Category: Daily News

2020 Q4 Prognostications

I’ve been known to make lots of prognostications. The following list is the second half of 2020 worst of cases. They are not like a laundry list or even linked. Some are the opposite of each other.  Here are a…

Plot twist: Medical Care on the Go

Here we are in the middle of 2020, arguably the strangest year in a very long time. I am still considered immune compromised so I am higher risk that the average person. And I live in Florida on a boat…

Return to the office with an active pandemic

COVID-19 has saturated your reading. You aren’t sure you want to read any kind of story about it anymore. Everything has been written about it you could ever hope to read. Who is this guy writing and what is his…

Not you normal wash your hands COVID-19 Discussion

In the sailboat and other message boards a vast number of “prepper” types posted all kinds of stuff about leaving on their boats. They talked about how they would take to the high seas. How they were prepared for anything.…

Goodbye 2019 and Welcome 2020!

It has been a couple of years since we did any official holiday greetings so we thought we should provide a proper update. The story so far… Let’s start with 2018. The year started with big and exciting changes. Sam…

Plot Twist: Radiation, a Hurricane, and a Broken Foot

The past month has been a steady pace of radiation treatments. Nothing exciting, just going in everyday at 9:20 am, spend 20 or so minutes getting the radiation treatment (lovingly called getting zapped). I had 17 total treatments and the…

Plot Twist: Starting Radiation

First a good news update. Remember that DVT (blood clot in my arm)? I had an ultrasound to check on it and it is gone! No blood clot, no need for blood thinners so I get to stop one pill.…

Plot Twist: Good news & bad news

So…I have good news and I have not as good news. First the good news. The eight weeks I was waiting has come to an end. I had another PET scan on Wednesday. I got the results on Friday. The…

Plot Twist: Waiting…

There is a lot of waiting involved in cancer treatment. A lot. Even when there is some urgency to begin treatment or perform a procedure, there is waiting. Sometimes it feels like you will wait forever. Maybe they forgot you.…

Plot Twist: It isn’t over until it’s over

I had the 4th PET scan on May 20th to determine how well the chemo worked (or if there was any cancer remaining). The results were inconclusive. I have a Deauville score of 4. There is still something there. It…

Plot Twist: Chemo Cycle 6 (of 6)

This is it. The last Chemotherapy cycle. 6 cycles, 21 days each 126 days 18 weeks 4.5 months 30 days inpatient in the hospital 24 chemo bags 6 Neulasta/Fulphil shots 8 Rituxan treatments 43 Complete Blood Counts W/Auto Diff 43…

Plot Twist: Chemo Cycle 5 (of 6)

Cycle 5 has been very much like the previous cycles. In the hospital the nurses all know me and stop by my room to say hi even if they are not assigned to me. The routine is the same. I…

Plot Twist: PET Scan, Anemia, and a Transfusion

This week I had a third PET scan, the second since I started treatment. The results show continued progress in shrinking the tumor even if the results are not as dramatic as the last PET scan. Looking at the results:…