Atlas Reactor: Aurora 3

There have been a few changes to Aurora since I last blogged about her. I now mostly play with this build:

(1) Shock Therapy - Vain (2 loadout points)

Consistent self-heal.

(2) Ion cloud - Invigorating Cloud (2 loadout points)

Now Ion cloud also heals allies by 4. This mod increases it to 6. Note that this is more than Vain (4 health)

(3) Healing Flare - Seeking Flare (2 loadout points)

Healing safely behind wall, or healing ally who's behind wall.

(4) Paralazer - Pulse Beam (2 loadout points)

Free action but no longer apply shields to allies. This is the latest mod I tried.

(5) Heart Of The Storm - Focused Radian (2 loadout points)

Potential higher damage / healing.

Below is a recent gameplay:

If there are multiple enemies who can knockback or if there's Helio (due to Blackhole), then I'll use this set:

(1) Vain
(2) Invigorating Cloud
(3) Seeking Flare
(4) Tenacious (3 loadout points): also give self and allies unstoppable
(5) Temporal Shift (1 loadout point): also hastes allies and slows enemies

If there are at least 2 enemies who can turn invisible, I'll use this set:

(1) Vain
(2) Radiant Mist (1 loadout point): reveals enemies hit by cloud
(3) Surging Flare (3 loadout point): extra healing if target's health is below 50%
(4) Laser Designator (1 loadout point): also reveals enemies
(5) Sudden Jolt (1 loadout point): reduces all active cooldowns by 1


I learned something new from that's applicable to me:

noun [joh-moh] Slang.

a feeling of contentment with one’s own pursuits and activities, without worrying over the possibility of missing out on what others may be doing. "

Atlas Reactor: Zuki

I didn't know that I have never blogged about Zuki. There were changes to both her abilities and her mods. This post will be about the latest mod I tried:

(1) Bombard - Extra Shrapnel (3 loadout points)

Oftentimes enemies are behind cover or just out of the ability's central (higher) damage. So this helps with the ability's circular damage.

(2) Sticky Bomb - Stickiest Bombs (2 loadout points)

Being slowed is annoying and can be dangerous too (out of cover etc) if enemies forget about this effect since it detonates a turn later.

(3) The Big One - Regenerating Ammo (2 loadout points)

Big One often misses targets and so getting guaranteed energy upon casting is great.

(4) Rocket Jump - Long Range Love (1 loadout point)

This is the new mod I tried. Extra range gives me more options on where to escape to and corollary harder for enemies to guess the landing spot.

(5) Missile Storm - Concentrated Fire (2 loadout points)

This gives me option to either trying to severely injure a few enemies or try to kill a enemy or somewhere in between.

Here's a recent gameplay:

Atlas Reactor: Garrison 4

During my hiatus from Atlas Reactor, they introduced a slew of new mods. As a result, I now have another mod set for Garrison that will be my default set for now (previous build here). The key feature of this build is the double dash mod:

(1) Piston Punch - unequipped

Unfortunately, there are no more loadout points left. It was a tough decision for me. At most, I can get 2 loadout points by unequipping Missile Barrage but I rather have the shield than more damage. Shield is the only survival tool Garrison has. Also, there's only one mod I'm interested in i.e. Force Capacitor. The lack of haste is addressed by the mod choices of Hand Cannon and Heavy Metal.

(2) Hand Cannon - Big Shot (3 loadout points)

"Increase range by 1 and increase the arc of the explosion".  This gives greater consistency in hitting and slowing the primary target and hiting secondary targets. Great synergy with the ability's 1 turn cd,

(3) Missile Barrage - First On In (2 loadout points)

"Gain 10 shields until end of next turn". Already explained above.

(4) Heavy Metal - Fuel Rods (3 loadout points)

"Now has 2 stocks. Cooldown increased to 6 turns".  Key feature of this build. I usually use one aggressively to slow down targets if I cannot reach them, and the other one reserved for defensive move but depends on the situation too. Is support nearby? Can I deal fatal damage?

(5) Shockpod - Juiced Up (2 loadout points)

"Allies directly hit by minor power-ups gain an additional 15 health." Ideally used to heal allies and hit enemies at the same time but I wouldn't hesitate to use it just for the healing when allies are in danger of dying.

So the basic idea is that in situation where I cannot hit enemies with Piston Punch, I first use Hand Cannon to catch up. If it's on cd, then use Heavy Metal.

Here's a recent gameplay:


Dad and I were so focused on highlighting his back pain to the PCU doctors that we forgot to tell them that his feet were still swollen. Since then, the swelling had slowly crept up to his knees @@

Meanwhile, thankfully the combination of Norgesic/Anarex (1 tab 3 times a day) + 2-4 tabs of paracetamol could manage his back pain. After taking diazepam for 5 consecutive nights, dad took it only when he couldn't sleep. He was given only 10 tablets whereas there were 14 days to the next appointment. Since then, he took twice and had 3 tabs leftover.

During the next appointment with the PCU specialist (yes, the same one who didn't care we wanted to protect the remaining kidney), we highlighted the following symptoms:
  • Swelling on feet, calves and knees
  • Back pain but manageable
  • Stomach pain
  • Worsening constipation: no bowel movement for just over 3 days
  • Shortness of breath (twice a week)
We also highlighted the frequency of adhoc painkillers:
  • Norgesic/Anarex 3 times daily
  • Paracetamol 1-2 times daily, 2 tabs each time
  • Diazepam twice a week
  • Oxynorm 2-3 times daily
Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen. Basically, the heart can’t keep up with its workload. "

" People with Heart Failure May Experience......swelling in the feet, ankles, legs or abdomen or weight gain. You may find that your shoes feel tight. 
(Buildup of excess fluid in body tissues (edema) "

The above was obtained from American Heart Association website.

The specialist attributed the swelling to heart failure. After discussing a couple of options, the course of action is to first take frusemide so that my dad can pee out lots of this retained fluid. Failing that, add reduction of fluid intake too. Didn't work on first two days @@

As for dad's constipation, the specialist prescribed metoclopramide to be taken on top of all other anti-constipation medicine if he hasn't pooed for a day i.e. target daily bowel movement. This stumped the pharmacist as this medicine is commonly used for nausea (which the doctor did tell us) and vomiting but not constipation. I walked back to the clinic (with the giant cache of medicine haha) and obtained assurance from the specialist that this was the correct medicine. Well, guess what? He is correct: a few health websites, including research papers, confirmed that this medicine is also used "to help with emptying of the stomach in people with delayed stomach emptying". I am surprised that the doctor knows better than the pharmacist.

Probably a combination of metoclopramide, prune juice and dragon fruit (fruit taken the night before), my dad finally managed to empty out 3 days worth of waste 😬

Cholesterol 2019: Part 1

Results as compared to 4 months ago:

                                 Dec 2018          Ref. range          Apr 2019          Ref. range 
                                 (Gribbles)                                     (Pathlab)
Total cholesterol           5.4                 < 5.2                     5.0                  < 5.2
HDL ("good")              2.01               > 1.03                   1.86                 > 1.04
LDL ("bad")                 3.09               < 2.58                   2.7                  < 2.6
Triglycerides                0.65               < 1.68                   1.0                  < 1.7
Total/HDL ratio            3.3                 < 5.0                     2.7                  < 5.0

Frankly, this is better than expected. So happy :)

I think the key difference is more consistent daily exercise (probably about 5 times a week) and choosing food more carefully. Tough but has to be done. Hope I can continue to do so.

Edit: Just to be clear, I was and still taking fenofibrate on alternate nights.

More for neurologist

Things were ok for about a week after the last psychiatric appointment but then worsened for the next 3 weeks right up to the next appointment:
  • Dizziness worsened
  • Headache everyday
  • Migraine every other day
  • Loss of appetite (but weight is still healthy)
  • Hands trembled significantly more (most noticeable when using utensils) but didn't hinder daily activities
We forgot to tell the doctor about the last symptom @@

Mum usually slept throughout the day, except to have breakfast and lunch and her medicine. She was at her best from 5pm onward until she went to bed at about 11am or midnight.

After some Q&A, the doctor went off to consult the specialist...who turned out to be the psychogeriatrician. He came over to ask a few more questions. The only difference in medication was that mum had stopped taking Gabapentin but this medicine was supposed to manage tingling nerve pain, not headache and migraine, and so it was unlikely its absence caused these symptoms.

Since my mum could still tolerate these symptoms, they recommended keeping the current psychiatric medication and that we bring up these symptoms to the neurologist.

On the way out, we bumped into a familiar doctor who took a minute to enquire about mum's condition. She assured us that asenapine shouldn't be causing these symptoms and that it is a good drug.