Sunday, May 25, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I've been posting more on my food blog, Open Mouth, Insert Fork. Check out my latest reminisces about sweet tea. I'm still working on that "redesign" that I promised several months ago.
I'm also contributing to the Pasadena YWCA's blog. Check out my latest post, "What Color is Fraud?"
Monday, May 19, 2008
Could this be why I continued eating like a longshoreman but only gained a half pound in the last month? I'm not exhibiting any other signs of blood parasites, so we're just going to wait and see what happens next month.
I also dropped in for a two-hour cognitive test. I'm participating in a three-year study to determine if there's a connection between high-dose chemo and diminished cognitive functioning (aka chemo brain). Not to brag, but my brain seems to be operating swifter and better than ever. The test administrator, who's not supposed to give feedback, told me that I performed faster and more accurately than any patient she's ever tested in several areas. I even made a clean sweep in the area that's usually my weakest - spatial/visual perception problems. (When I took the same test before my stem cell transplant, I hit a wall on the last two problems.)
I strutted out of there thinking, "Watch out world. I am one smart cookie!" But the euphoria didn't last long. On my way down to my clinical appointment, I realized that I'd forgotten my yellow patient folder. I went back to get it and got lost. I wandered around aimlessly for several minutes and never found my folder or the testing area.
Is that the way the smart cookie crumbles?
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
If you're using any of these excuses, think again:
- I can't stand the sight of blood: Testing no longer requires blood. Just give a few cells from your cheek.
- I'm too busy: It only takes a few seconds to swab your cheek. You don't have to leave the comfort of your home.
- I'm a big baby. If I'm a match, I'm afraid of the procedure: Donating your stem cells is now as simple as donating platelets and takes just one day out of your life.
- I'm too poor to afford the $50 for a kit: Until May 19, the Donor Garden is providing FREE kits. The National Bone Marrow Program is also offering free kits to the first 10,000 people who register online before May 19.
- A Caucasian has a 70% chance of finding a match on the National Registry.
- Minorities have a 10% chance.
- Mixed-race patients have a 2% chance.
The more people who register, then the greater the chance of finding a match.
Wouldn't you love to be a life-saving match? PLEASE register today.
ONE YEAR AGO TODAY: I checked in to Hotel Hope for round three of Hyper CVAD.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Black or brown? Yellow or white? Male or female? "What's the Difference?" will explore the assumptions we make based on race and gender and other attributes that make us different from one another. Will we learn that we're not so different after all?
You can view my contribution, "What are you?" here.
I hope you'll take a look and leave a comment.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I just got back from a long weekend in San Francisco and found out that I have a slot to read/perform at Max 10, a performance laboratory at the Electric Lodge in Venice. Max 10 features 10 artists performing for a maximum of ten minutes on the first Monday of the month (ten times a year).
What: Max 10
Where: The Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Ave.
When: Monday, May 5
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