Sunday, 17 April 2016

The Hole in My Heart and Epheria's Latest Struggle

Sup, bitches? It's been a while since I've written anything on here, both because I am just kind of bad at updating my blog/s and because I didn't know whether or not to mention my current health problems, but what the fuck ever, I'm doing it anyway.

A little less than two months ago, I found out that I have a hole in my heart (a 15mm ostium secundum ASD), which has been causing a fairly significant amount of palpitations, and lately starting to cause some shortness of breath and occasional asthma-like attacks. I've also started getting headspins pretty often, especially during exercise and stuff, which I think is my heart having trouble getting enough blood and oxygen flowing through my body, since it basically has to work overtime to start with anyway.

The problem is not super serious, but the right side of my heart is already slightly enlarged from the pressure and if I don't get it fixed, it will eventually result in heart failure and I'll probably like die or something. Yay! Anyway, testing and stuff has been going pretty swiftly and the next step is getting the hole closed. Luckily, my hole has been deemed suitable for a device closure, which means they can just shove a little tube up my leg and pop a plug in it, rather that splitting my sternum and going full open heart surgery on me, which I am pretty happy about.

If everything goes to plan, it should just be a ~45 minute procedure, they'll keep me in hospital over night to make sure everything is staying in place, and I'll get to go home the next day. I'll have to be on blood thinners for 6 months, but I should be pretty much back to doing normal daily stuffs after about 4 weeks. Now I just have to wait for them to give me a date. The doctor said it should be in the next 4 - 6 weeks, so I'm hoping to get this shit sorted soon, because even though everyone keeps being all like 'Yo, it's fine, don't worry about it', I've been pretty stressed out lately (because of this and some other personal shit), and it is super lame, but I'm trying to stay positive.

To add to the drama, apparently there is some sandbox MMORPG called Black Desert Online, and apparently this game has a town called.... Epheria. Are you fucking serious? What? I don't know how long this has been a thing, but I certainly didn't see anything about it when I was researching the name for my art brand. I have google alerts turned on for 'epheria' and several months ago I started getting some sporadic alerts for things like 'my fishing rod is missing' and shit, and got a little confused and was like 'Ahh, what?'

I didn't stress too much, because they were few and far between, and I assumed it must have just been a kind of shitty game that not many people played, but then they started getting more frequent, and now I get them all the time. Turns out this game only launched the same year as I launched Epheria, and was in beta and stuff, so I guess now it is more established and more people are playing it. I'm kind of at a loss what to do now because I'm not very good at marketing, and although a google search of Epheria used to return a bunch of my stuff, it is now completely flooded with images and forum posts of this game.

So now my brain is all like "Oh my god. Do I change the name? Do I just knuckle down and work on my marketing and SEO? Could this potentially become a legal thing if I DO keep the name? I don't know anything about this stuff, Jesus fuck, what do I do? This sucks!"

It kind of took me forever to come up with a name that I liked and fitted with what I wanted to do, and I've already put a fair bit into this whole Epheria venture, so I feel like changing the name would just set me back and I'd probably spend another 6 months trying to come up with a new name and just end up hating them all. I don't want to change it, and my plan was to just do my best to get my brand out there and get exposure, but now I'm paranoid about the legal side of things. Does anyone know about this kind of thing? I need to look into it, but I don't even know where to start.