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Tomorrow I get to spend all day at the clinic. The new medication is complex and dangerous enough that it requires its own class.

The most common side effect mild-to-moderate nausea... Other side effects include hypoglycemia, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, feeling jittery, and acid stomach.


Injections. Twice daily. With refrigerated gila monster spit. I can't tell you how much I look forward to it.

Yeah, I know. It could be worse.

I don't talk much about the symptoms. Sometimes they can get pretty severe. The worst complication is this lovely thing called neuropathy, which is irrversibly damaged nerve tissue. And yeah, I have some permanent damage. Most of you will never see it, but it shows up sometimes in little quirky ways. My left side is a tad slower than my right, so quite often when I type capital letters, I'll get two of them in a row. Most often I'll correct it, but things like AIM or Yahoo chat get pretty much the full-on brunt. ANd I often will get letters transposed in words, or trailers at the end since I use my right thumb for the spacebar.

My left eyelid droops a touch more than my right, especially when I'm tired.

I have some blind spots in my vision.

But those are all things that I can work around. They aren't that big of a deal. There are some other things which are more of an issue, or can be more of an issue. And it's really better if you don't know.

Unfortunately, some of the symptomatic things have been getting worse in the last couple of months. A lot of that is driving the new medication, with the hope that it will at least halt the progression if not reverse it.

The worst part? I have to inject the stuff direcly into my eyeball.

Okay, just kidding about the eyeball part.


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Jan. 19th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
the fact that "It could be worse" kind of doesn't matter.

I'm sorry, it's shitty. It doesn't change the person you are, the magnificent, beautiful individual person you are, but it is shitty.

eyeball. I gasped.
Jan. 19th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
You have no idea.
Jan. 20th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
you're right, I don't.
but I give a damn about you.

Jan. 19th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
and is it gila monster spit really? Sorry bout all the complications. Hope it goes well for you. Another lj friend of mine is having diabetic complications with her tendons swelling up. Her middle finger sticks striaght up and wont bend anymore.
Jan. 19th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - A new diabetes treatment from Eli Lilly and Amylin that is extracted from the saliva of the Gila monster received approval from the Food and Drug Administration Friday, but analysts believe sales might be lackluster because patients are afraid of needles.

Jan. 20th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
and the pharmaceutical profits are sickening.
Jan. 20th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
Well, they actually put a significant part of the profits back into raising the quality of life of the Gila Monsters...
Jan. 20th, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
Jan. 19th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
The eyeball comment reminds me of something that reminded me of you.

I was at the 5-8 Club having a cheeseburger and they had one of the TVs on a channel showing a documentary of the history of the supraorbital lobotomy and interviewing people lobotomized as kids or young adults in their later life.

Both cheeseburgers and lobotomies made me think of you.

(Check it: the perfect icon, y0.)
Jan. 19th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
"Cheeseburger Lobotomy" sounds like the title of a Ramones CD covering Jimmy Buffet tunes.

Yeah, pretty much perfect. :)
Jan. 20th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
LOL!!! That is too funny!! I can totally hear it. Maybe I'll write some lyrics for it. ;P
Jan. 19th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
Yikes! I hope that things get better ... tough tough times ...Sending good thoughts your way ... and being amazed that you still manage to retian a sense of humor!!
Jan. 20th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
Dayum!!! Geez, that sounds really, really awful. Is this diabetes treatment?? Yikes!!! My coworker won't take the glucophage they prescribed her because of all the damned side effects. She's doing the au natural thing using O.T.C. herbal treatments & it's working pretty good for her. She told me about it, but now I don't remember the name of the stuff...
Jan. 20th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
I've been through glucophage. I'm now on Avandamet 1000/4 and glipizide 10mg twice a day, plus Lisinopril for blood pressure, Lipitor for cholesterol, and lexapro for depression. Add to that the amino acids, fiber suppliments, and vitamins, and I'm already at a significant chunk of time. Now I'm adding the byetta, as an injection that has to be before two different meals.
Jan. 20th, 2006 08:38 am (UTC)
Jan. 20th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that, dude.

Take it easy this weekend. You know, until you have to film MLRF. I'll handle Saturday.

And just think! Soon we'll have nothing but foamy gaming goodness to look forward to!
Jan. 20th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)

Jan. 22nd, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
Gila Monster spit.
I know a guy in Iowa that has gila monsters, maybe I can get you a wholesale rate.
So is the beginning done yet? any stills/
Jan. 22nd, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Gila Monster spit.
Yeah, it's cut and handed off to Tony. It looks awesome.

I'll cut some stills later-- right now I have to prep for the next shoot.
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