Archive for September, 2007


I just spoke with my doc­tor.  It turns out that the tests I thought I was going to have to have — based on the results I got yes­ter­day — do not need to be done.  The let­ter was mere­ly bad­ly phrased and he was rec­om­mend­ing that I fol­low up with rou­tine test­ing.  Noth­ing spe­cial is need­ed.

The ambi­gu­i­ty on the results was — as my doc­tor put it — due to the fact that I am a “walk­ing vio­la­tion of the laws of prob­a­bilty.”

Posted on September 19th 2007 by James

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Today’s test

Well, today I had my prostate biop­sy.  It was one of the worst expe­ri­ences I have ever had.  The after­math is even worse, as it has con­tin­ued to become more and more painful as the day has worn on.

Also, I got the results of last week’s colonoscopy and they were ambigu­ous enough to war­rant anoth­er series of tests.  I am not hap­py about this. 

Posted on September 18th 2007 by James

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One more down

Well, I had the sur­gi­cal colonoscopy today.  I bare­ly remem­ber any of the pro­ce­dure.  The drugs I was giv­en were to put me into a twi­light sleep, and they appar­ent­ly worked rather well.  I remem­ber being wheeled into the oper­at­ing room and giv­en the drugs.  I remem­ber a few iso­lat­ed flash­es of the pro­ce­dure but noth­ing more.

I was for­tu­nate to have a very good friend who drove me to and from and took care of me while I was too woozy from the drugs to func­tion prop­er­ly. 

Posted on September 11th 2007 by James

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Test tomorrow

Tomor­row I have a sur­gi­cal colonoscopy.  This should be the next to last test I have to have for all this mess.  Next week I have a biop­sy.

I am not doing ter­ri­bly well fac­ing this event tomor­row.  But I’ll get through it.  It’s not as if I have a choice in that.

Posted on September 10th 2007 by James

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