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The end of convention season this year was a little different for me. I began volunteering with Japanime Games. They import, translate and distribute Tanto Cuore and Krosmaster Arena. I worked three conventions in a row for them; Vlogger Fair, PAX Prime and Kumoricon. This was exciting and exhausting at the same time. I arrived home from the third convention this past Monday and the next day I almost called into work. Not only was I exhausted, I was fighting off what we call “Con Crud.”

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This wasn’t the first time I’d helped out the company. Sakuracon, was the first this year, it was fun and rewarding. I spent the entire convention helping people learn Tanto Cuore. That’s the game I teach best. Krosmaster Arena is a game I love playing but don’t feel entirely comfortable with teaching. (Although, at Kumoricon, I stepped in plenty of times to help out.) At the start of these three conventions, I learned that I do know the base rules, but I get tongue tied. I also discovered something else, Post Convention Depression.

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The conventions are exciting! You meet a lot of people and most of them are there for the same reasons! It’s great bonding with people that think the same way you do! Conventions are also exhausting. You want to spend the whole weekend packing in as many experiences as possible. There is an adrenaline rush that comes from the entire experience.

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When I attend conventions, I eat too little, do too much and don’t sleep nearly enough. This all contributes to something called Post Convention Depression. The conventions are always fun, as much fun as I can possibly make it.

After the conventions, I have a hard time sleeping, feel exhausted, feel disconnected from my every day life and feel a general malaise. This is all part of PCD, or Post Convention Depression. I didn’t realize this was actually a thing till Kumoricon. There was a panel at Kumoricon about dealing with PCD. I unfortunately couldn’t make it to that panel, but it peaked my curiosity.

The number one advice people give for dealing with PCD is planning for your next convention. If you’re a cos-player, then you probably have a handle on this.

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The next piece of advice is hanging out with friends. In the past PAX Prime attendees in Seattle have had post convention game meet up. Seeing your friends, even your non-convention friends can help alleviate some of the gloom that comes from being in the real world.

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Make sure you get lots of rest after the convention. You didn’t sleep well, or didn’t sleep the in the same bed. That can affect you more than you know.

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In the immediate week following, make sure you get enough to eat and you re-hydrate. Drink lots of water and restrict your caffeine intake. During conventions it’s hard to get the right nutrition and enough water.

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They also advise that you should get exercise and take it easy at the same time. It’s good to stay active but also, don’t run yourself ragged.

All of this will help you recover after the convention and help you avoid… CON CRUD! ( Colds passed around by convention goers.) One year I got swine flu from PAX Prime. Other years, here and there I caught something respiratory after the conventions. This year, I managed to fight off whatever virus was passed around because I rested, ate well and made sure that I got the right foods after getting home.

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What am I planning for next?  Geek Girl Con and Brick Con, which are both in October.  Then we start the process all over again next year. Keep well.

If you don’t feel better, make sure to talk to your friends or family. If you don’t feel you can talk to them make an appointment with your doctor. If it’s worse than that, just remember, someone loves you. Call the suicide hotline 24/7 at 1 (800) 273-8255. 

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Coming back

Posted: August 18, 2014 by Noccie in Life in a Box
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Earlier this year I gave myself a concussion. I never realized how long it would take me to fully recover. Even after the doctor telling me to do nothing for a week, there was a part of me that doubted it would take that long. Weeks after I was still having issues with dizzy spells, random headaches and fatigue. Seven months later, I still have some symptoms, my neck randomly gets tight and gives me a headache at the back of my neck. It’s slowly becoming less of an issue though.

My recovery was seriously hampered by, first of all my stubborness and secondly stress. There were lots of outside factors that slowed my recovery time. I wasn’t supposed to use a computer, use my phone, watch tv, play video games or even read. I could listen to quiet music and talk to people. NOT PEOPLE! I definately went back to work to quickly, after only three days. The doctor didn’t want me to do anything for a week. During this time, I slept a lot. I also started writing ( but that was stolen from my parents car!)

Once I thought I was good and ready to work on the blog again, I suddenly had pneumonia. That took several weeks to recover from and still shows in my lungs on x-ray. Then, I was finally not exhausted all the time and wisdom teeth started bothering me. About three weeks of pain insued. I had the offending tooth removed but again, as I recovered all I wanted to do was sleep. When I wasn’t sleeping, I was practicing or performing with my band. Yeah… that kind of hurts when you are singing. Now we are good to go again. Healthy enough to blog finally.

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The offending tooth.

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My puffy face after having it pulled out.

I missed writing the blog so much. Kane is my husband and he was taking care of me through out all of this. Please excuse our abscense because well… life happened. We are finally in a place to move forward with the blog. In the next few weeks there will be so many EXCITING nerdy things to talk about.

We have tickets to PAX and Geek Girl Con. We’re also planning to attend Brick Con in October. Lot’s of Kickstarters are coming in and we still get a monthly LOOT CRATE!

Both Kane and I are excited to start the blog up again. The plan is to have daily posts on a variety of topics. I’m going to resume my “Coming Attractions”  blog that talks about movies coming out in the next week, next month and next year.

My Little Pony is still a love of mine. I’ll be posting all the new gossip and any updates we discover along the path.

In the past few weeks we dug through all our video games. You’ll see a lot of retro game reviews in the future.

Either way, there will be a ton of content to plow through. I can’t wait to hear from all of you about our articles, to discuss all the nerdy things.

Yours Truly,

Noccie