Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My 5 Month Late Physical…

I managed to put of my annual physical for 5 months… NOT a good idea, but something that just happened… I was busy, and making the appointment just kept slipping my mind… Thankfully I finally made the appointment.

I went for the usual blood tests that go along with a physical about 2 weeks ago… in plenty of time for the results to get to the doc.  Pretty straight forward… the only other test I would have liked to have had done is a PSA...but that should be getting done in the next month, so not a big deal...yet…

When the doc came in, we talked about past medical history… family medical history… and then he told me the results of the blood tests… Everything is well within normal limits.  We then talked about how things have been going recently… I told him I’ve been more tired than during the last two rounds of Eligard… but feel ok other than that… I also told him that I’ve been having some pain in my left hip for a few months… I was hoping it was just a strain and that it would get better with time… unfortunately it hasn’t been getting much better… We discussed the spread of the cancer and how this pain is more likely than not something other than related to the cancer… but to ease my mind and his I have a bone scan set up for Thursday morning...just two days away… WOW was that quick.  Heart and lungs sound good… BP is okay… the doc says that I am “extremely healthy other than having prostate cancer"… Then he said how sorry he was and how unfair it is that things are the way they are… I just shrugged and told him “it is the way it is… “ I’m doing everything I can right now and that’s the most we all can do… Hey, I’m healthy...(other than the cancer)… ;o)

So, the appointment went well… I’m staying healthy and managing with the side effects of the Eligard… LOTS of naps… limited physical output without paying for it.... eating well and enjoying life… oh yeah… also lost over 30 pounds since Jan. 2 this year… on purpose!!  Back to my pre cancer diagnosis weight.  Feeling great about that… it hasn’t helped my energy, but I feel much better at the lighter weight…

Until next time....

Posted by John on 05/24 at 08:44 PM
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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Great News Recieved…

I got a phone call this afternoon… and about an hour and a half later got an email… The phone call was from the WCB office… The email came from Firefighters Local 237 President Rob Chollak.... both gave me the same message, more or less… Alberta firefighters will have more work-related cancer coverage… as the province adds four more cancers to the list of cancers with presumptive WCB coverage. Prostate, breast, skin and multiple myeloma, are being added to the coverage list, bringing the total to 14.  This is awesome news for firefighters and their families… and for me!!

After 6 years of trying to convince the WCB that my prostate cancer is work related...and being denied at every hearing… it is finally official… Well, at least at this point, my claim has been re-opened and is moving in a positive direction.

It has been an incredibly emotional day...both for myself, and my wife… There is great happiness and sadness… The happiness stems from the fact that my claim will probably be approved fairly quickly...that after all of my failed efforts, our dreams of this happening have come true… The sadness comes from the fact that although I will probably be covered by WCB and that we will finally have piece of mind about having compensation in the future… I still have prostate cancer… and it is progressing… although hopefully still under control at this moment. The final outcome hasn’t changed.... Sadness…

As for my progress… I am still feeling tired...actually even more so… I am still trying to exercise, but recovery is slow… I am having a LOT of hot flashes and night sweats… although they don’t last long, they are extremely intense...at times feeling like I am about to burst into flame… I’m also having a lot of pain in my feet again...and now in my left hip… I have an appointment to see my family physician in a few weeks...so until then, I will just continue to enjoy the hot and cold...and keep moving to keep the joints moving. 

Until next time....

Posted by John on 05/04 at 03:23 PM
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