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30 March 2006 @ 04:23 pm
March = Worst Medical Month Ever  

My sister had surgery yesterday, to remove a mass of cells that had formed on one of her ovaries. Still unknown if the cells are cancerous- so far, all signs point to no, but we're still awaiting the biopsy results- but she was in pain, so the thing had to come out. The doctors weren't sure they'd be able to save the ovary, and my sister was understandably nervous about that going in. Well, it turned out that the damn thing was so big that neither ovary could be saved.

I found out about it yesterday, and spent most of the night crying and worried about her. Remy and Ellie were complete darlings, though, so my night wasn't totally miserable. Krissy didn't hear the news until this morning- and, obviously, she had a very hard time with it at first. I got to talk to her this afternoon, once she'd calmed down and visited with Mom. She's feeling good physically and is a lot more upbeat about things- thank goodness, she didn't end up with a clueless doctor, and her nurses and boyfriend have been amazingly sweet and supportive- and I'm feeling better too, but, still. I wasn't sure if I'd be making an emergency trip back to Pittsburgh this weekend or not, but it looks like I'm not. Though I might head out there a few days in April to see her, if I find a good enough deal on airfare. Because of my medical mishaps, my teaching schedule has been cut back drastically. There are some weeks where I'm not teaching at all, which means my bank account will be sad, but my sanity sure won't mind overly much. ;) Because of her medical mishaps, she isn't planning to return to work anytime soon. Maybe not ever, at least to that job. She's been temping at the same place thanklessly for four years; bastards refuse to take her on full-time. So, she's considering going to school on a full-time basis, which would help her get her law degree a bit faster.

Anyway, at least with medical technology being what it is these days, she won't have to go through menopause (hooray for hormone replacement), and can still have a baby if she wants one later. In fact, I'm probably the best candidate as egg donor- so now I have double the responsibility to keep mine in Grade-A condition, heh ;) And there's always adoption, aside from that. Remy was adopted- I knew that- but I didn't know until yesterday that Ray had been adopted too.

Ah well. I'm home, I have a Remy, I don't have to go to work tomorrow, and New York State sent two more canvass letters about two other IT Specialist jobs at two other departments, both of which pay way more than I make right now. One of these three has to pan out, yes? ;)
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Current Music: McGyver
Ellieellie on March 30th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
You know, as someone who would suffer medical risks if she went off Birth Control, I had to ponder the concept of adoption. Now I had never been firmly one way or the other with children; I assumed I'd either get the bug or I wouldn't. When my doctor said that I couldn't control my menstal cycle on my own, I was at first thrilled. Birth control! Never worrying about having a child before I was ready! And I wouldn't go months without my period or have my period for two weeks. I wouldn't clot up anymore and I wouldn't be in intense pain throught that week.

But then I did my reading on my condition and of the BC itself. The type I'm on significantly decreases your ability to have children, even if you off it. And with my condition, no one wants me to stop taking it.

But I figured there are so many children born into the world without any love, I could love someone that wasn't comprised of my DNA. Barry's not of the same mind but he's admitted that its because he's not sure he wants a child at all.

Anyhow, I'm glad to be here for you at any time and I hope things work out.
Miusherimiusheri on March 30th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
There is definitely an advantage to no possibility of "accidents." ;)

lol- completely unrelated, but Remy just opened up a can of Spam, and Rochester immediately cried like a baby. "I waaaant soooome!"

Okay, maybe not completely unrelated... ;)
Ellie: flowerpowerellie on March 30th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
Cue the Spam song...
skyibesky on March 30th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
Aieeeee, goodness. Send some snuggles to your sis, I'm sure she could use an extra few. :)