an update on my current treatment, for them who wonder.

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  1. Deathray

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    Thanks for the detailed update, Monte. You have been in my thoughts a lot lately. I have no words of wisdom, just respect for who you are, and how you conduct yourself. I’d be unglued by now. The force is very strong with you.
    Sending prayers and good thoughts daily. I’m glad you’re staying in the moment, as much as possible.
    Keep up the good work!
     
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  2. Antstrat

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    Whatever you do don't google anything as much as you may want to, talk with your doctors. Dr. Google will only plant more seeds of worry and stress.

    Stick with fun stuff like strat talk, nature, music, porn, porn and porn.

    Hang in there friend you gots tons of well wishes bombarding you at all times.
     
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    Good vibes coming your way for all the best in life. Thankfully, you have family, and various continued activity, including the Wildlife Care Facility there for you.
     
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    Whatever they decide I hope it goes well. The uncertainty is hard to take though
     
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    Still prayin' for ya Monte.
     
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    I was treated for leukemia in 1989, and again in 2000. Here are some of the things that helped me get through the surgery recovery, chemo, and waiting for lab results. Some may work for you, others not, but they're all I've got to share!
    • humor
    • my 8- and 12-year-old daughters
    • ice cream
    • nature
    • friends
    • guitar (I took one with me for both 10-day inpatient treatments)
    • The Blues
    • cat and more cats
    • enjoying my locales (the Pacific Ocean and SoCal beaches; the amazing greenness and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest)
    • Star Trek TNG
    • moderate amounts of alcohol administered at appropriate times.
    • being on leave from work
    I wish you all the best, and hope that your treatment proceeds smoothly, that you have a complete and healing recovery, followed by many years of living the fullest life you can imagine.
     
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    In Our Thoughts And Prayers
    Brother Monte!!

    Thanks for the Update!!
     
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    On a scale from one to ten, how is your pain? I won't miss being asked that!
    Does it hurt when you are sitting still at least? Mine doesn't. But when I get up it's a different story. More activity=more norcos.
    But I think that the activity is worth it. It's gotta heal, right? Can't let it atrophy! You Ard kicking it's ass, Right?
     
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    All the best to you. Pulling for you here, my friend. :thumb:
     
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    Thanks for the good wishes, everyone

    Dont worry, i've got no plans to ditch western medicine immediately! (as it I sit here with my healing microsurgically reconstructed scalp.)

    i'd say my biggest concern at this point is negotiating the difference between the level of care available in San Francisco versus my little Humboldt hospitals... as the paramedic in the ambulance that took me to SF said, "if they're doing medicine in Eureka, they're doing magic in San Francisco."

    And my doctor's office still hadnt returned my messages yet near the end of the day, so we called again and talked to the receptionist to discover, "oh they're about a week behind right now... I'll leave a note that you need a return call as soon as possible."

    I'm going to ask the SF team they're advice for continued treatment on Friday...

    I really appreciate every reply... thank you everybody.
     
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    After reading your OP, I am in awe of your state of mind. Well done sir, well done. Being anxious is expected. But here you are after 2 surgeries writing poems, cracking jokes with food no less. I will continue to send prayers your way.
     
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    Thanks so much for the update. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Right now it seems more information is needed so next steps can be understood and evaluated. Not knowing creates its own stress and anxiety, and only makes it harder on you. I hope the path becomes evident soon. I have great admiration for your strength, your spirit, and your character; and I am tremendously hopeful that the worst is behind you and that many years of great health are ahead!
     
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    Be careful with Dr. Google. I call my wife Dr. Debbie. She spends a lot of time on Dr. Google second guessing my doctors. I don't mind the second opinions but when it gets to be too much I ask her to go back to medical school....
     
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    In some way's Monte it may be a good sign they are tardy in starting your follow up treatment, it may be they are less concerned with anything other than your surgery recovery, very often Radiation and Chemo is a "just to be certain" process.
    As long as it only hurts when you poke yourself in the eye with a burnt pointy stick you should be fine.
    Keep calm and carry on.
     
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    Ginger for nausea, and acupuncture.

    I was on a chemo drug for over 10 years, having weekly injections.
     
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    You should have held out for longer on that stuff.
     
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    Positive vibes...
     
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    It may cost more in money and convenience, but please deal with the best physicians and facilities you can find. If the hospital in Eureka handles 2 cases/year like yours and the hospital in SF handles 20 cases/year like yours, I'd choose the latter where the accumulated knowledge is.
     
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    that's my thinking too.
     
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  20. of this world

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    i'm sorry to hear that. I hope youre doing better now!!