Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Ok… So the PSA’s aren’t down….

I got a phone call from my urologist this morning.... it seems there was some mix up between his office and the lab.... when they asked for the lab results from my last PSA test, they were given the results from my May tests… so obviously they didn’t change much!!  The doctor was going through his lab reports today when he noticed the discrepancy in the dates.... He then got the right results and gave me a call.....

The actual test results show that my testosterone levels have started to climb.... not a great deal, but they are going up.... from 0.7 to 1.8.  This resulted in my PSA levels increasing from 0.1 to 0.2… again not much, but they are moving in the wrong direction for my liking!! 

We’ll continue to watch....although we will stick with the next test being in 3 months....  I am hopeful that the PSA’s won’t climb too fast.... but only time will tell.  In the mean time, I have a LIFE to LIVE!!!
So on with LIFE!

Until next time....

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Monday, July 16, 2007

PSA levels still down….

Yup!… My PSA levels have remained at 0.1 ng/ml.... and my testosterone levels have remained at 0.7 as well… which is really strange considering I’ve been off of treatment since the end of March. Even the doc had expected my testosterone levels to be up a little.... I was hoping to get some relief from the ‘hot flashes’ and other side effects of the nearly non-existent testosterone levels.... oh well, what’s a little extra heat on these 37C (99 F) days....

Next scheduled check is in three months....

Until next time....

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Past Month….

I thought I would update everyone on what’s been going on medically for the past couple of weeks.... I haven’t been updating the site, so it’s time to catch everyone up.

I had a second colonoscopy done on June 29....  It was scheduled so the doc could see how his repair work during the last colonoscopy had healed.  I was still having a lot of blood issues, but when he checked, the entire area that had been damaged with radiation and subsequently repaired looked good.... no signs of any damage. We talked about the continued bleeding and I had some blood work done to see if there was anything going on.  Xrays were discussed, but the doc figured we would wait to see if the bleeding continued....

The following week I got a call from the docs office..... An upper GI Xray had been scheduled for me for this past Monday (July 9).  It went well...it’s actually a pretty cool thing to watch....  As you drink this incredibly awful chalky milkshake, you can watch as the esophagus and stomach get coated in the mixture. You roll around a bit and everything is viewable on the screen....  Next comes another lovely chalk milkshake (Barium) and a half hour wait for more pictures. Thankfully that was it.... I got to head home after that.

I see the doc tomorrow to get the results of the blood tests and GI xrays..... and while I’m at the hospital I’ll go have my PSA and testosterone levels checked.... I’ll get the results of that on Monday....

So that’s been my life for the past month.... if it isn’t me going for tests, it’s someone else in the family.....  We really have to stop this!! 

Until next time.....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Back in the Saddle…..

Today was a beautiful day…so, even though I haven’t been on my bike for over a month….and haven’t had a ride longer than 25 km yet this year… I decided I would hop on my bike and head for Taber – approximately 55 km from my house.  The objective was to get there in time to have lunch with Cindy. She was working there for the day.

I fell behind schedule, as I needed to take our dog (Tessa) for a walk while it was cooler out….and she hadn’t been for a good walk for a few days….  Right after that, I started to get ready to leave…. After numerous false starts, I was on my way….loaded with fluids and snacks for the road; I headed out on my first long ride of the year.

The ride started off quite well.  I took the bike\pedestrian path to avoid in town traffic…. Once I ran out of path, it was onto the road and out to the highway.  Traffic was light for the most part…and almost no air movement.  The highway has long straight sections and is lightly rolling.  There are no real climbs, which is great for this first long ride of the year. The first 20 km went quickly, but the heat was starting to build up.  I got into a good rhythm and I was starting to make up some time. As I got closer, I pushed a little harder, trying to stay close to 30 km/hour.  I arrived in Taber, 56.2 km and 1 hour 58 minutes after starting.  I was very happy with the time and the average speed of 28.5 km/hour. 

After a nice lunch break with Cindy, I refilled my water bottles and headed home.  I felt good and really didn’t think it would be a problem returning.  I got back on the highway and got into a comfortable rhythm.  My speed was quite a bit slower, but I didn’t want to push too hard and burn out.  As I approached the 80 km mark my legs were starting to fade…. I was starting to look back in hopes that Cindy would be on her way home and I could catch a ride…. Then of course, around 90 km, the heat started to cause other problems, and it was getting harder to stay in the saddle….  *NOTE TO SELF:  build up to metric centuries * I slowed slightly, and got out of the saddle frequently…. I managed to get into Lethbridge before Cindy, so only had 7 Km to go before I could stop….  I took it easy, and stood for a major portion of the final few km’s. 

The round trip of 112 km took 4 hours and 24 minutes…. Not too bad for the first big ride.  Now, once the saddle sores go away, I will ride a little more regularly and get used to the saddle again.

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