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Hangin’ at OHSUComputer in the ICUFirst Meal in 2.5 daysSo, I haven’t posted in a little while, but I have a pretty good reason.  Two weeks ago, my spleen ruptured (pitiful hospital cellphone-photos to the right)!  I woke up on Tuesday morning (March 3rd), with some pretty significant pain in my side, so after passing out, I went to the LC Health Center.  They looked me over and told me to get to the hospital.  LC generally sends its students to OHSU, which is the closest hospital to campus (and is one of the best in the area, anyway).  My roommate Seth drove me and after waiting zero minutes in the ER waiting room (yeah, I guess there aren’t many emergencies at 8AM on a Tuesday?), I was seen.  After a number of cool medical tests and another episode of passing out, the CT Scan confirmed that I had a very large, very ruptured spleen.  I was checked into the ICU in the afternoon and my parents showed up that evening, having driven down from Tacoma.  I spent the next 3 days in bed, getting my vital signs monitored and having blood tests every few hours.  Once it was apparent that I was healing and not hemmorhaging, I was moved to the less-strict trauma ward, where I spent 3 more days in bed, but with bathroom and shower privileges.  I was released last Sunday, and ever since then I have been basically doing homework in all of my free time, trying to catch up.  I didn’t do much work in the hospital, both because I didn’t have my textbooks and because many of my assignments were group projects. Anyway, I’m generally recovered, though I have some cool restrictions, for example, I am forbidden from lifting things heavier than a textbook for 6 weeks.  So that’s kinda sweet, until I realized that one generally lifts a lot of things throughout the day.  Oh well, it turned out significantly better than it could have; I healed on my own and I still have my spleen (even though it’s apparently angry at me for something).

Since (or because of) that whole ordeal, I’ve come to realize a few things:

-OHSU is a really great hospital, and it’s nice to have a great hospital 10 minutes from your college.  It also has fast wifi.

-Lots of people like me.  Well, not just me, I think this would have been the case for everyone, which means that LC has a pretty good support network for incidents like this: Not only did my friends constantly visit me during my week in the hospital, but some of the CLCs showed up, and I got periodic phone calls from the Health and Counseling Centers, as well as supportive e-mails from my professors, on-campus employers, and Student Support Services.

-Professors are generally very accommodating in times of a student’s illness, especially if the student maintains contact with the professor and keeps them in the loop and have an open dialogue about what length of time should be a realistic expectation to get late work in.

So, like I said before, I’ve been pretty much constantly working on school stuff since getting back from the hospital.  I’m almost caught up, but there are still 2 computer science programs I’m not quite done writing.  Hopefully by the end of the week!

In non-splenic news, there are some pretty significant changes coming to LC next year.  Some are good, some are bad, but I’m relatively convinced that they’re all necessary given the financial situation of the institution (and everything else).

Still, for full disclosure, because I don’t know what all the cool LC literature says right now:

-Our free shuttle to the Sellwood neighborhood will not exist next year (this affects Freshmen hardly at all. Sellwood’s cool, but there are other ways to get there, and most people never take that shuttle).
-Our free shuttle to downtown will still run during the mornings, evenings, and on weekends , but will not run during mid-day (this one is slightly inconvenient; In the time I’ve been a student here, I’ve used the shuttle 3 times during those hours.  There is always the #39 metro bus, though).
-More money for financial aid (financial aid is actually going up, not down)!
-No pay increases for administrators (sucky for them, but certainly a sign of solidarity).
-Staff/faculty computer replacement now on 5-year cycle instead of 4-year (doesn’t really affect students at all, just means that some staff might get stuck with an old computer for a year longer than before).

Our new Student Government Constitution was voted in, so that’s also cool.  Hopefully the student government we have next year will be a lot more effective and transparent than it has recently (though, to be honest, we’ve done a pretty okay job this year, if I do say so myself).

I promise that a cool video is incoming… I just need to get a handle on my backed-up schoolwork and upcoming midterms first.

12 March 2009