Kevin's Dead Cat

After surgery sliced off an entire tumor and 1/3 of my tongue, plus six weeks of radiation therapy, I've been re-learning how to eat, drink, and talk with my newly re-constructed tongue and coping with side effects. But the cancer came back and I don't know what's going to happen next.

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Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Post-Op Appointment II

Saw Dr. McNicoll again this morning. We went over what to expect from the next few weeks of radiation treatment. He stuck the scope up my nose again, examined my jaw and neck, and other than the fact that I should pay more attention to my arm wound, I'm recovering nicely. He still hasn't made it to Cole's when the Hawks play on Wednesday nights yet. He gave some lame excuse about he and his wife helping their kids with their homework on weekdays, blah blah blah (just kidding).

Today was chock full of activity. Dr. McNicoll in the morning, lunch w/Big Eric in Chinatown, stopped by the office to check 1 1/2 months' worth of email (189 messages!), then Cole's of course for dinner. Eric and I had a 2 1/2 hour lunch at this dimsum place, so I actually had time to eat a decent amount of food. At Cole's I had my first corned beef sandwich in I don't know how many weeks and caught up with John, one of the regulars who I hadn't seen all summer. So between the eating and the talking all day, my tongue is all tingly and fatigued. Feels reeeeally wierd.

Dad got out of the hospital yesterday afternoon. The doctor said it was angina. He's doing fine now.

My radiation simulation appointment is early Friday morning. I'm supposed to bring the mouthpiece Dr. Soltani made along with me. I expect they'll tattoo the area in my mouth their targeting for radiation, fit me for some kind of mask (I heard that somewhere, but I forget where), and schedule my radiation treatments for the next six weeks. I'm ready for it, I guess. The last six weeks since the surgery went by pretty quickly. Let's hope the next six weeks move just as fast.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey L! It was good to see you last night and to catch up. I am so very jealous of your new fancy loft space RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER FROM COLE'S!! And yes, that safe in your loft is super-sexy-terrific! Yet another thing to be jealous of. I am going to make a point to stop into Cole's more often now that my life has started to settle down a little. I miss my Cole's Crew! See you again soon. Keep me posted on that loft-warming thing. I'm very warm so I can help the place from being too chilly. ;)
"Peath Ouwt"
John L.

October 07, 2004 7:50 AM  
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October 07, 2004 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

darn! I tried to stop the 1st comment before it posted. I didn't want the "Peath Ouwt" quote to be mistaken for anything then my goofy quote from Napoleon Dynamite. Which, if you haven't seen this movie yet, I highly suggest you do! It is F'in hilarious!! "Peath Ouwt" is when the prother turns all gangstah-rap when he starts dating "La Fawn Duh"! LOL, La Fawn Duh, that's how he spelled it on that sign when he picked her up from the bus stop. So damn funny! That is a DVD purchase waiting to happen! Speaking of movies... you need to score a video projector for your new loft and have movie nights! awwwww, yeah. That would be sweet.
Turtles & Twinkle-Toes

October 07, 2004 7:55 AM  
Blogger clowny said...

It was great seeing you, too. You're the 3rd person who's coveting my loft for creative workspace. I'm considering letting you guys have an area in exchange for letting me use your equipment for my own artistic endeavors. Wouldn't that be something?

I'm pretty sure the USC architect dept. guys would consider setting up their projection equipment for a movie night. Chuck is already gung-ho on turning the walk-in safe into some sort of Batcave-hitech-S&M dungeon-type thing. All I want is a wine cellar-clothes closet-S&M dungeon-type thing!

October 07, 2004 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm, use my "equipment" eh? Sounds like lots of kink will be going on in that loft. I got something you could project all big up in that lofty loft of yours. wink wink, HONK HONK! I think that safe area (or perhaps not so safe, depending on how you look at it) is going to be the talk of downtown! I can't wait! Tell those darn construction doooooods to hurry up already!
puppies & heavy petting

October 07, 2004 2:24 PM  
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