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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #180 on: January 23, 2017, 07:39:50 pm »
Ed, you're in my thoughts and prayersas you go through this tough time. 
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #181 on: January 24, 2017, 10:06:28 am »
 I truly would like to see 20 yrs from now. All I can do is hope and pray.

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« Reply #182 on: January 25, 2017, 07:36:28 pm »
  Hang in there my friend, you already have a lot of the tough miles behind you.  Don't slack off on the vitamin D   :)
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« Reply #183 on: January 26, 2017, 11:05:32 am »
 Stephen, they have me on caltrate 600-D3. The vitamin D3 is 200% of daily needs. It also has 600mg of calcium. I hope this will build up the bones, the long bones in my legs hurt constantly.
 We got news yesterday that both doctors decided that the numbers that they go by are as low as they can get them. So now I start doing all the test they need done. They gave us an appointment for Feb 15 to go back to dartmouth to do the stem cell harvest. It looks like this part and then the second part where they kill off all the cells and then put the harvested cells back in will drag right thru sugaring season. I'd rather miss one season then alot of them. Tomorrow I go to have this infected tooth pulled. That scares me more than having chemo treatments. They keep telling me that I can't work any more, but I have been down to my logging job enough times to get all the good sawlogs cut. I had a friend of Rita's drop most of them,left 6 that I cut  ;D. My trucker came down each time to help skid the logs out and trucked 3 loads to the mill  8).Now I just have the cordwood and pallet log to cut sometime, I hope to get them late spring. I may be sick but I ain't giving up being in the woods  ;) .
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« Reply #184 on: January 26, 2017, 10:48:21 pm »
 smiley_beertoast here's to a big comeback for you.  I hope for the best for you.

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« Reply #185 on: January 27, 2017, 09:36:30 am »
ED, I continue to follow you journey and my prayers are with you for strength and healing grace.
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« Reply #186 on: January 27, 2017, 12:48:26 pm »
Ed, you've got some real tenacity and I pray that will get you over the hump with this. It's been my experience in my relatively short life that people that have that tenacity are the ones that come out the other side of stuff. The ones that are out there cleaning up their logging job when all conventional wisdom says you should be home in bed, that might be right but that same drive that doesn't make sense at times is what helps you push through difficulties. You have my prayers and my admiration ;)
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« Reply #187 on: January 28, 2017, 07:52:26 pm »
 Well I got the tooth pulled out yesterday,or I should say broken out. They numb you up real good, then go in there with what felt like vice-grips and squeezed the tooth into pieces. They picked all the pieces out then pulled the roots out. Said the roots were the biggest they ever seen. I saw one of them, and it looked like the size of a 10 penny nail head. When the novicane wore off it started to hurt and I bumped up the pain med I take that takes care of all the cancer pain. It barely worked, I also put ice on the side of my cheek to help the swelling. The worst is the infection makes my mouth taste and smell awful. I had to wait 24 hrs to use salt water to rinse it away.
 Thanks to all for the good wishes and prayers.
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« Reply #188 on: January 28, 2017, 08:26:50 pm »
Edd
I was going to not have dental insurance when I retired and so over a two year period (cause of limits that the insurance would pay) I had my uppers pulled and then all my lowers the next year.  I remember going to the pharmacy with gauze in my mouth and them asking me a question and when they saw the effort I was making to answer, they said they understood and didn't ask me anything else. 

I feel for you man. 
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« Reply #189 on: January 28, 2017, 08:59:02 pm »
Ed, I had a tooth pulled once, same thing- it was a tooth I had root canal done on, and it had cracked. It got really infected, and the dentist said the novicaine would have a minimal effect because of the PH levels the infection causes in the vicinity. She wasn't kidding! That's the worst pain I've ever experienced, it took them well over an hour to get it out. Really big, bulging roots. They had to cut it in two, this little gal of a dentist was really having to work at this thing, she was sweating and everything! As an aside, I have a theory that women who have experienced childbirth get extreme amounts of satisfaction watching a big baby of a man hurting, I'm convinced the dentist and her assistant were giving each other mental high fives ;D They still mention that stupid tooth when I get to the dentist, and that had to be 8 years ago.
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« Reply #190 on: January 29, 2017, 09:52:21 am »
 Where's the high five emicon, I really believe that  :( .
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« Reply #191 on: February 09, 2017, 12:07:15 am »
Ed you guys are making my mouth hurt.. had 2 teeth that needed filling or pulling.. after half a dozen shots.. the last being a nerve block shot.  She said.. your going to have to see an oral surgeon.  Cost me $90.. my mouth was numb for the rest of the day.  I found that a lot of the pain is caused by gum swelling/inflammation.. they have a prescription oral rinse that reduces the gum swelling pretty fast.. it really helps.  You should just be able to call the dentist and get it prescribed.  God bless.. hope you get some pain relief.

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« Reply #192 on: February 09, 2017, 08:20:33 am »
 I've been using a salt water rinse. But what ever is used,be careful not to rinse to hard. If you wash the clot out you end up with a dry socket which is what gives the real pain. I had to go back to the oral surgeon,and he put a piece of cord in the hole that is impregnated with clove extract. It stopped the pain in minutes,they leave it in for a few days to let the skin build a bridge across the opening.Friday will be 3 weeks and it just starting to heal up now.

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« Reply #193 on: February 09, 2017, 08:42:38 am »
 I went in to the hospital yesterday for my bone marrow biopsy test. They numb the skin on the hip then use a probe to go into the hip and take out a piece of the bone. That hurt almost as much as the tooth extraction. The rest of the tests that I needed done, came out ok. One test I got to see my heart beating,that was pretty kool, the lady doing it said my heart was in really good shape  :) .One other test was for my lungs and breathing. They said I was equal to a 30 yr old. Has to be from being out in the woods all my life  ;D . So now we wait for word to start the blood cell extraction.

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« Reply #194 on: February 10, 2017, 06:44:23 pm »
Sounds like your going the right direction Ed, keeping you in our prayers
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« Reply #195 on: February 17, 2017, 09:57:35 am »
 On Feb. 15 we went up to Dartmouth to visit with the Dr. and three specialist's who explained where I'm at now. The myloma cells are down as low as they feel they can get them. So we are starting with the cell collection process. I had my heart and lungs checked out then Thur.the 23 I have to have a colonoscopy then Fri. the 24 we go start the cell harvest. It starts with a dose of chemo (stronger than what I've been doing) it is 6hr procedure where they give 2hrs of saline then 2hrs of the chemo and 2 more hrs of the saline . On Sat. I will start with 2 shots a day (I do myself) for 10 days. The injection of chemo with kill off more of the myloma cells and the injections will build more new cells, enough to over fill the bone marrow and flow out into my blood stream. Thats when I go back to Dartmouth and they take out the extra good cells,and freeze them.They said they need 5 million. When I get enough strength they will do the final chemo that kills all the cells left wait 3 days and inject the harvested cells back in and wait for them to replenish the cells in the bone marrow. During this last part I'll be in kind of an intensive care unit for 3 to 4 weeks depending how long it takes to get the marrow built up. March is going to be a long month.
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« Reply #196 on: February 17, 2017, 10:20:39 am »
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« Reply #197 on: February 17, 2017, 10:36:35 am »

 Ed, I'm sending good thoughts your way.

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« Reply #198 on: February 17, 2017, 11:35:44 am »
I am wishing you strength.  It sure is a frightening and uncertain road ahead of you, but just think how incredible it will be to come out the other side.  This time next year, may it all be a bad memory.   smiley_heart

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« Reply #199 on: February 17, 2017, 02:44:14 pm »
Ed is it Dartmouth Medical Center in Hanover NH ?
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