Friday, March 31, 2006

BubbleShare Photo Slideshow

I saw BubbleShare a few weeks ago, but it didn't do much for me. This morning, I learned that you can embed a BubbleShare slideshow in a blog post. Sweet.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

March 28, 2006

I'm finally recovering from about two and a half weeks of the flu. I haven't been that sick --ever. I'm still really tired most of the time, but I get better everyday.

It all started on a Tuesday night a couple of weeks ago. I got home from my stake meetings at about 11:30 PM and did some work for about thrity minutes and gradually started feeling really tired and achy. I fell asleep at my computer, with my head resting on the keyboard. I went to work the next day, but felt really terrible.

That evening I had a meeting with a website client that I've been working with and really didn't want to go. I felt terrible, but I had put the meeting off twice already, and I didn't feel like I could put it off again. I asked JD Taylor to come with me (he's been doing some design work with me on another project). I somehow made it through the meeting with my best face on, but after the meeting I just let go. I asked JD if he would drive me home -- I was freezing, and in pain. I quickly got worse.

I didn't got to work the next couple of days. Amy Ritchie and the kids were in town, so Erin took the kids and left alone so I could rest. About a year ago, when I had felt simmilar -- I bundled myself up in sweaters and blankets and basically forced myselft into a fever. The fever burned the illness out of me and I felt completely better the next day. I decided to try the same thing this time. I bundled myself up and slept most of the day -- nothing happend. Nothing happened except I got so dehydrated that on Thursday afternoon I almost passed out while having a shower. I managed to get out of the shower and call Kevin to come pick me up and take me to the emergency room. He thought I was joking.

When Kevin arrived, I did my best to get my coat on and walk to the door. Cooincidentally (or not) Steve Miller called me looking for a key to the church. Kevin answered the phone and told Steve that I wasn't well. Steve told Kevin not to take me anywhere, but that he was on his way and would be at my house in a few minutes.

Steve arrived and he and Kevin gave me a blessing. I dare say it was the first blessing he has given as a stake president. After the blessing he asked me to lay down on the couch and he gave me a quick physical exam and instructed Kevin to take me to the emergency room at the Foothills hospital. He told me it was possible that I had kidney stones, or a bladder infection -- but that he wasn't sure and I should go to the hospital to get some proper treatment. Thankyou president/doctor Miller!

Keving took me to the Foothills, which ended up taking an hour just to have someone talk to me (I coulnd't see much because I had my hat pulled down over my eyes). The triage nurse took my blood pressure and listend to my heart etc.... She told me to get comfortable because just then (at 7:30 PM) they were only seeing patients who presented at 11:00 AM. Brutal.

I ended up spending the night in the hospital -- where they pumped 3.5 liters of saline into me. I didn't sleep for the pain I was in, then the doctor gave me some serious pain killers and I went right to sleep. The pain killers did make me really jumpy though -- and I had really strange dreams.

My folks came to visit me the next day, and at about noon, I was discharged from the hospital and sent home. I didn't feel much better, but at least I was re-hydrated. It took me another full week before I was in any condition to get out of bed. After that week, I went back to work for only half days. I didn't sleep much during that week. A couple of nights I didn't sleep at all -- but instead lay on the couch downstairs moaning in pain. I really have never been that sick.

If there was any positive to come out of being sick, it was that the NCAA March Madness tournament began at the tail end of my illness, and I got to watch almost ever first and second round game in every bracket. Something I don't think I've ever done.

I'm feeling much better now -- tired, but better. I'm basically back to about 90%. Wouldn't you know that within a few days of my feeling better, Gracie got some sort of stomach bug that kept her vomiting and having episodes of diareah for the next couple of days. I don't know how Erin has done it. She's kept our home functioning and as heathy as possible for the last three weeks. She's borne the entire parenting and household load.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

I'm Taking Back the Web

I've officially switched my home and work web browser to FireFox.

I tried switching more than a year ago -- but I couldn't make it stick. I'm pretty sure it will stick this time. I'm really liking the lightweight feel of the browser, tabbed browsing, and I especially like the extensibility.

Get Firefox!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Influenza: Day 6

Movies I've watched since being sick:

  1. Pay It Forward
  2. Moulin Rouge
  3. Bonnie and Clyde
  4. Wittness
  5. Matrix Reloaded (twice)
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  7. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Extended Edition)

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Weekend With the Melchins

We had a nice weekend -- will post more later. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Lara is now a "Blogger"

Welcome Lara Freiberg to the world of blogging.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle

I just finished the last installment of the Chronicles of Narnia, "The Last Battle". Quite a remarkable book. C.S. Lewis certainly understands Christianity and does a wonderfull job simplifiying it into a children's story. I've decided I'm going to start reading the books to Grace at night. She may still be a bit young -- we'll see.

Definately worth a read!

March 1, 2006

Erin called me at work yesterday in tears. She told me that Matthew had somehow taken the sharp end of a coat hanger and dragged it along his back basically from his lower back all the way to his shoulders. She told me she'd never seen him cry as hard before. She took him to the doctor, who ruled against stiches. I have to admit, when I first saw it I was a little shocked. It's quite bad.

We did our first round of testing for the upcoming stake conference. We're trying something new this time -- a bridged wireless connection from the Royal Oak chaple to the West Stake Center in Silver Springs. Fortunately the steeple at the Royal Oak chapel can be seen from the roof of the silver springs chapel -- which means that with the right equipment, we can get a decent wireless network between the two buildings. Doing this gets us more bandwidth, and more importantly gets us off the public internet and onto a private network.

When we turned it on last night -- it didn't work at first. Then, to make matters worse -- President Heninger (2nd Counselor in the Stake Presidency) showed up to inspect our progress. He didn't say much at first, so I wan't sure what he was thinking. After getting it working, and trying several configurations we finally got it to a point where he agreed that it was acceptable.

The testing was successfull. I expect that we'll have an excellent broadcast on Sunday.

This coming weekend the stake presidency will be released. This is a big deal for Erin's family, in that her father is the current stake president, and has been in the stake presidency for the last 18 years. It'll be a major change for the Melchins. Elder Dalin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Tweleve Apostles will be attending the conference, and re-organizing the stake presidency. A historic ocassion for the Calgary Alberta West Stake.