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2019-03-21 17:21:41 UTC 2019-03-21 17:21 UTC

jane:  Josh is still in surgery and is stable. According to the most recent nursing update, Dr. Lang has "removed the specimen, which has been sent to pathology for testing." If cancer is found, Dr. Lang will remove more tissue around the perimeter of the tumor. If no cancer is found, Dr. Lang will sew him up.

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2019-03-21 10:54:28 UTC 2019-03-21 10:54 UTC

jane:  We are at M.D. Anderson getting ready for surgery.

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2019-03-21 09:59:07 UTC 2019-03-21 09:59 UTC

josh:  good morning! This is early for me - we're about to head to the hospital. I didn't get a chance to run through the process of posting here with Jane, but I think she remembers from before.

If she's not posting, it could be because something went wrong with my post-y code in the last six months - mostly likely it would be that she doesn't have the super long password I set up because of maybe a software update or something on her computer got rid of the cookie or something. What I mean to say is that a lack of posts doesn't mean something bad is happening at the hospital. Also, we're both pretty tired right now - if I was her, I'd probably be sleeping for quite a while today :)

"Preop" went well yesterday, and I'm feeling pretty good about the surgery. Wish me luck, and I'll talk to you soon!

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2019-03-20 18:26:33 UTC 2019-03-20 18:26 UTC

josh:  hello everyone!

Today I have "pre-op" things going on - I got some "fiducials" sort of glued to different places on my head - this also happened with my last surgery in October. I got a MRI (among other tests) today with the fiducials in place. The images from the MRI will show (I think) the fiducials as well as the brain, so they'll help the surgeon. I seem to have temporarily lost my ability to take an acceptable selfie.

I got a short look at a small icon sized picture from the MRI on my way out - not enough to see much, but it did appear to me that the thing that gets removed hasn't changed in the last week -- I'm taking that as a win :)

Still a few more preparatory things to do, then surgery tomorrow.

Hopefully Jane can make updates to this blog topic - I haven't tested that for a while.

Thanks again!!! for all the kind thoughts and prayers and support through this

The weather in Houston is very nice, and I'm having a great day - hope you are too!

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happy st. patrick's day 2019! 2019-03-17 20:33 UTC
Happy St. Patrick's Day! I don't do a lot of holiday-ish posts here, and probably won't make a habit of it, but I've been thinking about Ireland a bunch recently. I'm not a lot Irish - I think like 25%. My Dad's mother was half northern/protestant ("Verner") and half catholic ("O'Neill"). My great grandmother the O'Neill was born in South Carolina, raised catholic, but switched to episcopalian at some point. Anyway, to celebrate, here's a picture of the "Red Hand of O'Neill" that I stole from wikipedia:

(this is more frequently called the "Red Hand of Ulster" and its origin is controversial - here in Texas, I think I can comfortably and safely sit on the O'Neill side of the debate :) )
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