Tuesday, July 16, 2019

OUR RINGING PHONE THIS MORNING ADDS TWO MORE MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS

Wasn't even 7 a.m. yet this morning when our A/C kicked in.  Figured we were in for a hot and miserably humid day but luckily a cloud cover rolled in late this morning and kept the hot Sun from turning the day into a steam bath. Pheebs and I were even able to get away with just having our windows down and not snapping on the Jeep's A/C.  Slipped ourselves into Bayfield and swung down around the beach and harbour area.
THIS IS MY FIRST LOOK AT THE NEW CONCRETE TOP ON BAYFIELD'S SOUTH PIER AND HEY THAT LOOKS LIKE A SAILING VESSEL OUT THERE

IT'S SOME KIND OF A LARGE SAILING VESSEL ALRIGHT
LOOKS LIKE A YOUNG CREW TO ME
LOOKING BACK TOWARDS THE BAYFIELD SHORELINE
LOTS OF ROPES, METAL PULLEYS, AND WOODEN PEGS
We were back home shortly before 10.  Kelly's car was gone so I knew she had slipped up to Goderich for a more in depth ultra sound after a mammogram last week revealed a spot.  On our kitchen counter she had left a note.  My Urologist's office in Stratford had called with a Cat Scan appointment for July 23rd.  Also an additional appointment with Dr. Bukala to discuss the results of the Cat and Bone scans.  It will be at this meeting with the Doctor on August 14th where I will find out what stage this prostate cancer is at and what treatments will be available to me.

LOOKS LIKE DAD HAS THE GIRLS OUT FISHING THIS MORNING
A FEW OTHER FISHERMEN ON THE PIER AS WELL
BAYFIELD HAS A SMALL BEACH AREA AND THIS IS PRETTY MUCH IT
While in Goderich Kelly did manage to obtain a copy of my prostate biopsy from the Medical Center in Goderich and upon arriving home later was able with the help of on-line information to glean some info from the report.  Readers had asked about my Gleason score and according to Doctor Kelly here at home it is seven.  Eight is when things really start to go haywire.  My Canadian PSA number was 15.4 but it might be a different numbering system in the States.  She was also able to determine there are 4 stages to prostate cancer and thinks I am in Grade 4.  I think there are more readily available treatments in the States than here in Canada but I'm not sure about that.  Anyway, we'll find out all those things for sure August 14th.
QUIET MORNING IN THE HARBOR
GUESS THAT JUST ABOUT SUMS THINGS UP GUYS
Noticed the light flashing on our answering machine so checked that out as well.  It was Goderich's Huron Optometric Center calling to say my new eyeglasses were done and ready to be picked up.  Well it was back out the door with Pheebs and I and off we went to Goderich.  Donning my new glasses at the optometrists and stepping out the door my first reaction was....'WOW' and HOLY SMOKES'!!  Everything looked so clear and bright.  I even saw cars going by on the street, buildings on the other side, and people walking by.  Amazing.  And I can finally see my computer screen clearly again.  Guess the old cheapskate here had waited way too long to act between eye prescriptions.  New glasses were $633.00.
NO NEED FOR LIFE PRESERVERS WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR BICYCLE ONBOARD EH
ALWAYS A FEW BOATS FOR SALE AROUND THE HARBOUR
One of the problems I seem to be having lately is getting my energy levels up to the point where I feel like doing something.  I am spending too much time following the path of least resistance which too often leads me to my comfy recliner.  Of course that leads to weight gain and weight gain leads to low energy levels.  It's an unhealthy merry-go-round for sure.  
I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THAT GREEN STUFF IS HANGING ON THAT BOAT OR WHY IT'S HANGING ON THERE
Nice email from a blog reader couple in Iowa this morning saying they have decided to sell their 2006 Pleasure Way van.  Unfortunately with the dollar exchange between Canada and the U.S. it makes looking at and buying anything in the States cost prohibitive for us.  Too bad, it looked like a nice van.
SPOTTED THIS CAR IN BAYFIELD THIS MORNING
ALONG BAYFIELD'S MAIN STREET
AND THIS TIM HORTON COFFEE SHOP PROJECT IS STILL A BIG BUST
With my new glasses I noticed a huge difference when editing my photos tonight.  For the first time in years they looked vibrant and sharp for a change.  And what a nice feeling that was.  Readers would comment sometimes about how sharp my photos were and yet that was not how I was seeing them.  I was almost convinced they had my photos mixed up with somebody else's.  I would agonize over what I was doing wrong and now realize it was mainly my glasses all along although I still do lots of stuff wrong...……………... 
WON'T BE LONG AND FARMERS WILL BE OUT HARVESTING THEIR GOLDEN WHEAT FIELDS
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A man walked into the produce section of his local supermarket and asked to buy half a head of lettuce. The boy working in that department told him that they only sold whole heads of lettuce. The man was insistent that the boy ask his manager about the matter. Walking into the back room, the boy said to his manager, "Some jerk out there wants to buy a half a head of lettuce."  As he finished his sentence, he turned to find the man standing right behind him, so he quickly added, "and this gentleman kindly offered to buy the other half." The manager approved the deal and the man went on his way. Later the manager found the boy and said, "I was impressed with the way you got yourself out of that situation earlier. We like people who think on their feet here. Where are you from, son?" "Canada, sir," the boy replied. "Well, why did you leave Canada?" the manager asked. The boy said, "Sir, there's nothing but raunchy bar girls and hockey players up there." "Really!" said the manager. "My wife is from Canada! The boy replied, "No kidding?? Who did she play for?"
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Woman's Quote of the Day: "Men are like fine wine. They all start out like grapes, and it's our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something with which you'd like to have dinner with." 
Men's Counter-Quote of the Day: "Women are like fine wine. They all start out fresh, fruity and intoxicating to the mind then turn full-bodied with age until they go all sour and vinegary and give you a headache."
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8 comments:

  1. Maybe your photos have been clear and sharp all along. I certainly thought so. Interesting sailboat too. I read that it's one of two sail training vessels operated by Toronto Brigantine.

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  2. Nice that the docs are getting abcmto your and things are moving along nicely
    Sure is wonerfult see clearly again enjoy the new views.

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  3. The China Study by T Colin Campbell - what makes cancer grow and how diet can slow it down or stop it. This book changed my way of eating three years ago. I now have lots of energy. I am age 69. I posted the Amazon link below.

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  4. Loved the photos of the sailboat. When I was young my dad, mom and us three kids lived on a 89 foot two master sloop for a year. Best time of my life. It was named Elsadon.

    Not happy to hear your cancer is a grade four. I am glad you are upfront with us so we don't have the extra worry of not knowing what's going on. Hope you hear good news on August 14. I had cataract surgery a couple months ago and new $600 glasses. Great to see clear again like you.

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  5. Be careful about mixing up your terms. STAGE 4 and GRADE 4 are not interchangeable. The GRADE-ing system seems to just be a more fine tuned description of the Gleason score. I am certainly not a medical professional - but do know this is all very complicated stuff. Whatever you have (or don't have) - has been caught very early. I trust you will do fine. ๐ŸŒท

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  6. Al, you are such a tender-hearted soul. I so admire everything from your beautiful photography to your courage in sharing such a deeply personal journey. You have my prayers and thanks - today and always.๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ’™

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  7. Your photos are lovely on this post, so much color and different angles, etc. Good luck to Kelly on her test and I am so happy to read that things are happening quickly for you and your tests. New glasses make all the difference, you should get them checked a minimum of every two years.

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  8. Thank you for being so upfront with us about what is happening in your life. Life is good and bad times and when you care about someone you need to know both sides. I am glad to hear they are getting you in rapidly so you can get started on the right plan of action.

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