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"Belated" because good old livejournal was down all yesterday and half the day before; so I had written the following birthday message yesterday morning but couldn't post it. (note it's the longest time in my LJ history LJ has been down.)

26th July: 8.45 AM
It's my Livejournal's 8th birthday today! A lot can happen in eight years; on some levels I have achieved a lot, but on other levels, I don't know if I have. Of course the highlights have been the overseas travels, all of which have been documented in here; so that's one reason to be proud of this here LJ. -- The only overseas travel I haven't documented in here were my trips to New Zealand as a baby, and the trip our family made in 94, though I have got a lot of recordings on tape which I'm sure I'll find again one of these days.
Of course LJ has seen me through my first job and now, my second which is proving to be a huge huge success. Unlike the previous time, my boss is fantastic, not to mention my increasing amount of friends!
I only moved into my unit a little over a year before this LJ began and soon, just short of the ten-year mark, I'll be moving again; that will be a huge change for me.
of course some of my low lights throughout this LJ was obsessing/loving people who couldn't give a damn about me, but .. ya know .. I guess I wouldn't have been human if I didn't experience that crap.
After a lot of heart-ache and disappointment, I'm now in a very stable committed relationship and I definitely couldn't be happier there.
Health of course is starting to prove a challenge but I can only remain positive and it won't stop me from completing my lifelong goals and dreams.
I have, and continue to make some great friends through this LJ, who have prooved very surportive of me. I have likewise lost a few along the way (generally online and real life), but .. hey .. that's OK; The ones that stay are the ones that really matter at the end of the day.
As mentioned in my recent bio update, this LJ went from being mostly public to mostly protected from the beginning of this year but regardless, I am proud of most entries; speaking of which, more news coming soon.
So happy birthday to RdFreak's LJ, and let's hope it's around for many many more years!
Til Next Time, RdFreak
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woops!

May. 30th, 2011 03:14 pm
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Poor Joy was sick under the desk before; Megan kindly cleaned it up though I felt bad about it.
I am having my regular blood test Thursday (have to swap shifts), a renal ultrasound (different from the one of last year; how I don't know yet) and my kidney specialist appointment the following Wednesday where he will read my results and give them to me in English; just sayin
Til Next Time, RdFreak
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Well since I last wrote, I've been of course working and getting to know my apple mak. It is so much fun, the mac I mean; work can really drag some days; not sure why some and not others; think it depends how tired I am.
I have been pretty good though over the past two days. It might even be fair to say I prefer the later shifts for the reason that I can sleep in a bit in the mornings; of course, I do like getting home early as well, so it's a win/lose situation. But next week I'm on the late shift, except for next thursday when I swapped with Suzie so I can get to the Austen hospital in time for my iron infusion.
Well, so far, I've mannaged to connect my mac to my wireless network, and I must say it is a lot easier than windows; in fact, a lot of things seem easier than windows. I am yet to get skype and adium; but I plan to do that sometime this weekend.
Last night I went to the parents for dinner and I brought the mac to show Dad. After a lovely dinner of chicken schnitzel, home-made potato chips, and cabbage mixed with bacon and onion, I learnt how to navigate Safari. Then I went home.
I shall go back to the parents for mother's day Sunday with my mac in toe. Good times; and it's the weekend after today; yeah! :)
Am glad I'm on the late shift next week; I will be off to the docs Monday morning to get my stupid ear unblocked; grrr!
Til Next time, RdFreak

grrr

Mar. 22nd, 2011 05:22 pm
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I'm disappointed; I joined [livejournal.com profile] renallife the other day and it was created years ago with absolutely no entries and six members. So I copied my entry of the other day and asked if there was a .. more active comunity? .. nothing. And searches of everything related brings back nothing.
I can usually rely on LJ for any community I need/want to find. ah well. :(
in better news, I've only got eleven minutes to go of my 8.5 hour shift; yeah! :)
Til Next Time, RdFreak
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So today was so nice and relaxing. Nan left about 8 in time for church, but I was awake anyway; i got up when she left; had a bit of a RS game of uno as well as skype conferencing with them all; twas fun but very hard to get a word in with all those people. They were my newish internet friend Kelly as well as a whole heap of others I didn't know, but they all seemed nice.
Then I had a breakfast of four hot holemeal English muffins with heaps of butter; quite nice and attempting to be healthy hence the holemeal.
I then heard half a podcast on the android phone and the screen reader but fell asleep in the middle; ah well.
Got up about 12.45 and started to chop the vegetables; I cooked some spagheti sauce, and man it was nice as! am improving more each time. It gave me three containers which I put in the freezer and a bowl tonight for tea with some pasta and cheese of course.
I used )
Iso need to cook more again; had a break when I wasn't too well.
About to watch 60 minutes; well a bit of it anyway as I heard about a story that was going to be on about this virus that only allows one to remember things for a few minutes, or something; sounds bad.
Normal working day for me tomorrow but not the majority of other Victorians; but we get a free lunch.
til Next time, RdFreak
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Well, it's 6.22 on a Saturday morning and yes, I'm up; I'm awake. I feel a headache coming on so I got to be careful it doesn't.
Thursday I had one all day; a real shocker, and two lots of panadol didn't even help; It finally subsided when I arrived home at the end of the day.
I ended up taking Wednesday off work to try and give my body a chance to fight that lingering thing I had. Felt fine in the afo so kinda felt guilty but it was worth staying home resting in the morning and not rushing around.
Tuesday wasn't a good day; I left my ciprinal at home (when will I learn)? so wasn't happy at all, especially when Issobella (next to me) has told me a few times now I talk too loud when she can be heard all over the place; i told her as such and then later on regretted it; just cop it and shut up; but we were fine in the end. I was cheered up with some pop corn so that was good.
Yesterday was a better day; i was headache free and remained rather cheerful throughout. --- We all got a packet of fairry floss; then Sophie (the new girl who's starting to make friends with me) gave me hers as she can't eat the stuff; Lol!
A few days ago, we all got an email to say that there will be social drinks on Fridays after our shifts in the kitchen; So of course not being interested as soon as the word "drinks" are mentioned, I'd already decided to give it a miss, but right at the end, Judith talked me into it; that and of course "nibblies" always gets me interested. and I thought, since I was going home that night, I didn't have to rush or anything, so when my shift finished at 5.30, I joined them; it was fun. I spoke to a group of people, getting to know Libby and co better; it's good to be social. i left at about 6 though. It was good to have a chat to Megan too. Oh speaking of her, I had my first of the monthly meetings with her and that went well; she seems pleased with me.
We get 20 random calls a month listened to for quality asurance purposes, and this is what we go over in the meetings. How it works is, they get randomly listened too, and if there's an issue, they get passed on to Megan to then hear.
Man, writing from home with no distractions every ten seconds is sure nice; Lol -- as I've mentioned though in the past, I usually don't have much energy when I get home on a week night.
Til Next time, RdFreak
P.S. We're celebrating Nan's birthday today at Angie's; should be fun. :)
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Where is my love of writing in my LJ going?
It's not that I don't love it, i jus don't have time these days; what with my work that I'm there 8.5 hours a day and at B's for the weekends etc. And when i do get home to blacky, I am zonked and will listen to Neighbours online that I've missed, eat dinner and crash.Occasionally I have been able to catch neighbours live on my new set-top box I bought a few weeks ago.
Also got a digital radio in Paky a few weeks ago. idea is to see if I can use it at work but haven't had a chance to ask M about it yet.
Everyone here is still lovely.
My technology is almost all there but there is one aspect which isn't quite working yet. i can use everything else, just not the pulse call cue thing; jaws goes a bit spaz when i switch between my remote desktop and that program.
So Michael W has been here prob about half a dozen times since my first and only entry (up til now) for the year.
George from VA has also been here to help me click on unlabeled buttons on the elearning thinggy. By next year, the outsourced company will be required to have it sorted.
Since it's the end of the FBT year, Maxxia have rewarded us with plenty of fun things like popcorn, games with fun prizes and today, a free lunch of a subway meal; they are good to us and I can't complain.
I am also no longer the newest kid on the block as of yesterday. Sophy seems shy, but that's how i was; now I'm not; lol
I am having to drink heaps more water than i use to to prevent headaches; it's weird; I get them so easy now.
I will write in here more often as I use too.
Til Next Time, RdFreak
P.S. I keep up to date with LJ friends page between calls, though this takes me a very long time since it's so busy.
My individual record so far is 501 calls in a day!
P.P.S My health is better in general since B insisted we visit this health food shop so I have better iron tablets, and they do seem stronger.
in saying all this, i think i have a minny cold; not one to hold me down at all, but just one to give me more sneezing fits than my usual annoying alergies, and now, a sore dripping nose.
P.P.P.S. I keep remembering things to add. It's was Miss joy's 3rd birthday yesterday. I will write an entry later about the adventure Joy and her mate had Sunday; not happy Jann!
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OK so this week will be my first full week at Maxxia and this is because there were public holidays contained in last week and the one before.
Friday was the first day I actually took calls on my own with Fran listening, and today I was completely on my own for most of the afternoon and will be this way from now on, except for when Michael W makes a few corrections to the jaws scripts in the program which give me the full access to it all in which case, Fran will prob just sit with me until I get them right. For now I have to just settle with putting callers through to a couple of numbers without asking them for their car registration numbers.
I went on some new iron tablets mid-way through last week and man they have made a difference; I think that combined with actually working as oppose to just listening all day.
Friday morning Donna (from GDV) came out to give me some O& M to a few chosen food places at Melb central so am feeling very confident about it now.
And I stayed over at B's on the weekend as I did for New year's. We went out for Chinese then went back home and just basically waited up for the new year then went to bed.
Happy new year btw.
I am still trying to get to bed early each work night so I can be assured of as much sleep as possible.
Michael W is still working on perfecting jaws so I can actually use my computer to its full potential (at the moment, due to authorisation issues, I haven't been able to use the ult key in conjuncction with any other key; in other words, can't switch programs which has sucked; no email for me though I certainly have an account set up and will have stacks waiting when it all gets sorted out; should be all sorted by the end of this week we're told.
Tomorrow glen H is coming out to do my work place assessment; I want a focus blue braille display; how awesome would that be, but whether we could convince him of that, who knows.
I got told today by Matt that another client of VA is being interviewed wednesday for the other switchboard position that's been advertized. Apparently "they" are so impressed with me, they called up to give someone else a go, so that's nice. Was just thinking before though, it may have been all my fault as I did happen to mention to M (team leader) in passing conversation that a lot of employers get scared off by blindies; woops. ah well.
More as it happens.
til Next Time, RdFreak
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Well, my first day with Maxxia went quite well.
When I arrived, I went up to HR as instructed and met my teamleader (M) up there. Then we went down to my floor where Michael W from vA was working at my desk with jaws. Turns out he was there much of last friday afternoon and he spent much of today there. He had to write scripts, but jaws does work pretty well with the program; still not perfect yet unfortunately but it's good enough for me to make a start. As the I.T. people weren't all there, there are still some authorization issues but there are ways around them for now.
Everyone is so so nice; M (team leader) is lovely and I still find it hard to believe I will no longer be having the bullying issues I did with Lorraine at ANZ. it's just such a relief to know I don't have to feel nervous at all with every move i make.
S bought a bed for Joy, as well as a water bowl; she told me they'd be happy to provide that last week.
I spent much of today listening to calls Fran took; it all makes a lot more sense.
Fran and I went and got a lovely pizza at Melb central at lunch. I told her she was just perfect at explaining everything that was around; all the shops we passed etc. -- I am going to get GDV to come out though and give me some orientation around the food court though cos I think i'd have trouble on my own.
Well, that's about it. am rather tired so an early night for me I think.
I am def feeling heaps better than last week and almost back to normal but I just got to remember to take my tablets and eat healthier than what I have been lately.
Til Next time, RdFreak
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So I had some O&M from the platform of Melb Central to the new office yesterday - to my desk in fact - yes, I've got a desk already and, it went so well. I feel very confident about it all.
Everyone is just so nice and easy-going. i'm amazed still as I will have such a positive experience there as oppose to with ANZ and stupid boss who hated me.
Can't believe it's christmas eve tomorrow.
Got some blood test results back today from Monday; I am still bordering on anemia.
My official start day of work is the 29th so spent half today in bed trying to get over this latest bout of tiredness and lack of energy, dragging myself up occasionally to throw nasty messages back and forth with [livejournal.com profile] wesderby but, it will be sorted fully soon; fighting at christmas is not good but I guess I was to blame for this one; ah well. Hopefully we'll talk it all out tomorrow.
So yeh, tomorrow i plan to do a christmas eve special on Mojoradio before I leave for the parents place; yeah; will be heaps of fun. :)
Til Next time, RdFreak
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So I'm still bad at updating this thing, really bad now. It's not that I don't want to update. Mostly, I have been feeling very tired with all my medical conditions that have seemed to be plagueing me of late. As I put it to someone yesterday, I feel like my body is slowly crapping up; feel like an old fart. there are so many issues with me medically atm that it is starting to overwhelm me. I'm going to make an appointment soon with a doctor/natrapath as my dad says an old work friend of his came down from Sydney to see him due to multiple problems, and apparently he feels great now.
The latest is that i finally got my kidney results back. They are scarred and permanently dammaged due to an unknown infection I must have had. It just means that kidney function will never be as good as it was, and that does scare me to an extent, but I don't need medication now, just have them monitored.
And since Monday I've been extremely tired and have no energy so am thinking it's a virus of some sort. I feel like I have what I did in Dubai in March.
I use to be so proud of my overall health and immune system; now I pick up anything; no idea.
Anyway in more positive news, Matt (the marketter from VA) found me this position at Maxxia on the switchboard. He accompanied me to the job interview Tuesday which I appreciated because he can really support me behind the sceens whereas I have had trouble in the past explaining about jaws and so forth to an extent where they feel happy and confident. anyway, they were really pleased with my answers. And I met up with fran who's one of the people on the board and was listening to her take some calls. Unlike my past interviews, I feel so so positive about this. Once I fill out this online assessment, I think i'll hear from them soon, possibly tomorrow. The assessment is flash based unfortunatley which makes it impossible for jaws to read, but I'd asked if Dad can come and help me with it. I was told I wasn't to stress if I couldn't do it, but I of course want to make the best impression I can.
I can't begin to express how excited I am about this job prospect; definitely more details when they come to me; won't leave this LJ hanging like I have done lately.
It's christmas here in nine days; it's pretty amazing actually! Of course everyone is going to parents place this year for christmas lunch, then I am having Michelle over that night.
Dad and I will be driving to vA later so we can drive my completed outdoor bench seat home and so I can show him around the workshop; as my LJ would recall, i'd been wanting to do that for so long.
OK all for now.
Til Next time, RdFreak
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So I can't even remember when i last wrote in here. It's not like me, i know. guess I just have felt not up to writing lately.
But I think since I wrote last, i've done three shows for Mojo Radio which have all had their various teething problems, but I am getting better. The Mic on my headset is partly to blame. I will eventually buy myself another one. I've gotten good at uploading my archives as soon as I finish my show; these being at http://mojoradio.us/archives/rachelk,
So yeh apart from that, I've just been hanging out, going to woodwork, been lazy on the job front, but will get back into that.
Last Wednesday I went for my followup appointment at the kidney specialist after I'd had the required blood test. the results weren't good; still much the same as before. so he organized me to have a biopsy at Boxhill Hospital which i had last Monday.
Man the local annasthetic stung so so bad, but I know why they do that now. they tell us to hold our breath as they're doing it, so they don't puncture or kinda scratch the kidney or anything around it; makes sense, but geeze, i was a wimp. But, all went well and i was wheeled out to recovery where I had to stay practically laying still for four hours, of course to prevent any risk of internal bleeding starting etc. I watched Channel 10 and listened to everything else going on around me. The nurses were so so nice, as only I've ever experienced; they were so busy though, run off their feet.
Anyway, dad picked me up about 2.30 and took me back there for the night. ang came for dinner so that was good. I had my acer to keep me occupied where i was mainly chatting on twitter.
Dad dropped me home yesterday afo. I was meant to go out yesterday and today to my various commitments, but I am taking it easy. Even now, the kidney is still tender, certainly not as bad as Monday but still; I will take it easy all week to be on the safe side. I will call the specialist tomorrow as instructed to see if he has the results and we'll go from there i guess; only thing to do right?
Oh, almost forgot, not use to having to remember back so far. Sunday the 7th was our graduation at gDV. I was in the second and final ceromony for the day. dad and Nan came with me, then we went back to Mum's for a roast. The day was rainy with patches of sun here and there, but the ceromony remained dry.
After lunch, we went to Ang and Trent's place; I hadn't seen it before, and it was nice. Ang made a lovely chocolate cake which we all enjoyed. Jan was there too which was lovely. Love big get-togethers.
Now I can't wait til christmas. :) We're having it at parents house this year since the kitchen has been done finally.
Anyway about all for now. Hopefully I won't have any more absences from writing in here.
til Next time, RdFreak
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Well Dad and I walked to the Bellbird consulting rooms; it's such a nice day and closer than I thought it was.
My ultrasound came back fine though he said my Kidneys look a bit paler than normal. I'm not leaking protein or blood which is a good sign. -- He said, to really be able to look at them properly, he'd need to do a biopsy which he doesn't think is necessary at this stage as the Kidney function has improved slightly since last week. He's put it down to perhaps a reaction/alergy to an infection/virus that I may have had. He seemed pretty optamistic that I'll only improve from here but he wants to see me in another month along with a blood test a few days before.
So this is good news for now. Again, He's not going to put me through a biopsy at this stage if it's only going to give the same results; however, I'd have to have one if they weren't improving.
As I say, i certainly feel a lot better in myself.
Then dad and i had a coffee/hot chocolate back at the Mackers near here and had a big conversation about Vegetarianism. It's amazing how much better i feel when I don't have meat.
til Next Time, RdFreak
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I've noticed lately that things will happen which link to my contemplations of late. OK I know that sentence didn't make sense.
I'd forgotten to mention in here, that by about last Tuesday, I started contemplating seriously becoming a Vegetarian. Dad had given me some of his home-made lentil potato pie for dinner which I had two nights in a row, and I just felt more physically there. Meat products seem to, more often than not these days, make me feel bloated and pass wind (sorry bout the TMI but seriously.) -- And of course, that wasn't the first time I'd experience vegetarian cooking.
Last year while in cairnes with the lovely Cole family, I went Vegetarian the whole week (as they have been for years) and I honestly didn't miss meat at all as I totally thought I would. They cooked such yummy meals, and I didn't even object to their Tuna dishes. -- And I love marinated fried tofu.
Anyway, as my LJ suggests, my health, for some unknown reason, as seemed to take a bit of a decline in recent years, with the most recent concern being my Kidney issues (which will hopefully be diagnosed tomorrow.)
When I eat a meal of meat, I can't eat any chocolate afterwards without feeling bloated and windy. Last week I found, I could quite happily enjoy a bit of chocolate afterwards without feeling anything at all.
Of course, my being iron deficient much of the time these days, I'd have to consult with the doctor on iron supplement guarantees, but if all promises to be OK there, the lifestyle may be one to really consider. Like dad, I would go off at Christmas and special occasions, so I wouldn't totally be sticking to it; but 99% of the year, I'd expect too for sure.
I'd also need to learn to cook very very creatively; this brings me to the above-mentioned coincidence; On the front page of LJ today, there's a spotlighted community called [livejournal.com profile] vegetarians, and the description offers people who may be considering the lifestyle an opportunity to learn, so seriously things talk to me sometimes.
Also, going Vegetarian much of the time, would have an added bonus as it would make me feel better about the whole animal rights thing, not that I judge anyone, or even myself when eating meat, but still, it's hard to think properly about what we're really eating.
In other news, I was supposed to meet Peter for breakfast at 10.30 but totally slept in. I got to sleep at about 1 this morning after having two lovely new friends over; Nina and Chrissy! Nina cooked; Chrissy and I combined the mixture and stuffed the cannelloni, and surprise surprise .. that was vegetarian. Nina had planned to cook that before she even knew of my contemplations there, so that was pretty impressive.
We gossed, we laughed and we cried (at least, I thought Nina was crying at one stage, but she was really only laughing too hard, which was good). Joy was a hit, as usual. -- I should be getting photos soon of her as Nina took a few. I have only got my darling Heartly here.
Might go for a walk today. Walked to the station yesterday to meet Nina, and I so must keep this up daily.
Til Next time, RdFreak

Tests

Oct. 5th, 2010 04:16 pm
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Well this morning I went and had an ultrasound of a full bladder, an empty bladder and each Kidney. I then went to have a huge blood test and collected bottles for my urine collection; over a 24 hour period, a mid-stream and a few other random ones for the smaller bottles; good times, Lol
Dad and I then went to forest Hill where we had lunch (well I did; he wasn't hungry so just had a coffee). He then did some shopping for Mum. Then we went to a few places to try and find a funnel and jug for the previously-mentioned test. We were successfull and it's a lot easier to .. ahem .. do it all now.
I'm not going to woodwork tomorrow as I have to be here to finish carrying out the tests. He told me I'll be right as our class is ahead of their regular schedule anyway. Eddie also won't be there tomorrow so we can catch up together on whatever the following week.
I'm not worried now; just trying to stay positive til i know what my results conclude; Then I will worry if I have too, but i am pretty sure it must be just an infection in which case, it can prob be fixed by tablets.
I've got some of Dad's home-made lental potato pie to try for dinner tonight.
Also Sunday of course was dad's birthday. We have our moments but he seriously is always there and will do anything for me. He's always been so supportive and for that, I am eternally grateful. I do love him to death!
As it's also ang' birthday on the 9th, we'll be having a family dinner Friday night for them both. - Despite our sisterly conflicts, she has always been there for me too and I shall elaborate on her actual day.
I was meant to be starting up the tennis program but will be there the following week.
Til Next time, RdFreak
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I've just come back from the kidney specialist. Both kidneys are only functionning at around 30% at the moment; he doesn't know why. He asked me a lot of questions about my medical History, and I've got to get a further blood test, kidney ultrasound and 24 hour urine sample for next week when I go back to him.
I'm trying not to worry though. Dad assures me that it is hopefully just an infection which can be fixed with tablets. -- It's only since 07 when this has happened as the specialist got some blood results from back then and they were totally fine.
He said this could very well be linked to my tiredness; or some of it anyway.
What can I do? I shouldn't worry myself stupid til I get some more results.
Til Next time, RdFreak

consulting

Sep. 30th, 2010 01:45 pm
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So I'm going to the specialist at 10.30 Monday; still don't know much else but I'm very tired.
Last night I had my second group interview and in a couple of hours I will be heading off to the Crown Casino for my third interview this week!
I am very positive about tuesday's one though as they're talking about what project I could work on due to the Jaws factor, so I know they'd have me if they possibly could, so will hear from them later on too.
Well bout all for now.
Til Next Time, RdFreak
::edit:: P.S. Just found out a bit of info; there's a substance it my kidneys that shouldn't be there. hmm

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