Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Rove Pranked

I'm a big fan of pranks. As are quite a few of my friends. But the only thing better than a really good prank on one of your closest friends is a prank on a skeevy politico like Karl Rove. And, well, I have a special place in my heart for the car wrapped in cellophane prank. These guys did better.

It's being reported that Rove's Jaguar had Post-It notes on the windshield saying "King Rove" on the windshield, an "I (heart)Obama" bumper sticker on the windshield, and two stuffed eagle toys on the hood all wrapped up with cellophane. All this was done while Rove's car sat in the White House parking lot.

(Visual description: Karl Rove's Jaguar wrapped in cellophane)

Monday, August 27, 2007

HPV - not just for girls

Recent research indicates that HPV may increase the risk of getting throat cancer.

Personally, I've always thought that if you're going to vaccinate girls against an STD, why not vaccinate the boys, even if they don't get cancer from it. The more people that are vaccinated, the fewer people will be infected. From the accounts I've seen, this may lead to a push to vaccinate boys as well.

I can see it now. "I would honey, but it might give me cancer." That's an excuse waiting to happen.

I'm Still Here - An Update

It's been a crazy past few months. Let me just say that moving a long distance and moving again 3 months later (out of a hell-hole of an apartment) is tiring and stressful.

We are, thankfully, in a lovely home now. We have good neighbors, a fenced yard (yay! Though one of my dogs has an issue with doing her business when the grass is wet; such a princess), and everything I need is on the main level with no stairs getting into the house except for a small step to enter. It is quite nice to be able to avoid stairs after living in a 3 story townhouse for 2 years.

I've been continuing with Remicade, and I'm now getting the infusions every 4 weeks. I maxed out in dosage at 500 mg (8.6 mg/kg) due to adverse reactions, so if it stops working, I'll probably have to change to a different drug. So far, the new interval seems to be about right. I start having morning stiffness and pain around 3.5 weeks, and after 4.5 weeks I need to use a cane to get around most days. I can definitely handle a few days of pain much better than a few weeks.

My job has been going pretty well. It's not as challenging or interesting as I would like, but I hope that it gets more so soon as I take on the duties of someone who just quit last week.