So much has happened... 8/23 '18
It's been forever since I've posted here, though I have about 98734 drafts just none of them finished. I'll summarize the last month with a listo:
- Beatlefest (wow, a month ago) was one of the most musically satisfying things I've ever done, tribute-wise. The band Joe hired was full of some of the best musicians I've had the pleasure to work with here. Everyone has extensive musical training and reads music like a motherfucker... you needed those skills if you were gonna get through 215 songs... yet they also had rock chops so we knew how to feel an ending that just fades out on the record. There were times we had 40 musicians on stage which includes string a section, a horn section... we also had musicians who specialized in Indian instruments. There was one instrument that pretty much nobody in north America plays called a Dilruba, so we flew my dear friend Stefan in from Arizona to approximate the part using a hurdy gurdy. Stefan was the real MVP. We have dates for Beatlefest 2019 already, and FINALLY the City of Wilmingon sees this as the lucrative, exciting thing that it is and will be putting their marketing hype behind it next year, making Beatlefest a destination with hotel deals and stuff. It was nice that we sold out the last 3 nights of the six-night run, and we all made a really nice chunk of change. (This is unusual for these tribute shows... usually we make a few hundred bucks, but this was quite nice, especially considering that we'd been rehearsing since January.)
- Through the hype of Beatlefest, I didn't really notice how anemic I was getting... adrenaline is a hell of a chemical. The following week we had Hot Breakfast's 8th Annnual Summer Blowout at the Bellefonte Cafe (which was sold out 3 days before the event-- yay!) and I kinda noticed I was having a hard time singing medium-length phrases, but again, I just pushed it aside because adrenaline.
- The thing with anemia (or at least my anemia-- my hematologists insists I'm weird for this) is that I'm able to hit "snooze" on the Iron Alarm when there are more pressing things in front of me... so Beatlefest, Hot Breakfast show... caring for my Mom for a week... being in NJ for Sunnyvale rehearsals... and then BAM, I was almost dead.
- So yeah... I put myself in the hospital for 5 days because I got too damn anemic. That was last week. I was gonna go for iron anyway because I would never go to Burning Man without being freshly ironed-up... but still. Damn. It also turns out that there's a manufacturer's shortage of my usual iron preparation, Iron Dextran, which is normally a 6-hour infusion when I'm not so low I'm a fuckface, so I had to do a 5-day infusion of this other formulation anyway.
- SO! BURNING MAN! After a 7-year hiatus, we are headed back to The Thing In The Desert. We leave for the airport in a few hours, and we'll be in Reno getting supplies tomorrow (Friday), and then Saturday we will head out to the playa. We have Early Access Passes which normally I don't really care about, but with the city having 70,000 people in it, I'm happy to get out a day early so we can beat some of the line at the gate. We will be there (assuming all goes well) until Labor Day Monday. We'll head back to Reno on Labor Day, clean the car on Tuesday, and then fly home early on Wednesday the 5th. So we will be totally incommunicado from Saturday August 25 - Monday September 3rd. Yes, I know that Katy Perry updates her Instagram from the playa and that there is scant wifi if you look hard enough, but I am not going to do that. The phone stays in the car, which stays locked for a week.
- Matt is very excited to be heading back out there, too... this will be his 2nd burn, and my 8th. I'm a little worried about his anxiety, but we have a nice, newish trailer, so if he gets squoodgy, we can just hang there where it's comfy.
- We were in NJ for a week (before my iron infusion) and my dad was out to breakfast and my mom fell. It was a huge deal, and Matt and I managed to get her back up after her being on the floor for 90-ish minutes. I wrote a long OPW post about it, but haven't posted it yet because I didn't finish it. But she was trapped on the floor and it was awful, and she was basically suffocating because she didn't have her oxygen. More on this later.
- My mom's mobility is seriously hindered and her body has basically told her to fuck off. Her biggest pain is her knee, and she's not allowed to take any pain medication (not even Advil or other NSAIDS) because of all the other medications she's on. My mom was supposed to have her knee fixed on Monday at a surgicenter, but once she got there, the anesthesiologist was like "Um, your heart is A-Fib, your lungs don't work from emphysema, you need supplemental oxygen... I can't believe anyone thought we could accomodate your surgery here. We can't. Go home, and we'll do it at the hospital where I have more ways of keeping you alive, yo." So she was VERY disappointed... but I admit I was kinda relieved because she would have been recovering while we were at Burning Man and unable to give my dad a hand. We want to be up there with her during and after the surgery... my dad can't handle it all.
- Life continues to be happy. I'm in a much better place mentally than I was 2 weeks ago-- I was feeling really dark and angry and sad and frustrated and overwhelmed and unable to cope... and in retrospect this was probably because my iron was so low.
- Please don't give me crap about ignoring my iron. I know. I know. It won't happen again, Mom. :-)
OK, that's all I can think of for now. There's more to write, but no time... I need to get in the shower... our ride to the airport comes in less than 3 hours and I still have to throw together a few more things.
I love you all, and I hope you have a spiffy few weeks!