Saturday, October 26, 2019

7205 days

7205 days. That’s how long I took Sustiva.

My doctor is switching me to bictegravir. It’s available in combination with two other medications I’m already taking — tenofovir alafenamide and emtricitabine — in one convenient daily dose.

Nearly 237 months. That’s how long I have gladly accepted the neurological side effects of Sustiva. Could it have affected my relationships? My job performance? Who knows. I was just so happy to be off indinavir sulfate (Crixivan). I remember telling my physician at the time: I don’t care if Sustiva leaves me baked for half the day. I’m done with the nausea and eight-hour dosing windows of indinavir. It had been three years (1997 – 2000) and the demands of the cocktail’s regime were taking a toll. I can’t remember exactly how many pills it was per day. I can tell you that it was a lot.

one left!
19 years, 8 months, and 23 days. Long enough to see it become available in generic format. In 2000, it cost about $449 CAD per month. In 2019, that monthly cost is down to about $129 CAD. Thank God for prescription drug coverage.

4 February 2000 – 26 October 2019. Time to move on. Thanks for helping keep me alive, Sustiva.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

not if I was PAID to go

I'm not a musical theatre gay. I've reluctantly attended shows in the past and enjoyed myself (Mamma Mia! comes to mind). But it's not how I like to spend my entertainment dollar.

One of Toronto's current offerings is a production of Matilda the Musical; it's being advertised heavily on local tv.



If it's as chock-full of caterwauling as the ad, you couldn't pay me to be in the audience.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

sweaty & fed-up

DO ME! DO ME NOW! Joe, if you lose your teaching job over this [doubtful], know that you have a future in selling your sweaty jogging shorts online. Put me down for a pair.
OMG WANT WANT WANT

more on Joe Killoran:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/how-a-shirtless-jogger-got-frustration-off-his-chest-with-rob-ford/article19416121/
http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/07/01/you-dont-have-to-be-some-partisan-maniac-to-be-angry-with-this-mayor-shirtless-jogger-explains-why-he-heckled-rob-ford/
http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/4595033-the-problem-of-overprotective-parents/
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/2011/08/24/religion_or_equality.html

Thursday, September 20, 2012

StevieNicks-off

There was a StevieNicks-off on tonight's episode (season premiere) of NBC's Up All Night.

Reagan is packing up her office, playing "Edge of Seventeen". Suddenly, she hears the same song coming from Ava's office. They're in the middle of a spat. She stares at Ava.

Ava shoots her a dirty look, cranks the volume, and throws down:




Not to be outdone, Reagan turns her volume up even louder, and holds up the speakers:


I love it so much.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

moving on to phase 3

I've made great progress in the diet, reaching my goal weight (205 lbs) nearly 2 months ahead of schedule. I was able to stick to it... pretty much. There were days when I had some extra oat bran: snacky times when I was staring down a sleeve of saltines, and (wisely) opted to have some yogurt and oat bran instead. On the Victoria Day long weekend, I gave in and had some alcohol.

Luckily, I didn't seem to do much damage.

Onward to the consolidation phase. which I'll be on for 237 days (5 days for every pound lost). I'm off to the grocery store to get some apples, whole grain bread, and cheddar cheese.

BODY STATISTICS, END OF CRUISE PHASE
weight 205 lbs (47.4 lbs)
19.7% body fat
61.5% water weight
38.7% muscle mass
 4.0% bone mass

body statistics, 3 June 2012

Sunday, April 08, 2012

phase 2 update

Doing well! Made it through Easter weekend without having any candy or chocolate (or wine). People are starting to really notice the weight loss. I need to buy some new pants.

Above all else: I feel fantastic.

body statistics as of today

Sunday, March 04, 2012

phase 1 complete

Dukan recommended 6 days of attack phase for me; I ended up doing 8. I simply ran out of time to go shopping for the allowed vegetables.

I'm still feeling pretty good. It was a long work week, and (as usual) I was quite tired by the end. I did have a couple of cravings for something sweet & processed... something easy and boxed. I chalked it up to lack of sleep, and stuck to my guns.

I started the cruise phase yesterday. I almost can't believe I've gone 10 days without eating bread, pasta, or starchy vegetables! I don't think that's happened since I started eating solid food as a baby.

This is awesome. I know there may be difficult times in the next few months... times when I really want peanut butter or an alcoholic beverage. But the end of July will be here before I know it.* If I can keep my eyes on the prize (205 lbs by the end of July), I'll be fine.

BODY STATISTICS, END OF ATTACK PHASE
weight 245.8 lbs ↓ (6.6 lbs)
26.8% body fat 
56.1% water weight 
35.2% muscle mass 
3.7% bone mass 

* cruise phase lasts until then