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Can we send a shout out to Cak?

Asked by SuperMouse (30713 points ) August 19th, 2009

Fellow jellies, let’s take a minute to send Cak our love and support, and (for those who are so inclined), our prayers. You are in the heart of everyone in The Collective Cak, hang in there and know we are all with you in spirit! {{Big Hugs}}

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tedibear's avatar

Big hugs and love, CAK! You’re in my thoughts and my heart.

IBERnineD's avatar

Here’s to Cak having a successful surgery and speedy recovery!!!

jbfletcherfan's avatar

Bunches of us are talking to her on FB, but I’ll add my support here, too. You know I love you, honey. Talk to you on the other side. :-)

robmandu's avatar

Godspeed!

AstroChuck's avatar

Good luck, Cak. I know you’ll do fine. Much love your way.

casheroo's avatar

Lots of love for you Cak. I hope you recover quickly and painlessly.

tiffyandthewall's avatar

tons of love, hugs, and positive vibes your way cak<33333

Bluefreedom's avatar

Wishing you the very best Cak, now and always. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Good luck, Cak. Feel better soon.

janbb's avatar

We’re all with you in spirit, Cak, with best wishes for an easy recovery and lots of hugs.

gailcalled's avatar

Cak; I used to have a friend who, in her eighties, visited me from time to time. In the morning, she’d ask, “Should I be a B cup or a C today?” She had had a double mast. 40 years earlier and had several different-sized forms to stuff in her bra.

I add my love and best wishes and the offer of email addresses of some college friends of mine who are survivors of the same surgery. When and if you’re ready, let me know. Otherwise, it will be bad jokes.

Hugs and strength.

marinelife's avatar

Love to you, cak! You are in my heart. Enjoy the anesthesia.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

@Cak, best wishes for a speedy recovery! Hurry back to us.

filmfann's avatar

Cak, good luck and God’s blessings on you! We look forward to your joining us again.

chyna's avatar

Much love Cak. I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow.

richardhenry's avatar

To a rapid recovery. I’ll be thinking of you too.

suzyq2463's avatar

You are terrific and our thoughts are with you! Have your hubby or a friend get you a couple of small pillows to rest your arms on after the surgery—my friend said the pillows helped her alot!

cyn's avatar

GET well soon @cak. WE LURVE YOU.
Great Wishes…..
HUGS. :)

MissAusten's avatar

I’ll be thinking of you cak!

YARNLADY's avatar

I am sending my thoughts and best wishes your way during this trying time. Come back real soon.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Best wishes for tomorrow Cak.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Cak, I look forward to you triumphant return to the Fluther fold, happy, healthy and whole with us again. ::hugs::

tinyfaery's avatar

Take care. I’m thinking good thoughts.

Likeradar's avatar

Lots of love and best wishes “Lab Rat!” You’re in my thoughts.

hearkat's avatar

I’ve been thinking of you today and will tomorrow, too, @cak…
I wish steady hands for your surgeons; a speedy recovery and good news from the path lab for you. (((((hugs)))))

Randy's avatar

Best of wishes and luck, Cak!

Darwin's avatar

The very best of luck to you, Cak. May the operation go smoothly, the surgeons work skillfully, and the drugs make you feel marvelous. We will miss you until you are back online, and I will add you to our prayer circle.

EmpressPixie's avatar

Good luck, Cak! Swift recovery and smooth sailing for the operation. We’ll see you back here in no time.

cookieman's avatar

We’re pulling for ya @cak.

I have been thinking of you since last night (when I heard from leftah).

Please feel better soon. Lots of love and a multi-tentacle hug awaits your return.

eponymoushipster's avatar

Hope it goes well for you, @cak. Hang in there!

breedmitch's avatar

Best wishes for a smooth procedure and a speedy recovery. Come back to us soon!

whatthefluther's avatar

My thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow as they are each and every day since the very day we met here. When will “they” ever learn that all the obstacles “they” throw at you are no match for our wonderful, strong and loving, magnificent @cak. Sending lots of love & lurve…Gary aka wtf

Dog's avatar

God speed a fast recovery!

I will be thinking of you all day tomorrow and sending positive thoughts and prayers your way for as long as it takes to see you to good health again!

Fluther will not be the same till your return.

augustlan's avatar

You are in my heart and mind cak. Love and lurve to you and yours!

loser's avatar

Always remember, you are very loved.

KatawaGrey's avatar

Cak, we love you!

Remember not to eat on the table…

avvooooooo's avatar

Cookie for you!

Don’t tell Tedi or JB, they’‘ll get jealous, but you can always share my cookies. :)

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

Everyone loves you cak, and how could they not? You are one of the most beloved jellies on this site. From the looks of it, seems everyone is in your corner. I bet twenty people at least would volunteer to undergo the surgery in your place. can I be the first one to volunteer astrochuck?

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Cak: We all love you and want the very best for you!! Sending love and support your way!

susanc's avatar

With Marina, I hope for very high-quality pain meds to float you through days you won’t exactly remember.
Thinking of you hourly with love. You have made a lot of lives better just by writing. That’s power, darlin’.

Resonantscythe's avatar

Well, I suck horribly at this stuff, but hope everyone around you knows to let you relax during the recovery period.

rebbel's avatar

Cak, we haven’t ‘met’ yet.
But i wish you and your loved ones all the best in this challenging times.
Be well.

sakura's avatar

Be well Cak- virtual hugs sent your way,

Quagmire's avatar

When it makes me sad to hear this news I think about how the procedure will give you many more mornings and laughs and Christmases with your children and your husband. They want that. They love you.

I remind myself how some women sometimes have this done voluntarily to avoid worse experiences.

It makes ME less sad when I think about these things. I hope, maybe, it might do the same for you.

I KNOW things will work out. I know you’re going through a tough time. I’ll be pulling for you.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

@avvooooooo I saw that…LOL.

tedibear's avatar

@avvooooooo – So did I! Just remember who sends those to you!

Quagmire's avatar

We probably want to stay on topic here, right?

jonsblond's avatar

Jon and I are thinking of you Cak and wishing for a speedy recovery. We love you!

jbfletcherfan's avatar

@Quagmire Chris would laugh about it. Be cool. We 4 go waaaaay back.

Grisaille's avatar

When you get out and are somewhat on your feet, I will purchase a box of cookies of your choosing. No, I’m not kidding. For serious.

People always say get better soon. Fuck that. Get better now. The cookies are waiting.

avvooooooo's avatar

@Grisaille Hell yeah. Maybe that’s a much better idea! Bribe her with cookies, but only if she gets better quick! Maybe you could save the good cookies for when she gets better and she can just have the okay cookies now. Because I think she needs to keep her cookie level high since cookies are essential to getting better. :)

irocktheworld's avatar

Good Luck Cak,your always in our heart and you will always be loved!!!! :D
Your amazing,smart,and super nice! :)
I’ll be thinking of you…...=]

Dog's avatar

It would be fun if every day she got a small package containing something totally random from a flurtherite.

Today I would send the fiesty little crab in the poolyard. Everytime I take him down to
the beach he comes back to the pool. I think he could hand with her in recovery and wave his claws menacingly at anyone bothering her.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

Over a year ago when she had a serious surgery coming up, a number of us on Askville sent her cards to a central friend who forwarded them all on to her. She got a big bundle of cards from her AV peeps. I emailed all my friends I have on email about it & the response was great. She was so thrilled. She knows we all love her.

avvooooooo's avatar

@jbfletcherfan Enough to share cookies! Lol!

jlm11f's avatar

Good luck today chris! Be strong when needed and ask others for help as much as possible. I have full faith in your quick recovery. Someone who has so many people around the world praying for her and sending her good wishes, how could she not get well soon? We look forward to hearing from you after you have gotten some rest and eagerly wait for the good news!

tedibear's avatar

WOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!! CAK is out of surgery and in the recovery room! Her husband says she’s a little loopy, but that’s the joy of anesthetic. Just thought I would share the good news!

YARNLADY's avatar

@tedibear39 ***YAY*** thanks for the update

jbfletcherfan's avatar

WONDERFUL! Way to go, Chris!

janbb's avatar

Glad the surgery is over, Chris. Lots of virtual cookies (the low-calorie kind) are headed your way.

aprilsimnel's avatar

::WHEW!::

augustlan's avatar

<breathes a huge sigh of relief>

jlm11f's avatar

That’s fantastic news! Thank you @tedibear39 for keeping us posted :)

Likeradar's avatar

:) !!!
Speedy recovery, Cak!

Grisaille's avatar

The cookies await.

tinyfaery's avatar

Oooh…loopy. Drugs are great.

tedibear's avatar

She’s out of recovery and in her room. :)

marinelife's avatar

@tedibear39 Thanks for keeping us all posted. Let her know about this thread.

avvooooooo's avatar

Yes, cookies await. The mediocre, but better than nothing (but still good since I wouldn’t stand for yucky), cookies now and the good cookies when you get better! So there! :D

jbfletcherfan's avatar

Double Stuff Oreos. Woo-hoo!

casheroo's avatar

Oh how wonderful to hear! Thank you for updating us!

whatthefluther's avatar

Yes! You’ll show ‘em, Chris!

chyna's avatar

Great going Chris. You were in my thoughts all day.

irocktheworld's avatar

Ohh My Gosh! That’s sooo awesome! :D
Thanks for sharing the news with us! :D

Quagmire's avatar

Way to go, Chris! I knew you could do it!!!

SuperMouse's avatar

Out of surgery, out of recovery into her own room – Chris is already kicking ass!! We are still holding you in our hearts and prayers!

AstroChuck's avatar

Okay, everyone! Into my minivan. We’re off to visit Cak!

jbfletcherfan's avatar

I get to ride shot gun!!!

AstroChuck's avatar

Sorry. Parrothead already called it.

janbb's avatar

I’ll bring brownies for the road, and if there’s some left, Chris can have them.

cookieman's avatar

That’s great to hear. I’m so glad she’s in her own room.

now on to recovery

We miss you Cak.

whatthefluther's avatar

@AstroChuck…Swing on down to L.A….if the van’s too full, we can tie my wheelchair to the bumper…I am up for the ride! See ya…Gary aka wtf

Grisaille's avatar

lmao

lurve wtf

gailcalled's avatar

Is there anyone here willing to be a central clearing house and mail forwarder to Cak? That means we could post real cards, books, music, food, stupid pink flamingoes, etc. over a period of time.

Often, after the initial rush of good wishes and prayers, people go about their business. The surgery is behind her; perhaps we can help with the healing process. What thinkest you?

SuperMouse's avatar

I got snacks for the road and a giant Lindt candy bar for Chris!

@gailcalled I am totally in for the idea of continuing to send well wishes and cards, prayers, etc.

Dog's avatar

AWESOME NEWS! She is in recovery!

I hope someone can be a central clearinghouse as a mail campaign is in order!

If that fails I can easily set up and host a board for flutherites just to post good wishes!

chyna's avatar

I am willing to be the central clearing house. How do I find out her address?

Grisaille's avatar

I refuse to send my special cookies to you hooligans. You might steal them.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@chyna try contacting her husband thru her facebook account, if you’re on facebook. he was posting in her name today with an update.

Darwin's avatar

Glad to hear things went smoothly. Hope recovery will do the same. Thinking of you, Cak!

gailcalled's avatar

@eponymoushipster @chyna: Keep us posted on central clearing house or willingness to mail stuff to cak directly. Milo is busily wrapping his gift now.

chyna's avatar

@gailcalled I hope to set something up quickly. Do you know exactly what it is Milo is wrapping up? In other words, will I be able to smell it when it gets here?

tinyfaery's avatar

I was thinking hairball.

cookieman's avatar

I will definately mail cookies if we can get an address.

gailcalled's avatar

Milo here: I have never spewed up a hairball. And I want my present to be a surprise. You’d be amazed at what good taste I have. (However, I have deep-sixed the idea of the two-volume autobiography I recently completed.)

richardhenry's avatar

@gailcalled Trust your cat to not actually speak anything like these ones.

gailcalled's avatar

@richardhenry: Remember whose cat he is.

But we wander from the issue. Maybe there is a way to direct-mail things to Cak. A PO box number?

IBERnineD's avatar

I will have to send some lovely cupcakes her way!!

sakura's avatar

Hope all is going well cak, hugs to you xx

Saturated_Brain's avatar

Why did I not know anything about this? I didn’t even know she had to go for an operation. I don’t even know why (is it about her foot?)! But still, cak, get well soon! You’re a treasured member of the community!

I need to be on the ball more. A lot more.

And cak, I am so sorry for not knowing and not being able to give my support… Hope everything’s going good!

Saturated_Brain's avatar

cak.. I just found out… I’m so sorry… Be strong yeah? We’ll be here for you!

sccrowell's avatar

@Cak, I know this is late getting to you but my prayers were not. Nor, are my selfish wishes that you hurry in your recovery. Eat all those really good cookies first pass along the just okay ones to us! Oh! If you find one that’s not so good? Well, save that one for Astrochuck. We All Miss You And Want You Back Soon!!
With love…...

AstroChuck's avatar

Gee, thanks.

eponymoushipster's avatar

Here’s the latest update from her husband, via facebook:

(husband here) Rough night, she spiked a temp and had very low blood pressure last night. She’s sleeping now, feeling a lot of pain. I think they have her sedated enough to keep her sleeping for the morning. She is pretty emotional but still knows it was the best thing to do.

This was posted about 10am EST August 21, 2009

casheroo's avatar

oh my gosh, that makes my heart hurt for her and her family. i know she’ll get through this. she’s in my thoughts.

Judi's avatar

My prayers have been with you @cak and I will continue to pray for a speedy recovery. Lurve to you with all my heart!

gailcalled's avatar

@all: It is a really grim surgery, both physically and psychologically (@Saturated _Brain..double mastectomy) without the complications of the blood cancer (CLL).

She has a long haul in front of her..Eponymous, ask her husband in a few days what he thinks would help from the fluther gang. Right now, we are guessing. Let them decide.

My ex has only the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, and treating that alone requires serious methods, all with side affects. My friends who have had the breast surgery only have had a long path to recovery. The combo is hard to imagine.

I had only a lumpectomy and that was minor in comparison but no walk in the park. I ache for Cak.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@gailcalled i posted with the question. ill let you (and @all) know what the response is, should it come.

gailcalled's avatar

@eponymoushipster: Wonderful. Thank you. Husband may be too busy and emotionally wrung out for a while.

cookieman's avatar

@eponymoushipster: Oy. I’m so sad to hear this.

janbb's avatar

I’m sure it’s a long and rocky road to recovery, Cak. I’m not a person who believes in “the power of prayer” but my love and best wishes are with you always. May the pain ease soon.

Jeruba's avatar

Chris, you’ve been in my thoughts constantly since you told us you were facing this surgery. I’ve been sending you a steady stream of loving thoughts and best wishes, along with so many others. I hope you feel it like a tide coming to you from the depths where the jellies live.

KatawaGrey's avatar

Oh, cak! How we miss you and love you so! I have no doubt in mind that you will pull through just fine, it just kinda sucks that you have to got through this. I know I speak for the collective when I say that you must become your chipper and wonderful self very soon or else we will be lacking deeply.

jlm11f's avatar

Are there any new updates? Any new FB status?

eponymoushipster's avatar

@PnL nope. and no response regarding the address info either. i’m sure the family is probably very busy, as well as physically and emotionally drained.

jlm11f's avatar

Of course. Thanks for checking!

janbb's avatar

Thanks for looking into it, monkeyman!

tedibear's avatar

From CAK’s Facebook page: Chris is in ICU. She has had serious complications. It’s pretty touch and go right now. Thank you for all the positive thoughts. Around 6:15 PM EST on Saturday 8/22/09

chyna's avatar

@tedibear39 Oh no. Please, please keep us posted. My heart goes out to her and her family.

jlm11f's avatar

:(. Thanks for the update @tedibear39. More positive thoughts for her and her family. Hope everything get resolved quickly.

Judi's avatar

Oh my goodness. My heart is aching for her and her family!

casheroo's avatar

@tedibear39 Thank you for the update. Lots of good thoughts for her and her family.

tedibear's avatar

I go to Facebook only a couple of times a day, but will share anything I find.

janbb's avatar

sending love.

Dr_C's avatar

I just found out today…. Best wishes for Cak and the family… saying a prayer the second this posts. Keep strong and don’t forget all your jellies love you!

augustlan's avatar

Please let cak be ok. Please.

cookieman's avatar

“touch and go” – seriously?!?!

This is terrible. She’s gotta pull through this (what the hell?!?).

:^(

sccrowell's avatar

!!! CAK !!! You Are A Fighter… YOU FIGHT THIS!! And listen to your Dr.
You fight some more and listen to your husband…
You REALLY fight hard now! Because honey, there’s a whole lot of people here, that really care so very much for you!!!

sakura's avatar

Fingers are crossed, hoping the next up date is a positive one xx

wundayatta's avatar

I’m sending you as much positive energy as I can. Get through this!

avvooooooo's avatar

Apparently there were too many Cak questions according to one mod, though others were on the question without an issue. Whatever!

Orange for Cak:

On Askville there’s a tradition of going orange in support of Cak. According to one member, “In healing work, orange is used to raise energy levels, increase immunity… [many other things]”

I’ve changed my avatar to orange to show my support for Cak in this very hard time. Will you join me?

Jeruba's avatar

<—- Orange for cak.

Darwin's avatar

<——————- I’ve never stopped using the orange version for Cak.

SuperMouse's avatar

If I had any idea how to turn my avatar orange, I totally would!

cookieman's avatar

o r a n g e

Judi's avatar

Just checked facebook. 24 hours since the last update.

tedibear's avatar

Orange, and pink! Thank you avvooo for bringing this here, too.

avvooooooo's avatar

@tedibear39 No problem!

Now… About those cookies… ;D

whatthefluther's avatar

Orange for cak (‘m colorblind…hope it’s close)

Likeradar's avatar

orange… how do you guys tint your usual avatar orange?

jonsblond's avatar

@whatthefluther I like! You should keep your avatar that way. :)

AstroChuck's avatar

@whatthefluther- I like it too but why did you change it to blue?

eponymoushipster's avatar

orange you glad i made my monkey orange?

sccrowell's avatar

You go Astro… Now WTF is REALLY confused!

whatthefluther's avatar

@AstroChuck…You little brat….I’m going your little butt. See ya….Gary aka wtf

Dog's avatar

Lol4rl!

Jeruba's avatar

This is almost like a candlelight vigil. What a fine idea for expressing loving support. I hope someone will save the whole webpage for her, this thread and the other one and maybe also her fluther pages, so the images will be captured the way they are now (or will be when everyone’s lighted their orange candles).

MotherFluther's avatar

We love you Cak!

Tink's avatar

Oh my, this is the first I’ve heard if this, @Cak good luck, and hurry on back, even though I don’t usually pray I will today for you.

augustlan's avatar

<———————Orange for cak.

SuperMouse's avatar

@Jeruba maybe we should link it on Cak’s wall on Facebook. What do you all think? It might give Mr. Chris a good feeling to know how many people are sending prayers and good wishes to his wife.

marinelife's avatar

@SuperMouse I think that is a wonderful idea!

sdeutsch's avatar

@SuperMouse I think that’s a great idea!

SuperMouse's avatar

@avvooooooo I’m sorry, I just did it!

SuperMouse's avatar

@avvooooooo mine froze up and yours is perfect! Thank you!

avvooooooo's avatar

@SuperMouse Lol, good stuff!

wildpotato's avatar

cak, I look forward to getting to know you better. I have been thinking of you this weekend. I hope you feel well soon.

avvooooooo's avatar

Update from Facebook:

Chris has had 4 seizures since surgery. She fell out of bed the second time it happened, that’s how they discovered her. She lost a lot of blood and has received her second transfusion. She’s still in ICU but was more aware of things today. She also had a mini stroke the night after surgery. Thank you for your thoughts. I told her you went orange, I think she understood.

avvooooooo's avatar

That was posted literally one minute ago, at 10:00 EST, according to my clock.

Dog's avatar

Oh Cak! We are all there with you in spirit. Hang tough!

Keeping the prayers going for you and your family.

MissAusten's avatar

So, so sad. However, I am very much anticipating the moment when I check in here and see the good news that cak is on the mend. I know it will happen, and I’ll keep her and her family in my thoughts until then.

Dr_C's avatar

On iPhone right now… The second I get home I’m going orange for Cak

chyna's avatar

Tears are flowing…

IBERnineD's avatar

I really really really hope she will be okay…

Dr_C's avatar

<————Not sure if it worked but tried going orange for Cak

Saturated_Brain's avatar

Hahaha we’re all going orange for her. Yay.

cookieman's avatar

@awooooooo: fuck.

Thank you for the updates but Christ…she needs to turn this around. Hang in there Cak!!!!

tedibear's avatar

Yes, Dr C, it worked. I hope that all of this orange brings Chris the help that she needs.

sccrowell's avatar

<——- See Cak, I didn’t give up, I’m finally Orange!!! Now you sleep, sleep is good…. Rest my dear friend, we will all be here waiting…. Miss you Kido!

Bri_L's avatar

I am so very happy Cak. Please feel better soon!

cyn's avatar

Orange is one of my favourite colours. yay! :)

Cat's avatar

I haven’t been here in quite some time, but I am here for CAK. You are in my prayers constant.

Likeradar's avatar

Excellent update from Facebook!

“Big improvement today! Temp is normal, bp is normal and she had broth and it stayed down. The pain meds seem to be helping more, but they make her feel a bit sick. She refused to eat the jello. It was yellow.”

aprilsimnel's avatar

Frank Zappa said not to eat the yellow jello, right?~

Goooooo, CAK!

Cat's avatar

That’s the spirit CAK – I’m so happy to hear some good news! Prayers will continue for your perfect health.

SuperMouse's avatar

Something great that happened today? Cak is on the mend!

cookieman's avatar

halle-fucking-lujah!!!

Here’s hoping the improvement steadily continues.

jlm11f's avatar

Yayyyy! Keep it up Cak!!

augustlan's avatar

YES! :D

MissAusten's avatar

Wonderful to hear!!!!

avvooooooo's avatar

Cak on jello here.

And… YAY CAK!

janbb's avatar

Great news, Chris!

EmpressPixie's avatar

That’s great news!

irocktheworld's avatar

How do you put your backrounds orange? I wanna try.:(

YARNLADY's avatar

@avvooooooo thanks for the link

wildpotato's avatar

@aprilsimnel The yellow snow, actually.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@wildpotato – I know. That’s why I used The Fluther Sarcasm Tilde™ ;)

I know you’re hanging in there, @cak, and we’re sending out the healing vibes!

mcbealer's avatar

much love to you cak… sending positive vibrations your way!

SuperMouse's avatar

7:15 a.m. central time

Here is a Facebook update that was posted within in the hour: She is being moved to a regular room later today and might have access to her computer. I’m not sure if she will feel up to typing yet or not. She’s had swelling in her arms. She hasn’t been able to see the kids since surgery, so she…‘s getting antsy about seeing them. I know she’s trying to fight, but seeing her this down is hard. She is the rock of the family. She’s getting there.

Keep fighting, we’re all pulling for you!

Saturated_Brain's avatar

Hope she’s able to read through this whole thread.

Buttonstc's avatar

Even if all she can do is a quick scroll thru to view the sea of orange avatars, that hopefully will be inspiring and encouraging. I did that last night and it’s pretty awesome.

Great to read the positive news of progress.

mcbealer's avatar

@SuperMouse ~ thank you, thank you for the update

bythebay's avatar

Well, I’m not tech savvy enough to turn my seashell orange, but cak has all my good thoughts and prayers.

janbb's avatar

@bythebay Haven’t seen you around much in the neighborhood lately. I’ve been missing you.

casheroo's avatar

Lovely update! Poor thing, I bet she is itching to see her children, I hope they can visit soon.
Still thinking of you Cak!!

bythebay's avatar

@janbb: thanks, ive been missing you all too – but needed a break.

bythebay's avatar

<< I’ve converted to orangeism!

aprilsimnel's avatar

Yay for Cak!

KatawaGrey's avatar

Oh thank goodness! I was so worried! She’s a fighter though, and it looks like she’s pulling through! Yay Cak!

btw: I’ve also gone orange for our dear Cak. :)

cookieman's avatar

Thank you for the update @SuperMouse.

gailcalled's avatar

Swelling in the arms is caused by Lymphodema Lymph nodes under each arm are removed to prevent the cancer from traveling thru them. But that means there are no nodes there to remove the lymphatic fluid.

I still carry antibiotic band-aids and a tube of Bacitracin in my purse in case I scratch or bruise my left arm (where I had axillary nodes removed in 1996). I can’ have b/p taken or blood drawn from that arm. And no biting of cuticles, ever.

I am really happy to hear that Cak is progressing in the right direction.

With respect, let’s save the jello recipes for another question, possibly?

wundayatta's avatar

Lymphedema, as an NPR news story recently reported, can be helped a lot by weight lifting. It used to be thought that exercise was bad for the condition.

forestGeek's avatar

Just found all this out cak…I’m sending you and your family the best during this difficult time. Recover soon, Fluther needs you!!

gailcalled's avatar

@daloon : I am now doing that. I started with ½ lb and am now up to 5 lb. hand weights. It took over a year of gradually increasing weight. Slow and steady.

Dr_C's avatar

So happy she’s out of ICU!!!! From my family of cancer survivors (my mom is a Breast Cancer survivor… Grandma has Leukemia and dad was taken by a Brain tumor, Uncle lost to gasgric Cancer and several aunts and cousins survided breast cancer, Uterine and Cervical) to yours… All our love and support… if there’s anything you need we’re here!

Dog's avatar

Yippeee! More progress!

I bet she is beside herself missing the kids.

Good Morning Cak!
May today bring you little blessings!

Grisaille's avatar

I have joined the Cult of Cak and turned meself orange.

We’re rooting for you. Can’t wait till we hear from you again. If anything, I hope you read this thread and realize how much the community cares about you, love.

Jeruba's avatar

Oh, no! Cakism! I think we’d better analyze this. It might not be what it appears to be. It could be a clique!

cookieman's avatar

Damn. A Cak-clique.

janbb's avatar

Isn’t it a clique-cak?

Dr_C's avatar

How about “The Orange Clique”?

Jeruba's avatar

La Clique d’Orange?

gailcalled's avatar

Or the new fluther royal family; The House of Orange;
Drink: Veuve Clicquot; founded by Madame Clicquot
Song; Yackety Cak

janbb's avatar

And its signature dish “Clique a l’Orange.”

And its signature knock-knock joke, “Aren’t you glad I didn’t say “orange”?

bythebay's avatar

:) I have missed some of you so very much; and I will join any club/family/clique you’re in that supports our precious cak!

Vincentt's avatar

@gailcalled Hey, the House of Orange is already taken!

@janbb What would that be like? Knock knock. Who’s there? And then?

So yeah, I’ve been reading along but haven’t really said anything because I don’t know Chris, but of course I wish her all the best and am delighted to hear about her recovery.

MissAusten's avatar

The above update made my day! Go Chris!

janbb's avatar

@Vincentt It’s a dumb American schoolkid joke and here’s how it goes:

“Knock-knock”

“Who’s there?”

“Banana.”

“Knock-knock.”

Who’s there?

“Banana.”

“Knock-knock.”

__Who’s there?__

“Orange.”

__“Orange who?“__

“Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?”

You probably have to be 6 to find it funny so I imagine AstroChuck thinks it’s hilarious!

wildpotato's avatar

Wouldn’t it be a clak?

Jeruba's avatar

How do folks feel about maybe gathering up all the cak threads into one question that we can all follow without so much redundancy and overlap—and worse, the chance of missing something if you miss following any? We could post a question such as “What is la Clique d’Orange?” (or “le Clique d’Orange” if “la” is wrong—can anyone improve our fun French?) and point back to the various threads, and then point them all there.

Or we could post a question that very plainly refers to cak’s state of health so there’s nothing cryptic about it, and then do the same with the threads: all four of them that I know of, and any more that I don’t.

avvooooooo's avatar

@jeruba I tried to post a question about going orange a few days ago and was told that because we already had 2 Cak threads, I couldn’t start another one.

janbb's avatar

I think it would be great if we could combine the CAK threads. I keep flipping back and forth for updates. Is there a way to do it?

Jeruba's avatar

I suggest, then, that we ask a moderator (maybe one whose name begins with A) what’s the best way to do that.

chyna's avatar

@Jeruba Good idea. I am so afraid I am going to miss an update and I’m clicking back and forth so much, I don’t know what I have read and what I haven’t read. Gathering them all in one thread would be the best bet. But what about the sheer number of responses? I remember, and maybe incorrectly, that they shut down the CIA thread because of the number of responses. I wouldn’t want that to happen. Combining them all would make it easier for Chris to read when she is up to it.

Jeruba's avatar

I don’t mean literally merging them. I just mean having only one to follow from here on, with a final post in each of the others that points them to a new single question.

YARNLADY's avatar

Good idea, it could be called the Official CAK update question, and refer to the others in the detail section.

chyna's avatar

Yes, that would work.

janbb's avatar

That would work. Mods (with an A)?

casheroo's avatar

@Jeruba Good idea, I think I’m following three separate threads it seems…to get updates, and they keep coming on different threads. It’d be nice for a new one. :)

MissAusten's avatar

I love that idea. Three threads to follow is a little crazy (although I’d follow ten more if it would help cak even a little bit!), and they are starting to take a long time to load. :)

EmpressPixie's avatar

This sounds like a great idea. The reason we prefer to limit the number of threads about a the same topic is that it often results in people not knowing what thread to follow and confusion. I will send an email with this suggestion (specifically that all but one Cak thread be closed with a final comment directing the reader to the thread that remains open).

It can get started now with a final comment/link back that we-the-users (not we-the-mods) create. Then official freeze or not, everyone will know what thread to use.

But I think it will be highly preferable to use a thread already in existence. Like this one. No matter what thread it is, it’s going to get very long. I don’t think that is avoidable. We like Cak. We want her to get better and feel our support. That means a long thread.

augustlan's avatar

Looks like @EmpressPixie beat me to it! Sounds like a good idea, but only Bendrew can close a thread. I’ve forwarded the email directly to them.

cookieman's avatar

Sounds like a Caktastic idea.

Jeruba's avatar

<cakkle cakkle>

eponymoushipster's avatar

too bad cak doesn’t have a twitter account. she/her husband could tweet status updates and we could in a more direct manner send our well-wishes.

anyone know if she has one?

Jeruba's avatar

I just saw this post from cak, posted only a week ago, days before the surgery. I am unable to take it in.

augustlan's avatar

@Jeruba Such a perfect example of why she is so special. She’s had so much to deal with… more than any one person should ever have to, yet has such a positive outlook! I really need to take some lessons from her.

rooeytoo's avatar

I missed the switch to this page, I was watching the other ones wondering what was happening, thanks for posting the new link and finding me!!!

Jude's avatar

A brave, strong and wonderful woman!! Keep getting better, Chris!!!

ubersiren's avatar

We’re looking forward to your healthy return!

avvooooooo's avatar

I think its cool to look at Cak’s fluther. I don’t think there’s a single row without orange in it (some is more subtle than others) and I think its not only interesting to see how people changed their avatars and what they chose, but also to see how many people are supporting Cak in our little orange way!

irocktheworld's avatar

Omg,thats fucking great! Still thinking of you dude I miss you soo much..please come back!!
>>sends get well card with a stuffed giraffe<<

cak's avatar

Hi everyone. I can type a little today, it doesn’t hurt as much as it did yesterday – plus, I’m not sure what language I was typing, it certainly wasn’t English.

I cannot tell you how much the positive thoughts and prayers, jokes and reminders to fight like hell have helped. I’m doing all of the above.

I have a lot of catching up to do, I’m still pretty sore – please allow me some time to do so. I really appreciate every single person that has kept my entire family in their thoughts. The impact on my husband and children is very profound. I couldn’t do a thing without them in my life.

My Fluther Family, thank you!

marinelife's avatar

Chris, It is impossible to say how wonderful it is to see something you typed here. Please take your time. Stay as strong as we know you are. We’ll be right here waiting when you are ready with pancakes, cake, and lots of other goodies.

I will keep up my program of sending you positive thoughts and energy every day, and your family too. I hope you have gotten to see the kids.

Love,

Marina

Dr_C's avatar

So happy to have you back… you have been missed.

Dog's avatar

Thanks for making my day with your post cak!

Good morning to you. My wish today is that you are in total comfort as you heal.

You and your entire family are in my prayers every day.

It was totally awesome to see that rocking giraffe!

aprilsimnel's avatar

Take as much time as you need, @cak! We’ll all be here waiting with continued good, healing vibes for you and your family. Bless. :::hugs:::

jonsblond's avatar

It’s wonderful to see you! Get some rest. Still sending positive thoughts your way. :D

tedibear's avatar

Yay! It was nice to see you. Now, get some rest, smile when you can and know that you’re loved. (I will keep avvvooooo and jbfletcherfan away from the cookies!) If there’s anything that we can do, just holler.

robmandu's avatar

Yay! Cak is bak!

Dog's avatar

On a side note I want to thank @EmpressPixie, @Jeruba and the others who consolidated the threads to this one.

Relax and take your time to heal cak! We will be here cheering you on even if you cannot log on!

avvooooooo's avatar

@tedibear39 Bonnie calls me “cookie snatcher” for a reason! But I guess if they’re for Cak they’re safe! You’re cookies, on the other hand…

@cak Don’t make me follow through on my threat to replace your wardrobe! ;)

cookieman's avatar

Aww man…as soon as I saw the giraffe I started to tear up (at work, no less).

So, so, so, soooooo….happy to see you typing again.

And don’t adjust your monitor – the orange is for you. Much lurve.

AstroChuck's avatar

@cak- Well, where the hell have you been?

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

It’s great to hear from you Cak. Keep getting better! We’ll keep Fluther warm for you.

Judi's avatar

Wow! I never expected you to post yourself so soon. You are just a little miriacle!! I know you’ve got a long road ahead of you, but we won’t stop praying for you. Cancer sucks but we know your kicking its butt hard! Love to you and your family!!

AstroChuck's avatar

@cak- How long do you think before they let you come home? Any idea?

jonsblond's avatar

@cprevite I teared up too. At least they are happy tears now!

tinyfaery's avatar

I’m so glad to know that you are on the mend, Cak. I’ve been thinking about you everyday. Get well soon!

augustlan's avatar

<———————-Totally cried.

So happy to see cak!!!

avvooooooo's avatar

@AstroChuck She said on Facebook that as long as she behaves and eats her non-yellow jello that it might be Friday. She struck a deal with the nurses about the yellow jello.

hearkat's avatar

@cak: Add my tears of joy to the list! Now put the computer away and rest! We’ll be here when you are ready, and our support will continue until and beyond that time. You truly are a wonderful inspiration.

Much love and respect.
~~Kat

casheroo's avatar

Oh Cak! So glad to see you well enough to type. Please, please take your time. We all love you so much and are just glad to hear you are on the mend. ((((hugs))))

eponymoushipster's avatar

<whips up some coffee jello> yay cak!

mcbealer's avatar

<——- crying tears of happiness, rocking the orange hat for cak indefinitely

Tink's avatar

Finally she’s here! Yay!
<——Orange waddling feet

bythebay's avatar

@cak: tears of joy just to see your avatar…and know that you are strong in mind & heart!

sakura's avatar

Yeah :) Great to see a message from you Cak I hope all the positive thoughts are reaching you at this important time. Get some rest and be well :)

IBERnineD's avatar

Yay you are okay! I thought I was seeing things when I saw the giraffe, but a fabulous surprise it was to see that it was you!

jbfletcherfan's avatar

Chris, sorry I’m so late here in writing to you. I’ve been without my computer for over 24 hours & won’t get it back until tonight (I’m at work now), so I’m behind in what’s going on. It’s GREAT to see you here & to know that you’re gaining ground. Don’t worry about us & feel that you have to write. We know you’re here, you know WE’RE here, & we’ll all meet up again as soon as you feel up to it. Get some rest! We’ll talk soon. :-) (((Chris)))

ubersiren's avatar

sigh of relief

Grisaille's avatar

I saw all of these ”@cak” links and nearly had a heart attack. Fucking shit is it great to hear from you.

You’ve had us all worried sick, you know. Dammit.

Now, once you un-sore yourself, you’ll get those cookies I promised you. Any variety,make, etc – your choosing. From all of us.

Get better now.

Fred931's avatar

Umm… I know this is awkward, but I always though @cak‘s avatar had a flying cow on it… er…

Likeradar's avatar

@cak Thank you so much for updating us- it is wonderful to hear from you!!!

janbb's avatar

@cak Take all the time you need to get strong – it’s great to hear you are back.

rooeytoo's avatar

I just woke up and see that you have been here! You are one very brave and strong woman. You have my utmost respect and admiration. GOOD ON YA CAK!!!!

(and remember there is not that much difference between the yellow jello and the deadly yellow snow, so don’t weaken on that front! If they keep giving it to you, hide it in the bed pan, they’ll never know!!!)

Grisaille's avatar

Only issue with hiding yellow Jello in a bedpan is scaring the living crap out of the nurses. They might even want to keep her a little longer to probe around, trying to find the reason why her urine is solidifying into gelatin form.

DON’T DO IT CAK

Bri_L's avatar

Welcome come back @Cak, I have gone Homer Orange for you.

Buttonstc's avatar

This is so great to read your post, Cak. Get plenty of rest and heal. Still sending out positive vibes for you.

EmpressPixie's avatar

@cak: It is absolutely wonderful to hear from you! Rest up, heal well, and we’ll see you again soon.

Jeruba's avatar

What a lift you gave us all by showing your beautiful, happy avatar here today! Welcome, welcome back, dear @cak. I hope you can feel the orange glow surrounding you.
___

@Fred931, you can see it better when you enlarge it. To see an avatar full size (assuming the original is larger than the display), right-click on the image. Choose ‘Copy image location.” The image location appears in your address bar. Delete the characters ‘_thumb’ (including the underscore) at the end of the URL, and go. That takes you to the original uploaded image.

filmfann's avatar

It is so great to see you back! Welcome home!

chyna's avatar

Sigh of relief, comforting that the giraffe is back.

Fred931's avatar

Random-Things-That-Have-Happened-In-The-World-That-You-Care-About-That-You-Missed-Because-You-Lost-Contact-With-Civilization-For-A-While Update Provided by Fred931 is at your command, @cak!

mangeons's avatar

You have no idea how much we’ve missed you, @cak! I’m sure glad to see that friendly giraffe face around once again. (:

Wonderful to see you, glad you’re feeling somewhat better!

~Jessie

MissAusten's avatar

I was having one of those days where tons of little, crappy, stressful things add up to one really foul mood.

But now it’s all better! Seeing that giraffe just made my day. Take your time getting better and healing with your family, @cak . So, so, glad to see your post!

JLeslie's avatar

Thank goodness you are on the mend. First question I look for when I log on is this one to get the update.

shrubbery's avatar

yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
so good to hear from you!

sdeutsch's avatar

It’s so good to see you back, Ms. Giraffe! Take your time and do everything you need to to get better – and know we’re all here thinking about you!

tiffyandthewall's avatar

wonderful to see you back! you’ve been in my thoughts constantly, and it’s so good to see you! take your time and feel better <3

Dog's avatar

Time to say goodnight again Cak.

May your night be restful (ha! Yeah I know that the concept of sleeping in a hospital is a joke ;) ) and in the morning may you feel more focused and pain free.

SuperMouse's avatar

I am so happy to see Cak posting in all the coolest threads! Welcome back – your posts (here and on facebook) made my day!!

Saturated_Brain's avatar

Great to hear from you again cak. =)

Jeruba's avatar

I’ve just had a brutal and bruising root canal, but I’ve got nothing to whine about. Perspective.

Bri_L's avatar

This is how cool @cak is.

She took time to wish me well and offer kind thoughts about my unfortunate divorce news. With everything she is dealing with, she writes me about that.

chyna's avatar

CAK is the most remarkable woman and such an inspiration.
I feel privileged just to have gotten to know her on fluther.

Bluefreedom's avatar

It’s wonderful to read a message from you, Cak, and I hope you have a very speedy recovery. Rest easy and take good care of you. =)

ubersiren's avatar

@Jeruba : I know- I feel guilty for complaining about anything now!

KatawaGrey's avatar

Oh, how we missed you! So glad to see you back. :)

scamp's avatar

Cak! I am praying really hard for you and your whole family, and sending lots of love your way. I am so sorry I didn’t see this until just now. I’ve only been popping in and out lately because work has ben hectic.

My heart goes out to you honey. Get lots of rest, and know that you literally have thousands of people pulling for you. You are loved very much by very many!

Darwin's avatar

Very glad to hear your “voice” back on the Internet. I told my daughter about you and she wants you to know that she is very impressed with your strength and wishes you the best.

Note: At room temperature, jello is liquid, so go ahead and hide the yellow stuff in the bedpan. Just hope they don’t check it for protein levels.

irocktheworld's avatar

CAK! How’s our little giraffe?
Your finally here! Omg,I missed you! I hope you feel much better,get some rest and come back when you can! ;)

SuperMouse's avatar

@Cak it is so great to see your avatar out and about here on Fluther! It warms my heart!

Dog's avatar

Hello Again Cak,

Hopefully today found you reunited with your children even if just for a few moments.

Praying for more healing.

Dog's avatar

Goodnight!

May you sleep well despite your surroundings.

Resonantscythe's avatar

Oh, sweet news. Hope you keep recovering well.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

I am glad @cak is back. It took me awhile to find the right thread, I’m a little dense sometimes and if the puppy smile helped a little bit, that’s great, but I am sure that all the love, wishes, prayers, good vibes, and positive thoughts of the entire Fluther community is what helped her to come back to us. Cak is a fighter, and I for one think she is THE BEST there is!

avvooooooo's avatar

@cak Are you being good in the hospital? ‘Cause if you aren’t they won’t let you out!

Dog's avatar

@avvooooooo My Father swears that hospitals keep moving you to different rooms so you can’t find your way out.

Good Morning cak! May today bring you one step closer to home.

avvooooooo's avatar

YAY! YAY! TODAY!

‘Less you’re being bad, of course…

avvooooooo's avatar

@Dog That’s also why they steal your clothes!

Dog's avatar

@avvooooooo True!!!! And they hide them!

avvooooooo's avatar

@Dog Last time I went in, I had my mother take all my clothes. Though she might not be any better at giving them back, at least she won’t hide them!

avvooooooo's avatar

YAY! YAY! YAY!

@cak is HOME!

Damn, what am I gonna do with all these 99 cent store yellow blouses?

sdeutsch's avatar

Hooorayyyyyy!!!! Welcome home, cak!!!

Jude's avatar

=)!!!

chyna's avatar

CAK is home? That is the best news I have had all week. Chris, you are truly blessed with many friends and we are blessed to know someone like you.

Judi's avatar

I think just home to fluther for now.

Judi's avatar

Nevermind. I just saw on facebook that she IS home! Horray!!!!

bythebay's avatar

Wow – amazing and wonderful news!

aprilsimnel's avatar

That is truly wonderful news.

ubersiren's avatar

That’s great. It’s so much easier to heal at home.

tinyfaery's avatar

Happy, happy. Joy, joy. Happy, happy.

hearkat's avatar

Happy to hear of your progress @cak!! Do rest at home and don’t feel as though you should be doing chores!

cookieman's avatar

Great news!

So much better to sleep in your own bed.

Dr_C's avatar

SOOOOOOOO AWESOME!

Grisaille's avatar

One step at a time, darling. I know you’re reading this. Slowly but surely.

ubersiren's avatar

Hurry up and get better, cak because Fluther looks like it’s got a serious case of jaundice!

mangeons's avatar

Yay, welcome back to Fluther home and real home! (=

Dog's avatar

Whoooo hooooo!!!!

I am doing the HAPPY DANCE for Cak!

There is no place like HOME! :)

mangeons's avatar

@Dog ahem you mean the Chicken Dance. (:

filmfann's avatar

Wonderful news! Cak, don’t rush it! We love you, but we want you well!

rooeytoo's avatar

I hate to sound trite, but THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!

So glad you are better.

shrubbery's avatar

@rooeytoo, did you tap your heels together three times?
Glad you’re back in Kansas, @cak ;)

whatthefluther's avatar

Great to hear you are home cak. Now take it real slow and heal and feel well. See ya….Gary aka wtf

Dog's avatar

@mangeons Nope- the Happy Dance. It is like the Snoopy Dance.

rooeytoo's avatar

@shrubbery – no but I will if it’s a good thing???

shrubbery's avatar

@rooeytoo, it might only work if you’re wearing these. maybe that’s how cak got out of the hospital, she has ruby slippers!

rooeytoo's avatar

Gotcha, heheheh, and I especially love them with the gray anklets. They’re loverly!

IBERnineD's avatar

We are all rooting for you!

jlm11f's avatar

@cak Yay for you being back home! Don’t you dare try to start doing chores or something. You never know who’s watching. That’s right, we are watching. 24/7

Lots of love and positive thoughts towards your way. Let people fuss over you! And take care of yourself!!

augustlan's avatar

Yay! :D

jonsblond's avatar

Yes! No more jello!

Get some rest and let your family take care of you. Looking forward to your return. :)

EmpressPixie's avatar

Welcome home! You’ll get waaaaay better rest at home (or at least I hope you will) and being in a comfortable environment is always great. Congratulations!

scamp's avatar

Welcome hone sweetie pie! I’ll be praying for a speedy recovery for you. I hope you don’t have too much pain, and your healing goes quickly and smoothly. Please know we are all pulling for you.

Dog's avatar

Good morning cak! Hope your first night back at home was restful!

Prayers for lots of healing today!

Fred931's avatar

Can’t wait til Cak comes back and leaves a reply in this thread, cause she’s gonna get about 2 catrillion billion lurve points.

KatawaGrey's avatar

Can I just say that I love seeing the orange avatars as I roll through new responses? They make me so happy and so glad that cak is back!

Buttonstc's avatar

Yippee !

Darwin's avatar

Glad you are home!

Bri_L's avatar

Hey Cak,

orange you glad I’m Naked Homer?

irocktheworld's avatar

@Bri_L LOL! Yay naked homerr! :)
Glad your home and healing Cak! I still miss you though. :)

janbb's avatar

Glad to here you’re back at home. Hope you’re feeling better and better.

tedibear's avatar

Yay!!! How nice to come home for our weekend and see that CAK is HOME!!!! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

sakura's avatar

WoOpEe!!! Glad your back home and fingers crossed all is going well, remeber it may be tough at times but if this thread has proved anything you are being thought about heaps!
Be well and take care xx

MissAusten's avatar

@cak I’m so thrilled for you! Take care of yourself and let everyone spoil you!

Jeruba's avatar

Following you in my thoughts, @cak. Knowing that you’re at home now is simply wonderful news. I know it’ll take a while to mend, but you are mending. I’m cheering for you!

cak's avatar

I spent the day in the ER, but was released. It’s time for bed, again. I swear, that’s all I do is sleep.

Thanks everyone!

eponymoushipster's avatar

@cak that’s what you need to do! hope you feel better!

chyna's avatar

Oh Chris, I’m so sorry that you had to go to the ER. Hope you are feeling better and sleep is your number one job right now.

Judi's avatar

Darn. I was worried that you might not be feeling well, otherwise we would have heard a tidbit from you. Rest well!

tinyfaery's avatar

I’m still thinking orange. Sleep well!

Dog's avatar

Still praying each day. Rest up- we will wait to have a huge party till you are strong again!

casheroo's avatar

Sorry about the ER visit, but glad you’re back home.

gailcalled's avatar

Dear Chris; I hope that the visit to ER was a minor blip on your path to recovery. No fun, I
know, but maybe that is now history. We are all your booster club. You do know that.

Love, Gail

Resonantscythe's avatar

Sounds like things are still bumpy. Hope they smoothen out soon.

Dog's avatar

Goodnight CAK! May tomorrow be a full day of rest at home.

cookieman's avatar

Let us all (virtually) gather around Cak’s bed and hum her a lullaby.

hmmm hmm mmm…

aprilsimnel's avatar

hmmm hmmm hmmm…
hmmm hmmm hmmm…
hmmm hmmm hmm hmmm hmmm hmmm…

Dog's avatar

Hmmmm mmmm mmmmmmmmm
Hmmmm mmmm mmmmmmmmm
Hmmmm mmmm mmmmmmmmm Hmmmmmmmmm hmmmmmmm m m m
Hmmm Hmmm Hmmm Hmmm
Hmmm Hmmm Hmmm
Hmmm hmm Hmmmmmmmmmm hmmm hmmm….

Bri_L's avatar

keep listening to your body Cak
hmmmmmm mmmmm mmmmmmmm

cookieman's avatar

hmmm hmmm mmm hm
mm hmmm hmmm mm

Jude's avatar

hmmmm hmmmmm hmmmm hmmmmmmmmmmm hmm
hmmmmmm hmm hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Jeruba's avatar

Hm hm hmmm
Hm hm hmmm
Hm hm hmm hmm hm hmm hmm
Hm hm hm hm
Hm hm hmmm
Hm hm hm hm hm hm hmmmmmm
Hm hm hmmmm hm hm hmmmm
Hm hm hm hm hm hmmm-mmmm
Hm hm hmmmm hm hm hmmmm
Hm hm hm-m-m hm hm hmmmmmmm

(That was Brahms’ lullaby. Did you recognize it?)

Judi's avatar

edit:I forgot to whisper Shhhhhhhh
@Jeruba ; actually, I was thinking, “Hey, that’s Brahm’s lullaby,” before I got to the end of your song!

augustlan's avatar

Goodnight, sweetheart. Goodnight.

janbb's avatar

Sending you thoughts of healing (and a croissant) from Paris.

cookieman's avatar

zzzzzzz ::gurgle:: zzzzzz
::snort:: Huhbuwha ?!?!?
Did someone say “croissant”?!?

(hmmm…all that humming must have knocked me out)

eponymoushipster's avatar

blue moon….

sorry, wrong song.

mcbealer's avatar

@cak ~ during sleep all of your superhero cells can strengthen their army… may your slumber be tranquil and your dreams beautiful.

whatthefluther's avatar

@eponymoushipster…What do you say to some Orange Crush for @cak?
See ya…Gary aka wtf

jonsblond's avatar

Good morning @cak! Hope this is a better day for you. :)

whatthefluther's avatar

@eponymoushipster….Nice! I stumbled on some grunge garage Orange while at youtube.
See ya…Gary aka wtf

Likeradar's avatar

Have a great day at home with your family @cak!

Dog's avatar

Good Morning Cak! May you rest (and stay home) ALL DAY!

tedibear's avatar

Have a beautiful, restful, healing day, CAK!

Bri_L's avatar

Hey Cak! I’ll be thinking about ya!

“Thhhhiiiiiiiinkkkkkkkk Caaaaaaaaak”

cak's avatar

I kept wondering what the sound I was hearing – it’s my fluther family singing to me. Whooooo…drugs have kicked in, back to bed. Went to my oncologist, I start chemo next week. BLAH. Going to pout for 5 minutes, then I’ll be over it.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@cak or it could be the bean soup i had yesterday…sorry. :(~

Fred931's avatar

Shall we hum her back to sleep again? hummmmmmmm hummmmmmm hum HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!

Darwin's avatar

So, you going to do the wig thing this time, or just opt for bald is beautiful? I’ve got some nice red wigs if you want to borrow some, and my daughter has a hot pink one. :-)

MissAusten's avatar

My daughter might be willing to loan out her Barbie Rapunzel wig @cak , if you feel like being blonde for a while. :)

Dog's avatar

I have a long curly brunette wig I could send. It looks like Cher’s in Moonstruck but a bit less kept. You could be like Annie Lennox! (In case you do not know that name her trademark is wearing different wigs and changing her look in each video.)

:)

marinelife's avatar

@cak Been hoping to hear how things were. I’m sorry you had the ER scare. Glad you are back home, Chemo, huh? Perhaps we should all go hairless when you do.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@cak, I’m glad you’re home. We’ll be here with all the cheers, lullabies and cookies you need!

Fred931's avatar

GIANT COOKIE OF DETH!!! (‘cept it won’t kill you) I tried my best to work around that generally useful, but in this case, annoying, javascript that Bendrew game me to cook with:
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I filled it with splenda, choco-chips, artificial peanuts (In case you’re allergic – don’t want that right now!), a couple of aspirin tablets to make the pain go away, lots of love, shredded Hallmark cards that I found in your wastebasket, some leftover London broil from last night, and something that i found in the cupboard that I thought would make the cookie smell nice…It might be detergent, but it says non-toxic on the box, so don’t get mad if this ruins the whole thing (I’m a horrible chef…).

KatawaGrey's avatar

@cak: My mom chewed lots of strong minty gum during chemo. It helped keep the taste out. Also, she got a chocolate cake. I hope you get one too!

KatawaGrey's avatar

@Fred931: Me too! I’m thinking orange cream frosting. :)

Fred931's avatar

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Cake for @cak is done! Ingredientes: chocolate powder stuff in the pantry, choco-chips, cocoa puffs, cocoa-O’s, hershey’s dark chocolate bars,chocolate icing, chocolate febreeze, chocolate-colored artificial flavoring, all the same ingredients from my cookie, and chocolate-looking stuff I found in my child’s bedroom closet. YUM!!!

gailcalled's avatar

@All: Wigs are hot, tight, itchy, unpredictable and another mild but unnecessary form of torture while one is undergoing chemo. Cak’s support staff will have the resources but the ACS and the other organizations sell nice cotton bandanas, cloches and hats that are cool and attractive.

Some of them come with real hair that soften the effect. http://www.headcovers.com/headwear/hats-with-hair/

And not all chemo causes hair loss these days. My chemo had me peeing pink for several hours. Cak’s kids might find that funny, or not.

Fred931's avatar

Aw man, I don’t think I could draw that… NO, I MEAN THE HAIR!!! of course the hair!! Pervert.

gailcalled's avatar

@Fred931 But you let Bendrew game you? What’s the perversion, anyway?

Fred931's avatar

The last thing you mentioned in your response…

gailcalled's avatar

Not perversion but fact. Some of the ingredients in the chemo drip might burn the skin of the arm; red dye is introduced so that the nurse can make sure the port doesn’t leak any fluid on the skin. Then the dye is expelled in the urine. When you are being treated for cancer, these issues are quotidian and mundane.

Fred931's avatar

No, that’s not perverted. I was talking about my response to the first part of that original response, which was that I could not draw a wig. Then I read the second part and realized the error I had created: It might’ve sounded to some people that I thought I wouldn’t be able to depict the second part of your response because it would go against site guidelines.

gailcalled's avatar

(With 424 responses, it IS hard to keep everything straight but the main theme of rooting for Cak.)

Fred931's avatar

Which is why we must move on to something else not related to @cak. Not right now, though, ‘cause I have to get some sleep. I’m very tired after making that giant cookie and cake. And I expect @Cak to eat every last crumb of both by the time she leaves the hospital, or I shall SELL HER SOUL TO THE DEVIL… BWAHAHAHAHAHA Enjoy, Cak!

irocktheworld's avatar

Goodnight Cak! Think of you…...

Dog's avatar

@gailcalled I have often wondered if the wig was tolerated to make others comfortable. Is it?

cookieman's avatar

Good night @Cak. Sleep tight and pleasant dreams of dozens of jellies, colorful and warm deep in the lagoon.

avvooooooo's avatar

@gailcalled I’m betting pink pee does make her kids giggle. It make me giggle, but just a little!

We’ve been talking for months about what to do with her real hair when it comes back in for good! My vote is for a pink fauxhawk!

@cak Cookies for you! Its important that your cookie level doesn’t get too low! And I think you might like them just a little better than @Fred931‘s cooking! Not that there’s anything wrong with it, of course…

gailcalled's avatar

@avvooooooo: I was thrilled with first the fuzz and then the 1” long buzz cut. MY eyelashes grew back thicker and curlier too.

cookieman's avatar

zzzzzzz ::gurgle:: zzzzzz
::snort:: Huhbuwha ?!?!?
Did someone say “cookies”?!?

Fred931's avatar

Yes, I did. Last night, actually. The giant cookie and the super-chocolaty cake are in the fridge. But guess what? You have to ask @cak first. You can look at them, though, they’re a few posts up.

Hambayuti's avatar

Hope everything goes well, @cak. Stay strong. (hugs)

avvooooooo's avatar

@cprevite I did too… And I might share mine… But then again, I might not because I’m not good at sharing cookies. ‘Cept with @cak!

gailcalled's avatar

Dave Barry has written an informative and useful column in today’s NYT on his response to chemo

It is entitled; My Brain on Chemo: Alive and Alert. A useful read for the lucky among us who is not a member of that particular club.

Dog's avatar

Sending out restful and healing thoughts @caks way.

@gailcalled I will look it up- thanks.

gailcalled's avatar

@Dog: He mentions “fog brain.” I had forgotten about that. And also some of the chemo irritates the mucus membranes, giving one a delicate esophagus and women yeast infections.

Jeruba's avatar

@gailcalled, interesting article. The author is Dan Barry.

gailcalled's avatar

@Jeruba: You’re right. I was too hasty.

Dog's avatar

Cak- hope you are at home resting and bored. Bored means the pain is subsiding.

cak's avatar

Bald and beautiful. I tried the wig thing last time, it looked like an expensive, but dead animal on my head; however, I could sport a Kate Gosselin wig this year!

Thanks everyone – I’m getting ready to take something to help me sleep – it’s been a long day.

hearkat's avatar

Bald IS beautiful! And so is that Giraffe avatar—I smile so big whenever I see it!

Sleep well, @cak!

aprilsimnel's avatar

Guten Nicht, @cak!

avvooooooo's avatar

Bedtime cookie for @cak!

eponymoushipster's avatar

get one of those big russian fur hats. winter’s coming…

avvooooooo's avatar

Or a cool pompom hat… Like a Big Bird colored one!

Or this. :D

augustlan's avatar

@avvooooooo I think cak could totally rock that second look. :D

@cak I wish you good, healing sleep. Nighty-night!

hearkat's avatar

Mmmmm… bedtime cookies — with warm milk and honey…

avvooooooo's avatar

@augustlan I know, right? It’d be a nice compromise between the pink fauxhawk I’ve been wanting her to do with her growing in hair and a more natural thing!

@hearkat Oh yeah… So good!

rooeytoo's avatar

Here in the tropics I vote for the bare look with a do rag to protect from the sun. But in the cold winter the russian fur hat might be better!

It’s nice when you pop in for a moment now and again Cak!

Cheers

cookieman's avatar

Buena note dear girraffe.

janbb's avatar

Bon soir, Chris. Dormmez bien!

cookieman's avatar

Stessi a voi il mio amico.

(Italian to French to Italian – only on Fluther)

tedibear's avatar

It was good to see you here, CAK! Hope you had a good nights sleep. Here’s a
{{{waking up hug}}} just for you.

Darwin's avatar

It’s funny how some people can wear wigs and others can’t. One friendly teller at my bank always had the prettiest blond hair. One day, however, I went into the bank to find her a brunette. She still looked fine but her hair just wasn’t as striking. I asked her about it and it turned out that the lovely blond hair was a wig that she wore during chemo. We had a bit of a laugh over it.

And then I have friends who simply go with a bandanna or a cloche to keep from getting sunburned. They look fine, too. In fact, being without hair tends to draw attention to things such as cheekbones and eyes, so some look much more striking bald than with hair.

Whichever way you go, Cak, you will still be beautiful.

I hope your every day gets better and better.

Dog's avatar

Good Morning Cak-

Hope today has you smiling!

Buttonstc's avatar

So glad to see you popped in for a bit. That’s a good sign. Just keep on getting as much rest as you need and know that good vibes from all of us keep coming your way. :)

Fred931's avatar

@cak did you eat all my giant cookie and cake? Don’t worry, you only have to eat it all.

Dog's avatar

Goodnight Cak. Hoping that each day brings strength. We sure miss you around here!

irocktheworld's avatar

Goodnight and sweet dreams Cak! I hope your feeling alot better.:)

avvooooooo's avatar

BEDTIME COOKIE TIME!

MissAusten's avatar

I don’t have any cookies, but I have half an Ice Cream Sandwich Cake that needs to disappear fast. Anyone with a spoon is welcome to come over and chow down before I lose all control and have another piece.

@cak I’ll save an extra big slice for you! Hope you are feeling better each day and healing well!

avvooooooo's avatar

@MissAusten Its unforgivable that you don’t have any cookies! What kind of mother are you! ;)

I have a spoon!

Dog's avatar

Cak- My hopes and prayers are that you are comfortable.
Sweet dreams.

For those on her facebook perhaps they can mention if she checked in? I do not want her to feel she has to be here but would be comforted knowing she touched base somewhere.

gailcalled's avatar

@Dog: My question, also.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@Dog yes, she’s posted a few things. she’s even gone out to the store.

jonsblond's avatar

@Dog She is posting on facebook now and then. There is also a virtual balloon named “Sunny” that is traveling the world with positive thoughts for her and her family.

gailcalled's avatar

@eponymoushipster: A trip to the store is a triumph, I say.

Dog's avatar

Thank you so much @jonsblond & @eponymoushipster !

You have made my night!

eponymoushipster's avatar

@gailcalled it is.

@Dog glad to be of assistance. :)

avvooooooo's avatar

@gailcalled The store trip had good and bad. The latest facebook status from Friday has us going to an island where no one is ever sick and certain beverages abound and the fishing is good. The rule, however, is that everyone has to shower.

But don’t ocean swims count as showers?

gailcalled's avatar

@avvooooooo: What do you mean by the store trip had good and bad? I gather that her trip was not a complete success. I am less interested in the fantasies…they are fun for us but perhaps less so for the sufferer.

Dog's avatar

Hello Cak,

So glad to hear you are still plugging forward in recovery. Still praying for extra strength and patience as your body heals.

May today someone give you a really good laugh- it is the best medicine…

Say- maybe some flutherites know some good jokes!

Anyone?

avvooooooo's avatar

@gailcalled Her status, she can post what she wants, including an island trip that we all go on with her.

No, not a complete success. Stupid people happen. But @cak is kick-ass and let the woman have it. :D

eponymoushipster's avatar

@gailcalled

the status update in question:
Whoops! I might need something to take to improve my mood. A lady at Target actually (yes, I ventured out) said, “I’d kill to be thin like you!” My response, “Oh, it’s easy…just get cancer, have your boobs looped off and l…oss any desire to eat, in the process. You’ll get both wishes, to be thin and it just might kill you, too.” GRRRRRRRRRRR!

people say stupid things sometimes.

gailcalled's avatar

@eponymoushipster : Do they ever. At least she was able to get to Targets, something I could never do no matter how healthy I was. Big box stores make me ill.

I just sent her a book called “Good Poems for Hard Times,” (short, accessible and good for double-dipping) and am about to make a donation to the American Cancer Society in Cak’s honor.

KatawaGrey's avatar

@Dog: I think I have a good light bulb joke.

Question: How many men with competency issues can change a light bulb?

Answer: Depends on how many of their wives are watching.

IBERnineD's avatar

Cak you are my hero.

Fred931's avatar

I like target much more than Wal(Secret Angorkian translation of Hell)-Mart and much less than Publix.

cookieman's avatar

love Cak’s response to the lady at Target

avvooooooo's avatar

@cprevite I told her she should have socked her in the nose. :)

aprilsimnel's avatar

Hi, @cak! Hope the weather’s nice where you are and that you’re enjoying the day!

Dog's avatar

Happy Labor Day Cak!

Dog's avatar

Any updates anyone?

AstroChuck's avatar

Yeah. I just had dinner and it was delicious. But that wasn’t what you were looking for, was it.

Dog's avatar

@AstroChuck It will do. Thanks!

jonsblond's avatar

Let’s hope no news is good news.

@cak I hope you are getting rest and I also hope you know that we all love you and look forward to your return!

augustlan's avatar

No updates since Friday. :(

Jude's avatar

She just posted one on Facebook:

Started chemo today. I’m miserable at this moment, so I thought I’d try to do things to occupy my mind. Tried knitting, I knitted a knot. Tried painting, that was just bad. I even tried welding…well, there’s some kind of metal sculpture going on….looks like the finger to me.

aprilsimnel's avatar

What gumption. Bless you, @cak!

Dog's avatar

Cak- So sorry about the chemo. We are rooting for you to get through this and praying that you feel good fast.

Sculpture that looks like the finger… of course we express our emotions in our art ;)

irocktheworld's avatar

Good Mornin Cak!!
Visit fluther more like you used to! I miss you,we all miss you!

Dog's avatar

Good morning Cak. Hoping today brings healing and freedom from pain.

Grisaille's avatar

Just poppin’ to say “hello,” and to show some support.

Lurve, Cak. Hope today finds you doing well.

Dr_C's avatar

Just sending some positive thoughts your way.

mcbealer's avatar

@cak ~ can’t wait to hear you tackled a Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cup Sundae at Friendly’s :)

cookieman's avatar

Hang in there @Cak!!

We lurve ya.

Judi's avatar

Has anyone heard from Cak lately?

avvooooooo's avatar

@Judi Her status was posted 21 hours ago.

gailcalled's avatar

@avvooooooo: PLease repeat it for us outsiders. Thanks/

hearkat's avatar

@gailcalled: See @jmah‘s post above.

gailcalled's avatar

@hearkat: Thank you. This posting has gotten long and really cumbersome.

But it is nice to note that Cak has been able to keep her sense of humor.

hearkat's avatar

@gailcalled: Agreed, I was just thinking we might want to start a new post soon… I try not to tap on this post when it pops up in my activity because how long it takes to load on my iPhone, even though I want to know how she’s doing!

Buttonstc's avatar

@hearkat

You aren’t the only one !

hearkat's avatar

Well now that The_Compassionate_Heretic has started a new post, how do we close this one?

gailcalled's avatar

@hearkat: Flag yourself and suggest it. He’s mod now.

hearkat's avatar

I don’t know how to flag, or if I can, from the iPhone… I’ll send him a PM, I guess

augustlan's avatar

[mod says] All new updates and well wishes should be directed to the new question here. Thank you!

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