Friday, December 28, 2018

Day One of MY New Year

New Superhero?!

It's Captain AFINITOR!  My new chemo-not-really-chemo but comes-in-a-chemo-bag pill. With my cancer taking a plateau and threatening to go back to the dreaded "progressive" mode, my Onco decided to change course. I am now attacking the evil M-TOR, another cell proliferation and growth pathway just to battle the beast in a new and improved way. Yeah I didn't understand a word of that either.
Along with the Afinitor (generic: everolimus) daily pill, I am now receiving my new estrogen blocker Faslodex (generic: fulvestrant) as a monthly shot on the "hip." Now I know that the nice nurse wants to be proper and all, but it's the butt, trust me, I have a Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology and one my fortes was an uncanny accurate knowledge of anatomy. The double shot is definitely on the butt, one on each cheek, once a month.

So far so good

I just literally took my very first Afinitor pill, no side effects yet! LOL Here is a picture of the complete sheet of instructions, cautions, dosage recommendations, chemistry, studies (with some cool graphs), more cautions, horrible and mild side effects with percentage of probability, drug interactions, foods not to eat, resources for dealing with all that and oh, so much, so much more... Looks like nearly for sure I will be getting some mouth sores so I am going to ztart p'actithing zpeeking wit a zlightly thoft tongue. And rinsing with saline water, and brushing with Sensodyne, and drinking smoothies.
Makes for awesome reading, honestly, let me know if you want to borrow it to cozy up by the fire with the 2x4 foot sheet of tiny print. And the most amazing thing!: it folds to a mere 1x2 inch thick-ish bundle. Wow.
So anyhow, I am on the way to a new and exciting adventure. To quote Van Halen, "might as well JUMP!" that next rattlesnake and keep going up the trail.

Speaking of hiking

Awesome hike with family this last weekend, nearly empty desert, cool and sunny and all the desert plants just loving the winter. Saw some wild burros, jumped over a stream, climbed some sandstone, followed a neat narrow trail up Sandstone Canyon and took major gulps of the freshest cleanest air in this beautiful land. I leave you with this desert awesomeness:
Looking up Sandstone Canyon, Spring Mountains, Nevada

1 comment:

  1. Where you walk looks utterly beautiful. I can see why you love it so much.


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