I know my life is settling down because I am out trolling for drama.
For example, I heard the word "meningitis" on the news last night. I went from DEFCON 1 to 2 when I heard it was traveling westward, from the east coast to Tennessee.
Then I thought, meningitis nearby and me with no leukocytes and wasn't one of those unexplained Gilenya deaths from meningitis? No, but still WOOOO WOOO WOOO DEFCON 3.
Today I heard the meningitis came from a bad batch of steroids. Specifically methylprednisolone, the same steroid they give me in the hospital. Somehow, this was one less degree of separation between me and meningitis, and one more degree of DEFCON.
So I was at DEFCON 4 when I read this article that said the bad batches were given to people with bad backs. Some people died, but not anyone I know, partly because I have spread the alert and partly because the contaminated plant was just shut down.