If I could say one thing to the world today, it would be that the irksome, burning needling in my side continues. It's something that's happened before my period for years, but it's particularly bad this month. I'm not sure what it is. I've gone to the doctor about it three times, and each time, they declare they can fine nothing amiss and look at me as though I'm just a fretful little woman or a lonely cripple looking for attention, so I've just learned to live with it. I suppose I'll live with it until either my appendix pops like a balloon or a cyst ruptures or the pain gets so steady and so acute that they can't insist it's all in my silly head. If it does, I hope it has the decency to wait until after Dragoncon.