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Posted: May 25, 2019 - 7:04am

 kurtster wrote:

Got to call it a night.  Patty lost her oldest brother last night and her older sister went through some surgery for breast cancer the day before.  So some thoughts for peace of mind for Patty would be appreciated as she is too weak and fragile to fly out home for the funeral.  Sigh ... 

Thanks for letting me have this place to get this stuff out of my head.  It's much too crowded inside of it right now.

Eh ???

{#Meditate}

 
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Posted: May 25, 2019 - 4:49am

 kurtster wrote:

Got to call it a night.  Patty lost her oldest brother last night and her older sister went through some surgery for breast cancer the day before.  So some thoughts for peace of mind for Patty would be appreciated as she is too weak and fragile to fly out home for the funeral.  Sigh ... 

{#Meditate}

 
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Posted: May 24, 2019 - 9:10pm

 kcar wrote:

 
 
I am very glad for the good fortune you and Blue Heron Druid have enjoyed but this bit
 
 
"The name of the game is still to be alive so you can benefit from the next advancement, same as with any other cancer or disease"
 
 
cuts at me. My sister-in-law had an aggressive case of sarcoma attacking her connective tissue, first on her thigh and then on her chest wall. As far as I can tell the only sure way still to survive a sarcoma is by having it cut it out. The surgeon determined that he couldn't safely remove the tumors when they'd reached her chest wall so Catherine had to start chemotherapy.
 
Just as the tumors began to show resistance to the chemo, I read about immune therapy treatments, wherein you sequence the genome of the tumor, find genetic vulnerabilities and splice an immune response to those vulnerabilities into the immune system. At the time, though, immune therapy was not ready to handle solid tumors like Cath's. She died about 5 years ago.
 
About 1-2 months ago I read about upcoming immune therapy trials for sarcomas and I gritted my teeth. Life is partly about loss but sometimes that part just sucks.


 
Yes, indeed.  Those who go before us help to serve those that follow.  That is one of the first things I learned about the blood cancers once I truly began to get a grip on what I was involved with.  I learned that many of the great advances in chemotherapy came out of developing treatments for Leukemias and Lymphomas.  Those treatments that worked for the blood cancers were eventually tried on solid tumor patients. 

Patty's daughter's invasive melanoma just had the same kind of advance.  4 or 5 years ago, she would have been toast.  However, she bumped into the right doctor who basically is the pioneer in melanoma immunotherapy and is treating her with immunotherapy that is in its infancy.  Now a year or so after being put on the treatment she is cancer free at the moment.  He was the needle in the haystack.  Only it was he who found her.  Her case was presented to him by some other doctors to see if he might be interested in taking her on.  She languished in several hospitals in SoCal before getting lucky.  You would think that there would be a large group of oncologists dealing with melanoma in the sunny state of California.  Sadly that is not the case.

In my case, when it was time to harvest my stem cells for my transplant, the chemo I had leading up to the transplant was so brutal, Hyper-CVAD, it destroyed that part of my system that generates stem cells in the bone marrow.  The methotrexate was the big culprit there.  If not for a drug that had just come out of trials the month before, I may not have had my transplant.  Going back to some of my old journals I posted here along the way, I rediscovered what actually happened then.  Your memory gets kinda weirded out over time.  I was the second person in the country to get the OK to take this new drug.  I just happened to be using one of only four hospitals in the country authorized to administer it as well.  It worked.  I am here today as a result and the success I had with it helped others to gain approval for its use on them.  At the same time, one of the people I encountered on this journey was a woman from Canton, Ohio, just an hour and a half south of the Cleveland Clinic who had similar issues needing a transplant and was told by the doctor treating her that  there was nothing more that could be done for her and that "she needed to quickly get her affairs in order".  She refused to give up and did some digging on her own and found her own way to the CCF and underwent a successful transplant of her own.  Proximity and access had nothing to do with her success.  Her doctor was simply unaware of what was going on in the branches of medicine he was practicing in, to be kind to this doctor.  And even if you make it to the point of physically being able to have the transplant, you have to pass psychological screening to make sure that you are mentally able and stable enough to have one.  The chemo that you undertake for the 8 consecutive days prior to you having your's or a donor's stem cells or bone marrow put into you makes everything else you had before that seem like a walk in the park.

The autologous stem cell transplant (where I am my own donor) that I had was still more experimental than mainstream 10 years ago.  Now it is pretty much a mainstream thing.  And now we finally have "The Right To Try Law"   which gives even more hope and options to the terminally ill.  

It is somewhat surreal to talk about this in such a matter of fact conversational tone.  Yet, it is what it is.  As some of you here may know my wife has 23 or so years of sobriety and has sponsored many women along her journey through sobriety including heroin addicts.  Now she is sponsoring two women who are also cancer caregivers.  One of her husband and another whose brother has moved up here from Atlanta to be treated at the CCF.  She is helping these ladies and we are both helping others on their journeys with cancer.  The shit is everywhere we look.  And one of my sisters also has a much milder form of NH-Lymphoma than my own.  She is not handling her's well at all, despite having the resource of me and my wife for her battle.  She seems hell bent on dying.  She pours through the net and if she sees a symptom of something, she surely must have it and is killing / torturing our 92 yo mother in the process with her woe is me, I'm dying, I'm dying pity plays for attention.  She is actually doing rather well in spite of her self.  She happens to be arriving in town tomorrow, Saturday for her latest check up with our doctor.  Yes, my doctor is her doctor.  She almost screwed that up for me.  I got her to come up her to save my mother from being dragged to Texas to care for my sister.  My sister is so helpless (not) that she has our mother waiting on her hand and foot.  Patty and I have more or less given up on my sister because we haven't got any time to waste on people who are playing games and not interested in living anymore, so to speak.  My mother is slowly starting to see the light.

Got to call it a night.  Patty lost her oldest brother last night and her older sister went through some surgery for breast cancer the day before.  So some thoughts for peace of mind for Patty would be appreciated as she is too weak and fragile to fly out home for the funeral.  Sigh ... 

Thanks for letting me have this place to get this stuff out of my head.  It's much too crowded inside of it right now.

Eh ???

{#Meditate}


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Posted: May 23, 2019 - 5:47am



 BlueHeronDruid wrote:

Currently clocking 25 years. Catch me up.
 
Whoo hoo for all of you!!

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Posted: May 22, 2019 - 7:56pm

 kurtster wrote:
So the 10th anniversary of my transplant or my new 10th birthday came and went and I could barely think, let alone save any thoughts about it since so much has been going on as noted in the posts below.  So now seemed to be a good idea to dust off this thread and try and get back to what is really important or should be important.

I'll consider this a place holder for now.

It was on April 24, 2009 that they brought me back from the dead and put my stem cells back into me to give me a new life, in what ever way it would turn out to be.  10 years for my stuff is rather remarkable as (back then) only 20% survived after 5 years.  It is still incurable, but there have been so many advances in these what is now a short 10 years in the big picture.  The name of the game is still to be alive so you can benefit from the next advancement, same as with any other cancer or disease.  I began my third overtime last April as longevity with cancer is still only staged out for 5 years from the initial diagnosis.  After that it's anyone's guess.  more to come.

 
 
 
I am very glad for the good fortune you and Blue Heron Druid have enjoyed but this bit
 
 
"The name of the game is still to be alive so you can benefit from the next advancement, same as with any other cancer or disease"
 
 
cuts at me. My sister-in-law had an aggressive case of sarcoma attacking her connective tissue, first on her thigh and then on her chest wall. As far as I can tell the only sure way still to survive a sarcoma is by having it cut it out. The surgeon determined that he couldn't safely remove the tumors when they'd reached her chest wall so Catherine had to start chemotherapy.
 
Just as the tumors began to show resistance to the chemo, I read about immune therapy treatments, wherein you sequence the genome of the tumor, find genetic vulnerabilities and splice an immune response to those vulnerabilities into the immune system. At the time, though, immune therapy was not ready to handle solid tumors like Cath's. She died about 5 years ago.
 
About 1-2 months ago I read about upcoming immune therapy trials for sarcomas and I gritted my teeth. Life is partly about loss but sometimes that part just sucks.

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Posted: May 22, 2019 - 4:06am

 kurtster wrote:
So the 10th anniversary of my transplant or my new 10th birthday came and went and I could barely think, let alone save any thoughts about it since so much has been going on as noted in the posts below.  So now seemed to be a good idea to dust off this thread and try and get back to what is really important or should be important.

I'll consider this a place holder for now.

It was on April 24, 2009 that they brought me back from the dead and put my stem cells back into me to give me a new life, in what ever way it would turn out to be.  10 years for my stuff is rather remarkable as (back then) only 20% survived after 5 years.  It is still incurable, but there have been so many advances in these what is now a short 10 years in the big picture.  The name of the game is still to be alive so you can benefit from the next advancement, same as with any other cancer or disease.  I began my third overtime last April as longevity with cancer is still only staged out for 5 years from the initial diagnosis.  After that it's anyone's guess.  more to come.

 
BlueHeronDruid wrote:

Currently clocking 25 years. Catch me up.

  
{#Hug}  {#Good-vibes}
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Posted: May 21, 2019 - 11:15pm

 kurtster wrote:
So the 10th anniversary of my transplant or my new 10th birthday came and went and I could barely think, let alone save any thoughts about it since so much has been going on as noted in the posts below.  So now seemed to be a good idea to dust off this thread and try and get back to what is really important or should be important.

I'll consider this a place holder for now.

It was on April 24, 2009 that they brought me back from the dead and put my stem cells back into me to give me a new life, in what ever way it would turn out to be.  10 years for my stuff is rather remarkable as (back then) only 20% survived after 5 years.  It is still incurable, but there have been so many advances in these what is now a short 10 years in the big picture.  The name of the game is still to be alive so you can benefit from the next advancement, same as with any other cancer or disease.  I began my third overtime last April as longevity with cancer is still only staged out for 5 years from the initial diagnosis.  After that it's anyone's guess.  more to come.

 
Currently clocking 25 years. Catch me up.
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Posted: May 21, 2019 - 10:10pm

So the 10th anniversary of my transplant or my new 10th birthday came and went and I could barely think, let alone save any thoughts about it since so much has been going on as noted in the posts below.  So now seemed to be a good idea to dust off this thread and try and get back to what is really important or should be important.

I'll consider this a place holder for now.

It was on April 24, 2009 that they brought me back from the dead and put my stem cells back into me to give me a new life, in what ever way it would turn out to be.  10 years for my stuff is rather remarkable as (back then) only 20% survived after 5 years.  It is still incurable, but there have been so many advances in these what is now a short 10 years in the big picture.  The name of the game is still to be alive so you can benefit from the next advancement, same as with any other cancer or disease.  I began my third overtime last April as longevity with cancer is still only staged out for 5 years from the initial diagnosis.  After that it's anyone's guess.  more to come.
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Posted: May 21, 2019 - 9:38pm

 kcar wrote:

 Wow, I hope your wife (Patti?) is OK. I had no idea that this was going on. You guys have had more than your share of health issues...
 
I wouldn't know the first thing about repairing brakes or much anything else about cars. My parents weren't much into working on them— they just drove and drove and drove 'em until they had no trade-in value. Perhaps you should let the pros like Midas work on the brakes: you kinda need them to work or at least not catastrophically fail at 75 mph on the highway. Or so I'm told.
 
Haven't followed what the Indians are up to although for a while the team was like a colony of ex-BoSoxers. Boston has righted the ship somewhat although they got shellacked tonight. Oh and you might want to cast a wary eye towards the Browns next season: pundit sentiment thinks they're going to be very good this year.


  
I used to be the pro.  Among the many things I've done was run a full service gas station after parking the coffee truck for good, in downtown Cleveland in the 80's and serviced a fleet of 150 K cars for the Thrifty Car rental office in town.  My peak effort back in the day was changing a piston on my small block 350 chevy engine from the bottom of a 1 ton C-30 chevy coffee truck, in 45 minutes.  That was pulling it in the bay, taking off the oil pan, loosening the bearings on the crank, pulling it out and shoving another one back in, putting the pan back on, oil in and back it out of the bay.  and the piston ran fine for a couple more years. When I ran a plaza on the Ohio Turnpike in the late 80's, I changed truck tires on tractor trailers, myself.  With hand tools.  Breaking down rims and replacing tires on the rims.  More often than not, we had to use staring fluid to get the side walls to pop onto the rim.  We did that by spraying the tire full of it and then a trail about 10 feet on the ground and lighting it and running away causing an explosion to inflate the tire and get the bead to seal.  It was both dangerous and illegal.  We had to make sure than no staties were nearby.  We could get arrested if caught.  But there was no other way back then.  I've got lot's of stories to tell about things no one cares about or have even heard of for that matter.  I just happen to be an optician right now as I have been known to say. 

After I got sick 10 years ago the first time I had a place where they would do my brakes with my parts for $75 an axle.  They since have gone into the ether.  I'll be gotdamned if I'm paying someone $300 to do the job.  The Honda dealer wanted $400.  The parts are $100.  I spent another $125 for a half inch impact so I wouldn't shoot my load getting the wheels off.  Disc brakes are one of the simplest things in the world to do.  I'm broke, so I had to do it.  I'm doing things again that I had long ago thought that I was no longer physically able to do.  The plumbing.  Just put a new sink and faucet in a bathroom vanity and had to reconfigure the PVC / ABS drain system and replace the shut off valves.  Never done either before.  Cost $175 in nice parts and tools.  But I got that back by putting equity into my place for later on.  Cannot even begin to wonder how much that would cost if I paid a plumber to do that.  Actually I do know.  About $750.    Got the leaking kitchen faucet to replace tomorrow and the shut off valves are blown there, too.  That's what I'll do when I get back from my oncologist in the morning. The car exhausts were only $350 each.  A bargain.  One needed a cat converter and the other needed a new flex pipe.  They both needed new mufflers too. Went back down in the hood to a place that still does old fashioned tube bending and all the local used car dealers go to get there cars exhausts replaced.  Two hour ride, first come first served, but worth it.  Midas would'a been $1k each.  Hey, it is what it is.  I'm not complaining.  I'm grateful that I know how to R & R stuff and am finding ways to physically still do these things.  I will have to work the rest of my life.  I did have a plan before I got sick.  I just got my BBA  one year before and was going to get my earnings up enough where social security would have been enough to live comfortably and work be an option.  Instead I got sick and lost my peak earning years.  So I have to do what I have to do.  I have to plan things ahead, engage in preventive maintenance and try to get the most quality and durable bang for my buck.  Our home is paid for and so are both cars.  One is nice the other is not so nice.  My student loans were forgiven last November.  I just played the hand dealt me and then played by the rules to the best of my ability.  I understand the art of cash flow and use it to the best of my ability to make it through all of these hoops.  I may be broke but my credit rating is around 750 and climbing.  I was going to write about my understanding of cash flow the other day in the thread that Scott lit up about lessons learned about money, but thought better of it.  thought it might be taken the wrong way.  I have hustled all of my life and by the looks of things it will continue to the end.  Again, not whining or complaining, just observing and counting my blessings.  So many people have it so much tougher than I do.  I just try to lead by example and do what I say others should do if I were them.  I may not always live up to that, but I haven't quit trying.

  Thanks for listening.


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Posted: May 21, 2019 - 9:37pm

Kcar wrote back ...

As you've said before, conversations about matters other than Trump are a lot more interesting/fun/engaging than ones about Trump. I would be exhausted with the man even if I were a fervent supporter.
 
Wow, I hope your wife (Patti?) is OK. I had no idea that this was going on. You guys have had more than your share of health issues...
 
I wouldn't know the first thing about repairing brakes or much anything else about cars. My parents weren't much into working on them— they just drove and drove and drove 'em until they had no trade-in value. Perhaps you should let the pros like Midas work on the brakes: you kinda need them to work or at least not catastrophically fail at 75 mph on the highway. Or so I'm told.
 
Haven't followed what the Indians are up to although for a while the team was like a colony of ex-BoSoxers. Boston has righted the ship somewhat although they got shellacked tonight. Oh and you might want to cast a wary eye towards the Browns next season: pundit sentiment thinks they're going to be very good this year.

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Posted: May 21, 2019 - 9:35pm

Moved here from that other thread ... because this is where this conversation belongs

 kcar wrote:

 
 
Good luck with the doctor visit and job interview!   {#Cheers}
 
I'm sure broccoli misses you...


  
Thanks.  The doc is done, that was last week.  The interview was the week before.  I'm waiting for a decision if I made it past the first round.  That will come by the end of this week.  The broccoli is doing just fine while I wait.  I must say that sitting around the shack without broccoli leaves my mood for doing anything with music to be rather lacking.  That and I'm waiting for a tool and implement of improvement for my turntable to arrive from Hong Kong with no tracking available so all ripping has been at full stop for a couple of weeks now.   If it wasn't for some terrible plumbing problems to deal with the past couple of weeks and getting so sick I almost checked in to a hospital Friday night, I would be bored out my ying yang.  So I'm doing fine keeping busy the hard way.  Oh and 4 weeks earlier a front caliper let loose on the freeway going into work one morning because I forgot to tighten the bracket bolts that held it in place when I changed the pads and rotor.  Originally I was going to cheap out and just do one side because the pads had failed, but stupidly did the one I didn't have to because, you know, you always have to both brakes on the same axle at the same time regardless.  I was too tired by the time I tore the second side apart and forgot to do more than hand tighten the bracket bolts.  I did do a road test though and it felt good.  The next morning on the way to work I heard a thump and then another one and a new vibration.  The thumps were the bolts flying out bouncing in the wheel well at 75 mph. That was fun with hand tools filing out holes in the knuckle so I could get the bracket lined up with the new caliper and the bolts to line up.  I bent the knuckle bracket on the strut mount when stopping a couple of times.  The caliper dropped down on the wheel causing immediate lock up.  Did that 4 more times before beaching it in the driveway.   Somewhere in there I also had to put new exhaust systems on both cars.  Oh and the Tribe is doing ok and there has been the WSL Corona pro from Bali to watch for 6 hours at a pop when the conditions are good enough for heats.  It all keeps me from watching too much of FNC, going back to on topic so as not to be a total thread jack.  This is how I spent the 10th anniversary of my stem cell transplant pushing my way on to 67 years circling the sun.  I hadn't picked up a wrench in all that time until now either, for lack of energy, not for no how.  Oh and the wife went down for major emergency surgery in spite of having double pneumonia because she was going septic from a blockage.  They had her colon cut out on the table cleaning it up and put it back in place just the month before everything else listed above.  That is when the brakes started to fail ...

But worry not, I am still coco for kookoo puffs ... and I ♥ prednisone ... I'll be even more fun to be around in a couple of days ...  bwahahaha ...
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Posted: Mar 1, 2018 - 1:10pm

 kurtster wrote:
Patty arrived home safe and sound last night, I'm so happy to say.  She said that she figured that she has been home a total of 18 days since this all jumped off back in October.  Jennifer is stable and missing her Mom, but Mom is back home where she belongs ... for now.

I just told her about our friend Jimmy, who I mentioned was crushed by a tree last week.  I was not allowed to tell her about it until after she got home for obvious reasons.  He is in a very bad way.  The only good news is that he was working for a paycheck when this happened and it will be an industrial accident and the expenses will or should be covered.  The story goes that he was one of 4 or 5 cutting down trees and as this one went down, it hit another tree and bounced backwards and landed on him.  It was so big that they had to cut it up in order to get him out from under it.  He was lifeflighted to Greenville, NC.  The list of injuries is extensive.  Fractured neck, back, arm, leg and both his lungs were collapsed.  Kept in a coma as they put rods and pins to stabilize him enough to prevent any paralysis from things shifting.  They just took out his spleen in the past 24 hours.  He's now awake, but intubated so communication is extremely difficult.  Sissy, his significant other is doing her best to keep her mind straight as all of this goes down.

More than likely Patty will be headed down south when it appears that he will be able to come home and help them through their time of need and help out during the transition to whatever he ends up being.  We are family to each other and have been there for each other over the course of many years through injuries and sicknesses.  I will try to enjoy the time I have with her for now and help her decompress and debrief her from the trip out west.  And then, well, its whatever it takes, again.

A story must be told now.  I first met Jimmy about 25 or so years ago, maybe longer, through one of my friends, the one I've been doing the Cleveland St Patrick's Day Parade with the past 20 or so years. Neither Jimmy or I will be doing the parade this year.   As I got to know him, he mentioned his father one day and where he worked.  It turns out that his dad was a customer of mine way back in the 70's on a route I had while driving the old coffee truck when I was in my 20's.  I had known his dad for some 20 years before I even met Jimmy.  We were all together and put up Jimmy and Sissy when his father was dying from a disease where iron builds up in the blood.  Jimmy inherited that disease and is dealing with it now. He was being treated at the Cle Clinic right around the same time as my cancer was going on and we were dealing with Patty's car accident aftermath.  There are so many other stories to tell about us all, but the point is that we so often hear someone say it's a small world and keeps getting smaller ...  This is just one example of that.  degrees of separation ... paying it forward ...  being nice because you can ...

You just never know how small the world is or can be ...

.
{#Group-hug}   {#Meditate} 

{#Meditate}  Good wishes for you and yours, Kurt.
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Posted: Mar 1, 2018 - 1:04pm

 kurtster wrote:

{#Yes}  thanks, buddy.  :exhales:

 
 yeah just keep breathing   {#Good-vibes}
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Posted: Mar 1, 2018 - 11:43am

 aflanigan wrote:

Thanks for checking in. Good times, bad times, you know we've had our share . . . {#Hug}

 
{#Yes}  thanks, buddy.  :exhales:
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Posted: Mar 1, 2018 - 11:36am

 kurtster wrote:
Patty arrived home safe and sound last night, I'm so happy to say.  She said that she figured that she has been home a total of 18 days since this all jumped off back in October.  Jennifer is stable and missing her Mom, but Mom is back home where she belongs ... for now.

I just told her about our friend Jimmy, who I mentioned was crushed by a tree last week.  I was not allowed to tell her about it until after she got home for obvious reasons.  He is in a very bad way.  The only good news is that he was working for a paycheck when this happened and it will be an industrial accident and the expenses will or should be covered.  The story goes that he was one of 4 or 5 cutting down trees and as this one went down, it hit another tree and bounced backwards and landed on him.  It was so big that they had to cut it up in order to get him out from under it.  He was lifeflighted to Greenville, NC.  The list of injuries is extensive.  Fractured neck, back, arm, leg and both his lungs were collapsed.  Kept in a coma as they put rods and pins to stabilize him enough to prevent any paralysis from things shifting.  He's now awake, but intubated so communication is extremely difficult.  Sissy, his significant other is doing her best to keep her mind straight as all of this goes down.

More than likely Patty will be headed down south when it appears that he will be able to come home and help them through their time of need and help out during the transition to whatever he ends up being.  We are family to each other and have been there for each other over the course of many years through injuries and sicknesses.  I will try to enjoy the time I have with her for now and help her decompress and debrief her from the trip out west.  And then, well, its whatever it takes, again.

A story must be told now.  I first met Jimmy about 25 or so years ago, maybe longer, through one of my friends, the one I've been doing the Cleveland St Patrick's Day Parade with the past 20 or so years. Neither Jimmy or I will be doing the parade this year.   As I got to know him, he mentioned his father one day and where he worked.  It turns out that his dad was a customer of mine way back in the 70's on a route I had while driving the old coffee truck when I was in my 20's.  I had known his dad for some 20 years before I even met Jimmy.  We were all together and put up Jimmy and Sissy when his father was dying from a disease where iron builds up in the blood.  Jimmy inherited that disease and is dealing with it now. He was being treated at the Cle Clinic right around the same time as my cancer was going on and we were dealing with Patty's car accident aftermath.  There are so many other stories to tell about us all, but the point is that we so often hear someone say it's a small world and keeps getting smaller ...  This is just one example of that.  degrees of separation ... paying it forward ...  being nice because you can ...

You just never know how small the world is or can be ...

.
{#Group-hug}   {#Meditate}

 
Thanks for checking in. Good times, bad times, you know we've had our share . . . {#Hug}
kurtster

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Posted: Mar 1, 2018 - 11:24am

Patty arrived home safe and sound last night, I'm so happy to say.  She said that she figured that she has been home a total of 18 days since this all jumped off back in October.  Jennifer is stable and missing her Mom, but Mom is back home where she belongs ... for now.

I just told her about our friend Jimmy, who I mentioned was crushed by a tree last week.  I was not allowed to tell her about it until after she got home for obvious reasons.  He is in a very bad way.  The only good news is that he was working for a paycheck when this happened and it will be an industrial accident and the expenses will or should be covered.  The story goes that he was one of 4 or 5 cutting down trees and as this one went down, it hit another tree and bounced backwards and landed on him.  It was so big that they had to cut it up in order to get him out from under it.  He was lifeflighted to Greenville, NC.  The list of injuries is extensive.  Fractured neck, back, arm, leg and both his lungs were collapsed.  Kept in a coma as they put rods and pins to stabilize him enough to prevent any paralysis from things shifting.  They just took out his spleen in the past 24 hours.  He's now awake, but intubated so communication is extremely difficult.  Sissy, his significant other is doing her best to keep her mind straight as all of this goes down.

More than likely Patty will be headed down south when it appears that he will be able to come home and help them through their time of need and help out during the transition to whatever he ends up being.  We are family to each other and have been there for each other over the course of many years through injuries and sicknesses.  I will try to enjoy the time I have with her for now and help her decompress and debrief her from the trip out west.  And then, well, its whatever it takes, again.

A story must be told now.  I first met Jimmy about 25 or so years ago, maybe longer, through one of my friends, the one I've been doing the Cleveland St Patrick's Day Parade with the past 20 or so years. Neither Jimmy or I will be doing the parade this year.   As I got to know him, he mentioned his father one day and where he worked.  It turns out that his dad was a customer of mine way back in the 70's on a route I had while driving the old coffee truck when I was in my 20's.  I had known his dad for some 20 years before I even met Jimmy.  We were all together and put up Jimmy and Sissy when his father was dying from a disease where iron builds up in the blood.  Jimmy inherited that disease and is dealing with it now. He was being treated at the Cle Clinic right around the same time as my cancer was going on and we were dealing with Patty's car accident aftermath.  There are so many other stories to tell about us all, but the point is that we so often hear someone say it's a small world and keeps getting smaller ...  This is just one example of that.  degrees of separation ... paying it forward ...  being nice because you can ...

You just never know how small the world is or can be ...

.
{#Group-hug}   {#Meditate}


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Posted: Feb 23, 2018 - 9:53am

Sounds like you're all a strong batch of humans. Hang in there and Godspeed.
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Posted: Feb 22, 2018 - 4:49am

 kurtster wrote:

21 February 2018

There's been no updates because things have been so incredibly complex and there was no reliable information to share until now.  It changed almost daily.

 

{#Hug}  hang in there buddy (and take black's advice about cleaning the place up {#Wink} )
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Posted: Feb 21, 2018 - 7:41pm

Best of luck, and get that place cleaned!
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Posted: Feb 21, 2018 - 7:40pm

Fascinating, infuriating, and ultimately reassuring. I hope the 3 of you can experience some peace and forget this for a while.
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