Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Little More Drivel.

Date: 2013-10-22 16:08:26


Just a few additional thoughts for the day.

I've forgotten whether I mentioned this before but I'm still having a problem getting around these last PSA results.
I know it seems crazy, but this is the first time that this ongoing apprehension about what results mean practical sense has gone on this long.
I'm starting to think that the OCD may be a part of this. I do tend to obsess over  things and I'm thinking that maybe that's one of the problems here.
I'm just constantly find myself preoccupied about the other shoe is going to drop, so to speak.

This whole thing would be so much easier if I could just get a straight answer from anyone. Problem is, there simply aren't any conclusive answers to give. All us cancer survivors or cancer patients are in the same boat! We will never know for sure that we're cured until the day we die of something else!
At any rate, I still don't know if <0.1 to 0.1 in 3 months constitutes a rise.
Hell, I guess I'll just go have a cocktail.

Cheers!

A Little More Drivel.

Date: 2013-10-22 16:08:26


Just a few additional thoughts for the day.

I've forgotten whether I mentioned this before but I'm still having a problem getting around these last PSA results.
I know it seems crazy, but this is the first time that this ongoing apprehension about what results mean practical sense has gone on this long.
I'm starting to think that the OCD may be a part of this. I do tend to obsess over  things and I'm thinking that maybe that's one of the problems here.
I'm just constantly find myself preoccupied about the other shoe is going to drop, so to speak.

This whole thing would be so much easier if I could just get a straight answer from anyone. Problem is, there simply aren't any conclusive answers to give. All us cancer survivors or cancer patients are in the same boat! We will never know for sure that we're cured until the day we die of something else!
At any rate, I still don't know if <0.1 to 0.1 in 3 months constitutes a rise.
Hell, I guess I'll just go have a cocktail.

Cheers!

Something New!

Date: 2013-10-22 12:29:59


Well, I finally have something new to talk about. I'm going to take up knitting! As a matter fact, both the wife and I are going to do it. It is the second time in my life that I've attempted to do this. The first time was when I was about 8 or 9 years old when a friend of mine taught me how to knit. I'm sixty now and I haven't used  the skills since then.
After a little practice, I plan on taking on a small project. I'm going to try to do a cute knit pullover hat for my granddaughter.
I'm doing this mainly because it's fun and because it's very good for the mild arthritis that sometimes plagues my hands.
The wife and I are going over to Joann Fabrics right after work and pick up the yarn.

More later, stay tuned.

Cheers!

Something New!

Date: 2013-10-22 12:29:59


Well, I finally have something new to talk about. I'm going to take up knitting! As a matter fact, both the wife and I are going to do it. It is the second time in my life that I've attempted to do this. The first time was when I was about 8 or 9 years old when a friend of mine taught me how to knit. I'm sixty now and I haven't used  the skills since then.
After a little practice, I plan on taking on a small project. I'm going to try to do a cute knit pullover hat for my granddaughter.
I'm doing this mainly because it's fun and because it's very good for the mild arthritis that sometimes plagues my hands.
The wife and I are going over to Joann Fabrics right after work and pick up the yarn.

More later, stay tuned.

Cheers!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

More Followers! Yay!

Date: 2013-10-16 17:11:55


Hey, I'm starting to see that I may have more than two followers. That's amazing.
A big thanks from here to all of you out there who seem to enjoy reading all this drivel! Lol!
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

By the way, I have my blood sugar back down to 112 since last night's eating binge.  I think I said I made it all the way up to 186.
Amazing what a little pasta will do! Lol!
I actually did get through the day with a slightly less than 2000 calories. That's exactly what I should be doing.
Well, more later when I think of something to write.
Cheers!

More Followers! Yay!

Date: 2013-10-16 17:11:55


Hey, I'm starting to see that I may have more than two followers. That's amazing.
A big thanks from here to all of you out there who seem to enjoy reading all this drivel! Lol!
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

By the way, I have my blood sugar back down to 112 since last night's eating binge.  I think I said I made it all the way up to 186.
Amazing what a little pasta will do! Lol!
I actually did get through the day with a slightly less than 2000 calories. That's exactly what I should be doing.
Well, more later when I think of something to write.
Cheers!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

First Official Diet Cheat!

Date: 2013-10-15 18:05:52


Well, today I finally crashed on my diet. I went  and ate a pound of pasta and sauce! (No, I'm not proud of myself.)
This craving  Has been building up for some time now and I finally just gave it to it.
Its been about 6 hours since I ate and I'm still feeling bloated and tired!
Truthfully though, it HAS been some time since I cheated with my food.

That little binge brought my blood sugar to about 186.
Note to self: Avoid this behavior in the future at all costs! ;)

I suspect the stress from the PSA nonsense is probably part of the food problem.

Cheers!

First Official Diet Cheat!

Date: 2013-10-15 18:05:52


Well, today I finally crashed on my diet. I went  and ate a pound of pasta and sauce! (No, I'm not proud of myself.)
This craving  Has been building up for some time now and I finally just gave it to it.
Its been about 6 hours since I ate and I'm still feeling bloated and tired!
Truthfully though, it HAS been some time since I cheated with my food.

That little binge brought my blood sugar to about 186.
Note to self: Avoid this behavior in the future at all costs! ;)

I suspect the stress from the PSA nonsense is probably part of the food problem.

Cheers!

A Belated PSA Update

Date: 2013-10-15 16:46:02


Way back on the 8th, I said I would report back as to my latest PSA test.
It came back at 0.1 which is fine, as long as it stays down there.
Problem is, the previous one was <0.1.
I'm not sure that constitutes an official rise or not!
Dr K. was fine with it....apparently.
I admit to being a little concerned. Now I've gotta wait ANOTHER 3 months to see if it really is.

BTY: The weight is down to 274! :)

HbA1c is around 6 something.

Cheers

A Belated PSA Update

Date: 2013-10-15 16:46:02


Way back on the 8th, I said I would report back as to my latest PSA test.
It came back at 0.1 which is fine, as long as it stays down there.
Problem is, the previous one was &lt;0.1.
I'm not sure that constitutes an official rise or not!
Dr K. was fine with it....apparently.
I admit to being a little concerned. Now I've gotta wait ANOTHER 3 months to see if it really is.

BTY: The weight is down to 274! :)

HbA1c is around 6 something.

Cheers

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

It's That Time Again

Date: 2013-10-08 12:14:10
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Another 3 months has passed and it's that time again. Time for my 3 month  PSA evaluation. I just had my blood drawn yesterday and now I am sitting here on pins and needles waiting for the dreaded phone call, or lack thereof.
Actually, I really don't want to hear about it because in this particular case no news is good news! If they haven't called me by Wednesday evening, it's probably safe to say that I'm good for another 3 months. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
The next post will be with the result.
Cheers!

It's That Time Again

Date: 2013-10-08 12:14:10
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Another 3 months has passed and it's that time again. Time for my 3 month  PSA evaluation. I just had my blood drawn yesterday and now I am sitting here on pins and needles waiting for the dreaded phone call, or lack thereof.
Actually, I really don't want to hear about it because in this particular case no news is good news! If they haven't called me by Wednesday evening, it's probably safe to say that I'm good for another 3 months. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
The next post will be with the result.
Cheers!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Routine Update

Date: 2013-09-20 17:09:44


Well, Here I am again. Just sitting here in the office with the cat on the shelf...uh.... Let me rephrase that: the cat is on the shelf, I am NOT!
I'm having all kinds of issues with the dictation program here! Important to remember this point that I'm the guy that put the dick in dictation.

Waiting patiently for the wife to get home with dinner ingredients. I'm starving. Looks like we're going to have chicken tonight! She's going to Curves and then to Costco from there and then she'll be home.

Looks like it's going to be a relatively busy weekend for us. We're getting together with a friend tomorrow and then we've got a dinner outing on Sunday.

Hey, apropos of nothing at all,  did I mention that my wife bought me a new straight razor? It was the better part of two hundred dollars and I absolutely love it. I took up shaving with a straight about 2 years ago and I've never gone back to shaving the other way. Its a 7/8 blade made in Solingen, Germany!

More later.

Cheers!

Routine Update

Date: 2013-09-20 17:09:44


Well, Here I am again. Just sitting here in the office with the cat on the shelf...uh.... Let me rephrase that: the cat is on the shelf, I am NOT!
I'm having all kinds of issues with the dictation program here! Important to remember this point that I'm the guy that put the dick in dictation.

Waiting patiently for the wife to get home with dinner ingredients. I'm starving. Looks like we're going to have chicken tonight! She's going to Curves and then to Costco from there and then she'll be home.

Looks like it's going to be a relatively busy weekend for us. We're getting together with a friend tomorrow and then we've got a dinner outing on Sunday.

Hey, apropos of nothing at all,  did I mention that my wife bought me a new straight razor? It was the better part of two hundred dollars and I absolutely love it. I took up shaving with a straight about 2 years ago and I've never gone back to shaving the other way. Its a 7/8 blade made in Solingen, Germany!

More later.

Cheers!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Current Thoughts

Date: 2013-09-16 11:27:54

I'm starting to believe this diabetes thing that I've gotten is actually one of the best thing that's happened to me in a long time. Hard to believe? Well, it's forced me into taking far better care of myself, losing weight, vastly improved my diet and hopefully, increased exercise!
With all these new changes in my behavior, diabetes is continuously held in price control and I'm really not aware that I have it all. I suspect this is a good thing.

Just heard from one of my readers that I haven't heard from ln months. Glad to say she's doing very well. It's always a treat to hear from people that have taken the time and interest to follow my ramblings!

On a side note, it appears on down to 276 pounds! I got on the scale this morning and saw that I had lost at least four pounds over the weekend. Obviously, it was all water weight but I'll still take the loss!

I'm going to try to make the best of the rest of the day and get out and do some more yard work. At least its constructive and passes for a form of exercise. The weather is also perfect right now so it's a great time to do this.

 More later when I get a chance.

Cheers!

Current Thoughts

Date: 2013-09-16 11:27:54

I'm starting to believe this diabetes thing that I've gotten is actually one of the best thing that's happened to me in a long time. Hard to believe? Well, it's forced me into taking far better care of myself, losing weight, vastly improved my diet and hopefully, increased exercise!
With all these new changes in my behavior, diabetes is continuously held in price control and I'm really not aware that I have it all. I suspect this is a good thing.

Just heard from one of my readers that I haven't heard from ln months. Glad to say she's doing very well. It's always a treat to hear from people that have taken the time and interest to follow my ramblings!

On a side note, it appears on down to 276 pounds! I got on the scale this morning and saw that I had lost at least four pounds over the weekend. Obviously, it was all water weight but I'll still take the loss!

I'm going to try to make the best of the rest of the day and get out and do some more yard work. At least its constructive and passes for a form of exercise. The weather is also perfect right now so it's a great time to do this.

 More later when I get a chance.

Cheers!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Even More Good News!

Date: 2013-09-12 12:31:26


Hey there, its me again!

You know, I totally forgot to mention  what I got my latest labs done last Friday and got the results back this week. It was just the usual panels, liver function and all that good stuff, but the big deal was that they were the best results I've probably ever had in my life! For the first time in several decades, my total cholesterol was finally under a hundred. I'm totally thrilled with this. You're like this so called low fat diabetic diet actually doing something worthwhile and I'm not even starving.
The big deal now is the hope and pray that we can keep the PSA values undetectable. It would be a real shame they came back when everything else is improving.
I keep hoping they're going to make some real progress when controlling recurrent disease so that becomes more of a chronic issue rather than a potentially terminal one. Unfortunately, so far very little progress has been made.

Well, enough of the news of the dismal variety, beautiful day out next time to get ready for garbage pickup week when I can bring out bulk trash. How exciting!
We have least two bushes, some tree limbs, yard waste and some stuff from the house to go out to the curb. Historically, I miss this opportunity, much to the dismay of my wife. This time, I'm going to do so to speak, seize the day.

Another thing I need to do get out walking again! This is very important if I'm going to be losing any weight at all. I kinda lost my enthusiasm for it because the weather's been so hot. Then of course we start into that brief rainy period.  It was raining so hard but I didn't want to get out at all. That's what I get from being from New York State . All the native Arizonans seem to enjoy getting out and getting soaked. Not me!

Well, as usual that's about enough for now. I'll be putting up more I think of it.

Cheers!

Even More Good News!

Date: 2013-09-12 12:31:26


Hey there, its me again!

You know, I totally forgot to mention  what I got my latest labs done last Friday and got the results back this week. It was just the usual panels, liver function and all that good stuff, but the big deal was that they were the best results I've probably ever had in my life! For the first time in several decades, my total cholesterol was finally under a hundred. I'm totally thrilled with this. You're like this so called low fat diabetic diet actually doing something worthwhile and I'm not even starving.
The big deal now is the hope and pray that we can keep the PSA values undetectable. It would be a real shame they came back when everything else is improving.
I keep hoping they're going to make some real progress when controlling recurrent disease so that becomes more of a chronic issue rather than a potentially terminal one. Unfortunately, so far very little progress has been made.

Well, enough of the news of the dismal variety, beautiful day out next time to get ready for garbage pickup week when I can bring out bulk trash. How exciting!
We have least two bushes, some tree limbs, yard waste and some stuff from the house to go out to the curb. Historically, I miss this opportunity, much to the dismay of my wife. This time, I'm going to do so to speak, seize the day.

Another thing I need to do get out walking again! This is very important if I'm going to be losing any weight at all. I kinda lost my enthusiasm for it because the weather's been so hot. Then of course we start into that brief rainy period.  It was raining so hard but I didn't want to get out at all. That's what I get from being from New York State . All the native Arizonans seem to enjoy getting out and getting soaked. Not me!

Well, as usual that's about enough for now. I'll be putting up more I think of it.

Cheers!

Monday, September 09, 2013

A Rainy Day....Finally!

Date: 2013-09-09 12:35:18


Well here's a little bit new to talk about. It's absolutely raining cats and dogs here and has been doing so for about the past two and a half hours! This may be commonplace to some but around here we very rarely see it and when we do it's a really good thing!
I just wish the wife was here with me so we could share it together.

On the downside, it looks like I put on another 3 pounds since last week. This is not good. I thought I was ahead of the game on that, what was the new diet and actually sticking to it I've been losing about a pound a week. I have no idea whether this is just water weight or whether it has something to do with the diet. At any rate, it's depressing!

Okay, that was just a quick update. The cat is sitting in the hallway waiting for me to feed him I guess so I'd better go and take care of that. More later when things develop.

Cheers!

A Rainy Day....Finally!

Date: 2013-09-09 12:35:18


Well here's a little bit new to talk about. It's absolutely raining cats and dogs here and has been doing so for about the past two and a half hours! This may be commonplace to some but around here we very rarely see it and when we do it's a really good thing!
I just wish the wife was here with me so we could share it together.

On the downside, it looks like I put on another 3 pounds since last week. This is not good. I thought I was ahead of the game on that, what was the new diet and actually sticking to it I've been losing about a pound a week. I have no idea whether this is just water weight or whether it has something to do with the diet. At any rate, it's depressing!

Okay, that was just a quick update. The cat is sitting in the hallway waiting for me to feed him I guess so I'd better go and take care of that. More later when things develop.

Cheers!

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Shotgun Coaching

Date: 2013-09-05 09:27:52


Well, it's that time of the season again. Just got a call from the shotgun range. Seems they still want volunteers to teach the ladies how to use a shotgun for the first time.
Its only twice a month on Thursday night so I think I'm going to go back to doing it is it keeps me out of trouble. The wife is having second thoughts. She's getting a little more sensitive to the heat out here every year.
I guess she's going to play it by ear for a while and see how it goes.

On another note, it's also the early dove season here in Arizona. I haven't even manage to get my lazy ass out there. I  think I'm going to try to go this weekend!

For some reason I've been feeling really out of sorts for minimally the past few days. Fortunately, that seems to be passing. I really don't know what was going on but I was really getting short tempered and depressed.
Interestingly, the OCD has been significantly worse during this period and I really don't know why it would be but this has happened before. Medication doesn't seem to do much for it so I just have to ride it out.
The wife has been very supportive through all that as she always is.

Okay, time to go and see if I can get some stuff done around the house before I have to go to the range. More later as I think about it

Cheers!

Shotgun Coaching

Date: 2013-09-05 09:27:52


Well, it's that time of the season again. Just got a call from the shotgun range. Seems they still want volunteers to teach the ladies how to use a shotgun for the first time.
Its only twice a month on Thursday night so I think I'm going to go back to doing it is it keeps me out of trouble. The wife is having second thoughts. She's getting a little more sensitive to the heat out here every year.
I guess she's going to play it by ear for a while and see how it goes.

On another note, it's also the early dove season here in Arizona. I haven't even manage to get my lazy ass out there. I  think I'm going to try to go this weekend!

For some reason I've been feeling really out of sorts for minimally the past few days. Fortunately, that seems to be passing. I really don't know what was going on but I was really getting short tempered and depressed.
Interestingly, the OCD has been significantly worse during this period and I really don't know why it would be but this has happened before. Medication doesn't seem to do much for it so I just have to ride it out.
The wife has been very supportive through all that as she always is.

Okay, time to go and see if I can get some stuff done around the house before I have to go to the range. More later as I think about it

Cheers!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Good News!

Date: 2013-09-03 15:35:38


Hey there! I'm back on the air for at least a little while.

At least I have a little bit of good news. I'm actually starting to consistently lose weight! I'm down to approximately 280 pounds from what I was before which was around two hundred and ninety five. This is very encouraging to me. It is so incredibly hard to lose this weight and keep it off any progress is always welcome.
I'm back to using a standard low fat diet like I used to. No more Atkins, at least for a while until we get this under control. I'm not really sure that I'll be able to use that diet in the future.

Been really hot and muggy here, with temperatures running is 102 and sixty   percent humidity. I'll tell you right now, I'm really glad I am semi-retired because I'm not sure at all  that I could take it!

I haven't been posting much lately because there really hasn't been anything to talk about, which is probably good.  I'm probably going to put this down for now and enter more later when I think of something interesting to talk about.

Cheers!

Good News!

Date: 2013-09-03 15:35:38


Hey there! I'm back on the air for at least a little while.

At least I have a little bit of good news. I'm actually starting to consistently lose weight! I'm down to approximately 280 pounds from what I was before which was around two hundred and ninety five. This is very encouraging to me. It is so incredibly hard to lose this weight and keep it off any progress is always welcome.
I'm back to using a standard low fat diet like I used to. No more Atkins, at least for a while until we get this under control. I'm not really sure that I'll be able to use that diet in the future.

Been really hot and muggy here, with temperatures running is 102 and sixty   percent humidity. I'll tell you right now, I'm really glad I am semi-retired because I'm not sure at all  that I could take it!

I haven't been posting much lately because there really hasn't been anything to talk about, which is probably good.  I'm probably going to put this down for now and enter more later when I think of something interesting to talk about.

Cheers!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Supplemental Friday Entry

Date: 2013-08-16 18:56:24

Doc was very pleased with my progress. Looks like I might get a break from doctors for a few weeks!
I even might be able to have a little more food!

*Sips a little bourbon*

Well, I'm gonna go, have a little dinner and watch 'The Godfather' with the wife.
More later.

Cheers!

Diabetes Update

Date: 2013-08-16 13:52:16


It would appear that all the hard work getting my diet in shape for the diabetes actually paying off. Got some lab work back yesterday and my cholesterol that is my total cholesterol is way down to 216 from somewhere around 250 plus.
Actually, all my values were down which is what we're trying to do. My a1c was 6.1.

I've got an appointment with my doctor at 3 o'clock today to talk about the diabetes and see how we're progressing with it.

I'm really not having this much trouble staying on the diet properly so I thought I was going to. I figured I was going to really miss the large portions but after a couple weeks it seems like my stomach is getting a little smaller and I don't require the huge portions I was originally eating.

More this evening after I get done with the appointment. Maybe I'll have a little bit more good news.

Cheers!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

A Long Hot Weekend

Date: 2013-08-10 17:33:50


It's hot as snot outside right now so I'm spending as much time inside as possible. I really should be out walking but the combination of heat and humidity really saps my energy.

A bit of good news. My glucose levels are coming down nicely due to my wife doing most of the cooking and 500mg of Metformin every day.
Around three weeks ago I had an average of over 200. Now I'm running an average of 125 to 130.
I see the doc this coming Friday. We'll see what she has to say then.

No news on the cancer front, thank goodness!

I shaved my goatee today just for shits and giggles. I do extreme things like that once in a great while, mainly for the adrenaline rush of living on the edge. Perhaps I'll end the day in a climactic fashion by trimming my nose hairs!

I can't believe it but I just had a computer crash and had to rewrite ALL of this entry!
That's what I get for composing online instead of on the WP. That'll teach me...probably NOT!!!! ;)

*Long Sigh*

Wow! The wife just made some roasted garlic and it's DELICIOUS! It's her first try at making it.
This is a keeper with a lot of uses.

Well, that's about it for now. Time to see if there's a decent movie on TV tonight. (I doubt it!)

Cheers!

Monday, August 05, 2013

More Monday Musings

Date: 2013-08-05 18:33:54


Just finished washing all the dishes from last night and sauteing a bunch of peppers and mushrooms. The wife is making a meatloaf tonight, one of her specialties and I'm really looking forward to it.

We're both looking forward to a cozy night. We're just going to sit in front of the TV and watch a movie, one of the things we do best at our age!
We're going to be watching War Games 2.

Well, the wife just pulled in from Costco and it's time to go and help prepare dinner. More later.

Cheers!

Monday Thoughts

Date: 2013-08-05 16:43:46



Well, here it is Monday again. Today I actually had a job cleaning somebody's pool. It was a great day for it, mainly because it was overcast and only about 95 degrees. Really can't get much better than that weather wise!

You know, it has occurred to me that the readers of this diary actually get the best of both worlds. You get to read about two diseases, cancer and diabetes! What could possibly be more exciting than that? I'm not really sure now what to call this. Should I continue to call it the battle begins or should I call it adventures in diabetes or something of the like? Yes I'm trying to be amusing and failing miserably, lol!

Actually, it was very good to get out and do something today for a change! I've almost forgotten what going to work is like.
I've always got to try to keep in mind that pretty much any kind of activity is actually very good for both my conditions so I really need to try to keep it up on a semi-regular basis at least.

As far as the diabetes goes, my the glucose levels are stabilizing and coming down to relatively normal areas at least for someone having this particular disease.

Every night I continue to discover what a wonderful cook my wife is! I wonder how I missed that over the past 20 years or so.
She is doing an excellent job regulating my meals! It's a dirty job but somebody has to do it!

Well not too much to say this evening. Kinda tired after doing the pool so I'm going to sit back and relax and do my usual web surfing .
Yes, I promise to stay out of trouble!

Cheers!

Friday, August 02, 2013

It's Weekend Eve Again!

Date: 2013-08-02 17:00:27


Well, it's the weekend again. I'm still trying to get used to dictating the diary on my smartphone instead of typing!
It's really a lot faster this way but I'm not quite used to it yet.

Good news on the health front is that I'm still sticking to the diabetic diet with the help of my wife. She is now doing all the cooking and portioning . It seems that if I do that I can't stick to the routine. It works for a week or two but then I get totally out of hand and that's not good for me or the sugar!

I forgot whether I mentioned this but I'm also trying to walk 3 days a week. It's a little bit tough because I'm still so overweight and the other day I wound up walking three and a half miles and almost killed myself! I was around 104 degrees that day and even though I had water with me I was exhausted by the time I got back. My wifes boss has a treadmill at the office and I'm thinking of using that during the hot summer months. It's probably a little more boring but then it gets boring just walking down to the other end of the street and back again. I'm one of those people that needs a lot of variety and you don't get that running the same circuit everyday if you know what I mean, lol!
The weight is starting to go down, but painfully slowly! I suspect we're probably looking at a half pound a week or less!

It looks like we're going to have another non eventful weekend, maybe a little rain on Saturday. The Weather Service is saying there's about a 10 percent chance Saturday night.
It would be a good thing if we got some rain. We're about halfway through the monsoon season and we still need a lot of rain. Sort of par for the course the way it's been through the past decade . We just don't get rain out here like we used to.

Well, that's about it for this evening. Time to go have a cocktail and get supper ready . Actually, I should say time to go help wife get dinner ready! She's at Curves right now and will be back in about 20 minutes or so.

Cheers!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Test Post

Date: 2013-07-31 10:16:34


This is just an initial test post to see if I can I use the new Android app with my smartphone.
It looks pretty good. I really like the action of being able to dictate rather than type since I'm such a slow typist. Lol!

I suspect this is actually going to change the nature of my entries.

More later.

Cheers!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Well, THIS Is Embarrassing!

Date: 2013-07-24 17:35:51


Hello Diary!

It seems that I've fallen a bit behind lately despite dire warnings from the diary server! Lol!

I notice that my vast fan base isn't blogging much either. That's alright, it's hard to think of stuff to write about.

My last PSA came back at &lt;0.1! Just as we hoped. Great news but it can change any time for the worse. There really in no real CURE for this disease, just remission.

Cancer bites!

I think I lost my followers because I'm so fucking boring and pessimistic. They're right! :)

Oh yeah, I forgot, not too surprisingly I've been diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic. What fun! I'm not surprised though as I've really set myself up for it.

Not too bad though. Now I get to prick my finger instead of finger my prick twice a day! ;)

They have me on 500mg. of Metformin for a while to see how that works.
Glucose values seem to stay around 150 or so while fasting.
I'm just getting used to this.

I'm trying to get out and walk for 20 or 30 minutes each day. It's really hard! I can't believe how out of shape I've let myself become!

I'm also trying to get used to a low fat, high carb diet versus the high fat ultra-low carb ketogenic diet that I was on before.
Not losing much weight with this diet though.
Actually, I'm still at 290. No wonder it's so hard to walk briskly!

Well, the wife just walked in so I guess I'll go and help her with dinner. More later as I think of it.

Cheers!

Saturday, July 06, 2013

It's That Time Again

Date: 2013-07-06 21:29:23


On Monday, I get my blood drawn for my next PSA. It's been a year now since the surgery and I sure hope it is good news this time.
The stress between the time I get the blood drawn and the time I receive the results is incredible! The last time I had this done I thought I was going to have a heart attack!

The last values were 0.01. Were looking for &lt;0.01 this time. If they report that, it means that the PSA level is undetectable on the standard test.
Wish me luck! ;)

*Sips a cheap Pinot Noir*

Spell checker apparently doesn't like French! Lol!

Well, that's amusing. I went and had dinner and totally forgot I was writing this. Now it's around two hours later and time for bed. I've been up since 5 am.

More this week.

Cheers!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Weight Progress Update

Date: 2013-07-02 19:10:09


Just a real short entry to say that I went from 294 on June 12th to288 as of July 2nd.

Just gotta keep pounding away!

More later.

Cheers!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Diet Update

Date: 2013-06-21 15:23:00


No significant weight loss to report yet. Just a few pounds of water weight. I'll most likely report the first official weigh-in as of the Monday.

Trying to keep around <2000 kcal/day with no more than 20 carbs. It's going well, as usual. I just have to try REAL hard not to let myself get too bored with the food choices. It's a damn good thing I like all of them!

PSA coming up on July 8th. Starting to get nervous again. I wish I could get used to this and just accept it but it seems there's little chance of that. Well, at least if and when it DOES start to rise, at least the suspense will be over.

Other than that, IT'S WEEKEND EVE!!!   :)

Cheers!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Little More Rambling

Date: 2013-06-16 19:31:52


I had a real nice Father's Day. Certainly was different from last year, lol!
We Skyped with the kids in SC for a while and &quot;cyber-cuddled&quot; with my grand-daughter. She's getting so big so fast! :0

We both just wanted a quiet day to do things that we wanted to do and it turned out to be the perfect day for it.

Went to a friend's house last night for dinner. Being back on my diet made anything I could eat hard to find but at least you couldn't accuse me of overeating! ;)

Ever have the feeling of ants crawling all over your body and you look and there's nothing there? Well, I REALLY have them!
We are INFESTED with the little bastards! We're on our 2nd week of ant baits and still they keep coming! And yes...they bite!

Gonna go have dinner now and chill for the rest of the evening.

Cheers!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Father's Day

Date: 2013-06-15 22:11:18


Tomorrow will be the 1st anniversary of my getting sick. Seems like the year flew by in a couple of weeks! At least I'm alive and, with any luck, disease free and I'm very grateful for that.

The back issue is getting better every day and I will stop the Oxycodone soon. This means I will be able to get a little real exercise which I haven't had for weeks.

Looks like I'll also be able to get my jury duty permanently excused. Dr. Y wrote an excellent letter explaining the situation so hopefully the court, in their infinite wisdom will accept that.

Diet is going well. I will post updated weight next weekend.

Cheers!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I Dropped The Ball...Again!

Date: 2013-06-11 19:51:04


Sorry for no posts lately.

About two weeks ago I managed to throw out my back and it wound up getting so bad I could hardly get up out of bed!
I just got a short course of 'Oxy' which at least allows me to move around. I've been so distracted by the pain that blogging has been the last thing on my little mind.

Got a bad start on the diet too but I'm now starting to settle in to it properly.

Gotta go see the doc on Thursday for my usual BP check. I'm going to ask her if she'll ok an MRI of the lumbar spine to see if I really do have damage there. Gotta do it while I still have insurance.

Nothing really new or interesting. Just really hot here but then I should be used to that by now. Lol!

The hummingbirds are coming to the new feeders every day now! That's SO nice to see.

Well, gonna go now and fix dinner as it's getting a little late.

Everybody stay well! Cheers!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Belated Update

Date: 2013-05-28 18:37:41


Dear Diary and Devoted Fan Base,
Sorry about the late update. I know you were holding your breath. ;)

I DID NOT start the diet last week as I said I was going to. Instead, I made an honest attempt to back off on the booze and I DID succeed in that respect. Still have more work to do on that but we're getting there.
Looks like I'll start This coming Monday instead.

The wife and I bought a couple of hummingbird feeders the other day and hung them in the back yard. They're coming around already, in the morning and the evening. It's nice to have them back!
Maybe I should put a little bourbon in there with the nectar and watch them bounce off the windows. Lol!
Just kidding!!! Don't have a cow! ;)

I'm going through one of my &quot;hate humanity&quot; phases right now. I much prefer the company of animals to my fellow humans. If YOU ever feel like that, you're more than welcome to join my club.
The world can be a depressing place. I guess you just have to try to keep a sense of humor and try to see the good that hopefully is still out there.

It's been windy here over the past few days and the weather change seems to be giving me aches and pains. Also, real hard to stay awake during the mid-afternoon. No rain is predicted though.

Hey, if you follow football, you may have heard that some of our 'Native Americans' are upset and offended by the 'Washington Redskins'. Apparently even a couple of members of congress are trying to get the team to change it's name!
Team management says they'll change the name when Hell freezes over.
I say if they're going to be dicks about it, why not rename them the Washington Foreskins. That's got a nice ring to it, don't you think?

Cheers!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Long Time, No Post

Date: 2013-05-17 19:54:37


It's been a good while since I've felt like posting anything.
But then, again, such is the nature of a diary.
I've been feeling really unmotivated lately (yes, even more than usual).
Seems like the more news I read about all the crap going on in the world today, the more depressed I get.
Come to think of it, my followers aren't posting either! Must be something in the air.

This Monday, I am starting back on my diet again. I am currently at 295 pounds and I feel miserable! I'll report my progress (or lack of it) here on a weekly basis. Doing the low carb route again.

We're just getting into triple digits here and we're still on the swamp cooler! We've been off AC for several months now and are saving MUCHO bucks.

I finally got around to deleting all my Facebook &quot;pseudo-friends&quot;. You know, people you don't know and who don't know you. I had around 4 or 5 hundred.
Now I'm down to around 38, mostly real friends and family.
Facebook is weird!

*Takes a swallow of bourbon and chokes*

I am just SO tired of bigoted haters. The world is nuts!

Cheers!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Latest PSA Update

Date: 2013-04-13 20:13:40


I promised to update my latest PSA numbers which I just got yesterday (Friday).

It came back at 0.1, down from 0.2 three months ago. Yay!

Now I get another three months of relative peace until we go through this again.

I almost had a heart attack waiting on the phone for the results.

I am SUCH a wuss!

Cheers!

Plumbing Day!

Date: 2013-04-13 19:21:19


I am EXHAUSTED!

This was the day I was to replace the stops and supplies under the kitchen sink. (More fun than golf!)

What should have taken 1 hour turned into 4 hours and a flooded kitchen floor. (Good thing we have a ceramic tile floor!)

The job started out fine. I had 3 stops to replace. After about 20 minutes, I had the old ones off and 2 of the 3 new ones installed.

Things are going well...so far.

I installed the third one and turned the water back on. 2 out of 3 stops had slight leaks which is not too unusual for compression type valves. You just gently tighten them till the drip stops.

But...not in this case.

I couldn't get the drips to stop to save my life so I sent the wife to the store to get another valve. She returns with another one and I install it. It leaks, just differently from the first one!

Now I'm pissed!

I try loosening the compression nut slightly to make sure the ferrule is seated properly and suddenly the whole goddamn valve blows right off the pipe. Let's say it's a damned good thing the kitchen floor needed washing! Lol!

To make a long story short, I send the wife to the store for yet ANOTHER valve. While she's gone, I get the bright idea to mix and match parts of the previous 2 valves and, VOILA!, now they work.

So...the wife gets back, we clean things up, (she is a great plumber's helper) and I go to wash my hands in the sink. I finish and turn the water off and would you believe hot side faucet valve fails and I can't close the hot water!!!

Fuck it! Time for some bourbon on the rocks!

Cheers!

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Tuesday Morning

Date: 2013-04-09 18:50:24


This morning sucked!

I woke up to a sewer block involving the kitchen sink. Had to resort to a drain snake to resolve that. Then 2 out of 3 water shutoffs under the sink failed so the dishwasher didn't work and I am now the interim dishwasher. Lol! Damn good thing I'm a plumber!

After all that, I managed to throw out my back again. Good thing I was able to find it before the garbage truck came! (Hate it when that happens!)

At least I made it to the Doctors appointment on time. Dr K is happy with the progress of things. He was actually able to find a vein and do the blood draw himself. He says I have &quot;terrible&quot; veins.
We'll know the PSA values in a couple of days.

*Small sip*

Broiled flatiron steaks tonight for both me and the woman. We deserve it!

Cheers!

Monday, April 08, 2013

Amazing News!

Date: 2013-04-08 19:51:21


It is now official after all these years. Are y'all ready for this? My official, tested typing speed is a blazing thirteen (13) words per minute!!!
Now it should be clear to all why it usually takes me so long to respond, lol!
It actually seems to speed up slightly when I'm drinking which means I probably should never get a job at a newspaper!

*Sips a bourbon &amp; water*

It's been rainy and very windy here today. Really feeling it in the old joints. At least it's warm. If it was cold like back east, I'd have real issues. Actually, it's 58&ordm; outside right now.

*Stares blankly at screen*

The cat is, once again, trying to steal our dinner. He is turning into a furry little pain in the ass in his old age (kind of like his daddy).
He'll get right up on your lap and take a bite off your fork if you let him, the little bastard!

*Switches screens to check Facebook*

Does anybody else around here think Facebook is a bizarre waste of time?
Wait a sec...let me check my feed again! ROTFL!

I probably mentioned that I get my next PSA tomorrow. I am scared, as usual, to hear the results. I'm trying not to dwell on it too much.
I am going to ask Dr K for a realistic prognosis for the long term and see what he has to say. He tends to be an optimist, by his own admission. Let's hope he has reason to be!

More later. Cheers!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

It's The Weekend!!! :)

Date: 2013-04-06 18:50:51


Well, we had a real nice session with the ladies at the shooting range Thursday night. The Desert Rose Program seems to be finally coming together at last!
Here's a link if you're interested:
http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/basf_classes.shtml

Went to Cabela's today for four hours to represent Game and Fish at 'Ladies Day'. We get a free lunch out of it so it's worth our time. The wife even bought me a couple of tee-shirts so I guess she isn't too mad at me, Lol!

BTW: I HAVE NOT forgotten about responding to the supportive comments I've been receiving from you guys. I WILL respond but I've been INCREDIBLY lazy lately so give me a few days.

We're going to try and just veg out for the rest of the weekend. I've get to decide if I'm ready to get back on the diet on Monday. That will require that I stop drinking completely for at LEAST a few weeks. The week I get my latest PSA may be a poor time to try to do that. We'll see.

More later...Cheers!

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Humpday!

Date: 2013-04-03 19:32:02


Ha! Like it matters to me! Lol!

Feeling a little better lately and definitely more sociable.

*Starts on 2nd bourbon of the night*

No health or medical news except that I get the PSA done this Tuesday, not Monday.

Just got a notice from our HOA (Homeowners Association) that we have weeds in the yard. Well Duh...where ELSE would they be???
Looks like I need to do another 'Roundup' treatment. Thank goodness for Monsanto! Hahaha...I kill me!

We're coaching at the range tomorrow night and then working a booth at Cabela's on Saturday. That's usually fun and we get a free lunch!

The wife seems to be in a &quot;You've done something wrong but you have to guess what it is&quot; type mood. Nothing too serious, I hope. Probably just the fact that I haven't done jack shit all day today. I don't blame her!

She has been concerned that I haven't &quot;been happy&quot; lately. After 20  years, I'm a little surprised that she hasn't picked up on the fact that I'm NEVER &quot;happy&quot; in the way most people think.
If you've ever seen the movie 'As Good AS It Gets', with Jack Nicholson, you'll understand what I mean.
My so-called &quot;happiness&quot; would be the same whether I was married to her or any one else. This has already been demonstrated. I've been married four goddamn times!
There is no position in life where I would be in any better shape. It is simply the type of person I am and nothing will ever change that. It DOES NOT mean that I don't love or care about the person I'm with. It's just that I'm not happy in the popular sense even if I get everything my way!
Aside from everything else, she makes me feel very loved and even important. How many can lay claim to THAT?

Cheers!

Monday, April 01, 2013

An Apology To Followers

Date: 2013-04-01 20:29:52


My last entry, Observations, apparently caused some concern among my followers (all three). I thought I had lost you and I was depressed.
I can be a first class ass at times and this was one of them.
I was looking for attention and I got it. I DID NOT mean to seek attention at the emotional expense of others!
Your immediate responses came as a welcome surprise. I feel like a jerk for being such a whiner all the time.

Believe it or not, I think about all of you daily, wondering how your lives are going.

I have not been posting much lately, mainly due to the fact that there haven't been many changes in my health, thank goodness! I continue to be mildly obsessed with my quarterly PSA tests but that is not something that's going to change.

On the home front, we just upgraded our range and dishwasher. How exciting!!! We went to one of those new fangled glass/ceramic top electric ranges which we love. Our old, standard one lasted 16 years so I guess it was about time. The dishwasher, we got free from one of our neighbors down the street who decided to upgrade. It's a Kenmore and works great! :)

The wife is waiting for me to help her &quot;poke the cat&quot;. He is 15  years and needs sub-q fluids. I also have not eaten dinner yet (just bourbon)so I need something in my tummy! Beans and franks tonight! (Gas manyana!)

Well, I'm gonna cap this off for tonight. More soon.

Cheers!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Observations

Date: 2013-03-25 19:42:19


I'm not really sure why I'm continuing to write this diary. I guess the only purpose is for family after I'm gone. It seems I've lost my two followers which really isn't much of a surprise. When you have cancer, the only real excitement is when you're declared terminal and then everybody wants to get on board like it was a fucking accident at a auto race!

Whatever, I don't care. I intended this as a 'stream of consciousness' anyway.

*Sips bourbon*

There is nothing new other than I get another PSA in early April and we'll see if I'm going to live a while longer. I don't give a fuck! The stress isn't worth it. I thought for a while that the increased dose of Zoloft was the answer to the depression but I guess it's not. It seems I just don't enjoy being under cancer's thumb.

Now I see that, even if I get 15 or 20 years before the disease takes me, I will NEVER be ready. The time will fly by so fast I won't even realize it. My wife will probably be gone and I will be alone in some institution. A lot to look forward to. :(

Even my relationship with my wife has stagnated. I now offer her anything of real value. She will die and never realize her potential because of her attachment to me. I have dragged her down the hole with me and it is probably too late for her to reclaim her life.

I'm sorry.

*More bourbon*

I don't expect to be alive in five years so...who gives a flying fuck WHAT I think???

Cheers!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Update On The Vegas Trip

Date: 2013-03-14 19:39:58


I guess I've been remiss about updating lately.

The trip to Las Vegas to see my son at Nellis AFB was a lot of fun. We got home Sunday night.
We we're able to stay on base which was VERY convenient! We stayed at the Nellis Inn and the amenities were excellent. We were even in the same building as my son, just a couple of floors above him.
We spent a lot of time doing our favorite things, eating and drinking of course.
We went down and walked around the strip for awhile until Dad's feet got tired. The wife and I have been there before so the strip didn't really hold any surprises, especially since we don't gamble.
My son had wanted to see the 'Venetian' so we just HAD to accommodate him. Lol!

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&amp;site=imghp&amp;tbm=isch&amp;source=hp&amp;biw=1360&amp;bih=650&amp;q=the Venetian&amp;oq=the Venetian&amp;gs_l=img.12..0l10.3299.10138.0.15516.12.9.0.3.3.0.112.817.7j2.9.0...0.0...1ac.1.6.img.RljFFphdECc

Copy and paste the above link into your browser and you can see lots of good photos.

Cheers!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Off To Vegas!

Date: 2013-03-05 19:03:24


Let's see... what' new?

This Friday morning we head out to Las Vegas to see my son who is on TDY at Nellis AFB. We're only five hours one way which isn't too bad and the scenery is nice. Hopefully, we will be staying on base which makes it VERY convenient for everybody involved since we would be at the same motel.
He is normally stationed at Shaw in South Carolina but is apt to go on temporary duty most anywhere in the world, most of the time, at a moment's notice, or so it seems.
We haven't seen him in over a year and this will be the only opportunity for quite a while.

Health continues to improve, as far as I know. No doctors for a while, thank goodness! I see Dr. K on April 9th for my next PSA. Hopefully it is continuing to go down.

*Sips bourbon*

It's supposed to rain here, starting on Friday and the old bones are feeling it already! Man, I wish we had a fireplace! Great place to sit and drink bourbon. Lol!

I must admit, I miss all the correspondence I was getting from my millions of devoted followers. I probably bored them to death!
I'm especially concerned about the lady in Scotland with the thyroid cancer. I hope everything is going well for her. Maybe if she reads this she'll shoot me an email! (Hint)

Well, I guess it's about time to consume a couple of liverwurst sandwiches (with mayo and mustard) and then maybe get ready for bed. Not too good for my diet but then again, a man needs to know his limitations! RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!

Cheers!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New Research? Maybe!

Date: 2013-02-27 20:44:22


Saw this new virus tx they are working on. The virus goes in and that's it = cancer is neutralized.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/256886.php

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/256871.php

Would be the sort of breakthrough that changes the game for PCa. Phase I trials on humans will start soon after the animals.

This is exciting. There hasn't been any good news as far as real progress in PCa treatment goes in a LONG while.
I'm going to keep on top of this and see where it goes.
This would be especially significant for those of us who have failed 1st and 2nd line treatments.

A word of warning though. This site is UK based and sadly, they are FAR behind us in research and development in the medical field. We should be sharing information as it becomes available but, as I understand it, we are not.
This also applies to Australian research.
Hopefully, we will eventually learn to share the wealth.

Cheers!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Back To The Real World Again

Date: 2013-02-18 20:16:13


Well, it's time to get back to the real world again. The wife and I had another nice, long weekend doing fun stuff but now it's back to reality.

We saw 'The Hobbit' this afternoon. I would recommend it but don't expect what you read in the book. This is the latest re-make and does not follow the original storyline in any way. That being said, it is still fairly well done and features a number of the original characters.

*Turns over computer to alter-ego*

The diet is going very well and I'll have another weight update on Wednesday for all of you out there holding your breath.

Seems I type better when I'm sober. I had previously thought the opposite! Lol!

Gonna make this short tonight. We've got to get up early and get the cat to the vet for a checkup.

Cheers!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Weight Is Over

Date: 2013-02-14 20:11:33


I said in the last entry that I would report my weight loss since restarting the ketogenic diet approx. one week ago so here it is.
As of Wednesday, I have gone from 286lbs. on 02/06/ to 278 on 02/12 for a loss of 8 lbs. See, I CAN do higher math! Lol!

I will continue to report my progress on a weekly basis.

Cheers!

Friday, February 08, 2013

Friday Update

Date: 2013-02-08 18:38:30


According tto my last post, I thought I might have a touch of the "Atkins Flu". Not so, it seems. I may have been a local weather change.
I would have been surprised if it HAD been AF because I've been eating this way long enough for my body to be used to the conversion.

*Sips...nothing* *Chuckles to himself*

I had to wear a 24 hour blood pressure monitor yesterday. I was the second time I've had to do that. Doc is ALWAYS convinced that my BP is high at home even though I've provided numbers which prove otherwise.

Oh well!

I continue to eat somewhere around 1700 kcal/day. I check my weight once a week and I'll be posting it this Tuesday. Wish me luck!

Cheers!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Been A While!

Date: 2013-02-06 19:40:12


Hello...anyone out there?

Been a while since I posted anything...about two weeks, I guess. Consider yourselves blessed. ;)

Things are going well, so far. I think I mentioned in one of my last posts that I was seeing a dietician to help with weight loss. That has been put on the back burner for awhile. We had a consultation and I liked her a lot but I can't work with the high carb diet she wants me to use. I am used to low carb dieting (Atkins style)which I find relatively easy and extremely effective. When I try it her way, I wind wind up eating 3000-4000 kcal/day just to stay satisfied. With the low carb approach, I eat about 1700 and feel great.

All that being said, I'm going through a little bout of 'Atkins Flu' right now which should pass shortly. That sometimes occurs when the body switches to burning ketones as opposed to glucose.

Anyway, when I talked to the dietician regarding a ketogenic diet as opposed to a high carb/low fat diet, she said her main issue was the high fat content of keto. When I pointed out to her that my best labs ever were when I was on Atkins induction, she said &quot;I don't have an answer for you&quot;. I hope she'll research this more so we can talk!

After the unsuccessful meeting with the dietician, I ran the whole thing by my PA (Physician's Assistant)and she's good with it.
We'll see where things are lab-wise in three months.

One good side effect of this type of diet is that I drink no alcohol at all because doing so is generally incompatible with the chemistry of the diet.

Tomorrow, I have to wear a 24hr. blood pressure monitor to see what my waking/sleeping average is. I've done this before and it's really no big deal. I'll just have to stop surfing porn while I'm wearing it! ;)

We're looking forward to a quiet weekend. We'll go the Chinese New Year celebration at the Chinese Cultural Center on Saturday then maybe a movie. Sunday we coach at the trap & skeet range. We'll greet the New Year and encounter happiness.

Cheers!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Human Barometer

Date: 2013-01-23 19:15:35


Sometimes I feel kike I'm a &quot;human barometer&quot;! Tonight is a good example. I felt pretty good all day until around 5:00 and all of a sudden I've got all sorts of aches and pains and my whole mood has changed. Went from a good mood to WAY out of sorts!
Turns out, according to the weather service, we're in for another rainy weekend. Good thing we don't have anything planned.
As I get older, my body seems to be getting better at predicting the weather, sometimes almost a week out. Interesting.
I feel like I want to be near a nice, warm fireplace.

*Sips wine* (Cheap burgundy tonight) ;)

Diet is going well, with a few exceptions. Seems I've lost about three pounds since I started. (No, I didn't just use the restroom, smart ass!)
Interestingly, I find one of the hardest parts for me is eating enough carbs! I never thought THAT would be a problem.
Actually, it's more getting used to not relying on white carbs and using more foods with a low glycemic index e.g. whole grains etc.
I think my dietician may be hell bent determined to break me of the red meat habit. Well, it ain't gonna happen baby! Lol!

Just renewed my hunting license for 2013. The wife seems to think I should get out in the desert hunting more often.
I guess I'll go out next week and see if I can get some nice cottontails or stewing jacks. Yum! ;)
At least I'll be getting some exercise! Lol!
If any of y'all want a good rabbit recipe, feel free to email me.

That's about it for now.

Cheers and stay healthy!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Weekend Eve!

Date: 2013-01-17 18:52:58


The wife and I are starting the weekend early (Thursday night)mainly because we feel we deserve it! Lol!
She's gonna take tomorrow AND Monday off. Yay!

*Sips bourbon* Yeah, that's right...Jim Beam at that!

One of my devoted readers has recommended a diet book that she feels I should read. &quot;Eat to Live&quot; by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
I immediately researched his entire life and career and couldn't peg him as one of the usual diet quacks so I might actually give it a read.

My usual reading material is no more than 50-75 pages with colorful graphic images so this will be a step up. :)

*Sucks down more bourbon* (I'll stop when I can no longer spell berban.....I mean bourbon!

It feels good to have a little break from the stress of waiting for PSA results. It may not always be good news but this time it was and I'm gonna make the most of it!

Cheers!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

General Update

Date: 2013-01-16 20:30:31


Saw Dr. Y, the rad. onc. today for a routine follow-up. He was delighted with the PSA numbers. If all goes well, I won't see him again for six months.
I asked him if in his experience, did he feel the numbers would continued to go down and he said yes. Lets hope he's right.

I am also now under the supervision of a registered dietician who is going to direct my progress on a standard diabetic diet.
No quick weight loss scheme this time. She really wants to see a life change. I have A LOT of weight to lose and it looks like that's the only way I'm gonna do it.

Still trying to figure out whether I have a kidney stone issue or not. Pain was gone for about a week and now it's back, just nowhere near as bad. If it keeps up for more than another week or gets worse I'll probably get Dr. K involved.

That's all the news that's fit to print right now.

Cheers!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Little Good News...Finally!

Date: 2013-01-10 19:57:01


Got the results of Monday's PSA test back today.
PSA has gone from 0.4 before radiation to 0.2 on Monday.
It's been about three weeks since the last treatment. It seems we are going in the right direction and I am cautiously optimistic.

*Sips BEER!!!*

This IS NOT a guarantee of a complete, permanent cure but it's a hell of a lot better then what I was envisioning!

If all goes as planned, the PSA will continue to drop to zero over the next few months.
I will be seeing Dr. Y, the RO on Wednesday and will hopefully have more information at that time.

Cheers!

Monday, January 07, 2013

This Is An Important Week

Date: 2013-01-07 19:54:53


Well, this is the week we've been waiting for. I a couple of days, I get the results of my 2nd PSA which I just had drawn today.
Now we'll see if the 35 radiation treatments did their job!
If the numbers ARE going up, I guess we will still have to wait ANOTHER three months before we take any action.
The waiting and worrying are killing me faster than the disease.

It floors me that I might not even get a few years before biochemical failure. We may have lost control of this thing already!

The next entry will be the numbers with commentary.

Cheers!