Started by Mike Cl, May 28, 2022, 09:45:28 PM
Quote from: Dark Lightning on October 14, 2022, 12:25:10 PMGood to know that it won't hurt so much, I'd heard that they can be quite painful. I'll be getting one eventually, but we're in "wait and see" mode, for now.
Quote from: Mike Cl on October 14, 2022, 04:30:59 PMI don't know if this is the exception rather than the rule, but little to no pain. The location may matter--she took mine from my lower back, sort of where the 'dimple' appears on so many lower backs; nowhere near the spine. I hope whatever your condition is, it does not get worse.
Quote from: Dark Lightning on October 14, 2022, 04:54:53 PMThere are about 1 in 4 odds that it will result in cancer inside my bones, which is inoperable, and I would not submit myself to the other option, which is killing it with x-rays. That can't possibly be good for the rest of my body. So far so good, but the immediate result is that I have anemia because the red blood cell production cells in the marrow are crowded out by the other, bad cells...which will eventually start dissolving my bones from the inside. Seems like some sick horror film plot. :/ The only saving grace is that it grows extremely slowly. I suspect it was brought on by all the nasty chemicals I handled in the Navy and for years after that, working as a mechanic. Some of the chemicals I handled are known carcinogens, but not necessarily determined to be that at the time.
Quote from: Dark Lightning on October 14, 2022, 06:58:16 PMIt's going to be a long slow slide, thanks! I joked with my doctor about what's going to kill me first. She got a little tense, but I explained that I had no death wish, just an acceptance that it eventually happen, anyway. I also have a calcified aorta they tell me. That was discovered during a nuclear stress test. Also failing kidneys that don't require medication, yet. Oh, and yay(?) I got my CPAP machine today! This is the shit that hits when one gets old. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Quote from: Mike Cl on October 14, 2022, 08:05:19 PMYeah, I hear you there. Growing old is not for the weak--as my mom often said. :)) She was so right. I used a cpap for over 10 years and quickly grew to love it. Not sure why a new Dr. took me off, but I still miss it. One can only hope all that stuff takes it slow sweet time!
Quote from: Dark Lightning on October 14, 2022, 10:50:42 PMEh, once born, you're bound to die. Based on my family history, I had NO expectation of living this long. Many bonus years, so far. If anyone is concerned about the possibility of my imminent demise, don't be. Life is what it is. There have been a couple of times where, if I hadn't made it (ruptured appendix, '74, perforated bowel because of scar tissue resulting from that appendix issue, '96), I'd've been dead before this forum was even a gleam in the internet's eye.Please don't anyone pity/feel sorry for me. I'm 70 years old, and life is what it is. My only hope is that if I do kick off, that you all would be notified, as opposed to wondering (as if anyone did, lol) wtf happened to me. I DID wonder what was going on with Unbeliever, for example, but I've been known to take a break from forums for some extended periods. I'M NOT DEAD, YET! lol I haven't mentioned this anywhere else on the internet, because of how people might react. Please treat me like you would normally treat a poster that you didn't have this information about. Nothing about me is different from before. Well, fuck, now I wish I had not made the original post. Please don't treat me liked a kicked dog.
Quote from: Dark Lightning on October 16, 2022, 09:33:01 AMKind of hijacked your thread, sorry. I'm a long way from dying, but I've seen when people admit to something like this, other people avoid them due to the discomfort. I guess "kicked dog" is the wrong metaphor. And thanks for the kind words!