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Break on Thru!

Well, I’ve broken on through – the first of four chemo sessions (with week three OFF), session one ostensibly the worst!  Or at least the longest…

0730 to 0430 yesterday (Tuesday).

Two different flavors, plus the anti-nausea meds (which had the worst of the side-effects thus far!)

We’ll see what’s in store NEXT Tuesday…

Meanwhile, I’m experiencing light nausea – and my meds are downstairs.  (Be prepare

d!)

Oh well, live and learn…

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Hurry Up And Wait, AGAIN

So, I scheduled to begin chemotherapy today.  In a rather convoluted manner.

My oncologist applied for assistance, which meant Day 1, Friday was covered.  I had to pay /day 2 – next Friday.

Week three was a week off!

And there was the Fourth Friday, which was covered again by insurance.

Then I was fully covered though the end of the year!

Obviously, I’m changing insurance next year for a lower catastrophic deductable!

The fly in the ointment?  We’ve nor yet heard back from the assistance!

So were postponed until Tuesday!

It’s always something…

More Specifically….

I returned from the oncologist yesterday with more specificity.

I have been diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma, double hit phenotype which is considered a more aggressive type.

This differs from the Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma which I contracted in 2010.

And the the treatment, while still outpatient, will be more rigorous.

Chemotherapy Treatment may begin as soon as next week, which means which means I may miss a few more keyboard days.

Sorry.

Please keep me in your thoughts, if that’s what you do.

Thank you.

This May Not Even Be Permitted By WordPress

(If it is, I will remove it!)

Over the past few weeks, I have become weaker.  Lymphoma can do that.  I’ve loss muscle-mass, making getting out of my orthopedic lift chair difficult, sometimes even impossible.

The chair herself is now broken and irreparable.  Chair experts advise I am in need of a new one.  This is not like buying an ordinary chair.  They are build for patient height and weight, and many stores simply want to move them off the floor, patient need come-what-may.

And, of course, I’ve few funds.

My friend (an ex-gf) said she will set up a donation page toward this end.  And my ex-wife (a different person!) told me she to help!

A quality chair can cost well over $1200, funds I do not have.  And, given my circumstances I NEED a chair with a warranty.

And in the past month I have had to call the fire department FOUR TIMES to help me get out of my broken chair!

(How pathetic is that!)

Below is Judy’s Fundly Account she set up on my behalf.  Of course, there is also the PayPal account on this blog.

If you can take action, terrific, GREAT! (and THANK YOU)  If you are unable, please keep a good thought…

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Another Waste of A Good Wednesday (Through Sunday) 

Sorry Dave, no Cadacus

aka a cheat for a blog post? 

SO, I finished the blog, and began my best task, ignoring the next Wednesday task is laundry!

(which I abhor, but must be done!)

And I get a  telephone message from my kidney doctor – DROP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND GET TO A HOSPITAL 

Which I did.

Seems my blood test showed high levels of one chemical and dangerous levels of another!

What a way to start the day?

This was last Wednesday morning…

HE’S BA-ACK! (as of this Monday)

Aside from the illness issues, the saddest part was I broke my promise to you.  Since March 5, 1911, I have written a blog post.  Or two, three or four.  DAILY.

But while in the hospital, I was unable to access my blog on my cellular telephone.  NOT THAT I HAD ANY TIME…

There were tests, and blood draws and injections and largely inedible food.

And friends and family to remind me I had reasons for all this!

To get to the chase, I had HYPOKALEMIA (low blood potassium) and HYPERCALCEMIA (excessive blood calcium).

Many of the recommendations for each disease are opposing, i.e. one says drink more water, the other, less water!

AND, I get to visit many doctors, because it’s undetermined WHY this is happening.

WHOOPEE

(at least I am home!)

 


The Eyes Have It! 

Cataracts (insert joke about Japanese luxury cars here!)

Seriously, I already was aware I had them, from my last eye exam.

As a card-carrying diabetic, I am supposed to have my head examined, ahem EYES examined, annually.

I obtained secondary eye/dental insurance for this year, having used MEDICARE previously.

The problem was, I traditionally was examined in January, and hadn’t met my deductible yet!  And $150 is difficult to acquire.

SO, I obtained a secondary. Which also had a deductible.  And as normally I would only see my ophthalmologist once annually….

You get the idea.

Suddenly, my primary health care insurer called me. “Why haven’t you had your diabetic eye exam yet?” 

“Well, I don’t have the cash!”

My primary insurer told me they would cover the exam, as long as I stayed in their network.  I would only pay my specialist fee.  $25.00.

The call was last week.  I saw the eye doc Tuesday THIS week!

Cataracts?  Yes.  Something may need to be done in three to five years.

My retinas? (the big concern of diabetics and their doctors).  EXCELLENT!

Next, I need to scare up funds to get new glasses, and I am golden.

Well, Here We Are AGAIN…

My roomie Judy has a multitude of health problems.  More than I, which is a little disquieting…

Five months ago, almost to the day, she had rotator cuff surgery on her right shoulder.  After months of physical therapy, it seems to operate almost pain-free!

However, she also has a LEFT shoulder.

It seems standing Frankenstein’s monster-esque for over thirty years (she is a hairdresser, standing and arms-out-front) is not conducive to shoulder joint health!

So, this morning, she goes under the knife yet again, this time on her left side.

As she has chronic heart and breathing issues, this could get complicated, more so than the average bear.

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers today (if that’s what you do).

I will post her occasionally as to her progress.

At least it’s her left, this time – she is right handed and last time was taxing for her.

Thank you.

Seven Traitors?

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
LISA MURKOWSKI (R-AK)
THEN: “This law is not affordable for anyone in Alaska. That is why I will support the bill that repeals the ACA and wipes out its harmful impacts.”
NOW: Voted Against Repeal

Dean Heller (R-NV)
DEAN HELLER (R-NV)
THEN: “The repeal of this law will not only reduce federal spending, but it will also allow Congress to address problems within the current health care system.”
NOW: Voted Against Repeal

Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO (R-WV)
THEN: “I have consistently voted to repeal and replace this disastrous health care law, and I am glad that a repeal bill will finally reach the president’s desk.”
NOW: Voted Against Repeal

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)
THEN: “Obamacare was an historic mistake, and should be repealed and replaced with step-by-step reforms that transform the health care delivery system.”
NOW: Voted Against Repeal

Susan Collins (R-ME)
SUSAN COLLINS (R-ME)
THEN: “I believe that we made – that Congress made – a real error in passing Obamacare, we should repeal the law so that we can start over.”
NOW: Voted Against Repeal

John McCain (R-AZ)
JOHN McCAIN (R-AZ)
THEN: “It is clear that any serious attempt to improve our health care system must begin with a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare.”
NOW: Voted Against Repeal

Rob Portman (R-OH)
ROB PORTMAN (R-OH)
THEN: “[Obamacare] is fundamentally flawed. I do think we ought to delay … and then we’ve got to repeal this thing and start over.”
NOW: Voted Against Repeal

There is simply no excuse for their opposition to repeal.

The above (in part) was sent to me by the Senate Conservatives Fund, begging for money.

Which is funny, as I have none.

What to do with these RINOs?  Vote them out in the primaries for going against their word?

(Not to mention I am not looking for a replacement for the Democrats version of health care with a Republicans.  I’m looking for a free market solution.)

What to do, what to do…?

About This ‘No Transgenders In The Military”…

First of all, I’ve no skin in this game.

I’ve never been able to serve, nor am I transgender.

I was classified 1-A when I initially registered for the draft, even with my fused right hip and leg being shorter.  My osteopathic surgeon sent my draft board a letter, and I was ultimately classed 4-F.

Not that I didn’t want to serve.  The plan was do a stint in the Marines, become a cop, then a fed.

To serve my country, AND to be able to carry a concealed weapon nationwide.  It was a different time.

But my leg disability put the kibosh on all that.

THEN, I was in college, and thought maybe R.O.T.C.?  The interview went like this, “Walk this way.  Now walk back this way.  You can’t march, get out!”

So much for my military career.

But, my personal life disappointments aside, there’s another point to the story.

Joining the military is NOT a RIGHT – It’s a PRIVILEGE!

And the military makes the rules.  They want every human involved to meet a minimum standard of ability.  The idea is if soldier one falls on the line, they can be replaced with soldier two.  Uniformity. (My apologies to the sailors, airmen, Marines and coasties.)

The services don’t want to be concerned with the 0.3% of Americans with unusual chromosomal makeup.  Or the larger percentage who feel they are a different gender than their biology dictates.

If you want to serve, fine.  Find another way to serve.

If you are trying to join to get the government to pay for gender reassignment surgery, forget it.

Bradley/Chelsea Manning

And The Adventure Continues, Part Ocho 

So Monday the contractor returned, closed the hole in the downstairs ceiling, and replaced the upstairs bathroom floor (they had taken a divot earlier to test for asbestos – none found!)

He returned yesterday morning to give the ceiling a second coat.

Everything looks GREAT!  FINALLY!

paint still drying…

previously

(the leak began in MAY!)

I’m still dealing with my enlarged calf, visiting my regular doctor again today. And the vascular guy again next Monday.

At least the shower is no longer leaking. 

But, the adventure does continue. The one working vehicle (J’s 2006 Honda Element) has a battery which is dying. It still starts the car, but could be gone any day now.

$100-250 at most auto parts places.

And I don’t get paid until mid week next week.

It’s always something… 

Sigh.

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…