Well... three weeks since I last posted. Lots of stuff happening. First I want to lay some cool stuff that I've come across on ya . Both are NPR reports. One gives a lot of hope and the other just makes me say wtf? Check them out tell me what you think.
Morning Edition, January 29, 2009 · The chances of surviving cancer have been increasing in recent years. One of the most dramatic success stories in cancer care involves a little-known cancer called multiple myeloma that had been among the deadliest types of the disease. Listen or read here: Link
When I was in school this is the last type of illegal drug we had on our minds.
Morning Edition, February 5, 2009 · They're commonly called "smart drugs" or "study drugs." Scientists call them "cognitive enhancers." Drugs like Adderall and Ritalin, generally prescribed for attention-deficit disorder, are increasingly being used by college students to help them study despite serious side effects, researchers say. Link
Now you not only have to worry about the dopers in the peleton but you have to look out for them in the cube next to you. They really have a pill for everything now.
Today I am sitting around waiting for my oncologist to call. Yesterday he called and left a message. "Your lab results are in and I need to talk to you as soon as possible." was his message. It is now 24 hours since he called and I have left him 4 messages since but no return call. What is up with my test results? I am not too worried because my mole at Kaiser has gone into my records and found the test results. Something in there is a bit askew but we (my mole, the Chickenhawk and I) don't know how to interpret the numbers on the test. The cancer markers are still in the "best we could hope for range." So I am chillin'.
If I didn't have a mole inside the Kaiser organization gathering intelligence I would probably be pushing the threat level into the Red range right now. Good intelligence is key in the war against Kaiser. If I don't hear from them by 2:30 I am going to make a frontal assault on their voice mail system in an attempt to talk to a human. You know, they discourage that. Talking to humans...
Post script: the doc called at 2:10. everything is fine.
I am doing great. Dennis Eagan has been really helping me a lot. With his instruction I have regained a lot of strength and balance. I am walking almost normally now and getting stronger. I still need to make more time to exercise but it is working out. I am still having troubles getting off of prednisone and it is big pain in the butt that I don't care to elaborate on. Everything is good right now and I am healthier and feel better than I was a year ago.
BTW I have discovered Facebook and am enjoying it. Come find me there and check in.