Author: afullerlife51

The thoughts, journeys and experience of a guy who is about to travel on. A life with a musical soundtrack believes stories are often expressed best with songs. By not defining musical expression by any one genre or style, I tell my stories and often quote great songwriters/poets. Age 66, diagnosed with stage 4 bladder cancer, few side-effects just returned from Europe and looking forward to continued travels as long as possible!

Elvis, the end

When Elvis bought the farm it was in his bathroom. My friends, , as I have been told, my saga also started in the bathroom with a little twist. My life saving wife pulled my fat butt from the bathroom back to our bedroom. Whenever she recomends we call an ambulance and go to the hospital I make a comment like “I will sleep this off, forget the hospital cause I’m dying anyway.” As a blank stare took over my face Barbie ignored my request and called 911 anyway, Next thing I knew 5 or 6 fireman had loaded me on a chair and were hauling my fat ass down 2 flights of stairs and to the hospital ICU. During this ICU experience I suffered a memory scramble, couldn’t remember my birthday or the actual date or day. The capper was I couldn’t even remember who the president was! I only replied to questions with a yea, yes or no with no other details. What I guessed was a stroke was actually an extremely infected kidney. Doctor after doctor asked me the same questions over and over what year is it, who is the president, where are you. The last thing I remember was being taken to an operating room, with my daughter Cassie saying a prayer for me. I thought that this was the end from all my children were there all looking like this might really be the end.

O.K. it’s been nearly three years since my prognosis with stage bladder cancer! Had a bout with mexican revenge that landed me in the hospital around a year ago with sepsus.

Sepsus. Outside of that, and some blisters on my feet, I have walked this cancer path with very few side-effects. This side-effectless cancer all came to an end last Wednesday.

This time I lost my ability to talk, a week later I’m back, kind of. I’m guessing 90% of my verbal skills are back; hopefully, my writing skills are also back.

Since I have rejected chemotherapeutic treatments they have decided hospice services for Harry.. Kind of scary that they are are no longer interested in life saving strategies like transfusions! Provided my body continues to make blood that should be good.

Anybody who has experience here, does my Medicare and supplemental coverage still work?

Another journey of learning has just begun. The short story is I’m back, for a while anyway!

My replacement is already on site and ready to take over for me!

No cancer treatments in over 7 months…..what’s the catch?

Been thinking about mortality recently. After examining my last CTscan I had tumors which were being somewhat stable with no cancer treatments in 7 months.

Considering that two separate cancer centers were now offering me “old school” chemo treatments as a kind of last ditch attempt I had to reach a decision fast. I decided to put off any other considerations for treatment for another six months or so until I had another CTscan to measure tumor activity albeit positive or negative.

Presently still fighting a few persistent sores on my feet where massive blisters have receded recently. After visiting a wound treatment center to examine two persistent sores on each my heels it was very good news. I’m both “on the mend” and I should be thankful to my care giver. (ie. shoutout to Barbie, they even offered her a job wrapping feet!)

Getting ready for a little adventure time, but I’m still deciding on what?! I’ve narrowed it down to a few choices:

  • Hawaii for 2 weeks of vegetation
  • River cruise through Europe
  • Rent a canal house in Jordan, Amsterdam for 2 weeks
  • Drive up coast from Marin County thru Bodega Bay and thru Avenue of the Giants (repeat trip)

Got to finish this experience by later in June so I don’t miss my 50th Class reunion party in Peoria, Illinois. (Didn’t think I was going to make this reunion a few years ago, go figure and don’t forget to praise the Lord.)

So, no news has been good news. Hoping to stay on the mend and explore a few more places while I can. Can’t really thank everyone enough for the continued prayers and positive thoughts.

Happy Trails until we meet again.