Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Phillies win!


Well, I guess in all honesty I'm a fair weather fan, but hey, I went to see one game when I was in Philadelphia, so that gives me some kind of street cred, right? I know who Mike Schmidt is - well, not what position he played, but . . . that's what Wikipedia's for, right? So anyhow, yay Phillies!! (Let's just ignore the fact that the Rays made huge mistakes in the 9th of game 3 and the first inning of game 6, which basically cost them the series).

Cycle 14

Okay, so down to the nitty gritty. Today was Day 2 of cycle 14 of 17. Nothing too new, although I had to make sure I got the correct premeds yesterday (they forgot to give me Aloxi, which is like Zofran but lasts over 3-5 days). Today I was just really tired and kind of napped on and off throughout the day. I did get a chance to catch up with a friend who I met when I first started this chemo last year. He has ewing's sarcoma and had just finished this chemo protocol when I started. Unfortunately he had a local recurrence recently, but he had surgery and will do a stem cell transplant after this new chemo cycle he's on. Hopefully that'll clear things up. Stay strong, Steve!

It's so difficult to have so much uncertainty about this whole ordeal. For me, there's no real data on this kind of cancer, especially not in someone my age, and it's similar for my friend. I guess it's good to know there's recourse after the first round, but of course you'd rather not have to go through it. For now, I guess it'll have to be good enough to get through this first (and hopefully last) bit. Only three more cycles to go!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Don't you know about the bird?


I watched the Family Guy episode, "I Dream of Jesus", last night and laughed my butt off. I thought the first half was awesome - second half wasn't that great, but for some reason I thought Peter's "Surfin' Bird" dance was hilarious. I could see some people thinking it's just annoying, but I would humbly disagree. You can see it on Hulu if you missed it. Actually, the spoof of Dane Cook is pretty good, too (anyone actually think that guy is funny? If so, can you explain why?). 

Anyhow, I finished number 13 on Monday (woohoo!). Just four more to go, but right now it's looking like I'll turn 30 before it's done. Not sure what's different, but this one seemed to really knock me down. Last time I had a one-day VC (Vincristine, Cyclophosphamide) cycle, I went off to King's Canyon that evening and did a 9-mile (though relatively flat) hike with everyone the next day. This time I was just really tired for the next few days, and even going out shopping for random things yesterday wore me out. I guess it could be psychological, or the cumulative effects of the chemo, or who knows? One definite difference is that this time we decided to delay the start of my 14 neupogen shots until today (usually I start them a day after treatment is done). That way, they'll finish closer to the time of my next treatment, which hopefully will keep me on track schedule-wise. Neupogen is supposed to boost my white cells mostly, which usually doesn't seem to correlate with my energy level, though, so I'm not sure why this round hit me so hard. I guess I could also be a little anemic (low red cells). That has definitely made me fatigued in the past. 

Sometimes the scientist in me wants to get blood tests every day so I can track this sort of thing and find out what affects me when and how, but I guess then I'd have to get blood tests every day, and that would be kind of a drag. I guess in lieu of that I'll have to keep to the Wheel of Speculation (that's the wheel in my head that's like the Wheel of Fortune wheel except the money values are replaced by reasons for my low energy - you get the idea).