Sad Songs Are Nature's Onions

"For the sickness, that be spreadin with the quickness Remedies, cousin I be doin on my enemies Penalty, then I drink forties to they memories" - "Release Yo' Delf" by Method Man

Monday, September 26, 2005

"Live, Direct From Hell... Spinal Tap!"

Tomorrow is the last needle in the spine I'll be getting for awhile. That is most definitely a good thing. I'm getting my brain irradiated on Wednesday as well. It is pretty low level radiation though, so there's not too much to worry about. It's just a preventative thing.

It's also looking good for me being able to go home for Thanksgiving. I'm pretty "stoked" about that, as the kids say. I'm also taking Kathryn with me, so she'll get to experience all of the wonderment and mirth that is Sydney as well. There will most definitely be some Gobblefesting going on. I'm pretty excited to see Rock Ranger again. It's been too long.

Oh, and I also went to Taco Bell again yesterday. The Chicken Burrito Supreme meal... I approve.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Run(s) For The Border

Taco Bell is now open on Quinpool Road.

I think I'm going for a walk soon.

I've always had a weakness for The Bell's unique brand of low-grade Tex Mex mess. What can I say, I likes what I likes.

A Seven Layer Burrito and a nice siesta. Sounds like a dandy afternoon to me.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Free At Last, Free At Last!

For the first time in a few months, I am IV free. My Hickman line was removed during my last hospital stay, and my temporary IV was taken out last night after my last dose of antibiotics. I'm going to take 15 showers today. Ah, the things you "normals" take for granted. I suggest you all try this at least once: try showeing with a Ziplock bag taped to your chest with "waterproof" tape (that isn't actually waterproof), trying your best to wash yourself with one hand while facing away from the shower nozzle. That is the joy of trying to take a shower with a Hickman line attached to you. While I did experience some slight separation anxiety for a few minutes after it was removed, I can't say that I miss having that damned thing hanging off of me.

Oh yeah, and a happy 4-month anniversary shout out to my lovely girlfriend Kathryn. I'll take you out to Arby's for the Five For Five deal. Loves ya.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

My Head Hurts

So I'm out. And my head hurts. A lovely side effect of this week's lumbar puncture.

I'm currently in the process of figuring out a way to conduct all of my daily business from the prone position. Suggestions are welcome.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Live From Wing 8A

Just a quick post from the hospital to let you jerks know what the deal is:

My infection is under control, and I'll be in here for a few more days. I'm feeling 'aight. I went into Radiology today to get my cranium mapped for my upcoming raditiation therapy. They took this white mesh looking thing, put it in a hot water bath, stretched it over my face, and let it take the shape of my skull and harden up. Weirdness. At least now, if I ever want to build a plastic body double of myself in an effort to fake my own death, I have a ready head mold at my disposal.

The hospital food has been okay, although I wish I had more of the turkey and mashed potatoes and less of the chicken crock pot soup, thank you very much, Capital Health. Oh, and for anybody who finds themselves on the inside, here's a friendly tip: stay away from the fishsticks. Trust me.

Lymphomapalooza: Part Deux, went off without a hitch in the Syd over the weekend. Big thanks to all those who made it out.

Well, I better get back to my room, as I'm sure I'm due to get jabbed and probed with some kind of intrusive device in the near future. I'll be lucky if I come out of this not looking like a block of Swiss cheese.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

infiltrating the system

firstly: this is not iain. this is iain's girlfriend, kathryn, invading iain's blog to give his readers and friends an important update.

secondly: all this new password information has surely made me drunk with power.

thirdly,and the point: iain has been admitted into the hospital once again. it seems that some nasty bugs set up camp in his hickman line and presented him with a nasty little infection. after some temperature spikes, chills and shakes, the doctors and nurses have put him on a seven day antibiotic program, which should take care of everything. he's still feeling fairly well and is in good spirits about everything, but must endure a week of poking and prodding and hospital food.

he's in the VG site, in the same unit as he was before. please call ahead before visiting and no sickies please.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Belated Thanks, and Round 2

Thank you:

One World Cafe
Stephan and everybody else who had a hand in planning the show
Windom Earle, Hot.Shot.Robot, and Juan Love
Jon Bruhm and The Coast for some sweet free advertising
All of the folks who came out ot the show and donated money.

And it's all happening again this Saturday in my hometown of Sydney. My brother is putting together Lymphomapalooza II: Electric Boogaloo. Here are the details:

Sat, Sep 3

LYMPHOMAPALOOZA
A Benefit For Iain Gillis

The best in local talent raise money for a great cause.

Some featured acts include:
Rock Ranger,
Tom Fun and the Granola Collective,
Slowcoaster,
Carmen Townsend,
The Lighthouse Choir,
Ryan J. and Sheamus MacNeil
@ the Upstairs


So, anybody out there who is reading this and is from Sydney or the surrounding area, get you arse out to this one. It's gonna be huge. Believe dat.