Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Sid's After-School Special Post

So, remember that cyst they took out of my neck? Yeah, that one. Well, they didn’t let me take it home like I wanted, which is good because after the novelty wore off I’d probably have thrown it in a drawer and forgotten about it. But they’re a little more formal at the hospital and send it to pathology so they can test it, because, well, “what the hell is that thing?” Which was good in this case since it turned out to be cancerous.

But chill out. It’s very treatable and I expect to fully recover. Really. So chill. I f’ing mean it. I’ve spent the last four weeks being scanned and scoped and prodded and poked (at least it’s not prostate cancer), but I found an excellent team of head and neck cancer specialists at The University of Chicago that have determined it metastasized from a small tumor at the base of my tongue. It’s nothing they haven’t seen before, and they assure me that their regimen of chemotherapy and radiation treatments has a high probability of success, even more so with someone in my otherwise good health and relatively young age. Yeah, I kind of laughed at that one, too, until I looked around the waiting room.

So here’s the deal. There aren’t any guarantees but in the end it should be all cool, and that’s what I’m trying to stay focused upon. So you do the same or else I’ll have to start kicking ass.

I’ll keep you updated as best I can and don’t mind talking about it. In fact, I’ve been writing about my experience over the last month. I’ve found not everyone is quite as ready as I am to joke about it, but if you’re up to the challenge you can read the details of my exploits below. It’s a little long since it covers a month, so pace yourself. If you aren’t up for it, then go read a cookbook. It’s not as funny, but at least you’ll have something to eat when you're done.

18 comments:

HR said...

I've never been first before. But now I have to actually read it. Back in a few...

HR said...

Ok, so that was a sucky one to be first on.

You know we're gonna worry, anyway, right? But as a coincidence, one of my best friends does research on head and neck cancer at Johns Hopkins. So if you need another resource, please send me a note. xohr

del said...

OK.... I guess you really weren't getting gills removed.

And, you are forgiven for keeping us waiting.... but we'll expect regular updates from now on.

And if you need anything, yada yada yada. You know where to find us.

LL said...

Dearest Sid,

Only you could make your horrible ordeal funny!

I have no doubt you will come through all of this with flying colors. Your one tough cookie. And whether you like it or not, you will have a hell of a lot of love being sent to you and the Mrs.

This won't affect that sassy attitude of yours anyway. I can tell.

Oh,and send that HR a note. We want to be sure you are taken care of.

keysunset said...

what ll said.

I've read both blog posts, but I think I need to go read some cookbooks for awhile.

positive waves, tho, darlin', positive waves

del said...

PS - At the rate you are writing it, it'll take another 354 installments to complete the Call Me Kitty series of blogs. Since you do about 6 a year, that means it'll take you another 59 years to finish, give or take a year. And you aren't going any where until you do!

Mehgs said...

We're all pulling for you buddy.

You'll let us know if there's something in particular we should pull, right?

Anonymous said...

They better not touch the tongue....for obvious reasons.

Hang in there kitty, you're going to be a-ok!

Sara

L A Ray said...

I'll see if I can get an autographed pic of The Hoff out your way.

In the meantime remember...........
You can dance, for inspiration
Com'on

AMAI said...

Can someone put a muzzle on Ray's computer? Pics of The Hoff could send Sid over the edge.

Did you send HR that note yet?

L A Ray said...

I think Sid will use the picture as inspiration. The Hoff has powers beyond those of mortal men.

No time to send HR a note. With all the croaking she's doing on the message board, I don't think she'd hear me.

kristy said...

Forget the Hoff,only Fabio will do in cases like this!

Jen said...

Things could be worse...you could be Kfed.

L A Ray said...

Don't you mean FedEx?!

chimon said...

Geez, Sid, I didn't know you had to have your wisdom teeth taken out! No root canal? That would cap it off.

del said...

Shhh, chimon. Don't give Sid's dentist any ideas. His wife may want to upgrade her Mercedes lease too.

Please Stop, Ellie Mae said...

sid-I can't really think of any pithy jokes, but if I do, I'll come back and post it.

Take care of yourself.

Anonymous said...

Even as I type I'm waiting on results of a thyroid scan. Reading this made me smile, and that's something I haven't done in a few days. You are in my thoughts and prayers.