Laura update

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Still nothing resolved.

Extensive amount of tests performed over the last week on Laura - MRI scan, CT, chest X-ray, four biopsies. Not all results are back yet but our consultant is 99% certain that there is tumour in her trachea. So essentially we're back to where we were two weeks ago. Spent most of Friday trying to organise a referral to the head and neck surgeons at the Royal Marsden, but of course as the law of Sod would decree it the chap we have to see (Peter Rhys-Evans) is off on his hols for two weeks - so we have to wait until 24 August to see him. More delays! More psychological torture! But at least it is still localised and has not spread. Surgery would seem to be the best option at the moment. Radcliffe Infirmary H&N Surgeon has suggested laryngectomy but I don't think it needs to go that far - stoma or stent should do the job.

Laura's finding this all very difficult to take in. Great deal of frustration at not being able to lead a normal life, not being able to talk, go out, etc. At least I have work to take my mind off things, but of course Laura doesn't have that option at present.

I don't know. Everything seems suspended at the moment. Pause button is stuck. It doesn't help that the weather's been fantastic and all the best music right now seems to be relentlessly positive and uplifting (especially B. Jaxx "Rooty" which I reckon deserves the Mercury prize just for cheering me up). Just like 1981 in fact.

I wasn't really sure about continuing to convey these updates via ILE - much of the current content (as with ILM) seems to be drifting away from anything to which I can truly relate - but the alternative of individually e-mailing everyone is a luxury for which, alas, I don't really have the energy or time to do at the moment. I wish, I wish! Most of my current musings are at embryonic stage only (e.g. Cannibal Ox and the feminisation of noise; Brit jazz - bloody useless without the South Africans to bail us out?; Architecture & Morality to Atomic Kitten - What The Hell Happened?; Acts Praised One Album Too Late (Destiny's Child, Mercury Rev); Dido and the Armenian Navy Band - How The Same Piano Riff Can Either Kill Or Resuscitate Pop Music) but if Robin or Mark S or anyone else (Suzy? Josh?) wants to cast their eye over what I've done so far, then do let me know and I'll e-mail 'em to you privately.

Whatever happens I will keep you posted.

Marcello Carlin, Saturday, 4 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

hugs, if they help.

Geoff, Sunday, 5 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Seconding Geoff there. And I have to say that most of your embryonic musings beat my full complete thoughts. Our collective best to you both.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 5 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I hope things work out. Nothing but sympathy and love.

Robin Carmody, Sunday, 5 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

best wishes and fortune, as ever: and yeah, email anything you want — i'd love to see it

mark s, Monday, 6 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Hey if you need anything from me ... email me.

anthony, Monday, 6 August 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

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