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Monday, August 24, 2015


It appears that some dingbat has either accidentally or intentionally broken the right side mirror on our S-10. I'm looking into our auto insurance as we can't afford a replacement outright.
In the meantime, I'm going to have to find some way of securing it so it isn't dangerous for the wife to drive.

*thinks about a nice glass of bourbon...again!*

Tired tonight and a little out of sorts. No idea why.

Maybe I just need a good dinner and an early bedtime.

The wife is taking better care of me than I deserve. I am trying hard to reciprocate in kind. I often tend to be quite self centered with a nasty double standard. At least I acknowledge and usually try to communicate on her terms. I guess that's a start.

I would also do well to cut back on my use of Clonazepam (Klonopin®) but it really seems to relax the lumbar area of my back thereby effectively reliving the pain. *works well on insomnia too*

On the bright side, I got a really nice note from my favorite nephew today. It really brightened my mood. Thanks Ahren & Brandi! Love You!


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tired And Bored Stiff

It's one of those nights where I'm tired and bored yet my mind is still racing. That's kind if odd since I've been experiencing mild "mental slowness" for a couple of weeks now. (no smart ass comments from the peanut gallery!)
It's possible it's the meds but there is a small possibility that my brain, (what little there is of it) may not be getting enough oxygen for one reason or another.
I'm sure we'll find out when I have the nuclear stress test in a couple of weeks.

Frankly, I really wish I could have a couple of drinks or smoke a little weed but unfortunately, both options are out, at least for the foreseeable future due to the heart thing.  :(
I just hate going to bed and then just winding up tossing and turning all night. Sometimes I don't get to sleep until around five or six  in the morning.
My wife, on the other hand, is usually fast asleep within five minutes of coming to bed!

The urinary issue continues to improve. No urgency or blood in the past few days (knock on wood). This is a good thing.

I often wonder why anyone other than myself would stay up at night reading a cancer blog. I guess I just have no life. Lol!

Just finished dinner and now I'm starting to have carb cravings. Can't satisfy 'em though 'cause I have fuel injection. Damn!

Gotta work tomorrow so I'm gonna try and get some shuteye.

Y'all have a cold one for me, ya heah?


Friday, August 21, 2015

Today's Exciting Medical Update!

As promised, here's the scoop on today's visit with Dr. E.
All is well. We actually took the time to make sure everyone is on the same page regarding all the new changes that have been happening lately.
He gave me a small 'motivational' speech about my weight loss (or lack thereof) and gave me a prescription for Clobetasol Cream® for the psoriasis on my poor little feet.
We addressed the hematuria issue and he is not concerned at this time. He feels it may be an occult urethritis. He says keep drinking plenty of water. Urine culture added to the labs that Dr. G wanted, scheduled a follow-up appointment and that was about it.

Gonna go eat dinner and watch a sci-fi movie with the wife.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

My Son And Grand Daughter

I really couldn't resist sharing these two recent pics of my son Chris and grand daughter Arabella.
Chris is a tech sergeant in the USAF and currently stationed at Shaw AFB in Sumpter, SC.
They will be moving to Italy for 4 years in a little less the 2 weeks.
Both the wife and I will miss them tremendously.

*drools while looking at the plates!*


Cardiologist Appointment Went Well

Despite having a 5:45pm appt. and getting out around 8:00pm, the news was pretty good. He was with me for around 10 minutes. You do the math!  Lol!
He lowered my dosage of Amiodarone®, the powerful medicine designed to correct my arrhythmia non-invasively by 400mg/day. I was taking it three times/day, now I only need to take it once.
I suspect the necessary high initial dose was at least partially responsible for my mild shortness of breath lately.

He does want me to have a cardiac stress test (I've never had one) within the next few weeks.
This will be the non- treadmill kind where instead of raising the heart rate through exercise, they raise it chemically. Probably epinephrine ( Adrenalin) Ought to be a real party...NOT!!!!.

The next appointment is with Dr. E tomorrow at 3:00pm. There I get to go over everything else that's wrong. I don't think there's anything wrong with me that a nice glass or two of a good bourbon on the rocks wouldn't fix. I suspect Doc would disagree though.  ;)

More juicy news tomorrow evening, assuming I survive that long. *sighs*


Monday, August 17, 2015

Flu Update

I'm still sick but a whole lot better since last Friday?
Aches and pains are gone and fever is down to 99 something. I feel a lot better but have no energy so technically, I'm  probably still contagious.

I rescheduled the cardiologist for this Thursday. Hopefully the fever will be gone by then.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

This Has NOT Been A Good Month!

First it was possible kidney stones (not resolved), then it was atrial fibrillation (hopefully resolved) and now I'm flat on my back with what appears to be the flu.

I've had to cancel everything on my calendar for the next couple of weeks so I can stay in bed full time.
The wife has been taking wonderful care of me. Now we have to watch her very closely lest she comes down with it.
If she does, we'll probably resort to Tamiflu® or one of the other two antivirals.

Gonna keep this short!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Good News And Bad News

The good news is the my heart rhythm has stayed stable since very early Wednesday morning. (Yay!)
The bad news is the gross hematuria that I thought was gone has returned  (Bummer)
If this keeps up I will request a cystoscopy to see what the hell is going on up there.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Heart Rhythm Seems To Be Back To Normal (knock on wood)

Good news!
The atrial fibrillation issue that has been plaguing me over the past couple of weeks seems to have slowly corrected itself during the wee small hours of this morning.
It's so nice not to have that strange feeling in my chest anymore. Hopefully it won't return.
I will still keep my appointment with Dr. G, my cardiologist, on the 18th but at least I probably won't have to undergo a cardiac catheterization now.  :)

I've been having a great deal of insomnia lately, sometimes getting as little as an hour or two all night.
I have absolutely no idea why.
I toss and turn and my mind keeps racing all night. The only thing that seems to help is to just get up.
Of course, when I do that, I'm tired most of the next day.
I just got my last refill of Klonopin filled today. I'll try a couple this evening and see if that helps at all.

We had another tree breaking storm last night with lots of lightning and wind. The city of Chandler had a microburst hard enough to toss private aircraft at the Chandler airport all over the field!
I guess that's what they get for not tying them down. Lol!

We've got lamb for dinner tonight! One of our favorites. *drools*

More later.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Monsoon Storms, Haboobs & Other Goodies

It was a nice Tuesday here in Paradise. The largest haboob (dust storm) we've had in about a decade went through this morning around 9: 30am.
Since we were safely out of the weather, my wife decided to make pancakes from scratch (yummy) and we enjoyed them while watching the storm out of the back patio door.
I'm told the winds exceeded 50 mph in some areas. (I think ours was one!)
After all that, we had a nice long nap. It's good to be retired even if we are poor.

On another front...

The kidney stone issue may have finally been resolved. I no longer seem to have visible blood in my urine (knock on wood) and the sense of urinary urgency is greatly improved so I am hopeful that we are done with that. I've really got to remember to drink a lot more water than I currently do!

I'm still plagued with the atrial fibrillation issue. The medicine I'm on really doesn't seem to be cutting the mustard. I see Dr. G, my cardiologist on the 18th so we'll talk about it then.


My Granddaughter :)

I've mentioned wanting to live long enough to see my granddaughter grow up numerous times in past entries.
Well, she's growing up way too fast!
Now she is moving to Italy with her parents for 4 years and I won't even be able to see her before she leaves.
Here are some very recent photos of her. (Kinda cute, huh?)
Her name is Arabella (or just Bella) and she's 3 years old.


Monday, August 10, 2015

I've Really Gotta Stop Reading Other Cancer Blogs!

Man! Am I depressed now!
I didn't have too much to do today so I decided to read some cancer blogs written by other folks.

Big mistake!

A lot of them are similar to mine in terms of style and content with one notable difference...a large number of the authors are no longer alive. Guess why.

This realization has put me into a bit of a funk for awhile, probably until I forget what I've just been reading.
A lot of these guys had disease stats very similar to my own and around the same time frame to boot.
This has got my imagination working overtime again!

This revelation comes at a time when I have several new issues with my health, atrial fibrillation and possible kidney or bladder stones.

This is not fun!

I fully realize that I'm probably over reacting but I'm only 62 and I was really hoping to have quite a few more years on this planet.
I am not tired of life. I love my wife. I want to live to see my granddaughter grow up.
This disease seems to sneak up and get you when you least expect it.

It's not being dead that scares me. It's the whole process of getting there, gradually deteriorating with unrelenting intractable pain that even modern drugs can't reach. That's how my father went. I will never be able to get that out of my mind.

Many claim that in today's world, those scenarios no longer exist. That is NOT true.
Treatments for this disease are still mostly educated guesswork, even in the best cases with the best doctors. This is reality.

Ironically, I suppose folks reading this blog would likely become depressed after a few entries.
This is precisely why I try to inject my own brand of humor from time to time. After all, even the doctors generally agree that laughter is the best medicine.

Well, I'm off to put a load of wash in.  :)


Kitty Update! :)

Date: 2015-07-11 14:56:08

Dewpoint's back!!A little gaunt but no worse for wear.


Sunday, August 09, 2015

Migration Complete!

The migration of data from the old site is finally complete and this site is live.
I hope you will visit frequently.
Questions and/or comments are ALWAYS welcome. -- Papa Purple Haze

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Home Again

Date: 2015-08-05 03:49:31

Well how about that!
I'm finally back home again after what turned out to be nearly a week in the hospital. It just doesn't get any better than that!
My roommate had a host of ailments including COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and was up most of the night coughing loudly and occasionally vomiting. Kept me awake a lot thinking he was about to die!
Actually, it really wasn't THAT bad and I was treated very well.
It turns out that I have atrial fibrillation (AF) which is a common cardiac arrhythmia, especially in us older folks.
I am now on tons of new meds including a blood thinner to help prevent blood clots in the heart which could potentially lead to a stroke.
I still have the arrhythmia though it is much better controlled. It is possible that I may need to have a cardiac ablation procedure done to actually cure it.
This involves cardiac catheterization which is where they thread a tiny catheter into the heart and actually destroy the offending cells, usually with either radio frequency or cryoablation (super cold).
I admit to being a bit nervous about the procedure as there are a few side effects including blood clots and even death. These risks are extremely small but it is still sort of scary since more than one procedure may be required and there is no guarantee that it will be successful.
For now, we're going to try medication to see if it will convert that way which is obviously my preference. Obviously, to have any chance of resolving this issue over the long term will require that I abstain from alcohol and weed. This is disappointing but using the stuff really isn't worth the risk.
I will be seeing Dr. G on August 18th and should have more information then.
That's it for now.