Update On My Mother

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 4.824% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

So in addition to my usual SAD, I’ve been staying with my Mom while she’s been getting a biopsy and waiting for news on progress on her multiple myeloma. She’s been in chemo treatments (thankfully light ones, but still poison) for eight months now, and we didn’t know how things had gone.

As it turns out, pretty well. She’s gone from 40% to 5-10%, which means she’s responding well to the treatment and on the way to a potential partial remission. The bad news, such as it is, is that she has to keep going to chemo, but only because the rule here is “Keep blasting her bones with poison until the numbers stop going down.” (Or, in medical parlance, “The numbers plateau.”) So that’s good.

My brain being the asshole that it is, however, I’ve been pushing back all my Seasonal Affective Depression to go “Keep it together for Mom, keep it together for Mom,” and now that she’s (reasonably) okay my brain went “SHE’S OKAY! SLAM HIM!”, and this morning is a mass of detached anxiety tumbling over my doorstep. So it goes.

Anyway. My Mom’s okay. That’s what I need right now. So we’re good.


  1. andrewducker
    May 13, 2021


  2. Doug S.
    May 13, 2021

    I hadn’t known about your mom’s cancer, but I’m glad she’s getting better rather than worse.

  3. Michael Cahoon
    Jul 12, 2021

    I hope you’re ok, man

  4. Simulated Knave
    Aug 30, 2021

    I googled you to check the blog. The google preview is the bit from your previous post about “we were in a parking lot kissing.”

    I clicked through, saw the title “update on my mother” and was like WOW THAT’S NOT HOW ONE TREATS ONE’S MOTHER.

    Then I realized what had happened.

    But I thought you might be amused. Or, alternately, horrified in a way that amuses me.

    Hope you do well. I’ve found fish oil helps a lot with keeping my Vitamin D up and minimizing SAD-like reactions (I live in northernish-Canada these days), and would commend it to you if you have not tried it re SAD.

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