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A much better day
Life is better today, here in RennieWorld. Thank you to all who offered sympathy and encouragement yesterday, I appreciate it. My hand is still a bit swollen and sore, but now it is what I would consider a "normal" amount for an insect sting. Also it's been steadily shrinking, rather than steadily growing like it was yesterday. Per the doctor's request, I returned to the hospital last night to have it double-checked. They verified that the stinger wasn't still in there somewhere, and that it seemed to be getting better. My only concern was that I was feeling a lot of "pins-and-needles" in two fingers, which they said was probably due to the decrease of swelling-pressure. So yay, I'm healing fine!

I got up early this morning and did my talk. I think it went quite well. I was nervous, but I read over my materials (while dripping coffee on them) several times to make sure I was familiar with everything. I met my track-moderator only 15 minutes before my talk...I'd been intending to meet her last night, but failed to find her. We still had plenty of time to set up the technology.

I got through my talk with a minimum of pausing and searching for words, and I think I covered most of what I'd wanted to mention. There were probably around 60 people in the room (yikes!). 3 people specifically approached me and said they liked it - 4 if you count my moderator, who was probably obligated to tell me she thought it was great. Anyway, I think it went pretty well, and I'm happy with myself.

At one point, this photographer came in and took my picture. I had seen him photographing all the speakers during their sessions, so I was expecting him. I (barely) resisted the urge to smile and pose, but I tried at least to look especially not-stupid. He took like 3 pictures, which made me nervous, because I kept thinking, "Oh damn, he needs another, I must have looked incredibly stupid in that one." I also tried to keep talking and pretend I didn't notice him, even while attempting to look especially knowledgeable and articulate...it was difficult. I'm glad he only took the three, then he finally left.

Here was yesterday's miserable schedule:
4am wake up, get dressed, go to hospital
6am return from hospital, back to bed
9am get up, go to drugstore
10am finally get drugs, yay!
10:30 muffin, conference registration, attend a couple of sessions
12:30pm hideout in hotel room, room service, mope, read, nap
5pm back to conference for expo-opening
6pm write less-than-happy lj post
7:30pm dinner with whumpdotcom!
10pm trade in rental car for new one
11pm back to hospital for requested 12-hour checkup, getting better
midnight or so... sleep again

And now, in sharp contrast, here is today's so-far-much-better schedule:
7am get up, shower, get dressed
8am muffin, review talk
9am give successful presentation
10am attend other session
11:30am return to hotel room, change into swimsuit
noon read in sun, swim two laps in pool, sit in hottub, more reading in sun (thought I deserved it)
1pm pack up and switch to cheaper hotel room
2pm return to conference, attend session
3:30 write happier lj post
?:?? to be determined....
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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: October 15th, 2003 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you're better and enjoying yourself.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2003 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. (:
bighoward From: bighoward Date: October 15th, 2003 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, that's what happens when you get a single room ! Now if you'd been sharing a room you wouldn't be eating a lousy muffin for breakfast. I would have ordered room service, up to and including champagne.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2003 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well darn it Howard, why didn't you offer to come along?? I would have totally shared a room with you, especially if breakfast included omlets and belgin waffles with the champagne. mmmm...now I'm hungry!
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: October 15th, 2003 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear that today was better then yesterday :)

And glad the talk went well!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2003 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks much! Yes, today has definitely been much better.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: October 15th, 2003 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
HMMMMM hot tubs.........

Cheaper hotel room?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2003 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm paying for part of this trip myself, so I switched out of the (expensive!) conference hotel for tonight.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: October 20th, 2003 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah! The perks to being in the private sector!
guingel From: guingel Date: October 15th, 2003 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
yay! glad that everything's ok and your talk went well. :D The photographer obviously just wanted more pictures because you're so photogenic!

My god, waking up at 4 AM. . . and to go to the hospital. . . a miserable schedule indeed.
Thank heavens today was better :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2003 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope that's the case...although I'm afraid it was because I looked dorky. I dunno! I wonder if the pictures will be published anywhere?

Thanks, yes, I'm doing much better today. Quite the relief.
guingel From: guingel Date: October 16th, 2003 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
hmm. . . maybe in some sort of report of the event?
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: October 15th, 2003 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)


that sounds like a MUCH better day!

So what time do you think you'll be meandering out my way on Friday? David has the day off school, so I'm pretty sure there isn't any Lego League, phew! Dinner will probably be after 6 because Aidon has a meeting in San Jose that doesn't end until 4:30 - yuck! But I'll have snacky things, I'm sure :)

We have a trampoline. It just struck me that you might be someone who enjoys such things - and maybe not ;)

Anyway, whenever you want to arrive is totally fine! Just let me know :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2003 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: yay!

A trampoline! Why yes, I am such a person. (: We had a trapoline for awhile when I was a teen...it was a lot of fun. I'll probably wander up in the afternoon, perhaps around 4? Would that work? Hopefully that would mean I'd miss the worst of rush hour, possibly.

So glad I'm feeling better, so I can actually enjoy getting together with you guys! I'm looking forward to it.
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: October 15th, 2003 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)


I knew you'd give a successful presentation...I just KNEW you'd knock 'em out. Congratulations, salutations, and all that jazz. :) And you got a photo op too...you never know what this could lead to!

Glad to hear your hand is doing better too. I know what it's like to be sick on vacation...when I was 7, I came down with the chicken pox while on a trip to Florida. Thankfully I was staying at my grandma's, and I missed some school and got lots of get well presents, not to mention watch lots of TV, so it wasn't a total washout. :) Oh yeah, this was supposed to be coming to a point...I know how you feel.

Glad you had a better day today! :) Enjoy the rest of your trip! Sounds like you need a well-deserved vacation.

renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2003 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)


Thanks for your confidence! I'm fairly pleased with how things went. I took your advice about going to the bathroom too.

Being sick on vacation is no fun. Being sick while alone is no fun. The combination is truly suckey. I've never had to drive myself to the hospital before...I suppose that's basically a good thing.

Thanks. (:
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2003 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I enjoyed it too. Don't work too hard the rest of the week....
operatic From: operatic Date: October 16th, 2003 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, glad to hear everything went better for you yesterday!

My hand is still a bit swollen and sore, but now it is what I would consider a "normal" amount for an insect sting. Also it's been steadily shrinking, rather than steadily growing like it was yesterday.

But remember: If it shrinks to smaller than your normal hand, you'll need to go back to the doctor (or to the movie store, to see how Lily Tomlin handled the situation). ;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 16th, 2003 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Yikes, good point! Thanks for the warning. *grin*
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: October 16th, 2003 08:35 am (UTC) (Link)
so what ever was the resolution with the rental car? did it simply end up by switching it?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 16th, 2003 10:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I just traded it in for one without any abnormal lights. I didn't want to mess with it, and I was fairly near the airport when I went to dinner. Kind of a pain to have to waste my time, but at least it's resolved (for now).
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: October 16th, 2003 10:27 am (UTC) (Link)
true enough!
that's why you pay them the money to deal with the hassles!
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