(originally published on LiveJournal)
I’ve finally done it. I’ve created a LiveJournal account. I should be reducing the piles of stuff on the floor around me, but instead, I just took 20 minutes to fill out information about myself that really, when you get right down to it, probably isn’t very interesting.
I’ve been thinking about getting a blog for a long time. After all, I am a writer. Fine, I was a technical writer for the past 6+ years, but I didn’t start out documenting XML. Frankly, I’ve always enjoyed writing as a form of self-expression.
What I’m hoping that this journal will be is mostly a log of the progress of two very different, but very important, processes. The first is CRPS. More commonly known as RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy), Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a disorder in which nerve damage occurs. The easiest way I’ve ever heard or read it explained is: “Your nerves are always turned up to eleven” (by Dr. Gregory Soghikian at NH Orthopaedic). In my case, the RSD/CRPS is located in my left knee, and it was diagnosed early enough that it hadn’t spread to other parts of my body. Of course, I’ll have more later, but the nutshell is, I’m in constant pain, and the medications that I take to reduce that pain make me tired and fat. yay.
The second process is adoption. This is the happy part. When I was 13, the Romanian dictator was deposed, and the plight of the Romanian orphans came to light. Over the next decade, thousands of Romanian children were adopted by Americans. I saw a news program about this in 1989, and I immediately knew that I wanted to adopt. The feeling intensified as I discovered how many children there are who need families, and how many people are already on this Earth. Personally, I feel no need to give birth, so, why do so just to have a child? There are so many methods of adoption, and the more I learn, the more I realize that the media doesn’t do it justice.
When I found out that I had CRPS, I began taking several medications. Many of them pretty much read: “If you get pregnant while taking this, your child will have two heads.” Seriously, there are strong warnings on all of them: Don’t become pregnant while on this medication. So, adoption is not only a logical personal choice, but a logical practical choice as well.
Finally, I’ve always wanted to have a spot to yell at people. Like the person in Newsweek who wrote a letter to the editor concerning student loans,and if you can’t afford the loans, you shold go to a cheaper college, or put it off entirely. Or, the people who are putting that little trivia genius on TV, stumping for the Republicans. And then there are the people who say that gay marriage is wrong in the eyes of God. Indeed, there are people who say just about anything is wrong in the eyes of God. And I have to wonder, how many people do research about the ideas that they espouse?
So, that’s what this blog thing is supposed to be about. We’ll see how well it works.