Update

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 8.442% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

In case you don’t use Twitter for your trending news, I got the news on my mother: she’s all right for now.
Essentially, the way this particular disease works is that if her blood level of toxoplasms hits 20%, she’s hit what we call the “organ-damaging” phase of the disease, and things start to go downhill really quick.  She’s at 10-15%, which is high…. But she was at 10% fourteen years ago, so it just may be that she’s at chronic risk for this sort of thing.  This wouldn’t be unusual, in our family.  My Uncle Tommy was HIV+ back in the day when HIV was a death sentence, and he lived for twenty years after that.
Now, chances are that she will get a fatal disease in her lifetime.  That sucks.  And the doctor indicated the presence of a gene that indicates that if and when this turns active, it will be virulent.
But in dealing with cancer, “Not today” is your triumph.  She’s okay.  And going to be okay for the next six months, at which point they’ll check her blood and see how things are going. I’m pretty sure it’ll be okay.
Now I’m going to collapse.

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