[sticky entry] Sticky: This journal...

Sep. 27th, 2010 12:56 am
valiha: my username presented as a barcode (my username)
...will hopefully serve as a place to post some of my attempts at traditional art, random photos I sometimes take on my way to and from work, as well as some fandom wallpapers.

All my fandom work can be transformed. Parts of it can be used to create your own fanart - wallpapers, collages, icons and other graphics. I would certainly appreciate a link back to see what you've done with it, but it is not obligatory.

Fanart created for specific people on DW/LJ and elsewhere belongs to those users, and they are free to do with it what they want. I ask that you do not use it publicly unless you receive permission from them.


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Magnificent Seven Wallpapers
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
I'm going to the hospital again tomorrow for my 8th chemotherapy, which is supposed to be my last. I've got nearly everything packed, from pajamas to fresh fruit, and I hope I won't have to stay longer than 4-5 days. Unfortunately our hospitals don't have a practice of using a port for hooking up the IV, so my poor veins are in a bad condition; some puncture locations are swollen, others are hard to touch, and one seems to be inflamed - I noticed this morning that it was red and painful to touch. I'll definitely draw attention to this; that's not supposed to happen.

After I'm done with all of this, I intend to start posting more regularly (I've said that before, but I really mean it this time :crosses fingers:), and I mean to start working on improving my calligraphy, bookbinding and watercolor skills. The money I had saved for my postgrad had to go for bills, some additional meds and healthier food, so I need to find an additional source of income. I had to quit my nightly teaching job because I couldn't handle being awake until 3 a.m. any more; I can reapply but if I do, I'll have to rework my schedule so that I can work on my thesis as well as on my skills. It won't bring in as much as it used to, but any little bit will help. And hopefully, once I finish my postgrad, I'll be able to ask for a raise.

If only I could win that jack pot... :D
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
My poor stomach, I'm taking so many pills a day depending on my schedule that it's constantly bloated and irritated 😞 Yesterday I had 11 in the morning, 6 in the afternoon and 4 in the evening; that's 21. There's also an injection I have to give myself in the morning - the nurses do it very quickly and they always leave painful bruises.

I'm waiting to hear on when my PET CT will be scheduled - they are again having issues with getting the reagents delivered from Turkey. Then we'll know if I'm going to have 2 or 4 more chemo cycles.
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
I seem to have handled this chemo well - this is day two and I don't feel any major side effects. I'm staying in hospital over the weekend; we'll see what the next week will be like. The docs have recommended a trip to the mountains; I'll have to see if that's doable.

2nd chemo

Jan. 4th, 2017 10:08 pm
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
So my second chemotherapy was moved from today on my birthday to tomorrow. I definitely won't receive the spinal injection - they will leave it for next time - and I will receive the Prednisone intravenously instead of in pill form. It was messing with my stomach, both the fact that I was supposed to take 5 pills 4 times a day and that they weren't the only pills I had to take. All of them together was just too much. Hopefully other side effects won't crop up with the intravenous form. o_O
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
Hi guys! I'm writing this from home, where I'm spending the couple of days of holidays. I'm going back to the hospital for my second chemo on Wednesday, and I hope there won't be any side effects this time - I had the misfortune of having trombosis in the front lobe of the brain and had to suffer through some really bad headaches, tingles and loss of sensation in the right side of my body. I'm doing much better now, and I'm giving myself shots of Clexane as treatment. It's been a long time since I finished secondary medical school, but the medical technician instructed me well. When I get back, the nurses will take over.

One thing that will change regarding therapy is that this time they will skip the injection that goes into my spine because of the trombosis. They'll reconsider it for the third therapy.
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)

So my PET/CT scan results came back: no metastases, the lymphoma is limited just to the lymph node and tonsil, which are both out. :deep sigh of relief: 
 
I'm scheduled for 6 to 8 cycles, with each cycle lasting 21 days. I start the treatment in hospital, but will eventually transfer to outpatient care. They will reevaluate my progress after the first few cycles, repeat the PET/CT scan and adjust the treatment accordingly. 
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
 So it looks like I will be admitted to hospital for treatment tomorrow. I hope not to stay for long, and that the therapy will not be difficult. 
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)

I firmly believe I wouldn’t be alive today if not for a sniper with his heart in the right place.

This was the early weeks of the war, I was in my early teens and had a habit of sitting at the dining area desk, drawing. The trouble was, this desk was in front of the window looking out on the balcony, on the first floor. We had the window shuttered, but apparently some light still got through, and whoever was on the hill above our neighborhood could see inside.

The whole thing about the war starting was still a nebulous thing to our family and to many still people living in the city, so I’d spend many nights staying up, sitting at that desk, until one morning we came into the room to see the window broken, the wood shutters pierced by a high caliber bullet which knocked off a piece of the wall and was embedded into the floor. It was a clear message to stay away from the windows.

Needless to say, we boarded shut all the windows after that, made sure no light was able to leak through, and we stayed the fuck away from the windows.

As I’m getting ready to fight another war, the war for my health, I have to say: look out for each other, keep each other safe. Times are such that I wouldn’t be surprised we found ourselves in real mortal danger some time in the near future.

valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
It is my intention to start posting on Dreamwidth and LJ again more regularly; it would be great if there was a reliable app since considering I will be going to hospital at some indeterminate time in the future, a smartphone is what I'll have with me.

Speaking of hospitals, a repost from my LJ: On Thursday they called me from the Radiology department to let me know I am scheduled for my PET/CT scan on Friday at 11:50. They informed me of the procedure, and asked me not to be late. When I got there, they hooked me up to an IV and gave me a radioactive tracer which will help them see if the lymphoma had spread anywhere else in the body.

It took about an hour to receive the IV and to rest afterwords so that the tracer can make its way through my body. The scan itself was about 20 minutes, and then I had to wait for a nurse to remove the cannula. I didn't feel any soreness or discomfort during the IV, and was just a little uncomfortable during the scan because I had to keep still during the entire time in the machine. The test results should be available in 7 days, and the test results of the bone biopsy I did on the 15th should be ready early this coming week. Hopefully they will show that I don't need any strong chemotherapy. Wish me luck!
valiha: watercolor painting of my cat Lola (Default)
Here is my second design for today: a daily planner with an hourly breakdown.

Daily planner, hourly breakdown

Working on...

- my Mag7 Bingo entries.
- finished my entry for the Mag7 BigBang.

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