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Day Minus Two: and this is the big one, as far as treatment is concerned. We have been told to expect to be in the clinic for about twelve hours.

At seven this morning, Karen was allowed a breakfast of one (1) glass of water, one (1) granola bar, and one (1) piece of fruit with no added yogurt. Fortunately, I was allowed all the coffee I wanted.

At nine we piled into the team bus, and came to the clinic. Access ports were opened, blood was drawn, and we sat around for an hour while they tested that for stem cell wealth.

Once satisfied, they are taking us - or at least the patient half of us - into the apheresis room, to be attached to a machine for the next four hours. Their blood will be slurruped out of them, and the stem cells fished individually (I like to think) from the blood before it's pumped back in again. Karen is rated for 117,000,000 cells. Which is quite a big number, and I want to know how they count 'em.

After that comes five hours of chemo, also through the port. Then they take us home.

Karen's been connected up, and we caregivers are not allowed into the apheresis room. So guess what I get to do for the next four hours?

Uh-huh. Fortunately, while we were making our wills and giving all our worldly goods into the possession of a trust (The Trebizon Trust, did I mention? I am convinced that in a few hundred years it'll be this megacorp, dominating human space if not in fact the galaxy), our lawyer and I had a cheerful talk about how The Count of Monte Cristo is a masterpiece, and I thought, "Ooh..."

So I'm halfway through that, and there's enough reading left to keep me happy for a day or two to come. After that, though, Lord only knows what I'll turn to next. Suggestions of long, familiar comfort-reads available on e-book will be gratefully received.

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Date: 2017-10-19 04:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] larryhammer
Trollope comes to mind: Doctor Thorne and Framley Parsonage do it for me.

And gods witness, the complete Musketeer saga, with the entirety of Viscount, is long and entertaining enough.

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Date: 2017-10-19 05:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] timill
You have all the Raffles, I presume.

How are you with historical mysteries? I just spotted that Rosemary Rowe has cut the prices of the first nine books to $18 the lot - her detective is a mosaic-maker in 2nd century Gloucester.

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Date: 2017-10-19 06:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] agoodwinsmith
Heyer and Pratchett. During one particular time of anxiousness, I read just "The Talisman Ring" over and over again. I have used "Weird Sisters" the same way. Just start again at the beginning when I get to the end - over and over and over. It gives the top half of my mind something pleasant but not novel to do, probably like using a rosary I suspect. I also use Dune that way, but I know people have opinions about Dune.

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Date: 2017-10-20 08:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] agoodwinsmith
I occasionally read one of them (can't remember name; do it by cover) for Jessica teaching the prince with the ambitious mother the Bene Gesserit way (cannot spell, also not tall, shoot). But Dune is the one. And I see the validity of every point made against Dune - and I love it anyway. (This one I have also gotten to the end of and started at the beginning again immediately - I do this when I am not ready to leave the world just because the book has ended.)

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Date: 2017-10-19 08:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ranunculus
Hang in there.

long, familiar comfort-reads

Date: 2017-10-19 08:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] movingfinger
The Once and Future King or at least the older standalone Sword in the Stone

Little, Big

E. R. Eddison (perhaps my idea of comfort is not yours) and much of Dunsany.

Quite a lot of Mary Stewart; throw a dart?

P. G. Wodehouse, check Gutenberg for free downloads!

And I agree with the recommendation of Trollope, above.

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Date: 2017-10-20 08:51 pm (UTC)
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Default)
From: [personal profile] larryhammer
Oh, one other suggestion for long comfort reading: Tom Jones.

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Date: 2017-10-22 07:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anef
Patricia Finney has been quietly writing a lot of Elizabethan mysteries that you might like. (Oh, as P F Chisholm)

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