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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Three Days To Movember … And Counting …

Movember starts on Sunday, Movember 1 upcoming … so it’s very nearly time to clean off that upper lip and get ready to raise some money for prostate cancer research! People want to make this a Movember to Remember

If you don’t know what Movember is or what it has done over the past 12 years, here are a few quick bits of info and relevant links:
It has raised nearly $560 million for prostate cancer and other men’s health research around the world in the past 10 years, and helped to fund some 770 different research initiatives.
Here’s a link to an article giving you some of the history behind the Movember initiative and the different ways you can participate.
Here’s a link to the official Movember web site here in the USA (where you can sign up to help raise money for men’s health and prostate cancer-related research this year).
If you live in another country, click here to find the web site for your country.
Here’s a link to the official history of the Movember Foundation and what it has achieved since its foundation in 2004.
In 2014, Movember raised $89.2 million for men’s health — of which $20.2 million was raised here in the USA. … We can do better!


Happy Belated Halloween!

Hope you all had a happy and safe Halloween night! 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Looks Like Possible Bladder Surgery...Again. :(

Quite honestly, the past few weeks have been hell! The job at the Dept. of Elections turned out to be a lot larger than we anticipated. Over 350,000 ballot returns out of around a million requests.
We have been working 9+ hours per day for the past 12 days with no time off, including weekends.
Neither the wife nor I were prepared for that. We get home grab a bite to eat and go to bed.
Not surprisingly, that gets real old, real fast for a lot of folks it our age bracket. Get up at 5:30 when every civilized person should be asleep and drive 20 something miles through crazy rush hour traffic and then do it all again at the end of the day!

Then, The bladder issue reared it's ugly head again...the good news and the bad news.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

What Does The Site Need? All Suggestions Considered.

Just a few suggestions would help. If they are everyday stoner garbage, the content will most likely be removed. Creative, intelligent content will take the cause a long way past our competitors!

We all want cannabis to win, right? Well, it won't if we don't sober up for a while and do our activism sober. We will not be taken seriously otherwise!


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Forget T.G.I.F. For Awhile!

Our temporary job at the Dept. of Elections this year is paying well and the people are great, but...

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Doing A Little Work On Blog Site Appearance. Keep Coming Back!

We're trying out a few things to see it we can make the blog site more visually appealing.

Please hang in there with us!


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Quicky Medical Update!

Just got my PSA draw done last Friday. Results came back today.

0.3...just like it was last time!

This is excellent news, at least for me.

I sincerely hope all those testing this month have similar positive results.


Monday, October 19, 2015

First Day Of Work

The wife and I somehow managed to survive the first day at the Dept. of Erections. It was a good day tet somewhat of a madhouse, mainly due to the fact that the mode of operations had radically changed since we were there last year.
Lots of new rules and a couple of hours to learn them!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Been A Little Busy Lately!

Tomorrow, the wife and I start seasonal work at the Maricopa County Dept, of Elections. Job will last approx. three weeks. Not too long but it will give us some extra cash that we desperately need right now. This is high stress work and three weeks will seem like twice that!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Marijuana Extract Won't Prevent Postsurgery Nausea

*Note: "This is a very different kind of nausea. Still quite effective for many chemo side effects!"
Marijuana Extract Won't Prevent Postsurgery Nausea
THC study halted early because of poor results, side effects

Cardiologist Appointment

Went to see Dr G this evening, Got a lot of questions answered finally!
We decided to go ahead and have the nuclear stress test after all. I'll probably be doing that within the next two months.

We also decided to discontinue the Amiodarone I was on for the AF. Stopping that should allow my heart to resume a relatively normal speed, 65 to 75 BPM.

I also made sure that my records were being sent to my GP and vice versa.

Still no report on the Cat Scan. Of course, yesterday was a holiday so maybe I'll hear something tomorrow.

If there are typos in this post, I apologize. I'm working with another keyboard for awhile. (I managed to spill onion soup on the Lenovo) so now I'm on a used Microsoft ergonomic. (VERY different feel!)

So now I'm really tired and heading for bed. Goodnight!


Monday, October 12, 2015

Friends Of Recreational & Medical Marijuana

Why I created this group:

One of the more important reasons that I decided to create this group is that I am a cancer patient myself. Prostate cancer, stage T2c, Gleason grade 4=3 =7, currently, not in remission.

Although the stats above are not anywhere near as bad as they could be, this is still a potentially lethal disease.

I have been an "on and off toker" for most of my adult life and I truly enjoy good 'weed'.
What upsets me though, is the number of folks and groups out there who are convinced that cannabis "kills cancer".
What's worse is that some of them know the facts and are deliberately trying to dupe the public just for the money.
Of course, there are others who, through medical naivete', tend to believe everything the read on 'Dr Google'.
The are currently NO legitimate stats/studies out there showing that Cannabis "cures" ANY form of cancer!
A human body is vastly different than a Petri dish. In fact, malignant cells grown in the lab are easily destroyed by almost anything!
Admittedly, there ARE quite a few studies from all over the world proving that certain forms of Cannabis DOES, in fact, kill cells outside the body however, that has NEVER been proven in humans In situ.
The folks who are propagating this medical myth are offering false hope to literally MILLIONS of people with myriad neoplasms of all kinds.

Unfortunately, the truth is that no reliable 'cure' exists! When a 'cure' is suspected, it is usually spontaneous remission, not a real cure.
Cancer has long been known to occasionally remiss for indefinite periods of time, sometimes with the patient dying of unrelated causes.
Truthfully, the closest one can realistically get to a 'cure' is when you get a durable response by whatever means with absolutely NO evidence of cancer and wind up passing away from unrelated causes.

With cancer, one is NEVER 'cured'. You are simply in prolonged remission.

Cannabis, like any other drug, has myriad uses in modern, allopathic medicine and I firmly believe that however it DOES NOT 'cure' cancer!
We need to stop propagating that myth.

Cheers!  -- Dave Robbins (Papa Purple Haze)​

Sunday, October 11, 2015

New Facebook Group

Do you do Facebook?

If you do, then join our new group, Friends Of Recreational & Medical Marijuana. A place to discuss anything related to recreational or medical Cannabis.

We are NOT a 'stoner' group nor do we condone the recreational use of so-called hard drugs.

We exist primarily to promote nation wide legalization and legitimate scientific research into the risks and benefits of medical cannabis use.


Friday, October 09, 2015

Cat Scan Details

Well, first of all, I had to drink 40 ounces of barium sulfate  I got lucky and got the 'blueberry flavor'! Then, off we went to the scanning suite.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Visit With Dr T (Overview)

The wife and I met with Dr T today to discuss and update her on all my recent health issues. We went way overtime from the usual 15 minutes. She let us have about 45!
Since my blood pressure has been running on the high since the episode of AF (atrial fibrillation), we agreed that we need to tweak some of my medications and then evaluate the response at my next appointment in about a month.
It's gonna be a busy month what with seeing Dr F, Dr E and her, all within a few days of each other.
I hope I can attract this much attention at my funeral! *smiles and chuckles*

We also decided to proceed with the abdominal CT (CAT scan) to try to identify what that 1.6 cm spot is in my left kidney. (At my request, we are going to go the extra mile and use a real cat this time. Much more accurate that way!)  :)
We'll get that done this Thursday and go from there.

As far as the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) on my lumbar spine, we decided to go with an x-ray first to see if there's anything obvious amiss with the lumbar region. If there is, we will probably go with an MRI since that will make it somewhat easier to justify it to the insurance company.

We also found out that our home scales was out of calibration...again. Turns out I weigh almost six pounds MORE than I previously though! Honestly, that really SUCKS!

More later. Right now, I'm going to gorge myself on a huge pizza (in my mind). *sighs*


Monday, October 05, 2015

Kidney Scan Report Back

I just got the results of last week's kidney scan. I am disappointed to say the least!

I seems I have a 1.7 cm spot on one of my kidneys. The Dr asked me if I had a history of this but I have no way of knowing since this is the first kidney scan I've had.

Hopefully, it's just a benign cyst but with my luck lately, I have to consider the possibility of kidney cancer.

(See Renal Cell Carcinoma)

I see the Dr tomorrow at 10:00am and hope to have more information then. She has ordered a CT scan which I will have done immediately. That should shed considerable light on the issue.


Sunday, October 04, 2015

Nice Quiet Sunday

It's a real nice, quiet Sunday here in paradise. Started out with a little rain early this morning then the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful day! It's 93 degrees and partly.

The wife took off for the grocery store leaving me all by my poor little self.
I really wasn't planning on blogging today but I'm bored so I figure I'll just bore y'all for a while!  Lol!

Still don't have the report from the kidney scan last week. I figure I'll most likely get it tomorrow sometime. Hopefully, it will be unremarkable. All I need is something else wrong with me.

Still been experiencing a lot of insomnia lately. I think my lack of physical activity may have a lot to do with it but I really haven't felt like getting out much due to the 'diaper' issue and all.
I smoked a little weed the past two nights and that helped the insomnia a lot. Unfortunately, I'm nearly out and can't afford any more, at least not right now.

In other news, the wife and I both start seasonal work with the Maricopa County Dept. of Elections on the 19th for three weeks.
I have decided to use a condom catheter for comfort and to avoid embarrassment. Beats the hell out of having to go to the damn men's room to change diapers several times a day, believe me!
The urinary bleeding is still an issue but has improved a lot. Still, any significant pressure on the peritoneal area (such as sitting) usually produces a light bleed. As I mentioned in a previous post, the incontinence has progressively gotten worse and I am now 100% urinary incontintent.

I'm gonna go get my PSA done in a a couple of weeks. The usual anxiety surrounding that is starting to build as usual. I just don't need any bad news right now. It will come eventually but I'd like to postpone that day for as long as possible!

Still slowly losing weight! This is a good thing. I'm at 265 right now and even though my body is turning into Jello, at least i'm feeling better overall.

The diabetes is still very well controlled partly due to the weight loss. Fasting glucose is often in the 90s now which is even better than it was before I was diagnosed as diabetic!
The wife, however seems to be going in the other direction which has me mildly concerned. Although she is by no means obese in any sense of the word, she still is on the heavy side.
We believe if she lost between 10 and 20 pounds, that would solve the problem but losing weight and keeping it off is one of the hardest things in life to accomplish. I wish her all the luck in the world.

As most folks who have either read this journal before or, even better, had the courage to actually  follow me, you may have noticed that I'm not in one of my annoying, whiney, depressive moods. I attribute that to being off alcohol for the last few weeks. Honestly, I really  miss it but I find I can live without it indefinitely.
I'm gonna try to be a good boy. *crosses fingers*


Friday, October 02, 2015

Insurance Company Gets Fucked Over By Another Cancer Patient

CHICAGO—Frustrated executives from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association announced Friday that they are getting “completely fucked over” by Allentown, PA resident Matthew Greison, a 57-year-old man suffering from an advanced form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Stressing that this is not the first issue they have had with such patients, company sources expressed their outrage to reporters over Greison's “totally unfair” comprehensive health care benefits and claimed the skyrocketing costs of his cancer treatment have gotten out of hand.

“We got the first bill and just couldn’t believe how expensive it was,” said Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO Scott Serota, adding that at first, he thought the invoice was a mistake. “Every visit to the oncologist ran about $140, not to mention the thousands of dollars for every MRI and CT scan, and then the chemotherapy and cancer drugs were more than $10,000 per month. And he paid for maybe—maybe—5 percent of it. The rest was dumped on us.”

“It’s absolute fucking bullshit,” Serota continued. “I can’t believe they’re just allowed to get away with that.”

According to reports, Blue Cross Blue Shield’s expenses have only gotten more unreasonable since Greison was first diagnosed with the life-threatening disease this past March. After an initially successful chemotherapy treatment, the health insurance company was reportedly informed that the cancer was no longer in remission and was forced to pay over $125,000 for a further two weeks of inpatient care in a hospital.

Sources confirmed that such headaches for insurance companies are unfortunately incredibly common when dealing with any cancer patient.

“These assholes are just bleeding us dry here,” said Serota. “We try to talk to them about it, to beg them to just sympathize with our situation, but they just kept bringing up bullshit excuses about deductibles and coinsurance payments and citing all these stupid small-print details about coverage eligibility. All they try to do is get out of paying for anything.”

“Trust me, dealing with these people is a total nightmare,” Serota added.
Serota went on to say that the federal government “has to step in and completely revamp this fucked-up system” and claimed that if nothing is done, many insurance companies could be stuck with increasingly costly health care bills that they will have no choice but to pay for out of their own pockets.

“The bills are really racking up at this point, and it just can’t continue like this,” said Serota, adding that cancer patients will only become harder to deal with if this disturbing trend continues. “For the sake of all insurance companies across the country, something has to change, and change soon. It’s like cancer patients don’t even care about us at all. They’re only concerned about themselves.”

“We’re human beings, goddammit,” added Serota, growing visibly incensed. “They can’t just treat us like this.” At press time, Blue Cross Blue Shield executives were relieved to learn that Greison’s coverage had abruptly expired.

Courtesy: The Onion