Monday, May 10, 2010

05/07/10 - Paradise...

Posted 5/10/10. Last Friday, I rode my "hog" (recumbent tricycle) down to our Post Office to check on a package (it was there, but the Post Office did not notify me). Being close to the water (Gulf of Mexico), I rode down to it to take a few pictures.

It seems as though the summer has arrived early. High humidity and temperatures in the high 80s. I'm sorry if you desire that, and your weather isn't complying. A lot of the U.S. is having terrible weather right now, as well as other parts of the world. I guess I'm lucky there... :)

Anyhow, it was a beautiful day (around 11AM), so I took a few photos...

Looking west from the old Crystal Beach boat ramp, click to enlarge

Sailboats moored offshore to the southwest

My "hog."

An Ibis, the mascot for Miami University, which is about 5 hours south of here

My goal was to put up pictures as above. Unfortunately, I spent a LOT of time experimenting with slide show options that seemed intuitive at first, counter-intuitive next, and low quality at the end. I thought it was a good option at fist but returned to my usual practice after a few hours... Losing that time did aggravate me, but not for long...

Sunday, May 09, 2010

05/06/10 - Radiation Follow-Up

Posted 5/9/10. I met my Radiation Oncologist last Thursday for a follow-up appointment. My last dose of radiation was performed on 4/15/10 (3 weeks ago), and radiation treatment will still have effects EASILY one month out. Hence the appointment...

I will get an MRI of my brain and full spine in about two weeks from now on May 20th, that will show a lot more details of what has occurred over the last several weeks. In the past, my tumors have been eliminated by radiation, and I will hopefully have the same results this time.

The follow-up was mainly to see if I had on-going, bad, new, or stronger side effects. I still have lower back pain, and (realizing a lot of people experience it), I'm not sure if it's "normal" or due to my tumors. My Radiation Oncologist suggested that he will likely radiate lower on my spine, where three (plus?) smaller "not as critical" tumors currently exist. I agreed with him to not perform this treatment until MRI results are back...

T12 3(?)Tumors, older MRI on the left, newest MRI on the right (click to enlarge)

Basically, it is difficult for me to detect gradual changes for my body, so everything seems to be status quo at this point until I receive the MRI results on the 20th.