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Welcome to 2015--and we still don't have any f*@!ing hoverboards?  I mean, c'mon!  BACK TO THE FUTURE II said that 2015 was going to be sooo advanced in terms of tech!

Humor aside for a moment...what follows is deadly serious.  As you've noticed, I haven't been present on DA for some time.  I've got requests and commissions to finish, but I was not able to really get to work on them.  For over a month, I was fighting a cold--or what seemed like a cold--that came and went with copious amounts of medication, going to the doctor to get checked out, and just trying to not expose myself to any other triggers.

Nearly two weeks ago, things got worse.  I had noticed that I was getting winded by just walking up the stairs and going a certain distance, I was coughing a great deal, and I could not get a good night's sleep because I kept getting up and trying to catch my breath which lead to me hyperventilating.  But early in the morning of the 17th, I coughed up blood.  Right after that, 911 was called and I ended up going to the hospital.  What I thought was just a stubborn cold turned out to be a helluva lot worse.  Somehow, I had contracted pneumonia, a very serious case to boot.  Both of my lungs were infected--normally it's just one--and my blood oxygen was far below normal and my pulse and heart rate were all over the place.

I was discharged from the hospital today--nine days after I went in.  As things stand, I'm all right; all the tests have come back showing negative on infection, the medications and antibiotics have done their job, and I am feeling much better than when I went in (like, duh!).  To be able to draw a breath without effort has been one of the best feelings I've had in, well, forever.  I'm still not out of the woods yet--there are follow-up exams to go through, and I've been put on a regimen of pills that would make an addict jealous.  Add to that the fact that I have to take it easy this week and not put too much stress on myself due to the fact that I had to undergo a cardiovascular catheterization procedure and you can see that I've had a rather eventful few days.  And I've been stuck with more needles during the past nine days than I have in my entire life.

On the upside, I wasn't bored--I had my PSP, magazines and Sword Art Online Vol.3 (a good read, I gotta admit) and  I had my sketchbook, and my "roomates" in the hospital room were all cool people to talk to.  I was able to get a few pieces done in the sketchbook and thus garnered the attention of the nursing staff.  The hospital staff were all great people and professional.  The food was actually quite good, but honestly, I swear that it all started to taste the same.

All of this is to say that I dodged on hell of a bullet.  If I had waited longer...well, I'd rather not think about it.  When they say that some experiences make you re-focus your priorities and put the fear of God in you, they were not kidding.  I ended up talking to friends that I haven't spoken to in months or years.  Still, I didn't expect to start of 2015 this way--but then again, that's why they say, "Expect the unexpected".  Nonetheless, my friends and family kept in touch with me and visited when they could.

I have not forgotten that I have things to do for people here--Sneakylizard, Dangerman73, and others.  I sincerely apologize for falling behind on them--but I never expected to get this sick and end up in the hospital being fed oxygen (although that was only for a couple of days).  Luckily, I can still draw and I can get back to work on them.  It will take time, mind you, while I'm trying not to fret about any long-term damage I've been dealt (but I'm staying optimistic), but I'll get working on them.  Dodging this bullet has changed things, and I strongly suspect that I will not forget the lessons learned anytime soon.

Besides, I can look forward to an NYC meetup with a friend I haven't seen in a long time.  It took me going to the hospital to get me to call her after so long (and after usually communicating via text), and it's made me realize a few other things.

So...that's what happened.  Please, please, please take care of yourselves and keep an eye on your health.  Do not take it for granted.


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I sell my soul, but at the highest rates.
    --Harlan Ellison
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: The Bob and Chez Show
  • Reading: Paprika; Jaws
  • Watching: Hannibal Season 1; Akame ga Kill!
  • Playing: Alien: Isolation; Dishonored
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water

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Marc McKenzie
United States
Current Residence: Hillsborough, New Jersey
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Favourite genre of music: Hard rock, movie soundtracks, jazz
Favourite photographer: Annie Leibowitz (sic)
Favourite style of art: Manga-influenced, science fiction and fantasy
Operating System: Windows
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Favourite cartoon character: Daffy Duck
Personal Quote: "Every drawing has to be struggle if it is going to be any good."--Robert Fawcett
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AnimatorAR Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the watch.  You won't regret it.  ^_^
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SneakyLizard Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Despite all that happened, I'm also glad ya remember the details of the upcoming requests.

BTW, was any progress of the Johann spectral piece made even before all this happened?
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RedShoulder Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Just a little, Sneak.  I was not really able to work on much while I was sick (when it was just a nasty cold before it morphed into full-blown pneumonia).  If anything, I may just start over and tackle it again.
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SneakyLizard Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
RedShoulder, I'm glad you're okay. I was really worried about ya.
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RedShoulder Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Thanks, Sneak.  As it is (and I must've mentioned it to others), I've still got follow-up appointments with my doctor and the pulmonary and cardiovascular docs who treated me, and I'm on a set regimen of medication for a few weeks....but yep, the real trouble has passed.  Let me tell you, taking a breath of air has never felt so good to me.

I promise that I'll get working on Johann (and Tiffany too!) but for the rest of this week I have to take it slow and easy--doctor's orders!--but if I can get any drawings done I will try.  Can't promise that either, but we'll see!

Oh, and what do you think of the news that there will be a new Japanese Godzilla film?

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I sell my soul, but at the highest rates.
  --Harlan Ellison
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SneakyLizard Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry, it's alright. I think the best thing to do is wait on the drawings until this week has passed.

Also, I'm really happy because my boy Reptile is back in Mortal Kombat X. He now has a new move where he grabs you with his tongue. That's awesome.
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RedShoulder Featured By Owner 17 hours ago
His tongue, huh?  I gotta check that out! :)
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SneakyLizard Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
RedShoulder, how're ya doin'? What's the story on the Johann spectral piece now? I was really worried about ya.
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dadha Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Thanks for the fav on: dadha.deviantart.com/art/For-H…

Sorry.. I'm extremely slow with replying D:
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SneakyLizard Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, RedShoulder. Is the Johann spectral piece getting made now?
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