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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-04-29 22:07
Subject: [personal] Walking talking healthcare blues
Security: Public
Location:OHSU Hospital
Music:someone else's bed being adjusted
Tags:cancer, health, mainspring, personal
I am currently in the hospital with a not-yet-fully diagnosed (but not life-threatening) issue for which medical science is continuing to administer a series of tests. I have learned several things about hospitals thus far.
  1. If you present at the ER by automobile, with no visible trauma and no significant pain, you will be at the very bottom of the triage list all freaking night, no matter how significant your issue

  2. If once finally admitted you collapse in the ER exam room with a blood pressure almost too low to measure, you will be very high on the to-do list of a number of extremely energetic people

  3. If you present at the ER with a somewhat weird complaint not admitting of any obvious diagnosis, every doctor in the place will eventually wander in to ask you about it

  4. An amazing number of ER staff are keenly interested in new science fiction mass market paperback releases — or at least that's how it seemed to me in my medically-induced haze on the day Tor released the mmpb of Mainspring Powell's | Amazon thb | Audible ]

  5. GoLYTELY is a hellspawned brew which should be banned under the Geneva Convention

  6. No one is human with a quarter inch plastic tube up their nose, down their throat and into their stomach

I really am ok, more as it develops, within the bounds of reasonable taste and my admittedly loose notions of personal privacy. Expect continued light blogging, lousy correspondence habits and no new writing or writing related program activities.
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The NewroticGirl
User: newroticgirl
Date: 2008-04-30 05:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

If you need anything, let somebody know!
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User: biomekanic
Date: 2008-04-30 05:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeesh, good luck.

I certainly hope your experience is better than mine was. ( FYI, if the nurse treating you is angry because she had to deal with a shot gang-banger? As for someone else to treat you. )
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Jenn Reese
User: jennreese
Date: 2008-04-30 05:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wish you a swift escape from that particular hell. Fingers crossed until then.
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lt260: Misty
User: lt260
Date: 2008-04-30 05:35 (UTC)
Subject: Woof!
Wow. What a welcome to ER triage. Yup, if you present as A) patent airway, B) breathing OK, C) lack of pain, and D) ambulatory; that will put you on the bottom. Decreased level of consciousness secondary to hypotension? Bam! Up to the top you go, and Emril couldn't do it as quick.

Sincerely hope this turns out to be something minor, acute, and easily treatable.

NG tubes are no fun. Oh, and believe it or not, there are worse things then GoLYTELY. Sometimes there is a distinct disconnect between what a substance does for our system versus the assualt on the senses. Still no fun.

Hang in there, Jay.
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User: csinman
Date: 2008-04-30 05:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hey, keep the invasive tube. I'll pay good money for it!

Also, get well soon. (Because I want my tube.)
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Greg van Eekhout
User: gregvaneekhout
Date: 2008-04-30 05:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for keeping us apprised, Jay. Hope you get out at the very soonest. And see if you can steal one of those ear scope things.
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User: copperwise
Date: 2008-04-30 05:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Will send good thoughts up the hill to you. Hope you feel better soon.
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Stone of stumbling and rock of offense
User: wordweaverlynn
Date: 2008-04-30 05:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I hope you feel better soon.
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scarlettina: Hope Springs
User: scarlettina
Date: 2008-04-30 05:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Hope Springs
Ooof! This was a surprise. Do be good and listen to the doctors, fella. Glad to hear you're okay, but too, please keep us apprised. I send virtual hugs.
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2008-04-30 05:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
hope you get out of Durance Vile soonest.
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User: kehrli
Date: 2008-04-30 05:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ack. :( I hope it goes away quickly.
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Lisa Deutsch Harrigan: Oy Kitteh
User: lisa_marli
Date: 2008-04-30 05:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Oy Kitteh
Oh, dear. Hope they figure it out and get you fixed up Real Soon. And yeah, GoLytely Sucks.
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David D. Levine: pensive
User: davidlevine
Date: 2008-04-30 05:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yow! If there's anything we can do, please call. 503-232-1727.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-04-30 06:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Are you SURE this has nothing to do with fish heads?

Be well.
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User: fjm
Date: 2008-04-30 06:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Fingers crossed and keep in touch.

I started readng Mainspring at last, last night. I paused on the cliff hanger at the end of chapter 6 and am now trying to squeeze time for The Next Exciting Episode.
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