Signs and symbols. Today I had two procedures -- CT scan and bone scan. They weren't terrible, but there were some slightly painful moments, some uncomfortable bits, and a lot of tedium (the whole thing took four hours). Today was the first day since the cancer diagnosis that they put a patient ID bracelet on me, the first day they gave me a page of stickers with my name and bar code, ready to paste into as many forms as necessary.
I haven't felt sick at all up until this point -- if it weren't for the mammogram a few weeks ago, I would just be going about my daily routine right now, assuming I was healthy. Today I felt...almost branded. Warning: sick person here. I found myself taking comfort in my bright starry socks, and my new wedding ring. Warmth and love against the cold.