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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-06-04 05:09
Subject: [cancer|personal] Busy days and wasted nights
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Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
Mood:awake
Music:morning sounds
Tags:cancer, healthcare, personal
Despite an annoying sleep deficit, yesterday went well. Ye Day Jobbe was productive, then I pretended to be a normal human being and went to the coffee house for the first time in a month and a half. Got almost two hours work on Green, along with another hour and change on cleaning up the new jlake.com Web site. Once the_flea_king settles a few minor issues with the podcasting interface, we'll roll it out. Maybe even tomorrow.

Friday is my actual birthday. I will turn 44. (JayCon VIII is of course on Saturday.) Friday is also the four week anniversary of my cancer surgery. All indications are that I am recovering beautifully. Today I have a genetic counseling appointment to run down some low-probability but scary stuff related to early-onset colon cancer. After that I'm going to go watch an attempt to set a world record for largest baking soda volcano, then back to work. Expect appropriate blogging if I make it to the boom-boom in time.

Yesterday lasirenadolce went out and bought me a recliner. We'd been thinking about this since before I got sick, actually, and all the advice from you guys made the point. She even hauled it in and set it up solo, which definitely qualifies her as a Hero of the Revolution, and continues my reign of terror as Useless Git #1.

I also broke down and took a hydromorphone when I went to bed last night. This gave me almost four hours' sleep, but when I woke up at 1 to take a second one, I never really found my way back. Spent the second half of the night on the recliner, which was very comfortable and restful, but not especially conducive to sleep. I'm going to email my doctor about the possibility of Ambien or something similar to use until I'm finished being stuck sleeping on my back, since popping opiates to get some shut-eye seems excessive.
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selfavowedgeek
User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2008-06-04 12:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
First off, happy birthday in advance (you don't look a day over 38).

Also, it appears you've had a nigh-meteoric recovery given it's been four weeks. Read on one of your posts yesterday about some narrative nonfiction project related to your cancer experiences and think that's a therapeutic project in more ways than one.

Good luck with resetting the sleep-clock.

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Elspeth
User: evaleastaristev
Date: 2008-06-04 12:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Unisom will gauruntee you exactly 8 hours sleep. And I do mean exactly.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2008-06-04 15:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Unisom gives me just about the worst hangover I can imagine. I'm a zombie the next day: able to remember to put on my pants, but unable to summon the higher-order brain functions needed to write. My characters would just drool on each other. Okay, that happens in my stories anyway, but you know what I mean.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-06-04 16:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, didn't do that for a friend of mine...but I can see that happening.

What I don't recommend is something I've actually done to another friend of mine...36 hours of no sleep....3 benadryl and a shot of rum later, she was out.
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Lawrence M. Schoen
User: klingonguy
Date: 2008-06-04 12:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Seriously, I recommend you try a hammock. There's something very restful about it. Like you, I am not one who can readily sleep on his back, except in a hammock!

Try it. You will thank me with gold and small mammals.
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Kate Schaefer
User: kate_schaefer
Date: 2008-06-04 13:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A hydromorphone is obviously a communications device which automatically changes its shape whenever water touches it, an extremely useful accessory if you're a superhero in a high-budget action movie. Congratulations, Jay! I thought your movie was a fast-moving slapstick comedy until recently, but obviously you've changed directors a few times as the studio goes through financial and structural reorganization.
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cathschaffstump: russiancath
User: cathschaffstump
Date: 2008-06-04 13:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:russiancath
Happy bithday, Jay.

Beautiful recoveries are the best kind.

Catherine
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francitabozita
User: francitabozita
Date: 2008-06-04 14:01 (UTC)
Subject: Sleep deficit
Hey, Jay -

After surgery once and taking codiene after, I couldn't sleep at all. I had to get off of the codiene, and then take Ambien to get back into a normal sleep cycle again. You'll get there......thinking of you, my friend! Jaycon VIII...is there a party I should know about?
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2008-06-04 14:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Glad to hear you are recovering from the surgery, and getting back into daily life. I hope your sleep issues are brief.

Wishing you early birthday happiness, and a fun JayCon. My birthday is on Saturday, though I'm only turning a youthful 42, you geezer.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-06-04 14:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
42 = the perfect science fictional age
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jeffsoesbe: yeff southpark
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2008-06-04 21:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:yeff southpark
Agreed! It's been pretty good so far.

- (42-year-old) yeff
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2008-06-05 15:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
42 has been very good to me already. It also happened to be my lucky number for years before I ever heard of Mr. Adams. It's the product of the month and day of my birth. I lived on East 42nd Street for much of grammar school and high school (good years, all). It was the number I was randomly assigned on my fraternity football jersey, and my Penguin softball team jersey. It was associated with my first steady high school girlfriend in a way I won't get into here.
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Jay Lake: funny-do_not_hump
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-06-05 16:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:funny-do_not_hump
69 - 42 = 27 ... you were dating a 20something in high school? Duuuuude...
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2008-06-05 16:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Not quite, but I like the way you think.
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User: ellameena
Date: 2008-06-04 15:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm sure your doctor will fix you right up. If it's pain that's waking you, a something stronger than vicodin (hydromorphone) may be needed, or something with a time release type effect. The pain and the lack of sleep are really bad for you and will mess with your healing.

Strangely, sleeping partially sitting up is a tonic for many types of pain and infirmity. I did that when I had jaw surgery, and also when I was hugely pregnant. When I took my Mom to the ER, they asked how many pillows she needs at night, as part of her medical history, and whether the number of pillows had changed.

Be well.
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Deborah Layne: NurseJoy
User: deborahlive
Date: 2008-06-04 15:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:NurseJoy
Yes, Ambien. I should've mentioned that when we were talking about pain meds before. John has used it to good effect when he was transitioning between med types and dosages.

See you Saturday you kid you!
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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal: Don't Panic
User: summers_place
Date: 2008-06-04 16:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Don't Panic
I've dealt with semi-chronic insomnia for most of my adult life, and it isn't fun. For years I did my best to muddle through without resorting to sleeping pills beyond the occasional Benadryl, because of a bad experience in the early 90's with a sleeping pill that seemed to just hang on in my system for a couple of days after even a single dose, thoroughly mucking up my head.

This past February, however, I spent 6 days in the hospital with a blood clot in my right leg, and because I'd already been having sleep issues before I was admitted, I broke down and requested sleeping pills for however many nights I was going to be there, because it's damned hard to sleep in a hospital if you're already an insomniac. They gave me Ambien, and it worked exactly as I needed it to: I slept restfully through the nights, yet when I woke up in the mornings, I felt alert and normal. I got my doctor to give me a prescription for it so that I can use it when the insomnia threatens to get the better of me, and it's been terrific.

Oh, and I don't sleep well on my back, either. I can do it, but usually it brings on nightmares, or at least very strange and usually uncomfortable dreams. Since I had to sleep on my back in the hospital because the IV line in my arm made me uncomfortable otherwise, I can report that Ambien even helped with that.
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2008-06-04 19:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Today I have a genetic counseling appointment to run down some low-probability but scary stuff related to early-onset colon cancer.

have you considered suing your parents for faulty manufacture?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-06-04 21:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
have you considered suing your parents for faulty manufacture?

:: laughing ::
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