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things we always do by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Very long, because we always do so many things...   Hike to the Punch Bowl at Beebe Woods It's really a walk in the woods.  We often talk about wea ... Read on »
compare, contrast by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I had my second follow-up ultrasound today, of my neck.  The experience could not have been more different from last Friday's pelvic ultrasound.  On the positi ... Read on »
landscape projects by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The only place I do any gardening or landscaping work is at my mother's house.  My siblings do the heavy lifting of the fall raking (really, spring raking: the ... Read on »
LIFO by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer That's an accounting acronym for inventory management: last in, first out.  It's one of the few things that has stuck with me from the one and only accounting ... Read on »
¡Hola! by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yes, I did title this post in the cheesiest possible way. I finally installed my Rosetta Stone Totale Spanish (Latin America) Christmas gift -- over two h ... Read on »
Lord of the Flies by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I started it on the flight out and finished it today. It's a little thing, but it does not go quickly. Fielding's prose demands thinking about.  Somehow ... Read on »
"I have a knife." by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer On the last day of school, I brought eight huge seedless watermelons to share with all my students and co-workers. How does that work? This Pampered ... Read on »
coasting, now by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer School is out!  Thursday was my last day with students, and it drifted by with endless streams of students in my bare classroom, come to have watermelon and li ... Read on »
strawberry almond cake by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It's the end of a long, busy week, and the refrigerator was nearly empty this morning, except for that container of strawberries I bought last weekend, which n ... Read on »
clearly ambiguous by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I received the ultrasound report in the mail today. Unfortunately, I was right to doubt the receptionist's cheerful "It's completely normal!" summary... but I ... Read on »
run around by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It feels like I spent the entire weekend shopping with DD in preparation for the graduation recital this evening. Saturday was a bust, but Sunday was very suc ... Read on »
breathe through it by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Had the ultrasound on Wednesday without major discomfort. To be precise, I had two ultrasounds, the abdominal and the internal -- the first was quick with a fe ... Read on »
there goes another month... by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I had hoped that after all my testing was over and I finally had my answer that I would have some kind of peace. It turns out that whatever relief I got from ... Read on »
yay! by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The scan was clean. (Some close to me are saying "of course," but you know, I try not to count on that.) My next follow-up will be my usual 6 month ultrasound ... Read on »
scenarios by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer If the scan was clean, then whatever is making my tumor marker rise is too small to see by conventional methods, so no treatment is indicated now. I'll ... Read on »
fake by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Today at the end of my prep hour (in which I - for once - did actual lesson planning) I noticed that my endocrinologist's office had called. In the vastness o ... Read on »
unhome by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Ninja dishwasher -- so quiet you don't know it's there So last weekend DH says, "Let's get a new dishwasher." This wasn't totally out of left field ... Read on »
PET/CT by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer ... scan this morning. It took, as scheduled, about 2 hours from start to finish. The first thing the tech did was to check my blood sugar (95, fasting) to m ... Read on »
low by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer We did some shopping over the weekend. Young Chang Y-131 52" upright, aka "a real piano" Sounds phenomenal, and plays like a concert grand. I ... Read on »
next... by Joan H. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer After three rounds of telephone tag, my endocrinologist's nurse/manager finally called me at a time when I could answer my phone. (The messages we were leavin ... Read on »