December 19th, 2011


[links] Link salad tastes funny

Author Interview – Philip Athans

What’s the ‘value’ of a cancer treatment? — A discussion of cancer treatments and costs in the UK. (Via Curiosity Counts

Ecosystems shift as climate changesBy 2100, nearly 40 percent of land-based ecosystems - forest, grassland or tundra, for example - will have moved from one type to another. More liberal bias in the facts.

This poll tells you everything that's wrong with American politics

The GOP's Long and Winding Road — Primary politics on the Right.

G.O.P. Monetary Madness — Paul Krugman on Ron Paul's fiscal policy.

Newt Gingrich: Gay People Choose To Be Gay Like Priests Choose Celibacy — Playing the bigot card always seems to go over so well with conservatives. Are you proud of your Republican party?

?otd: Do clowns taste funny to you?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 13.25 (solid plus napping)
Weight: 209.4
Currently (re)reading: Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey


[cancer] Chemo 12 of 12, day 3


Well, yesterday the pump came off for the last time in this chemo series. I am done with it for now. Chances are better than even that there's a pump in my future again, but for now I'll take the gradual return to normalcy.

I've got two or three weeks of side effects to look forward to, probably including an almost continuous run of severe lower GI disruption, if recent experience is any guide. By early January I'll be in my climb-out though. At that point, the overriding issue for a while will probably be continuing fatigue. It's not clear to me how long that will take place, but prior experience suggests months on the mend.

And of course, the next checkpoint is the forthcoming CT scan on February 15th. Last time I went about nine months between the completion of chemo and the detection of the next metastasis. It would be nice to have 2012 to work on Sunspin and enjoy my personal life.

Whatever happens, I'll take each day as it comes. For now, I am on the road to healthy.


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