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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-12-11 09:43
Subject: [cancer] Emerging from the fog
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Tags:books, calendula, california, cancer, child, grief, our lady, personal, work, writing
Every day or two I wake up a little more. I've cut back considerably on the Dilaudid. This helps immensely. I'll be back at work part time next week, and full time the week of 12/21, so the opiates need to be gone at least during working hours. On track to do that.

The next event here is the port implant surgery on Wednesday 12/16. That's day surgery, on an outpatient basis, but it will pretty much soak up the day. After that, everything kind of smooths along until chemotherapy starts on 1/8.

shelly_rae will be here through Friday morning 12/18, calendula_witch will be back that day. We're off for tbclone47's birthday party on 12/19, then back to Portland on 12/20. calendula_witch goes home on 12/21, then the_child and I head for California on 12/26. I'll be there through 1/3, then calendula_witch will be back in Oregon 1/7 for the chemo, as will shelly_rae if her schedule permits.

Still need to get a grip on my mental and emotional state of late. With a few exceptions, I've been largely neutral or positive, but only in the last few days have I become even slightly multi-threaded again. Being single-threaded drives me batshit. I feel so limited. I could also stand for the deep freeze weather to be done with, along with the intense and chronic oversleeping the healing process brings.

Life, of course, goes on. Confirmed a couple of fiction sales recently, submitted copy edits executed by calendula_witch on my behalf, working with tbclone47 on the production issues around "The Specific Gravity of Grief", have some signature sheets to do for Subterranean Press, and yesterday for the first time managed to do some actual writing when I put in an hour and a half of revisions on Our Lady of the Islands.

So coming back to myself. Lots more to say when I get a slightly better handle on it. You guys have been brilliant.

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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2009-12-11 18:38 (UTC)
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More good wishes.
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User: deborahjross
Date: 2009-12-11 18:50 (UTC)
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Keyword:blue hills
It sounds like you're making a speedy recovery from the surgery if you can work this soon. Sleep is good -- more sleep now = less exhaustion later. I hope.
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User: retrobabble
Date: 2009-12-11 19:28 (UTC)
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Haven't commented much during your progress, Jay, but sending you some warm thoughts for your recovery.
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User: leesmiley
Date: 2009-12-11 23:46 (UTC)
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Pending the results of a few more tests, it looks I'll be starting chemo on 1/4 for a nodule in my right lung. I'll be hoping that yours and mine both go as smoothly as possible.

Take care.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-12-12 02:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good luck to us both. Keep me posted, eh?
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2009-12-12 02:52 (UTC)
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Glad to see you're doing well, but....pace yourself. Be careful. Make it a good healing.
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dinogrl: bookish robot
User: dinogrl
Date: 2009-12-12 04:49 (UTC)
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Keyword:bookish robot
You are always in my thoughts, healing rapidly!

If your health and schedule permits we hope you'll be able to make it over to the House of Spike for a get together on the 2nd. Yes, the_child is welcome too! She can whoop butt on Letres I hope...
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User: heatherdoodle
Date: 2009-12-12 08:02 (UTC)
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Sleep is good. Keep doing that. That's where you'll get all your threads back.

(I sound like a 1970's soul movie, "get your threads back, man!")

Thoughts are with ya.
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User: zentinal
Date: 2009-12-13 00:23 (UTC)
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the good vibes have never stopped. focused laser-like on you.
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