What Comes Next

What Comes Next

So I've made a decision or three. Decision the first: I'm applying for SSDI instead of looking for a new job. The main reason for this is that FMLA doesn't apply unless I work for a company with >50 employees, work for them a year, and work more than 1,250 hours (60% of full time). My health simply isn't stable enough for me to manage that. I have too...

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Recent Reading, January 2021

Recent Reading, January 2021

I've been doing a fair amount of reading these days, which has been really great. I feel like I've found my reading mojo again--finally. So here's a few things I've read recently: First up is Eva Leigh's Union of the Rakes series. These two books were a lot of fun--fluffy Regency romance with protagonists of a scientific and economic bent, respectively....

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Could I possibly catch a break now?

Could I possibly catch a break now?

Oof. The last three months. A few days after my last post, I ended up back in the hospital with E. coli again. I was inpatient for a week and a half and was sent home with IV antibiotics. Thanksgiving week, I went to Jefferson for an ERCP for a pancreatic stent placement. It went well. Finished up the course of IV antibiotics, and a week later, back in the...

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Some Positive News, For Once

Some Positive News, For Once

Item the first: my follow up blood cultures are back and I no longer have bacteria in my blood! Yay! Item the second: I had an appointment with my endocrinologist's practice earlier this week and they're going to start the process for an insulin pump! I have my first education appointment with one of their educators on Friday! Once I get the pump, I'll...

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Still Too Broken to Fix

Still Too Broken to Fix

This is going to be a boring-ass health update. Things are annoying and frustrating, but not acute. I spent a week in the hospital a few weeks back; I woke up in the wee hours of a Monday morning shaking so much that I could barely talk and after I threw up the three swallows of Crystal Light (don't @ me) that I tried, we toddled off to the ER. Turned out...

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Hello! I'm Natalie Luhrs.

I write about books, culture, disability, and whatever else strikes my fancy. I have many opinions.

I am a two-time Hugo Award finalist, in 2017 for Best Fan Writer and in 2021 for my essay “George R.R. Martin Can Fuck Off Into the Sun, Or: The 2020 Hugo Awards Ceremony (Rageblog Edition)” in the Best Related Work category.

Please do not offer me medical advice. I have something like 10 doctors and it’s already pretty challenging to keep up with what they want me to do. I do not have the bandwidth to process any advice that doesn’t come from one of my doctors, no matter how well meant the advice may be. Thank you!

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Readercon – August 13-15, 2021 (virtual)

Capclave – October 1-3, 2021 (in person)

DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention – December 15-19, 2021 (in person)

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Look, I know it’s crass, but I’m unemployed and not going to have an income until my SSDI goes through and who knows when that’ll be, so here’s some wishlists in case you want to buy me something. I try to keep them reasonably up to date.

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