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Re: Aging well
« Reply #270 on: November 02, 2013, 05:45:06 AM »
Parkhurst hats (like the tuque I bought for my friend) are made in the GTA, not China. The working conditions there are decent, but I find the wages low to live on in Toronto (there were articles about it in the bourgeois press, perhaps the Globe?) The owners are Orthodox Jews - wearing a lot of head coverings - I think nowadays most of the labour force are people from China and Southeast Asia.

I have the softest cotton bérets, made by Parkhurst: these are sold by a shop here called Haya Kova with an odd combination of people "covering" for religious and medical reasons. They sell wigs as well as hats. They have bérets from small to large (which cover all of scalp and hair or lack thereof), but they aren't warm enough to wear outdoors in the wintertime in Québec City or the Lower North Shore. They would be very nice to keep a scalp warm indoors. They also make woollen felted bérets, of course. http://www.hayakova.com/

Lots of other places sell Parkhurst hats though, even the Bay.


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« Reply #271 on: November 02, 2013, 10:54:04 AM »
I guess that should have read "tuque".
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« Reply #272 on: November 03, 2013, 08:11:35 PM »
Been a difficult couple of days.

Was hoping for a hernia operation before the leukemia kicked in, but too late now..
More hernia pain, so it's back to Radiology.  They did x-rays and a  CAT scan last night, no idea why that's not enough.

Horrible hospital food is back. Today I ate a  piece of toast  and drank instant coffee for b'fast, and that was it..  Four more weeks of this???  Enough to kill the soul.
Last night I vomited for the first time in ten years - equalling Jerry Seinfeld's old record, then collapsed on the floor, received morphine prior to emergency surgery for an inflamed hernia, went through X-rays and CAT scans, was prepped for surgery, signed the DNR paper....  and then no aneasisiologist to be found.
Finally the surgeon just pushed the little sucker in causing me very, very great pain. But the surgeon was a blonde Venus, who  could get mad at her?  :p 
 
Whatever the long term prognosis might be, I'm debating stopping the treatment entirely and just let nature take its course.  With the assistance of lots of morphine, of course.  :p :p
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« Reply #273 on: November 03, 2013, 08:48:26 PM »
I'm so sorry you had such a horrible day and night, Boom Boom. Don't give up too soon, and certainly not based on the poor food. We can make arrangement to send you contraband delicacies to lift you spirit and appetite.
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« Reply #274 on: November 03, 2013, 10:11:10 PM »
Sadly, vomiting is normal in initial chemotherapy. As can be unpleasant stuff from the other end.

I suspect the disgusting "food" was a very bland - and scanty - diet to mitigate those effects, though they could have done better. There are other, gentle things they could have fed to you. Ask doctor or nurse.

Yes, I seem to vomit very little now; vomited much more often when I was younger (and I am not including too much to drink or insanely hot and spicy dishes).
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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« Reply #275 on: November 03, 2013, 10:49:21 PM »
Had conversation with a variety of people - moving from here to a hospice is simply not feasible with the chemo killing all my blood cells in the bone marrow, and my immune system at zero. As soon as I were to walk out of the ward as I am, I'd die. So, have to make the best of it. I got morphine this morning to lift my spirits and everything's rosy again.
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« Reply #276 on: November 04, 2013, 12:57:35 PM »
I'm glad to hear that. Of course it is your life and your decision, but I thought the pain and misery were taking over and you weren't thinking straight. I'm wondering medical marijuana might be helpful - a friend of mine who was undergoing equally horrible therapy for AIDS got access to it (he is much better now, some years later).You don't have to smoke it; it can be taken in other ways.

Have you spoken with your Bishop friend? I know that another aspect of your problem is isolation due to deafness (and as a result, not having learnt colloquial French).
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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« Reply #277 on: November 04, 2013, 01:42:17 PM »
Yes, the Bishop was here last Friday, along with a priest from Ottawa, and they were great at translating between myself and the staff here. I'm getting great support from everyone.
Supper last night was roast chicken with the usual disgusting gravy and instant mashed potatoes. When I lifted the cover off the food, I was hit with a big smell of really offensive body odour. Lunch just now as badly overcooked salmon filet with white sauce and chopped green onion. Truly awful. The Dietician a couple of days ago promised good things - I'm still waiting. May have to order out tonight.
It's a shame. A week ago the food was excellent, now they've gone the other way.
I woke up a grumpy old bastard this morning because of all the horrible stuff they're pumping into my body to kill the leukemia - but one shot of morphine later, everything is rosy again.  :p

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« Reply #278 on: November 05, 2013, 03:32:51 AM »
Marvelous stuff, morphine - you still know you feel like crap but you no longer mind  :p


I wonder if the food is just as wonderful as you were crowing about last week but the chemo is throwing your taste buds off. Think?




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« Reply #279 on: November 05, 2013, 04:59:04 AM »
I'm inclined to think that about the food. One could do far worse than roast chicken (don't eat the gravy if it is crap) or a salmon fillet, even overcooked, at any kind of institution. Remember the "mystery meat" from university?

Béchamel with chopped green onion is a very common pairing with fish here.
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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« Reply #280 on: November 05, 2013, 09:06:26 AM »
The salmon smelled bad - like it has been the fridge too long, and was spoiled. The  chicken smelled like really bad body odour.
I woke up feeling good, much better than yesterday.

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« Reply #281 on: November 10, 2013, 06:24:18 PM »
I caused a lot of drama today. Blacked out due to a number of factors - intense pain (maybe from an infection?)  on my right side from head to shoulder, an over heated room, plain fatigue and stress - and hunger. Haven't been able to eat a meal in 5 - 6 days due to a constricted throat.

 I'll be seeing various specialists starting tomorrow. I'm  told this is almost normal for AML patients.

 One big shot of morphine later, everything's coming up roses.  8)

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« Reply #282 on: November 10, 2013, 08:20:53 PM »
keep it up Boom Boom and we will be taking you from this image  :spy  to this one  :stonerflak
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« Reply #283 on: November 10, 2013, 08:47:20 PM »
keep it up Boom Boom and we will be taking you from this image  :spy  to this one  :stonerflak

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« Reply #284 on: November 11, 2013, 04:54:19 AM »
 :stoner :rockon

 

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