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December 28th, 2006
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Less Thyroid, More Kids
This is my good news post!
I had my surgery yesterday and all went really well. The tumors looked benign and I got to keep part of my thyroid, too. I will have to wait until next week for biopsy results, but my surgeon says he's been doing this for 30 years and he knows what cancer looks like. I believe him. I don't know yet if there is enough thyroid left to avoid taking meds, but I don't mind taking thyroid meds if it comes to that.

I highly recommend Long Island College Hospital. Everybody was very nice to me, very attentive. I had a completely wonderful private room with a whole wall of windows overlooking the harbor. I could see lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, Governor's Island. Sundown and sunrise were spectacular. How I rated this room, I don't know.

I still feel fairly lousy, sort of like someone cut into my throat yesterday morning, but I'm already much better than I was even this morning. I did laundry this afternoon, played scrabble, made dinner tonight, wrote the ninth story in the series I'm working on. My doctor said not to go back to work until after my post-op appointment next Thursday, but that's already starting to feel ridiculously long. I do have pretty good recuperative powers generally - it's my Wolverine tendencies.

So, that's the health news. And the other big news is: Doran's coming home! Things didn't work out for him in boot camp and luckily the Marines agree that he's not suited for the Corps, and they are sending him home. He says he wants to go to college in the fall. I don't know if he'll manage to do that, since it's kind of late to get started on applying to schools and financial aid, not to mention working and saving money to contribute to his education. But if he really gets his ass in gear, it's possible, and if not it would be just fine with me if he works for a year and takes a couple of classes and thinks about what he wants to do. In any event I'll just be glad to have him home! He has called a couple of times but he has very little time to talk when he does. The last we heard he said he'll be home in 10-15 business days. Zara said that makes him sound like a package from amazon.com.

So, I've had a crappy few weeks between my brother dying and all the drama around that, Doran leaving, health issues, etc. But things are looking up now. Thanks to all who've held my cyber-hand throughout.

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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
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He wants to go within the SUNY system and I did look at the schools he mentioned. It is still possible, but it will require a lot of work on his part.
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From:executrix
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
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That's fantastic on both counts. I'm very glad to hear it.

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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:opera142
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
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Glad to hear the good news.!
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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for reading!
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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the hugs!
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From:marag
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
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That sounds like good news all around. I mean, too bad the Marines thing didn't work (except yay!).
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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
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LOL! And I agree.
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From:devildoll
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)
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Glad to see the good news!
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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:elgraves
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
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I'm glad things are looking up for you.
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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
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Me too, thanks!
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From:momma_geek
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
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It's great news on all counts, Dale. I'm so glad to hear it!
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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Elizabeth. I hope all is well with you and yours. How was Christmas?
From:thelastgoodname
Date:December 29th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
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I'm so pleased you're (mostly) healthy.
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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
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Me too, thanks!
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From:faramir_boromir
Date:December 29th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
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Glad things are on the upswing, and hope the new year is filled with more of the same.

And very very glad that Doran and the Marines have called it a day!
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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
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Thanks so much! And a very happy New Year to you, too.
From:eternalenigma
Date:December 29th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
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Yay for the good news! :)
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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:cyked
Date:December 29th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
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Good news indeed! But do listen to the doctor and try to rest.
Ann Marie
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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
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LOL! You think I'm overdoing? You did ask for that story...
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From:skyline3way
Date:December 29th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
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Never have I been so happy to hear of a child failing at something. This, coupled with your surgery... you know if good things come in threes like bad ones do, you should buy a lottery ticket!

So happy for you, Dale.
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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
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LOL! on the lottery ticket. I hope you're having lovely holidays, Faye.
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From:lilacsigil
Date:December 29th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
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It's all good news! I hope this is leading up to a wonderful 2007 for you.
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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

I love your icon, btw. Zara got a Harry Potter movie trivia game for Hanukah and we've been playing it. It's quite fun, but she definitely has me beat. I've seen all the movies, but not multiple times like she has.
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From:ringthebells
Date:December 29th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
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Woohoo for all the good news!
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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:mamajoan
Date:December 29th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
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I'm sooooo glad your surgery went well! Continued good vibes for your recovery and test results. Taking thyroid meds is truly no big deal at all, so if it does come to that, I'm sure you'll be fine.

Great news about Doran too. I hope he doesn't feel too bad about the Marine thing not having worked out, but I guess it's a life lesson for him regardless. I can only barely imagine how relieved you must be!
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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm not worried about taking meds. I'm told it can take a while to get them right, so I'm ready for that.

We'll know more how Doran feels when he gets home. I think wanting to go to college is a good sign, although I tend to think working for a while might be the better route for him.
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From:eveningblue
Date:December 29th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
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That's just fantastic news, all around. Yay!
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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
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I figured I was due for some!
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From:thdancingferret
Date:December 29th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)
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*hugs*
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From:mofic
Date:December 29th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. Hugs to you and here's hoping for a refuah shlemah (complete healing) real soon.
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From:talktooloose
Date:December 29th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
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I have nothing to say but *whew*. All 'round "whews".

You rate the best room possible, lady! And don't go back to work while you have a good excuse! Sheesh!

Looking forward to your writing. I seem to be on a tear myself. Just posted ch. 7, ch. 8 is with the betas and I'm beginning 9 on the weekend.

Yay -- happy post gets the puppy-jump icon!
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From:mofic
Date:December 30th, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
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You rate the best room possible, lady! And don't go back to work while you have a good excuse! Sheesh!

LOL!

Hey, maybe I can catch up on Days of Becoming this weekend. Happy New Year!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 30th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC)
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This is such good news! My thoughts for your rapid recuperation, and for whatever works out best for Doran.
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From:mofic
Date:December 30th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, whoever you are.
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From:hitchhiker
Date:December 31st, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
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wonderful news :) nice sort of new year present for you!
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From:mofic
Date:January 1st, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
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Yes! And happy new year to you. I'm heading out to ring in the New Year shortly.
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From:musamea
Date:January 1st, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Oh, great news on both counts!
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From:mofic
Date:January 2nd, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I'm amazed at how much better I feel, even just a few days after surgery. So much less pain, so much more energy than before. I wonder now how much of the fatigue I was experiencing was due to thyroid and how much was just that it's tiring to be that sick - particularly with the mass on my trachea making it hard to breathe...
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