Friday, February 2 Famvir--Day 88 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 Day 37-50: 250 mg Day 51-57: 500 mg Day 58-63: 250 mg Day 64-65: 500 mg Day 66: 250 mg Day 67-87: 500 mg Day 88: 250 mg I'm still feeling worn out and happened to look at Dr. Guyer's little health assessment checklist book. There was a section on Traditional Chinese Medicine, and I found it interesting to note just how strongly I correspond to the category of qi deficiency. (Other than deficient moisture, I don't seem have any of the symptoms of any of the other twenty or so other conditions listed.) The qi deficiency symptoms are: * Weakness, lethargy or weariness * Pale complexion, limp hair * Decreased motivation * Shortness of breath * Dull thinking or feeling * Aversion to talking * Poor appetite * Perspires easily * Weak digestion * Weak muscles * Susceptible to cold and flu * Chills easily * Prolonged recovery following illness * Frequent, profuse urination * Infertility * Miscarriage These are all typical CFS syptoms, of course. (And noteworthy here is the infertility/miscarriage one. Having kids with CFS is a bit of a challenge.) My deficient moisure problem knocks of the frequent urination one, and my hair is more dry than limp. But otherwise, I am in extremely bad shape on all these measures, much more so than I've been at any time since I got sick. The one that strikes me most is the aversion to talking. I absolutely cannot talk to anyone these days. A one-minute phone conversation is torture. I'd never heard of this symptom before, and have been perplexed at having it for most of the time I've been on the Famvir. I've decided that I'm going to stop the Famvir for a couple of days and then take just 250 mg until I feel better. Hopefully doing this will stop my strength from being sapped away for a while and allow my body to rebuild itself during this time. I also found on the Internet an older gentleman from China who seems like he actually might know something about herbs. He claims that he was first trained by his father (a seventh-generation Chinese doctor) and then further studied herbs and acupuncture at a medical school in China. This is the kind of doctor I want. TCM is complex, and if you're not going to see someone good then you might as well not see anyone at all. So hopefully he will be able to help me to build my strength up so that I can take the AV's without wearing myself out. This is how Western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is used in combination in Taiwan, and I think it may be especially appropriate here.