As you may know, I have Irish heritage, with my known paternal family roots going back to Co. Tipperary in the early 1800s. However, I have not found any known relatives using conventional genealogy research. Therefore, I have resorted to DNA testing to see if I can find some ancestral roots that way. From my y-chromosome DNA results, I discovered that I am a descendant of the progenitors of the O'Brien clan in Ireland, with roots extending back to the time of Brian Boru, who was High King of Ireland a thousand years ago. This year, Ireland is celebrating Brian Boru's victory at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, which freed Ireland from the Viking invaders.
|Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland|
|Sagrada Familia, Barcelona|
After a short night's sleep, I went into the Farber on Monday for my monthly checkup. Everything is still fine. My iron levels are still low but are improving gradually. Unfortunately, I picked up a cold while in Europe, so I still had some sinus and chest congestion on Monday. Since the Revlimid inhibits the immune system, Mary and Muriel decided that I needed to stop taking the Rev for a week and gave me an antibiotic prescription to keep me from getting a secondary infection. I have to go back next Monday to check my numbers again, and if I'm back to normal, I will go back on the Rev. I still need to take some immunization shots, but they postponed them until next week as well. Other than that, all is good.