Monthly Archives: February, 2012

A Dead Ringer (or Two)

I nipped out to Salk Lake City last Friday to meet with Paul, the prosthetist owner/designer of CustomDME.  Leaving my house just after 4am, I drove across the bay to the Oakland airport and caught a direct predawn flight to SLC.  Despite the early departure time, my flight was full, overhead bins filled quickly, and …

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Dead Ringer (Part Two)

Following a short 15 minute drive from Paul’s house I arrived at Temple Square, a several city block area devoted solely to the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS).  The grounds are immaculately groomed and flower beds (which I’ve heard will be bursting with spring bulb colors in just a couple of months) are carefully …

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Herceptin ReCap: 1/14

Four weeks have passed since the last drops of Taxol flowed through my veins.  All of the last gasp side effects cropping up in the aftermath of the final chemo session dissipated within a week or so.  At the time I was distressed by the queasiness, joint aches, taste issues, and mouth and throat sores …

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Like the Phoenix

From the ashes of the phoenix I rise again.  During yesterday’s morning routine, I just happened to peer into the mirror a bit more closely (a practice in fact discontinued several weeks back so as to not lead to too much disenheartenment). I’m uncertain what prompted me to do so — perhaps it was what …

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One Small Step

A little over four weeks have passed since I seriously sprained my left ankle while hiking the Stanford Dish.  Just today, I finally felt healed enough to run again.  I have attempted to jog occasionally over the past week, but aborted each time shortly after noticing residual discomfort. A premature return to running would probably …

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Execute Plan B

My friend Sachi and I both completed our first triathlon this morning at the College of San Mateo.  While I failed to execute the swim for which I have been training over the past month, I redeemed that faulty performance somewhat during the subsequent bike ride and run. Sachi and I arrived at the pool …

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Herceptin ReCap: 2/14

Knock on wood, I think my abdominal incision is finally almost completely healed.  Just in case the wound reopens, Dr. Orman put through the paperwork for out-patient surgery to redo the sutures.  It’s a little ridiculous how very long it took to close up  — I’m now almost 5 months post-op. Weight:  Back down to …

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Human Pincushion (Herceptin #3/14)

It’s almost like adjuvant therapy is a zero sum game.  For the 12 weeks of Taxol + Herceptin, I had to deal with 2 needle sticks every single week — one for the blood test and one for the drug infusion. Now that I no longer need blood tests and go in for Herceptin infusions …

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