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05 January 2010 @ 05:32 pm
Yes, I am actually here-- and overdue in wishing both eponin10 and fourfreedoms happy birthdays. Sorry about that! Hope you both were able to celebrate in style and have a great time.

I'm waaaaay behind on my f-list. I last checked on Christmas Day, so it'll take me awhile to go through all those posts. I know you've all been busy, some with fic creations, some with news, some with recent worries.

Here's our update: HalfshellHusband had his last chemo treatment just before Christmas, and will have scans later this month and then some radiation therapy (that we hope won't make him anywhere near as sick as the chemo has). At his last pre-chemo visit, the doctor said something vaguely worrying that he's never said before, so I hope those head/body scans don't show anything still lurking.

What we've always heard is "Bone-marrow lymphoma is very rare and highly treatable, though it's unlikely that this is the primary site of the cancer." HSH went through lots of scans and MRIs this summer to see if there was a different "true primary site," and the doctors found nothing. They then proceeded to give him about 2X chemo-strength for 9 treatments, as a paranoia measure. I.e., to kill everything in case there WAS a different source that they missed. That's a big part of why he's been so sick. We're still hoping that the aggressive measures paid off, and that there IS no other area to treat. Meanwhile, I wonder if they'll even find anything in the bone below his knee that they're planning to irradiate? The pain/swelling went down to nothing after the first chemo treatment.

I really hope this is it, and that he's cured. It's been an awful year, and he deserves better.

The kids are back in school, though Christopher still has his cast on because Kaiser called Monday morning to cancel him due to a conflicting emergency. They didn't realize he was a kid, and that this was agonizing to him (already postponed a week because we were in Oregon on the first date they scheduled). Lauren spent the vacation fretting over a school geneology assignment for science (so many aunts/uncles/cousins to get photos and eye color from), but she stayed up until Midnight on New Year's Eve finishing it and another project. ;)

Someday I'll get that "What I Wrote In 2009" thing posted, but in the meantime I'm still taking down Christmas lights, cleaning up at home, and *koff* getting the last of the Christmas cards out. :0

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brigid_tannerbrigid_tanner on January 6th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
I'll be keeping HSH in my thoughts and hope he gets a good report, Christopher gets rid of the cast soon, and Lauren makes an "A" on her project. And that *you* have a much better new year!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 6th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
I sure hope 2010 is better than 2009, because THAT was terrible!

Christopher's new "cast off" date is Thursday afternoon (before his first basketball game of the season). He was so ready on Sunday, though, that he recycled the plastic cast-cover for bathing. D'OH!
the reluctant lobotomistfourfreedoms on January 6th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
No worries. I forget everybody's birthday, so thanks for remembering me!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on January 6th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
Hope it was a good one! The weekend is the best time for birthdays, in my book. :)
cindytsuki_no_bara on January 6th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
fingers crossed for hsh! man, i hope he's done with all the chemo and everything.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 6th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
I sure hope so too. He's been very patient with it all (despite all the misery), and I'd like to think he can forget about all of this now and own his life again.
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 6th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
There is very little time for me in general, except after everyone goes to bed. I got a little R&R in (and got parts of the house under control-- yay!) during the break, but now that I'm back at work full-time it all goes out the window. *sigh*
Maz (or foxxy!): St Michaeltuesdaeschild on January 6th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
I will surely be keeping my fingers crossed for HSH, sweetheart.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 6th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Marilyn!
devon99 on January 6th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for HSH. I hope that 2010 is a much better year for you and your family.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 6th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I hope so too-- this last year was just terrible. :(
happy is as happy does: Hug - Friendshappywriter06 on January 7th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that 2010 is a better year for him.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 7th, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
Me too. Having the cancer on top of the debilitating depression just seems like too much. :(

Thanks for the good thoughts! AND... there are some Hurt Locker stories over at Yuletide, and at least one of them's slash. I haven't read them yet, but I saw last night that they were posted... :)