Thursday, February 13, 2020

UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL CALLED TODAY WITH MY PROSTATE CANCER PSA NUMBERS........

A MALE CARDINAL IN FLIGHT
Standing quietly looking out our living room window upon another cold and snowy overcast day I had to pull up my socks and have a little talk with myself.  I didn't want to go out there but knew I had to set myself aside because there was a furry little doggy standing beside me looking up with big pleading eyes.  It had been 48 hours since she was out for her last Jeep ride.  Half an hour later we were heading down the road.  
LAKE ICE IS AGAIN FORMING ALONG BAYFIELD'S SHORELINE
Overnight snows had covered area roads again but highways were heavily salted and free of snow.  With the amount of salt on the roads I can just feel the Jeep rusting out from under me.
YELLOW MACHINE IS LIFTING A HEAVY STEEL BEAM FOR THE BAYFIELD BRIDGE
THAT YELLOW MACHING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BAYFIELD RIVER IS 'PILE DRIVING' STEEL BEAMS INTO THE GROUND
A quick swing through Bayfield and it was out into the countryside with us.  Snow in the air and a very low cloud cover but we managed our whole morning drive with Pheebs window down and she was mighty happy about that.  One stop along the way to gather a few corn cobs for our front yard Squirrels.  There are a few corn fields around that were not harvested last Fall so figuring they will be plowed under anyway I've been grabbing a few corn cobs for the crew.

CLOUD COVER WAS VERY LOW THIS MORNING
I WILL BE SO GLAD TO SEE BLUE SKIES AND GREEN FIELDS AGAIN
HARD TO TELL WHERE THE SKY ENDS AND THE EARTH BEGINS 
It was early afternoon when our phone rang.  Kelly had phoned London's University Hospital regarding my PSA numbers and our ringing phone was a triage Nurse returning Kelly's call with my numbers.  Last June my PSA number spiked to 15.4 and after several additional tests I was diagnosed with prostate cancer.  In the Fall I underwent radiation treatments and had to wait until now to have my PSA numbers checked again.  Doctor Mendez at London's cancer clinic was hoping for a number around 7.5 to call the radiation a success.  Kelly said my PSA numbers came in this morning at .45 which to me is almost unbelievable and yes I have the dot in the right place.  I have an appointment with Dr. Mendez on February 25th at which time I hope he confirms that number.  The new cutting age radiotherapy treatment I had is called Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR)
Our front yard seemed extra busy today and at one point I counted 4 male Cardinals.  Our temperatures are dropping way down overnight and maybe the birds sense that and are stocking up on extra food.  Squirrels seemed extra food crazy this afternoon as well.  Our temps at time of posting tonight are 14F and dropping:((
FEMALE CARDINAL LOOKING DISGRUNTELED AFTER HEARING ABOUT COLDER TEMPERATURES HEADED OUR WAY


'GERONIMOOOOOOO'
I'm off to Goderich's Maitland Valley Medical Center in the morning for an appointment with a diabetic Nurse person to see what can be done about this diabetes diagnosis I recently received.  I hope she doesn't put an end to my peanut butter and honey habit.
::An Archive Post::  It was March 7th 2011 when we found ourselves in California's Joshua Tree National Park.  Not a place you can see and experience in a day but we gave it a try anyway.  Here's my post.... Joshua Tree - 'WOW'
::Al's Musical Favs:: Weird Love by Mooderama
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Mr. Jones is driving past the state mental hospital when his left rear tire suffers a flat. While he is changing the tire, another car goes by, running over the hub cap in which he was keeping the lug nuts. The nuts are all knocked into a nearby storm drain.  He is at a loss for what to do and is about to go call a cab when he hears a shout from behind the hospital fence, where one of the inmates has been watching the whole thing.  "Hey, pal! Why don't you just take one lug nut off each of the other three wheels and use them to replace the missing ones? That'll hold your tires on until you can get to a garage or something."  Mr. Jones is startled by the patient's seeming rationality, but realizes the plan will work, and installs the spare tire without incident. Before he leaves, he calls back to the patient. "You know, that was pretty sharp thinking. Why do they have you in there?"  The patient smiles and says, "I'm in here because I'm crazy, not because I'm stupid."
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20 comments:

  1. Oh, good news on the PSA! Very glad to hear that. Keep hanging in with the winter...the photos or beautiful even though you are tired of it.

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  2. Great news and great photos and a happy pup. Well done young man.

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  3. As always beautiful pictures that are much appreciated. So happy for you with the great PSA numbers.

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  4. WOW, good news Al!!
    We had a female cardinal in a bush off the back porch a few weeks ago but I've never seen nor heard a male here. My MIL had gangs of them at her place in Ottawa.

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  5. Amazing number Al. Sounds like a winner to me. Now just get the glucose count down to around 100 and you'll live forever. :)) sure looks like those Burley fellas were carrying that beam.

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  6. So happy to see that new number. Now we want to see a good glucose number.

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  7. Great to see the low PSA number. I had the seed implant and radiation for prostrate cancer in 2004 and so far my PSA number is quite low. They have made great strides with this cancer and it looks like even more with the procedure you went through.

    Now to get a smaller rig and head to the Southwest once again. It looks like the weather out there is terrible so you didn't miss much.

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  8. congrats on that PSA number.... your glucose will return to normal range if your willing to live without diabetes! I'll email you the food list.

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  9. That is fantastic news! We're so happy for you both. Must be chasing after the squirrels that brought in numbers like that!! Any reason to get out of bed in the morning, is still a reason to get out of bed in the morning :D Brad has also just received pre-diabetic news so that is a new chapter for us also.

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  10. Congratulations on your great number. Cutting edge treatment, along with many thoughts and prayers.

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  11. Great news and advice for someone in the same boat. Blacky was sure getting a workout on your invention.

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  12. Hooray for the good news! Keep it coming.

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  13. Yaaaaay! Better living through Science! It is below zero wind chill here this morning and my feeders are full of birds fluffed out against the chill.It really stinks having to spend our last 2 Winters here and my patience is wearing thin this year. Hopefully going somewhere warm next year!

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  14. Glad to read your PSA numbers are way down. I would consider that a success.
    As for the Diabetes unless you are having grave effects it's not too serious.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  15. Good News on the PSA front. I just went on Wednesday to see some "blood suckers", paid the extra for the PSA test. Hopefully the number is a good one. Sucks to get old, but still better than the alternative.

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  16. Great news! You've got some determined squirrels there. I'm hoping this interlude of real winter will be short!

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  17. Yahooie-Louie! Those are AWESOME numbers, Al! 😊

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  18. Great news about the PSA...fantastic. We're very happy happy for you.

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