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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon_Dahl View Post
    I am an English teacher, and I wrote a message to the guardian of one of my pupils. I was so exhausted and stressed out that I forgot that the noun phrase 'the English language' has a definite article. Instead, I didn't use any article.

    What will the guardian think of me now?
    I would think it would depend on the sentence. May come off as a bit “off”. If english isnt their first language they may not notice at all. In any case a minor error like that could easily happen to anyone and I very much anyone would judge you too harshly for it.

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    If people from my work environment are any indication it could easily be brushed away. We regularly get sent memos with typos, even missing words. And these people sit in an office, typing stuff for a living.

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    So on the morning of September 4th it looked like I had at least an 80% chance of having lung cancer, my response was to start reading "Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad and listen to Pere Ubu songs far more than usual, and my wife was very angry.

    Since then I've had a spinal tap and a lung biopsy (and more blood tests than I can count) and the news today is it now looks like I have a rare "cryptoccal fungal infection" in my lungs instead which typically comes from exposure to decaying wood and soil and is relatively common in the environment, most healthy folks don't get effected by it, usually only folks with weakened immune systems (H.I.V. patients) get infected, still a mystery as to how I got it. Thankfully my wife got sweet again and told me: "Never been so relieved you have a potentially deadly fungal infection" (instead of cancer).
    To treat it will take at least six months of drugs that may damage my liver, so no more alcohol or Tylenol for me (I'll have to get a blood test every two months to see if my liver is going bad, plus "tell us if you notice yourself turning yellow").
    I had two beers in 2020, and it looks like there won't be anymore for the rest of the year and longer, so basically an extended [give up something in March thing I do] for me.

    Oh, and speaking of Spinal Tap here's "Stonehenge":

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zg5Ovdu6bOE
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    Ah hello again. A couple of lines of thought.

    First just contemplating self destructive behavior. The idea of burning maybe six years worth of notebooks and sixteen years worth of collecting RPG rulebooks is floating through my head. Not the best idea I have ever had. But not the worst impulse.

    The second line of thought is how the idea of people wanting to spend time with me is weird. Just multiple people recently have said or done things that indicates they want me around and I find it something. One person apparently usually skips a thursday night game group thing if she hears from her husband that I'm not going to be there. And the other person is a woman I have/had a crush on at the animal shelter I volunteer at. She is or was one of the volunteer coordinators and I talked to her a lot after shifts, we both enjoy RPGs. And last time I saw her she said something about not doing the same job anymore but that she will be volunteering at the shelter on certain days and that I might enjoy talking to a new staff member. It just weirds me out.

    Another thing sort of connected to the second thing. Just how I don't really know how to navigate crushes/attraction especially after rejection. Its complicated because I don't want to be a creepy jerk, and I tend to overreact to criticism and easily default to self loathing. Between those two issues I often find myself feeling awful about myself and I don't know how to find a healthy mental state. And add in other factors such as a desire to maintain genial relationships, which is the main one that can be adequately explained is a short phrase. And I am tired. And feel like the next complicating factor is less positive. So I will leave this here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2D8HP View Post
    "Never been so relieved you have a potentially deadly fungal infection" (instead of cancer).
    Best of luck, old man. Unlike cancer, there's a good chance that you can come out of this without serious side effects.

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    Eh.. That resonates..i remember the days of anxiety between the biopsy and finding out that what I have is sarcoidosis instead of lymphoma...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2D8HP View Post
    "Never been so relieved you have a potentially deadly fungal infection" (instead of cancer).
    well, glad it isn't cancer.....but ouch that still sucks. Best of luck on the fungi and the hospital/employment/insurance bureaucracy to come.

    Perhaps a counter war on Fungi Kingdom is in order?
    Eat lots of mushrooms, marmite/vegemite (if you can't have the beer parts....eat the rest), blue cheese and the like?

    And yadda yadda extra care in hospitals because 2020...you know the drill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2D8HP View Post
    So on the morning of September 4th it looked like I had at least an 80% chance of having lung cancer, my response was to start reading "Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad and listen to Pere Ubu songs far more than usual, and my wife was very angry.

    Since then I've had a spinal tap and a lung biopsy (and more blood tests than I can count) and the news today is it now looks like I have a rare "cryptoccal fungal infection" in my lungs instead which typically comes from exposure to decaying wood and soil and is relatively common in the environment, most healthy folks don't get effected by it, usually only folks with weakened immune systems (H.I.V. patients) get infected, still a mystery as to how I got it. Thankfully my wife got sweet again and told me: "Never been so relieved you have a potentially deadly fungal infection" (instead of cancer).
    To treat it will take at least six months of drugs that may damage my liver, so no more alcohol or Tylenol for me (I'll have to get a blood test every two months to see if my liver is going bad, plus "tell us if you notice yourself turning yellow").
    I had two beers in 2020, and it looks like there won't be anymore for the rest of the year and longer, so basically an extended [give up something in March thing I do] for me.

    Oh, and speaking of Spinal Tap here's "Stonehenge":

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zg5Ovdu6bOE
    While it sucks to hear that you are dealing with a severe lung infection, I am glad to hear that it isn't the hydra that is cancer. Best of luck.

    I wonder if the issue is work environment? Just thinking of the lung damage that one can get in trade work that would weaken patches of the your lung tissue. I know that the masks I often had in my brief stint as a laborer were insufficient for the dust I was dealing with. Often had a grey beard and grit in my teeth after wearing a mask all day (and the beard wasn't causing issue with the mask sealing at the time)

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    Right now I want to die. Find some way to end things and wait until I am alone. I have tried before. I know tomorrow this will have receded. I will be back to seeming happy. Presenting a happy face to my family. A part of me finds the thought sickening. Another part finds the idea relieving. And another part gets analytical and doesn't know what to feel. Truthfully. Finding something to watch would really help but I am really focused on one thing right now and don't want to spend money to watch it and can't just refocus. This is a tangent. I feel a little calmer now. I just don't know what to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grytorm View Post
    Right now I want to die. Find some way to end things and wait until I am alone. I have tried before. I know tomorrow this will have receded. I will be back to seem happy. Presenting a happy face to my family. A part of me finds the thought sickening. Another part finds the idea relieving. And another part gets analytical and doesn't know what to feel. Truthfully. Finding something to watch would really help but I am really focused on one thing right now and don't want to spend money to watch it and can't just refocus. This is a tangent. I feel a little calmer now. I just don't know what to say.
    Oh no. Why don't you call the suicide hotline or go to the nearest emergency room. They'll help you with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartmanhomer View Post
    Oh no. Why don't you call the suicide hotline or go to the nearest emergency room. They'll help you with that.
    I'm feeling somewhat better now. And being at home with family means I am not at any immediate risk. Trying to think of something positive to say but it is hard because I doubt I will actually call a hotline tomorrow so I can't really say that. And the comments on why I don't think I will hurt myself are simultaneously positive but still depressing. And I don't think I will hurt myself tomorrow but annoyingly I have a hard time saying I won't hurt myself. This isn't reassuring people much and trying to convince people that the previous post is not as serious as it seems is foolish. But I will be stay safe. Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grytorm View Post
    I'm feeling somewhat better now. And being at home with family means I am not at any immediate risk. Trying to think of something positive to say but it is hard because I doubt I will actually call a hotline tomorrow so I can't really say that. And the comments on why I don't think I will hurt myself are simultaneously positive but still depressing. And I don't think I will hurt myself tomorrow but annoyingly I have a hard time saying I won't hurt myself. This isn't reassuring people much and trying to convince people that the previous post is not as serious as it seems is foolish. But I will stay safe. Thank you.
    Well, I'm so glad that you feel better. If you ever want to talk. PM me if you want and you're welcome.
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    Thank you dehro, Florian, Mith, and sktarq for your kindness.

    I wonder if the issue is work environment?...

    I wouldn't be surprised.

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