Recovering From Unjust Mundanities

Kage Baker was outraged when she was diagnosed with a gastrointestinal infection after her cancer surgery.

“How can I get a plain old stomach flu when I have cancer?” she demanded. “It’s just not right. Hell, with all the drugs I’m taking, how is it even possible?”

Good question (for which no one had an answer). But she was quite incensed at the injustice of it; she felt that if you have something major, you ought to be spared the wretched little things.

I agree. I was patient about the weird attack of Klebsiella. I was patient about the infection with enterovirus E. cocci that kept me in the hospital an extra three days post-surgery. But now I seem to have a plain old gastroenteritis, and I protest! Wanly, weakly and plaintively, as I am shivering in my bed with a fever and trying really hard not to throw    up …

My incision is quite healed over at the surface. Nonetheless, I think puking with a recent slice in one’s abdomen is probably contra-indicated. Whether or not it is clinically unwise, I simply don’t want to do it.

Luckily, my bed is warm and soft and I have lots of red jello and chocolate pudding to hand for when I think I might survive a meal. Kimberly thinksof everything. In the meantime, I’m going back to bed.

How easily we get whiney about small problems when we’ve defeated the big ones! Maybe it’s a sign I am really recovering, that I can waste time bitching about the flu. As soon as I have some energy, I’ll feel ashamed of myself. In the meantime, this is no fair.

About Kate

I am Kage Baker's sister. Kage was/is a well-known science fiction writer, who died on January 31, 2010. She told me to keep her work going - I'm doing that. This blog will document the process.
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5 Responses to Recovering From Unjust Mundanities

  1. Tom says:

    Oh, you poor thing! I’ve had gastroenteritis, and it’s something I can’t recommend.

    But cherry yogurt and Yakult? Yes, right now those are good.

    Swift healings, Kate.


  2. Connor and I are currently suffering from the same thing! The antibiotics we’ve been on have killed all of our good bacteria, leaving the battlefield of our bodies clear to the evil bacteria.

    I hope you feel better soon!


  3. Kate says:

    It’s just the Universe cocking snooks at us,Michelle. Poor little Connor, though – he’s not used to this kind of treatment! It’s a nasty surprise when you are just a wee person. I hope you two feel better soon, too.


  4. Heather Smyth says:

    Please make sure this bug is not C. diff. (clostridium difficile)


  5. Widdershins says:

    Sometimes life just sucks!


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