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Bullet Point Update

So, it was over a year between my penultimate post and my last one. Here's a quick catch-up:

  • That iodine infusion reaction that I had turned out not to be the most interesting part of the scan. That would be that the radiologist who read the pictures they did get noticed a mass on my kidney. One ablation and biopsy later and it was determined to be benign. A year out and there's no sign of it coming back.

  • I've now graduated to only needing a dermatology checkup every six months, since my first four (every three months) were all-clear.

  • Andy, callicrates, is doing some really neat collaboration with folks in Washington, DC. He's been racking up the frequent flier miles and frequent hotel stay points.

  • We've been to two weddings of cousins this year, and will be attending a third one in December. We're also attending the wedding of a widowed aunt in September.

  • We celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary in April.

  • Our middle kitty, Sean, was diagnosed with nasal adeno-carcinoma. Thankfully he is not yet showing any symptoms aside from tears and occasional labored breathing. We are going the palliative care/quality-of-life route.

  • I had foot surgery in January. As of March it was looking good. As of April it was not. I had the redo about six weeks ago. This time insurance sprang for a treatment they denied last time, so hopefully this will be the last such surgery.

  • With any luck, I'll be able to walk full weight-bearing Real Soon Now. I probably will still need to wear the boot for the forseeable future and I will probably be unable to resume exercise until after I lose the boot.

  • As noted in my last entry, I'm once again playing on a Pern-themed MUSH. Please check us out at whitestar.spundreams.net port 4201. Wiz-theme is Star Wars names, so don't worry if you see three or four of those. I'm Maz Kanata.

That's all for now. Updates as events warrant.
  • Current Music
    Freedom, Flight, and Fantasy by Mercedes Lackey, Leslie Fish, and Heather Alexander
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Is This Thing On?

Whoa. It's been a long time since I posted! A lot has gone on, but I'm posting today in hopes of reaching friends I made playing various Pern-themed MUSHes who aren't on Facebook or who aren't following me there.

After a long hiatus I'm once again playing and, more importantly, working on a new game called Threads of Pern (ToP). ToP is set in late Third Interval with the Fourth Pass about five years away in game time (A year and three months in RL). ToP characters can be the ancestors of their characters on PernMUSH, though they don't have to be. People who never played PernMUSH are welcome, as are those who are new to MUSHing. Because a majority of people who are ToP's intended audience have lives outside of the game, RP will mostly be event-oriented, with most events occurring on weekends. People will be welcome to RP in between, but should not feel obligated to be on all the time.

The game's grand opening is on August 13th, 2016. There will be an off-camera Holder's Conclave to confirm Lexi as Fort's Lady Holder and an on-camera gather to celebrate. People are encouraged to look around as a Guest and/or pcreate before then so they can settle in. There will be some pre-opening mini-events, possibly including a firelizard hatching. The address is whitestar.spundreams.net port 4201. I'm Maz Kanata there (Staff are named after Star Wars characters), so please page me to let me know you saw this on LiveJournal.

If you have not played on MUSHes before and the idea of a text-based online interactive game based on Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series interests you, please contact me and I'll help you get on.
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Halfway There

Several years ago I posted about a mix tape I had received from blackgryphon decades ago. I've also mentioned it on Facebook. For those just joining us, here's a brief rundown:

The tape included two full albums and some miscellanea. The two full albums were Carmen Miranda's Ghost by Leslie Fish and Vince Emery Presents: The Funniest Computer Songs, both of which are long out of print with virtually no hope of re-release. Because the tape I was recording to was not as long as the original, I had to drop some of the songs. For a very long time I thought the tape was lost, but I found it recently. Sadly, our tape to mp3 converter is incompatible with our current computers, so the tape is sitting in our safe until I stop waffling and procure a new one.

Fast forward to today, when I saw callicrates' post of a current meme going around -- one that begged for a reference to a song from Carmen Miranda's Ghost. I searched on Google hoping to find the lyrics, but I was happily stunned to see the song show up on YouTube. It turns out that someone had scanned in the whole album (This links to the first song, but YouTube will show the rest of the songs). Not only can I listen to it, but I can finally hear the songs I had left off! This is enough to make me actually haunt YouTube, which I have largely avoided up until now.

Alas Vince Emery's album has not (Yet) received the same treatment, but I can hope.
  • Current Music
    Carmen Miranda's Ghost
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Post 19 Feb 2015 Surgery Update

It's been a little over two weeks since surgery, so I had an appointment with the surgeon yesterday. She was happy with the recovery so far. It looks like the skin graft took, and the pathology report was good enough that she has deemed chemo not to be necessary. I am off of the crutches and the boot, though I'll be wearing sandals for a while since normal shoes would chafe the wound area.
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(Surgery) Date

Andy and I went to see the surgeon today. As a side note, she had nothing to do with the bureaucratic nonsense of last week -- she only got the report on Friday and immediately agreed to see me. Nor did she make any comment about us seeing her instead of a podiatrist; she looked at the wound, checked the pulse in my foot and several places on my leg, checked every other area I pointed out as possibly worrisome, and went over the report with us.

As noted before it's superficial, less than a millimeter deep. It is not even deep enough to warrant the automatic checking of nearby lymph nodes, though she offered us that option. Unfortunately it is a bit spread out on top and current best practice is to excise a centimeter beyond the borders, which means the wound will be a larger area than Andy was expecting. Also, it's on the top of my foot so going a centimeter deep is not feasible. They will need to do a skin graft on the day of surgery. There will be a pathology report and she'll know if she got everything, so if it is worse than she expected we can still deal with it.

They've already given me a surgical boot (This confused me until I saw it, since the podiatrist called my last one a boot. This is more like a boot, while the last one was just a glorified sandal) and crutches. There will also be a small wound vac in the mix, the surgeon believes probably for about a week. The surgery is scheduled for February 19th, which is a month to date after my BSO. Luckily, since the BSO was so recent, they didn't need to do another pre-anesthesia blood test and EKG.
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Bureaucracy Phone Tag

A week ago today my podiatrist found out that a growth on my foot was a melanoma. She was so concerned that I know about this that, since I wasn't home when she called and she was leaving the office, she left her cell phone number on the answering machine. When she returned my call later that evening, we decided it best to contact Oncology within my medical provider to see what they believed would be the best option. At that point the podiatrist was figuring she could do the surgery.

On Monday Oncology got back to her. They advised that she contact General Surgery to do the operation and gave her a list of names. One she recognized from our former conversations, so she told me to call the practice. I would find out later that she had called the GS and they had told her that no referral would be necessary.

Side note: I did have an active referral to the same surgeon to consult about my possible mastectomies.

I called GS and explained the situation, and the scheduler said that I needed to talk to Orthopedics/Podiatry since the melanoma was on my foot. She gave me the number, which I called immediately. The very nice scheduler I spoke with there heard "Melanoma" and told me they couldn't do the surgery, and transferred me to the proper office... which happened to be GS. The second scheduler was far more helpful, found the order (We now believe she saw the breast consult referral and thought it was one from the Podiatrist), but she wanted to make sure so sent a message to the nurse who works with the surgeon.

The nurse called back to clarify some things, but she could only find the breast referral. She said she would call the podiatrist to figure things out. I waited around until it was time to leave the house, then I called and gave the folks my cell phone number. I had not previously because I tend not to have me cell phone with me and charged, but in this case I did.

The call must have come while I was driving, because when I got there I had a missed call message, but no voicemail. I called missed number and it was GS, and there were no notes as to who had called. Except that suddenly there was a note that the nurse had called and left a voicemail. As soon as I got off the phone it buzzed, and there was a message. The GS nurse said she'd talked to the podiatrist's nurse, who had told her to disregard the referral until she could talk to the Podiatrist to find out what was going on, and that further communication should be with the podiatrist's nurse.

I did not receive a call from the podiatrist's nurse during the day, or at least if I did she did't leave a message. I tried calling after getting home from The Yarn Store and just caught the nurse, who was very confused because she didn't realize she was supposed to call me. Since the podiatrist had already left for the day, she said she would try to find out on Wednesday what was going on.

On Wednesday I found out that the podiatrist hadnot told anyone to belay the referral, and that there had been no order because when she called GS they had told her none would be needed. I once again called GS and left a message. The GS nurse returned the call and said that the podiatry nurse had just faxed over the pathology report and the GS would look it over on Thursday and would decide if she would do the surgery.

I had a followup appointment from my surgery on January 19th today (Thursday) and the GS office is downstairs from the followup appointment. I went downstairs afterward to see if there was any news. The nurse was with a patient but said the surgeon had not had a chance to look at the pathology report yet.

I finally just got the call from the GP nurse, who has scheduled an appointment with the surgeon next week to discuss the operation. I just hope that this is a pre-surgery consultation and not one to decide if she'll do it at all. And only a week has elapsed since my podiatrist left her cell phone number so I could be informed and get things rolling as soon as possible.