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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-05-05 04:40
Subject: [cancer] Sometimes you win small, in big ways
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Tags:calendula, cancer, child, health, personal, sale, shellyrae, stories, work, writing
Yesterday was the best day I've had in weeks. Woke up from a solid night's sleep. Very productive at the Day Jobbe. Got in a bit of emergency parenting. Managed two hours and a bit more of writing related program activities. It's not new wordage, but it counts. Some continued GI distress, and my usual fatigue patterns, but that's pretty much the new normal. And I sold a story to tor.com.

So, yeah, good day.

Of course, that meant a ragged night's sleep last night. Woke up at 2:45 am with a headache. Gave up on trying to sleep at 3:30 am. Today will not be quite so swell.

However, today will be substantially improved as calendula_witch returns this afternoon. shelly_rae will be back tomorrow night. Friday, of course, is infusion session eight nine of twelve. [ETA: Ah, chemo brain.]

There is a potential wrinkle in the wind, as mononucleosis may be going around the_child's class, with a confirmed case in the sibling of a classmate and a couple of suspected cases among her peers, so some chance exists I've been exposed. I will be calling into the oncology unit today for advice, as I believe there is a fairly simple blood test for this if they want to check me.

If it ain't one damned thing it's another. And so on and so on, scoobie doobie doo.

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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2010-05-05 11:45 (UTC)
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Unless your daughter comes home with it, you're probably fine. Mono requires fairly close contact to spread.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-05-05 11:52 (UTC)
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We're starting to strongly suspect she has. She's had a slow-moving illness for the past five days that includes fatigue, listlessness, loss of appetite, and intermittent fever.
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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2010-05-05 11:55 (UTC)
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Ugh. Let's hope not!
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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-05-05 14:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Let's hear it for good days.

If I may ask, what happens after infusion twelve of twelve?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-05-05 14:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No more chemo for the time being. I get some scans to see if any metastases are established, I get a colonoscopy to clean out the latest precancerous growths (since they seem to be a persistent/permanent feature), then I go on a to-be-determined lifetime schedule of scanning looking for reappearances.

If all goes well, this is it.

In chemo-specific terms, I am looking at a three-month taperdown from side effects and restrictions. "Normal" life returns in September or October, though I get some things back a lot sooner.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-05-05 23:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:garden
"all goes well"

What a lovely phrase. Yes. Exactly what should happen!
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2010-05-05 17:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I will be crossing my fingers for you and your daughter.
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