May 14th, 2011


[links] Link salad lolls on the pump

Drifting apart: Amazing underwater photos that show the growing gap between two tectonic platesSwimming through an area of extreme natural beauty, this diver surveys the underwater canyons on his either side. But this British scuba diver is actually between two tectonic plates. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Disney Trademarks 'Seal Team 6,' Name Of Unit That Killed Bin Laden — This is just creepy.

Porn Stash Found in bin Laden Hideout: US Officials — Ah, strict moral virtue standing in opposition to the decadence of the West. Much like how the largest per capita consumer of porn in the United States is Mormon Utah.

Huckabee Adviser: Obama is a Soviet Spy — Confidential to conservatives in America: the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Your paranoia is a bit past its sell-by date. Feel free to be paranoid about Islamic terrorism however, which received large financial and political support from the Reagan administration as an anti-Soviet measure to create the Taleban. Yes, that Reagan, America's first divorced president and icon of patriotic and family values.

?otD: Mind altering drugs much?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (galley edits to Endurance)
Body movement: n/a (possibly some biking to com)
Hours slept: 9.5 hours (fitful, plus napping)
Weight: 241.0
Currently reading: Sasha 124 by Alex Tillson


[cancer] Chemotherapy session 1, day 1 - FOLFIRI

Yesterday my parents picked me up at 8 am. We went over to the infusion center. There we met up with [info]tillyane, [info]mlerules and H—.

The usual intake procedures happened, my chest port was accessed, then we sat around an hour or so while they checked my bloodwork and prepped my chemo course. Finally they came around and did the de-accession training for Sunday's at-home de-access. That was a little less organized than last time, and I had to prompt my nurse for several things such as the crucial printed checklist.

The drug infusions went as expected. Irinotecan (the core ingredient in FOLFIRI) doesn't fry my brain quite the way Oxaliplatin (the core ingredient in FOLFOX) did. But ZOMG the fatigue.

Getting out of there took a while because my pharmaceutical exit counseling was delayed, and there was some confusion about which scrips had already been written, generating an unnecessary trip to my pharmacy on the way home. Not to mention which Friday afternoon traffic was unusually toxic.

Still we go back, to a Chinese meal procured by Mom and Dad. They went on home afterwards, while [info]mlerules stayed to be caregiver on duty this weekend.

It went okay at first.

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This is only the beginning.