This morning it was all on at CCST, the clinical studies place, for a prescreening to take part in a study that involves some new treatment medication for hepatitis C. It’s so new that the doctor hadn’t handled anyone else in regard to this trial, so I just happen to be Cohort 1, Group 1, Patient 1. The doctor was grateful to have the paperwork from my time with this last year though, so that parts of it such as my full medical history could be cribbed from those old notes.

After the paperwork side was dealt with it was then on upstairs for a full medical checkup with ECG  and suchlike, including plenty of blood samples. The staff were pleased to see me again, which I guess can be partly attributed to being a patient patient, and having good veins.

The medication has strange names that are quite difficult to pronounce. Sofosbuvir is only the beginning of the strangeness, because following it with Ledipasvir results in the quite the tongue twister as you try to say “Sofosbuvir and Ledipasvir”. Things seem to go better when you make good use of the space after the “and”, but if you just carry on through without a break there, the D consonant at the end of “and” followed by L and then back down to D results in a confusing amount of tongue work, so some practice at saying “and le dip” is definitely needed.

The nurses have a similar problem with pronouncing the name too as they’ve been pronouncing it as “le dip as vir” when instead the following statement on its name says that it should be pronounced as “led i pas vir”. I might bring this up with them the next time I see them.

This Is The End

I went with low hopes tonight to see This Is The End, is a Seth Rogan piece, and while he can’t act, the movie is surprisingly better than you might otherwise think that it would be. I was pleasantly surprised by it, and despite what seems to be quite a gaping plot hole at the end, it was well worth it.