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I hate being sick, even after it's over

Yesterday, I got home and already wasn't feeling too great. It quickly got worse, until the pain in my stomach was so bad that I wanted to crawl into a garbage bag and die. That persisted for a while... by which I mean I was on E-mail at 2:30 a.m. to let work know I wouldn't be in today, and it wasn't until 4 or so that I was able to lie down without the pain becoming extreme. I don't even know how I managed to sleep, and I left the CPAP in pieces rather than try to use it and have to keep taking it off to spit or throw up into a bucket. Needless to say, I didn't feel like making an entry while that was going on. It's sad, because up to that point, it was a really good day. I dove into a big review of everything that happened while I was away, and I've got some great comments already, which helps me feel like the review isn't a waste of anyone's time. Not that a review with no comments is a bad thing, but when there are changes to be made, it's positive for everyone.

Yesterday's Bridge: We got off to a big start, or rather, I did with S 6 H K-x D x-x-x C A-K-Q-10-9-x-x. That's a pretty impressive suit, but with enough side strength to be worth opening 1C in third seat. Dan C. doubled, and Jerry responded with a jump to 2S. Naturally, I went back to 3C, and over Dan's 3H, I bid 4C. jerry's jump told me we had the strength, and I had the suit. The opening lead was a spade into Jerry's S A-K-J-8-x H 10-x-x D K-x-x C 5-3, which was barely enough to make the contract. I couldn't afford to let Kevin lead a heart through my king, so I went up with the ace and cashed the king, throwing a heart - a diamond would have been better, but I had five potential losers in the red suits and didn't think it mattered which one I got rid of. Then I led a club to my ace, and to no one's surprise, Dan showed out. Fortunately, everything was marked, so I was able to cross to the king of diamonds and finesse the ten of clubs, then run the trump for the first ten tricks. Had Dan taken the ace of diamonds immediately and led a heart, I could have established an overtrick had I sluffed a diamond instead of unguarding my king. It's a tiny chance, but arguably the right play. It took a long time to capitalize on that partscore, though - we couldn't find a suit in a hand where the opponents went to 4H, ending up off four, and I couldn't double with my heart void and most of my power tied up in our likely long spades. Jerry opened 1D when I had S A-Q-x H Q-x D K-8-x-x-x-x C Q-x, so I saw no better bid than 4D. He picked up on my intention and cue-bid 4H, so I bid my spade ace and he jumped to slam. Sadly, we weren't quite there - off two. I had an even weaker hand with five hearts to respond to his 1H opener on the next hand, jumped to game, and missed it by one or two. Then Kevin made 4D with an overtrick, putting us pretty even until we had an awkward auction - I opened 1S with S A-K-x-x-x H 5-4-3 D x-x C A-Q-x or so, and Jerry responded 2H. There wasn't really anywhere I could go from there, so I passed. He had a much stronger hand than he'd indicated and made the slam. Finally, the opponents surprised me by choosing spades over hearts when I had Q-9-x-x in spades and a singleton eight of hearts, but I couldn't signal Jerry that I had the singleton and he didn't give me anything to ruff. We still set them one, but there was probably a play to make it if Dan had known the distribution or planned ahead for it.

I woke up well after 9 this morning and spent the day resting as best I could. I had toast and a banana for lunch and a couple of chicken salad wraps for dinner, with a lemondrop melon for dessert, as well as two mugs of tea over the course of the day. My throat still hurts, and my stomach feels like something's still wrong, but it can't muster the energy for the level of pain I had last night. I think I'll probably be staying home tomorrow as well, but at least I can try to wake up at the usual time and go through my morning routine rather than skipping the parts I felt too sick to do this morning. I'll decide what to do in the morning - staying home seems the most sensible course, since Mom told me that someone she works with had the same symptoms, indicating something communicable, but there's a lot I need to do in a short time and missing three days this week will hurt.

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Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")
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