elyse: (morning musume: nacchi - pink beret)

I find it a lot easier to wrap up what happened in a week at the end of the week ^^ So I'm gonna do this whenever nothing special that deserves its own topic comes to mind, or I'm just plain lazy :P

'゚★。 FLU '゚☆。

I've been struck down by the flu virus (chronic pharyngitis, sinusitis, malaise, myalgia, fatigue, cough, ... you name it!) since exactly a week ago, so I was mostly home, sleeping like a baby (more than 12 hours daily) in the hope of recovering asap. I also postponed a few meetings and basically just stayed home. I'm still in the recovery process now, although I've taken antibiotics since day 1! Sure takes a long time ~_~

I think the peak of my fatigueness was during the Java Jazz weekend (March 6-8) where I mostly stayed until after midnight. The next day (March 9) was actually a holiday, but my community had a one-on-one follow-up interview meeting for the spiritual gifts assessment session we had last Feb 22, so I still couldn't rest well that day. Thus I couldn't defend myself from the attack of the flu virus the next day o_O

In my 1st week of march: quick update entry, I purposely picked the "I need a break" icon and look how I got the break alright from this flu :P Be careful with what you wished for! xD

'゚★。 TECHIE '゚☆。

And because I had lots of free time at home, when I felt better I finally plugged in my abandoned CPU and started my techie chores of reinstalling all program files from scratch. Imagine you have a brand new PC, with only windows XP and Kaspersky anti virus installed! >_< It took me days and countless restarts to get into acceptable state (70% done). I'm not finished yet, btw. I'm still downloading new files and need to install a couple more things.

This is the worst part: I did ask my cousin to backup 2 important things on C:\, which is the Application Data folder and Fleur de Lis videos (which is OK if he forgot, coz I have them all on DVD). He backed up the videos, but either forgot or skipped the App Data, which is the most important thing! The last time I backed up the App Data was Aug 2008, so in total I lost 6+ months worth of emails & attachments, all of Firefox and other programs' settings & data! *sobs* I will definitely back up my App Data at least once a month from now on!

The first thing I did after reinstalling Thunderbird was to move the email folders to drive E. It's much safer this way, rather than having the emails on App Data folder.

Thank God for Gmail Backup, ImportExportTools, and Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer, they totally save my day!
Most of my emails are back and my bookmark is restored from the server backup!

'゚★。 "GIFT" '゚☆。

I watched Push last weekend, and although we sat in the very front row (in the middle, no less!) of the movie theater, I like it lots. Perhaps because it reminds me of my own (psychic, if you may call it) ability, although I'm nowhere near Cassie or her mom's ability (and honestly speaking, I don't want to be like them! o_O).

The interview last Monday (March 9) kind of serves as a start mark of my commitment to share more to those in need of my discernment. Who knows it might be a blessing (or not), depending on how one takes it afterwards. I'm sorry if I'm not making any sense; only those who know my gift/ability understand what I'm talking about (or you may simply ask :D).

I did try to deliver two different messages to two different persons after that day, and those two confirmed the messages right away. So thank you, you know who you are, for confirming. It gives me the strength and affirmation to keep doing this in the future.


Java Jazz report coming up... when I feel like writing about it ^^;
elyse: (rosa kato: hello!)
Well, hello!

I've been staying in Medistra hospital since the evening of Feb 22nd, so this is the fourth day.

Quick surgery report:

Mom's kidney stone major surgery on Feb 23rd went well. She spent about 3 hours inside the surgery & recovery room, so I think the surgery itself took about 2 - 2.5 hours. After that, she was moved to the ICU for monitoring, spent a night there, and moved back to room #501 at 9am on the following day. Her condition is good, only the part around the incised wound area hurts very much, so she can't mobilize a lot & must stay intact for the post-incised wound to recover asap.
With that being said, I think she will be dismissed no sooner than Sunday.

I've been inside the hospital (and never once taken a step out) since I came in on Feb 22, and I must say that by now I'm really very bored!
I did bring my 1TB harddisk external full of dorama, movies, and other videos, but I haven't got the urge to see them. All I wanna do is go back home and sleep on my comfortable bed. After all, nothing is better than being home! I miss home already ;_;

Although I have 24/7 connection to the internet via my Blackberry, for some unknown reasons my Bold keeps going on SOS mode every so often, especially inside room #501. It's really weird! The BIS connection goes up and down a lot, too. So I can't really get online much.

Actually there's wifi connection on the 5th, 7th, and 8th floor, but the signal in this room is really very bad (like only 1 bar or 2 at most!). It gets better if I go outside the room. So everytime I want to get online, I must bring my (dad's, actually) laptop out to the nurse station/5th floor reception area until my laptop battery runs out. Too bad there's no lounge on 5th floor. I'm too lazy to go to 7th or 8th floor lounge area, so I usually just sit at the corner of the nurse station, borrowing a chair from the nurses :P

This evening will be the first time I set my feet out from the hospital, to attend Ash Wednesday mass at St. Theresia at 6pm. A breathe of fresh air, finally!

elyse: (aoi miyazaki: closeup)
My mom was diagnosed with a kidney stone, for the 2nd time. This one is pretty big, too, about one third the size of a kidney! A major surgery is needed, because of the large size, making it impossible to use other easier methods (such as ESWL).

She had had a kidney stone (smaller in size compared to now) removed before in Oct 2002, using the ESWL method. Many articles I've researched online say that "once a person gets more than one stone, other stones are likely to develop". It's also hereditary, making it easier for me & my brother to develop stones. But because we siblings love to drink lots and lots of water (like, more than 10 glasses a day!), I'd like to think that the chance is minimized.

As much as I should be worried about mom's major surgery, I'm more faithful than ever.
The major surgery is scheduled on Feb 23rd. Please pray for us ^^


"There are those relationships that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous..."
~ Carrie Bradshaw (from Sex and the City)

May 2010


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