Friday, January 12, 2018

Quickie Update

Dear Diary,

Well, in a couple of weeks I get my second Lupron injection! I've been on bicalutamide and leuprolide for almost six months now.
No noticeable side effects other than a little fatigue and mental fogginess. Hard to differentiate from my normal self. LOL!
I'll get a PSA and a baseline testosterone in a week or so to see if any progress has been made since last June when the PSA was 9.3.
I'm still totally asymptomatic, thank goodness! I guess that's a good sign.
Interestingly, my bladder bleeding stopped a week after I started bicalutamide and has never recurred. Weird!
Glad to say I'm able to get out and about more now, despite the diuretics and diapers. (I am a man of constant peeing)
I'll post again when I get the lab report back.
Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Feeling Like Shit

Dear Diary,

Overdoing it with the booze, benzos, and food.
Gotta get my act together or I'm gonna die.

Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Saturday, December 23, 2017

A Cold Depressing Saturday

Dear Diary,

It's a dreary, cloudy cold Saturday afternoon. Even the two cats are cuddled up together in their corner of the clothes closet. It looks very cute!

Yesterday's aches and pains seem to have subsided a little bit, at least enough that I didn't t need to take anything for them.

Got out this morning and took the wife to work them went to WalMart to pick up some groceries and prescriptions. Made it home safe despite the nutjobs on the road!

Feeling really sleepy now. Thinking of taking a nap. I think the cold weather has a lot to do with it.

Did anybody see the Space X launch from Vandenberg AFB last night around 1900hrs? Awesome!
I was coming home from the store and saw this weird smokey streak across the western horizon at an elevation of approx. 40 degrees. It moved slowly due south until I lost sight of it behind a nearby mountain.
I managed to record a short video of it on my cell phone. I didn't find out what it was until several hours later.
Here's a link to my video: Poor quality but you get the picture. (pun intended)
Space X Launch

OK...time to change my diaper! Life is good!


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Paradise Is Cold!

Dear Diary,

So it's been really cold here in Paradise for the past few days and I'm really feeling it! The generalized aches and pains are about the same as they usually are but it's the lower back pain that's really getting to me.
Sometimes it's so bad that I can barely walk around the house without feeling like my left leg is going to give out. My left leg is the one that's 3/4" shorter than the other.
I should have been wearing a lift all my life but I didn't and now I'm paying for it!
I've been told that wearing a lift at this point in my life wouldn't do any good so when it flares up I rely on good old acetaminophen.
Hopefully, I won't trash my best and only liver any more than it already is.

Got the results back from Monday's routine labs. All is well. :)

Still not back on my diet. My weight seems to have stabilized at 276 lbs. I've gone and gotten used to eating carbs again and that's contributing to my water weight gain.

The booze is pretty much under control. I now only drink when the wife is home on her days off so that's 5 out of 7 days I don't drink. Quite a change for me. LOL!

So much for Thursday night. I wish there was some football on!
 


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sunday Morning

Dear Diary,

It's Sunday morning and it rained last night here in Paradise. I wanted to get out and enjoy the weather a bit but my sciatica is really bad today. Having a hard time getting around, I am.

Watching New England vs Pittsburg and they're tied 7-7 right now. Don't even know who to root for since I like both teams! LOL!

Despite the ADT fatigue, I haven't experienced any of the nasties that guys are always complaining about. It's been nearly six months already and I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.

I have been feeling mentally foggy lately but I've attributed that to too much booze but maybe that is another side effect. Well, I'm not gonna stop drinking just to prove it!. :)

As I said in another post some time ago, I'm going to try to post a little more often to try and share some of the smaller things that occur in my life day to day. Hopefully, it won''t be too boring!

Incidentally, I am very depressed about my diet lately. It seems I have very little willpower!
More on that later.

I'm also depressed because my Seahawks are getting CREAMED by LA! :(

The old body is starting to hurt so I'm outta here for now.


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Weekend Ramblings

Dear Diary,

So... I'm sitting here outside the grocery store on Friday night waiting for the wife to get finished working so I thought I'd use this time to catch up on a few things.

Truthfully, there really hasn't been much to blog about over the past month or so.
As I mentioned before, I'm not really big on posting content just for content's sake.

We spent part of the day yesterday at St Joseph's getting another 6-minute walk test done. My performance was even better than the last time, much to my surprise!
I was able to walk just a shade under 400 m in 6 minutes so they were pleased.
I also had another cardiac ultrasound with bubbles like I had previously. I'm really not quite sure why. Dr. O, the pulmonologist wanted to repeat that specific test as the first one I had was negative.
They have decided to increase my diuretics based on the results of the last right heart cath recently.

Since they increase the diuretic dosages, I have been experiencing really wild weight swings, almost definitely related to water retention.
I'm also having quite a few nocturnal leg cramps which may be related to an electrolyte imbalance.
They've decided to have me get blood work done every two weeks for a while to monitor the electrolytes.
Hopefully, there isn't a problem as the diuretics are quite obviously helping the pulmonary hypertension when used in combination with the sildenafil.

I'm currently feeling alright most of the time with periodic bouts of fatigue which probably attributable to both my intermittent weight gain and loss and the side effects of Lupron therapy.

I'm still trying to stay as true as possible to the low-carb lifestyle but I admit I do find myself frequently cheating which is not in my best interest.
With this water weight issue going on, it is quite difficult to determine what my actual true weight is as it tends to fluctuate anywhere from 2 to 6 or more lbs. everyday.

It's now Saturday night and I'm sitting in the same place I was last night waiting for the wife to get off work so I decided to finish up this dictation.

I went way overboard on the diet again today but at least when I did, I kept the carbs to somewhat of a minimum.

Last but not least, I am clean and green to transition to Medicare this March!
This will remove a huge financial burden from the wife and me, especially as the continuing medical bills keep increasing down the road.


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Sunday, November 26, 2017

A Few Updates

Dear Diary,
Things have actually been fairly quiet around here lately. For us, that's always nice.

Had an interesting experience recently. I had a routine follow-up with my GP a few days ago. You may recall from my last post that my angiogram in January was clean and green as far as coronary artery disease (CAD). Well, my GP was reviewing my chart, including my most recent right heart cath. when he casually noted that I had significant CAD. WTF??
I explained to him what he should have already known...that I was certified free of CAD in January but he said: "well, I'm just reading you what the report says".
I can tell you I was pretty upset at that news so on the way out, we stopped in at my cardiologist's office one floor down (I even took the stairs!).
We obtained a copy of my last procedure which did, in fact, indicate serious CAD.
By that time, I was nervous as hell! We left the office and were leaving the building when I took the time to look at the report one more time.
This time, I was lucid enough to actually look at the patient name and DOB. IT WASN'T ME!!!
It belonged to another patient of my cardiologist and had been scanned and missed by three separate offices.
Moral of story: ALWAYS be your own advocate and take the extra time to actually read your files and charts!

In other news, I've lost control of my weight again. I've gained 20 pounds over the past few weeks!
this is very depressing for me even if it is my own fault.
I'm going back on Atkins 20, induction phase tomorrow morning. I just don't understand why I keep backsliding and putting myself through pure hell.
I will get back to where I was but it's gonna take a while! :(

No updates on the status of the cancer as yet but we should know something in two or three weeks when I get the next PSA draw. Wish me luck! ;)

The Seahawks won against the 49ers tonight and the Cardinals beat the Panthers! I'm happy! :)

A final note: On October 18th, in the wee hours of the morning, our beloved kitty, Pumpkin finally passed away from old age. He peacefully expired on the floor at the foot of our bed.
Pumpkin was 20 years old and had been with us for 17 of those years.
We miss him terribly!

Pumpkin   1997-2017

We now have two new family members, Jordan and his sister Jesse!
Jordan and his sister are both 5 years old and respectively 20 and 15 lb! We got them a couple of weeks after pumpkin passed away because we felt we couldn't live without kitties.
As luck would have it, we got them from an elderly lady who was planning on moving to Florida with her family so she felt that she couldn't keep them anymore.
We are all in the continuous process of getting used to each other right now and we look forward to spending many years together.

Jesse (Top)                   Jordan (Bottom)




I'm sitting here outside the grocery store right now waiting for Karen to get through work then we're going to go home and have a cozy evening!

That's about it for tonight.

Cheers!





"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface