Third time's the charm, apparently. My laptop has been running stable now without a crash or hangup. My assumption is that when I sent the laptop to HP the first time with the Monitor issue (the backlight stopped working), the report said "motherboard issue" and apparently replaced the existing board with a remanufacturerd one.... but the new board was faulty in a different way. Now that they've swapped out motherboards again, the problem is gone. Yay.
The MRI report came back. Looks like I've got a fracture in my right thumb. It must be small enough that the standard X-ray didn't catch it. This would explain why it's been in so much pain for the past 5 months. So now, my doctor's office is mailing me a referral to the orthopedic surgeon who did the Carpal Tunnel surgery on that hand back in September, 2002. I don't know if this means I'm guaranteed on having another surgery or not: I'll find out when I go see him.
The Ugly -- Air.
For those meteorology buffs (like me) who watch the national weather patterns, the Northeast has been suffering through a highly unstable weather-front for the past week (and through next week). Massive thunderstorms, high temperatures and humidity, and all that jazz. Since the major triggur for my asthma is barometric changes, this means I've not been doing well. In fact, Wednesday got so bad with my running in and out of an air-conditioned building to get events set up at work, I suffered an asthma attack. I tried to keep going, but after two rest-stops and rounds with my inhaler, it was just too much and Bruno sent me home. I spent Thursday camped out on the loveseat on the first floor to stay in an air-conditioned environment; most of the time I was literally passed out on the loveseat. By evening I was feeling better, but as this weather pattern will continue for the next several days, I'll have to be extra careful at work not to set it off again. There's nothing like the fish-out-of-water feeling of trying to breathe water where air is supposed to be. *sigh*
Time to take the rest of my meds and crash in my bedroom and hope that I can actually sleep the whole night without another coughing fit.