I should have been more explicit!
Rambling on as I did yesterday seems to have given an impression that I didn’t mean to convey, so I thought a bit of an explanation might be in order for those who’s acquaintance I now enjoy.
Back in 2005 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and in January 06 I was given the choice of do nothing and be dead in 1 to 2 years max, or take my chances with a new procedure that had not been in Australia for very long. Naturally I opted for that, it’s called ‘Brachytherapy’ and I did a post of it a couple of years or so back.
The Surgeon who performed that operation gave me a guaranteed extra 6 to 8 years I’m now in the ninth, can’t complain about that for a guarantee can I?,
One of the side effects for want of a better term can be sterilisation, and of course I won or lost depending on your point of view. Being sterile of course sometimes has the drawback of weight gain. I’m definitely overweight but it could be worse, I tip the scales at 83kg about 10kg over so it’s not too bad. I was 89kg but since my new doc I’ve lost 6kg., too, the lack of testosterone does effect my energy naturally enough. Also the radiation treatment for six weeks after the operation caused some damage to the urinary tract, which did not appear until after my next problem
Just over three years ago, in October of 2011 I had a stroke, it wasn’t the most severe of strokes but nevertheless it required major surgery and I had two operations a month apart to remove the blockage in my right and left carotid arteries. In October last year the surgeon who performed those two operations gave me the all clear and said I should now be right ’til I’m 150 and there was no need for me to go back and see him again and I said thank you very much doc but I don’t think I want to hang around that long. He was a great doctor and surgeon and I shall miss our chats, half the consultation time was taken up with the discussion of books and lively they were, yes indeed I shall certainly miss him!
Naturally during these two operations a catheter was required and the damage caused during the radiation treatment was exacerbated because of this so that I have some considerable problems with my water works 🙄
So back to now, I do get tired quite quickly, my first delight every morning is standing soaking in the shower, without that I can’t function, trouble is now I need to rest up for 10 or 15 minutes after I’m showered dried and dressed before I can do whatever I need to do and needs to be done.
Depending on the weather I usually drive down to Bi-centennial Park, Blackwattle Bay to give my dog Coco a run and say hello to all the other little puppy dogs running loose there, a gorgeous spot for our four-legged friends. I suppose I’d walk around a kilometre each time we go so I’m getting enough exercise, but by the time I get home I’m in need of a rest.
All in all I shouldn’t complain, it’s just that it’s so damned frustrating not being able to do what I want or need to do properly and without fuss, the quality of life is slowly and inexorably declining.