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Old 09-26-2019, 08:47 PM   #11
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Get well and best wishes for both of you.
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Old 09-26-2019, 08:50 PM   #12
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1917, I'd come down, but right now I'm batchin' it and babysittin' 4 dogs.

Here's my most recent....picked him up at Braum's. Contacted owner, they wanted to give him away, as he was too much for them to handle.

He knows how to relax. I also think he's smiling.



Wishing you well..................
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Old 09-27-2019, 06:33 AM   #13
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Been away again. Got hospitalized for the fourth time for an infection in my leg. Got it early this time and it was just starting to go septic.Just woke up one morning and the leg felt like it was on fire, then the uncontrollable shivering and teeth chattering started to set in. Off to the ER, get admitted, had the usual treatment with lots of IV fluids and IV antibiotics again. Getting too used the routine and the nursing staff remembers me now from my previous visits. The bad thing is I am running out of good veins to put IVs into, the ones they set up keep failing within a few days. Anyway, back at home again, trying to stay safe and healthy.
I am wishing you a fast and permanent recovery from the sepsis. As to the veins that cannot be found, doctors can work around that when the nurses cannot do it anymore. My son had explained that to me when we chatted a couple of months ago.

We are lucky to live in the golden days of antibiotics. They were invented already and are still effective now but slowly surviving bacteria is becoming resistant to the known antibiotics.
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Old 09-27-2019, 07:27 AM   #14
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Just saw this....sorry for the delay. Glad you're home Pete and hope the pain and infection are now a thing of the past.

1917....I know you've been dealing with your issue for a while now and I certainly hope you are close to a complete and successful resolution. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
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Old 09-27-2019, 12:36 PM   #15
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Thanks guys....I don't know how Pete is doing. Well and fully recovered I hope. I'm ending week three of proton radiation. This is pretty interesting. Takes about 45 min each day from undressing to finishing the radiation. This is fancy stuff. Birmingham doesn't have proton therapy machine. I guess they don't give them away. MD Anderson has four. There is a group of us old codgers getting shot each day. A tube fires out the protons, they hit a circular track where they are cycled around and sped up to 125,000 miles per second. Then fired down a tube, through a special laser cut 2" brass piece with a precisely cut opening that matches my prostate. One for each side. I'm shot from the left and right. A number of computers position all of this stuff based on the seeds implanted in my prostate. I can't feel anything. The toughest part is keeping my bladder 3/4 full. This helps keeps it away from the radiation. some guys can't hold it, some don't drink enough. I'm the champion apparently with the largest bladder. I usually have to let three of four small cups out. "Hear that fellas, I've got to let two gallons out." Boy they hate that. Is it working....I wouldn't have a clue but some of the guys have friends that have gone through this and say it is the absolute best treatment ever.

My concern is that inspection, chemo and surgery if necessary for my bladder cancers (if I have any) is all being put off for 9 months while everything heals. Hope that next cystoscope doesn't show big problems. In the meantime, I hung some targets on the far end of the hall and have been shooting. Visiting all the Museums, Parks, Arboretums, Ima Hoggs place and taking photos of all. I hope to catch a baseball game or two while I'm here but traffic is horrific.

Thanks for the kind wishes and good words. I'm hanging in there. 1917
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Thanks guys....I don't know how Pete is doing. Well and fully recovered I hope. I'm ending week three of proton radiation. This is pretty interesting. Takes about 45 min each day from undressing to finishing the radiation. This is fancy stuff. Birmingham doesn't have proton therapy machine. I guess they don't give them away. MD Anderson has four. There is a group of us old codgers getting shot each day. A tube fires out the protons, they hit a circular track where they are cycled around and sped up to 125,000 miles per second. Then fired down a tube, through a special laser cut 2" brass piece with a precisely cut opening that matches my prostate. One for each side. I'm shot from the left and right. A number of computers position all of this stuff based on the seeds implanted in my prostate. I can't feel anything. The toughest part is keeping my bladder 3/4 full. This helps keeps it away from the radiation. some guys can't hold it, some don't drink enough. I'm the champion apparently with the largest bladder. I usually have to let three of four small cups out. "Hear that fellas, I've got to let two gallons out." Boy they hate that. Is it working....I wouldn't have a clue but some of the guys have friends that have gone through this and say it is the absolute best treatment ever.

My concern is that inspection, chemo and surgery if necessary for my bladder cancers (if I have any) is all being put off for 9 months while everything heals. Hope that next cystoscope doesn't show big problems. In the meantime, I hung some targets on the far end of the hall and have been shooting. Visiting all the Museums, Parks, Arboretums, Ima Hoggs place and taking photos of all. I hope to catch a baseball game or two while I'm here but traffic is horrific.

Thanks for the kind wishes and good words. I'm hanging in there. 1917

Glad to hear you have such a great attitude! Good luck with the treatment.
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Old 10-27-2019, 12:30 PM   #17
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Update.....four more treatments and I'm out of here. Yepper, this hotel is getting very old. My last treatment is Thursday morning....I will have the truck loaded and will run up the two flights of stairs ( like I do every day ) jump and in truck and point the nose east. I'm going to the farm in MS, check on it, clean it up a bit for anyone going there Thanksgiving. I'm going to CA....if the fires don't burn up the area I'm going to. After a morning or so at the farm I will head straight home. It has been a long two months. My bladder is barely working but is working about every hour. Had lung x ray and CT Scans a week ago with and without dye. No spreading of the cancers, bladder doesn't have any small tumors, prostate looks like a piece of bacon. That's a joke. All in all a pretty painless treatment except for the eight weeks.

I've made the best of it, visited all the parks, all the museums, went to the Astros playoffs with the Yankees and game one of the World series. Had dinner with relatives last night. Have had a couple come down and take me to dinner that I went to HS with and one client who is being treated here for lung cancer come over and we got together while he was here. I have pink spots on both hips about 3" in diameter....not sensitive, no pain. This is a good treatment, Proton therapy....there are plenty of people here getting similar treatments for cancers in other areas. The sick children are still the killers. They are having a halloween party for them and brothers and sisters this week so I contributed a big bag of candy. I'd do anything for those children.

Yes, it will be good to get out of here. I'm thankful this isn't worse. But I have two teeth that need looking at, one crowned 25 years ago....might have to have that removed, root canal and whatever comes next. Man, I'll be glad to make it to Christmas. 1917
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I am short on advice when it comes to medical issues, but I did have a recurring infection in a lung. Treated with antibiotics several times, it seemed to be gone only to come back. The last time it came back they found the source. It was a bacterial spore sack in my lung. Lung cleaned out surgically, then 7 days in the hospital on IV antibiotics. They put a pick line in m my chest to avoid vein issues. In the end the spore sac was destroyed. That was ten years ago this month. No problems since.

I would get on the doctors case about ant recurring infection. You might want to see an infectious disease specialist. That was the kind of doc that treated me. She ended the problem for good.

Hope the future is trouble are for you.
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Glad to hear that you're finishing up and about to head home.

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Congrats! Now go have some fun and relax....then enjoy the holidays with family and friends.
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