Health, Family and COVID-19 Lockdown: Jedi’s Journal April 2020

April 2020 - Jedi's Journal Edition 9 - COVID-19 Lockdown Edition

Hi friends, visitors and supporters – welcome to Edition 9 of Jedi’s Journal for April 2020. The last few weeks have been insanely difficult for me and my family. And that’s before you take into account any of the Coronavirus lockdown changes we’re all having to face. Nevertheless, FJ HQ is still sort-of functioning and there has been new and updated content over the last month. I’ve done a more detailed update on health and family this month, so please do have a read. But an advanced “thank you”. So many of you have sent best wishes, thoughts and prayers (and any other relevant etceteras) through March’s trials. I am grateful to be surrounded by so many lovely people. Thank you.


Health

The Thing I Had in my Arm while in Hospital

Seizure Recovery

Last week I had a few days in hospital, but no I haven’t been diagnosed with COVID-19. I had a seizure at home, when I was supposed to be distracting myself from imminently having to go on lockdown at my in-laws. I had to have a few things rebalanced in my system. I’m slowly recovering, but I have a tongue full of ulcers and also way higher than normal pain levels. Getting over this is going to take a long time.

Fibromyalgia

While my family’s encounter with COVID-19 stress is far from being unique, it has had a number of impacts on me and my Fibromyalgia symptoms. I’m not in my home environment, I don’t have my normal bed (though thankfully I have my Gravity Blanket[1]Review coming soonish), I’m not in my own office and there’s no normal routine. All these cause extra anxiety on top of normal pain. With this and my seizure recovery, my body’s kinda wrecked (more than normal). So I’m forcing myself to go as slow as possible.

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Family

In There Somewhere - a Dementia Poem about my Mum

Mum Passed Away

After a seemingly-long yet rapid-onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, my Mum finally passed away. This had been another source of worry. It had been “imminent” for a number of weeks, so I was living with the cliff-edge tension of “it could be any time”. Due to COVID-19 lockdown requirements in the UK and due to my seizure, I couldn’t go visit Dad once it happened. They weren’t able to have a full funeral due to Coronavirus either, but on the 31st March they had a short graveside service. My poem, In There Somewhere, was read out so I could “be there”, despite living 450miles away.

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COVID-19 Lockdown: FJ HQ and Coronavirus

How Coronavirus Lockdown Looks for Family FJ

As with the rest of the UK, heck, a lot of the world right now, we’re in COVID-19 Lockdown. That means no unnecessary trips. While that doesn’t really affect me, it does affect my wife, who works and manages food shopping and meds runs. We’re currently living at the in-laws so that the grandparents can look after NJ during the working day, freeing up wifey to work. I still get my own space because my in-laws built an almost self-contained “Chalet” next to their house.

They usually rent this via AirBnB to visitors and tourists. With a few tweaks I have an almost fully-functional office too.

Lower Ad Revenue: But That’s Okay

Due to Coronavirus, it is highly likely my ad revenue will be much lower in April. Businesses are cutting costs and those that are still managing to trade are spending less on marketing etc. While I have received some advice on ways to “mitigate the drop”, I won’t be doing any of it. Earning via the blog is a byproduct of blogging, not the motivation.

I won’t be increasing the number of ads in the hope I maintain my revenue. I’ll just take the hit like everyone else in the world[2]I don’t exactly earn much from it anyway, so it’s even less important than some people. Please whitelist my site with your adblocker with peace, knowing I won’t be bombarding you with more distractions from my content!

How You Can Support Me

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New and Updated Content

The Gaming Buffs and Debuffs of Fibromyalgia

New Posts

  1. Fibromyalgia: The Gaming Buffs and Debuffs of Fibromyalgia: taking Fibromyalgia symptoms and converting them to gaming language. If you play online games but struggle to understand the effect Fibro has on me, then check this out.
  2. SWTOR:The Possession Obsession in SWTOR: A history of mind control and possession throughout Star Wars: The Old Republic
  3. LOTRO: 2 × Bree-land Deed Guides! The Ruins of Bree-land Deed and the History of the Dúnedain Deed
  4. LOTRO (News): promoting that LOTRO have made all content free until the end of April 2020!

LOTRO Spring Festival 2020 Guide - Quest, Mounts, Cosmetics and More Rewards!

Updated Posts

Many posts had minor updates done during March, but mostly to improve internal linking or fix typos. The main posts with substantial updates were:

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TL;DR – A Lot Happening, Kind Of

So I’m in recovery from hospital, but I am not recovered. I hope to get back into content production soon, but I’m not in the right mental “place” for that yet. Instead I hope to write some of my fantasy fiction[3]I may release a special standalone, shorter, chapter of this, by the way. Just to give people a flavour. It won’t contain even hints about the subjects of Book 1, but I thought that might be nice to do. and get back into the games I love – to play them not necessarily to write about them. I realise I have to take this rest time seriously. I may not be able to get a neurologists appointment to discuss seizures until some time after the COVID-19 lockdown is over. So I’ll do what I can to calm myself down until then. Thank you for your lovely messages of support, love and encouragement. I’m blessed to have so many who care about me. Thank you.

Footnotes   [ + ]

1.Review coming soonish
2.I don’t exactly earn much from it anyway, so it’s even less important than some people
3.I may release a special standalone, shorter, chapter of this, by the way. Just to give people a flavour. It won’t contain even hints about the subjects of Book 1, but I thought that might be nice to do.

All my content will always be freely available. However, if you'd like to support myself and my family, please consider buying us a virtual coffee. Either way, thank you for visiting, I appreciate it!

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Fibro Jedi

A 30-something Shadow Jedi, married and have a small daughter. By that I mean "young", not just "short". I have a chronic pain condition called Fibromyalgia andI play LOTRO, SWTOR and FFXIV and blog about two of them. Social Media has connected me with so many people and some of those have become amazing friends too! As a hobby I am relearning drawing, which you can see on my DeviantArt profile.