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Epic Fail: The Journal of a Homeless Gamer
Book 16: Different Paths

This is my journal I wrote during the time I was homeless. It is broken up by week for easier reading. Feel free to read it on the web or download the complete .pdf version and print it for reading offline.

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Week 815

Day 5699 - 2/7 - No more storm

Today the storm is completely gone. There was no rain, and not even evidence of gray clouds threatening a return. So it looks like it has passed and there will be no more craziness.

I am still pretty sick, but haven't yet set an appointment. Checking online it looks like, assuming this is pneumonia, it can stick around 2 to 4 weeks. Checking back it looks like I had pre-symptoms around the 13th, so we are still about 1.5 weeks until a full month. I am getting much better since getting the decongestants, though there is still congestion and yuck hanging around. So I adjusted my self promise to make an appointment if I'm still bad two Mondays from now.

That is really it. I woke up again last night around 4. I think this time was due to my cold making me congested, so that was super annoying. Hopefully I can sleep through the night tonight. And hopefully I recover soon.

Day 5700 - 2/8 - Bit of storming

Today was a bit odd. Probably around 10 the storm came back and it was completely storming, but just for a few hours, until just past lunch around 1. Ever since then it has been bright and clear. Looking up there are only a few gray clouds. So it may rain again a little, but it certainly doesn't seem like it will storm again anytime soon.

My tummy is pretty upset today. Either I had a bad lunch and it's been off all day because of that, or maybe the cold is in my tummy and it's just generally upset. For both lunch and dinner it was like eat, now run to the bathroom right after. Even peeing I was going 4x as often for seemingly no reason. Hopefully I can get back to feeling better soon.

Day 5701 - 2/9 - Clear skies, but freezing

Today the sky was completely clear. I don't think I've seen a single gray cloud. Though it was still very freezing cold. The weather app shows lows of around 40F and highs barely into the 60s for the entire week, which is very sad since before the storm it was starting to warm up a bit.

I'm less congested today, but I am still waking up at night for no reason. It must be either the congestion building up and bothering me or the extra cold weather. I don't know which. But overall I feel less congested, but much more sneezy. Hopefully that is a sign of slowly getting better.

Day 5702 - 2/10 - Sore bits

Today my neck is oddly sore. I'm not sure if the right side is cramped along the muscle, if the muscles in general are sprained from so much sneezing, or if that particular lymph node line is swollen from the sick.

Also my right ankle is having issues. It isn't really sore except when I step, so it's like it doesn't really want to walk.

I'm still pretty sneezy, though my congestion overall seems not quite as bad.

Day 5703 - 2/11 - Lots of water

Today I drank lots of water. Probably 3-4 times what I normally drink. I'm not sure why. I drank about the normal amount of soda too, so in total I probably had about three times what I normally drink.

My tummy is not feeling great about food though. I was going to get basic healthy chicken, but there were no small packages to get, so I got a salami and cheese pack. It was good, but my tummy feels a bit wobbly.

I'm hopefully starting to get better. I only sneezed a few times today, but I have had a headache most of the day, have been a touch dizzy, and I am extremely tired.

Day 5704 - 2/12 - Hopefully dry Monday

Today will hopefully be bright, dry, and getting warmer. There was no rain, nor signs of rain Sunday, so hopefully we will be clear of the rain, and soon hopefully clear of the cold too.

Day 5705 - 2/13 - Unknown Tuesday

Today I don't know what to expect. I have my in person class, but people seem to be struggling with the assignments for some reason, so the professor removed one last week. I guess that means it will be easier days for me, but it's not really hard work at all, so I don't get why people are falling behind.

Hopefully it will be dry, a bit warmer, and I can get better.

Week 816

Day 5706 - 2/14 - Lymph nodes

Today my lymph nodes are swollen and bothering me, especially the right one. I guess looking it up they can take 1-2 weeks to fully calm down. Hopefully it getting swollen means I'm finally getting better. I do feel a bit better overall.

Day 5707 - 2/15 - Headache day

Today I've had a headache most of the day. I think that and the swollen lymph nodes are the remains of the bad cold. Hopefully they will be completely gone soon, as will the cold weather, and I can be back to a more happy and healthy state.

Day 5708 - 2/16 - Sniffles

Today there isn't much to talk about. I'm super sniffly and congested, and sneezing a fair bit too. Hopefully I am still getting over the pneumonia, but it could be a new cold. My back has hurt quite a bit too. I don't know if that is related or if I just didn't sleep well.

I did a quick homework today. It was ok. I can't draw as well as I'd like, so that's sad, but I did the thing, so now I'm current again for that class.

Hopefully I continue to get better and can stop feeling sick soon.

Day 5709 - 2/17 - More sniffles

Today I spaced out and had fun with a game all day. I was still super sniffly, so I'm still not sure if it's the last of the pneumonia or if it's some new cold creeping in. I'm trying my best to keep warm and occasionally take decongestants, so hopefully I'll be better soon.

Day 5710 - 2/18 - Maybe the bread

Today I feel kinda bad. I was fine earlier, but then after lunch my tummy felt bad and didn't feel better for about five hours. I guess I grabbed bread without checking what type it was. I looked around online before last time and it seems sourdough has much less glucose than French. I guess this time I forgot to check and grabbed French. I'll avoid it tonight, and then maybe when I've ruled out the other foods tomorrow I'll try a small piece and see if it hurts my tummy. More and more lately it seems I may be glucose sensitive, so I'm trying to see what does or doesn't have any to worry about. If it is the bread that might explain why I haven't been able to track down the source for years. I never really thought it could be and so I didn't research that as a cause. Crackers seem to have a similar effect and looking them up they are rated at 50% higher than even French bread. So I should probably stay away from them too.

Other than that my day has been pretty regular. I did a bit of homework, so that is about half done. It's not due until Thursday, so there should be plenty of time tomorrow or even Wednesday. I had a migraine blind spot early in the day, though I didn't really feel like I had a migraine. I was pretty sniffly and sneezy earlier, but that seems to have cleared up. The rain has been back lately, but it's sporadic and at pretty normal levels, no crazy storm like there has been.

Day 5711 - 2/19 - Hopefully ok day

Today will hopefully be ok. It's a holiday, so I may not get to do things as normal. I just have to see what is what and try to make the best choices from what I have.

Day 5712 - 2/20 - Hopefully normal Tuesday

Today will hopefully be a normal Tuesday. Hopefully it won't rain too much if it does. Hopefully class goes ok. Hopefully I'm not too sniffly or sneezy. Hopefully my tummy is ok with the foods I get. And hopefully I can get over whatever colds I've been having lately.

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