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Miscellany [Dec. 1st, 2005|04:09 am]
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Had a blood sugar crash worse than I've had in years last night. Was really, really hungry at school before my final class, but didn't grab snacks out of the machine because I am trying to stay away from junk food. Riding home in the bus, I tried to read but got motion sick, which generally doesn't happen on the bus, so reading was sporadic. Ferrett walked down to the bus stop to walk back with me, because it is almost 10pm when I get here, and by the time we got home I was dizzy and shaking. I changed my clothes and then collapsed on the bed, gasping and vertiginous. I scarfed down dinner and was finally feeling better by bedtime. But that was decidedly unpleasant.

In other news, I'm off to work now. Yes, it really is 4:15am. Why, you ask, am I heading to the office this early? Simple. I am in the midst of a project that makes me feel a lot like the heroine in Rumpelstiltskin. But instead of spinning straw into gold, I'm reducing a three-foot stack of documents (most of them only one or two pages) into a coherent set of exhibits. Less than a quarter of the way through, I am already up to exhibit tab 300. Oh, and it's supposed to be done on Friday.

So far no strange little man has appeared to rescue me. Except that I think I can get an extension to Monday. And of course there are several other small projects that need doing.


[User Picture]From: darthfox
2005-12-01 09:34 am (UTC)
oh, how i don't envy you that project. will it be someone else's job, at least, to index and copy those exhibits? [imagines armies of temps page-checking and putting things in binders] how much are you looking forward to having the letters "JD" after your name, which, as all the world knows, stand for "person who gets to have other people do that sort of thing, rather than person who has to do it"?

in future, listen, have some snacks rather than make yourself sick, mmkay?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-01 10:31 am (UTC)
I'm putting them in the original binders - if I wasn't putting them under tabs, there is no way a secretary would understand where the breaks are. Any further copying, however, is not my problem.

And, yeah, I am looking forward to that wonderful day.

I am not sure why I crashed so hard - I didn't really do anything different. I'd better not be getting sick - no time for that.
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From: ewtikins
2005-12-01 11:31 am (UTC)
I have noticed that I am far more prone to feeling queasy on buses when I have low blood sugar. I try to carry a healthy snack of some sort (usually sunflower seeds in a very small container, these days), which helps.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-01 11:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, I should probably do that. It's just remembering to do so!
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[User Picture]From: draxar
2005-12-01 11:46 am (UTC)
You should really hope that Rumpelstiltskin doesn't turn up, especially if it's the original version, before the fairy tales got cleaned up. Just take the name; what could they be meaning when they refer to a rumpled stilt of skin...
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[User Picture]From: smldada9801
2005-12-01 01:15 pm (UTC)
Good luck with that project! I'm the peon admin in charge of photocopying and binding 7 copies of this giant report that we've been assemblin for weeks now. I'm betting on 300 pages at a minimum.
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[User Picture]From: kimmaline
2005-12-01 01:17 pm (UTC)
You have my UTMOST sympathy. I can't believe you went in so early. Ugh.

I am on the no-sleep plan myself. Two major exams to make up before finals. I have my next two weeks plotted down to the minute.

Of course, I can't sleep. I stayed up way late studying for the exam that I have in...oh....seven hours, and now I can't sleep. I had planned on doing some review before I left, too.

How are you in relation to finals? Aren't yours coming up soon?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-01 01:24 pm (UTC)
I have two take-home finals, and one in-class final, which isn't until the 19th, so I'm actually in pretty good shape. The take-homes will eat a lot of hours, but classes ended last night so I will start having evenings in which to work on them.

So, WHEEE!!!
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[User Picture]From: kimmaline
2005-12-01 01:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, good for you. Wow, take home finals. I'd assassinate someone for those.

As long as it was a bad person...of course.

I am going to be totally done on either the 15th or the 16th...depending on when Disabled Students can schedule me in. Part of me can't wait for it to be over, part of me wishes that they were later.

And, I'm experiencing something weird, as the semester ends. I'm getting that wistful sad thing that I used to get in High School...about it all being over. I mean, I have seven years left of school...but I like my instructors and I like my classes and I like my classmates. I know I'll stay in contact with the ones I've grown close to...but it still seems a tiny bit sad that I won't be seeing these people all the time, anymore.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-01 02:37 pm (UTC)
I have that because some of my fellow students went to summer school and so are graduating a semester early. That's kind of a bummer.

The bad thing about take-home finals is that there isn't a limited amount of time to spend on them, so they can eat your life for weeks.
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[User Picture]From: dana3
2005-12-01 02:48 pm (UTC)
I just had the joy of surprising a former classmate by greeting her upon her return to work from maternity leave. She knew I'd licensed, but hadn't known we were working on the same floor ... it was a pleasant surprise for both of us.

You'll see these folks again, out there in the world, as both colleagues and opponents. Good luck with finals!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-01 02:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a lot of them will be around as fellow lawyers.
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[User Picture]From: nyxalinth
2005-12-01 01:18 pm (UTC)
I have had bad crashes, so I know how it is. At my last customer service job, I had a severe crash, and they wouldn't let me off the phone to go eat because we had calls in queue. One of the reasons I quit that job when I did.

I get the nausea while reading in a moving vehicle quite often, too.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-01 01:25 pm (UTC)
I can't read in a car, but I can generally read on the bus and on planes, which is a good thing. Otherwise I'd go insane.
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[User Picture]From: violacat
2005-12-03 05:04 am (UTC)
I can't read in any moving vehicle, but buses are the absolute worst for making me motion sick. Cars depend on the driver; I never get sick while I'm driving, but I might when someone else is. Planes are no problem, except for the descent, which makes me want to die. I looooove less-drowsy Dramamine with all my heart and stomach and inner ear.
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[User Picture]From: gythiawulfie
2005-12-01 02:54 pm (UTC)

When all is said and done

I think you are going to make one hell of an attorney.
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[User Picture]From: fieryfae469
2005-12-01 03:25 pm (UTC)
carry some crackers with peanut butter along with you on nights like this. NO sense in letting yourself crash this badly when you can take care of it with a couple crackers lathered in peanut butter (carb and protein) and wash it down with a V8 splash or something like that for the vitamins and so on.

Hopefully this does not happen again though. I tend to have to eat 6 small feeds a day to keep the BS up there and this is one thing that they recommended...
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[User Picture]From: forestdweller
2005-12-01 03:39 pm (UTC)
I've woek UP like that, crashed because I'd forgotten to eat, and dehydrated to boot. It was MISERABLE. I felt hung over, sick and shaking, head throbbing. Drinking lots of water and eating little helped but I still had to lie in bed and bemoan fate for a little.

Now I try to down a glass of water an hour before bed and eat some crackers or something.
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[User Picture]From: kid_lit_fan
2005-12-01 03:51 pm (UTC)
At least you got to use the word "vertiginous."

May I add juice boxes to the suggestions of things to keep in your purse?

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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2005-12-01 04:57 pm (UTC)
How long was it between meals ?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-01 05:39 pm (UTC)
WAY too long, but not for the first time. My whole semester has been lunch at 1 and dinner at 10. On occasion I remember to bring an orange or an apple, but that is sporadic.

I know it's too long. But it hasn't impacted me like that before.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2005-12-01 05:34 pm (UTC)
Having lived with hypoglycemia for my entire life, I can definitely relate to what you went through with the sugar crash. As bad as it felt, it could have been worse: you could have passed out on the bus. Embarassing to the person who passed out, scares the shit out of the people around said person.

I see people have been giving snack suggestions. I highly recommend peanuts. They're high in protein (which is what you would want), and while they contain a lot of fat, it's the "good" kind of fat. I keep a jar of Planters' lightly salted dry roasted peanuts in a drawer in my cube, for just the type of situation you described.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-01 05:40 pm (UTC)
My problem is that I am a compulsive eater. If there is open food, I will eat it. This is my curse in life.

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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2005-12-01 05:49 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...that would be a problem. However, significant blood sugar crashes can do damage to your body - particularly your liver.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-01 06:02 pm (UTC)
Damn, don't tell me that!

Well, do tell me, I just don't want it to be true. Bleah.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2005-12-01 06:20 pm (UTC)
Well, by significant I mean really, really significant blood sugar crashes. As in your blood sugar drops so low that you pass out cold (and sometimes hurl). At which point your liver release a boat load of glucose into your body to bring the levels back up.

And even if that happened, you'd need to have it happen a lot for it to really do harm. Given my history, if I ain't worried about it, neither should you :)
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