Monday, June 11, 2018

Cancel Update

I am mostly fine. Still on a chemotherapy that causes a rash all over my body. My last CT scan show everything was stable (stable means that nothing has grown more that 20% above baseline.) except one tumor on my liver that needs to be ablated. I have scheduled two medical procedures. One on June 26 to map the blood vessels around my tumor. And another on July 2 to inject radioactive beads into the liver. Doc said that I may be tired but how tired is not known. The procedure will cause the tumor to grow initially before it shrinks. THIS IS NOT A CURE! But is should shrink and stabilize the tumor.

Like I said I feel fine. Just finished a whirlwind tour of the National Parks in South Dakota. They are conveniently grouped in the southwest corner of the state. We had fun and celebrated out 33rd wedding anniversary in a nice Italian restaurant in Rapid City, SD.

We are also doing a tour of the historic railroads of Colorado next week. If the wild fires don't cancel the Durango Silverton Railroad trip.

Don't comment bad code - rewrite it. - Brian W. Kernighan & P. J. Plaugher

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cancer Status 01/16/2018

Well, I have one more session left. It has been trying because they have to give me back the magnesium that the drug is leaching out of me. So it is a 6 hour ordeal every two weeks. But they have wi-fi and I try to get work done while I sit.

They will be scheduling a CT scan after my last session to see where my tumors are. The mid-way results were promising so I am expecting good results but the not knowing is making me nervous again. Like what will be my regimen after this? I hope they don't keep me on this drug as the rash is not fun. I promise not to gross you out with pictures or details.

Well, I try to live one day at a time but it is hard sometimes. I try to find the wonder in each day I have left. It makes life more pleasant.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Results of CT Scan

Good news, my tumors on my liver shrank by several millimeters. I have 5 more treatments with this drug. Promising results. We will keep you posted as to the progress.

Thursday, November 9, 2017


Well, my CT scan in July showed some increased activity in the tumors on my liver. My CEA, an indicator of colon cancer activity, number has been going up dramatically over the last 6 months. This has led the doctor to start me on a different drug that is a one hour infusion every two weeks. The side effects are moderate with an itchy rash over my upper torso, neck and head. I am on anti-antibiotics so I don't get an infection and to reduce the intensity of the rash. I also have to put lotions and medicated lotions on myself to reduce the spreading and itching. Everything works relatively well, I suppose. I still itch, constantly. But I am able to get on with my life.

I had my first CT scan since starting the new medication. I should have the results next week. I am still active. My wife and I hike each weekending at least 4 miles. We try to walk daily, also.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

It has been five years since I was diagnosed.

Well, it has been almost five years since I had my first colonoscopy and found out I had colon cancer. I had surgery in the new few weeks and was cancer free for almost a year. In December right before Christmas I found out that my cancer was back and had spread to my liver. We immediately started chemotherapy. For six months I was infused with medicines in 3.5 hour sessions every three weeks as well as daily pills. My side effects were not horrible but I did get neuropathy in finger and feet. Coldness, sensitive to pressure, blisters, etc. I guess the worst was that one of the medicines built up in my system and was causing issues with my mind. My wife said I was a different person at that time. The good news is that all this effort shrank the lesions on my liver.

I am now on a 30 minute infusion every three weeks that has no side effects that I am aware of. They will come, according to the doctor. He says I will be on these for the rest of my life. I am glad I survived and recommend colonoscopies to everyone starting at age 50.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Me Part 2 of ?

I grew up in northern Louisiana, part of the bible belt of the United States. Growing up in a Baptist household most likely instilled many of my values that I still hold today. My extended family was very close. I learned a lot from everyone. Conservatism must have come from the values held by my family. Libertarian-ism may have come from my rural upbringing. Very few people looked to the government for anything and many wanted the government to stay out of their lives completely. I am an orginalist when comes to the U. S. Constitution. Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America by Mark Levin really opened my eyes to what the courts have done to destroy the intent of the constitution.

I heard a story a while back about the first time that the federal government had given money to help disaster victims. It seems there was flood that killed many people the this southern representative had voted to give taxpayer funds to the victims. Later he was campaigning to be re-elected and was walking down a country lane asking people for their vote. One gentleman farmer stopped the representative and said that he could not vote for him. When asked why he said it was because he had set a precedent by voting to give taxpayer funds away and that it would not stop with the flood victims. I wish I could remember the details and verify the story but it has stuck with me.

I like to listen and read writings from conservative commentators. While I am not religious and I do not agree with everything they say I think they have many of my values.

I am not a huge fan of Libertarians because many, like Rand Paul, are isolationists and I just don't think we can ignore the rest of the world and remain safe.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Me Part 1 of ?

I call myself an atheist. I use this term, purposely. It tells my christian friends that I do not believe in their god. This has been true since I was around 15 or 16. I do think that an intelligence could exist in the universe but so far I have not seen or heard of any evidence of such a being. So until then I am a true atheist.

I started reading about mythology in high school. Roman and Greek mythologies were the first as these were more well known to me. These gods were reflections of humanity even to extremes. Then I found a book on the Norse myths. These gods were unlike anything I had read before. While the Norse gods were also reflections of their worshipers I found them vastly different and darker than the Roman or Greek gods. They were also very cool.

These mythologies got me to thinking. These people believed their gods were real just like those people at my church. I think you see my point.