Sunday, December 17, 2006
How do you eat your gingerbread man?
I started with his left arm, making a clockwise journey through his appendages until I reached the head, saving the body for last. It is the squishiest, and therefore most delicious, part of said man. It was a good relationship while it lasted, but now I've moved on. I just don't think he'll be able to meet my needs on a long-term basis. Oh well. On another, happy medical note: my doctors told me today that I tested positive for.... Epstein-Barr virus! John! Tell us about the Epstein-Barr virus! Well folks, the Epstein-Barr virus is a member of the herpes virus family. It typically causes mononucleosis, but it is possible to have the virus without having mono (i.e.: me). Many people get EBV at some point in their life; it is a common virus, transmitted typically through saliva or sharing food. What this means for me: my doctors are yet again postponing the start of my chemo treatments until they know if they should be significantly worried about the virus and its effect on my immune system. There isn't really a specific way to treat a virus; there are no antibiotics to be given. Recovery from a virus is pretty much dependent on the effectiveness of your immune system. The chemotherapy will essentially be attacking my marrow, so I won't be producing any white-blood cells, the happy little fighters in the immune system. SO. They're doing more tests to determine the virus' potency. The doctors would rather not start depleting my immune system when there's a nasty little virus lurking just beneath my cell flaps. Because cells totally have flaps. Under which hide viruses. Shutup. But I should be starting chemo tomorrow. Unless they tell me that my HIV results were actually positive. Then I'll start weeping. So that's my medical update for today. Hoo-rah. Also: apparently there are 3 other people my age on the floor. The nurses are plotting to make us all hang out sometime. It's funny because this floor is less social than 4th floor Shelton Hall. (You'd understand if you were there). But I guess everyone has a decent reason, being in medical isolation and whatnot. But I'll share more of this breaking news as the story unfolds. props for over-long posts.