July 17th, 2010


[links] Link salad flies like an eagle, to the sea

Vintage Bibliomysteries: Books Can Be Fatal! — Every writer should check this out. Hilarious.

The beauty of fish bones

What You're Doing Is Important — Skepchick on the value of skepticism. (Via Bad Astronomy.)

It’s been too long since we walked on the Moon — Nixon, Elvis and Apollo 17.

Autism And Wealth — Hey, look, actual (and interesting) science on autism. Gee, fact-free ideology such as antivax is so much easier to get worked up about. (Via Freakonomics.)

?otD: Does your spirit carry you?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (revision, editing and WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.5 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 233.0
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert


[cancer] CT or not CT, that is the question

CT, of course. 'Tis definitely nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous medicine than to die of cancer. Yesterday's scan was, well, a scan. Not much to tell until we get the results on Monday. calendula_witch and I were at the oncology clinic bright and early, where they set my port needle again and drew some blood, then down to the imaging center for the CT. After being NPO for several hours, even the contrast dye almost tasted good.

I will say the injectable dye is a slightly different experience through the chest port than through the arm. Though I might be confusion causality, this may have been a post-chemo thing. In addition to the usual places to feel the heat, I felt it in the back of my throat and in my hands — locations the peripheral neuropathy has manifested. Other than that, the whole business was quite routine.

calendula_witch dropped me off at home so I could go back to Day Jobbery, while she took care of some stuff, then came and spent the rest of the day with me once I got off work. I was (and to some degree still am) feeling emotionally fragile from scan stress, as well as other life stress. Her company and caregiving was much appreciated.

In other news, shelly_rae is riding the STP today and tomorrow. Drop by her blog and wish her well. It's a big bite of the apple she's taking, and I'm proud of her for doing it.