I learned a new word today: nocardia. It may have caused my brain abscess -- which according to last week's MRI has pretty much gone except for some swelling. So Dr. B. has decided to take me off the daily infusion -- woohoo! no more PICC line! -- and cut back on some of the antibiotics. I'll no longer have to schlep to Stanford every day, or wake up at 6 a.m. to take clindamycin. Life is good.