Science FrictionGood to go (13.2.2006, 13:03 UTC)
I just called St Luke's. They do indeed have a bed for me so I'll be heading down there later this morning. No more updates from me until next weekend.
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Science FrictionBugger (9.2.2006, 10:10 UTC)
They've cancelled the stent procedure. When I hadn't heard from St Vincent's by almost 10am I rang to be told they couldn't get a bed after all and it now looks like the earliest they can do it is Tuesday. Hopefully it won't affect the start of my chemo.
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Science FrictionAnother phone call (8.2.2006, 21:11 UTC)
This time from St Vincent's. They're going to try and get me in to the day ward tomorrow and insert a stent into my oesophagus tomorrow. This will hopefully improve my swallow which is has been steadily deteriorating to the point where I have difficulty swallowing liquids much thicker than water. There are risks involved but they feel they're worth taking as my weight has been dropping rapidly and my blood test shows my hemoglobin levels are low.
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Science FrictionMaybe Monday, maybe not (8.2.2006, 15:55 UTC)
St Luke's rang this afternoon. My treatment is provisionally booked to start Monday. However, there has been an outbreak of the so called Winter Vomiting Bug in one of the wards which is affecting bed availability so there's no guarantee that a bed will be available which is why they're saying 'provisionally.' But at least it won't be before then.
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Science FrictionThis is where I've been (8.2.2006, 14:08 UTC)
create your own visited countries map or vertaling Duits Nederlands When all of this cancer business is over I'm going to make an effort to add more red to that map.
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Science FrictionMore delays (8.2.2006, 13:06 UTC)
I was called back into St Luke's yesterday to meet with the Oncologist. As it turned out I didn't need to meet him as he'd already seen me in St Vincent's but I did meet his registrar, who is also the registrar for the radio-oncologist. She informed me that I would have to be hospitalised for the four days of chemotherapy as each dose requires 20 hours to administer. Not only that but she wasn't sure when my radiotherapy would begin as she hadn't seen the results of my simulation and had not yet...
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Science FrictionFinally a timetable (7.2.2006, 05:06 UTC)
St Luke's called this afternoon. My treatment won't actually start until next Monday but they want me to come in tomorrow morning to meet my Oncologist.
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Science FrictionProgress (3.2.2006, 17:01 UTC)
I had my simulation today. Basically they had me lie down under a machine that simulates my radio therapy, had me drink some barium and then they marked a grid on my chest. So we're all set to go. Apparently, I to start my treatment early next week. Woo hoo.
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Science FrictionThings start moving (2.2.2006, 18:40 UTC)
Two weeks and one day after my discharge from St Vincent's Hospital, St Luke's Hospital, where I am to receive my pre-operative treatments, finally rang to call me in for my 'simulation.' This is where they take measurements of my body to determine the exact dosages of radiation that I will receive. All being well, the actual treatments should start shortly thereafter.
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Science FrictionMobile again (1.2.2006, 21:02 UTC)
My car has been off the road since before Christmas. The gearbox was vibrating excessively because of a prolem with the mount. I finally managed to get it repaired today so I'm mobile once more.
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Science FrictionMonotony (29.1.2006, 13:06 UTC)
The thing that depresses me most about this cancer at the moment is not the forthcoming rigours of the treatment I will have to undergo but the monotony of my diet. Since I cannot swallow solids of any kind I am on a liquid diet consisting of fortified drinks. It's the same bloody thing day after day. Meanwhile, I'm surrounded by adverts for pizza, burgers and and other forms of food. Hopefully, once the treatments start and the tumours start shrinking things should improve.
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Science FrictionMan of depth (24.1.2006, 17:08 UTC)
Well deep veins. One of the things that came up during my recent hospital stay is that I have very deep veins. This makes administering intravenous drugs and taking blood samples rather fraught. So today, I went back into St Vincent's for a few hours to have a mediport fitted. This basically is an interface implanted under the skin and connected to a suitable vein. The IV drugs for my chemotherapy can simply be connected to this without any faffing around. Likewise blood can be taken easily. I w...
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Science FrictionThe truth about blogs (24.1.2006, 17:08 UTC)
Today's Userfriendly reveals the truth about blogs.
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Science FrictionThere's no place like home (20.1.2006, 17:03 UTC)
I spent two nights at my parents' house instead of one but I'm in my own place now. Everything is as I left it.
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Science FrictionI'm out (18.1.2006, 21:03 UTC)
The weekend was a bit of a nightmare. I tried to keep busy but I couldn't get my mind off the implications of the result. If the PET scan showed that the cancer had spread to my liver it was effectively game over. All they could offer would be palliative care. On Monday I was scheduled for another scan, an endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), in the Mater Hospital. I was told that if the PET scan was negative, there would be no point in having the EUS because the information from it would only be of us...
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Science FrictionThe story so far... (14.1.2006, 13:04 UTC)
They've let me out for the day so I'm at my parents' house using my laptop. I'll head home later this afternoon to pick up my mail and try and fix my iMac. The last week has effectively been spent twiddling my thumbs waiting for test results. The CT scan I had last Friday revealed a spot on the liver. I've been told that it's not uncommon for people to have spots on their liver but they wanted to be sure it wasn't cancerous so I went for a PET scan at the Blackrock Clinic yesterday. I should ha...
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Science FrictionBugger (9.1.2006, 01:01 UTC)
They've been letting me out on day release yesterday and today (Sunday). Yesterday I was able to surf the web, send e-mails, reply to people who'd sent their best wishes and so on. Today, i get back home and turn on the iMac and the bloody thing won't boot. Not only that but the disk utilities that came with OS X Tiger are unable to resolve the problem and my version of DiskWarrior is not compatible with the model of iMac. And of course the stupid thing is, despite what I've written in my Medici...
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Science FrictionFirst the bad news... (7.1.2006, 13:02 UTC)
The biopsy results have confirmed that the tumours on my esophagus are indeed cancerous. I had a CT scan yesterday to determine the extent of the cancer and based on the results of that the medical team will make a decision about future treatment. The most likely scenario is that I will be put on a treatment of chemotherapy and radiotheraphy to shrink the tumours and then they will operate. The good news is that apart from the inability to swallow properly, I feel fine. And the messages of suppo...
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Science FrictionNot good news (5.1.2006, 17:02 UTC)
The hospital just phoned. It looks like a tumor and they want me in immediately.
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Science FrictionI knew there was a problem when he said 'biopsy'! (5.1.2006, 17:02 UTC)
For the last few weeks I've been living with a problem: I can't swallow properly. It started in late October and has been getting progressively worse. It manifested itself by food sticking in my gullet, or as my mother would say 'going down the wrong way.' At first, it didn't happen all the time so I wasn't too worried. I told myself I was imagining it. In the run up to Christmas, however, it got worse. I effectively could not eat solid food. My GP referred me to the Endoscopy Unit at St Vincent...
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Science FrictionNew Year - New Look (3.1.2006, 13:04 UTC)
As it's the start of a new year I decided to revamp my blog slightly. Enjoy. Oh, and Happy New Year.
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Science FrictionMerry Christmas (25.12.2005, 01:01 UTC)
As I write this it is approaching midnight on Christmas Eve. So I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Science FrictionPolluter pays? (23.12.2005, 21:01 UTC)
The government here is planning to introduce a pay by weight system for refuse collection. All well and good you might think. Those who generate more waste pay more and there's an incentive to reduce waste by recycling. Well, there's a fundamental flaw as my parent's found out recently. A few days ago my father put out the family wheelie bin for collection as normal. Unfortunately, he put a few pieces of wood on top of the bin and as a result, the refuse collectors didn't lift the bin. Since thi...
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Science FrictionWe made it. (23.12.2005, 01:01 UTC)
Today is the 21st of December, the shortest day of the year. From now on the days start getting longer and the nights start getting shorter. It won't be noticeable at first, but it means that spring is on the way.
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Science FrictionGoodbye Robert Sheckley (11.12.2005, 05:01 UTC)
Robert Sheckley, who was Guest of Honour at Interaction, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention, held in Glasgow in August has passed away. He was 77. Sheckley was the author of such stories as Immortality Inc (filmed as Freejack) and The Seventh Victim (filmed as The Tenth Victim).
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Science FrictionNot Richard Pryor as well? (11.12.2005, 05:01 UTC)
Yep. It's true. Richard Pryor, one of America's most influential stand-up comedians has passed away after a 20-year battle with MS. The man was foul mouthed, irreverent but oh, so funny. He will be missed.
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Science FrictionBest new word ever (14.11.2005, 13:02 UTC)
I found this thanks to Ben Hammersley's blog. The photo puzzled me a bit until the implications set in. Then I couldn't stop laughing.
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Science FrictionDon't forget the clocks go back this weekend (27.10.2005, 16:45 UTC)
Yep, despite the 21°C weather, it's almost wintertime. The clocks go back an hour on Saturday night.
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Science FrictionWe are all suspects (13.10.2005, 09:14 UTC)
David Mery's experience of being arrested in the London Underground makes sobering reading.
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Science FrictionFeed me (22.9.2005, 16:23 UTC)
Zoo 2005 - 21 Originally uploaded by David Stewart (Dublin). The annual Mensa outing to Dublin Zoo took place at the beginning of this month. It was most enjoyable. I took this pic at the Sealion enclosure while we were waiting for a private visit to the tigers. This bull sealion spotted one of the keepers behind the window and thought it was feeding time again.
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