First I’d like to make a little shout out to the nice folks in Spain at Lucky Basterds who contacted me a while ago and said they’d been following the blog and wanted to send me a gift. I’ve seen a few cycling caps and owned a few, but this is by quite a stretch my favorite. It is beautifully made, and their selection of color combinations is really great and all over the map. Go check them out. Something for everyone. (When I suggested to them that I would put the cap on the blog, they protested.. ‘no no.. you mistake our intentions!’)
This week I’m getting a partial reprieve. Monday went as usual. I came home with intense pain that went away when properly medicated. When I went in on tuesday for my second day of drip drip, the doc did my blood work and found that my white cell count had dipped dangerously low (1.4 something or others when it should be up between 4 and 10), and he decided to stop the treatment for the week. SO one less night with the 5fu pump. A blessing. The low blood count is not really to be sneezed at, though. He also sent me home with neupogen shots to up the counts. Put me on a course of prophylactic antibiotics. I’ll go back in today to check on the counts and see how much MORE neupogen I need to do to get back up to safe levels.
The pain did NOT raise its ugly head yesterday afternoon as it has been doing the last couple of rounds. Cross my fingers and say a little prayer that that’s a good sign, and maybe this week I’ll just skip it. Though I don’t think that’s likely.. I’ll be carrying meds with me today as I make my rounds. This morning I’m packing up a few overdue etsy prints, and heading in to the doc all in time to make it to the pool hall by 11:30 or so to meet with Jeremiah. The last few rounds have robbed me of some very important meditation at the pool hall!! This round I intend to play a bit!
Yesterday was Hill’s b-day. We went to a nice little dinner at Il posto accanto.. Same place we went for Valentines day. They’re very sweet there. When we declined desert, they brought us a gratis little bottle of muscato desert wine, knowing it was Hill’s day. Kindness of strangers.
(on friday, if I have the energy, I will make a video about cooking octopus. A favorite food around here. Another cheap, sustainable, delicious source of protein that most people don’t know how to cook!)