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Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve

Date: 2012-12-31 19:54:20

Well, here comes 2013! Ought to be an interesting year. I sure hope it's better than 2012.

It's starting out well. The wife and I went to the store for some last minute items and she wound up slipping on the floor and smacking her head. Bent the crap out of her glasses too!
She's fine with just a small laceration over her left eye. Could have been a WHOLE lot worse!

Safe at home now so I whipped up a huge pot of my "quick and easy" chili.
A few bowls of that and I sure as hell won't need any noisemakers at midnight! Lol!

*Sips wine*

I'm still waiting for the labs to get back with my urinalyses. I'm starting to wonder if this might be chronic epididymitis. (Google it!)
It is quite common in men who have been through this type of surgery. We'll see. Only my urologist knows for sure. ;)

I'm gonna go watch a movie with the wife now and then go to bed, hopefully WELL before midnight strikes!!!

Cheers and Happy 2013 to all!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Cipro Failure!

Date: 2012-12-29 10:49:33
 Title: Cipro Failure!

Looks like I celebrated my victory over this UTI or whatever it is WAY too soon.
It's back with a vengeance so I'm going to have to enlist the aid of Dr. K, the urologist.
Going to try to get an appointment for the early part of this coming week.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Day

Date: 2012-12-25 19:23:05

It appears the Cipro worked. No more abdominal discomfort!
It appears I may have had a mild UTI since before the surgery!
We'll keep an eye on it and see if it stays gone.

We had a nice quiet day and sat outside on the patio again this evening.

Chatted with the kids in South Carolina for a while. They just completed the move from Sumter to Columbia and are now settled in their brand new house. Nice change of scene!

Not a lot to write about tonight so I'm going to keep it short.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve

Date: 2012-12-24 16:04:43

Well, good news, sort of...Dr. E didn't yell at me today. Probably because I had the wife there for protection and she's bigger than he is. ;)
He thinks I'm WAY overweight and feeling sorry for myself. He's right!
He thinks I might have a UTI so he gave me a short course of Cipro. He also increased my Zoloft to see if that will help this depressive funk that I've been in since the surgery. We'll see.

I've decided to use the 1st of the year as a target to get back on the ketogenic diet I was on before diagnoses. This will involve eating <20 net carbs/day and staying at 2000 calories or less.
The diet is easy and it works very well in a comparatively short time. Only problem is I have to give up the booze completely for the duration of the diet. :(
When I get that rolling I'll probably blog the progress.

Anyway, that's it for now. Happy Holidays to all!

Sunday, December 23, 2012


Date: 2012-12-23 20:08:11

It's Sunday morning, The wife and I slept in late. I'm sitting here with coffee trying to think of some juicy stuff to blog about. I just live life to the fullest, don't I? ;)

 I see Dr. E, my GP tomorrow for my annual physical. Boy, is HE gonna get a surprise!
Weight is over 290 and my labs will probably be all over the place. I wonder if he'll have the insight to see why I managed to backslide so badly. I really don't feel like getting yelled at tomorrow.

Looks like I may have developed a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). Sort of an irritated feeling when voiding lately and a little bit of blood one time yesterday. Might be side effects from radiation but a UTI would be more likely. Fun and games!

Got work up in Carefree today. I'm gonna give the wife the day off so the can work on her book. I'm gonna grab some lunch and then be off. It's a little nippy today (59) degrees and it'll be about 7 degrees colder up in Carefree due to the altitude. I'll dress warmly, I think!

Had some lunch. Time to get to work.

*Puts on clothes and leaves for work*

Back from the job, showered and ready to start the evening! We're going to sit out on the patio again tonight as long as the weather holds. The wife is making deviled eggs for hors d'oeuvres.
Right now though, I'm gonna lie down and catch 40 winks. I'm tired!

Sat out late and ran flat out of propane, damn it! Nice evening though.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday Blahs

Date: 2012-12-17 19:09:15

Feeling "blah" this morning. The weather's been cold at night and good for sleeping. Got to try to roust myself up and get stuff done.
Got a job coming up tomorrow that will require the use of a ladder. I hope the damn thing will support my current weight. Lol!

Feeling fairly good otherwise but still plagued with incontinence. That issue is getting old REAL FAST!
At least it's not to the point of full time diapers, thank goodness!

Grandson moved back to Montana, at least for the foreseeable future so we went over and gave him a nice sendoff yesterday.
It's good that he's getting out from where he's currently living.
It's gonna be a big tradeoff in regards to the weather though! ;)

I've got to try to get some more income coming in on a regular basis.
Nobody's going to hire me in the shape I'm in right now, at least not to do the work I'm used to doing.
I'm looking into work at home opportunities. These still exist but legit ones are really hard to find!
Most of the stuff out there is just advertising hype which is not too surprising.
I should have made the attempt to develop alternative skills much earlier in life, I guess.
I really always though I would be able to do maintenance work all my life. What an idiot!

Hey, maybe I can get on the maintenance staff at the old folks home! Lol!

I just can't seem to stop thinking about food and eating! Right now, health wise, my weight is my worst problem. If I get any bigger I can volunteer as a float at the Rose Bowl parade!

So how was THAT for a seriously fractured entry???

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Today Was The Last Treatment.!

Date: 2012-12-13 20:39:42

Today was the final episode of my series of radiation treatments.
It feels real good to be done although none of it was traumatic in any way.
I just hope the mission was accomplished after all that time and money!

We're hoping the side effects will begin to wane within 4 to 6 weeks.

PSA within the next month which hopefully will give us some idea where we stand and what to expect for the future.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Final Week Of Treatments!

Date: 2012-12-10 18:33:10

Well, we're down to the last 4 treatment days. This Thursday will be the last day. (Yay!)I will be VERY glad to be over this stuff for awhile. We'll probably have a sneak peek at the PSA when I see Dr. E for my annual physical at the end of December.
The bowel and bladder issues haven't gotten any worse but the overall fatigue has! I can't seem to motivate myself to do anything.
Dr. Y reassures me that all these side effects should resolve within a few weeks of stopping treatment.

*Sips wine*

The weather here is starting to get cold at night and that brings with it the winter aches and pains. I wish we had a fireplace. I'd curl up in front of it every night!

I haven't blogged in a while mainly because I really haven't had the energy plus there hasn't been any news.
The biggest news that will be coming up will be my post-radiation PSA numbers. Yes, I am TERRIFIED of treatment failure! I really don't know why since I'm going to go through all this suspense every damn time I get tested from now on for the rest of my life.
But...we've been through all this garbage before.
As my wife says, I tend to repeat myself.

*More wine*

A very sad experience (at least for me) at treatment today.
I was waiting for my turn on the machine and chatting with another patient to pass the time. Turned out he was a colon cancer patient with metastatic disease. He was also a born again Christian. He poured out his heart and his faith in Jesus saying that three years ago he had mets to the liver but Jesus had intervened and removed all traces of cancer from his liver. All one had to do was truly believe.
I congratulated him on his miracle and wished him the very best of luck. I ALSO asked him what he was taking treatments for now and he said Well, now I have colon cancer in my lungs.
Thank you, Jesus
The sad part for me was when I looked in his eyes, it was clear that his faith was not comforting him in any way. He was just as lost and confused as the rest of us.
I wish him the best.