Sunday, 29 April 2018

May: the Month of Health Challenges

This is an update on what has happened since my last health status update a month ago. The basics: I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in early March, and had two scans that showed it hadn't spread to either bones or lymph nodes, both of which would have been Bad. May is the month in which a lot of stuff is happening.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Argumentum ad Wikipediam

Easter took place this year on April 1, resulting in several fairly obvious jokes, and as likely happens every year, somone said it's named after a "pagan goddess" (as if there were only one "pagan" religion). A Facebook friend replied that "this is often quoted, but wrong; Bede is the sole source and mistranslated something." Finally, someone quoted the first few likes of a Wikipedia article to shut up the second poster. (I oversimplify). It occurred to me this is a perfect parable for one aspect of what University education is supposed to be doing for people.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Autism Diagnosis at 60

I am autistic. Under DSM IV I'd probably be considered to have Asperger's Syndrome, but I was diagnosed under DSM V at age 60, so I have Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have thought about posting something for several years, but am only getting around to it for this April's Autism Awareness Month.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Health status update

The CT scan showed no sign of spread to the pelvic lymph nodes, but there are a couple of minor things with almost certainly no connection to prostate cancer. Surgery may be a little earlier, May instead of June (yays!), but there's no date set yet.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

CT Scan

This afternoon I had a CT scan in the basement of Hotel Dieu to check whether my prostate cancer has spread to my pelvic lymph nodes. Like the bone scan, it's unlikely they'll find anything, but they wanted to verify before starting treatment.

A Firehose of Information

Yesterday Margaret and I spent nearly four hours at the Cancer Centre in the Burr Wing of Kingston General hospital, talking with both a radiation oncologist and a surgeon, regarding treatment for my prostate cancer. The bone scan last Friday showed that there was no metastasis; if today's CT scan of my lymph nodes similarly shows no problems, I'll be having surgery, likely in early June.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Bone scan

This is one of the Discovery NM/CT 670 SPECT/CT machines at Kingston General Hospital. It's a combination of a gamma ray camera (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) and CT scanner (also Computed Tomography, repeated because there are two parts to the machine). I had a bone scan this morning, and found the technology fascinating.