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).