:fruufoo
Date:April 24th, 2004 07:57 am (UTC)
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I had a friend who got glandular fever and was ill for ages right over her GCSEs. :/ *hugs* Get well quickly so you can enjoy yourself over there! ;)
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From:karen2205
Date:April 24th, 2004 03:50 pm (UTC)
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Oh - that explains something, I hadn't realised glandular fever = mononucleuios
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From:mark356
Date:April 24th, 2004 05:57 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, that's awful that just when you were about to come to the greatest city in the world, you came down with somethng as nasty as mono! I'm glad you're feeling a bit better now. If you're up to meeting me Sunday or Monday morning, let me know; otherwise, just enjoy your time in Boston as well as you can!
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:April 30th, 2004 07:52 pm (UTC)
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Hi, Mark!

Many apologies for not getting back to you in a timely fashion. Sunday and Monday morning (pre-airport) were spent strictly within about a quarter-mile radius of Meg's apartment, but I very much look forward to meeting you and lots of other nice nehp t00bs on my return visit in September, hopefully in the best of health.

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