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06 August 2010 @ 01:13 pm
Happy birthday to me! =^-^= *Good and bad news*  
Some people reading this are going to be shocked.. not that yesterday was my birthday, but that it was my 30th birthday!!

OMG.. I turned 30!

I'm not in my twenties any more.. In some ways, it feels like a big shock. 30 sounds like the age my mother always was when I was growing up. That was OLD! I'm not a mother yet! I'm not old! I'm not even married!! In other ways, it seems like it doesn't matter at all. Age is just a number, right? I mean, two days ago, I was in my twenties. Then in one day I became 30. Seriously, one day. It's true that one day can change everything and it often does, but it's not like anything really happened. Mako came over and brought me little birthday cakes and we ate them and played on the internet, then went to the store.

It was a great day!! So relaxing and lovely!! I've been really tired from all of the stress (I had to film last week too, in between moving and cleaning), so a quiet day was just perfect!

I'm still not used to saying "30" yet, though. ^o^; But I AM getting used to saying my new address!!

That's right-- I'm finally settled in!! Sort of! There are a lot of things that I need to get, like a desk, so that I can draw (I got rid of my table because it was too big for this place). It will probably be a while, though, since money is pretty low... But internet was finally installed, so I can update lj again!! Yay for small (okay, big) things!!

But there is another reason why I have been stressed..

Starting about a year ago, I noticed that I was getting bruises on my legs, but I couldn't figure out why. It took forever before I finally realized that I would sometimes bang my suitcase handle against my thighs as I walked. And considering that I was using my suitcase for a 2-hour journey nearly every week (to the manga studio), alright. I got it.. It did seem weird that I was suddenly getting bruises from that when I'd banged my knees all the time as a kid and never had a problem. But I looked it up on the internet and it seemed like defeciencies in iron and vitamin c could cause it.

So I took tablets of both for a while. Nothing really changed, but I was too busy and I didn't think that it was really anything big. But you see, when I moved, it was REALLY bad. I have moved a million times and never had more than a little bruise or two from some big bang. But this time, my while body (mainly my hips and thighs, where I rested boxes against my body as I carried them), looked like a battleground. It was actually pretty gross!! And embarrassing! Good thing that I don't go to onsens, or I would have scared the old ladies!!

They're fading now, but I madde sure to go to a nearby clinic to get a checkup. I was sure that some sort of vitamin was lacking and a blood test would help. The doctor agreed, and they extracted a lot of blood from me (along with a lot of money) and said they would call me when they got the results.

So Wednesday (day before my birthday) finally rolled around! I was busy cleaning still, but it was couples day (boy/girl couple gets in for super-cheap) at the movie theater, so Mako and I had made plans to go see the new Ghibli movie, Karigurashi Arietty!! I have been wanting to see it since it came out a few weeks ago, so I was really excited! But then I got a call from the clinic. The conversation was a little weird, because my medical japanese is not good, but basically it ended up with the doctor saying "YOU HAD BETTER COME IN RIGHT NOW. I will make you a recommendation to a university hospital and you need to go TODAY." If not, you could die-- it was that kind of urgency.

......................................

Nobody wants to hear that, right? This wasn't supposed to be a complicated thing! But there it was.

Mako was supposed to come over in about 30 minutes or so, so I waited for him, and he took me to the clinic in a car, and then to the hospital. Where they drew a LOT more blood. So much blood that I got sick and nurses forced me to lay down before they'd allow me to leave. Right now they are confirming the diagnosis and looking for the cause, since the treatment will be based on what is causing the problem.

Both of the doctors think that I have this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiopathic_thrombocytopenic_purpura (I can't say the english name and the japanese name is worse) My platelets are extremely low, though not to the point of hospitilization. While I'm waiting for the results, which should be in next Wednesday or so, I just have to be careful not to get into a bad accident (a bit scary, since Mako drives like I used to-- aka like a maniac!), since internal bleeding could cause death in someone with ITP that hasn't been cured/controlled.

Err... so we will see. I will see. I was fairly panicky at first and I started feeling really sick and queasy just thinking about it, but the doctors were really kind and they all seem to think that I can get better. I'm a naturally positive person, so I have kind of been pulled into their thinking and feel like it will ALL BE OKAY.

I hope so! Let's hope that it will be the easily-cured variety.. and that I have enough money to afford it! I'm glad that Japan has national health insurance, but even so I've been so strapped.. >.>;; But it will work out, somehow! And next month, when the high season is over, I will take a trip for a day or two out of the city and just relax!!

I was going to say more, but I will leave it for another entry... and just finish with a hope for happiness and health (and maybe a lot of money) this year! My first year in my 30s!! ♥ 30 and flirty and thriving, right?!

PS: I just switched to an iPhone!! <3~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I LOVE IT! How did I ever get along without it?? And the comparison between the screens on my iPod4 and old iTouch 3g are just laughable.. my god, the touch looks dim and blurry in comparison! I still hate apple, but I love my iPhone. <3 I don't care anymore if that sounds illogical or weird =D =D (By the way, as Kath pointed out, it makes me sound rich.. XD But in Japan, iphones are free with a 1-yr contract, or for the larger models, just $5/mo! And the plan rate is far less than other cell phones, so once I switched, my monthly cell bill was cut in half and I paid nothing to do it <3 YAY! I love Japan sometimes. I save $50/mo just for switching (free) to an iphone, yay!) =D
 
 
 
Kathy★キャシー: Arashi ♥ BNMFkatokathy on August 6th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Jamie!

You may be 30, but you certainly don't look it! x)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 6th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
Thanks! =^-^=

That means that 30s really are considered old though, aren't they? Guess I will have to change that image!
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 6th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
Thanks! ^^ And we are the same age!! <3 I had a feeling, but I wasn't sure!
✖ KAKI ✖nativegirl on August 6th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
Ahhh, good luck with the diagnosis - that's horrible! Hope everything turns out alright!

You are still young - the number doesn't matter, just that you are still active and pursuing your dreams! Happy birthday, by the way!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 6th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
That's very true =^-^= Thanks for reminding me!
amarylliszaiamarylliszai on August 6th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday Jamie!!!
You are right, it is just but a number and it boils down to how you are thinking and feeling. It also applies to any illness, continue with the positive thoughts!!! And I wish you all the best and hope that while a diagnosis has been made, it will get better!!!

*Hugs*
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 6th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the well-wishes! =^-^= I'll make it through, don't worry!!
Ragnaterrorbunny on August 6th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
happy (late) birthday!!--and i'm sure the diagnosis will be fine, but ill still keep my fingers crossed for you and hope for the best, and i will send money! you must get better! i demand it D:
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 6th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
THank you! And I will, I definitely will!
ginginthegenius on August 6th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
Oh well happy happy birthdayy :3
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 6th, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
LOL very nonchalant? Thanks though! ^^
Cosmic Kathcosmic_kath on August 6th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, and good luck with the medical stuff.

It's kind of strange to end a post talking about financial woes with news that you just got an iPhone, though.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 6th, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
LOL, I didn't think about that, but I guess it does!

Actually, switching to an iphone gives me a special contract, so that my monthly cost is about half as much as my old cell phone. So switching saves me quite a bit of money, and the phone was basically free =D
usagi_moon: Cute Bunny Girl Heartsusagi_moon on August 6th, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
Oh awesome! Happy Birthday! :D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 6th, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
Thanks!
A U R E L ♪♫♪: w-inds.;;龍一;;smileaurelminuial on August 6th, 2010 05:21 am (UTC)
I never ever would have guessed you were thirty! You just do not look it at all! What's your secret?? I've four years til I'm thirty and I'm already freaking out@@;

Silly me! Happy Birthday to you~~!!!

Edited at 2010-08-06 05:22 am (UTC)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 6th, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
I get that a lot.. I wonder why! I can definitely see traces when I look in the mirror. But I am usually th eonly person who sees me without makeup and at my worst-looking. So that is probably part of it.

I think a lot is makeup and dressing young.. if I was to wear the same kind of clothes as my grandma, or suits and the like, I probably would look a lot older. And I think that long hair helps someone look younger, too. Maybe I should look into this more!

Liz Starsky: kime - photobooklizstarsky on August 6th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Happy birthday! And GAHHH, that sounds like a pretty harrowing medical experience. >_< I'm glad Mako was around to drive you to the clinic, and of course for moral support. It's a good thing you went in. *_*;
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 6th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm glad that I went! Now I (probably) know the reason for all of my battle wounds these days! x.x;;
Vickytoldtojoinlj on August 6th, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)
My sister turned 30 a month and a half ago, and I still find it weird to say her age. She's totally cool with it, I suppose, but I still see her as I did when we were kids so it's kinda odd for me. I guess when I get to that point, I'll be just as passive like I already am about turning 25. :P

Hoping for the best for your results!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 6th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Lol, yeah I still think of my little brother as 11. A little dorky kid with a bowl cut. But now he's married. That is just strange. Weird. Totally uncomprehensible.
超ちゃ人chochajin on August 6th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
God, I'm glad I follow your Twitter, otherwise this entry would have been a shock, maybe.

Not that you turned 30. I will turn 30 this year, too XD
And I agree on everything you sad!! When we were kids 30 sounded sooo old and far away. I still feel extremely young, so I just ignore the fact that 30 sounds like I'm getting "old" *giggles*

Congratulations on moving in :D
I'm looking forward to see photos of your new place! :)

I was so worried when I read about your condition, but now with more explanation it doesn't sound that bad. Just be really careful the next few days and things will be okay!! As long as it's something that can be controlled with medicine, you'll be fine.
I've had something like that (not similar, though) and they also found out via blood checks. As long as I take medicine every day it's not a big deal! :)
I've been having issues with fever and stuff lately a lot and being sick way too long, so I might have to go to a hospital soon again. Last time the doc wouldn't listen to me, so next time I have to take someone Japanese with me -__-;
I guess that just happens when you get older, huh? ;o;
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 6th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Oh! I had no idea that you were almost 30 too! Everyone is turning 30 this year, it seems.. x.x

And you have to take medicine every day? Doesn't that get expensive? And a pain? I hope that I don't have to do that.. I don't want to be dependent on anything just to be healthy, if that makes sense..
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Naveed: Gon | Smileyhitokiri_naveed on August 6th, 2010 06:00 am (UTC)
Happy B-day!!!

That would be a freaky phone call, hopefully steroids will be enough for your case. Hey, so that's what a spleen is for. *skimming article*
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 6th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
LOL, I had no idea either! Now we know =D
athenazandrite on August 6th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
Yick! Good luck I hope they can help you get better quickly!!
athenazandrite on August 6th, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY btw. XD I can't believe I forgot to say that. The other news just freaked me out.
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キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on August 6th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
I spent most of my 29th year freaking out about turning 30 and then when the day happened it was totally anticlimactic. I didn't even become a Republican or anything. XD
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 6th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
LOL omg. Me neither, so I guess all is right!