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Health / Re: Aging well
« on: November 15, 2013, 08:15:11 PM »
Been feverish these past few days, and with a hit of morphine, everything's coming up roses again. :p

Health / Re: Aging well
« on: November 12, 2013, 09:20:15 AM »
Well done, Boom Boom, you're heading for the homestretch now. :applause

Yes, but  don't kid yourselves, still a tough, tough ways to go.  :o

Health / Re: Aging well
« on: November 11, 2013, 12:25:25 PM »
Day 17. Almost halfway I'd guess.

Health / Re: Aging well
« 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


Health / Re: Aging well
« 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)

Health / Re: Aging well
« 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.

Health / Re: Aging well
« 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

Health / Re: Aging well
« 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.

Health / Re: Aging well
« 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

Health / Re: Aging well
« on: November 02, 2013, 05:18:43 AM »
Kind of hard to imagine any of the commercial varieties made in sweatshops, but if the market exists...

Health / Re: Aging well
« on: November 01, 2013, 07:51:37 PM »
A friend in Massachusetts has offered to knit one of these for me (I have a few back home, but I'm taking up her offer because she's such a kind spirit) and she knows I will lose hair due to chemo:
Canada’s National Hat & The Origin of the Word Tuque

Health / Re: Aging well
« on: October 31, 2013, 08:56:55 PM »

jeezus that was direct! Hope it goes well.  :hug   

Just did some digging:

As an acute leukemia, AML progresses rapidly and is typically fatal within weeks or months if left untreated

She said my AML was quite advanced hence the need for chemo to start asap.

Health / Re: Aging well
« on: October 31, 2013, 06:00:30 PM »
The worse is yet to come, but supposedly at the end of five weeks you'd be back to almost normal again. Or dead.

Okay, I made that last bit up. Gallows humour. Laughing

Health / Re: Aging well
« on: October 31, 2013, 04:58:29 PM »
I think hospital professionals have to be direct because it's an extremely serious situation. But, yeah, it took a while for that to sink in.  :o

Pre-chemo and regular chemo are in progress now.

Health / Re: Aging well
« on: October 31, 2013, 08:12:06 AM »
The doc was here yesterday, and said I need to start chemo asap. I asked what are the alternatives - she said "death within two months"

I wished I had opted for an Oscar Wilde response (Oscar Wilde, lying on his deathbed, is reputed to have said: "Either that wallpaper goes, or I do."  :)) ) but I got nothing.

I wish I had said "Two months, eh. Do I get a puppy?"  :p

So, not having the greatest comeback line  in the history of cancer humour, I opted for the chemo.  :o

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