Some Positive News, For Once

Some Positive News, For Once

Item the first: my follow up blood cultures are back and I no longer have bacteria in my blood! Yay! Item the second: I had an appointment with my endocrinologist's practice earlier this week and they're going to start the process for an insulin pump! I have my first education appointment with one of their educators on Friday! Once I get the pump, I'll...

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Still Too Broken to Fix

Still Too Broken to Fix

This is going to be a boring-ass health update. Things are annoying and frustrating, but not acute. I spent a week in the hospital a few weeks back; I woke up in the wee hours of a Monday morning shaking so much that I could barely talk and after I threw up the three swallows of Crystal Light (don't @ me) that I tried, we toddled off to the ER. Turned out...

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I can’t even with my pancreas

I can’t even with my pancreas

So I apparently cursed myself with my last post--I landed in the hospital last Wednesday evening and didn't get out until Monday afternoon. I had a fever of 100.8 and I was just incredibly uncomfortable with the fluid accumulation and just had been feeling off all day, so off to the ER we went. Luckily, it was not a total hell-visit, I was seen by triage...

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“Hello, I’m sorry, I lost myself”

“Hello, I’m sorry, I lost myself”

So, um, hello! I know, it's been a while. Life happened. This got long, so the update is under the cut. In quasi-chronological order: I was hospitalized for most of a week in February and was out of work for a week. I was on disability for the entire month of March. This is a long and complicated story and I don't feel like repeating it here for the ten...

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January 2020: State of the Natalie

The current state of the Natalie is...not great. More below the cut. Still trying to get to the bottom of the ascites; I've had appointments with doctors at both Penn and Jefferson and they both need more data before we can decide on a path of action. That data collection happened today, so maybe in a couple of weeks? I really need answers and a path...

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Hello! I'm Natalie Luhrs.

I write about books, culture, disability, and whatever else strikes my fancy. I have many opinions.

I am a two-time Hugo Award finalist, in 2017 for Best Fan Writer and in 2021 for my essay “George R.R. Martin Can Fuck Off Into the Sun, Or: The 2020 Hugo Awards Ceremony (Rageblog Edition)” in the Best Related Work category.

Please do not offer me medical advice. I have something like 10 doctors and it’s already pretty challenging to keep up with what they want me to do. I do not have the bandwidth to process any advice that doesn’t come from one of my doctors, no matter how well meant the advice may be. Thank you!

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