May 15th, 2010


[links] Link salad wonders who will serve and who will eat

Back to biking after a traumatic crashshelly_rae is profiled in the Seattle Times.

jpsorrow reviews Crime Spells — In which I have a piece or two.

The Vader Project 2010 — Well, that bent my head. (Via @Renovationsf.)

Against Gotham — Ta-Nehisi Coates on why he dislikes New York City.

Strange Signs From Abroad

Mapping Ancient Civilization, in a Matter of Days — Cool tech, interesting application.

Somewhere over the rainbow... — A terrific rant about the GOP. Heh.

The dominant handSlackitivist on rights, privileges, and the folly of polls with respect to Arizona's new immigration law. As I've observed elsewhere, the law polls well with white people who can't imagine they might be subject to it.

Incident spurs call for school use reviewA city School Committee member says she's 'appalled' at how GOP guests treated a classroom. "...classroom had been searched. Republicans who had attended the convention called Principal Mike McCarthy to complain about "anti-American" things they saw there, including a closed box containing copies of the U.S. Constitution that were published by the American Civil Liberties Union." That list bit is especially bizarre, given the Constitution fetishism of conservatives lately, unless the ACLU has been editing the Constitution somehow. Stay classy, conservative America. it's what you do best.

?otD: Does homicidal bitchin' go down in your kitchen?

Writing time yesterday: 90 minutes (editing and WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 (so-so)
This morning's weigh-in: 230.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 5/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold


[cancer] Other than that, how was your day Mrs. Lincoln?

Yesterday was a bit better than the mid-week. This is a relative statement, of course. I still feel like the proverbial bronzed shit boot scraper. Just a bit less so. These past two mornings the peripheral neuropathy hasn't been quite so crippling, though it lurks in the numbness of my feet and calves. Not to mention which I am still wearing gloves and hat indoors today. Still not planning to take up driving again in the foreseeable future, though.

I did have a longish talk with an oncology nurse yesterday. The fatigue is normal (as I expected), the sudden drop-off is unfortunate but not unexpected. They would be more concerned about the peripheral neuropathy if it were spontaneous and persistent, but it appears to be cold-linked, and that is also unfortunate but not unexpected. She reminded me that peripheral neuropathy can persist for up to two years after chemotherapy is concluded, and in some cases permanently; the nurse's point being to keep the oncology team completely up to date on my side effects. If it doesn't settle down in the coming week, they may reduce my dosages somewhat.

On the mental front, I had a nicely productive day at the Day Jobbe yesterday, and managed to spend some post-work time on a small e-publishing project at Smashwords. More about that later in a separate post, once I've gotten to the other end of the project, but the significance is I pulled my brain into writing focus.

As my brain seems to still be in focus this morning, today I plan to work on the Sekrit Projekt, which needs my attention. the_child's last lacrosse game of the season is today as well, so if I can manage to leave the house (a seriously questionable issue) I would like to see her play. tillyjane is here keeping an eye on me, so she won't let me do anything stupid.

The new normal seems to amount to "don't move around much, and your feet hurt". Ok. Five more weeks. I can do this.