Posted 4/22/2013 9:10 PM (GMT -6)
I am including some of the noteworthy activities and discussion items from the April 18-21, 2013 meeting held in Baton Rouge LA,
Attendees came from Texas, Washington, New York, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Ontario Canada. Total attendance reached a new world record of 35, consisting of 20 men and 15 women. All were presented with goodie bags and commemorative GFMPH T-Shirts, and bags expertly designed and prepared by Sonny that will no doubt bring back good memories.
PCa related activities:
• Each attendee had the opportunity to share his stats, treatment, prognosis and lessons learned.
• Three different VEDs were presented and compared. All three used different methods for supplying the vacuum: longitudinal pumping, perpendicular pumping and material compression.
• The merits, demerits, and sources of the three main oral ED drugs were discussed. Seemingly unrelated side effects such as severe back pain, shoulder pain and blue vision were discussed.
• The subject of injectibles was well covered. Experienced users were able to reassure the inexperienced that an aversion to a 27 gauge needle loaded with 0.90 ml of Trimix was not a poor reflection of their manhood. On the contrary, it showed they are normal. A 5/16 inch, 30 or 31 gauge needle should be used as its smaller size is less intimidating and painful. If a user requires 0.9 ml of trimix a double or triple strength prescription would reduce the volume of drug that needs to be injected. .
• Unused, unneeded supplies were offered to those individuals who could use them.
Scientific, Professional and technical activities:
• Most attendees became willing participants in a study involving the consumption of high calorie, high fat content foods. To aid digestion and reduce the chance of dehydration, just the right amount of alcohol was consumed with each meal. Results of this extensive testing will become readily apparent once the participants stand on their home bathroom scales.
• Wifi was available and used by most of the participants to communicate with the office and update family and friends.
• A service was held for our dear friend Raddad, (Bud), who taught us all the meaning and usage of the word “Gooderest”. Stories, music and memories were shared. As part of the service a single, blue mylar balloon was prematurely released in his honor - symbolizing his premature departure from our group. A memorial stone plaque and photo will be sent to his family.
• Sadly, one of the original participants the first GFMPH gathering in 2009, Goodlife, (Dick), was unable to attend this event due to a tragic work injury. He spent the time in surgery and we all were kept up to date through the efforts of his daughter, Abby.
• A well prepared Scotch tasting was conducted by 142. Ten different high quality Scotch whiskeys from different regions using different preparations were evaluated. We all were taught to how to discern and appreciate the subtle differences by evaluating the nose, finish, and taste by adding 2 drop of distilled water. Some of the scotch was donated to the group at `142’s request from Moet Hennessy and Speyburn liquor companies. To perfectly finish the tasting handmade, custom blend cigars, graciously donated by House of Cigars, were enjoyed.
• A Cochon de lait (suckling pig roast) was prepared by Cajun Jeff’s brother-in-law, Kerry, Gerard, Blaine and Chachi (Josh) Lemoine.
• The crawfish boil was expertly prepared by Pigeon Flyer, (Neil) who cooked the sausage, garlic, corn and hundreds of crawfish to perfection. Everyone had a smile on his face - and crawfish seasoning on his clothes.
A campfire was held almost every night leading to conversations that just could not be shared anywhere else.
We cannot list everyone here but before closing I’d like to give special thanks to everyone who contributed so much to make this event successful.
The ladies would like to give special thanks to James C’s better half, Dianna for the prostate cancer blue scarves that she made for all the women.
This was an outstanding event and a good time was had by all.
I’d like to give a special thanks to the Baton Rouge delegation consisting of Mr and Mrs Tiger Fan, and Mr and Mrs Bayou Jackal who were a source of assistance and inspiration through the 6 month of planning .
Cajun Jeff and Mama Pat, Hosts of GFMPH LA