Archive for September 7th 2013

Houdini and Cake

Houdini made 2

Houdini the hamster reached two years old; none of the others we’ve had ever quite made it to that age, but so far he still seems to be going strong.

And no, we only let him lick the cake, not eat it :). He’s probably at least half-way to being diabetic just from being a two year old hamster.

He’s definitely more sleepy than he was a year ago, but he’s still running around the house in his ball and running in his wheel at night when we put him back. He’s also learned to knock the webcam off his cage if we put it there to spy on him.

So, I had to have one of my wisdom teeth removed, about twenty years later than most people do. Growing up in the UK with socialised medicine, about the only thing the NHS dentists wanted to do was fill or pull a decaying tooth, and preventative dentistry was way too expensive for them. Hence I still have all four, and one had grown partially out of the gum, where it was just itching to get infected.

The actual experience of tooth extraction with IV sedation was pretty easy. I remember them asking me how I was feeling, the answer to which was ‘a bit dopey, I presume I’m meant to be feeling that way’, then it was done and they were asking me to move to another room to recover. At that time I’m sure I still remembered some of the other things that had gone on, but they’d vanished into the memory hole before I left the surgery.

So far, the worst pain was when they pulled off the tape holding the IV line in place. Hopefully that will continue, but I gather that dry socket or infection pain mostly shows up after 48 hours or so.

I keep getting posts from spammers who are too stupid to even configure their auto-spam software policy. Things like this:

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It’s clearly supposed to pick random words to produce something with slight variations that still looks vaguely like a post a human might make, but their message generator is broken.