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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-11-11 19:32
Subject: [cancer] The last surgery, for now
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Tags:cancer, conventions, health, personal, work
Tomorrow morning I have my chest port taken out. It's an office procedure with anaesthesia but no sedation, and is reportedly trivial. I have been told I can resume normal activity the same day. Nonetheless, I am feeling rather freaky, in some ways more freaky than I did about the major surgeries of the past three years.

At the same time, this is the end of cancer being a daily presence in my life, at least until the next scan. Which means I get five more months of living like there's another day coming.

So, yeah, Lorazepam will be my friend tomorrow. (After some critical early morning Day Jobbe conference calls.) Then I go to OryCon. Makes for an interesting day, if nothing else.

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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2010-11-12 04:22 (UTC)
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User: scott_lynch
Date: 2010-11-12 04:45 (UTC)
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Fingers crossed for a good day!
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smoking catnip and chasing my tail
User: jettcat
Date: 2010-11-12 04:49 (UTC)
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Here's to years of boredom ahead!
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User: anghara
Date: 2010-11-12 05:32 (UTC)
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Hopefully we'll see you soon (written from the Orycon hotel...)
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Lisa Deutsch Harrigan: Flashing Tink
User: lisa_marli
Date: 2010-11-12 05:58 (UTC)
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"Then I go to OryCon." Those words sound good. May you have many more OryCons.
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User: horace_hamster
Date: 2010-11-12 06:36 (UTC)
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I would imagine part of the freakiness is a version of post-traumatic stress syndrome. Removal of the port means Yes, it really is over, and Yes, cancer really is off the menu at this time -- and that forces you to acknowledge that Yes, cancer really HAS been there prior to this. For all that you've been tremendously strong and realistic, it still is bound to hit you in the gut at this point.

Lorazepam is awesome stuff. Good on ya for making use of it.
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User: horace_hamster
Date: 2010-11-12 06:37 (UTC)
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Ack. Just realised that "hit you in the gut" was probably not the best descriptor I could have chosen! :-/
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Jay Lake: funny-buddahomer
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-11-12 12:47 (UTC)
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Hah. Is all good. The plethora of shitty jokes available for this will never run out...
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scarlettina: Fantastic!
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-11-12 06:54 (UTC)
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Wish I could be at OryCon to celebrate with you, Jay. I guess love and hugs across the internets will have to do for now.

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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2010-11-12 11:18 (UTC)
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I hope it goes well.
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User: talekyn
Date: 2010-11-12 14:25 (UTC)
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Good luck with the office procedure. And the critical early morning Daye Jobbe conference calls. I'm not sure which is more brutal...
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2010-11-12 15:57 (UTC)
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Just make sure the surgeon doesn't have red hair. ;-)

Best wishes for a safe and speedy recovery.

Edited at 2010-11-12 03:58 pm (UTC)
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User: magn0lia
Date: 2010-11-12 16:38 (UTC)
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Thinking good thoughts for the removal and for a good trip!
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User: kellymccullough
Date: 2010-11-12 20:53 (UTC)
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Congratulations on getting another little piece of normality back.
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