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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-05-11 05:56
Subject: [personal|cancer] Brief, miscellaneous updatery
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Tags:cancer, friends, health, personal, work
I'd meant to post more about my hair this morning, and I owe some photoblogs on Hawaii, but yesterday pretty much ate my life. Left the house at 5:15 am for a 6:00 am check-in for my port implant surgery. The surgeon used the same entry wound as last time, and reported trimming the old scar tissue away in the process. The dressing won't come off til Friday, so I don't know yet. There was only minimal blood in my hair this go-round, and I was able to rinse it out myself yesterday afternoon.

I spent the day in a post-operative haze, though I avoided the Vicodin until bedtime. I don't like having my head crowded out by medication when I can avoid it, and I have months of unavoidable head crowding starting this Friday.

Also, J&T came over yesterday evening and did yeoperson's work rearranging my house to optimize my living space for infirmity. Everything I need and use is now on the same floor, except my laundry. We also established that I definitely need a new dryer. On top of the $925 in medical bills racked up in the last two days alone, after insurance, that's an unwelcome hit. Ah, cancer.

Now, to Day Jobbery.

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User: shelly_rae
Date: 2011-05-11 16:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Glad to hear that everything went smoothly. It's not easy, or anything one WANTS but it went well says "glass half full girl".

Good friends J&T! Yay for rearranging house. All set.

fie on bills. We hates them....
Be well.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-05-11 18:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thinking of you.
Kari xxx
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User: eposia
Date: 2011-05-11 20:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow, I was cleaned up nicely for mine today, no blood in hair at all. For five minutes after waking up I had only the slightest twinges of pain in my back. Kinda pathetic that the nicest break from pain I've had in literally months was right after a surgery. And of course now that the surgery drugs are wearing off I'm starting to feel the surgical site pain as well as the regular shit.

Sorry that vicodin clouds your head like that, but good you took it when needed. I've got a pretty good set-up going in my own home maximizing accessibility, very glad you had help setting that up (though since our washer and dryer were inexplicably placed on the SECOND floor of the house, someone else is on laundry duty for the duration of me not being able to climb stairs). I have three baby-care stations set up around the house for wherever I am at the time -- and hmm, taking about my accessibility modifications might be a good future blog post.

May your soreness fade quickly! Thinking of you frequently.
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Jay Lake: cancer-do-not-want
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-05-11 20:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Likewise. I was reading your current travails this morning. Wow. Just wow.
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That Which Fights Entropy: me with kitton
User: amberite
Date: 2011-05-12 01:43 (UTC)
Subject: ["hang in there" kitten image]
Keyword:me with kitton
Ow. As far as dryers, I've had pretty good luck with Craigslist (a secondhand dryer doesn't always last long, but it also doesn't cost jack - and there are always people willing to haul off old ones for scrap metal.)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-05-12 17:01 (UTC)
Subject: Re: ["hang in there" kitten image]
Yah, I'll lose the old one via Craigslist, but I'm not sure I have the wherewithal to manage procuring a new one that way. :\
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