Thursday, May 28, 2009
- Scientist and Dispatcher: A pretty good combo to have. I cured all the viruses, but failed to eradicate them all before the player deck ran out.
- Dispatcher and Operations Expert: One of the weaker combos since the Ops Expert's ability is situational at best. Loss this one when the Blue Virus ran out of control
- Operations Expert and Medic: Medic is always good in the small hands. I actually cured all and eradicated all with this combo. I also tried something new with the Ops Expert by having him drop research stations almost everywhere as a fourth action if I didn't have anything else to do. It helped with the mobility.
- Medic and Dispatcher: Should have been one of the strongest combos. I lost to the player cards running out, but had completely eradicated all but red. I had Red's cure in the Medics hand, but was too far from the research station to cure. Grrr.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
- Up at 0500 to shower with the antibacterial soap
- At hospital at 0630 to check-in
- Back to do all the pre-op stuff around 645ish. Took good care of me. IV in the right arm, Q&A with Dr. White and his PA. The Other Half tried to distract me with a discussion on the pros and cons of Pikard vs. Kirk. I laughed because she really doesn't care, just wanted to make me to lighten up.
- Next thing I remember is waking up in recovery room and being in some pain around 1200. They want you to provide a perceived pain level, I kept wanting to tell them details. :) Didn't go over well. Pain early on was pretty high (7-8), but glorious morphine was injected and that helped.
- Wheeled up to my room about 1300 or so. New bed, a bit of movement in the bed, catheter sticking out of my wee-wee. Heart monitor, O2 monitor, IV, Leg crunchers that look like a flight suit to help with the blood cots. Wires galore! Also have to do breath exercises blowing in through a tube. I referenced "The Right Stuff" but the kid of a tech didn't get it. (See the 4:06 Mark)
- Other Half took off around 1630. She hung in there like a trooper. THANKS HONEY! I really appreciate her support for this effort. It is going to be a big change for her too.
- Stood for the first time about 1700 and walked a little around 1800.
- Had an on going battle with the O2 level machine as every time I started to snooze, it would alarm because I wasn't breathing deep enough, but they were able to get an O2 tap in the CPAP.
- I got Ding Dong Ditched at 1015 or so after I turned in! Heard some giggling then my door threw open and someone ran. Called the nurse once I tried to figure out the call button... That was weird.
- I was on a 4 hour vital cycle to I was up at midnight and 4pm for blood pressure, temp, sugar levels and pain meds.
- At 2am the Leg Suit thing had come unplugged and had run out of battery juice and started beeping.
- At 330 am the IV ran out of juice and had to be replaced. I just stayed up until 4ish flicking channels
- Crashed after the vitals and slept pretty good until 730 or 800
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
With five days to go, here is the latest. The liquid diet is not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. Don't get me wrong, it's not a cheeseburger and fries, but it is passable. I'm down to 306, so 12 pounds down, just from the liquid diet and the exercise. The Whey Protein shakes are really not bad. I have noticed that my button up work shirt is not stressing as bad as last week, so we have no worries about exploding-button eye injuries. Glad we missed that one!
I keep getting asked at work, "When are you out again?" Like two or three times from the same people. Hmmm… Not that hard folks. Other then that they seem to be supportive. It will be tough on the office as it is the same time that a co-worker is being deployed to Afghanistan for a year. That means our five man shop will be down to three for about month.
No real news on the gaming front, which by definition sucks. I just haven't had a chance to do much since Saturday as I missed Tuesday's Warmachine night. I've been playing a bit of Civilization IV on the side with the occasional Spider Solitaire game as well, but just haven't had the opportunity to do any real gaming or initiative to do any painting. This weekend isn't looking much better either as I've got a bazillion things to do before the surgery.
Tonight is the season finale of 'Lost'. Should be a bit exciting as they have been building up a conclusion to a great season. There is only one more season to go and to be honest the final season will be quite intriguing.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
So it begins in earnest…
I'll be blunt with you. I'm at 318 pounds. It may have creeped higher, but I have no proof, but today at the gym, I stepped on the scale it said 317.6… Close enough to 318, so I am calling my official high weight.
Today I start the pre-surgery liquid diet and knowing that I woke up starved. I usually don't so I'm pretty sure it is all mental at this point. The liquid diet does three things. Most importantly it reduces the amount of complex carbs (Sugar) that helps shrink the liver closer to a standard size which allows the surgeon some room to work, it helps loose a little weight as any lost weight will help with recovery, and finally helps prep the person to change their life style habits. I can honestly say I think I'm ready for this portion. I've been a bit over the top lately on chow so I think this will be a good break… But I reserve the right to be cranky.
Today's meal plan will consist of No Sugar Added Carnation Instant Breakfast, Low Carb Slimfast, Sugar-Free Jell-O, Sugar-Free Yogurt, Sugar-Free Pudding, and some crystal light. See any patterns? :) Tonight I'll have soup, most likely tomato or some other cream soup.
I started prepping a few weeks ago, right about the time The Eldest started work, going to the gym. I've only been walking, but I've increased the time so I'm walking about 50 minutes a morning. I should crank up the speed, but pshew… At least I'm out for now.
With all this preparation, I went a bit overboard yesterday on the food. Lunch we went to Stella's Hamburgers in Bellevue. MMMmmm… I actually got to go to the original Stella's before the re-hab once. I can honestly say that the re-hab was well worth it. Very good hamburgers, very messy, full of toppings. Since I was going overboard I had mine with a fried egg and bacon and a side of fresh cut fries. MMmm… Dinner The Eldest and I went to Genji Japanese Steak House. I again, went a bit overboard having the Filet, Scallops, and Shrimp. (Once again, I'll interject… See any patterns?) The show was entertaining and the food was good. Our table partners were odd. The Eldest and I both thought it was some sort of Cougar/boy toy thing going on, but ended up being a mom and son thing. It was just a bit creepy. On the way home I picked up an Icee from the gas station. I love the frozen coke… It will be missed as it is just too high in sugar to process post surgery… Oh well.
Well… I've got to get back to the mines. I'll update later on the progress. Keep rolling those bones…
Thursday, May 7, 2009
But Balin was not without support. He had brought all he could muster to meet the encroachment. Two companies of Clansmen armed with short bows held the far left flank, guarding the two Ballistas on the neighboring hill. Hilik, Thane's son, a might Dwarf Champion if one ever existed positioned himself next to two companies of Vault Wardens. Clansmen held the center in two companies. Gandalf, his old friend, fought with Dysik's Shields and Balin with Gavik's Axes. Rangers, with Bows mounted the second hill, three companies, prepared to rain arrows down on their foes. Finally, on the line was a Great Eagle that had come with Gandalf. Somewhere in the woods to the far right, his brothers from Ered Luin, with young Gimli in their midst lurked in the woods preparing to surprise the dreaded foul beasts.
The Uhrik-Hai advanced rapidly with most nearly running across the field as quickly as they muster. The Crossbows entered the left most wood and took up defensive positions. Nearly every unit had a dreaded shaman. Where Lurtz had found them, Balin did not know, but he was not happy with the bolts of fire and the shield breakers that came towards his force. Balin ordered careful advances having the Vault Wardens and Hilik clear a path for the Ballista crews to fire. Gandalf summed up his sorcery and transfixed the Pikemen. He saw through his peripheral that the Great Eagle moved to get a flank on the Wargs closest to him. As soon as forces were in place the arrows flew. The scouts did enough damage to the Wargs to drive them back, but unfortunately it also gave up the flank for the Eagle. The clansmen bows took a single Warg and the Ballista tossed stone into the Phalanx as planned. Finally the Eagle swooped in on the Wargs, taking three of the beasts out, but was overwhelmed by a lucky shot that brought the noble beast down.
Balin challenged Lurtz, who answered the call, then ordered his forces forward and gave the signal for Gimli and the Ered Luin Rangers to surprise their foes. Gandalf's formation also advanced to get close to the Phalanx and Transfixed them in place to ensure they would not charge. Again Hilik and the Wardens advanced to towards the Isenguard Orcs. The clansmen bows advanced towards the Wargs, blocking their advance around the tight space between the edge of the vale and the small lake. Lurtz found his warband with enemies in the front and rear and recalled the Berserkers and Mauhur's Marauders to cover against Gimili's force. The right flank Wargs moved into a clean flank on the poor Ranger Bowmen... It wasn't going to be pretty for them.
With a mighty Baruk Hazad! Gimli threw himself into Lurtz warband as his Ered Luin Rangers tossed their throwing axes before they were flanked on both sides by Berserkers and Marauders. The Ranger bows let loose to try and thin out Lurtz Warband and both Ballista's missed their targets. Gimli charged Lurtz's warband from behind, but was countered on his flanks and Balin himself charged Lurtz to conduct his heroic dual to no avail as he and Lurtz exchanged blows to no satisfaction. Gandalf's force charged the Phalanx to only conduct minimal damage. Balin's formation did great damage to Lurtz's force, but both Gimili and the Ranger Bows were decimated by the flanks. Oddly enough the Clansmen Bows charge on the Wargs won and carried the day.
The lines have met and the blood continued to flow. As units dropped across the field it was clear to Balin that his right flank was going to crumble with Wargs in his rear, so he made a hasty move to Ganalfs forces that continued to pound on Phalanx. Lurtz as well made his move to join the Marauders as his unit began to fall. The clansmen bows finished the Wargs and advanced up the field. The King's Champion, Halik, and the Vault Wardens were finally charged by the Orcs, but armor held and damage was inflicted. They Orcs fell back and were in disarray, allowing the Dwarves to continue to press into their numbers, wittling down the huge formation. With the new lines focused on the center of the vale, the vile Isenguard forces began their sweep to the left. Both the Orcs and Phalanx finally fell, but they had done their job as the fighting forces were soon too weak to fight. Even, Halik fell, as the crossbows found their range and took him down.
-- Break Break--
Heath and I played a great game at 2000 points. Heath won by 13-10, but it was fun with lots of carnage. I am really pleased with a few new additions, but I need to get a better feel for them in the game. Specifically the Ered Luin with Gimli I think are just a sneaky combo. So far it is still a gimmick as it hasn't been 100% successful on each deployment. I think I am launching them a turn too early, allowing Heath to get folks on them on the same turn. The Great Eagle can be a beast in combat, but I don't think it should be on its own, as it needs more things to be easier targets to suck up the wounds.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
I spent the day at Nuke Con's Aftershock at Papillion South High School playing a variety of games. I signed up to run a few games that had a different set of participants.
- Race for the Galaxy - Two new players so it took us about an hour and a half to get through the game. Still good and gave Mike and Gabe a chance to try out something new that stretched their notion of a game.
- Pandemic - Played twice. Once with Mike Edmond, Elizabeth, and myself. The outbreaks took us pretty early as we had a huge chain reaction in Asia. Second game we added Steven, which caused us to use all five characters, but only get one card to start. We were rocking along, had victory in our grasp, when we got the last two epidemics in a short order that exploded Asia (again!) and we lost do to lack of virus cubes.
- Formula D - The new version. First game Mike, Steven and I played the newer street racer game. Steven took a health conservative view to some dangerous curves, and was able to zoom ahead at the end to win the two lap race. Second game we played the traditional Formula Racers and I took this one (Only game I won all day I might add!).
- Thurn & Taxis - I didn't have this on the schedule, but I brought it because it is the best game of 15th Century German Postal Service every created! I challenge you to find a better... Can't be done. Steven did a great job of managing the flow and dominated the final VP count 41-27-8.
- Mexican Dominoes (Las Cruces Rules) - Ann set up to play some dominoes and after three false starts :) we got rolling along. Game had seven players... Ann, Steve, Susan, Steven, Becky, Lilly, & Me. I've played Mexican Dominoes a ton, but Ann's Las Cruces' rules were a tad different. I liked some aspects like being able to voluntarily keeping your train open, but didn't care for not being able to play on any open position until your own train was out. I think that takes a few of the 'dumping' strategies away from the players. Regardless, it was still fun and I think I ended in the middle of the pack. Ann took it on the last round with her closest peers getting really bad hands to finish up. Good fun. I look forward to it again at Nuke Con. :)