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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-05-05 20:34
Subject: [personal] Home from the hospital in one piece
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Tags:calendula, cancer, health, personal
After a great deal of sound and fury, plus various procedures, my GI system finally uncorked while I was still in the ER. Diagnosis inconclusive, "probably a viral infection in your upper GI." (calendula_witch comments on that theory.) The important part is that I ate food, kept it down without nausea or bloating, then drove myself home after dropping tillyjane off at her house, she having done yeoman's (or yeomom's) duty in shepherding me through the bowels of the healthcare system.

Do I feel like a bit of an idiot? Yes. Presumably this would have cleared on its own if I'd gone home and had a lie-down for the rest of the day.

On the other hand, given my GI health history and the fact that this was a set of symptoms I've never before in my life experienced — and having grown up in the tropics, I've had plenty of gastrointestinal problems over the years, some of them quite spectacular — after three days of symptoms, I couldn't see not going in.

And the Fear was there. The one-year post-operative cancer screenings are next week. The irony of my most recent visit with calendula_witch being bookended by our respective trips to the ER for upper GI distress is inescapable as well. (Obviously we're a matched set! But then, we already knew that.) Complex medical and emotional environment.

At the least I'm going to see if the CAT scan imaging from today will serve for the purposes of next week's scheduled CAT scan. It seems ludicrous to have those two weeks in a row. I'd like to be a responsible healthcare consumer.

I'm ok now, albeit still rather out of sorts and not yet fully restored to optimal digestive health. Much to think about, a bit to get over, but life goes on. As it generally does.

Thank you to everyone who extended well wishes and offers of assistance here in blog, via Twitter, by email, by telephone. Your love and support means the world to me. And thank you especially to calendula_witch.

I'm going to get some sleep.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: coppervale
Date: 2009-05-06 04:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Glad to hear you're okay, Jay.
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User: carnwrite
Date: 2009-05-06 04:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Phew! Glad to hear you're okay. Stay well, man!
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User: jackwilliambell
Date: 2009-05-06 04:48 (UTC)
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Jay, don't over-analyze it. You had a problem, in an area where you once had a [truly scary] bad problem. You went for medical care.

In other words, you made a rational choice and the end result was good luck, not proof you over-reacted.
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User: lauriemann
Date: 2009-05-06 11:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What Jack said.

Stress alone can do weird things to your system. Gastritis and IBS can present in a number of exciting ways. And you had an intense amount of travel over the last month. Glad it wasn't anything major.
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User: e_bourne
Date: 2009-05-06 05:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So glad to hear you're home and better. And next time, remember, it's -bite- the bullet, not -swallow- the bullet!
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Greg van Eekhout
User: gregvaneekhout
Date: 2009-05-06 05:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You did the smart thing by taking this seriously, and I'm glad things are looking good. Hope you continue to feel better until you feel great.
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Rose Fox
User: rosefox
Date: 2009-05-06 05:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You totally did the right thing. I'm really glad you're okay.
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The NewroticGirl
User: newroticgirl
Date: 2009-05-06 05:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Glad to hear the news. *rubs your belly for good luck* ;)
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User: katatomic
Date: 2009-05-06 05:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*breathes a sigh of relief*

Stay healthy Jay! I'm so glad you're going home without having to do anything more complicated than managing a touch of the "ugh."
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Kevin Roche
User: kproche
Date: 2009-05-06 05:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Glad you're ok and home safe.
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Brother Flaming Sword of Moderation
User: johno
Date: 2009-05-06 05:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You are a recent survivor and your body did something strange and different, in the area that you had the previous issue.

So you did the right and proper thing.


Did you by chance duplicate this week's episode of The Big Bang Theory?
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User: manmela
Date: 2009-05-06 06:22 (UTC)
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I don't think you have any cause to feel an idiot. I think you acted quickly and rationally on a problem in an area you've previously had issues with. Glad to know you're OK
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User: mevennen
Date: 2009-05-06 07:06 (UTC)
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A doctor once said to me that they'd rather people were idiotic than dead. I think you did the right thing, completely, and I'm very glad you are OK.
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User: biomekanic
Date: 2009-05-06 07:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Glad you're home and okay.

I think a degree of "Oh hell!" is entirely rational and normal given your circumstances.
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User: lisatheriveter
Date: 2009-05-06 10:01 (UTC)
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It's good to here that everything ended as well as possible. I commend your decision to go in - under the circumstances, I think it was the responsible choice to make. Be well!
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User: beth_bernobich
Date: 2009-05-06 11:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:balloon heart
I'm so glad to hear you're okay.

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User: mcjulie
Date: 2009-05-06 11:09 (UTC)
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I'm really happy you're okay.
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Laura Anne Gilman: stop that
User: suricattus
Date: 2009-05-06 11:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:stop that
Far, far better to say "okay, maybe I was a smidge overcautious" than "damn it, if I'd only gotten it checked out earlier." 10 out of 10 doctors agree.

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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2009-05-06 12:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I agree with everyone; you did the right thing. Very glad you're well on the road to recovery!

Now, two flip comments ('cause that's what I do):
(1) Possibly did too much cheese gum up your system?
(2) Are you doing undercover work for a new Obama health plan?
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User: kehrli
Date: 2009-05-06 12:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm glad the tests were negative - and I agree with the people above me, you did the right thing to get it checked out.
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User: jess_ka
Date: 2009-05-06 12:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't think you should feel like an idiot at all (for what that's worth); 3 days of symptoms + your health stuff, you made the sane and proper call.

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2009-05-06 12:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hey, you did the logical thing. You're still a year out from cancer surgery so the smart thing to do was to go have it checked out. Heck, if DS does the same sort of thing, he goes in even though the Crohn's has been in remission for a while. It's just what you do.

It's not surprising, though, given the amount of travel. My IBS would be flaring big time by this point--so it's good to hear that you've just had an unhappy viral infection. Better to be cautious than too blase.
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Michael Curry: alton
User: mcurry
Date: 2009-05-06 14:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Glad you're feeling back toward normal, and I'll agree with all of the others who've said that going and having things checked out was the way to go.
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Amy Sisson
User: amysisson
Date: 2009-05-06 14:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh lord, Jay, I think your readers would have rioted had you not gone in to have this checked out! It was the right thing to do, no question.

Hope you're back at 100% ASAP!
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A large duck
User: burger_eater
Date: 2009-05-06 17:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good news!

I hope you feel better soon.
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Rhonda Parrish
User: rhondaparrish
Date: 2009-05-06 18:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm very glad to hear that things are looking better and that you're recovering at home. :)
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