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clocknut
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   Posted 2/1/2011 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
If you've had PCa surgery in the last two months, robotic or open, please resist the temptation to go out into the blizzard of '11 and clean off your driveway or excavate your car!  wink
 
I know it's tempting, but please find some strappiing young teenager or a guy with a big truck and plow to do it for you. 
 
I just went out to position my generator where it's within reach and it's really hellish out there.  No, wait, hell is hot, and it's freezing outside.  The wind is roaring, the snow is flying,  and we have wind gusts to 40mph or more.
 
It's a good night to stay indoors, cuddle up, and work on ED issues.   

tatt2man
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   Posted 2/1/2011 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
very good advice as always clocknut ....

non-shovelling hugs ( we are giving all our snow to Rochester, NY )
BRONSON

EnglishBob
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   Posted 2/1/2011 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
We had bad snow here in the UK in December last year and i had to dig our drive and both our cars out a few days before my RP, it was the only way my wife was able to get out while i was in hospital and i worried about her every day as she came to visit me confused
Age 58
Prostate problems since early 40s
Ed since early 40s
April 2007 biopsy & all clear
July 2010 prostate swollen more, psa up to 5.6 August 6.7
September Biopsy again
October 7th diagnosed cancer, Gleason grade 6 at 10% mass
December 13th 2010 open radical proctatectomy
Pathology results came back Gleason grade 7 at 12% mass BUT clear margins
Catheter out Jan 5th 2011

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 2/1/2011 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I know exactly what you mean, Clock.

Back in December we had a snowflake that didn't melt before it hit the ground here in Las Vegas. We had a pile up on the freeway when a fertilizer hauler overturned, the schools closed at 2:45, people were lining up at the store buying up all of the brandy. OK that was just me. Heck I even had to have my wife remove the cactus needles off my back after trying to do the snow angel thingy. :-)

PS: You all stay warm and safe...

From the desert,

Tony

Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 2/1/2011 4:39:16 PM (GMT-7)


maldugs
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   Posted 2/1/2011 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Snow....what's that?..lol

Regards Mal.
age 67 PSA 5.8 DRE slightly firm Rt
Biopsy 2nd July 07 5 out of 12 positive
Gleason 3+4=7 right side tumour adenocarcinoma stage T2a
RP on 30th July,

Post op Pathology, tumour stage T3a 4+3=7, microcsopic evidence of capsular penetration, seminal vessels, bladder neck,are free of tumour, lymph nodes clear, no evidence of metastatic malignancy, tumour does not extend to the apical margins.

Post op PSA 0.5 26th Sept. Totally dry since catheter removed
PSA 23rd Oct.0.5 seeing Radiation Onocologist 31st Oct.
Started radiation treatment on 5th Dec, to continue until 24 Jan. 08.
Finished treatment, next PSA on 30th April.
PSA from 30th April 08, until now range- 0.5 to 0.6, I am now 70

BillyMac
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   Posted 2/1/2011 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
maldugs said...
Snow....what's that?..lol

Regards Mal.


And here I sit cursing the 40 degree celcius (104F) heat and wishing I was someplace cold.
Bill

Purgatory
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   Posted 2/1/2011 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
and i am roughing it at 42 F with a cold rain blowing.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

mr bill
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   Posted 2/1/2011 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
This blizzard is a walk in the park for us folks in Erie, PA. The only time you se Erie on the weather map is when it has something to do with bad weather.
Age 66
BPH since 1996. at least three negative biopsies Erie. Uro did not Rx finasteride
2007 acute urine retention photovaporize Clev. Clinic Rx finasteride
8-9-10 PSA rose to 10.14 with finasteride positive biopsy gleason 9, cat & bone scan negative
9-8-10 RP at Cleveland. Biopsy 9 nodes 2 positive,
seminal & vas deferens +
PSA 3 wk .06, 6 wk <.03, 12wk 0.0

compiler
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   Posted 2/1/2011 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
It's all over the news here in Michigan.
 
They are already calling it the worst storm in 20-40 years, and it hasn't even gotten here yet! (Sounds like how I sometimes deal with this PC!).
 
We are supposed to get 10 ", but +/- 4-5".
But it will be a blizzard with winds approaching 40 mph.
 
Our University almost never closes due to weather conditions, but I have a feeling... Of course, if I can't get out of my garage, I might have to cancel classes, something I really don't want to do!
 
Mel

Ralph Alfalfa
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   Posted 2/1/2011 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, please.  I-70 is closed from the Mo. state line to Illinois, wind chill -20F., 8-12"snow blown by a 40mph wind, 4 ft. drift in front of my garage door which faces north, plows in the ditches and the rush hour was nil.  Glad I have a bowl of hot chili and a basketball game to watch.  Life is good. 
 
Bob

Skate
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   Posted 2/1/2011 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Know exactly what you are talking about, clocknut.  We are bracing for this blizzard to begin tonight as it hits the Great Lakes.  The snowblower is filled and I have lots of gas.  I'll let it do the work tomorrow when I get up to the mess.  The execise and very fresh air blush will do me good.
Jack
Age 59 at Diagnosis
01/08 PSA 4.17 DRE showed node
03/08 RP - Nerve Sparing, margins clear, no invasion
Continent 3 weeks post surgery / ED
06/08 until 08/09 PSA 0.01
08/09 PSA .14
09/09 RT / 36 treatments
01/10 PSA .13
08/11/10 PSA 3.44
30/11/10 Zoladex ADT

Sleepless09
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   Posted 2/1/2011 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
What ever happened to Global Warming when you need it?

It was 30 below "F" here this morning, worse with what they call the wind chill.

The Global Warmers are all very silent these days, probably inside burning fossil fules to beat the band, and working on ED issues, or whatever. (loved that line, Clocknut) However, first warm spring day no doubt they'll pop up like the dandelions.

In the meantime my U.S. friends, when you hear a weather forecast saying a big winter storm is moving down out of Canada, please be aware that two days previously, our weather forecast said a huge winter storm was moving down out of Alaska --- it's your storm, we just warmed it up a bit before sending it on.

Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours.  Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
 
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7 
 
First post op PSA Sept 09  less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010  less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02 
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02
  

sfigato
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   Posted 2/1/2011 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Sleepless - It's all about the Arctic Oscillation - slightly off topic - but Global warming models predict that the AO will be in negative phase more often and stronger - bringing cold and storms south instead of locked up in the Arctic.

Here in the Midwest, there is a snow hurricane outside my window - I will inform my wife that she must shovel the snow - then hide before she throws the shovel at me - I think my 2 month sympathy window is closing fast (surgery Dec 8, 2010)
Age at diagnosis 48
Gleason 3+3
Pre-Surgery PSA 5.1, 5.7
Cores Positive: 10 of 12 up to 40%
Treatment: open Surgery Dec 2010

clocknut
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   Posted 2/1/2011 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Sheldon,
The biggest Global Warmer of them all, Al Gore, said today that "As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question for some time now and they say that increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming."
 
So, if it's too cold, it's global warmng; if it's too warm, it's global warming; if it's too dry, it's global warming; if it's too wet, it's also global warming.
 
T.C., your message cracked me up.
 
Whatever's going on, I feel sorry for all the guys in the Midwest whose PCa surgery is scheduled for tomorrow.  I doubt that they'll be able to get to the hospital, or that their docs will be able to get there either.
 
I have a relative near St. Louis who was to meet with his uro, his radiologist, and his oncologist today to discuss the next step after his positive biopsy.  The meeting was canceled because of the weather, so now he has to endure another week of anxiety. 
 
We've been having brownouts here in extreme northern Illinois.  Sure hope we don't lose power.
 
 
 
 

Purgatory
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   Posted 2/1/2011 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
sfig: you must not be living right, i had my open surgery in 11/2008 and i still have the sympathy window wide open, lol
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

Fairwind
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   Posted 2/1/2011 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Denver got 3 or 4 inches but the story here is the cold temperature..It's 9 degrees below zero now and its been below zero for over 24 hours..They say 15-20 below tonight..The power has gone off (and come back on) several times..A big outage would be a catastrophe with these temperatures...

compiler
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   Posted 2/1/2011 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
My University couldn't hold out any longer.
 
NO CLASSES TOMORROW!!
 
The students never realize that we are as happy as they are.
 
Mel (sleeping in tomorrow).
 
 

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 2/2/2011 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
5am in Dallas
 
14°F
ClearFeels like: -2°
High 20° Low 9°
(coldest weather here in 20 years)
 
This time yesterday we had a "Thunder Sleet" storm. Which means is was actually thundering outside and the rain that turned into sleet covered the place in ice.
 
Being a first time Pickup Truck owner.. I filled up with gas the night before and loaded up 8 X 40lb bags of top soil in the back of the bed to help out a little.

zufus
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   Posted 2/2/2011 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I am with the Polar Bears club and we are swimming Lake Michigan tommorrow a.m.!
LOL.....oh the Lake is frozen too....no I would not try that scene...who are those guys?
I would have cardiac arrest after hitting the water anyway.
Been a Michigander almost my whole life and having to remove snow gets old very fast, even with a snow blower I got like 500' of driveway to mess with. I must be a masochist!!!
 
Humor my wife says she got 6-7"+ last night, I was asleep and didn't even know it snowed yet. (also untrue story).   smilewinkgrin Tri-mix' in a snow report with E.D. issues and you will freeze your Vera Wang off!  Got to go the internet police just pulled up and have s.w.a.t team coming to the door.  Exit....stage...left with snagglepuss!

Post Edited (zufus) : 2/2/2011 5:53:27 AM (GMT-7)


English Alf
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   Posted 2/2/2011 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Even 18 months after surgery I discovered this morning that balancing on a ladder to paint a wall is like a reverse kegel exercise. Fortunately I was wearing some old clothes. And fortunately I did not spray the fresh paint!

And sorry guys, I have no desire to start an off-topic debate about the snow etc, but the problem relates to "climate change". The idea is that when the earth warms up it changes the climate, that's basically the statistics for a whole year, and not that it makes it warmer everywhere. Snow all over the USA and rain all over OZ etc is merely the "weather" which is about what is happening outside today. The month may thus have been colder than normal in some USA states, but the planet as a whole has been warmer, hence changes to things like Ocean currents which in global terms are things which power weather systems.

It's also nice and warm with a pad in when it's cold!

Alf
Born Jun ‘60
Apr 09 PSA 8.6
DRE neg
Biop 2 of 12 pos
Gleason 3+3
29 Jul 09 DaVinci AVL-NKI Amsterdam
6 Aug 09 Cath out
PostOp Gleason 3+4 Bladder neck & Left SVI -T3b
No perin’l No vasc invasion Clear margins
Dry at night
21 Sep 09 No pads daytime
17 Nov 09 PSA 0.1
17 Mar 10 PSA 0.4 sent to RT
13 Apr CT
66Gy 28 Apr to 11 Jun 10
Tired + weird BMs
14 Sep 10 PSA <0.1
12 Jan 11 PSA <0.1
Erection OK

Worried Guy
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   Posted 2/2/2011 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
If any of you guys down south want to start a Snow Cone business you are welcome to take all you want. My double axle car trailer is outside with about 2 feet of snow on it. Plus, I have 2 acres of clean snow on the ground as back up inventory. The trailer is insured so feel free to hook up. All you'll need is a truck with a Reese receiver fitted with a 2 inch ball and about 10 gallons of syrup. You'll make $ millions!

First come first served.
Jeff

(Avoid the yellow snow near the pee gravel.)

English Alf
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   Posted 2/2/2011 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I as really glad I had my surgery in August. Also glad for my wife as she was able to go for a long walk in the woods while I was in theatre.
I'd almost recommend people time their surgery around the weather if they can. Also handier after surgery when attached to catheter to be able to wear nothing much more than shorts and a very loose shirt every day.

Also glad that I had my SRT in April/May/June. I had just one day on which it rained. I would have hated to have been been trying to travel to and from Amsterdam in this winter weather when roads, metro and trains were all disrupted. (There is normally a train very 30 minutes from my local station to the station near the hospital but for a couple of weeks ALL those trains were cancelled all day every day!!)

I say go make snowmen!!!! Then perform a daVinci on them!!

Alf

jacketch
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   Posted 2/2/2011 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
67 degrees F here in central Virginia.
 
In Boston they have run out of places to put the snow and more is coming.

clocknut
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   Posted 2/2/2011 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
The snow in my yard today is, in most areas, up to my belt.  In some areas, it's up to my head (six feet tall).  The rope starter just broke on my snowblower, but it was useless at this depth anyway.  I guess I should feel happy that five months post DaVinci procedure I can hand shovel these tons of snow. 

Sleepless09
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   Posted 2/3/2011 12:03 AM (GMT -6)   
zufus ...... you are a hoot.

Love that post!

Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours.  Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
 
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7 
 
First post op PSA Sept 09  less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010  less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02 
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02
  
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