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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-05-06 06:00
Subject: [cancer] Off to the surgical consult today
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Tags:cancer, personal, work
Just an FYI, I am off to the surgical consult this afternoon. lasirenadolce is coming with me, and we are armed with pages of questions.

Meanwhile, I am back at work. Because, um, that's how it works.
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User: ex_gl0ry_gl0630
Date: 2008-05-06 13:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
work, work, work.

Good luck today. We'll be thinking about you here at Tor.
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Terri Osborne: celticmist-red/black knotwork heart
User: terri_osborne
Date: 2008-05-06 13:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:celticmist-red/black knotwork heart
Best of luck, Jay. You can beat this. I know it.
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Lawrence M. Schoen
User: klingonguy
Date: 2008-05-06 13:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A month or two ago, a consultant with whom I work was scheduled for an angioplasty (you know, the balloon treatment they do to unclog arteries).

I suggested that he ask his surgeon if he knew how to make balloon animals. My premise was a simple one: surely a surgeon who has the talent and dexterity to create balloon animals has the right stuf to shove balloons into coronary arteries.

I'm not so sure that it applies to the various tools that your surgeon will employ as he explores the nether end of your alimentary canal, but hey, it couldn't hurt to ask.

Happy consult!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-06 13:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am concerned that my turds will be shorter...does that qualify?
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Lawrence M. Schoen
User: klingonguy
Date: 2008-05-06 14:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Dude, when people talk about size being important, they're not talking about your intestines. You've got thirty odd feet of intestine, I don't think it will be a problem (besides, you don't want to be fishing in your toilet bowl with a micrometer just to satisfy your empirical nature).

Though now you have me wondering if anyone ever experienced phantom intestinal pain (ala phantom limb pain). There's a story idea there... or a walk-on in your next novel.
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Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2008-05-06 15:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think this was the central conceit for the first half of Stephen King's abdominal abomination, the one with the shit weasels from space.

The ones who could, while hanging on a door by their teeth, pull the door open by grasping the knob and pulling. MY FAILURE OF LEVERAGE, LET ME DISPLAY IT FOR YOUR PERUSAL.

That failure of basic physics, not the psychodrama, questionable ESP, and doofy government conspiracy theories, broke the book irrevocably for me.
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Lawrence M. Schoen
User: klingonguy
Date: 2008-05-06 15:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
oh god, oh god, now I have this image in my brain of something slithering out of Jay's ass, grasping the doorknob (with teeth?!) and trying to get in.

Take it out! Take it out!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-06 15:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Take it out! Take it out!
I can recommend a good surgeon...
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Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2008-05-06 15:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
http://www.the-editing-room.com/dreamcatcher.html
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Lawrence M. Schoen
User: klingonguy
Date: 2008-05-06 15:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Does he do balloon animals?
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Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2008-05-06 15:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm thinking a steampunk atrocity here, some segmented, clanking, hydraulic THING.

perhaps wearing a jaunty chapeau.
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sheelangig
User: sheelangig
Date: 2008-05-06 14:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

For a busy guy, you have far too much time on your brain.
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scarlettina
User: scarlettina
Date: 2008-05-06 14:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good luck, fella. Keep us apprised. Meanwhile, you'll be in my thoughts.
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Michael Curry: alton
User: mcurry
Date: 2008-05-06 14:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:alton
Good luck with the consult! I hope you get clear answers to all of your questions, and an ever-increasing faith in your surgeon's mad skillz.
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2008-05-06 14:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I do not envy any physician who expects you to come into a consult uninformed. Keep 'em on their toes, Jay, and make them pull out all the stops.
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User: jess_ka
Date: 2008-05-06 15:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:polarbearlove
Just chiming in on one of these posts to say, thinking good thoughts for you. And *hugs*.
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Neile Graham
User: neile
Date: 2008-05-06 16:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Thinking of you. Glad there's someone with you and you're both armed with questions. Don't forget to take notes so you can remember the answers--in an emotionally fraught time the answers can mix themselves up (I'm sure you've already thought of this).

Deep breaths.

Sending good thoughts your way.
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Abbie Hilton: systolic BP
User: fenrah
Date: 2008-05-06 17:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:systolic BP
I don't know whether this is helpful, but I made an entry a while back that's basically a walk-through of general anesthesia (general is when they put a tube down your throat and breathe for you, keeping you asleep with inhaled anesthetics). The walk-through is (a) very much from my point of view as a student and (b) at the VA (and a typical VA patient is not a typical patient anywhere else). But if it's helpful, there you go: http://fenrah.livejournal.com/163712.html
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kmckiernan
User: kmckiernan
Date: 2008-05-06 20:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My best today, to both of you.
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User: autojim
Date: 2008-05-07 02:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Fwoom
Coming in late...

May your ass kick its ass a mighty wallop.

I wear a yellow rubber bracelet. It says "LIVESTRONG" on it. Say what you will about Lance Armstrong, his whole attitude toward his own cancer and the foundation he established to help people find top-flight treatment -- and not just *survive* but *thrive* is something I, whom cancer has robbed of a mother, grandparents, other relatives, and close friends well before their "sell-by" date, can get behind and believe in.

I wear the bracelet not as a fashion statement.

I wear it because it reminds me that tomorrow offers no guarantees, but damn if I'm not going to make my own anyway.

I wear it because it reminds me that friends and family go toe-to-toe with cancer every day, and given my family history, it will probably be my fight, too, one day.

Kick its ass, Jay.

-- Jim Crider, the infamous AutoJim of whom the legends whisper... (okay, I couldn't maintain the straight face while saying that...)
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