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San Francisco Carnaval parade

November 22nd, 2003

Test Was Negative
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19): Get ready for a wild four weeks. There will be more ups and downs than you can keep track of. Don't be surprised to find yourself craving more.

Who writes these things? I read "ups and downs" and think postive ups and downs and then I think, well, ups are ups, but downs are downs. How far downs? Down. Still, for an old grump, I'll take the positive spin every time.

This morning, breakfast at the usual cafe, a bus ride downtown later for lunch - hungry, not sure why - back now having read the mail which included the results of the PSA test: negative. No cancer. Nada. (Phew!) Stupid little remark (Phew!), but Phew!.

And (we're going to get icky here) the head is better, the living room has fewer boxes and I am thinking of increasing the dosage of this Zoloft stuff. Shit man, if this is good, more must be better. Right? I met with the doctor (The primary physician, as opposed to the urologist, who sent me the test results; as opposed to the cardiologist, who wants me to watch the cholesterol; as opposed to the dermatologist, who wants to check me again for malignant moles; as opposed to the dentist, whom I'll be seeing soon to finish the crown. The neurologist and the allergy guy are old news.) who asked if I'd noticed a difference after a month of popping the Zoloft and did I think I'd like to increase the dose? I hadn't thought of increasing the dose and said as much, foot tapping, wondering at that point if the PSA results would make all this moot.

More. Hmmm. I'd renewed the prescription for another thirty days, so I figure I'll keep to the small dose at least for another month, but what about side effects? Nothing too terrible, they've been using this for a long time, no known negative long term effects. So I got a script for 30 days of a double dose (what is considered a normal as opposed to a light dose, you understand, one does some rationalizing at this point) and I'll experiment with my head in December.

Did I mentioned the PSA test was negative?

The photograph was shot at a San Francisco Carnaval parade with a Nikon F5 and the 135mm f 2.0 Nikon (Nikkor) lens on Kodak TMAX 400.