A quick update for all the Twitter folk who have been wishing me well:
I’m feeling better today than I was yesterday, and was feeling better yesterday than the day before.
I have an appointment with a hematologist at noon. I do not expect an immediate diagnosis and neither should you. I’m now realizing that I have been ill for a while but ignoring the symptoms. So I am spending the morning trying to make a comprehensive list so my doctor can get as accurate a picture of my last few years as I can provide. And mentally prepare myself for the long haul.
I don’t mind y’all asking about my symptoms and what the doctors are telling me. Since I am in a privileged position where my health does not affect my job prospects and my friendships, I am intentionally trying to speak more openly than others are able. But from now on please only ask in private (I will mostly likely answer with more detail than you want, but there are times where I won’t be willing to respond). I will continue to openly write publicly, but only when I am comfortable doing so. First, my health affects others and others have affected my health. Second, projects I have been working on are going to put me into a public spotlight and it only takes a few jerks to ruin good works, so I need to be able to moderate as much of what is published about me as I can.
With love, wish me good health.