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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-07-12 05:12
Subject: [cancer] A bad night and a busy day/week
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Tags:books, cancer, convention, health, personal, sunspin, travel, writing
Having woken up at 1 am Pacific time yesterday and flown halfway across the country, you'd think I would have slept well in my own bed last night. My GI continues to act up, however, and it's very difficult to fall asleep when you are wrestling with the sensation of "holding it in". Even when there is demonstrably nothing to hold, in the 30-45 minute intervals between bouts of cramping.

So while I was in bed with the lights out for about eight hours, it would be a laughable courtesy to call all but the last few hours 'sleep'. After having a very long, tiring day. That's making today a bit brisk, I'm sure. I have a CT scan this afternoon preparatory to next week's surgery, which is a week from today in fact. My surgical oncologist will be resecting a large portion of what's left of my liver from last time to excise the current metastasis. The CT scan is to check the growth (or, hopefully, shrinkage) of the tumor.

Working today on Day Jobbery and later, Sunspin, but also laying low as possible. Surgical pre-op consult is tomorrow, then I'm off to ReaderCon on Thursday. Busy seems to be my style when I can.

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-07-12 13:26 (UTC)
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Busy seems to be my style when I can.

I think that this is indeed the style of successful folks managing a chronic illness. Plus there's a healthy dose of middle-aged screwed up sleeping patterns which overlays the illness as well (you're about the age where it starts to kick in when you don't have a serious illness; just because cancer is going on doesn't mean you're not having this other stuff going on as well).
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desperance
User: desperance
Date: 2011-07-12 14:36 (UTC)
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Do you have any idea how much of your resected liver will have grown back yet, from last time? I'm curious how much working liver you'll be left with - presumably enough, but what percentage that is of the original. And how much is therefore redundant/back-up to begin with.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-07-12 16:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
They took about 45% of my total liver last time, essentially the entire left lobe(s). The regeneration has been an extension of the right lobes, so instead of resembling a partially deflated rugby ball, my liver now resembles a guppy. (Or a sperm.) It has about 75% of the original mass now, but my blood levels indicate full normal liver function. What they want to take now is in the midst of the original right lobe, but they can't just take that because all the new growth will come out with it. So they have to keyhole in, taking a rather smaller percentage of the liver. Regrowth will be a bit of a mystery.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-07-12 16:32 (UTC)
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I'm sorry to hear this. I hope the consult goes well.
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