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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-05-20 07:15
Subject: [cancer] Recovering the floors of my colon
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Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
Music:the ticking of the grandfather clock
Tags:cancer, healthcare, movies, personal
It's been kind of fun, getting all this mail. I've received lots of get well cards, a cool clockwork robot from klingonguy and valverdi, a radio controlled zeppelin from elusivem and garyomaha (via jensfire), a box of get-well goodies from jeffvandermeer and Ann VanderMeer. Toys! Puzzles! Games! It's like Christmas, except what they took out of my chimney.

Speaking of surgery, I'm off to have the staples removed today — my first trip out of the house since coming home from the hospital. I expect that to be something of an owie, but also a major relief. I'm amazed it's been ten days since the operation. I'm also really looking forward to tapering off the hydromorphone (my need is dropping over time) as that will liberate my lower GI tract from its shitty little opium dreams. Somehow, it continues to be all about the poop.

I actually feel normal for several hours a day now, and that is improving apace. I continue to give myself permission to move slowly, and especially not to rush the recovery. There have been a lot of chopy-socky movies this week, and now that my head is more together, there will probably be some Battlestar Galactica.
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oracne - Victoria Janssen
User: oracne
Date: 2008-05-20 14:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's like Christmas, except what they took out of my chimney.

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User: lauriemann
Date: 2008-05-20 14:40 (UTC)
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I watched all three LOTR movies (the EEs even) back to back my first day home from the hospital. That was a good way to zone out!

Surprisingly, I wrote my "Tale of Two Surgeries" the first day out, and only had to revise it a little bit the next day.
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2008-05-20 14:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Will be curious to hear your thoughts about Battlestar Galactica.

So glad your recovery continues apace, m'dear.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-05-20 15:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"I actually feel normal for several hours a day now..."

Call the surgeon. Now. They were supposed to be working on your lower GI tract, not your brain. And as a Writer, "feeling normal" should be, well, abnormal. Or is that "Abby Normal"?


— Jaws
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User: kenrand
Date: 2008-05-20 15:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay, I waited to say this till after you had the staples removed because there's no way to counsel somebody on going through the process of having those sumbitches taken out. It hurts A Lot. That's it. Lucky for me, my last time, I was unconscious when they took out the last few--but they took out a few the day before and--it hurt A Lot. Sorry, buddy, but you'll find out.
Yes, it is all about the poop. We prefer to think it's about the food, about this end of the process, but it's not. It's all about the poop.
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User: n5red
Date: 2008-05-20 16:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just stop by OfficeDepot and pick up a staple remover.
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paulcarp: pic#67230600
User: paulcarp
Date: 2008-05-21 12:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Up way too late. I swear I read that as "Orifice Depot."
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Lawrence M. Schoen
User: klingonguy
Date: 2008-05-20 16:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't see why you have to go to the hospital to have the staples removed. The robot I sent should be able to do that (though you may have to have Adrienne rewind him partway through the process).
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2008-05-20 17:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I disagree with some who say staple removal must be hurtful. Or, perhaps I was just lucky. When mine were removed it was just a tickle each time -- nothing more. I went in expecting the worst and experienced little more than the most minor of discomfort. I sincerely hope your experience is similar!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-20 18:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My doctor said the pain numbing shot would hurt more than the removal itself without a local. I hope you and he are right.
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User: farmgirl1146
Date: 2008-05-20 17:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Glad you are taking it easy. I hope the staples came out easily.

Wishing you a leisurely and comfortable rest of the day.
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2008-05-20 18:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
aint that staple puller incredible?
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2008-05-20 21:31 (UTC)
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Staple-removal sounds a heck of a lot worse than it really is. At least IME. I was dreading it, but they just popped right out, with virtually no pain.

Here's hoping that's your experience, too.
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User: poison_parlour
Date: 2008-05-23 07:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You know... even when it's not cancer it's still all about the poop!

I had a radical doctor. >.> He wanted me not to poop! Shoulda given me some of that hydromorphone, me thinks, because my bowel decided it wasn't going to do what every other person's bowel does and clam up. Oh nooo, it was going to do the opposite!

...having a nurse wipe your bum is not an enjoyable experience. Especially when you have to wait half an hour for it to happen!
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