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Everything posted by ProfessorTomoe

  1. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    The ball is now rolling on the surgery to fix the torn right rotator cuff in my right shoulder. I finally found a shoulder surgeon who is willing to take me on, and who is willing to work with me on sending me to an inpatient rehab center after the surgery. He seems like a very good doctor upon research and first meeting - great bedside manner, very cooperative, very willing to do his own research into the patient's background. I'm encouraged. As it stands right now, I've got a couple of pre-op appointments with my primary care doctor and my cardiologist prior to December 8th, and then the surgery is scheduled for 1pm December 15th. It was scheduled for the 27th, but they managed to wheedle an earlier date out of the hospital. Then my right arm will be in a sling from 4 to 6 weeks while it heels (I'm not looking forward to that part). I can only hope that the immediate post-op pain will soon be replaced by post-op relief. Watch this space for updates.
  2. Holidaze

    My Thanksgiving gathering has been postponed until Friday due to an illness in the family (for once, not mine). This will interfere with the viewing of the Texas vs. Texas Tech football game, which will leave me somewhat miffed. I am a Texas fan, if you haven't figured that out by now, having attended The University of Texas at Austin for two years (ran out of money, couldn't finish, still got some benefits). I met my wife there, so that's good enough for me.
  3. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    I have pills now. As it turns out, the pharmacy was not totally without Dilaudid 8mg tablets. They simply didn't have enough to fill my entire prescription. Rat bastards had 100 of the 150 I needed, and didn't bother to tell me until I was completely out of my 4mg pills and practically on my hands and knees begging them for a solution. They finally saw fit to give me the 100 pills and short me the 50 they didn't have. I'll have to see the doctor early for a new prescription, but AT LEAST I HAVE MOTHERFSCKING PILLS NOW, YOU CORKSOCKERS. Jebus Christos, I hate pharmacies.
  4. New Music Release Thread

    I have finished another piece for another competition. Please give it a listen and tell me what you think. It comes in at 4:42 and is called "Fanfare and Processions." Here's the link: https://soundcloud.com/lee-jackson-12/fanfare-and-processions-v01j This one has a very far outside shot at an $800.00 First Prize and a publishing contract for the contest, considering that I had less than 2 weeks' notice of the competition and wrote it in less than 10 days. Still, I did my best. I hope you enjoy it.
  5. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    I am still waiting for the 8mg Dilaudid pills to come into stock at the pharmacist's. I'm not fscking believing this. I've run out of my 4mg pills as of last night, and I'm going to run out of my 2mg Dilaudid pills today. I'm going to have to go back onto the Morphine From Hell until the 8mg arrives. And no, I can't switch pharmacies. I've already tried that. Texas law prevents other pharmacies from even entering me into their system for opiates. Aaugh. And I don't know if it would do any good to try to get the doctor to give me 2x4mg pills instead of 1x8mg - the 4mg pills are in just as short of a supply. Give me a fscking break.
  6. New Music Release Thread

    I think I have finished the piece. Please give it a listen. It comes in at around 6 1/2 minutes. Here's the link: https://on.soundcloud.com/cQGzw I'm hoping that this is going to be worth a $1,000.00 commission toward writing a new piece for the sponsoring ensemble. Feedback appreciated.
  7. New Music Release Thread

    I've written past the above link. Forget it and use this one instead: https://on.soundcloud.com/jFEcB Still not finished, but close. Thanks in advance for your help.
  8. What Are You Ingesting?

    * urp *
  9. New Music Release Thread

    New release of the competition song: https://on.soundcloud.com/TLyxR I've made a lot of progress, but I'm not finished. I could really use your help again.
  10. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    You wouldn't believe how much better I believe, pharmaceutical-wise. Pain-wise, however, I'm hurting more. That's the sad thing. The morphine did more for me in terms of pain relief. Everything hurts now. Everything hurts.
  11. What Are You Ingesting?

    Pupusas from Costco, stuffed with birria and cheese and topped with guacamole. Om nom nom.
  12. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    I've just been through a time span from hell. Seriously, I can't really remember the exact length of it. Let me think...let me reconstruct the whole mess. I went to my pain management doctor's assistant and asked to be put on a stronger dose of my current pain medicine, which was Dilaudid (I was at 5mg every 4 hours). She didn't have the authority to increase my dose, but she did have the authority to rotate me to another pain medicine of the same strength. So, she put me on Morphine, 30mg every 6 hours. This appointment was on October 11th. We couldn't pick up the prescription until October 21st, 10 days later, due to problems with the pharmacy getting the pills in stock. So, I took my first dose on Saturday, October 11th. The side effects set in slowly, and as a result we didn't know what they were. They were also mixed in with the onset of an upper respiratory infection, which further confused things. I was coughing up phlegm, I couldn't breathe through my nose, my equilibrium was off, I had hand jitters that made holding things difficult, and I couldn't sit still without my stomach clenching up on me. They didn't all set in at once, of course, but by Saturday, October 28th, things were bad enough that I needed to see a doctor. Since it was a Saturday, I first tried a TeleDoc service from my insurance company. Things were apparently bad enough that they didn't want to really deal with me, and they passed me off to Urgent Care. I went to an Urgent Care place, where they treated me just for the upper respiratory infection symptoms. I got a "Z-Pack" for that, plus pills and a syrup for the cough. For everything else, though, they told me to see my pain management doctor. I called my pain management doctor's office the following Monday (the 30th) and explained the symptoms. Surprisingly enough, I got an appointment the very next day(!!!) with the doctor himself, not his assistant - something extremely rare in that practice. So, on Halloween Day (the 31st), I found myself sitting in the pain management doctor's appointment room. He was very receptive to my needs after hearing what I'd been through. He took me off of Morphine immediately and put me back on Dilaudid, albeit at an 8mg dose instead of the previous 5mg dose. Now, I'm facing a different but similar problem. I'm waiting for the pharmacy to get in a supply of 8mg Dilaudid pills. Until then, I have my old Dilaudid supply, so I'm taking two of the 4mg pills they'd been giving me (I'd been getting 2mg and 4mg pills, and I'd have to cut one of the 2mg tablets in half and take it with the 4mg tablet to equal 5mg). I'll be taking the 2x4mg pills until the pharmacy gets the 8mg pills in stock. However, after just a day off of the Morphine, I already feel better, and that's a HUGE statement. I felt so bad on the Morphine it wasn't funny. My wife was on my case constantly over the past several days leading up to the Urgent Care appointment - she thought I had overdosed at one point (I hadn't). The difference is like night and day. I'm glad to be on the upswing.
  13. New Music Release Thread

    Pleasant, eh? Hmm. Not really sure how to read that. In other news, I spent over 2 hours on the phone with my son last night talking about the piece, so there was no ambiguity once we finished with each other. He thought he had a problem with a whole section, but it turned out he only had a problem with one note. I liked the note as is, so nothing got changed. Such is life.
  14. New Music Release Thread

    I've got NotePerformer 4.2.1 to thank for that. It's a good sample playback library. https://www.noteperformer.com I'm more interested in how the actual music sounds, though. Any comments?
  15. New Music Release Thread

    Here is the first baseline, unfinished work for you: https://on.soundcloud.com/h9DfC Please do not share this link. Thank you.
  16. New Music Release Thread

    No replies yet on the Bach or the Bruckner. Fingers still crossed. Meanwhile, I've taken it upon myself to enter an International Composition Competition with a $1,000.00 grand prize. The competition rules "suggest" that your piece should include parts for Trumpet, Trombone, and Bass Clarinet (plus Baritone male voice, but it's not required) - definitely an odd combination. Thing is, I like odd combinations in musical voices, so this competition is right up my alley. I would appreciate your, the 4um denizen's, help in this. I'll be posting my works in progress at a private link on SoundCloud and will share that link here. I'll try to update the music at the end of that link every evening, but that will depend on how much progress I make during the day. In other words, if I only make one or two measures headway, I probably won't update for that day. When I do post an update, however, I'd appreciate it if you would kindly listen to it and tell me what you think. I'm not looking for a music theory breakdown: I'm looking for your opinion. I hope I'm not asking for too much. Please tell me whether or not you can help. Thank you, either way.
  17. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    I'm home from the hospital. As far as I know, everything went without problems. I've got a bit of bleeding on my left big toe where the doctor trimmed a bit of bone off the tip, but it's nothing serious and should stop at any time. As for the right foot, well, I've got some throbbing with it elevated and a good deal of pain when I try to walk on it. It definitely hurts. They've got me in surgical shoes on both feet. I definitely look weird, and I feel sorry for Mrs. Prof, who's taking care of almost all of my walking duties for the foreseeable future (bathroom duties are still left to me). It's going to be a real pain when she leaves to take care of cat duties. Thanks for the support and well wishes! I appreciate them all.
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  19. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    I'm finally going to have my sesamoid bone removal surgery on my right foot this week, knock on wood. I came down very ill the last time it was scheduled and had to call it off, so I'm hoping the same doesn't happen this time around. My pre-op appointment is scheduled for this coming Monday afternoon, with the surgery to follow sometime on Thursday. They'll do all of the blood tests on the day of the surgery. When the day comes, they'll remove one of the two sesamoid bones through the left edge of my right foot (I asked about removing both, and was told that it would be a very bad idea, so idea dropped). Recovery should take a couple of months. I'm hoping that the removal of this pesky sesamoid bone will eliminate all of the inflammations and ulcers that I've been getting from the unnatural compression caused by the bone being out of position. I'm also hoping for no post-op complications, since I seem to be prone to those. I'll keep you informed. Wish me luck and cross your fingers for me, please.
  20. Cats, Dogs, Other pets.

    * fires Occam's Bazooka into the argument *
  21. Cats, Dogs, Other pets.

    Here's Occam's Razor. Sharpen your appetite, it will.
  22. Events

    I suspect there won't be an empty hotel room to be found for miles around.
  23. Events

    The moon normally looks orangish-brown to me.
  24. Events

    We won't see the "Ring of Fire" annular eclipse from where I am, but we will get an 81% partial eclipse. We've bought pairs of ISO-approved sun-view glasses so we can look at it, and so we can look at the Big One coming up in April of next year (since we're right on its path).
  25. New Music Release Thread

    The Bach Prelude has been mailed to the director of the Austin Symphonic Band! I put it in the mail yesterday after getting it bound at a place called Dallas Bindery.(they don't have a web site). Along with it, I sent a thumb drive that had my two woodwind quintets ("Woodwind Quintet No. 1" and "Theme and Tangents") and the Bruckner 6th Symphony, 1st Movement. All had MP3s, PDF scores, and PDF parts. The PDF parts for the Bach Prelude are also on the thumb drive. Likewise, the Bruckner 6th Symphony, 1st Movement has been mailed to the conductor of the Wind Symphony of the University of Texas at Arlington (their top band), I also got it bound at Dallas Bindery (more on that experience in a second). Since it was so huge (11" x 17"), it had to go via a special 2-day postal rate that cost $9.00. I figured as much and was prepared. Again, like with the Austin Symphonic Band mailing, I sent a thumb drive with the woodwind quintets on it. However, I sent the score, parts, and MP3 of the Bach Prelude as a bonus feature this time, and included the basic PDF parts for the Bruckner at the top of the directory structure. In other words, the opposite of what I sent to the Austin Symphonic Band. Now, my experience with Dallas Bindery was interesting. The guy who runs the place is a character. He told us a few stories, listened to one or two of mine, and was sympathetic to what I was trying to do with my binding of the musical scores. In the end, I got the scores bound for no charge, on hopes that I might be able to bring him back more business. I hope I can.