Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


Small Lymphoma Update

Filed under: Advice from your Uncle Jim,Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,News and Current Events,Personal — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning or 6:54 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Gibbous

Well, there’s even less to report so far this week.
My paperwork is being sent from the pulmonary/thoracic area to the lymphoma specialists.  So, instead of getting a date with an oncologist yesterda, I got shuffled into another paper queue for two days.  When I finally get to meet this oncologist, she better be cute and single!
I’ve already informed my “inside man” at MD Anderson where we are in this process.  They promised me that they’d keep watch over my paperwork and make sure it gets to the right place and people.  Unfortunately, I forgot to put in my request for a cute, *red-headed*, single, *female* oncologist, so there’s no telling who I’ll end up getting poked and  prodded by eventually.  I really must learn to make notes to remind myself about the important things.

On a lighter note, I’ve named my tumor Cletus.
Why “Cletus” you ask?  Well, he’s sort of inbred, swimming at the wrong end of the gene pool and no one really wants him to show up at the family picnic, so Cletus just seemed to fit.  (With apologies in advance for anyone with a favorite relative named Cletus.)
Besides, giving the little bastard a name takes away a little bit of the fear that’s developed while waiting for a full diagnosis.  Sure, a tumor named Cletus may make you shudder in disgust, but who can really be afraid of anything named “Cletus”?

When I finally get an appointment with an actual doctor who might actually tell me something useful about my tumor and treatment, I’ll let you all know.

Advice from your Uncle Jim:
"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."


  1. Okay, clearly your sense of humor has not been affected by Cletus. A positive attitude gets you everywhere!

    Comment by Alison — 3/27/2007 @ 10:54 am

  2. hope everything is moving along so you can recover…sorry i’ve been a little MIA…i’ve been dealing with my own cancer scares…although the biopsies don’t come back until next week sometime…hey, maybe if it turns out to be cancer you can get me on the inside track with your md anderson people ;-)~ ha ha

    Comment by wendi — 3/29/2007 @ 12:35 pm

  3. Well, Wendi, I hope it turns out you don’t have cancer and I don’t need to put in a good word for you anywhere!

    Comment by the Network Geek — 3/29/2007 @ 1:43 pm

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