When I was still working we had a lan network at work where we would connect our laptops when we got to the office to get training material and other company related items. The president of the company started sending birthday greetings to all the employees. I wrote back to him and thanked him for the birthday wishes and told him,jokingly, that at my age I was trying to forget how old I was. He wrote back saying that he only knew my birth date but had no idea how old I was as it was illegal to post an employees year of birth. I assume I was to understand that was some sort of government benefit. Anyway, I hope you have a great birthday. Billrod
You are spot on, Don. None of my kids remember me without gray hair and I started having them when I was 23!. I had my first gray hair at age 16. I can't really blame anyone except my dad, he was the same way.
I wish I could be young again but be able to carry the knowledge I've gained over the years back with me. Boy, could I ever tear up the stock market.
Of course my new girlfriend wishes I was younger too for obvious reasons. Damn, I had a good one for 5 years until I was diagnosed with the cancer and she dumped me. Sure, it took part of this year to beat it but it's 100% gone and wasn't the type that comes back. Ah well, when the going gets tough you really find out who your true friends are.
There's a ton of different types and classifications as to how localized it is and what the abnormality of the cells are. This was nasopharyngial and all the rest of the terms that they use to classify the cell disorder escape me as when they diagnose it you're more interested in not dying than taking notes. All I can remember is that it's somewhat rare, most often seen in people over in Asia that work in nickel smelting plants.
Needless to say I've been through a lot. Biopsies, CT scans, PET scans, chemotherapy, had to have all my teeth pulled so they could start radiation treatments but they can't even start those until your gums have all healed up so they depend on the chemo to keep things under check until they can. Finally got into that and it was every day for a month with the chemo continuing once a week. The radiation was the worst, they hit me so hard my neck literally turned black from the burns so you can imagine what my throat and associated has been through. Once they were done with that it all ended, had another CT scan and all sorts of things snaked down my nose - no evidence of anything invasive still existing. I requested a full PET scan before the end of the year just to make sure.
I can hardly taste much but that's coming back after all these months, it doesn't really matter as I still have some trouble swallowing. I can't chew anything until I can get some dentures fitted which are in the works. I'm left with a little neuropathy in my left leg from the chemo but that will correct itself just as the rest of my body will eventually recover from all the poisons and radiation they pumped into me. It's a long road recovering from the treatment regimen as they almost have to kill you in order to kill the cancer but I've got some of the best Doctors in the nation here at the OU Medical Center. People have gone to those specialty centers and been sent up here because they're so on top of things.
Thank God for insurance, I'm out about $2,540 + prescription co-pays. Ended up addicted to Oxycontin I had to take for some time but I've kicked that. Were I to get the actual data on all the bills it would probably be around $800,000 from what I've been able to gather.
Regardless, I've had about 5 months on/off of downtime from work this year, working 4 - 6 hours a day as I could but there were some times I had to take breaks and times I just worked remotely as best I could from home. Kind of amazed the Doctors (I've got 5 involved) as most undergoing this intensity of treatment end up as inpatients with feeding tubes until they get a while out of the treatment.
Don - I used to weigh around 148 lbs, I've been down to 112 or less a few times but I always seem to bounce back. They can't believe I went back to work so quickly but I've got to take it very easy untill I get over this full assault on my body.
The promising thing is that we're starting to develop vaccines against certain types of cancer and some can actually be used to treat existing conditions. One is already being used, many of the new ones are long from FDA approval but they're going to figure this all out in time. I just need to take it easy as in no serious partying, smoking or late nights.
No, sure don't. I smoke a bit but the cancer was in the rear part of the nasopharynx and I certainly don't smoke through my nose. As with all cancers it's partially genetic and partially being exposed to irritants over time. I've been around my share of solvents and stuff all my life (especially soldering) so it was just one of those things. They say if you live long enough you'll eventually get it somewhere, all it takes is one cell to mutate that your natural defenses don't catch, then that cell passes DNA on to other newly developing cells and cancer cells are far more aggressive in growing than regular cells are thus once they get hold .....
This is the reason a PET scan works so well at detecting it. You fast, then they inject you with radioactively tagged glucose solution, you wait an hour then they put you through a CT scan. The cancer cells will grab the glucose far faster than regular cells will and that shows up.
No matter, I just need to get checked on a regular basis now. I had it for almost a year before my occasionally recurring throat infections caused my regular Dr to send me to a specialist who discovered it.
Today I'm going to get my first haircut in almost 10 months, the chemo caused me to lose most of it and I ended up wearing a ball cap for quite a while. It was nice not having to shave for all those months. It all came back, dark brown, no gray, just as it was beforehand.
Thanks, it has been an ordeal but I, or rather the Docotors involved, beat it. Now you can understand why OldOkie has been doing most of the work for me, I just don't have the energy back yet to do much of anything and I missed out on an entire riding season. No matter, at least we've got the restoration almost 100% now which I probably wouldn't have got anywhere near done myself even if I was 100% all year.