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Re: Peluquero Redux

Postby Moderator » Tue May 28, 2013 9:53 am

Gwyneth M905 wrote:Steve -- I didn't know you had an ER trip in Vegas! Sounds very scary! Good for you for grabbing the bull by the horns and taking on such an ambitious program. Are you working out as well?



Let's just go with the short version: Too many blood thinners in the interest of "Heart Health" coupled with a couple of drinks at dinner = Five+ hours of a freely bleeding nose and finally getting it brutally packed (one of the most violent things I've ever had done to me). Lost several pints of the crimson fluid stuff we really shouldn't lose. Not the best impression I've ever left at the Venetian.

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Re: Peluquero Redux

Postby Gwyneth M905 » Tue May 28, 2013 3:41 pm

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Gwyneth M905 wrote:Steve -- I didn't know you had an ER trip in Vegas! Sounds very scary! Good for you for grabbing the bull by the horns and taking on such an ambitious program. Are you working out as well?



Let's just go with the short version: Too many blood thinners in the interest of "Heart Health" coupled with a couple of drinks at dinner = Five+ hours of a freely bleeding nose and finally getting it brutally packed (one of the most violent things I've ever had done to me). Lost several pints of the crimson fluid stuff we really shouldn't lose. Not the best impression I've ever left at the Venetian.

I'm all better now. 8)


Oh Crikey! Reminds me of the time I was at the Bellagio and got a tummy bug from either 1) the pool water or 2) the Starbucks' milk I put into my a.m. coffee after my swim. I vomited my way through the whole lobby all the way up to my room and then back down lugging a suitcase. I don't drink, but I'm sure people must have thought I'd overindulged the night before!

But "getting [your nose] brutally packed", that sounds just awful! Poor you! :( Still, that's better than bleeding to death!
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Re: Peluquero Redux

Postby diane bartels » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:03 pm

Steve, you have my complete sympathy. Happened to me 5 years ago. It was horrendously painful and traumatic. I almost punched the ER doc., cause she lied about how painful it was. My brother restrained me.
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Re: Peluquero Redux

Postby paul » Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:20 am

Steve and Cris, our thoughts and prayers are headed your way. Good luck today.
Kat and I are on the way for her check-up mammogram, the second post-surgery and radiation and a year into the five-year pill regimen. Nerves are abound. Stay strong, godspeed, and fight if you have to. Hugs.
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Re: Peluquero Redux

Postby Moderator » Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:49 am

Paul - Godspeed to you as well. Having just discovered what people like you and Kat are going through, and have been, it's not a club I am happy to have joined. Today's marrow biopsy will tell us what we need to know. Thank you for your thoughts, and hoping for the best results -- remission or "clean" -- for Kat today.

If anyone checks in here, I am saving my daily post on the Pav for this afternoon. It's heartwarming that so many people are concerned for her health. We will fight and fight hard, like so many other of you who have gone through similar situations. She's going to be with me for a long time to come.

Let us know how it goes, Paul!!!
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Re: Peluquero Redux

Postby FinderDoug » Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:21 am

Been sending prayers all weekend; will continue to do so. Best of all possible luck!

Paul: for you and Kat too.

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Re: Peluquero Redux

Postby paul » Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:42 pm

Thank you, guys. All systems running normal, Captain.
Mammogram, both sides and all six angles (ouch) are clean, and the ultrasound of the tumor bed, etc, et al, is also clean. Now we'll do it again in six months.

It's odd, the way we view these things. Having had two surgeries, rounds of radiation, x-rays and mammograms all through the procedure, consulting and being taken care of by exceptionally brilliant, confident and skilled doctors and staff, then Kat being on the pills she's on, I knew that everything would be fine. But as soon as Kat made the appointment for the check-up, she started to get antsy, nervous, the spectre of "what-if?" hanging around. One hears about it coming back, often with a vengeance. I knew there was nothing to worry about this time around, but since it existed once, you can never utterly eradicate the "what-if?". I think that may be the more terrible aspect of it- even when it's gone, it's never truly 'gone'.
But as our resident stalwart Sandra says so eloquently, "Fuck cancer". So it goes.

I know you guys will take this head-first and we're sending good vibes your way. As Ezra said, I wish I had more than words, but I think you know what we mean when we say good luck. Stay strong, kids.
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Re: Peluquero Redux

Postby paul » Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:57 am

Glad to hear Cris came through all right and the doctor seems optimistic. Always a good sign. Waiting sucks, but I've always believed that an answer, at least an answer, is a luxury of relief. Luck be a lady and Cris is a fine one. Keep us updated, as you wish. Thinking of you.
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Postby Moderator » Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:37 am

(A belated thanks, Paul.)


Okay, kids. I'll post this later on the Pav, but DEPARTURES Magazine just posted my photograph online.

http://www.departures-international.com/nc/sections/post/departures-moments-gallery.html

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Postby Lori Koonce » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:14 am

Must be nice to see that professional behind your name! 'Bout time the rest of the world gets to know what I do. You are good at what you do Sir.

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Re: Peluquero Redux

Postby Moderator » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:09 am

A BIRTHDAY ESSAY

As of 2:30-ish this afternoon, I will have completed my 53rd rotation around the sun.

This is astounding to me. Yesterday Cris and I were looking at our dining room table trying to remember when we bought it. It was our first piece of truly nice decor -- Ethan Allen -- and represented a change for us. We were, at the time, freshly into our first purchased home, a large condominium in Long Beach. It was a momentous occasion, signaling that we had finally made that transition from financially struggling young couple to a more stable and comfortable one.

2014 will also see our celebration of our 29th Anniversary. 29 years. I can recall vividly the early years of our marriage wondering who we would be, what we would be like at this stage in our lives. I think we've done rather well. We have wonderful friends who add texture and feeling and perspective to our lives. We have loving families on both sides of the aisle. And we have each other.

The years have given us challenges, the majority of which we have overcome, and those things we have not yet done away with will be dealt with in time.

This time last year I was miserable in my job. Highly stressed and frustrated. And angry. Very angry. In the last twelve months I've made a transition to a rewarding position that takes me to many places and allows me to deal with interesting people and organizations. At 52 I hated my job, at 53 I love it. The adage noting the difference a year makes is exactly right. At 24 a year was a long time. No more. It's barely enough time to appreciate what we've got or those things we need to change. We cannot take those good things for granted -- things may change tomorrow for the worse -- in the same way we cannot allow ourselves to think that any situation is hopeless and insurmountable. Time changes everything.

Two years ago at this time I was in Las Vegas to celebrate my 51st birthday. Little did I realize just what a wrong turn that trip was going to take. Right after a sumptuous dinner with my wife, I developed a bloody nose that simply would not stop. Two hours later I was packed into an ambulance and rushed to a nearby hospital where they struggled for another three hours. It was a night of brutality. The trip ruined, with my tail tucked between my legs we came back home and the next day I went to see my doctor. Diagnosis: I had systematically been thinning my blood over the course of many years, literally starving my body of oxygen. It explained so many things which were physically wrong with me at the time. I was always short of breath…even the tiniest task wore me out. I would sweat doing the smallest of things, and hated the idea of walking even a block or so. At work I parked on the fifth floors as to reduce my walk to the smallest distance every day.

Upon the diagnosis I stopped the supplements. I stopped the things I was doing which caused my body so much grief. It changed my life. You do not understand, fully, what the word vitality means until you have experienced its opposite and then come back across the line. I was effectively reborn, stunned by the energy and what I could describe only as "solidity" to my physiology. I could breathe again.

In many ways the last two years have been a sort of rebirth, from a world I am not sure I would have described as requiring it, but in hindsight it was not only necessary but essential. Often we are too close to something to see what damage it is doing -- even when the damage is done with the best of intentions. This is true of nit just physical damage, but emotional damage and mental damage. And in each case we have to take that step back and realize when something is not healthy for our lives, our outlook or our happiness. Ultimately only happiness is what we can have in this world. The pursuit of it is even enshrined in the American Constitution.

In order to be happy, we have to be content with our lot in life -- always seeking to improve it, but not making that improvement our sole definition of getting us to that "Happy Place". If we're not at least content with where we are, we will never achieve that contentment by getting to some other goal in the future.It's always about forward momentum, not being weighed down by things in the past or things we cannot change (fittingly, many of those unchangeables are things in the past).

I am happy where I am. At 53 I can look back and note the potholes in the road and the ruggedness of the terrain, but I am confident that were my 24 year old self -- fresh from the wedding ceremony -- would be happy and relieved with where I am now at more than twice that age. I have "grown older" (not old!) with a lovely woman at my side. She makes the sun rise every morning. We have a life together that is comforting, warm and full of love.

In 53 years, I've discovered that the true secret in life is never giving up on exploring the world, never give up in loving with all of your heart, and never think that you have come to a standstill and cannot move forward.

We are blessed with a great many possibilities.
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Re: Peluquero Redux

Postby Steve Barber » Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:37 am

Introducing my new stage persona.

As per Keendawg's suggestion, I'm delineating between personal (me) and Moderator (Barber) posts. Not super kicked in the head with the avatar yet, but working on that.

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Re: Peluquero Redux

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I would think Mayor McCheese should be the avatar for the more official role, but that's because he's an authority figure...

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Re: Peluquero Redux

Postby Steve Barber » Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:27 am

By way of explanation.

If I seem a bit testy these days, I apologize. It's been a helluva week. Yesterday was the day from Hell.

Last Thursday, as you all know, Harlan had his stroke. We, and all of his friends in the area (and a few out of the area) have been working together to make sure he and Susan are attended to. His progress is great, and their attitudes are great. It will be a long but eventually sound recovery. Cris and I went up to the hospital yesterday. He looked great and we had a nice conversation.

Friday our vet told us the results of an ultrasound on Willow, the dog we adopted from Dalmatian Rescue in September. She had a tumor or growth of some kind in her abdomen, which we decided to have removed. Yesterday morning we delivered her to our vet for surgery, with the instructions that if he opened her up and it was a major issue to simply let her go. She's still with us, and they think they got it all. We still do not know if it is a cancer; a fatty growth or fibrous tumor; or perhaps an infection/scar tissue resulting from the surgery to spay her. We'll have the lab results in a few days, but she comes home today.

Cris' cancer is still dormant. Her most recent white count stands at 21K. Normal for a person is between 6K and 10K, but she's been as high as 32,000. Still in a holding pattern.

Lastly, while we were in the hospital waiting room (Harlan was in Physical Therapy when we first arrived), I got a text from my older sister letting us know my parents had been in a serious car accident. Both are okay, however it required the jaws of life to extract my mother from the wreckage. They are seriously banged up, and the car is a write-off, but they're alive with no apparent permanent injuries.

Me? I have a massive headache, but otherwise...

Just had to get this off my chest. Thanks for listening.
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