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It brought my brain age to 58.

February 28, 2010 Leave a comment
My kitten, Riley, is sick. She started having seizures on Thursday night. We’ve been to our normal vet and to the emergency vet. They did some tests and ruled out a lot of nasty things. It’s pretty much down to epilepsy or some kind of brain trauma. We would have to pay $2600 for an MRI to see her brain and there is no way to diagnose epilepsy except by ruling everything else out. We’ve decided to treat for epilepsy, which involves pills and we have the option to administer valium if we think she needs a rest from the seizures.
 
Originally, the seizures were about an hour apart. After a day of medicine, she was down to one very three-four hours. Last night they went to every two hours and now in the daylight we are waiting to see if they slow down again.
 
RY and I haven’t had much sleep since Thursday. I was up last night rocking her so she could see out the window. She’s not normally a cat who likes to be held so the fact that she’s wanting to be held is a bit strange. She’s sleeping beside me right now. RY is sleeping upstairs – a very well earned sleep.
 
I keep looking at the clock, willing it to advance so that Riley’s seizures are further apart every time and we can have more hope that she’s getting better.
 
I don’t know how people watch their children suffer through illness. It’s very hard.
 
Send some healthy thoughts to my kitten please. 🙂

Phew!

February 23, 2010 Leave a comment
Today my brain age is 27. So it’s recoverable and I should be able to play Resident Evil 4 again.
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Ack! My worst nightmare!

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment
As you may already know, I’m addicted to Resident Evil 4 on my wii. I have played it three full times and am starting my fourth. I fully expect to play once more after that.
 
For Valentine’s Day, RY got me a Nintendo DS Lite and a few games. One game is Brain Age. We got one for her dad for his birthday and we love it very much. I opened it up on Thursday and got my ‘brain age’. The best possible brain you can have is 20 years old. My brain age was 31.
 
Then I spent Friday night playing Resident Evil 4.
 
On Saturday morning my brain age was 38. Apparently, playing a zombie game makes you stupid. And here I thought I was training for when we were attacked by zombies.
 
Now I’m playing more Brain Age to get my brain power back. I’m down to 37 but I miss my RE4.
 
Maybe I’ll just be ok being a stupid zombie killer. The Dalai Lama said the secret to happiness is setting proper expectations.
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In metric countries, she’s an Olympian.

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment
RY used to work out on the elliptical. She would do over an hour at level 10. She was a machine. Unfortunately, working out that hard gives her side pain. Recently, her doctor suggested she switch to a treadmill, so she did.
 
She has been frustrated by the treadmill as she cannot do ‘level 10’ and kick everyone else’s butt on it, and she is a competitor, let me tell you.
 
In order to improve, she has been researching online how to improve her running and asking everyone around her what level they run at and for how long. This has been discouraging her as she runs on level 4+ when warming up and then increases it to 5+ when in full run. The people she’s spoken to have been running at level 7+. She cannot understand how they can run that fast.
 
On the weekend, our crappy local women’s gym closed at 4pm and we had to go to the coed gym by work. They have newer machines. On these newer machines, RY could run at 8+. She was thrilled. She was beating everyone else.
 
Turns out, our women’s gym displays distance and speed in miles, while modern gyms display distance and speed in kilometres.
 
And that bug in the laundry room was a metre long!