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corstijeir
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http://tnation.T-Nation.com/...stijeir_and_i3g

Is my Indigo-3G log.

I will keep this up to date here with life bloggings. My food thread will continue and Indigo-3G will list my training over the next few weeks/months( want to get enough for 12 more weeks of Indigo-3G )

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corstijeir
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Visited the hemeonc today - white count down to 45k, damned hemoglobin is nearly under 9. Need to get that iron up, probably going to start taking liver tabs.

Had a slight fever - 99.6 but I say that's from the I3G I had 30 minutes before I went in there.

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corstijeir
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IS it bad that I'm pissed the gym is closed due to tornadoes? Okay so one actually touched down, big deal. The building is still there, man it.

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reactiontm
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Indigo? Wow.

Yes, it is your life, indeed.

I trust you're keeping your doctors apprised of what you're doing.

Really early in this thread, you' talked about not being able to do pullups.

A solution I've used in training youths is to buy a long band, run it over the TOP of the pullup bar, place your hands on top of the band, let it hang down, then stick your knees in and you get some assistance.

When you're done with the set, turn your head to the side when you pull your knees out, lest you get slapped in the face with said band.

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corstijeir
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reactiontm wrote:
Indigo? Wow.

Yes, it is your life, indeed.

I trust you're keeping your doctors apprised of what you're doing.

Really early in this thread, you' talked about not being able to do pullups.

A solution I've used in training youths is to buy a long band, run it over the TOP of the pullup bar, place your hands on top of the band, let it hang down, then stick your knees in and you get some assistance.

When you're done with the set, turn your head to the side when you pull your knees out, lest you get slapped in the face with said band.


My hemeonc is actually curious as to how I3G will work on me. He's cool like that.

Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a go.

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corstijeir
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Without bringing up religious debate or what not, I go to church regularly ( more for the community of people than anything else ).

It's nice to know I am so thought of, I went to early service this morning ( needed a way to kill an hour while my I3G kicked it :P ) and got hugs from most of the people there. While that is usually normal for me even though we have a fairly decent congregation what stuck out at me today is that a total stranger to me came up and gave me a hug today.

The pastor announced my CML the previous 2 Sundays at both services and my name is in the church news letter AND each Sunday bulletin under the "Pending Health issues". It seems this lady saw and heard enough people hugging and talking to me that she decided to come up and give me a hug because everyone else was so obviously I could use another.

I know that no matter what I'm doing in my life I can show up in that building and the people there will support me. Several go to the gym as me and it's almost as if when I see them there they give me a silent "good for you" for being at the gym. I encourage everyone to find a home where there are people that deeply care about them.

/end sappy story thing?

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corstijeir
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I need to experiment out in the heat now that it is getting warmer. With my CML i've been constantly hot and today even being in a cool pool I still felt drained from being in the sun. The summer is just starting, I'll need to work something out so I can be outside more without feeling like death.

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hockeydawg
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I'm sure the Indigo-3G isn't helping with the body temp.

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corstijeir
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hockeydawg wrote:
I'm sure the Indigo-3G isn't helping with the body temp.


I need to buy a thermometer and see what my temperature is -- i usually just feel hot, not actually have a high temp.

You are correct though, been even warmer in my office lately due to Indigo-3G

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corstijeir
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Z-12 ... I really can tell the nights I don't take it. I feel like crap the next day, between the night sweats and the urination how can I get a good night sleep without it. I like to skip it on weekends so i don't get tolerant to it.

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corstijeir
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HEY! My white count is in the normal range, progress is moving quickly. Should be a remission state within 3-6 months then just maintaining my medicine dosage every day

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nateschmidt24
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congrats corst,
not that we had any doubt in your kicking of cancer's ass

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corstijeir
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Today was the last blood test for about 5 weeks.

White count is still in normal range ( woot )
Red count is down, but not too terrible
Iron is slowly creeping up to normal ( 11.7 and should be around 12-13 )

Hopefully in 5 weeks when we do a big blood test it'll come back that im in a remissive state - will be the quickest patient of my docs to ever hit that state given CML. Though we did catch it before it became a problem and I workout so I think that all adds up.

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corstijeir
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I've pretty much figured out when I'll have bad side effects from the drugs. If I get past the intial nausea I can pop some aleve and nullify the joint pain.

Took me a bit, but im figuring it out.

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corstijeir
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Interesting - I've been low carbing the past 2 weeks and had no nausea.

Last night I had some carbs with dinner and got nausea. Will have to test if consuming gleevec with carbs causes nausea or if it's just when I take gleevec with carbs after working out.

Will try to carb again tonight and see what happens.

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corstijeir
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corstijeir wrote:
Interesting - I've been low carbing the past 2 weeks and had no nausea.

Last night I had some carbs with dinner and got nausea. Will have to test if consuming gleevec with carbs causes nausea or if it's just when I take gleevec with carbs after working out.

Will try to carb again tonight and see what happens.


This seems to be hit or miss with carbs and dinner. Had a horrible night last week on a low carb dinner.

So looks like I just take it as close to bed time as possible and hope I fall asleep before the side effects kick in.

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corstijeir
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Had a molecular test done the other day, got my results today.

My major breakpoint has gone from 3% positive to 0.0% positive AKA negative in less than 3 months. Drugs are working as advertised and the condition is now what I would consider under control.

Granted the leukemia is always there in me so if the drug fails( I become resistant, etc ) who knows what will happen, but why worry about the "what if"s. Right now it's about the iron game. My I3G experience has been great, i've packed on some good strong muscle and loving it.

CT gave me a fat loss targeted workout so I will continue to build muscle and lose fat, versus just gaining muscle. I just want to give a big thank you to Biotest and T-Nation. You guys give me the encouragement and motivation to keep kicking ass. Thanks.

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corstijeir
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Last night I had some bad side effects from my medicine.

I was very nauseous. When I get nauseous the room spins, I feel like Captain Jack Sparrow as opposed to Captain Jack Harkness. When I closed my eyes to try and sleep the room sped up even more.

I'm not going to lie, I nearly broke down last night. My mental state was ragged, not a single good thought passed through my head. If I tried to make myself think positive it just turned negative and into self loathing and pity. Yes I know I don't have it as bad as other people do, I'm thankful for that. I still don't think I've fully delt with it yet. I was nearly in tears and didn't know why.

It was bad. I finally passed out on myself, but that was after working myself up like an infant does. It was mentally and physically exhausting.

What drives me I've been asked once or twice. The above does- I don't want to feel weak and powerless. I want to give myself all in to the sport. I want myself to get as good, big, strong, fast, explosive, muscular and lean as I can. Knowing there are people out there worse than me just makes me want to do better, maybe they'll decide to try to be better, or maybe just maybe one day I'll be able to be strong for them. I love the feeling when I'm in the gym. I love watching myself grow and change. I love it when I get bigger lifts, or hit form thats just perfect.

I will be the best I can be. I'll be better than my best. I can't say I wont have another night like last night, but I can promise that the next morning I'll grab my bootstraps and pull my ass back up out of what ever hole I am in.

This is my life and I'm going to enjoy it.

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