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compiler
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   Posted 12/20/2010 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I took a vacation from HW and PC. I really was able to get away from it (at least to a large degree). Incidentally, I also took a vacation from all this diet stuff. I DID enjoy the myriad desserts and ate what I wanted. Lots of chocolate. A couple of good steaks. We even downgraded for 2 lunches by the pool, eating bratwurst and pizza. It was nice to enjoy a vacation and live life in a normal way, the way it used to be!
 
Unfortunately, that ends today. Back to trying to eat right/smart. Next PSA will be the 30th or so and I'll wait until 1/3 or 1/4 to get those results.
 
Now, what's all the fighting about, folks? How can you have a pi$$ing contest without me? That's just not fair. Boy, I leave HW for a week and all h$ll breaks out! Geezzzzzzz....
 
I will make one political-type comment. The crew was fantastic. They were mostly from Indonesia and the Philipines. They WORKED EXTREMELY hard. Cheryl (my wife) commented about how hard they worked, WITHOUT ANY SUPERVISOR TELLING THEM WHAT TO DO! We were amazed. Each employee knew his/her job but also if something else came up, they did it. What really hit me hard was how strange this looked. In short, does America still possess the work ethic it did 40 years ago? As an educator, I've already observed that the answer is "no." But this trip reinforced it. Why should the observation of people working so hard be so unusual? We are getting outworked and outsmarted (the two are related) as a nation.
 
Now, back to the trip. Here is part of a letter I sent to friends and family:
 
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All-in-all, it has been a great NEW experience for us. Unfortunately, the weather has ranged from horrible to good. We met plenty of folks and many veteran cruisers. Almost all of the veteran cruisers (one who is on his 30th cruise) said the weather at the start was the worst they had seen. Our first dinner was like a scene from the Titanic. Dishes flying all over the place, people gasping (maybe screaming). I had dishes coming towards me. I thought I’d have no problems catching them, but then I was also moving backwards in my chair. Fortunately, the dishes crashed on the floor and the broken glass hit me but didn’t cut me. Just before, at Mom’s urging, the guy across from her had them put the cork back into his open wine bottle!! As it was, the first two ports of call (Key West and Montego Bay) were not to be as the weather made it too dangerous. However, by Thursday, the weather FINALLY did a Jekyl/Hyde and we got good weather so we could enjoy getting off the ship for a bit (Cayman Islands and then Cozumel, Mexico). Anyway, all this gives us great stories to bore you with when we see you!
The food has been AMAZING. It is like eating out at a fancy restaurant every evening. The breakfasts and lunches are top-notch also. Lloyd [a friend] had described cruising as being at a fun camp for adults. It was a perfect description. They have an exploration team that runs all kinds of activities. There’s fun stuff to do all the time. Also, the entertainment was OUTSTANDING. Instead of having large gala shows, they hired top talent and they put on good shows. Almost all of the entertainers have starred on broadway. Fabulous singers and dancers. I think the quality of entertainment was the biggest surprise.
It’s been a great vacation. Mom did use the patch and that really helped tremendously with seasickness. Given the weather, she would have been on the floor for much of the trip.
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Anyway, that's my trip report.
 
 
Mel
 
 
 

PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (PSAf: 24%), PCA3 =75 .
Biopsy 11/30/09. Gleason 4+3. Stage: T1C. Current Age: 64
Surgery: Dr. Menon @Ford Hospital, 1/26/10.
Pathology Report: G 4+3. Nodes: Clear. PNI: yes. SVI: No. EPE: yes. Pos. Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm. 100% continent by 3/10. ED- in progress. First post-op PSA on 3/10/10-: 0.01. PSA on 6/21/10--0.02. 9/21/10--0.06

James C.
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   Posted 12/20/2010 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel, glad to read your return to us. Those things give us all a little hint and taste to the good life, where the rich get to live that way every day, if they wish. The rest of us get just enough to make us envious that we couldn't live that way full time. But if we did, we'd probably be even more overweight, unhealthy and spoiled.
devil
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man tinyurl.com/28e8qcg
4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RRP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., all clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement of the left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09- Uh-Oh, next in Feb.
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

Magaboo
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   Posted 12/20/2010 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mel. Glad to see you back at our site and that you've had a great vacation. Unfortunately, I must agree with you on your work ethic observation. I'm here in Canada and observed the same thing in my part of the world. It seems to be common in North America.
I'll be going for my next test early in Jan as well and I'll keep my fingers x'd for both of us.
All the best to you and have a wonderful holiday season.

Mag
Born 1936
PSA 7.9, Gleason Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
open RP Nov 06, T3a, Gleasons 3+4=7, Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; at SRT Start=0.1, Salvage RT completed (33 days-66Gy) 19 Dec 08
PSA: in Jan 09 =.05, all tests to date (Jul 10) <.04

Zen9
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   Posted 12/20/2010 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Mel,

I'll add this comment and see if you agree as an educator.

I'm finding it harder and harder to find young people - even very educated young people - who can concentrate long enough to follow an extended argument.  Increasingly, their eyes just glaze over and they say something like, "Just give me the short version."

Zen9 


James C.
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   Posted 12/20/2010 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
zen9:

or they say 'whatever' and tune out. Keeping them engaged can be a challenge. I wish we could remove 'whatever' from the English language.
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man tinyurl.com/28e8qcg
4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RRP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., all clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement of the left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09- Uh-Oh, next in Feb.
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

clocknut
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   Posted 12/20/2010 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey, Mel and Mag....I'm having blood drawn on the 29th for my first PSA post surgery, and will get the results on Jan. 10th.  Let's all post zeroes, OK?

Welcome back.  We go to Puerto Vallarta in Feb., and I can't wait.  LOTS of good food there.

HW seems to be going through some sort of identity crisis, as best I can tell.  I'm staying on the sidelines, for sure.

 

 


Zen9
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   Posted 12/20/2010 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
James C. said...
zen9:

or they say 'whatever' and tune out. Keeping them engaged can be a challenge. I wish we could remove 'whatever' from the English language.
Yeah, James, whatever ....
 
wink  
 
Zen9

compiler
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   Posted 12/20/2010 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
James:
 
One of my favorite ANNOYING words is "awesome." Talk about being overused!!
 
Zen-- If I can extend my rant a bit, I think the cell-phone with the latest technological capabilities causes a lot of these problems, starting with texting. We have a MAJOR problem with these gadgets at our University. We have far too many students holding and using these phones during class (they hide it under their desks, on their laps). The addiction is terrible. Also, when class ends and the students file out, literally 80% of them have their cell phones out and are using them. What is so essential? It gets ridiculous. Sadly, even out best teachers (like me, <g>) can't compete. As a result, students lose some of that concentration in class. It is counterproductive. Multiply this problem across the nation, and it is another chink in the armour of this great nation. We can no longer compete in terms of education, work ethic, and economically. We are no longer a first-rate nation. While we are far from third world, I do think we have totally lost our competative edge.
 
In terms of PC, we are fortunate that the best medical care probably stiill exists in our country. We see all kinds of wealthy individuals from all over the world travel to our great nation for the best care. It is sad that most Americans probably cannot do that.
 
OK, enough ranting (although notice how I did get PC into this post!)
 
Mel

rob2
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   Posted 12/24/2010 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy you had a good cruise. I agree with your comments. However, if it weren't for technology, we wouldn't have this forum. Regarding texting, I would like to have a meal with someone that doesn't stop to take a call or text someone.
 
Age 48 at diagnosis
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
Robotic Surgery May 9, 2008 - houston, tx
Pathology report -gleason 8, clear margins
22 month  PSA <.04
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue

John T
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   Posted 12/24/2010 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel,
There is still one place in the US that work ethic and common courtesy exist, and that's in the US Military. I had dinner last week with 4 Marines from 29 Palms deploying next month to Afghanistan, as part of their annual Xmas Toys for Tots Drive.
They were perfect gentlemen. It's amazing how our young people will respond if given high standards of behavior and expectations and guidence on how to achieve them.
JT
65 years old, rising psa for 10 years from 4 to 40; 12 biopsies and MRIS all negative. Oct 2009 DXed with G6 <5%. Color Doppler biopsy found 2.5 cm G4+3. Combidex clear. Seeds and IMRT, no side affects and psa .1 at 1.5 years.

Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 12/24/2010 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel,
Welcome back, I'm glad you enjoyed your cruise and was able to forget about PCs even for just one week. I wish you a Happy New Year. I hope you get good news from your PSA test to start 2011.
Age: 67 at Dx on 12/30/08 PSA 3.8
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4)
Davinci surgery 2/9/09 Gleason 4+4 EPE,
Margins clear, nerve bundles removed
Prostate weighed 57 grams 10-20% involved
all PSA tests since (2, 5, 8, 11, 15, 18 months) undetectable
Latest PSA test (21 months) .005
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