July 27th, 2009


[links] Link salad wanders into another Monday

A reader reacts to Mainspring Powell's | Amazon thb | Barnes & Noble | Borders | Audible ] — This is as close as I've come to seeing a review which reflects my private thematic analysis of that book.

Strange Maps on heartlands and homelands

Interrupting Gelastic Jew asks one of the smartest questions I've seen in the healthcare finance debate so far — I know which side I fall on.

A Vaccine for Colon Cancer — Sigh.

Revealed: the secret evidence of global warming Bush tried to hide — No wonder my conservative friends contend there's no solid evidence for global warming. Their own leaders have been hiding it. Meanwhile, back in the reality-based community, the ice caps are melting.

?otD: Who put the "gist" in "oncologist"?

Body movement: n/a (overslept)
This morning's weigh-in: 223.4
Currently reading: A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold

Originally published at jlake.com.


[cancer] Off to the oncologist today

Oncologist appointment this afternoon. This is supposed to be the chemo prescribing appointment, but last week's scan may cause us to postpone that step. As I said to calendula_witch last night, I dread postponement almost as much as I dread going through with chemo. Stress drove me to fatigue, which drove me to bed early, with oversleeping this morning. I'm pretty much a useless wreck today. Very glad calendula_witch is here.

Originally published at jlake.com.


[cancer] More optimism, less caution, no chemo for now

Oncologist visit went very well today. Based on last week's CT scan, she is deferring chemo, and we will re-image in late October. At this point, given the lack of growth, she feels this is possibly not cancer. If it is, the cancer is sufficiently slow-growing that a wait-and-see approach is not particularly.

The October scans will let us assess further growth in the liver and lung sites, and recheck the lymph. At that time, if growth is detected, we'll visit the surgery and chemo questions again.

I'm not off the hook, but the hook has gotten a lot smaller and less immediate. And of course, the colon issues continue. But I feel much, much better. The optimism has become less cautious. My mental and emotional state this afternoon has been interesting, to say the least. This is quite something to parse.

Among other things, this means that calendula_witch and I will be at Worldcon. See some, all or none of you there.

Originally published at jlake.com.