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Palliativity 196: symmetry

Posted on May 30, 2013

MRI of my neck from the left side

For years, my past doctors thought that I had high blood-pressure. Really, I was just frustrated that although there I sat in their exam rooms again and again with pictures of my insides on the wall, they could never help me.

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Before having Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) back in February, my chronic pain condition was isolated to the left side of my neck. Being right handed was definitely lucky: most of the time my left arm had to remain not only motionless, but fully supported for as much time throughout the day to limit my baseline pain level.

Starting from the week following RFA on my left side, the right side of my neck started to experience similar pain. I have to admit, I was freaked. It took a giant act of will and a very supportive partner to stop me from having a panic attack.

Why this new pain? I felt cursed. After a couple days, the right side pain subsided. Crisis averted. Despite this initial scare, my outlook on life has forever changed. Good things happen and they can even happen to me.

Over the past few months, I continued to have episodes of what I came to think of as sympathetic pain. The new but familiar experience would linger for a couple of days at a time, and then just as suddenly go away. During this time I was able to ween myself off all of my various daily meds for pain management and went from two vicodin every day just to sleep at night down to half a pill every two weeks or so as needed.

Last week, I went back to my pain specialist to take a closer look. He appreciated that I had taken the time to really explore this new pain, working thru it with rehab and other types of pain management. Apparently it is common for Cervical Facet Syndrome to be symmetrical, generally one side worse than the other. Turns out that my left side was so severe that it wan't until after RFA that my body could handle even sensing that anything else was wrong.

Next Wednesday I'm having RFA on the right side. Now my blood pressure spikes in the doctor's office because I'm happy to be there.



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Touch the Sky – Final Fantasy XII

Posted on May 27, 2013

Touch the Sky

"Princess, no need to worry. I hope you haven't forgotten my role in this little story.

I'm the leading man. You know what they say about the leading man? He never dies."

— Balthier —


( Fun Fact: that's WWI Sir Winston Curchill in the bottom right! )


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Palliativity 195: Portraiture

Posted on May 23, 2013

Custom Fan Portraiture - Game of Thrones

When my friend asked for a Game of Thrones family portrait, of course I said YES.

I started playing with Photoshop as a kid because it allowed me to bring together an endless sandbox of ideas.

I continue to do so for the same reasons, but now with the purpose of bringing new vissions into the world.

I love to collaborate and assist others in bringing their imagination to life:

The World is what we make of it, so why not make is Beautiful.


(if you are interested in commissioning work, let's make it happen!)


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Posted on May 20, 2013


"We can be heroes, just for one day."


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Palliativity 194: Space Oddity

Posted on May 14, 2013

It occurred to me with a jolt just after Col. Chris Hardfield touched-down Monday evening:

This is our generation's Moon Landing.

Cold War glam-rock blasted into the new Millennia over the Interwebs.

The stars look very different today…

I'm going to miss him looking down on us all from his big lab in the sky.

Many safe returns.


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Brave – Merida Nouveau

Posted on May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day, to all those mother-bears out there!

Brave - Merida Nouveau

"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.

They whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death."

— Leonardo da Vinci —


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