Tuesday, December 12 Famvir--Day 36 Days 1-6: 250 mg Days 7-13: 500 mg Day 14: No Drug Day 15-20: 500 mg Day 21-22: No Drug Day 23-27: 500 mg Day 28-29: 250 mg Day 30-36: No drug This is almost the beginning of Week Six, but I didn't record most of the first week and so the posts are kind of off. Today was better, in part because I made an effort to eat throughout the day. I do much better that way. Food is such an annoyance to have to think about. In general I think I've about recovered from this first famvir go-round. I was sleeper than pre-famvir today---i ended up taking a nap for a couple of hours. Upon reflection, even though I was sleeping 12 hours a day when on the Famvir, I don't think any of it was _good_ sleep. It was just going into a dead zone while my body fought viruses, not giving it a chance to repair itself. I think tomorrow night I will start again at 250 mg. I did reasonably well on that for six days at the beginning of the experiment (just somewhat more fatigued than usual), and so hopefully if my body really is recovered from the overkill,, it will be able to handle it. My initial fear was that this would be too wimpy a dose to do anything (and that the bugs would replicate or infiltrate faster than they were being killed), but since my doctor said to try it for 2-3 weeks and then experiment with going up, he must think that it will give me some progress. If I can't stand the 250 mg, I will either cut the pills (that seems possible) or skip days. Hopefully that won't be necessary. Hopefully tomorrow will be a good day. In looking at my notes, I see that the doctor said the timetable should be that I should try to get rid of yeast and work on my adrenals before the Famvir, and in the meantime hopefully get rid of the vaginal yeast infection. Unfortunately, it took him five weeks to figure out how to get the suppositories for the infection custom-made by a compounding pharmacy. So now I'm doing both at once. The vaginal thing was supposed to take two weeks to heal (he said), but it's still hanging around. I think doing it at the same time as the Famvir slowed down the progress. I honestly think it's getting there, but it's been slow. I have always hated the concept of entropy, and so to have a body with that _theme_ is really ironic. I mean, we all get there sooner or later, but not this young and not quite in the same way. Perhaps this is supposed to be a way for me to become more resigned to the idea of entropy, but thus far I'm still pretty ticked off about it. Not that those people with CFS who seem to be resigned to the concept of entropy seem to be getting better either, though..... Give the day a 7. All things considered, that's pretty good, actually.