|THE LONDON REGIONAL CANCER CENTER IS TRULY AN AMAZING PLACE DESIGNED FOR THE EASE AND COMFORT OF PATIENTS|
|KELLY IS IN THIS PHOTO LEFT OF CENTER STANDING IN THE WAITING AREA|
|AND HERE'S THE LITTLE LADY HER VERY SELF WHO LOOKS AFTER ME AND MY CONFUSEMENTS SO WELL|
|LIBRARY AND COMPUTER LOUNGE|
A nice lady took us into a small room where more things were filled out and I think Kelly had as many questions for the lady as the lady had questions for me. The only question I ever think to ask is where's the closest McDonalds??
|I DON'T KNOW BUT IT MAKES A NOISE TO ALERT ME A HELP PERSON IS COMING|
|I WILL BE CHECKING IN ON MONITORS LIKE THIS EVERY TIME I GO THERE|
My appointment to see Doctor Menendez was scheduled for 8:30 and by 8:45 Kelly and I were seated in an inner waiting room talking to the very Doctor himself. It's very rare anyone pronounces my last name correctly but he nailed it right on when he came through the door. Right away I liked da guy. Well it was quite an in depth talk the three of us had. He's asking me a lot of questions, Kelly's asking him a lot of questions, and I'm still sitting there wondering where the nearest Tim Horton coffee shop was. (actually it was only a couple hundred feet away) Going through my files he realized he had only half of my bone scan. Kelly piped up, 'no problem here it is' as she pulled out her copy from my file of the entire bone scan results. I could tell Doctor Menendez was totally impressed. He was very patient and took his time explaining in detail my options and current condition. Being that my prostate cancer is in an intermediate stage I was not a prime candidate for the Brachytherapy and we decided against surger. He explained how the technology for my particular type of prostate cancer is advancing and there is a newer procedure out now called, SABR ( Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy. In fact there are only 9 centers in all of Canada with this treatment and London is one of them. It's still external radiation but instead of a 6 week, 5 days a week treatment plan it is now condensed to a week and a half with each treatment being on an alternate day. In other words it's a 5 day treatment. Actual radiation time is 15 minutes but they allow for 45 minutes start to finish. And no 'ouchies'. He did say with this newer treatment there is some prep work to be done and we would get a call when to return to the cancer clinic. (that call landed on our answering machine before we even got home) Wasn't long ago and those radiation treatments could last for months at a time. So anyway to make a long medical story short that is what we are going to do. Sabr News of CTV Toronto.
|TIM HORTON COFFEE SHOP ON THE LOWER FLOOR WHERE MY RADIATION TREATMENTS WILL BE JUST A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY|
|WHEN DOCTOR MENENDEZ STEPPED OUT FOR A MINUTE I GRABBED THIS PHOTO|
|GARDENS AT THE CLINICS ENTRANCE|
|THIS LOWER FLOOR AQUARIUM CAN BE SEEN IN A COUPLE OF THE PREVIOUS PHOTOS|
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Some 'Senior' personal ads seen in "The Villages" Florida newspapers:
FOXY LADY: Sexy, fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty,80's, slim, 5'4' (used to be 5'6'),searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion. Matching white shoes and belt a plus.
LONG-TERM COMMITMENT: Recent widow who has just buried fourth husband, and am looking for someone to round out a six-unit plot. Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath not a problem. SERENITY NOW: I am into solitude, long walks, sunrises, the ocean, yoga and meditation. If you are the silent type, let's get together, take our hearing aids out and enjoy quiet times.
WINNING SMILE: Active grandmother with original teeth seeking a dedicated flosserto to share rare steaks, corn on the cob and caramel candy.
BEATLES OR STONES? I still like to rock,still like to cruise in my Camaro on Saturday nights and still like to play the guitar. If you were a groovy chick, or are now a groovy hen,let's get together and listen to my eight-track tapes.
MEMORIES: I can usually remember Monday through Thursday. If you can remember Friday, Saturday and Sunday, let's put our two heads together.
MINT CONDITION: Male, 1932, high mileage, good condition, some hair, many new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves. Isn't in running condition, but walks well.