December 6th, 2011


[links] Link salad awakens far too early

Giant Casimir Effect Predicted Inside Metamaterials

Found: Earth-Like Planet That Might Be Right For Life

Art and the Limits of Neuroscience

Childhood disorder prompts study of infection link to mental illnessCases of children suddenly exhibiting obsessive-compulsive disorder after strep has led to studies that reinforce the belief that some mental illnesses can be triggered by an immune response.

The Health Risks of Being Left-HandedLefties Face Chance Of ADHD, Other Disorders; Brain Wiring Holds Clues. (Via David Goldman.)

When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids

Three GOP Presidential Candidates Sign Pledge To Investigate LGBT Community — More bigoted sleaze from the American Right. But then, that's the GOP's stock-in-trade with their voting base. (Via [info]danjite.)

Send in the Clueless — Paul Krugman on what it takes to be elected as the GOP presidential candidate.

Mitt Romney supporters nervous about Newt Gingrich — They're not the only ones.

?otd: Sleep well?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.5 (badly interrupted)
Weight: 210.8
Currently (re)reading: Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold


[cancer] The odd bodkin

Last week was pretty good, chemo side effects wise. I felt like myself much of the week, insofar as that's possible. Of course, it was the 'good' week, leading into chemo number eleven of twelve. However, so far this week is shaping up more poorly. I woke up around 1:30 am with a dire need to urinate what turned out to be about a teaspoon's worth, and never went back to sleep. Gave up and arose at 4:00 am, only to discover a generic aversion to food this morning. I'm really hoping this passes.

Cognitively I'm doing okay on an hour-by-hour basis, but my focus on longer term stuff is wonky. Thank Ghu for lists and notes and emails, but it's still strange.

All this of course is leading into the final chemo session of this series, about ten days from now. Then the climb out, which will be slow and tedious but at the least trending in the right direction. I'm tired of being foggy and fatigued and subject to the whims of my GI tract.

Soon, soon.