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Happy Chinese New Year!Okay, I'm not a Chinese Crested or a Shar-Pei or anything, but I still wanted to with you all a happy Chinese New Year.  Today is of course, the start of the year of the dog.  This is supposed to be a good year and those born in dog years are said to be good people (I suppose dogs born in this year are especially good dogs).  The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco has this to say:

People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. They have a deep sense of loyalty, are honest, and inspire other people's confidence because they know how to keep secrets. But Dog People are somewhat selfish, terribly stubborn, and eccentric. They care little for wealth, yet somehow always seem to have money. They can be cold emotionally and sometimes distant at parties. They can find fault with many things and are noted for their sharp tongues. Dog people make good leaders. They are compatible with those born in the Years of the Horse, Tiger, and Rabbit.

Me, I was born in the year of the ox.  They are said to be patient and speak little but are able to inspire confidence in others.  I'm not sure if that describes me or not.  I'll leave that up to you to decide.If you end up at a party with hats, get somebody else to wear your hat.

So on Friday I went to have a CBC (Compete Blood Count) done.  We didn't stick around for the results so I can't really tell you any specifics.  I'm sure that my Buffy Coat Profile was excellent, but suffice to say, everything was within normal limits.  So you may be wondering what does that mean?  Well, it means that I'll be starting on the CCNU next week.  The plan is to wait until Thursday, which is two weeks after my last injection, but since my blood work looked fine, I can start sooner if I start to have troubles.  Dr. Hathorn wants me to come in for another CBC two weeks later (where we expect my white count to be very low), and then I'll take another dose of CCNU.  I have to say that I'm a little nervous about the low white count thing.  I understand that it will make me more susceptible to infection if I come in contact with other sick dogs so I don't really understand why Dr. Hathorn would want to do another CBC at a time when it is supposed to be low and at a place where sick dogs congregate.  She assures me that they will get me in and out at a low traffic time to minimize my risk.  Still, I'm hopeful that this will be the drug to take out that spooty old lymphoma once and for all!  Die cancer!  Die!

So the boss man's classes are starting up again.  I'm feeling pretty good about this semester though because it is a people photography class.  The way I see it, that means me won't be sticking that flashy thing in my face so much.  I have to say that I'm a little relieved.

Well, that about wraps it up for today.  Happy New Year everyone!

Little Bit