August 6th, 2011


[links] Link salad for a quiet Saturday

A negative review of the Polish edition of Trial of Flowers

Review: Hail, Caesar! 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' delivers

Man with Breast Cancer Denied Medicaid — Because he's not a woman.

Are Smart People Getting Smarter?

Antiproton ring found around Earth — Cool stuff, Maynard. (Via Chris W. Johnson.)

Google's self-driving wreck: Really human error?

Texas State University researcher discovers pirate shipwreck — Mmm, Captain Morgan.

Boeing pilots to make space trip — Commercial space.

Should the DMV Be Allowed to Censor Vanity Plates?

Police officers convicted over Katrina bridge shootings — I am very glad to see some justice in this awful case.

The Right Wing's Thin Skin — They sure do love to dish out the abusive labeling, but they sure do hate to take it.

Will the Debt Deal Force Higher Taxes on the Rich? — (Thanks to Dad.)

Downgraded US Credit Rating: What comes of Coddling the Super-Rich — I understand why Republican politicos and donors go along with their tax policy. I have never understood why rank and file Republican voters do, when it is so profoundly against both their personal interests and against the national interest.

?otD: What?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minutes stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Weight: 227.4
Currently reading: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin


[cancer] More oncology

I met with my medical oncologist yesterday. We agreed that I am in fine health, except for the nicely-recovering surgical wound and the systemic cancer issues. She, like my surgical oncologist, was unconcerned about the proximity of my tumor to my right kidney, as the margins tested clean. We have agreed on 8/26 as the start date for the next round of chemotherapy. I'll go in 8/25 for labs, and then the usual morning run 8/26 for treatment.

In that vein (so to speak), I am going to be on prophylactic Neulasta this fall. The half-life of the drug is 10 days, so she figures they'll give me an injection at every session unless my white cell count is too high. That will be interesting. It also means that I'm unlikely to have any chemo date slips. I failed to ask her about whether I should be on Avastin this fall, so have followed up with an email.

I also claimed my liver segment, which had been sent over by pathology. My medical oncologist thought it was hilarious and weird that I wanted that back. The tissue sample is two pieces, about the size of steak tips, which they rather resemble. Photos here if anyone wants to see. The segment has been enshrined on my brag shelf next to my steampunk modded My Little Pony. Now I need to go fish out my colon segment to go along with it.

Per my discussion with my medical oncologist, my fall chemo schedule should be:

8/26 - 8/28
9/9 - 9/11
9/23 - 9/25
10/7 - 10/9
10/21 - 10/23
11/4 - 11/6
11/18 - 11/20
12/2 - 12/4

That should be it. We're working now on setting up my primary caregiver rotation. I'll have some followup testing in December, and be very reduced in energy and capacity through at least March. Maybe this time we'll get the little fucker good.