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Hey guys! Figured it'd be best for me to answer this, since it's my site after all :)
SO, long story time. Back in February I was out of work, and after 32 years of poor posture and favoring one side, it finally started presenting in a lot of pain. The best way I can describe the worst instances of it is to imagine being stabbed by a hot copper wire through your left butt. In lesser cases, it's more like an annoying stabbing feeling. Only when sitting, which is when I do all of my site work (and no, I don't have the ability to have a standing desk at my home office yet).
Doctors later identified it as sciatica and put me on Oxycodone (a strong and addictive pain killer that I'm still on, unfortunately) and Gabapentin. The latter is where I put most of the blame for my absence on.
I'll be frank, I didn't do a lot of work on the site back in Jan-March because I was out of work and finding a new job was my primary focus. After that, well... prescription drugs suck.
Gabapentin makes me tired all the time. They warned me of the effects, and how bad the withdrawal is (I missed a day once... never again), but I had no clue how much it would really change the way I went about day to day. My motivation plummeted, I had a hard time just posting on a couple online games I ran, it was all I could do to get to work every day and put in my best effort. By the time I went home, all I wanted to do was not think for a while.
Fortunately, there are some positives. I've finally started on with a chiropractor (should have been the first thing, but doctors wanted me to see specialists and try physical therapy first, which did little) and last week I went through the painful process of reducing my gabapentin prescription from 900mg down to 600mg. For those who have ever gone through that before, you have my sympathies. This has had the very welcome effect of not being nearly as tired during the day anymore.
Additionally, I've had great fortune in finding a few people that can help. I have been having them input data in my offline SQL database (staging) and we're already a few books in! They're waiting on me to verify that the material looks correct before I make it live, but I'm hoping that I have enough energy in the next week to finally focus on that.
Thanks to everyone who's been worried or checking the sites, I know it's the longest I've gone without major updates. I appreciate all the warm wishes and offers of help. I promise that not a day goes by where I don't think about the site and wish I had more time and energy to focus on it. With the chiropractor and slowing down my gabapentin, I am optimistic about the future and cannot wait for the day when I can tell you guys that everything is up to date once again.