On CTF and tonsils

I signed up for the CCC CTF yesterday.  Team name: Pink Pwnies.  Mascot: Adorable.  See:

the team pink pwnies mascot

I’m going in for a tonsillectomy tomorrow morning, and will be more or less offline for a couple of days.  I’ll be checking email and maybe replying to some of it, but everything will be a little slow.

Adult tonsillectomies are a weird business.  It’s considered pretty minor as a kid because they bounce back quickly, but adults seem to have a much harder time with it.  It’s apparently a 40 minute procedure, followed by 1-6 hours of observation.  I’m being given an alternate paralytic agent rather than sux (best pharmaceutical name ever!) because my uncle had a reaction to it as a kid which is potentially hereditary, but aside from that I’m an uber-routine case.  This gives me hope for my recovery being reasonably swift.  Well that and my still being pretty young and in decent health 🙂

I’ve found some good advice (warning, giant comment thread which recently got spun into a full-on forum) on the recovery process.  After the consult with the anesthetist this afternoon, I stocked up on non-sharp food , meal replacement drinks, ice cream, Gatorade powder, and some lovely teas.  I’ll be in the capable care of my favourite internet farmer this week until he heads off to Minneapolis for the IETF meeting, after which my favourite acquirer of pink things is coming up from Seattle to keep me company.  I’m not sure when I’ll be able to have visitors, but I’ll post here again when I regain some measure of lucidity.

Wish me luck!