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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-05-06 20:55
Subject: [cancer] We have a surgery date
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Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
Music:house noises
Tags:cancer, health, personal
Short explanation:

I will be going in for surgery early Friday morning at OHSU. We believe this is a relatively early stage cancer, and pending post-operative assessment the current plan is that to be the primary treatment. I do not expect chemo or radiation therapy unless the surgeon discovers more cancer than currently expected.

I will be recuperating in the hospital for four to seven days, then home for seven to ten days. lasirenadolce will have the keys to this blog, and will post regular updates, as well as appropriate witticisms from me, and general hospital humor.

If you're moved to send me gifts or flowers while I'm in durance medical, I really appreciate that, but I'd strongly prefer a donation to the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund. (http://osfci.org/clayton/index.html) That's an emergency medical fund for Pacific Northwest writers experiencing medical-related financial difficulties.

When possible I'll be back. Due to an extensive schedule of pre-op consults, expect light blogging tapering to nothing more from me for a while starting Friday.

More details for the morbidly curious:

lasirenadolce and I spent 2.5 hours with the colo-rectal surgeon, another surgeon and a med student. After various unpleasant preliminaries (which would normally require a nice dinner and two bottles of wine to talk me into) we had a very detailed conversation about the cancer, the treatment, side effects, long term expectations and so forth.

The net-net is they will be taking my colon from about the ten centimeter point (the top of the rectum) up to the far end of the sigmoid. This will also take a network of blood vessels, lymph vessels and six lymph nodes. Colonic tissue will be assessed by the pathology lab, as well the lymph nodes. If, as expected, the nodes (especially the most distant ones) are clean, and the colonic tissue has clean margins, we are done with the cancer then. I will not be considered cured until after five years of close followup.

That is considered to be by far the most likely outcome.

I will be seeing a cardiologist tomorrow for a pre-op heart assessment, as well as my therapist tomorrow. Sometime tomorrow or Thursday I will also have the pre-op anaesthesia consult. I will be reporting for surgery at 5:30 am Friday, and will be operated on some time Friday morning, coming out late morning. (Exact time is subject to change, but Adrienne will have all critical updates.)

I expect to remain in the hospital four to seven days post-op, then recover at home another seven days or so before resuming normal activities on a somewhat reduced schedule. By July I expect to be back to my normal levels of energy.
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Sally Cinnamon: bucky writes
User: elizawrites
Date: 2008-05-07 04:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:bucky writes
You'll be in my thoughts on Friday.
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User: chrisbarnes
Date: 2008-05-07 04:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
All the best, Jay. I enjoy your blog and look forward to your safe return.
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User: mondyboy
Date: 2008-05-07 04:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wish you a R'fuah Shelema - a complete and total recovery.

(Oh, and I just picked up my paperback copy of Mainspring.)
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miki garrison: cupcake love
User: mikigarrison
Date: 2008-05-07 04:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:cupcake love
Will be praying for you Friday morning (and Adrienne and the rest of your family, especially the child)... and also hoping that you have some especially entertaining post-anaesthesia dreams. For me, at least, those are always well worth having a notebook at the bedside for. :p
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mages just love me: ampersand
User: in_the_blue
Date: 2008-05-07 04:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If you need anything from someone local, you've got my number.

I mean it. I know you have plenty of support, but keep in mind the option's right here, okay?
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2008-05-07 04:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're on my list.

Best thoughts and all strength for the surgery and post-op. Um--don't know how much of a pain pump they'll have you on, but be prepared that coming off of that will be nasty if they give you one.
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scarlettina: Candle
User: scarlettina
Date: 2008-05-07 04:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll be with you in spirit, babe.
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calendula_witch: white orchid
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2008-05-07 04:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:white orchid
Good luck and I will be thinking of you. I've just seen someone much older and frailer than you go through this and come out surlier than ever, so you should do fantastically well. :-)
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User: anghara
Date: 2008-05-07 04:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery. Will be sending good vibes on Friday.
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User: squirrel_monkey
Date: 2008-05-07 04:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hugs and long-distance support. Let me know if you need anything mailed or e-mailed.
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User: musingaloud
Date: 2008-05-07 04:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wishing you all the best and of course the best possible outcome--no chemo or radiation rocks!
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Karrin Jackson
User: karjack
Date: 2008-05-07 04:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wish you the very best, Jay. May you have a swift and complete recovery!
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Lisa Deutsch Harrigan: Girl Genius Done
User: lisa_marli
Date: 2008-05-07 04:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Girl Genius Done
You're in my Reiki Box. It is set to send nice bits of energy 24/7 which should help your body prep and deal with surgery.
Yeah, I only sort of believed it until this last surgery when My Hubby went through with flying colors (his last few had not been the best) and that was his colonectomy (the severe form of your surgery, no colon left, due to Ulcerative colitis). So Yeah, it does seem to help.
May it help you to a speedy recovery with No Cancer left!
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-05-07 05:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm glad you said you don't mind people praying for you, taking it in the spirit in which it's meant - because that's what I'm doing. Please continue to keep us updated.
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The NewroticGirl
User: newroticgirl
Date: 2008-05-07 05:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Lemme know if you or the support system needs anything. I can be called upon to make reasonably edible meals, watch pets and children, or just keep ya company if A. needs a break. My schedule is flexibibble.
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