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I don't like to use the Lounge for personal announcements, but this one affects POW! and some ongoing back-and-forth PMs I've had with various people over their work, etc. I've already posted a message in POW!, and I'm repeating it below to save time. I'm in extremely bad physical condition right now --NOT LIFE THREATENING--due to a number of accidents and the accumulated damage catching up with me, to the point that it is temporarily too painful to access the keyboard. This the first time that I've actually been able to move my arm enough to type in two weeks. I should be back to a decent level in anywhere from 6 weeks to maybe 3-4 months. I just need rest.
In addition, some long-running family problems are in legal process right now that are taking what little time i DO have left, so I'm having trouble keeping up with things.
Basically, as soon as POW! 41 and 42 Polls are posted, POW! will temporarily "take a vacation" until I can get my physical act up to level, which shouldn't be that long.
Those of you who sent me PMs that I haven't answered yet, please be patient. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
(Originally posted in POW!)
I'm back...sort of...
My sincere apologies for being AWOL, but it couldn't be helped. I seem to be at a point in my life when I need reminded I'm no longer 17 years old.
About a year ago, i lost a fight with a tree that threw me 40 feet across my neighbor's yard after it collapsed while i was cutting it and spun like a top, catching my right arm in the process. Before it completely healed, the bad snow this winter forced me into some major repairs and removal of another seven huge trees from my property that were endangering the house. This is when I discovered that you can't normally pick up an 1,800-pound tree trunk and move it someplace else. Three weeks later, my little sister ran into some problems that required hauling about 3 tons of crap around inside my hospitalized brother's house. At this point, the pain was permanent and i could no longer hold anything above the weight of a piece of paper.
(Anyone who laughs after reading this next paragraph is going to die...slowly...) By now I'm a bit pissed off in general all the time because I still have repairs to the house to make, have a permanent case of the shakes, so I figured I'd relax in a locked bathroom for a few minutes. Getting myself prepared for further painful construction, and nonchalantly grabbing some toilet paper, I reached back... and proceeded to rip what remained of my tendons/ligaments in my right shoulder to shredded paper. The pain was excruciating, and it still hasn't healed enough for me to reliably hold anything. Apparently...shit really does happen...over and over and over..
I am now wearing a shoulder brace, an elbow brace, a wrist brace, an ankle brace, and a look that can kill at fifty feet. I'm told this will continue for another 2-3 months at minimum, so...
I can't draw or paint.
I can't type easily (this is being typed while my arm is braced on a stool so I can reach the keyboard)
It takes me an hour+ to do anything on the computer that would normally be done in one minute.
I still have three...THREE!!!...ongoing court fights going on over my brother's health care payments, and an additional one over my nephew's care (he has mid-stage MS)
Basically...I'm useless for a while...
In the next day or so, I will post the two polls that are long overdue, and then POW! will take a short holiday until I can get physically back to speed. I won't allow POW! to die--it will be back as soon as i can pull it off. And I'd like to thank everyone of you who have been involved, especially since the beginnings. You all did good...and there will be a chance soon to do even better. Thank you.
I'm also going to post this in the lounge as part of a general alert on POW!
No position or belief, whether religious, political or social, is valid if one has to lie to support it.--Alj Mary
Ironically, the concept of SIMPLICITY is most often misunderstood by simple-minded people. --Alj Mary
Kitty, you take care of yourself. Sod the POW as you're more important than that. If you ever want to let off steam, just PM me and I'll be there to mop your brow. I have big tits as well.
Aw crap. Hate when bad things happen to awfully great people...er, kitties.
Yes, take care of YOU first. POW can certainly wait. The world won't stop rotating on it's axis; the sun will still shine; there will still be plenty of kitty treats.
Seriously - plz take care.
Hang in there Ilaekae! Hope things'll get better for you soon!
..let me know if I can do anything to help out with POW if you need me (though I've been neglecting IDW for a while now..)
I'm sending a huge lump of love in your direction! Let me know if you need me to do anything for you - I can do the polls if you don't feel up to it. Just PM me.
Take your time and make sure you get better!
Sometimes life takes over and you have to just take a deep breath, relax, heal, and then move forward. You cannot help anyone unless you take care of yourself first! Rest, heal, and take things as slow as you can. We will all be here waiting for your return, so until then focus on YOU and your family!
Hugs, well wishes and prayers for a quick recovery.
P.S. Don't hesitate to ask for help, and allow the help when it is offered!
Gonna miss the kitty cat, but please take care of yourself! *hug*
Whoa, Kitty. You got hit hard and kept getting hit. Gonna miss you, but take a break. You need it.
Ouch. Best wishes.
Unlucky Catboy. Get yerself better and we'll see you in a bit.
Careful with that deadly, hazardous, lethal toilet paper though..
Last edited by Flake; June 16th, 2010 at 10:02 PM.
get better dude
Get well quick Ilaekae! Or take your time to heal..the important thing is that you get well. ( but keep the "Killer" look, that could come in handy)
Hang in there!
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I've been through something similar recently Ilaekea, although perhaps not as severe. Hope you get better soon, and if you don't, don't let it get to you.
In the words of a wise video game character...
Endure. In enduring, grow strong.
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Get better sweetheart. Take all the time you need to heal up and get everything sorted out. The internet will be here for you later.
Aw crap! I understand your pain man! I wrote off a couple years with serious RSI and stupidly didn't rest enough so it took longer to heal than necessary. Just rest loads, sleep lots, drink plenty of water and think of all the love you have from the peeps here.
Hope it heals soon and when it's over I'm sure karma will owe you BIG TIME! xx
Damn that sounds like a horrible course of events. Hope you get better soon man!
Haha, you asshole.. You make me laugh with your horrible stories, and now i feel bad..
This isn't as funny as your mashed 'taters gone bad story, but it still gave me giggles.
My best wishes, i hope you heal up all pretty like, and very soon!
hehe ive been modelling this guy with a ref from yah kitty.
hope yah dig
Darn it, you made me log in.
Take care, kitty, hang in there and get better!
You know we love you, right?
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This totally sucks.
Wishing you full recovery and resolution.
We love you, you old fart.
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Crossing all fingers and toes (still struggelin with that, but I'm trying) so that you get a speedy recovery!
I don't even know you all that well...
But, take care and I hope and pray for your speedy recovery.
Last edited by Monkabit; June 19th, 2010 at 01:10 AM.