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Sep 15, 2020 09:19PM
Letrozole raised both my glucose & LDL/total cholesterol and sent my HDL plunging from the 90s down to 65 (not awful but not as protective, especially for women). Crestor lowered my LDL/total and triglycerides, and restored my HDL to the mid-80s. As to very high HDL, there are two things associated with it. One is that it is sometimes a sign of high alcohol consumption; the other is a matter of how large the HDL "particle size." It's the large HDL particles that "mop up" the bad lipids so they can be excreted; small particles aren't as effective at that. Usually, a low-to-normal triglyceride level goes hand-in-hand with large-particle HDL (the actual test of particle dimension is very expensive and not all labs do it).
Still no word on my eye biopsy path report. Three possibilities: either it was so inconclusive that it had to be farmed out to a more sophisticated path lab; the sample was too small to analyze; or (gulp) the ocular-onc is afraid to tell me lest I go into a deep funk over learning my birth certificate's projected "expiration date." Complicating matters is that not only have the nurses at UIC Hosp. gone on strike, but they've been joined by custodial and even some clerical staff. Elective procedures (including cataract surgeries, vitrectomies, imaging) have been canceled for the duration; and the surgeons have to work with agency nurses (even in the O.R.) with whom they're unfamiliar (& vice versa). At least the strike will end Saturday.
Meanwhile, my vision in my R eye is improving nearly to the point it was before this all started. But there's still that one pesky piece of undissolved "absorbable" suture sticking out my eyeball and irritating my eyelid. The sutures are supposed to take 4-6 wks to dissolve/absorb, and Mon. was 4 wks. I also was told to wait 4-6 wks post-op to get re-refracted. I think I will buy a pair of +3.0 drugstore readers, as my prescription readers are only +2.5 and I still have to squint to clearly see the tiny-font numbers in my NYTimes double-acrostic puzzle books. (I like to do those with a fountain pen--I use pencil only for diagramless crosswords).
Yesterday was our first Zoom meeting for the Bar Show (this year it's called--duh--"Change of Venue"). Plan A--record individual parts at the Bar Assn.'s studio--is off the table, as the engineer who runs it already has his hands full and his and the space's hourly rate is too steep (and this year, the show has no budget available). So Plan B will be to record parts individually at our homes or offices (in front of a green screen if possible), over a soundtrack pre-recorded by the accompanist and played over a speaker. Then the scenes will be edited together and backgrounds added. 9 is the maximum number of performers per scene (and even that's a stretch--it was necessary for the demo video of the Supreme Court, which took 3 weeks to cast, score, shoot, and edit together). To do even one full-cast number would cost upward of $500. We will be getting our assignments soon (we've been promised we'll each get to be in at least one scene); meanwhile, that SCOTUS video goes live online next week, and there will be one video per week released until Election Day (when the writing team will have to kick into high gear and the entire show will be written, recorded and released en masse).
For the first time in the 90+ year history of the show, there will be no charge to see it: it'll be up for free on YouTube. We can't put it up on the show's Facebook page, because--acc. to my duo's social media consultant--beginning in Oct., FB is about to knuckle under to ASCAP/BMI/SESAC and forbid posting of videos and recordings of "cover" songs, upon pain of having the page taken down and the account cancelled. Yes, parody--which our numbers are--is "fair use," but there have been new cases challenging and seeking to narrow the definition of "parody." And as I said, we don't have a budget so we can't pay royalties. We are taking up a collection to pay the director, accompanist & band, and wigmaster--everything else is wholly volunteer (we're doing our own costumes & props, and the cast member who does our graphics is also doing the editing). At least we won't have to find venues & buy refreshments for "after-parties."
The first video going live this week is a "teaser" montage of stills from past shows, with "We're Still Here For You" (parody of the theme from "Friends") sung & played over it. Will let you know when & where to watch it. I don't think I'm in any of those stills, but they go by so fast...
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)