1. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Not the words one wants to hear. Best wishes for effective treatment, and a good outcome.

  2. Tethys says

    Oh, I am so sad to hear that news. I hope you get the best care, and an excellent prognosis. Gentle hugs and love to you.

  3. DonDueed says

    This is awful news. I join the others here in hoping for a good outcome. May you have many years to look back on this as just a bad episode in your life.

  4. quotetheunquote says

    That’s a right nasty business, Caine, I am so sorry. Hope you can return soon, I will miss all the birds.

  5. rq says

    Fuck malignant tumours. I hope the treatment takes care of the little fucker. All my best and strongest thumbs for you.

  6. Ogvorbis wants to know: WTF!?!?!?! says

    Fuck. That’s, well, fuck.

    I hope the treatment is swift and effective.

  7. says

    Hey, everybody! Thanks for all the kind thoughts. Waiting on surgery this morning. Rick brought Hekate to me, so I’ll be able to carry on while in hospital. Not exactly a lot to keep you busy here. Everyone is wonderful, but I hate staying in hospital.

  8. kestrel says

    May the surgery go well… Glad you have your computer, that’s great. You can see how quickly you can run the battery down. :-) I hope you have some good novels on there.

  9. voyager says

    Fuck. Stay strong, be comfortable and don’t hesitate to ask for whatever you need. Nurses get busy and it’s the squeaky wheel the gets the grease first. I know this because I was one in the before time. A nurse I mean, although I’m now I am a squeaky wheel. I am sending love.

  10. says

    I said “disapproved” darn it! My control of the universe appears to be slipping! Gah!

    Thoughts and stuff. Damn it I wonder if I should switch to praying to Satan or something.

  11. lumipuna says

    Best wishes for health!

    Also wishing everyone a good winter solstice, in my typically quiet, sombre winter spirit. I’ll also be out for a few days.

  12. says

    Out of surgery now, much pain, a zillion tubes. Much drugs. I do not like catheters.

    Voyager, your emails got eaten, can you resend?

  13. Ice Swimmer says

    Hoping the drugs will kill the pain and you can be untangled from the tubes in a timely fashion.

    All the best for you and Rick!

  14. says


    Glad you have your computer, that’s great. You can see how quickly you can run the battery down. :-)

    I haz the power cords. :D

  15. says

    Good to hear the surgery went well.

    Hey, at least the hospital probably has better WiFi than Verizon! And you’re temporarily a cyborg. So, uh, that’s something to be upbeat about!

    Now, I will sing you a chorus of
    “All I want for christmas is these tubes out…”

  16. Raucous Indignation says

    Oh Cousin, I just saw this! I came off a 3 day stretch of call and haven’t looked at FTB since Tuesday. Please email if I can be on help. Or even if you just want a quick double check on things. Hugs and affection!

  17. Tethys says

    I hope you have shed some tubes and they give you excellent pain meds. Thanks for giving us an update, complete with a Ratmas pic. Rest and heal. If the tubes don’t limit your mobility too much maybe Mister could get you a sketch pad and pens? Lying in a bed gets so tedious.

  18. says


    Hey, at least the hospital probably has better WiFi than Verizon!

    Heh, I’m using the crappy Verizon on my second computer, Hekate. Verizon actually works in town.

    Raucous Indignation:

    I’m good, but thank you very much. I have an excellent team, who might let me get out of this squirrel cage on Monday (maybe). Then it will be a bit, then the radiotherapy will start. I’ll be under treatment for most of next year. All the surrounding areas and organs look good right now.


    I did get rid of the catheter and oxygen. I have my tablet, got that last night, so I have plenty to read. I’ve started on Thomas Mullen’s new series, Darktown and Lightning Men, which is centered on the first eight black cops on the Atlanta PD in the late 1940s and early ’50s. Absolutely fascinating, and infuriating. A recent post of Marcus’s has me revisiting the culture, too.

  19. jazzlet says

    Yay for fewer tubes, especially the catheter and YAY YAY for the surrounding areas looking good. Sleep as much as you can, you need more sleep when you are doing major healing

  20. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    The Redhead had an aunt that lived well past the “five years” after a colon cancer diagnosis and treatment. It happen these day. I know you will stay strong.

  21. chigau (違う) says

    I will be up every couple hours for the toilet.
    I’ll check to see if you want to chat.

  22. says

    Chigau, oh no, you don’t have something going wrong too, do you? I hope whatever it is, it’s mild and temporary. Gotta say, it’s a bit disconcerting to see a fair portion of your gut bulging out. Got the doc to agree to letting me go sometime Monday. So that will be good, I’ll get much more rest there than I will here.

  23. chigau (違う) says

    I’m fine.
    It’s just that I drank a lot of tea late in the day.
    I ♥ modern medicine.
    Invasive surgery then off to home in a couple of days.

  24. kestrel says

    That’s pretty amazing, I hope you are home tomorrow and can get some rest. Plus I’m sure the rats miss you.

    I too heart modern medicine. Even though the whole thing is tremendously upsetting, I’m glad they can at least treat you… and here is to hoping. *cheers*

  25. says

    I know the rats miss me, Rick is just feeding them crunchies, and probably not enough to suit them! Rick called this morning, and I asked him what the noise was, and it was Jayne, so I said “Hi Jaynie” and he went into full tilt howl, with Doll providing back up. Gad. I do love Jayne, but he’s a monster (weighs considerably more than I do), and he’s going to want to run over and head butt me, at least. Rick’s going to have to run interference.

  26. johnson catman says

    I hope you get well soon! I have been out of touch for a couple of days, so I just saw this post.

  27. jazzlet says

    When I came home after a hysterectomy to bouncy dogs who would be excited to see me they were shut out while I came in, sat down and put a pillow over my tummy, then the bouncing ones were allowed in the room. It more or less worked …

    Soft food is a good start. Hope it all behaves as it should.

  28. says


    I’m so glad you came through so very well. I have good expectations for myself. I’m a pragmatist to the core, and I’m content to take it all one step at a time and in stride; I’m much more worried about Rick, he’s having a very difficult time with all this, because of course he wants to do something; to fix me, to kick cancer’s ass, all that. It’s really tough to feel sidelined and not be able to do anything.


    That sounds like a plan. Jayne is adorable, but he’s retarded and annoyingly enthusiastic about everything. Doll is calm by nature, and she’s 16 now, but Rick said she keeps wandering over to him and poking him with her nose. That’s a sign of high distress with her. I’m the one who is usually home, so they’re a bit frittered by my absence.

  29. says

    Caine, I am really glad the surgery went well and things seem to be on a good track. I cannot imagine what you are going through.

    Yay for modern medicine. Not being an MD I am wary of voicing opinions, but I guess that when surrounding tissue is OK it is a good sighn that the damn thing did not start metastizing yet. Hope for the best and warm thougthts send your way via the intertubes.

    Overenthusiastic dogs are lovely, but not when they weigh more than you do. I guess hey could put a whole new meaning to “love hurts”.

  30. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    I’m obviously not reading consistently over the last couple months, but I got your “Home” post timely and went looking for the reason you were gone.

    As others have said, the illness is very bad news to all of us, but the medical treatment available to you is good news. May it go as well as possible.

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