He had his follow-up appointment in Oakland yesterday. The verdict is that he can go home Friday, but basically no weight-bearing for at least three months.
I've cleaned up the apartment enough to create clear paths to the bed and the couch, which included dismantling "Mount Everest" the pile of stuff on his side of the bed. I hadn't seen that floor in years and was somewhat shocked to discover it was actually there.
I'm taking a night off from visiting tonight so I can go home and watch the Season Premiere of House. I suck, but we both agreed I could use a night to myself, especially since we had a bit of a tiff on Sunday night. I was doing the fic posting from a computer in the rec room at the nursing home which is available to the clients. As far as I'm concerned, I'm as much of a client as he is, but it took longer than I expected (naturally) and he started freaking out and calling me from the room, and acted very broody and pissy, which I didn't appreciate. I'd been there for nearly six hours at that point.
Obviously he's under tremendous stress, still in pain, worried about the future, how long he'll be off work etc, but all I wanted was enough time to post a fic. He's since apologized profusely, and we're ok, but it was a dicey moment.
Clearly the good lord wants me to be home tonight because after having NO HIGH SPEED in the apartment for over a month, it magically re-appeared last night. I assume my downstairs neighbor has returned from one of his trips and he is the source of the unpaid wi-fi, but this means that I can have my House party tonight. So if anyone is home and watching live for the West Coast showing and is on Gmail, let's get together.
I've heard rumors but almost no hard-core spoilers for the next season and only seen one promo.
I'm not optimistic for the H/W stuff because I think they've taken it so far into fanservice that it can never come back. The more emotional and close to our H/W slash truth it gets, the more I'll feel it's just playing with us. On the other hand, if they actually go canon and spell it out, I won't be happy either. I'm a pathetic dreamer who wants 1st/2nd season back.
As far as my newbie hate is concerned, I guess I have to live with the fact that they exist, but I doubt I'll ever like them or want to write about them, certainly not about them having sex with anyone, especially each other.
The amount of time and energy I've invested in my Ianto hate has sort of sapped the enthusiasm of my Newbie hate. It'll be interesting to see if the sight of their repulsive selves reignites it and draws the ire back toward the object that is in front of my face. Or maybe I'm eeeeevil and vindictive enough to carry on two vendettas at the same time. And of course, as long as they don't put any Newbies with any Oldies, there's a qualitative difference. The minute they do try to hook up House/13, all bets are off and I go Def-con 1.
I'm working hard on the new Hugh/Bobby installment, which will cover the strike period. I can't promise it anytime soon, but maybemaybe around my bday.
Fic rec and a point about fandom:
A while ago, I did an Unpopular Opinions Meme and dee_laundry asked for my unpopular opinions about Fandom itself. This was part of my response:
A fandom deserves your loyalty, even when the source material has ceased to. Let's say that the next season of House builds up something that for a large amount of people might be a total shark jump. House/Cameron get together and he asks her to marry him and this season finale is a two hour wedding special including guest appearances by Stacey, Vogler and Tritter. I might want to quit the show, but I'd still have my House party, and rant and scream at the tv set. The point is I'd be doing this among my Housefraus.
I don't mean this for casual watchers or even fans in isolation, but once you've formed a community with a group of people, I think you owe them something.
I can understand "real life" taking you away from the fandom, but just abandoning because certain aspects of the show are now distasteful to you is a betrayal.
If it's become a visceral NEED not to watch the show (or talk about the movie or read the books or whatever) and possibly not even associate with the people who were there with you when it was great, I think at the very least a "goodbye fandom" note is warranted.
I say that by way of pointing out that in spite of what I considered to be a completely hideous fourth season that verged on both tedium and character assassination, I still love being a part of House MD fandom and that feeling has recently been reconfirmed by fic from four of the writers I've admired nearly since I got here, all of whom write House/Wilson with smut and angst galore and still manage to make it exciting and new and hot and brilliant after all these years with creative new twists.
No Mercy by daasgrrl
Towards An Understanding of the Catabolic Nature of the Human Male by topaz_eyes
The House/Wilson Victorian novel you've been waiting for, even if you didn't know it.
Life is Short; Eat Desert First by phinnia
We Live Together In a Photograph of Time by ignazwisdom
Ol' Skool House/Wilson angst smut. Brilliantly done.