|photo by Sam|
November got so crazy! It started off with two scientific presentations, one here and one in The Netherlands, and ended with a holiday. In between I had to review proofs of a manuscript that has my name on it and is being published tomorrow, go to Iowa City for a surgical follow-up, and be interviewed for a press release regarding the aforementioned manuscript. I almost forgot to re-up for yoga, that's how discombobulated I was with all of these unusual tasks.
But I most certainly did sign up for another five weeks of yoga. I must stay centered and stretched.
The surgical follow-up involved many mammograms of the right breast. Suspicious shadows were noted, due to the scar tissue from the needle-localized biopsy last April. Suspicious shadows were further visualized by ultrasound and palpated by radiologists and surgeons. Importantly, Dr. Surgical Oncologist is not at all concerned and is certain that the suspicious shadows are scar tissue. I, too, am certain. Unfortunately this scar tissue will probably always be there, so I will probably always have extra -grams and -sounds and -scans. An irony that a procedure to remove suspicious breast tissue left perpetually suspicious breast tissue in its wake.
After the appointment but before returning home, I had lunch at Masala. All vegetarian Indian food buffet, all delicious. I will say that it was odd to eat at a buffet by myself. I enjoy (dare I say "savor"?) time alone, and I don't mind dining alone, but adding the buffet variable made things less enjoyable. I found that I ate altogether too quickly and had trouble timing the second trip. It's hard to slow the pace of consumption when there is no one to visit with between bites.
Regarding the work things, the manuscript should be coming out tomorrow, and someone at the journal thinks it's a cool article. So she decided to write up a press release for it, and interviewed me over the phone. I was quite nervous because I've never been interviewed for my science before. I felt a lot of pressure to say things perfectly, which made me say them horribly imperfectly. But I survived, and I'll do better next time. I'll post the manuscript when it's available, and I'll save the summary of the science until then. Needless to say, the hub-ub surrounding getting this article out has felt intense and distracting.
Thanksgiving, therefore, couldn't have been timed better for me. I needed to take a deep breath, step away from my month of diverse yet pivotal events, and just breathe for a few days. I spent excellent time with the usual family...
|photo by Sam|
|photo by Sam|
Which reminds me, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was my first free third Wednesday in one full year. That is, it was my first Wednesday free from Herceptin treatment when I should have been receiving Herceptin treatment. That deserves a celebration and a blog post unto itself.
Hopefully I will carry the rejuvenation from the holiday weekend for several days, if not weeks, to come.
Was your holiday pleasant, if not fantastic? Did you have a moment to breathe?