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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-05-06 05:11
Subject: [links] Link salad remembers lying in a hospital bed
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Tags:cancer, culture, health, links, personal, politics, publishing, science, weird
Time-Travelling Fanfic WankScrivener's Error on fanfic in general and the latest wank in specific. (With links, in case you've missed it and are feeling particularly masochistic.) I generally remain silent on fanfic, as the few times I have commented on the subject, the torches and pitchforks come out in comments even faster than when I comment on romance. And that's saying something.

Mummified baby corpse missing from NH grave site — The closing line is a real capper. (Via @lilithsaintcrow.)

Artificial Intelligence Among the Stars — This kind of article is why I read Centauri Dreams. Another must for SF writers.

You Are Your BacteriaVariation in our microbial inhabitants could help tailor efforts to treat illness. Interesting. I've my GI flora completely blown out at least twice, and much of my weight loss occurred after the first blowout, in conjunction with a metabolic change, all following my first caner surgery in 2008. Also, on a completely different note, the article in passing says: BGI, a sequencing center in Beijing, has massive sequencing power (the institute is expected to surpass the entire sequencing capability of the United States later this year). And that's what happens when a society allows suppression of science in order to cater to religion and ideology. You lose leadership and innovation. Thank you, conservative America.

Yella’ Joe Lieberman — Yes, Virginia, political idiocy is by no means confined to Republicans. Either Lieberman understands Constitutional issues and is therefore a venal opportunist, or he doesn't understand them and is therefore a venal idiot. Either way he has no business being a US Senator, or even a dog catcher. And Al Gore wanted to make this man vice president.

They Were Just Kidding — Small government conservatives scramble for Federal aid in the Gulf states. More principled consistency from Your Republican Party.

?otD: Have you ever had surgery?

Writing time yesterday: 1 hours (revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 (badly interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 235.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, GI issues)
Currently (re)reading: Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2010-05-06 14:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
?otD: Have you ever had surgery?

Once, very minor. A spot of skin cancer on my nose. Two outpatient procedures. Recovery was a pain, as it was allergy season. Just try (a) not sneezing, or (b) not blowing your nose for three days during the worst pollen times.

I came very close to needing knee surgery in college. I blew out everything holding my right knee together (circumstances will not be detailed here). Doc told me I'd need eight weeks in a cast, then surgery, and six months recovery. I'd miss a semester of school. I begged not to miss school, so he told me I could have two weeks in the cast, and then he would tell me if I needed the surgery (quite convinced I would). In two weeks, he told me I'd healed sufficiently that I could hold off the surgery, but I'd surely need it before I turned 25, and I'd probably never play sports again. I went back to school, skimped on the rehab he prescribed, and then captained a volleyball team to a championship, and played corporate league softball for 12 years, and community league more recently. Never had the surgery, but on damp days, my knee hurts like mad, and on really cold days, I sometimes can't stand on it at all.
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User: cithra
Date: 2010-05-06 15:47 (UTC)
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I had open (vs laparoscopic) Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery and gall-bladder removal in December 1999, and incision-site laparoscopic hernia repair about two years later. Recovery was somewhat difficult. After the first surgery, I had intense post-anesthesia nightmares, and a combination of ketosis and cognitive impairment that convinced me at one point I had become an actual animate rotting corpse. (Why don't I like zombie stories? I've been one.) The second involved severe dehydration and kidney malfunction, post-anesthesia nightmares and cognitive dysfunction. I spent several years fearing I'd damaged my brain and lost my 'self' or at least crippled them severely, but I did regain both. Which is why I've said elsewhere I'm sure you will too...
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User: kellymccullough
Date: 2010-05-06 16:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A tonsilectomy and a couple of partial minescectomies, one for each knee.
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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-05-06 16:20 (UTC)
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Lieberman proposes law to give State Department more authority to strip people of citizenship.

Why is his man still in office?
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shelly_rae: Bleeding Hearts
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-05-06 17:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Bleeding Hearts
I've had several surgeries and have slept in many hospital beds including, as you may recall, yours.
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User: valarltd
Date: 2010-05-06 17:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Multiple surgery.

Three myrengotomies (slicing the eardrum to relieve fluid pressure).
Three sets of ear tubes.
Tonsil and adenoidecotmy
Four tympanaplasties (building a new eardrum from a skin graft)
A modified radical mastoidectomy
two cholestatoma removals from the mastoid caveity
Wisdom teeth removed
tubal ligation
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User: cathshaffer
Date: 2010-05-06 17:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"And that's what happens when a society allows suppression of science in order to cater to religion and ideology. You lose leadership and innovation. Thank you, conservative America."

No, you're going way too far here. There is no suppression of science effect in our sequencing technology. In fact, the US has tremendous sequencing resources in both the private and public sector. All that is happening here is that they bought a faster supercomputer. It's just Moore's law in action. Next year, someone else will buy the latest supercomputing cluster for THEIR sequencing center and they will surpass Beijing. It might be Celera. It might be Harvard or TATAA Biocentre in Europe. All great, cutting edge genetics labs. The US is and continues to be a leader in biotechnology, genetics, and medical science.

These studies of gut bacteria are very exciting. We really know very little about the gut flora. What comes out the far end is only a small fraction of the whole community, but we know very little about the flora that live in the upper intestines and how our bodies interact with them, for good or ill. There's some fascinating science linking antibiotics to the development of asthma. The theory is that gut bacteria mediate the interaction of allergens with the immune system. (Your gut experiences all of the same allergens that you inhale.) When you've been on antibiotics, you lose some of these bacteria, and you can become sensitized by exposure to allergens when normally you wouldn't be. They show mice developing asthma after a course of antibiotics. Promising stuff for getting the asthma epidemic under control!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-05-06 17:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As I've observed before, the colon surgery in 2008 changed my metabolism in some major and important ways. The natural setpoint of my weight dropped considerably, my sleep habits altered pretty fundamentally, and my general daily sense of well being improved (though that could be a secondary effect of the first two changes). The science described in this article is the first time I've seen any potential explanation of that beyond "anaesthesia does weird things to people".

And I stand corrected on the sequencing issue. I know that portions of biological research, specifically including stem cell work, have been significantly retarded by those cultural pressures, so I made the same assumption here. It's nice to be wrong.

Edited at 2010-05-06 06:00 pm (UTC)
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paulcarp: pic#67230600
User: paulcarp
Date: 2010-05-06 18:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I called Sen. Thad Cochran's office just now (the website was down) to ask about his stance on federal funding. The person who answered the phone claimed that Mississippi deserved the $2 federal money for every $1 collected because they are the poorest state in the union. I asked why Sen Cochran campaigned with a very different message, objecting to federal money, and was told this non sequiter: "The people of Mississippi don't feel that way."

Apparently, the need funding for schools, too.
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paulcarp: pic#67230600
User: paulcarp
Date: 2010-05-06 18:23 (UTC)
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Apparently, THEY need funding for schools, too. (As do I.)
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-05-06 22:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wisdom teeth at 18. Outpatient.
Calcific tendonitis in my shoulder (removal of a chunk of "drywall" about the size of a large marble) at 46. Outpatient and 6 months rehab.
Gall bladder at 48. Outpatient.

My sister is the one who spends all her time in the hospital, not me.
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User: sacchig
Date: 2010-05-07 01:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
C-section 34 years ago; breast cancer surgery last year. (Early stage, non-evasive, everything looks okay so far.)
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