Today we walked around downtown Burlingame for a few laps. I put my mask on and entered a pet boutique. I think Mojo would look good wearing a pair of those dog antlers that seem all the rage this Christmas. Remember the Grinchs' dog who had to pull the overloaded sled wearing fake antlers? We found some nice antlers but the string that ties them looked like it would last a second on Mojo. We checked out downtown San Bruno via El Camino Real. El Camino Real is the oldest road in California. It was the road that linked all the 21 Missions. It was entertaining looking for remnants of the olden days. The iconic bell on the shepherds crook marking post is still there in places. I wish I had my camera to take a photo of the old and decrepit "Dog House" bar and liquor store from the art deco period.
I continue to get better every day. Long walks don't make my feet sore. A few weeks ago a mile walk would make my feet feel like I just spent 14 hours hiking up Mt. Shasta.
I still have chronic nausea that has been sometimes difficult to control. A few days ago I had Billie pull over while I opened the passenger door and puked all over the curb and gutter somewhere on 17th Street. We were on our way to fill a prescription for another medicine that the nurse practitioner suggested for nausea. The Zofran and the Ativan were not working very well so she suggested we try Marinol.
I was skeptical that the marinol would work because I had not heard great things. Surprisingly it worked very well. I was sitting in the lounge chair watching the XC skiing on Universal Sports about an hour after I took a pill and I noticed something.... Besides having no detectable nausea, I felt like I was stoned. It wasn't mind blowing but it was definitely that familiar feeling from my younger days. I became much more talkative. On walks I felt like I had a little more spring in my step. I knew the nausea was still there but it was further in the background. With the Zofran I was still slightly nauseous.
I went to the wiki entry for Marinol and it took me straight to THC. It turns out that marinol is pure pharmaceutical THC. Duh..... No wonder I feel stoned. Don't worry. I can't OD. I would have to eat 3/4 of a ton of marinol in 14 minutes to achieve a 50% chance of morbidity . Another benefit side effect from the THC is an increase in my appetite. My appetite has not been this good in several weeks. In other words..... I got the munchies. Billie can vouch for that. Getting some of my appetite back will really help me to eat and prevent wasting. I see so clear now how nausea could dangerously effect weight. When just the sight of food makes you retch then it is too easy to lose weight.
I was worried that Billie would not like being around me because I have been talking a lot more. She assures me that so far it seems that the new effect of the THC is favorable.
I am hoping the chronic nausea is not a long term GVHD effect. Heaven forbid me having to have a prescription for THC for the rest of my life.
Strange that at the wiki page there was no mention about operating a vehicle on THC. I will have to ask the doctor because I will be needing to drive sometimes.
I am jonesin to get back on my bike. I don't know where to ride yet but it will be fun finding out. When we are allowed to take a road trip to Sacramento I will be sure to bring back a bike.