My ultra-boring life

Thursday, March 22, 2007

World of Warcraft

For my husband's birthday last month I got him the software and a 2-month subscription to the immensely popular MMORPG World of Warcraft. We used to play those types of things, text-based mostly, years ago and frankly I was quite addicted, but I've found that as I've gotten older and the repressed fuddy-duddy gene has manifested itself, that type of thing doesn't appeal to me as much anymore. Still, Jake showed some interest in it so I got it for him.

It's been a wild success. In fact, since I've been in bed so much recovering from surgery, I've not only played some myself, but had to set up my own account so that we can play together. I still don't get into the social aspects that were so appealing to me in my 20's, but it's still fun. And having to quantify things like this, here are some of the reasons I've been able to identify as to why it's fun:
1. No mindless repetition needed to level up. At least not like the other MMORPGs we've played. You just play, and you level. It's simple.
2. The quest system is excellent. It adds variety and purpose to the game in well-gradated stages that keep things interesting and help you level up.
3. Professions add another level of character development and variety.
4. Unlike the free MMORPGs out there, the players are, for the most part, really nice and helpful!
5. The duel system is a beautiful thing, especially compared to rampant player killing on some systems. I think this also has to do with item #4.

And of course, the graphics and interface are all excellent, making for a smooth, enjoyable foray into pure fantasy escapism. All in all the only thing I really don't like so far is the price, so we may have to close one of our accounts after I get past this surgery recovery.

Surgery aftermath

Well it's about time I posted. I'm such a slacker sometimes.
The surgery went fine. Very little pain, and it's a relief to know that I won't have the problems I've had for years, I went from a high chance to no chance of uterine cancer, and I still have my ovaries so no side-effects from HRT.

HOWEVER...there was a little matter involving a previously unknown reaction of mine to NSAIDs. Apparently, I'm one of the few people for whom NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium) cause the platelets to go skeewampus and not clot. Since ibuprofen was part of my post-surgery pain regimen, this caused bleeding into my abdomen. The blood then became infected and I got peritonitis. I had to go in for emergency abdominal surgery a little over a week after the hysterectomy to find the source of the infection and this second recovery is not nearly the cake walk the first recovery was. Ugh. I have an incision a foot long and I don' feel so hot. Sigh. Still, I feel blessed. Why? Well, lots of reasons. One, my doctor is AWESOME. Very thorough, very caring. Two, now I know about that NSAID thing, which is a pain because it's banned the most effective painkillers for me, but it's good because now I know to avoid them and that will avoid things like slow brain-bleeds and other scary reactions. Three, family and people from my church congregation have been AWESOME showing me support and bringing in meals and helping around the house, and that just feels good. I had over 40 people visit me in the hospital (though frankly I can't remember them all...ahhhh morphine). And Fourth, it helped renew my faith in God. Simply because I could see and feel His hand helping me through this, which gives me something to remember and lean on when I'm dealing with other, harder issues like my depression. Oh, and fifth -- it could have been SO MUCH WORSE. Man it's scary going in for exploratory surgery, not knowing what to expect when you wake up!

So thanks to everyone for your well-wishes and prayers, they helped! Now I just need a way to fight the ennui while in recovery....