Ad Astra – Not Attending

Hi, everyone. I’m so sorry to have to do this – I was so eager to meet Canadian readers, and so happy to be invited – but I’m afraid that I will not be able to attend Ad Astra this upcoming weekend.

I have chickenpox.

I know, right? I want to facepalm myself into oblivion just typing it. I’m twenty-nine. TWENTY-NINE. And I currently look like Patient Zero. Chickenpox is the current working theory – I went to my doctor on Wednesday upon noticing a few spots (and thinking, “Oh crap, I have a convention coming up, C’MOOON PRESCRIPTIONS”) and was given steroids because neither of us had any idea what it was, which I honestly think made it worse. I ended up having to go to the emergency room on Friday, where I was given antivirals. I feel better now, and I’m waiting on final confirmation of a viral culture. I’m not in immediate danger, but I’m still fairly uncomfortable and still, I believe, actively contagious at this stage.

The good thing is that, for whatever reason, I no longer itch – and the itching was never very bad. The bad thing is, to quote Amber Sweet from Repo! The Genetic Opera: “My face looks like a crime scene.”

I apologize for not being able to attend. Thank you to the fantastic Ad Astra staff, RH, and the pirate-esque emergency room doc who talked about extreme blood loss with me.

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  1. Mr. Saturday
    Apr 9, 2012

    Here’s hoping you feel better in time for AetherFest! :D

  2. Loir
    Apr 9, 2012

    Having chicken pox as an adult sounds awful! At least you’re able to have a sense of humor about it :-) Sounds like your pirate doctor helped with the laughter, too. Hope you get better soon. Sorry you won’t be going to this convention, but hopefully you’ll have plenty more to go to, chicken pox free!

  3. Lori
    Apr 9, 2012

    I can’t believe I just spelled my name wrong on that previous post…I should have the hang of spelling it by now. :P

  4. Lori
    Apr 9, 2012

    Ummm….it disappeared? Maybe it realized my insane level of stupidity….

    Anyway, I was just saying I hope you get better really soon. Having chicken pox as an adult must be awful! But at least you had a cool pirate doctor to make you smile! Sorry you can’t go to the convention, but hopefully you’ll have plenty more to go to, chicken pox free!!

  5. Emberchyld
    Apr 10, 2012

    Ouch! My sister had a second case of chicken pox at 30 (according to the docs) and she said that it’s much worse than having it as a kid. :( Rest, aveeno to help if the itching comes back, and comfort food! I hope you get better soon

  6. Madison
    Apr 10, 2012


  7. Crystal
    Apr 13, 2012

    Ouch! Chicken pox as an adult sucks!! my best friend had them last year and was down for a week or so… hopefully you recover much quicker!!

    Love the quote from Repo! The Genetic Opera by the way… only the greatest rock opera ever!

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