Med Reductions OK So Far

Song: “Any Way You Want It” by Journey

Mood: 7

Nightmares: 0

Ghosts: Pack

The last few days have been a whirlwind. FA came over Friday and we had fun working on stuff and having burrito lunch. That local burrito shop has yet to disappoint me, it’s always so good!

The weekend was busy but… not busy? I can’t really remember what happened, other than J and I watched a great documentary about the Voyager program called The Farthest – Voyager in Space. I enjoyed it a lot, and I think I’m going to watch it again sometime. Lots of good footage, lots of interviews with people who actually worked on the program… it was very interesting how the people who designed, launched, and ran the craft almost see them as their children.

The other day I found a little static bag with a board in it that I couldn’t remember buying and couldn’t figure out what it was. Eventually (and with J’s help), I figured out that it’s a little signal generator module. I hooked it up to an Arduino and somehow got it working, but now I need to figure out how to easily set the frequency by a button or something instead of having to re-program the whole thing. Do I want to use a keypad? A little joystick? Some buttons? One button?

The new stuff I’ve been doing in STO has been going pretty well. I had a chat with the fleet owner and we talked about the kinds of stuff he’s looking to do and I told him my ideas and what I was hoping to do. I’ve puttered around on the internet for over 25 years now, and even when I was a kid and we had a party line we could make long-distance calls… but even now, I still find it fascinating that I’m able to talk to somebody in Tennessee about a video game that has players in it from all over the world.

The roost box printing experiment failed. The front panel came out perfectly and looked great, but after I did some figuring I realized that to print the whole thing would take over two full spools of filament. Whoops. So it’s either back to the drawing board or break down and make them out of (gasp) wood.

The medication reductions Dr W and I made last Wednesday have been fine so far. We dropped my prazosin from 9 to 8mg and venlafaxine from 450 to 375mg… and I don’t think I even noticed it. I had three nightmares (tent and life jacket) over the weekend but I think it was more a coincidence than being related to the prazosin reduction. Plus, now I don’t have to break a pill in half every two nights!

J and I met with some folks at a local church to talk about some volunteering possibilities. The meeting went very well and it looks like we’re going to give it a try. There are still details to work out but I think it’s going to work. A few really good things: it’s really, really close to home, there’s no set-in-stone schedule, and the people are interested but relaxed about it all.

There’s an event going on at a local hardware store (the one that FA and I wander around in) tomorrow morning. I was thinking of going over, but no matter how I work it, I’m not going to be in any shape to drive to get there in time for the free tools. I might go in the afternoon – there won’t be any free tools left but I hear they’re giving out hot dogs, and anyone who knows me knows that I am a (large) fan of hot dogs. We’ll see!

Stay safe.

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