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The #$@&**! heart skips are back. I'm starting to think of them as those involuntary muscle spasms one gets in a leg, arm or eyelid twitch. Still...annoying.
I have to follow doctor's order and try and relax more. Get more rest.
Which means I have to go to bed earlier and not work as late as I wanted on the comic pages (sorry Dave, no pages for tomorrow).

Losing the ability to work late is NOT good for artists! Grrrr! *snarls and bites*
11pm is early. I may have to aim for 10pm. I actually wanted to go to bed at ten, but got caught replying to a message that I had put on hold for too long. Gah!

Have a happy Zhao to cheer everyone up.
Whip it, whip it good

On that sketch, enough procrastination and goodnight.

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avocado_love
Nov. 19th, 2008 06:57 am (UTC)
That sucks, man. :( Just try to take it easy.
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Trying. Possibly failing but trying.
riicchan
Nov. 19th, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)
Gah! I know how that feels. Not getting enough sleep had me taking a six hour nap today. Felt fantastic, but it can't be repeated.

Sleep well, and may your dreams be filled with bears! They're signs of good health!
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
What about dreams of Azula chasing me around a big white metal ship. Is that good?
(more like signs of more heartbumps)
psychoe
Nov. 19th, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
Take care of yourself! The arts may not come soon enough for others, but we definitely want to keep you around for much much longer!
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
But I want to do the art stuff! It relaxes me (or does it?)
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rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, sorry for bothering people with that stuff. Just needed to vent the frustration of it somehow.
I do appreciate cute, chibi Zhao with heart <3
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rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, got tested for possible reasons why I could have them, and all the doctors found in the end was...stress. It can do weird things to you.
In the meantime, no tea, no chocolate, nothing with caffeine.
blacknoise
Nov. 19th, 2008 07:27 am (UTC)
No caffeine, no alcohol. Spa visit. I got the palps when I was trying to marathon-write my thesis in the space of two weeks. I'd wake up at nights, panic-stricken and gasping for breath, heart about to jump out of my ribcage.


Get a massage!
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Massage sounds awesome.
amiraelizabeth
Nov. 19th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
Feel better and get some rest.

I know the frustration physical disruptions can cause (thanks to a painful chronic illness I have terrible insomnia).

:)

And love the Zhao.
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
We all have annoying bugs...but it's good to vent about them once in a while.
zfiledh
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:06 am (UTC)
Relaaaaax. Reach for the suuuuuun.

Zhao in a sweat tent.

Zhao getting dunked in a tank for the fifth time (Nauja lobs the balls).

Arluk soothing you with a new Zhaoja story.

Feel better?
jeriendhal
Nov. 19th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
I think the point is to try and make her less excited.
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rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
It's not so much palpitations, as after just one weird move out of place the rhythm goes back to normal. It just does so repeatedly throughout the days, varying from a few seconds to long minutes in between each missteps. Weird, but I've heard of other colleagues getting those so not that freaky.
Guh, I'm too old to be doing all nighters anymore. One thing I don't miss from school days. Hope you get those finals done soon.
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rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
It went away once, chances are good it does so again.
buttfacemakani
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)
D: What exactly is it that you have? Is it Atrial Fib or something?
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Not really. It just does one beat out of place, then goes back to perfectly normal rhythm.
Then, a few minutes (sometimes seconds) later, it does it again. Repeat all day. Sometimes, nothing for 15 minutes and it's back. One bump out of place.
It's not the thyroid gland, blood pressure is good. It's stress, annoying stress.
pretty_angel
Nov. 19th, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
Gosh! You really need to take care of your health. D:
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
I am! I mean, I try but the body has its own plans.
ming85
Nov. 19th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
Argh so frustrating when you have the will AND motivation AND ideas AND physical capability of doing art, but simply not the time.. and in your case you do have the time but are forced to give it up on.. sleep. :/ I can relate, it really sucks.

Hope the rest helps, and don't worry about being unproductive: there will be an other day!

rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
The demands of work cannot wait too long...hopefully I'll get most of it under control so I can return to being productive.
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rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Ain't no coffee drinker, but I'll miss the tea (even decafeinated, I'm staying away from it for a while).
redvelvetaddict
Nov. 19th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
oh nooo, hopefully more rest clears it up! <3
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
It should. Just gotta be careful and patient.
sonne_of_sun
Nov. 19th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
many artists are getting sick, getting hospitalized or fleeting away recently
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to avoid the last two.
archangelbeth
Nov. 19th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
Well, take care of yourself. We'd rather have you around, making beauty in the world, y'know? Even us who don't really know you personally. O:>

Also, that is a happy Zhao! The fire almost looks watery -- did he manage to synthesize s'more fire-water bending?
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
I feel like I'm messing up the world more, ha ha!
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alexds1
Nov. 19th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
XC You'd better take care of your health! Zhao's counting on you! (oh yeah, and us <3 <3 )
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
I don't know if Zhao's counting on me. I feel like he's planning an hostile take over.
xanykaos
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
And people always assume that art-ing is a low-risk job.

Take care of yourself, hun! Man, I know how tricky it is to try and go to bed "early." (Me, bedtime's at 4AM...trying to fix that.)

And I second whoever said go get a massage!
(Anonymous)
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the heart skips. How can you tell when just 1 heartbeat is out of place? My heart sometimes starts pounding for 'no reason'. When it happened in grade school it was just weird. Now that I'm older I start thinking "omg! heart attack!" Perhaps there's a link between (lack of) sleep and heart issues? Like others who've posted I also have horrible insomnia.

I have a very high-stress personality. Limiting caffeine and Tai Chi help me.

Thanks for posting fire-whip Zhao. I hope you get some much-needed rest and let Zhao fend off some stress.
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can tell. I feel it. It's a stronger, really out of place thump.
For some people, lack of rest may unbalance a lot of things, including heartbeats. It's different for everyone though (like some stressed people's hearts do fine, but boy do they get migraines!)
Maybe I should start Tai Chi...was actually thinking about it this morning.
Burning stuff up is definitely a method of stress relief for good ol' Zhao.
tammylee
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Early to bed, early to rise?
Have you cut out caffeine?
*hugs yer head*
Heart problems shouldn't be trifled with.
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Earlier to bed, refusing to rise early.
And yeah, caffeine all cut out.
raddishh
Nov. 19th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Awww, get some rest darling! -hug-
Your health is important.
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'm on a forced resting diet.
yaytime
Nov. 19th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
I relate and sympathize. It's hard for artists to give up or stressful lifestyles!
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah. No matter what, we still like to doodle. It's our silly bodies who refuse to follow.
suppai
Nov. 19th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
man that totally sucks. I've been sick for a while and it's frustrating when it effects your job like that but remember to take care of yourself and don't over do it! It's never a good idea to push yourself when your sick. I hope you feel better.
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
I'll send good vibes your way too.
conga_chili
Nov. 19th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Yeesh, not good. Get a lot of rest!! Zhao & Co. would want you to too (because you're the only one who can hook him up with The Nauj.)
rufftoon
Nov. 19th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Are you kidding? Zhao's a slave driver and works us to death!
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