So far, I am remarkably calm for being where I am, and I hope it will stay that way. I cannot afford to increase stress, because I have learned that stress can increase pain levels as well as totally destroying my pain responses to the pain. I can't afford for that to happen. I'm glad I'm learning this now, not later. It's taken me a while to get to where I am: understanding these things about my pain levels, but I am glad I am finally getting it.
I wish I understood Spanish. A lot of the radio stations my MPOWER is picking up are Spanish, it makes sense that this would be the case. I just can't find a good station. Whatever they've got on in the lobby seems pretty good, but I suspect it's not a radio station.
(Note: We think it might be XM in the lobby)
10:24 PM: Well, it's been a long but relaxed day. I know that starting on Wednesday it will be crazy, and that's when I truly worry about keeping up and being smart enough to follow what's going on. All I can do is hope that I can. I think I will be okay, but I am also going to stretch myself. If I can keep the pace somewhat under control, I will be fine. I am going to push myself as hard as possible and deal with the consequences later. If we're going to do this, we're going to do this right. That means that I'm going to see how well I can do this with my current abilities, and if I can't do it as well as I'd like to, I will know what areas I need to work on. If that means I have to learn new skills, I will, if it means I need to manage my pain better, I will. If it means I have to bite my lip to get through the exhibit halls, I'll get a lip ring to disguise the hole.
This is going to be a great experience!
Now that we all have this straight (that's more for my own good than yours), I'll write about the rest of the day. I met up with my friends and we went for breakfast. Yes, I had already eaten, so sue me. Anyway, we discovered that the braille menus are from last year, but we hope they'll have the new ones soon.
We spent the day just hanging out. They taught me the layout of the hotel lobby, and I think I have it mosttly down. Then Marlaina (who's also doing some of the podcasting/audio stuff for ACB Radio from CSUN) gave me her PTR1. This was something she really wanted to do, since she now has the new one. I was really shocked when she asked if I wanted it a few weeks ago. It will make recording classes, reading textbooks and doing podcasts a whole lot easier. It seems relatively straight forward, so I expect to have a podcast up sometime soon.
We went out to dinner with even more friends, then hung out some more. I'm being vague because I'm tired. I've been up since 6, and the two lattes and 1 cup of coffee aren't helping anymore. I need some sleep!