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Old August 10th, 2007, 09:03 AM
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Morning All, from Montreal, where it looks like another picture perfect summer day. Even more perfect is, I get to leave work early today and start my weekend a bit early.
I'll be away for the weekend, looking for property in Nova Scotia. We're not going anywhere just yet, but that is the retirement dream....

Have a great day all, and if I don't get to check in, seeya on Monday!

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Old August 10th, 2007, 09:31 AM
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Morning from the Pacific Northwest..............where is everyone????

RD........have a great weekend.........

Not much happening here.......maybe 70's this weekend......

Y'all have a good Friday............



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Old August 10th, 2007, 10:07 AM
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Good morning RD, Sharon and all the CM's out there. Where is everyone????? It has been a very stormy week in Pittsburgh. Yesterday was horrendous! We had flooding in many areas and some places had to be evacuated. We were lucky and didn't have any rain come in.
I am very happy to say that I am off from work today!!!!! I have no specific plans except to enjoy the day by doing anything (or nothing at all)
that I want. I hope you all have a great day and weekend!
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Old August 10th, 2007, 10:24 AM
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Good morning everyone:

It's been a busy week with a lot of ups and downs. My aunt in England passed away. I won't go into details but I don't want the same doctors and system she had. My cousin has been fighting a spinal problem for a the last four months and has been waiting for an MRI but I guess one won't be needed now. Yesterday he lost all feeling in his legs and finally received a CT that shows a large tumor. Blood work doesn't look promising. This is also in England.

On the positive side: We have a newly painted house and a paved driveway. Things are looking quite spiffy. Betty is happy and if she's happy, so am I. We are heading up north to my brother's to celebrate his 50th birthday. It was actually yesterday but the big party is tomorrow. I will give him a GPS unit that is made primarily for hunting and fishing. It is also the same type as mine so he can use his to find me when we're ice fishing or hunting. That was the rational that I used so Betty would let me spend that much on him.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday and wonderful summer's weekend.

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Good morning from Central Texas where it is already hot, and still early.

I sure miss the weather in Germany. Speaking of which, I received an e-mail from Jim, and he is coming home next week. It seems that things were not moving fast enough, so they have postponed deployment, and Jim is not needed right now. They will need someone again in Oct, but not Jim. He has a big hunting trip planned.

I am happy to report that both of my wonderful children are now employed. Mom works fast, doesn't she?

I am still trying to recover from my trip. My house is now at least livable.

Take care my Cruisemates friends.

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Good morning all from WI. Going to be a nice warm summer day around here.

Not much going on. Just wanted to say hi.

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Good Morning cruisemates! Listened to the sounds of the rain all night, and the system is still hanging over Calgary, so temps aren't going to get much above 60.

I'm going on a pleasure trip later today - taking Mrs K and K jr to the airport

Now I'm going to be a bachelor for approx. 2 weeks. Anyone wanna come up to cook me dinner?...... now where did that darn start button on the wash machine go????
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I'm so glad the week is over. I have been so busy at work. I feel a little something like this.
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Good morning everyone:

It's been a busy week with a lot of ups and downs. My aunt in England passed away. I won't go into details but I don't want the same doctors and system she had. My cousin has been fighting a spinal problem for a the last four months and has been waiting for an MRI but I guess one won't be needed now. Yesterday he lost all feeling in his legs and finally received a CT that shows a large tumor. Blood work doesn't look promising. This is also in England.


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That is very sad. My condolances. Is your cousin the child of your Aunt? That makes it doubly hard on your uncle or their siblings. Are they considering surgery or chemo or radiation or a combination? I hope that something can be done to help your cousin. It is I am sure exceptionally hard to be so far away, you feel helpless I am sure.

Do they have in England privateclinic where you can get an CT/ MRI/PET externally from the hospital and it is covered by your insurance? We have that here, in the province that I live in but I dont know about England. It takes alot of preasure off hospitals who can only do so many per day. I think, if I am not mistaken , over here a CT costs about 350$ and in my case I get back 80% of it and the rest I can claim under medical deductions on my taxes. I have not had to do it as I have not had to wait, but I know others who dont want to go the hospital route and prefere outside the hospital as they say that when you have your appointment the time is when they say and you don't wait if there was an emergecy from the emergecy. I also noticed lately They are sending patients on protocols, for chemo, to external places for regular follow up as they protocols pay for them.

Mike, try and find out which hospital in your families area ( worth it if they must travel abit) is a large, or has a large teaching cancer centre. They usually have the latest in terms of new protocols and have better care, with better out comes. Smaller non teaching hospitals give standard treatments, but they do not have the latest and newest drugs, some of which are not even on the market.

My best friends MIL is in a protocol now. They had her dead and burried a year ago, she went to the hospital I go to now and she was enrolled in a new ovarian cancer protocol, they operated on her ( two other hospitals refused saying it was to late, her son's freaked, and I told them to the hospital she goes to now and refered her to some one in her type of oncology) and the experimental regeim she is getting has put her into a very stable mode and her latest scans have shown no new growth and her blood counts ( C 125) have come down to well within normal. It may be worth looking into . She knows she wont beat it, but she is glad she feels well, has tolerated the chemo well, etc.

In this world, you most important advocate is not the doctor, the hospital, you get lost in paper work, it is the patient and loved ones, in this case, ( medical care) the squekey wheel does get the greese.
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Delft:

He went to the private clinic to have the CT. He had been to the National Health doctors a number of times because of back pain but it was always diagnosed as muscle problems or a possible herniated disk. He had been scheduled for a specialist and a MRI. The issue is that there are only limited facilites with the equipment and when a doctor tells you that you can wait, some people will believe them. There was nothing more than x-rays used for previous diagnosis'. He has been on steroids for over a month. Not a great prescription when you really don't know what's wrong.

They will do surgery early next week. At that time they will know, for sure, if it is malignant.

My aunt had a heart attack five weeks ago. She was treated quickly in the E.R. and given an anticoagulant and an angiogram. She was never given an echo cardiogram nor was a murmur followed up on. After four days she was released. A week later she complained of swelling of the ankles, pain in the joints and fatigue. She was diagnosed with polymyaglia and sent home to suffer. Her condition never improved and she received two, in home, doctors visits. Granted, she and her husband should have been more forceful but they are/were too trustful in doctors and the system to question anything.

Last Monday she collapsed and was taken to the hospital and there they found a tear in the aorta. She died twelve hours later. It wasn't something that just happened. An echo would have shown it and her protime should have been closely monitored. I also can't believe that a doctor could take a person who has edema, fatigue, joint pain and darkened nails and tell them it's a form of arthritis. Especially after a heart attack a few weeks earlier. She was 72.

Right now, I'm angry and have been that way for the last few days and the news of my cousin (a police officer) has only compounded it. I'm angry at the doctors, their system and the fact they just stand by and figure that's how it must be. I'm just going to cool off for now.

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Old August 10th, 2007, 02:42 PM
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Oh Mike, I dont blame you one bit. It sounds like a complete and total night mare. Its the strongest case ever #1 no matter how gooda doctor may seem, get a second opinion, and if that voice tells you somethings is wrong, keep going else where. To many people trust doctors like they are gods, and to many doctors walk around like gods, and they are only people. I agree, you dont give out steroids just like that, it is a serious drug with serious effects........and you give them when you know what is going on. Those swollen feet were a BIG clue missed, and should not have been missed.And your right, You cannot say "arthritis". Exactly what did he have to support this? Did he have blood work to support this? Swollen feet post heart attack, no, thats something else going on. You must feel such frustration and even made worse by the fact you are not there and cannot take care of things. When my Mum needed some things done, she didnt really state how bad something was, and so she was knocked down on the list............she got back up when her daughter called If my friends MIL son's had not freaked, their Mum would be gone now, they figured, its to advanced, and she is in her early 70's.......forget about it...........that was two years ago, and a year after they had her "gone".In the case of medical, it is one time, and I said it before, and Mike I am sure you know it, but for others, speak up..........Make noise, demand care.

Poor care can happen any where. I saw on tv a man who passed in a private hospital in the USA from cardiac arrerst, no one was there in the hospital, they had to call 911 and over here, a women who felt something was wrong with her kid, they said it was just a virus, she went home, guess what it wasn't! You really got to know where you are going, services available, credientials of the staff and so on. There is also the issue humans being humans of medical errors ( I was given a near fatal drug over dose when two young nurses mixed up two IV bags lines I was getting and put them on the same pump)and this is a HUGE issue. It happened to me in a great large hospital. I was angry and sad and scared. Yes, mistakes lead to learning, for example, now it is still two nurses to hang one of those drugs but at least one has to be a senior nurse, and NEVER can the drug be piggy backed on a pump. Each drug MUST have their own pump. The numbers of persons who die as a result of medical error, in the States, Canada and Europe is stagerring.

I hope that your cousin has access to a large teaching centre, it may be something you can research for them on the net, at least for a second opinion.
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My weekend starts a little late as I work the afternoon shift, suppose to be nice and warm for the weekend, plan on doing a bar-b-que tomorrow go swimming. Its not cruising but it the next best thing.
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