Happy Valentine’s Day!
I tried to explain the concept of Valentine’s Day to the local Chinese … but, well, no comprehension of the concept.
Now onto the Lithium update …
After initially poisoning myself with Lithium, I took a week off to clear my system and then restarted at a lower dose … 450 mg per day rather than the 750 mg specified by the protocol. I have been back on Lithium (carbonate) for two weeks now.
So far, the results have been acceptable. My blood serum Lithium levels have averaged above the 0.6 nmol/L minimum called for in the protocol, and the nausea I am experiencing is tolerable.
Unfortunately, my neuropathic pain has actually been worse over the last two weeks. I’m not quite sure what that is all about, but I intend to continue with the Lithium for six weeks as specified in Wise Young’s clinical trial paper that I posted a few ago. In case readers want a fresh look, here’s the link to the paper:
If we do not have any success with Lithium, my Dad and I are now strategizing Plans B, C and D.
I keep reading about patients all over the world dealing with from neuropathic pain, but every individual is unique, so I may have to keep trying new things until we find a solution.
Otherwise, things are pretty slow here in Kunming right now. So it will be great to have Suzanne Edwards coming back from England in the next few days to rejoin the program.
As Chinese cities are not generally very handicap accessible, I tend to spend most my time at the gym or at home, either reading or working at my PC. There are days when I think I may be going crazy, but I just remind myself that for the next year in China I’m attempting to put myself through a PhD trading program. Every PhD candidate I have ever known spends a year or two locked in their office or lab working continuously.
For diversion, I’m enjoying a series of online video courses on particle physics and quantum mechanics. I’ve always had a general interest in physics, but recently I’ve developed a keen fascination with how the universe works, from the smallest unit of matter to the mystery of black holes and dark matter.
In this regard, there is a terrific company called The Great Courses where you can purchase audio or video courses on a wide range of subjects. Each session is about 30 minutes, which makes the information absorbable. This is where I started for learning the basics on particle physics and concepts of quantum mechanics. The professors who teach these courses are carefully selected from major universities and are really top-notch, both as academics and as presenters.
I’ll keep you updated with the Lithium experiment as I progress.