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Biopsies and Book Art

I will spare you the ugly bloody band aid picture, but today I went and had what I hope is to be my last stomach biopsy.

I have been responding well to the chemo, my blood numbers are normal, if anemic, my kidney is hanging in there, and if things are close to where my doctor guesses, I may be in an acceptable remission!  Woot!

Pray for me guys, pray for me.

Since the hubby couldn’t take more time off work, and we have no family in a 12 hour driving distance, and also no sitter, I ended up calling a neighbor to keep a look out for the house being on fire and left the oldest child to watch the boys while I went to have my needle biopsy. Scary, yes.  However, she helps me with them all the time, and watches other people’s kids to boot.

I left her with a phone, and took off.  The drive was 4 minutes.  The oncologists office was prepped and ready for me, as soon as I walked in the door, I was led straight back, helped to strip, and slathered in ultrasound gel.  This all took less than 5 minutes.  Within another 10, the doctor walks in, and as we discussed, performs a no anesthetic needle biopsy of my stomach and omentum.  Ow, ow, ow.  Everything is out, I am dressed and pukeing in a trash can in another 10, and after a quick bandage up and a promise that I will call when I get home, I am back out the door and another 5 minute drive home.

So 40 minutes round trip for what ends up being an all day event for most people.  That, my friends, is how we get *bleep* DONE. 😀

……………….

On a whole other front, I am obsessed the last week or two with trying to sketch a fairly pivotal piece of jewelry from TOME (my current WIP).

I even tried to hire someone from craigslist to sketch it out for me, but everyone was either skeezy or wanted like $150.  Ummm, no.  I just want to see what it looks like from someone who can draw more than a frog-rabbit ( which is what all my animals look like).  And then I want to find someone on Etsy who does wire jewelry to make me a piece that looks like the sketch.

I started looking at other people’s book art to see what kind of work they had, and now have almost 30 windows open of various pieces I like in a vainglorious attempt at pretending that I will one day be in the position to demand book art to my standards.  *sigh*

 

Once I get done pukeing and rolling around in pain, I’m going to get back to work polishing and fixing my ms.  Then I will daydream some more.  Also probably eat a cookie, because I deserve it.

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About Laura S.

Author, Mother, Gimp, and Oracle of All Things Poultry

6 responses to “Biopsies and Book Art

  1. Praying and rooting for you both!

  2. You’re so sweet. I can use all the prayers I can get.
    Dying’s easy, it’s the living that’s tricky!

  3. Delia

    Hi, followed you over from Kiersten White’s blog. Really, you need to have the cookie. I’ll send a prayer out there for you.

  4. I had Krispy Kreme tonight at 1030 before I started writing again. Sooooo [sic]oooooo much better than a cookie.
    Thank you, and I followed you back to your twitter page!

  5. Icka, biopsies suck . . . shouldn’t someone tell the doctorly community that anesthesia is much preferable to being poked and scraped and snipped at??? Sigh. Sending good thoughts your way!!!! (And I think your blog is very aesthetically pleasing, BTW)

  6. Thanks! I like the theme I tweaked for the blog, but it needs… something. I can’t figure out how to make the sidebars do what I want, but then again , I hate it when people clutter them with too much. Simple is a thing I don’t get much of, imho, so I let it be here.
    Thanks for the good thoughts. Going to check out your blog now!

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