Monday, February 18, 2013

Decision Made

Lady Mary and Matthew

I made my decision for treating my prostate cancer.  After talking to several prostate cancer survivors and viewing You Tube videos of the different procedures I have decided that the radiation therapy is best for a man my age.  If I was a younger man perhaps I would go for the prostate removal but I just don't want to take the chance of being incontinent for the rest of my life.  

Tom Branson - my favorite hottie on "Downtown Abbey"

This morning I made the call to the radiation oncology center and left a message for them to call me back.  I have to make an appointment to get this procedure rolling.  I know this will be time consuming (probably five times a day for at least twelve weeks) but it is something that has to be done.  I would prefer just to have my prostate removed but because of my near death experience with a hernia operation when I was seventeen years old (17 now I'm 71, I am superstitious), I just have this foreboding feeling that I would have disastrous side effects from the operation.  

Mrs. O'Brien
Having said that, now on to a subject that took my mind off of my present situation.  How many of you saw the last episode of "Downton Abbey" last night?  I won't spoil it for anyone by telling you what happened but isn't "Downton Abbey" just the best show around these days?  I just savor every moment of it.  I love it when they introduce new characters, they're all so interesting.  Tell you what though, Mr. Bates is still boring.  What can I say?  I like Mr. Bates when he's involved in straightening out Mrs. O'Brien.  And by the way, Mrs. O'Brien wasn't about to be done in by a rival lady in waiting.  Good for you Mrs. O'Brien!  And Thomas, I am so happy that he and Jimmy are friends (albeit platonic) now.  There, I haven't given anything away have I?  



Oh I am going to miss "Downton Abbey."  But I'm going to have my own little "series" coming up when I get zapped everyday, five days a week, for twelve weeks.  I'll get through this.


20 comments:

  1. I haven't watch "Downton Abbey" yet. Will watch on my laptop later today, so I skipped that part of your post but will comment later.
    (My ex father in-law had his prostate removed and has been incontinent ever since. I think you are making the right decision).

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    1. Nadage,

      Oh how I love "Downton Abbey". I am going to miss it. But I have something to look forward to because I just know they're coming back with another season.

      My decision wasn't easy but for me I really do have to take the least invasive route. At my age I just don't want to take a chance on the complications that can arise from major surgery. If I was a younger man, perhaps I would consider surgery but at my age (71) I have to be realistic.

      All of the options for treatment have drawbacks but I think I made the right decision for me.

      Ron

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  2. Sorry but I'm not down with the Town. ( meaning I just haven't watched it yet)

    I wasn't aware that radiation could be done 5x a day. For my mom's lung cancer, she went once a day for 41 treatments with sat and suns off. She was also doing chemo.

    As you've learned/observed, radiation can be very tiring. Before and during treatment it seems that doctors and nurses are very PRO and positive about treatment but once it's over, they are more realistic about it. They'll start saying how draining it is and how lone it takes to recover. They go from getting you to make it through the treatment to getting you to make it through the recovery. It's very hard to convey this in a comment.

    Also, I know you eat healthy but if you want to start juicing or anything new, you need to start now (GAIN WEIGHT) because once you start treatment you are discouraged to start anything new. Foods, cooking styles, vitamins, anything.

    The one thing I've learned over the past two years is that nurses treat the patient, doctors treat the disease and patients can be a wealth of information that should be taken with a grain of salt.

    Also, here they have been doing the Gamma Knife radiation for prostate cancer and it is 5 treatments instead of the 40.

    Still with positive thoughts and energy.

    Give Bill my support as well.

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    1. Sean,

      No, not five times a day. Five times a week, Monday through Friday. I think it depends on the person how fatiguing radiation can be. My neighbor didn't look good at all last summer when he was undergoing radiation treatment. However, a friend of mine who also underwent radiation treatment looked fine. He said at the end he was getting a "little tired." I'm prepared to take time off from work if I get too fatigued.

      Thanks again for your positive thoughts and energy. Always appreciated.

      By the way, you are really missing out if you haven't been watching "Downton Abbey." It might be too late for you though because you really have to watch it from the beginning. It is literally the best show on TV or in the movies, bar none.

      Ron

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  3. I think you've made a good, rational choice for your prostate treatment. And it's best to start the procedure as soon as possible (then you can look forward to watching season four of "Downton"!)

    Last night's episode of "Downton" was fantastic and I admittedly watched it twice. I think there's hope for Edith's future love life, and I'm delighted that Jimmy and Thomas are now friends. Who knows, perhaps Jimmy will eventually display a streak of lavender........

    The end was extremely touching and sad. I won't reveal it for those who haven't seen it.

    (I'm having computer trouble this morning and it was difficult to write this comment. I hope it came out okay)

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    1. Thank you Jon. I think I made the right decision for me too. I really didn't want to go through major surgery at my age. As I said before, the last time I had major surgery I almost died. It took me six months and three operations and weeks in the hospital to get back to normal. At my age (71) I just don't want to risk that again plus the added complications of prostate removal which is incontinence. I hear some people come through with flying colors and some don't. I just don't want to take that chance.

      I was very surprised by the ending of "Downton Abbey." Have you noticed that when watching a good TV show or movie like "Downton Abbey" , the time goes by so fast and ends too soon. I wanted to see more last night. I can't wait until next season, which I am sure they will have. They better have, too many loose ends to tie up. So you think Jimmy will eventually "display a steak of lavender?" Who knows, my Bill didn't know he was gay until he was in his early thirties. I asked him why he didn't and he said "I just never thought about it." Unlike me, I know from my earliest memory I was "different." So it just might be possible that Jimmy and Thomas might get together. Now wouldn't that be something?

      I hope you computer problems are of short duration.

      Ron

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  4. Best wishes on the treatment you've chosen, Ron. Now you're getting me interested in Downton Abbey. I hear folks discussing it favorably all the time.

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    1. Geo,

      Oh you definitely have to check out "Downton Abbey." But you have to watch it from the beginning or most of the story lines will leave you confused. "Downtown Abbey" is the best TV and movie around, bar none. I just love it and I believe you will too.

      Ron

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  5. Ron, I'm glad that you're able to come to such a quick decision. (You don't play around!) I take it your oncologist will make recommendations as to the best treatment modality (brachytherapy, external beam.)

    It looks like the technology has advanced to where they can really focus the beam intensity where it needs to be. I'm sorry Ron, this kind of thing really brings out my (not very well hidden) geek tendencies.

    Laurel and I will be thinking about you and praying for you as you go through this journey.

    Sean R.

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    1. Sean,

      I made my appointment today with the oncologist. The date is February 27th. This is the introductory and I was told they will "plant the seeds." So I'm not exactly sure what they do but it will all be explained to me.

      Give my best to Laurel and thank her for her good wishes.

      Ron

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    2. Will do Ron. :-)

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    3. Thanks Sean!

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  6. you have made the decision that is best for you. but will you be recovered in time for spo? {{{{{hugs}}}}} to you and bill.

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    1. Anne Marie,

      I'll be there for the Spo Event. I am arranging to have my treatments in the morning. I may be fatigued and look like hell but I'll be there, rest assured.

      Ron

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  7. Oh, just think! You'll get tattooed now. (I assume they still do that!) It's not an easy decision to make, and I guess you'll also take the oncologist's advice into consideration, but based on your posts, I agree with you. The least invasive route is a good way to go.

    And I have always wanted to see someone glowing a pretty cobalt blue or teal green from radiation! We'll just have to turn out the lights and see what color you are! HAHAHAHA

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,

      When I studied all the facts and talked to people who have had radiation and surgery, the least invasive route was the only way I could go. At my age I just didn't want to take the risk of the complications that could arise from major surgery.

      Ron

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  8. Lord Tipton, I will miss the show terribly and all the wonderful characters! I will wait impatiently for season IV.
    Lady Nadege

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    1. Nadege,

      With my personality I would fit in quite nicely as a personal valet. I wonder if one of my ancestors was. I doubt it though, I am quite sure all of my ancestors were farmers. No Kings or Queens in my ancestral background, all common folk of the land.

      Ron

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  9. Ron,

    See you changed decisions since I talked to you on Sunday.I think this is the least invasive, although inconvenient for a while. When I had radiation treatment about 15 years ago It didn't make me tired, but I didn't have to go as long for mine as you do you yours and it was a different part of the body, so maybe that made a difference. At least the grid they paint on you shouldn't be visible like mine was.

    Lar

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    1. I'm going with the least invasive procedure Larry. Now I can sleep at night.

      Ron

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