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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-11-17 05:46
Subject: [writing|cancer] Plowing ahead with books and chemo
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Tags:books, calamity, cancer, conventions, endurance, health, personal, sunspin, travel, writing
Yesterday my oncologist informed me that I had lost all my nose hairs. Full nasal Brazilian, that's me. Which explains the odd booger-to-finger ratio lately, as I commented on my Twitter and Facebook feeds. And the perpetually runny nose. It's like being three years old again. I shall attempt to maintain nasal dignity at tonight's Powell's reading and signing for the release of Endurancejlake.com | LiveJournal ]. Do come if you're in the PDX area. Given that I actually slept well last night, I might even be lively!

The postponed chemo ten of twelve starts tomorrow. I passed my blood tests yesterday, and we discussed whether my ongoing head cold was of concern. So long as I don't run a fever or slide back into GI terror, they're going to plug and run me.

Meanwhile, plans are stirring for the spring. I expect to have the first volume of Sunspin, Calamity of So Long a Life, revised and back to my agent by the beginning of March so it can finally go to market. I have a few travel itineraries coming together. Look for me at RadCon, unless I'm feeling desperately broke in February, with other appearances to be announced.

I don't have my writing brain or my normal life back yet, but I can see them from here. Tonight's reading and signing will be a nice reminder.

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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2011-11-17 14:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I feel like a fearmongering jerk writing this, but my mother started chemo with a head cold in August, and that's what led to the cascade of horrors resulting in her death Oct. 30. (There were a number of very low probability events involved, including head injury, but still.) I know your oncologist is competent and would not treat you recklessly, but so was Mom's. She was just coming down with her cold, and yours is maybe a week old. I know that waiting until the cold clears up would throw your chemo schedule into chaos, but it might be worth asking the oncologist what is the worst case scenario if you take a treatment while your body is fighting a cold. Will the chemo affect your body's ability to fight the cold virus, or make you more vulnerable to a secondary infection?

Sorry sorry sorry. I hate being the fearmongering jerk, but I guess that's who I am right now. Be well.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-11-17 14:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We actually did talk about this some, though not in the framing you put on it. My symptoms are a persistent dry cough and mild post-nasal drip. There's no chest involvement except for the morning hacking up of whatever floated down my throat overnight. I don't have sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, fever etc. The onc was of the opinion I wouldn't be able to shake this cold until we were done with chemo.

So, erm, yeah?
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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2011-11-17 14:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It will probably be fine.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-11-17 15:08 (UTC)
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Best wishes for tomorrow.
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mlerules
User: mlerules
Date: 2011-11-17 15:42 (UTC)
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I don't have my writing brain or my normal life back yet, but I can see them from here.


GOOD.
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Jay Lake: flowers-lily
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-11-17 18:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:flowers-lily
I am sorry to hear of the passing of your friend.
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