May 20th, 2008


[cancer] Recovering the floors of my colon

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.

[cancer] "Help, I'm stuck to my underwear"

Had the follow up consult today. Twenty eight staples came out. Twenty six of them came out smoothly. The other two were troublesome little bastards. I got to keep the staples, though, and the puller. I'll be looking for some clever art project ideas in the future.

I came home with a belly covered with Steri-Strips in lieu of little metal claws. On arriving, I discovered that I was stuck to my underwear, which resulted in a peculiar conversation with lasirenadolce.

My doctor continues to be of the opinion that my outcomes are as positive as can be hoped for. We're waiting on some details from the path report, but all continues good. We also discussed some additional plans to taper off my opiates in favor of some non-opiate painkillers. I continue to recover as expected or better.

Meanwhile, jeffsoesbe took Mainspring Powell's | Amazon thb | Audible ] on a tour of San Francisco. Some books have all the luck.