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Posted: 10/05/22 05:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you for rescuing him

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Posted: 10/05/22 04:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's good to hear from you, WL. I'm looking forward to some good reading, thanks to you. Keeping you all in our prayers.


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SU called his urologist and when he calls back, we'll get the radiation referral moved to our county seat. That will save so many hours. It does mean a delay on getting the treatment, but he's willing to do that so I don't have to drive for hours every weekday throughout the treatment.

Czarny's loving the lower temperatures. He spends a good part of the day outside now, mostly surveying his territory from the safety of the deck. Short and Tall Friends were here last night, so he got some serious playtime with Short Friend. She started the "you can't catch me" game with him and he absolutely loves it. He gets so much exercise dashing here and there, while the human just needs to pretend stalk him. Now that the prairie grasses around the house are mowed down, he and I can move the game outside, where we'll both get some exercise.

Time for an online gathering. Later, y'all.


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Posted: 10/07/22 06:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When people talk of exercise and pets in the same sentence they often refer to dogs. But your example is proof that cats can exercise too.

Good news on radiation referral. Glad it's happening.

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Good news, bad news. When his urologist called back, finally, a week later, SU bought the guy's line that "it's only five treatments" and something about him being concerned about the pressure or something on SU's right femur. So SU caved.

When we got to the radiation treatment place, we found out it's 10-20 treatments. I looked right at SU and said, "He lied to you!" But SU needs the therapy soonest, so starting on Wednesday, we'll spend three frikkin' hours out of every weekday traveling to/from and getting the treatments. I'll also have to rearrange every other medical appointment he and I have for those 10-20 weekdays.

Meanwhile, the urologist will be getting the online reviews he deserves. If he were really so concerned about SU's femur, then why did he BS SU into riding in a vehicle through road construction for two hours daily? I'll tell you why: these radiation therapy folks are part of the urologist's own group. It's all about the bucks, not SU's well-being.

It's been five days and I am still so infuriated that I can't write that review yet. I want to be as calm and factual as possible, and until my ire eases a bit, can't do it.

On the livestock front, the bucks are hanging around in our meadow. They know it's a safe place. All the poaching around here (bow season) has them really skittish. When rifle season opens next month, the poaching will become even more blatant, and I expect those two lovely 8-point bucks will be no more. Pity; they both are inclined toward hanging out around our water trough and accepting carrots tossed in their general direction.

They're ignoring Czarny, thank goodness. He's so enjoying the drop in temps that he wants to be outside most of the day now. Just wish he'd stop waking me up at 0600. It's still dark and I'm not getting up to feed him or let him out yet, unless Mr. Bladder demands I get up. Might feed Czarny at that point, but then it's right back to bed.

Once we know what SU's standing radiation appointment will be, I expect the sleeping arrangements will be radically altered for a while.

I see Czarny's anxious to go back out, and I need to go grocery shopping. Later, y'all.

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I understand your frustration. We spent weeks camping out near my wife's chemo place. In the long run it was worth it. In the short run it was stressful. Prayers for you and your husband.

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That just sucks. It's wrong on so many levels. Getting compensation from recommended treatments is a slippery arrangement. It's like a DJ getting a kick back for playing a record.

As far as camping out at medical, our son had a triple bypass today. We took the motorhome and spent much of the 6 hours waiting there rather than in a crowded surgical waiting room. Everything went well and he's in ICU for the next day or two. It was so much more comfortable waiting in the motorhome.


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Posted: 10/19/22 08:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dturm wrote:

That just sucks. It's wrong on so many levels. Getting compensation from recommended treatments is a slippery arrangement. It's like a DJ getting a kick back for playing a record.

As far as camping out at medical, our son had a triple bypass today. We took the motorhome and spent much of the 6 hours waiting there rather than in a crowded surgical waiting room. Everything went well and he's in ICU for the next day or two. It was so much more comfortable waiting in the motorhome.

Prayers for your son too.
Yep I liked having the TT nearby (this was before we bought the mh). My wife could relax and sleep as much as needed in between treatments and I could make food she could hold down. It helped her being out in the woods near a stream too. The treatment itself stressed her but the camping helped her to cope. Many years later with no relapse the chemo was worth it.

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After today's unfun, where he threw up three times so hard his legs nearly gave way, I know we'd never be able to get him into/out of the motorhome safely -- not to mention vomit cleanup in a motorhome has to be so much worse than in a S&B. Yesterday's diarrhea is a known side effect of the radiation, but the nausea was unexpected.

I'll be adding air sickness bags to the truck's standard equipment.

We should find out tomorrow just how many more radiation treatments he'll have this go round. Today, the urology oncologist said he's adding another medication to help destroy the prostate cancer. Current med suppresses testosterone production; next med will stop any residual testosterone from binding to the cancer cells, thereby starving them. He'll also add an injection to rebuild his bones.

I just hope the insurance company approves all this, considering it rejected a pain patch, even though its own policy says it will approve that patch for cancer patients. We're working on that one now, too...

At least today we finally got all the various appointments rescheduled so nothing interferes with the radiation schedule.

Poor Czarny just can't figure out the schedule, so even though he can go outside as soon as we get home, he keeps running back to make sure I'm still here. At the moment, he's stretched out on the tile floor in front of my chair. As soon as I move, he'll be ready to escort me outside. Such a sweetie...

Time to load up the percussion and head off to band practice. Later, y'all.

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I know it’s hard. Keeping you both in prayers.

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