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    Super Moderator Top User Baz10's Avatar
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    po,
    quite possibly, the rider is I’m back there at 9 am Tuesday for ultrasound to neck arteries and then down to the TIA clinic.
    Somewhat difficult to escape from their clutches or hop off the horse on the magic roundabout.
    Let us leave it at that.
    Humour I’m all for and I have no problem with anyone having a laugh, even at my expense.
    What I don’t tolerate is a stuck up holier than thou attitude that some specialists have in the health service.

    We have a relatively new partner in our GP practice, not from the U.K. who on our first meeting had “attitude”
    i was just an unwelcome patient if you get my drift and had spoiled her quiet day.
    She very quickly was put in her place, me asking
    ”Just who do you think you are, you’re arrogant, dismissive and couldn’t care less”
    Somewhat shocked she replied
    I am a doctor and I deserve respect
    My response
    I am a doctor so treat me with the same respect you wish for.

    then she found I was on the practice PPG committee.
    Saw her week before last with Anne.
    Throughout she was nervous and extremely uncomfortable.
    Anne mentioned when we left
    She hated you being there.
    Yep
    enough said
    Barry
    Diagnosed stage 3 March 011
    Radical resection April 011
    Restaged 2b April 011.
    12/09 Colonoscopy clear but picked up hospital infection.
    Aorta & femoral arteries occluded.
    Clot buster drugs put me in ICU with internal bleeding. 9 blood units later they got it under control.
    Aortobifemoral surgery 5th May. yughh.
    PET scan indicates clear
    DEXA bone scan clear
    13/5 CT showed "unknown" but no concern from docs.
    Inguinal lymph nodes and severe groin pain.
    Ultrasound and MRI show no nasties. Pheww
    Groin pain and enlarged lymph nodes still there.
    October -still the same pains but under semi control.
    Additional chest CT scan ordered for 11th November prior to surgery.
    Sinus surgery done and dusted.
    July 2014 PSA at 5.10. 2months of antibiotics in case of UTI, jan 2015 PSA at 7.20, 23/08 now 8.2, current 8.1
    Prostate Cancer confirmed Gleason 3+Marginal 4.
    Active surveillance continues.
    PET CT Aug 2017 indicated lung nodule changes
    CT Guided biopsy 7/09
    November 1 Vats Wedge section pathology Glomulated previous infection
    no Cancer.

    Not all's rosy in the garden, but see following.
    Stop grumbling Baz, your still alive and kicking so far.
    Age and illness doesn't define who we are, but more what we are able to do.
    Motto
    Do what I love doing, when I can until I can't.
    and dodging bullets in the meanwhile, too many bullets at moment.

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    My hematologst often says, "If we knew what we were doing, it would not be called research" I found that not all doctors like to hear that. Indeed, during one spinal tap, I was given intrathecal methotrexate without my knowledge. I confronted the head of the stem cell transplant program about this at next appointment and he was visibly taken aback. I'll consent - just kindly offer me the opportunity to do so...

    DW has a really bad habit of spurring doctor on when a case become difficult. One particular day about 20 years back, she was in a fairly serious back-and-forth conversation with our pediatrician. At one point in the rapid-fire interchange, doctor mistakenly replied to her as "Well, doctor..." He quickly corrected himself, but point was made.

    I dare say that veterinarians provide more respect at times...

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    Another bit of jocularity which I’m sure I posted years back.

    Here it goes, names and year as well as what occurred is a fact.

    Whilst we were seconded to the National oil company in Qatar a good friend and sea fishing mate Steve McCarthy a large 200 plus pound guy had a stomach or bowel problem.
    He was referred to the Hamad Hospital in Doha for investigation, circa 1984 as one imagines CT scanners etc were unheard of, so as part of the investigation he went in for a rectal examination, the dreaded gel and gloved finger.

    As Steve explained
    he was in the specialists office and was asked to drop down his pants and shorts and lean forward with his arms on the examination couch.
    As the specialist started the room door opened and a whole family of Qatari nationals walked in.
    The father first of full white dish dash, a number of kids with the missus fully veiled bringing up the rear.
    As they passed through to open the other door, all according to Steve had more than a good stare.
    He was mortified, the specialist annoyed that he had forgotten to lock the door, shook his head and continued with a smile saying.

    Dont be concerned they will never be able to recognise you.

    Another occasion our company doctor Paul Hares called me and said pop in for a coffee.
    So we were sitting in his consulting room drinking a coffee when the door opened and a Qatari women all in black from head to foot walked in sat in front of Paul’s desk and not saying a word whipped her black dress up over her head and pointed to her bare boob.
    I looked at Paul, he looked at me and as nonchalant as I could be, got up with my cup and said “See you later on the tennis courts”.
    Strange things happen in foreign countries.
    Diagnosed stage 3 March 011
    Radical resection April 011
    Restaged 2b April 011.
    12/09 Colonoscopy clear but picked up hospital infection.
    Aorta & femoral arteries occluded.
    Clot buster drugs put me in ICU with internal bleeding. 9 blood units later they got it under control.
    Aortobifemoral surgery 5th May. yughh.
    PET scan indicates clear
    DEXA bone scan clear
    13/5 CT showed "unknown" but no concern from docs.
    Inguinal lymph nodes and severe groin pain.
    Ultrasound and MRI show no nasties. Pheww
    Groin pain and enlarged lymph nodes still there.
    October -still the same pains but under semi control.
    Additional chest CT scan ordered for 11th November prior to surgery.
    Sinus surgery done and dusted.
    July 2014 PSA at 5.10. 2months of antibiotics in case of UTI, jan 2015 PSA at 7.20, 23/08 now 8.2, current 8.1
    Prostate Cancer confirmed Gleason 3+Marginal 4.
    Active surveillance continues.
    PET CT Aug 2017 indicated lung nodule changes
    CT Guided biopsy 7/09
    November 1 Vats Wedge section pathology Glomulated previous infection
    no Cancer.

    Not all's rosy in the garden, but see following.
    Stop grumbling Baz, your still alive and kicking so far.
    Age and illness doesn't define who we are, but more what we are able to do.
    Motto
    Do what I love doing, when I can until I can't.
    and dodging bullets in the meanwhile, too many bullets at moment.

  4. #14
    I have know a few like this too. One guy "Charlie" has the most severe case of skin cancer you will ever see. His entire face, neck, ears, ECT are disfigured. He is hard to look at sometimes. He has never had treatments. He only gets the cancer cut out and replaced with skin crafts. Sometimes he just gets stitched up. Words can not describe how disfigured his appearance actually is. He insists eating apricot seeds has cured him and I should eat them daily too. He lives a few counties away and only stops on his way yo the VA or health food store. I have not seen him in a few years. I would not even know how to find out his status. He was convinced chemo would kill him.

    Another local skin cancer survivor also eats the apricot seeds daily to prevent skin cancer. He too wants me to eat them daily to fight my cancer.

    There have been so many people push everything from blueberries to marijuana oils at me to heal my cancer. They might work?
    Age 54
    Follicular Non-hodgkins lymphoma Stage 2 on 10-28-2011
    Upgraded to Low grade follicular non-hodgkins lymphoma Stage IV on 11-11-11.
    Cancer in lymph nodes found in neck, back of abdomen, between both lungs and cancer cells found in bone marrow test.
    Prescribed Treanda and Rituxan, 4 months. To start 11-28-2011.
    Remission 2-17-2012
    Rituxan treatments start 4-25-2012, once every two months for two years
    Learning as I go.

 

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