Day +3717: Let the storm rage on…

”The cold never bothered me anyway
It’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at all…”

2/1/2021: Let it snow! How many times have I uttered that controversial phrase? I love snow. We don’t get a bunch in Maryland, some years only a few dustings that barely cover the grass, others a bit more. Thus, when I heard Friday a “major storm” was headed our way for the weekend, I was excited – until I looked at the actual forecast. Snow, wintery mix (freezing rain) Sunday morning through Tuesday morning. Damn! My bone marrow biopsy that had already been delayed a month due to a timing conflict with chemo, was supposed to happen Monday afternoon at Johns Hopkins.

I called Hopkins Monday morning to confirm my appointment and discovered it was still on but mistakenly slotted without the sedation I need to control my random muscle spasms during the procedure; next sedation appointment was not available before next week when I’m back at chemo again. I made a quick decision to try proceeding without sedation but it turned out I was able to have it after all due to other patients cancelling with the snow. Things have a way of working out. Everything went smoothly, no sciatic nerve hits this time. I had a bad bout with muscle spasms last night, probably unrelated to the procedure, as well as some bleeding when the bandage fell off prematurely. Aside from being very stiff and sore today, all is good. I should have results in about a week and will write more then.


  1. Karen,
    Sending thoughts, prayers & positive vibes to you.

  2. I’m glad it worked out so you could have it under sedation but I wish I could take those darn spams away. Love you.

  3. Hey, I know the tagline! Let It Go” from the movie Frozen! Oh the joys of having young(ish) children right now. Thankfully mine aren’t the kind that watch movies on endless repeat! Fingers crossed that the results are favorable.

  4. I love your picture!

    Glad you were able to get everything done on one visit and not have to go back.

    We have had a mild winter so far. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will continue.

    Love you.


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