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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-03-31 05:53
Subject: [personal|family] More medical updates
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Tags:books, calendula, cancer, child, family, health, japan, mainspring, personal, pinion, stories
Without getting into her privacy overmuch, Mother of the Child will be in the hospital at least through the end of the week. A complication from a minor outpatient procedure yesterday has produced a potentially life-threatening infection. the_child spent the night at a friend's (and is on spring break this week and next), but I need to collect her this morning. She has a very difficult attitude about medical issues since my cancer onset in 2008, so this will be a week of supreme parenting challenges.

I of course was virtually useless last night due to chemo fatigue. My parents handled the vast majority of logistics and the inter-hospital transfer that happened mid-evening, while I came home and collapsed. I still managed to not-sleep, and here prior to 6 am, my scars are already aching, which is generally a Very Bad Sign. Fatigue is also a critical issue for me.

The universe being what it is, yesterday Pinion came out in trade hardback, while I sold a novella to Hayakawa for Japanese translation, and calendula_witch and I sold a new jointly-authored story. My first romance, I believe.

The universe also being what it is, this is the second book release date of mine marred by a major ER admission. My initial expression of colon cancer symptoms led to an ER admit on the day that the Mainspring mass market paperback was released. Yesterday's release of Pinion coincided with this issue of Mother of the Child's. Oh, the fricking irony.

It's going to be a very difficult week for everybody, but especially the_child. I still plan to be at Powell's Cedar Hills tomorrow for my one-stop book tour. I'll update if major changes occur.

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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2010-03-31 13:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Very best wishes to you.
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User: jess_ka
Date: 2010-03-31 13:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hugs and good thoughts on all fronts, Jay.
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User: e_bourne
Date: 2010-03-31 13:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Love and hugs. You already know everything I would say. :-)
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User: varkat
Date: 2010-03-31 13:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, Jay, I don't know what to say beyond that my thoughts are with you all. Virtual hugs. Real ones when I see you. Whether you like it or not.
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User: chris_gerrib
Date: 2010-03-31 13:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If it weren't for bad luck, you'd have no luck at all.

You have my sympathies.
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Greg van Eekhout
User: gregvaneekhout
Date: 2010-03-31 14:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Gah. It shouldn't have to be this hard.
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User: cithra
Date: 2010-03-31 14:22 (UTC)
Subject: argh frick, in spades
The universe being what it is, [+ and -]
This kind of balancing out thing is a part of my personal 'fear of success' package. (I finesse the dream trifecta of girlfriend, perfect job, and apartment I love; my father is terminally hospitalized.) It reminds me of the elder magician intoning "there is always a price" to the young apprentice - and I won't argue, but for some people the karmic account demons seem to insist on collecting Right Now, and from friends/family instead of from the principal somewhere down the line. I can't decide if the accounting just looks ultra-harsh on the books because of the way things line up or if there is some cosmic price tag on success, but I have to operate under the former or never operate at all in Prufrockian fear of disturbing things.

Which is a convoluted way of trying to say I sympathize/empathize and wish I could help. Why use three words when forty-seven will do?
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User: shaolingrrl
Date: 2010-03-31 18:31 (UTC)
Subject: Re: argh frick, in spades
Hah. Mom told me she had lung cancer during the same phone call in which I told her I'd sold to Asimov's.

The universe is indeed what it is.
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scarlettina: Hug
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-03-31 14:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thinking of you, the_child, and MotC. Here's hoping it all goes as smoothly as it can under the circumstances.
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Michael Curry: brutal
User: mcurry
Date: 2010-03-31 15:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, shite. Sorry life is being so rough on you, Jay, and I hope that the parenting ends up being less challenging this week than you fear, and Mother of the Child is out of the hospital as soon as possible.

I also certainly hope that bad things aren't going to keep coinciding with your book releases, since you're going to have a lot more of those over the years....
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2010-03-31 17:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
She has a very difficult attitude about medical issues

thanks for being a good Parent, and being aware of her issues. Its a good thing.

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User: brownkitty
Date: 2010-03-31 18:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If I were in reach, I would offer to help.

As is, all I can do is tell you I'm here, my thoughts are with you and your family, and that I hope for you all.
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Eric T. Reynolds
User: ericreynolds
Date: 2010-03-31 18:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay, I hope everything turns out for her. I was in a very similar situation several years ago. Congratulations on Pinion and the new sales.
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User: shaolingrrl
Date: 2010-03-31 18:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have a Gaelic swearword and I'm not afraid to use it--


No, I still don't know how to pronounce it.

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Misty Marshall
User: mistymarshall
Date: 2010-03-31 21:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
OH hugs honey...I know life has been extra ridiculous lately. Fuck cancer and all the damn price tags it has. Screw these awful takers of our time and lives. This is why I am a scientist. I just hope someday we can do something more. I have many friends and family that have lost so much. So virtual hugs, love and hope in a bottle, and I hope that the parenting is not too much this hard chemo week.....love MM
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User: klwilliams
Date: 2010-03-31 23:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's ironic how the good overlaps the bad. My birthday is often the time these things happen for me. One time one of my best friends miscarried at my birthday party. Another birthday dinner out with my best friend led to an ER trip where the disease that ultimately killed her was diagnosed. But I still celebrate my birthday, in as much style as I can. I hope you continue to sell many, many stories and novels (because I like to read them).
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Mary Dell: mama
User: marydell
Date: 2010-04-01 00:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hope everything goes well! My MIL and my Dad both had post-surgical infection drama and came through it well, but it can be extremely scary. (My Dad was pleased, though, to be able to introduce me to a new word at the time).

My Mom was laid up in the hospital when I was around the_child's age...doing useful things to aid in her recovery was helpful for me & my mental state--errands, housework, sitting and reading to her. Being able to contribute actively helped take the edge off of the helpless feeling. Another kid's mileage will vary, of course.

Best wishes to your whole family.
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User: quantuminsanity
Date: 2010-04-01 01:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's awful. I hope Mother of The Child is better soon! And that you can get some much needed rest.
What an awful time for it to happen.

It's scary how a simple procedure can turn bad so easily.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2010-04-01 02:14 (UTC)
Subject: Pinion review
From the 3/15/10 issue of Library Journal:

VERDICT: Lake's blending of steampunk and the mechanical "magic" of a giant clockwork mechanism provides an ever-startling backdrop for his remarkable tale of adventure and derring-do. Highly recommended for fans of steampunk fantasies.

Hoping that will cheer you a bit!

Edited at 2010-04-01 02:14 am (UTC)
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