A Surreal Day

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Had a lot on my mind last couple of weeks, especially after my recent PSA test jumped to 9 from 2 where it usually sat. Saw the urologist today not knowing what to expect. The check is on as to whether I have prostate cancer or not. Knew I'd be getting a DRE and for me, it's not something I looked forward to but I understand it had to be done. He told me I have a medium sized lump on the gland but that only meant it only had a 40% chance of being cancerous. Needless to say I am now scheduled for a biopsy 4 weeks from now. I have to give myself an enema the morning of it and there is no way I'm prepared to do that, but I have to. 

I've beaten cancer once before and I'm really hoping this isn't another round. Time will tell. Doc wants me to go for urinalysis because it may be an infection. I'm hoping for the best but ready to deal with the worst. All I can say to all you guys, women have their own problems, get out there and have your PSA checked annually. If I have cancer then it's only stage 1, early. It's the best scenario to work from.
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#2
Sorry to hear that, Zinman. 

I don’t know if you’re a member at sciforums or not.  I was banned, imagine that.  Big Grin  

Stoniphi has it, though. So, if you find yourself needing someone to talk to, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind.  He’s really nice.

http://www.sciforums.com/threads/billy-t...st-3408778

I hope things go your way.
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#3
Glad the Protuberance Of Interest was discovered while it was still in a planning phase. Don't want to offer hopeful expectations prematurely about "winning the war" if a war hasn't actually been declared yet. (I.e., such might feed the beasty's ego with more importance that what it currently deserves, since benign is the voters' front-running choice before the tally.)
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(Mar 24, 2017 10:15 PM)Secular Sanity Wrote: Sorry to hear that, Zinman. 

I don’t know if you’re a member at sciforums or not.  I was banned, imagine that.  Big Grin  

Stoniphi has it, though. So, if you find yourself needing someone to talk to, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind.  He’s really nice.

http://www.sciforums.com/threads/billy-t...st-3408778

I hope things go your way.

I am and still listed at SciForums. However, when I was active there I created a whole new persona and my username is not what I have today. I pissed off more people than I ever had and acted way out of character just to be a belligerent bellowing asshole for a change. Yet I was never banned. I gave Zinjanthropos a rest and created this Doppelganger of an internet moron just for fun until I found another forum and returned to my cheerful self. I went back just once for a couple days but only out of sheer boredom and curiousity.

Went to a support group during my last run with cancer. It does help to learn you're not alone.

Quote:Don't want to offer hopeful expectations prematurely about "winning the war" if a war hasn't actually been declared yet. 

I have my fingers crossed. They give you a scoresheet to fill out. It lists 7 symptoms and frequencies of occurrence with 5 the highest score and zero the lowest. I scored 7 which put me in the range where I stand the best chance. My worst score was a 5 for low pressure when I whiz. Other than that I'm not doing too bad. Still need that biopsy and pathology report. There is the slight chance I may have infection, so I will be peeing in a cup on Monday. If I do have an infection they will prescribe anti-biotics and monitor my PSA once I finish taking them. It is possible that I may get off scott free if an urinary tract infection is raising my PSA levels. To be honest I do feel like I have an infection but need the urinalysis to indicate so. It's a strange game, one I don't like playing.
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#5
Biopsy day, should be another surreal one. Off to the Hospital in 45 mins. Took large anti-biotic pill at 6a.m. today and prior to that I took another 12 hrs ago. One more at 6pm tonight. Never had an enema before but managed to get that done at 6 also, an interesting little procedure.  Kind of nervous but anxious to get it over with. 8:20 am is my scheduled time. They give you a schedule to follow with lots of diagrams of what's taking place. Will get results May 1. Not the way I want to start any day, having needles up my ass. Big Grin It seems sort of medieval as well.
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(Apr 19, 2017 11:31 AM)Zinjanthropos Wrote: Biopsy day, should be another surreal one. Off to the Hospital in 45 mins. Took large anti-biotic pill at 6a.m. today and prior to that I took another 12 hrs ago. One more at 6pm tonight. Never had an enema before but managed to get that done at 6 also, an interesting little procedure.  Kind of nervous but anxious to get it over with. 8:20 am is my scheduled time. They give you a schedule to follow with lots of diagrams of what's taking place. Will get results May 1. Not the way I want to start any day, having needles up my ass. Big Grin It seems sort of medieval as well.

if you need luck i wish it to you.(i ideally like to think that th emedical people & technology you are interfacing with is of sucha skill that luck has no real margin other than a lottery ticket you may buy on the way home.
it does seem all rather invasive, keep in mind male Vs female yin/yan ... men on the outside women on the inside.
women are far more psychologically attuned to dealing with things being outside of the inside or inside from the outside...
thats just a fact of the species and several hundred thousand years of evolution.

luckily medical science has moved forward in the last 50,000 years.

eat lots of bright vegetables and keep well hydrated
things like beetroot & red capsicum tomatoes (all bright red[& bright orange like pumpkin kumara etc] vegetables) are extremely good for you.

sorry i missed your earlier post.
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#7
I survived. Procedure only took 20 mins. Two nurses and a doctor insert a probe, measuring the prostate size first. Then they freeze it, I did feel the one needle, after which the doc takes 12 core samples from prostate using what sounds like a stapler but affectionately known as the Nail Gun to the health professionals. 

I felt good after but that was only temporary. When I was changing into my street clothes I suddenly felt nauseous and started sweating profusedly. Nurse sat me down, gave me a cold glass of apple juice and when she thought I was OK, checked my blood pressure. Couple hours later the freezing wore off and I felt considerably uncomfortable, a dull shooting pain bothered the hell out of me. I picked up some Advil and in about 1/2 hour I was feeling alright. Been told to expect to see blood in my urine and stool for the next couple weeks. After that I get results. Have my fingers crossed. Glad this first part is over.
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(Apr 20, 2017 01:30 AM)Zinjanthropos Wrote: [...] for the next couple weeks. After that I get results. Have my fingers crossed. [...]


Waiting... Waiting... (Tick-tock, Tick-tock)

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Waiting... Waiting... (Balafon-style riff introducing another promotional interlude about Hoshko's lancet-free diabetes meter.)

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(Apr 20, 2017 05:14 AM)C C Wrote:
(Apr 20, 2017 01:30 AM)Zinjanthropos Wrote: [...] for the next couple weeks. After that I get results. Have my fingers crossed. [...]


Waiting... Waiting... (Tick-tock, Tick-tock)

Waiting... Waiting... (Royalty free melody loops playing in the background.)

Waiting... Waiting... (Brief promotional interruption about medical care services.)

Waiting... Waiting... (Noisy dub chords preceding a 30-second sequence of Jeopardy think music.)

Waiting... Waiting... (Balafon-style riff introducing another promotional interlude about Hoshko's lancet-free diabetes meter.)

Waiting... Waiting... ("Would you like to answer a brief survey...?")

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I'm ok with waiting. If the lineup's long at the coffee shop drive-thru I won't park and go inside hoping to get quicker service. I wonder if it really is quicker? Anyways, I've already experienced some of those things in the hospital (2 surveys , promotions).

Funny thing yesterday. I was walking out of the change room past the nurse's station and thought I smelled smoke. I said to a nurse jokingly, "They allow smoking up here?" Thinking nothing of it I took the elevator to the main floor and just as I emerged I hear on a loudspeaker "Code Red, Code Red....evacuate the building" Apparently there was a fire in the hospital somewhere. By the time I got to my car and paid my fee, fire trucks were arriving and I could hear many more on the way. Checked later to see if the place burned down but nothing of the sort. Whatever it was, they put the fire out. I had serious selfish thoughts while all this was going on. I was more worried that my prostate samplings would be lost and I'd have to go through the biopsy again. Man oh man, how the mind works.
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(Apr 20, 2017 04:03 PM)Zinjanthropos Wrote: Funny thing yesterday. I was walking out of the change room past the nurse's station and thought I smelled smoke. I said to a nurse jokingly, "They allow smoking up here?" Thinking nothing of it I took the elevator to the main floor and just as I emerged I hear on a loudspeaker "Code Red, Code Red....evacuate the building" Apparently there was a fire in the hospital somewhere. By the time I got to my car and paid my fee, fire trucks were arriving and I could hear many more on the way. Checked later to see if the place burned down but nothing of the sort. Whatever it was, they put the fire out.

It's one thing if fires are a weekly or routine occurrence there. But if not... I get annoyed by all the rare coincidences that happen when we're at some place we rarely go to. Even when the developing situation isn't necessarily a negative for us (like a resident's dog suddenly choosing that time to have a seizure and die). "Why of all available moments, is it when we / I happen to be here at _X_ location (and numerous others) for the first time in months?"

Quote:I had serious selfish thoughts while all this was going on. I was more worried that my prostate samplings would be lost and I'd have to go through the biopsy again. Man oh man, how the mind works.

Typical when one is a visitor, customer, client, or patient with "substantive goods / abstract interests stashed / invested with the applicable party". Rather than being an employee or crew-member of the "sinking ship". If unaccompanied by anyone I know, pretty much the instinctive hierarchal stratification of importance I'd experience in regard to the first instants of a destructive crisis, before the second upper level of assorted concerns kicked-in. Wink
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