You walk in worlds the others can't begin to imagine.

Drusilla ,'Conversations with Dead People'


If the Apocalypse Comes, Beep Me

Birth, death, illness, new job, vacation...if it's happening to you and you want us to know about it, post it here. These threads are intended for announcements only. Want to offer sympathy or congratulations, or talk about anything? Take it to Natter. Any natter here will be deleted.


Kate P. - Nov 17, 2022 1:41:38 pm PST #5611 of 5623
That's the pain / That cuts a straight line down through the heart / We call it love

My mother died earlier today. I was with her, holding her hand, at the end.


EpicTangent - Nov 22, 2022 11:16:50 am PST #5612 of 5623
Why isn't everyone pelting me with JOY, dammit? - Zenkitty

Quick update: I finished radiation & chemo on 11/11. (They did a little ceremony & gave me a certificate of completion at the radiation center. It was very sweet & made me a weepy mess!) I'm recovering from the burns and accompanying difficulties in the radiation spot and adjacent areas. Still fighting the fatigue, unfortunately, but that's hopefully improving too. For right now, I'm in a holding pattern because the radiation & chemo "keep working" for a month-ish even after active treatment has stopped. I have a PET scan & an MRI on December 6 (and a dentist appt, but that was just an unfortunate coincidence). Then I see my chemo doc on 12/12 & my radiation doc on 12/14...to discuss where we are, and next steps I suppose. (Please send all prayers, vibes, etc. you can spare to the hope that the tumor will have shrunk enough to be removed. I want this fucker OUT!)


DCJensen - Nov 26, 2022 2:07:27 pm PST #5613 of 5623
2020: We will speak of it no longer. Ptui!

Hi everyone! Well, two days after my earlier announcement, I did have to go back in the hospital for a couple more weeks. I didn’t get a chance to update Buffistas. Org or Facebook because I was depressed. They were also trying to find me a place to go in for convalescence, but we ended up compromising and then back home. Andi has been trained to take care of my wound and we’re gonna go from here. I have no idea when I’m going to be going back to work. Even though I haven’t been around here chatting much lately I do miss you all. It's just that my spoons have been drastically reduced for now, but I should be able to forge new ones as time goes on


erikaj - Dec 13, 2022 4:16:42 pm PST #5614 of 5623
This machine kills fascists

Made a new blog post. [link]


Jessica - Dec 17, 2022 8:42:06 am PST #5615 of 5623
If I want to become a cloud of bats, does each bat need a separate vaccination?

Just turned in my final research paper for grad school. Holy shit y'all I actually did it.


DavidS - Dec 20, 2022 9:47:34 pm PST #5616 of 5623
"Look, son, if it's good enough for Shirley Bassey, it's good enough for you."

Had to take Jacqueline to the ER with acute abdominal pain.

We were looking at an 8 hour wait until she pinged her boss. It helps to have a Division Chief boss at the hospital where you're being seen.

Anyway, she's had her bloodwork (she's not pregnant!). No fever.

She's in the queue to get a CAT scan.

Could be kidney stones. Could be pancreatis. IDK.

Not serious -ma is welcome.

I'm back at home waiting to see if I need to bring her anything for an overnight. Matilda is with Emmett.

eta: She's had her scan. Waiting to hear if she's coming home or staying overnight.


DavidS - Dec 21, 2022 12:21:38 am PST #5617 of 5623
"Look, son, if it's good enough for Shirley Bassey, it's good enough for you."

She’s admitted at the hospital and has received pain medication. But not a room.

She’s staying overnight in the hallway.

She has colon cancer.

Tomorrow we meet with oncologists and try to get a biopsy during Xmas week.


EpicTangent - Dec 22, 2022 6:15:08 pm PST #5618 of 5623
Why isn't everyone pelting me with JOY, dammit? - Zenkitty

For those of you who may not see updates on FB: My friend was able to go with me to meet the new surgeon. She and I were both impressed by the doctor & her staff. Still don't have a surgery date, but now I know the *plan* and I have good *information*, both of which make me feel better. So, a couple more scans in the meanwhile, then surgery probably in early to mid-February.


erikaj - Jan 05, 2023 2:12:27 pm PST #5619 of 5623
This machine kills fascists

Mom's finally seeing a podiatrist tomorrow. Hope he can help, and that we could get our groove back.


Susan W. - Jan 15, 2023 11:10:34 am PST #5620 of 5623
Good Trouble and Righteous Fights

I'm scheduled for breast reduction surgery tomorrow, in hopes of mitigating my chronic upper back, neck, and shoulder pain. It should be pretty routine, as surgeries go, though I'm still feeling a bit nervous, since that still means going under anesthesia and all.