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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-06-10 15:59
Subject: [cancer] Failed my blood test, no chemo today
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Tags:cancer, child, health, personal, travel
I failed my blood tests this morning. My neutrophils (white blood cell precursor) are down to about 10% of my ordinary baseline, and about 20% of the minimum required to sustain chemo. As a result, we have postponed chemo untul next week. At that time I will receive a booster shot designed to bolster the neutrophil production, with the reasonable expectation that this problem will not recur.

This means my infection risk is very, very high right now. Unfortunately, there's a problem with the water supply in my area today, which I did not receive warning of in time, and I may have drunk some of the 'brown water' flowing through the pipes currently. So I may be in for a very unpleasant ride courtesy of the city water.

This also means my caregiver schedule for the next few weeks is screwed up and needs to be renegotiated.

It also means that my trip to Omaha in July with [info]the_child is off the table. I have almost no options for rescheduling that, but may try for the week immediately following WorldCon in late August.

I find this very frustrating, and it is causing a number of logistical challenges, but this is the way it goes.

Fuck cancer.

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User: emmainfiniti
Date: 2011-06-11 00:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Fuck cancer, indeed.

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User: threeoutside
Date: 2011-06-11 01:35 (UTC)
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Curses. Sorry for the extra hassle. I hope you're wrong about the water. Hang in there, dood. Just a temporary pause.
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User: voidampersand
Date: 2011-06-11 01:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sorry you have to deal with that nasty shit trying to kill you. I just hope it's even worse for that fucking cancer.
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The Empress of Ice Cream
User: icecreamempress
Date: 2011-06-11 01:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Grr to all of that. I am especially bummed that you and the_child are going to have to reschedule. All good wishes.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-06-11 02:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

On the other side of things, I should still be available for housekeeping check-in.
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-06-11 02:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Cancer can go fuck itself sideways.
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User: zxhrue
Date: 2011-06-11 04:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

well fiddlesticks.

why are you still drinking water from a municipal water supply?

fuck cancer.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-06-11 12:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Because we have one of the best municipal water supplies in the country here. Or did until yesterday.
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User: jaborwhalky
Date: 2011-06-11 07:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
To boost your stuff so you do not get sick from drinking the brown water. Get your hands on powder ginger put two table spoons full of it in boil water add pinch of clove with a table spoon of honey. Drink this it will help your tummy not get sick. Do this it will help...

Ginger helps a lot of stuff and can help you not get sick from the brown water.
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User: jakobdrud
Date: 2011-06-11 09:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Fuck cancer indeed! I hope the brown water lets you off without incident.
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User: ckd
Date: 2011-06-11 16:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Fuck cancer, indeed. Sending you good thoughts.
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