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results by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Doctor's office called and asked for a call back.  It's always a concern when they do that, because if everything was fine, they'd just leave an automated mess ... Read on »
more break downs by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Having whined at length about my career, I can move on to the periodic physical health update. I developed another ovarian cyst mid-April and, since it st ... Read on »
break down by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer No car today.  The starter was showing signs of giving out and then it actually did yesterday, on literally the last stop before I was going to bring it over t ... Read on »
May day by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer April flew by. May first, May Day, m'aidez... A couple of things touched off that "I need help" feeling, today.  We had a hastily scheduled, ... Read on »
break by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Closing out day 2 of spring break here, and I couldn't even remember what last year's spring break was like, so I looked it up.   Of course, I was in the middl ... Read on »
we're all alright by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My MRI came back clean, and there's no need for any follow-up testing until my next ultrasound, which I think will be in June or July, and we'll do the Thyroge ... Read on »
sweet by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer On this Valentine's Day, I was surprised by gifts from three different students, I'm relieved that my Mom is home, and I'm glad my MRI is over.  We had a ... Read on »
stories we tell ourselves by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Last post I laid out a scenario just to give myself something to measure reality against.  Now it's Tuesday more than a week later.  I'm having my MRI tomorrow ... Read on »
this is what's going to happen by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Some day this week, I'll get a call saying that my insurance company has authorized the MRI.  I will call and schedule the MRI for later this week or early nex ... Read on »
OK by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Well, at least the weirdness at work has settled.  There's no way to go into any kind of detail without stepping on someone's privacy, so I won't.  I ... Read on »
buffeted by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Not a good day.  I was about to say "at all", but the class-giving part of the day actually went fine. We did the Cat's Meow lab with the eighth graders, and ... Read on »
missed opportunities by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Saw a beautiful sunrise this morning, but had no opportunity to take a photo, since I was running late as usual.  Not terribly late, just my usual 5 minutes, b ... Read on »
closing the gap by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer When something's bothering me, I obsess about it until I can find some resolution.  So sticking with the theme of how to deal with my attention-seeking student ... Read on »
Jones v Flippen by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My thoughts keep returning to my classroom issues, and what I can do to diffuse them.  The number one issue, whenever a class goes all to pieces, is an attenti ... Read on »
holidays 2012 by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan & Cranberry Ginger Pear  Thanksgiving 2012 We had a great feast  On Wednesday (blessedly a half-day of school), I preppe ... Read on »
change is hard by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Monday is MLK day, and I have utterly squandered this first day of the long weekend by getting up early and reading all 500+ comments on the Project Runway All ... Read on »
discernment by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer So I've applied for a job at a school that values its teachers very highly.  I wonder what it would be like to work in a place like that?  I applied not s ... Read on »
I want to say something about today by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I started the day running late because I couldn't decide what to wear because that new teal shirt I just bought has a grease stain on it already.  And it's coo ... Read on »
home alone in "winter" by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My kids have school today, and I do not.   It's weird to be home by myself, and even weirder to think that just a few years ago, this was my default existence. ... Read on »
digging out by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer All apologies to East Coasters who are literally digging out in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  I'm just digging out from the pile of grading that I managed ... Read on »