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Mixed bag

Home from my minor outpatient surgery; everything went just fine. I don’t have any problems with anesthesia, and although I’m not allowed to drive or sign legal paperwork until noon tomorrow I feel like I could if I needed to. They gave me a Percocet scrip, but I have some left over from the port installation surgery if I need it, so probably won’t even bother to fill it. I never need as much pain medicine as they prescribe (I only filled half the prescription after the port surgery), and right now nothing hurts anyway.  

They were very prompt; I was in and gowned and hooked up to the IV within half an hour of arriving, only to sit waiting on my bed for another two and a half hours. Once you’re hooked up to all the equipment it’s hard to even knit. SO BORING. 

Yesterday’s meeting with the radiation oncology people went well; it was the informational paper-signing meeting. Monday I have another appointment with them, when they’ll start doing actual science. Go science!

And the mixed part: I asked the radiation oncologist about traveling to Tacoma for Complex Weavers, and he agreed that we could work around missing a few days of treatment (radiation is 5 days a week), but my regular oncologist says I can’t miss either radiation or chemo. SO CRANKY. I get to see Laura every two years: we meet up at Complex Weavers and play with string for a few days, and have a wonderful time. Plus, it’s over my birthday, and I was really looking forward to a break and a trip. I’ve done nothing but work and cancer for all of 2014 so far. Instead, I’ll be home having chemo and radiation for my birthday. REALLY NOT AMUSED.

I will just have to do ALL THE TRAVELING after I’m done with treatment, including a trip out to Portland to see Laura. I’ll miss attending the conference, but we can play with string on our own time. At least I’m not scheduled to teach this year. 


  1. Mrs. Dr. Phil says:

    I hear you, Sarah — Phil was so determined that the non-summer of 2013 would NOT be repeated. We had lots of plans for travel and social occasions. We got to go to WisCon, which was great! but now his travel will be cancelled until he’s done with IVs and O2 wound treatments, and mine is somewhat constrained since there are some things he still really needs help with (putting on his shoes and socks, mainly… I know it doesn’t sound like much, but there you have it!). Here’s to you and Portland, Laura and string!

  2. Sarah says:

    This whole misbehaving bodies thing is so frustrating! And you two have already done it once, last year. I hope Phil’s foot heals quickly and you get to do SOME of the things you want to do before classes start in the fall.

  3. Tamie says:

    LAAAME. they have science out in Portland you know. too bad someone out there can’t cover for them. and beSIDES, it is 4th of July. they better not make you stay here and then take a vacation day themselves!

  4. Sarah says:

    I wouldn’t be gone over the 4th, in fact that’s part of why I CAN’T go: I’d be missing my vacation days PLUS the 4th, and we can’t have that. BAH!