Ed Lada

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3 hours ago, Shootist Jeff said:

If you come back to the states for good, which young polish girl are you bringing with you???

All of them obviously!   :lol:

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BTW, even thought I don't post very often (my 4600 posts are scattered over 16 or so years)I have been here since the first few months of SA and I consider you and anyone else who slithered in here post circa 2008 newbs and I have yet to see some fair skinned Polish tatas.

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Fuck, fuck and fuckity fuck Ed. Sorry to hear about this. Lost my mom to Alzheimer's and at 65 watching out for symptoms to develop as I get older. Hope the VA can get some help for your needs. Keep your attitude tuned up and the group will always be here when you need us. Take care of yourself.

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4 hours ago, Guitar said:

Fuck, fuck and fuckity fuck Ed. Sorry to hear about this. Lost my mom to Alzheimer's and at 65 watching out for symptoms to develop as I get older. Hope the VA can get some help for your needs. Keep your attitude tuned up and the group will always be here when you need us. Take care of yourself.

Thanks. I have many Alzheimer,s like symptoms but I am pretty sure what I have in my head is related to the problems with the nerves in my legs, feet and hands.  So not only am I loosing my mind but my mobility as well.  It kinda sucks, but I laugh a lot because that's better than crying!  I prefer to be happy.  If the damn VA would get off their ass, I might try to get this shit straightened out or at least have more info.  Any information is better than "We don't know."  You guys are the best bunch of knuckleheads and assholes ever.  I couldn't do it as well without the support I get here!  

 

Keep the cards, letters, jokes and insults coming folks.  Fuck, I love this place!  :lol:

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Hey, I had a bunch of weird neural problems, pain in leg arms etc, drooping face, back pain, brain farts etc. got a bit worse each year.
Did not complain to much by doctors, only got tested for Lyme.
Started to get really annoyed about it, had a plan for future to start a business, so paid for an scan packet at private clinic out of own pocket just to make sure I was fine.
Drove from west Netherlands to Germany, 4 hr drive, 4 hrs of scanning, hart films etc, got the result, thyroid cancer, more then 4 cm big, thats big they said.
it was already late, in the winter, had to drive home 4 hrs again, was alone, in the dark, lots to think about.

A few weeks later a day before xmas 2016 I was operated, complete removal. recovering since then. Still happy to be alive and I was early enough to have it not spread out more dangerously. So prospect of getting old enough is good. But quality of live took a big blow, I am 50 and my energy level is very low, I am not reacting good to the medication. Lucky I had an active and adventurous lifestyle before, first normal job I had was at 41 :) Sailed and build boats and lived both sides of the Atlantic and Med. Crossed Atlantic solo, etc.

So I had a thyroid cancer, and the normal signs of that (tiredness, mood swings etc) I did not really notice so did not tell the doctor. And the nerve thing was really not expected. So this was missed. Atypical signs, story of my life...

So think wide, if I was blood tested in a wide area it would have been discovered years earlier. Keep tossing up ideas to the doctors.

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13 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

I thought about it.  It would be an intensely incredible experience. My brother lives in New Jersey about 1 hour from Manhattan.  But I would have to fly there because I can't trust myself to drive 6-7 hours and then the tickets would be a minimum of $500.00, probably much more. I have the money but that's an expensive weekend and I have grandchildren to spoil, I have already spent about $6,000 on them for various necessities and I have only been here for a little more than 2 weeks.! And that's not including the $3,500 for air travel and car rental.  Grand kid expenses are measured in boat bucks I'm discovering.

 

Did you see the Broadway show?

yes.   think of it as an oral autobiography with acoustic song thrown in.  not a concert, not a musical, not a play.  pretty sure it's been extended through fall.

and yeah, it wasn't cheap - but nothing is in the city.

(and ... he uses a teleprompter)

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56 minutes ago, SailBlueH2O said:

Have your Dr's ruled out ataxia ?...

They have.  They have ruled out many things, they said when it gets bad enough they might find something and will know.  I guess that's better than nothing.  I think I am getting to that point.  If I know something then at least I can make some plans.

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4 hours ago, LeoV said:

Hey, I had a bunch of weird neural problems, pain in leg arms etc, drooping face, back pain, brain farts etc. got a bit worse each year.
Did not complain to much by doctors, only got tested for Lyme.
Started to get really annoyed about it, had a plan for future to start a business, so paid for an scan packet at private clinic out of own pocket just to make sure I was fine.
Drove from west Netherlands to Germany, 4 hr drive, 4 hrs of scanning, hart films etc, got the result, thyroid cancer, more then 4 cm big, thats big they said.
it was already late, in the winter, had to drive home 4 hrs again, was alone, in the dark, lots to think about.

A few weeks later a day before xmas 2016 I was operated, complete removal. recovering since then. Still happy to be alive and I was early enough to have it not spread out more dangerously. So prospect of getting old enough is good. But quality of live took a big blow, I am 50 and my energy level is very low, I am not reacting good to the medication. Lucky I had an active and adventurous lifestyle before, first normal job I had was at 41 :) Sailed and build boats and lived both sides of the Atlantic and Med. Crossed Atlantic solo, etc.

So I had a thyroid cancer, and the normal signs of that (tiredness, mood swings etc) I did not really notice so did not tell the doctor. And the nerve thing was really not expected. So this was missed. Atypical signs, story of my life...

So think wide, if I was blood tested in a wide area it would have been discovered years earlier. Keep tossing up ideas to the doctors.

Wow Leo, that was a hell of an experience for you.  I am like you, I have done many things in my life and I have no regrets.  I have forgotten how many jobs I have had, the longest was 6 years, most were 1-2 years, move on, another country, another adventure.  I hate not being able to function correctly but I have many memories of a life well lived.  I will keep on pushing until I can't.  I think about many things, all of the time.  Unfortunately, even thinking is difficult now.  

Maybe we can meet in Germany sometime or maybe I will be in the Netherlands in the future, I love Amsterdam!

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On 5/13/2018 at 3:44 PM, Ed Lada said:

Often the stock answer is "It sucks to be you but we just can't explain why you are fucked, except that you are."  

I'd rreeeeaally interested to see how the (presumedly) socialised medicine at home differs from, say, Highmark/Blue Cross.  I'm "recovering" [sic] from C1-C2 fusion by means of two titanium drywall screws apiece connected by two parallel-to-spine  rods and a little bit of hip bone.  The young talent at the physical therapy place never seem to disappoint for entertainment, while the "my age" chick does a good handie on my upper neck with stretches and pressure-point releases. 

Now, the question about disparate Health Care methods has to do with the year-and-a-half that I went with Spike headaches and loss of cognitive functions weather directly related words simply due to Chronic sleep deprivation.  Dr Google is often a quack - but did call this one pretty well near the beginning by some sources speaking about nerve/spinal cord impingement that presents as localised, random head pain known as "ice pick" headaches. 

My neurosurgeon from previous lumbar problems seems pretty sharp, so, 2 nonths later, I get an office visit. It took the obligatory X-Ray, CT-Scan, and another 6 months for a first MRI at which point some stenosis around C4-C5 was evident.  OK, so, PT for a while. Minimal relief.  This led to direction to one of your really hot, smokin' Polish chicks (Pychynski, 35-38 yrs age) who got me some cognitive functuon tests, useless meds, and I think another something or other.   it might have been a full head MRI and MRA for cranial lesions or blood pressure or some such things;  looking into my skull, they saw nothing...

OK, it's  a little over a year now and a follow-up with the neurosurgeon sees a second MRI of my neck called for, only higher up.  I go back to the  neurosurgeon for those results.His PA tells me that I have two problems that they want to start looking at with surgery.  One is the aforementioned C4-C5 flattening that could help with some head stuff, due to muscle inflation that neither PT nor drugs are adequately controlling. This is also in light of nerve tingling in arms & fingers and a tendancy to drop stuff (drinks, soldering irons, etc).  The other piece of work is something "new" after 12-14 months of study,  seen just now in this most recent MRI: the C1 to C2 issue to which they now ascribe the actual ice pick headaches.

Maybe they Googled it.

Anyway, the suggestion was for the lower one (C4/5) to get worked on first, due to motor sklls.  Bearing in mind that a disability-retired friend "died" due to untreatable pain from a bullet lodged in his neck (Oakland PD, only one of 5 friends' suicide losses involving a gun),  I considered how long I, too, was willig to live like this.  Leaving out the thought process, I chose the C1/2 surgery first.  that was Feb 13 this year.

...cut, cut, sawzall, drill, glue, stitch...

Hey! The outright "spike" bulshit is all but disappeared once in awhile something kind of tries to creep in but that's only once every several days at worst and not very strong.

For those contemplating this kind of work, I cannot emphasize the degree to which a long recovery and the attendant instructions must be followed, and then some.  Things have been here & there, though - after 3 days of trying to live "normally" (remove car wheels, replace brake pads; tilt over a 30' home weather station tower, add sky camera and a Ubiquity long-range WiFi bridge; triage new-to-me jet-ski for steering cable replacement; other BS), what is active now and continues for almost a week are a prominent back of head ache and continuing neck tension and dizziess despite some of the best PT and therapy around.  Now, if she was single, impure thoughts would prevail.

It's a journey, that's for sure, this nerve shyte.  Oh,  a note about mail-order TENS stimulators - use with adult supervision.  after trying one this weekend, i took it to therapy and compared it, also, to something from Germany's past.  Fuque Me, that little dial goes from zero to 3-ish, then from there to uncontrolled bowel release by 4.   And it's  "FDA Approved".  The cheerleader at PT helped set it up similarly to their combat grade TENS truth-extractor on the cart....

So, Ed, i'm especially interested in how you progress through your ordeal.  Best wishes.  PM at any time.

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I feel for ya, Ed (although I still think perhaps your blood levels are low on pork or something, what with being in the States now).  Everyone is different, but I think I'd rather have the "you need to go to your doctor *now*" response than "Uh, we have no idea what's going on."  BTDT with both. 

Good luck, and keep us posted.  Here's hoping there's a path and timeline to treatment soon.  I'll have some kielbasa this weekend in your honor. . .

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21 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

Wow Leo, that was a hell of an experience for you.  I am like you, I have done many things in my life and I have no regrets.  I have forgotten how many jobs I have had, the longest was 6 years, most were 1-2 years, move on, another country, another adventure.  I hate not being able to function correctly but I have many memories of a life well lived.  I will keep on pushing until I can't.  I think about many things, all of the time.  Unfortunately, even thinking is difficult now.  

Maybe we can meet in Germany sometime or maybe I will be in the Netherlands in the future, I love Amsterdam!

Nah, not to bad experience, happy to live in a country with good healthcare and social security. I am not bitching any more about the tax levels we have.
My lesson learned, keep asking the doctor for any test possible, even the weird ones :)

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On 5/16/2018 at 9:54 PM, sunseeker said:
On 5/16/2018 at 8:57 PM, Shootist Jeff said:

If you come back to the states for good, which young polish girl are you bringing with you???

Why do you think he’d only bring one?

Because most airlines have a single carry-on limit.....  :D

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Holy shit, all this talk of getting old and infirm sucks!  I am not a fan of this old age thing.  I honestly believe I would rather literally pull the trigger and check out before ending up with late stage Alzheimer's or with a debilitating injury or condition that was incurable and left me immobile with little quality of life.  I just don't see the point in going through it or worse yet putting your loved ones through it.  

And to be clear, I'm not in any way suggesting anything to edmund.  Its just a general observation that if things got bad enough, I don't understand how some people go on and how some family members prolong this suffering sometimes for years when the person gets past the point of being able to make the decision themselves.  

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11 minutes ago, Shootist Jeff said:

Holy shit, all this talk of getting old and infirm sucks!  I am not a fan of this old age thing.  I honestly believe I would rather literally pull the trigger and check out before ending up with late stage Alzheimer's or with a debilitating injury or condition that was incurable and left me immobile with little quality of life.  I just don't see the point in going through it or worse yet putting your loved ones through it.  

And to be clear, I'm not in any way suggesting anything to edmund.  Its just a general observation that if things got bad enough, I don't understand how some people go on and how some family members prolong this suffering sometimes for years when the person gets past the point of being able to make the decision themselves.  

Thankfully a flight to Switzerland isn’t too hard to jump onto when the time comes. 

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3 hours ago, Shootist Jeff said:

Holy shit, all this talk of getting old and infirm sucks!  I am not a fan of this old age thing.  I honestly believe I would rather literally pull the trigger and check out before ending up with late stage Alzheimer's or with a debilitating injury or condition that was incurable and left me immobile with little quality of life.  I just don't see the point in going through it or worse yet putting your loved ones through it.  

And to be clear, I'm not in any way suggesting anything to edmund.  Its just a general observation that if things got bad enough, I don't understand how some people go on and how some family members prolong this suffering sometimes for years when the person gets past the point of being able to make the decision themselves.  

I agree completely.  I have many friends that are doctors, including my best friend here.  We have made plans.  The only trouble with it is the timing, if you wait too long, you are too caught up in dementia to remember what you planned!  It's a fine line.

It's a hell of a thing to put the family through.  My daughter told me she will take care of me if it comes to that.  I told her I couldn't do that to her, she has her hands full with  her twins.   I will go to the VA for care if necessary, in a VA facility for such things.  My mother died of a malignant brain tumor when she was 60 years old and it was 6 months of hell, watching a once wonderful, intelligent woman descend into a screaming, babbling shell of what she once was.  I never want to go through something like that again, and I don't want my daughter to have to experience it.

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4 hours ago, Shootist Jeff said:

Holy shit, all this talk of getting old and infirm sucks!  I am not a fan of this old age thing.  I honestly believe I would rather literally pull the trigger and check out before ending up with late stage Alzheimer's

That's what Phil Bolger did. He had a family history of Old Timers Disease and had decided to do just that before he got too debilitated to remember to do it.

When the symptoms showed up unmistakably he went into the woods behind his house and shot himself.

Luckily he was also a gun nut so he had the "tools" at hand.

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52 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

That's what Phil Bolger did. He had a family history of Old Timers Disease and had decided to do just that before he got too debilitated to remember to do it.

When the symptoms showed up unmistakably he went into the woods behind his house and shot himself.

Luckily he was also a gun nut so he had the "tools" at hand.

Oh..that is a thoughtful suggestion...of course it crosses everyone's minds...and I am a subscriber ...however I have noticed strong personalities advocating such go out like everyone else...with every medical attention serving their biomedical needs....until that last morphine drip stops dropping....even with an iron clad last directive if the attending Dr asks the confused patient would it be OK if we gave you a feeding tube, human survival instincts says sure...even though it never changes the outcome....sorry if I took a dark turn here...Hoping you find a Dx Ed

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Ed here is a test

you should look at this once a day

looking again the same time might be an early sign

but only if forgetting that you already looked that day

So to keep track of how you are doing you should look perhaps 10 times a day

and see if you can remember how many looks so far & how many to go till you have looked X amount of times

you're welcome in advance

 

 

 

 

 

 

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here is another test

if you notice the waffles are burning and the cat jumped on the counter - We Have BAD News for you

Otherwise There is Still Hope !!

 

 

 

 

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing and indoor

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6 minutes ago, DA-WOODY said:

Ed here is a test

you should look at this once a day

looking again the same time might be an early sign

but only if forgetting that you already looked that day

So to keep track of how you are doing you should look perhaps 10 times a day

and see if you can remember how many looks so far & how many to go till you have looked X amount of times

you're welcome in advance

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Image may contain: one or more people

Oh this is good....back up a few posts when I asked Ed about ataxia...that was because my step father in law suffered and succumbed....fast forward to a few months ago when my ma in law was visiting, she is 87, she confided  to my wife that the nurses/workers in the care facility complained that he parked himself with a good view of the youngsters then pleasured himself, I am sure this was from a distance...cracked me up when my wife said he said he told the nurses...."my doctor said I could"....

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Here's a new one for any of you medical anarchists out there.  I felt like complete shit Thursday, all day, the last time I felt that bad was in 2005 when a severe infection and a subsequent heart attack almost killed me.  So I went to th ER at a local hospital.  Blood work and ahead CT.   Then more blood drawn.  CT came back negative for any gross lesions, stroke, etc.  Blood came back with elevated pancreatic enzymes.  

ER Doc:  Well, any history of pancreatitis, etc, your pancreatic enzymes are a bit elevated.

Me:Negative, no hx of any abdominal problems except gall bladder disease, gall bladder was removed, and some GERD that's under control.  How high?

Doc:  1,200.

Me, OK, what's normal?

Doc:  Oh, usually anything below 200.

Me:  Well doc, that sounds pretty high.

Doc:  Yeah, usually anything over 700 is an automatic admission.  Are you in any pain?  

Me:  No, none at all.

Doc:  Hmm, you should be doubled over in pain, turning yellow and vomiting with those levels, but I see your not.  Maybe you can see your family doc in a day or 2 and have him repeat the test and see what the result is.

Me:  OK, can I go home then?

Doc:  Yeah, I suppose, if we admit you we will just keep an eye on you.  You can go if you like.

Me:  OK, thanks, bye.

WTF, Like I need another problem, I like my pancreas, I have always treated it well.  I need that little gland, it's pretty damned important.  And I still am incredibly tired and feel like shit but no other symptoms.  I'm going to the local VA outpatient clinic on Monday to have them check my levels again, and we'll see what happens.  FML!

While I was in the ER, I was my usual jocular self, joking with the nurses, bickering with my best friends wife, and just generally having fun.  When I went to check out, I told the folks at the desk that they were all very nice but no offense, I hoped I wouldn't see them again.   They laughed and said don't worry, they would not forget me, and have a nice night.  We all laughed as I said goodbye  I think they enjoyed my visit.  I think.  I hope they weren't just being polite and they couldn't wait for me to get out of there.  :lol:

 

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11 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

your pancreatic enzymes are a bit elevated.

Doc:  Hmm, you should be doubled over in pain, turning yellow and vomiting with those levels

I love Doctorspeak.

"You will experience some discomfort"

AHHHHHHHHH - NOOOOOOO

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Pancreatic cancer?  I assumed they screened for that?

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I hear the Islets of Langerhans are beautiful this time of year.

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Congrats Ish - that sets a new standard for arcane references.

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55 minutes ago, Shootist Jeff said:

Pancreatic cancer?  I assumed they screened for that?

Yes and no.  Imaging can find large lesions, but even MRIs aren't always perfect.  The abdomen is pretty crowded and the pancreas is small.  Another anarchist here that's an MD, suggested that the pancreatic enzymes could be causing my neurological symptoms.  If the fucking VA ever gives me a date for a primary care appointment, which is my gateway to specialists, I can ask them for the specific exams required to identify why my pancreas is behaving like it is.  It pisses me off that I have to wait more than 3 weeks now for a letter telling me when my primary appointment is.  Who knows how long I will have to wait until they can begin to start focusing on Identifying the problem, let alone getting to see a specialist to maybe help me.   Fuck me!

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5 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

I love Doctorspeak.

"You will experience some discomfort"

AHHHHHHHHH - NOOOOOOO

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

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3 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

Congrats Ish - that sets a new standard for arcane references.

I thick MikeWof mackes arcanerre refferances...                 :)  

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Yeah but there's the impact factor of references/ignores to consider...I'd say Ish has it nailed.

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15 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

Yes and no.  Imaging can find large lesions, but even MRIs aren't always perfect.  The abdomen is pretty crowded and the pancreas is small.  Another anarchist here that's an MD, suggested that the pancreatic enzymes could be causing my neurological symptoms. If the fucking VA ever gives me a date for a primary care appointment, which is my gateway to specialists, I can ask them for the specific exams required to identify why my pancreas is behaving like it is.  It pisses me off that I have to wait more than 3 weeks now for a letter telling me when my primary appointment is.  Who knows how long I will have to wait until they can begin to start focusing on Identifying the problem, let alone getting to see a specialist to maybe help me.   Fuck me!

How does VA work overseas ?....I used the VA for the 1st time 45 years after discharge, agent orange related prostate cancer so it was claim related . Possibly claim related procedures are handled differently. That said I had extremely mixed encounters from excellent to -10. I was able to have all diagnoses  with private docs then to the VA . It is very frustrating rarely seeing the same VA docs....they seem to move in out and around the system a lot. I guess what I am saying is if you can somehow use private first then go to the VA for treatment, many of the more advanced treatments are outsourced by the VA to private specialist....good luck and keep and ask for time and date stamped copies of everything. One more thing when back stateside google and find a local VSO they can be very helpful and don't cost anything...they know all the hoops to jump through and all the paper work pitfalls to navigate properly

https://www.longtermcarelink.net/ref_list_state_county_veterans_service_officers.htm

Tad

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15 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

Yes and no.  Imaging can find large lesions, but even MRIs aren't always perfect.  The abdomen is pretty crowded and the pancreas is small.  Another anarchist here that's an MD, suggested that the pancreatic enzymes could be causing my neurological symptoms.  If the fucking VA ever gives me a date for a primary care appointment, which is my gateway to specialists, I can ask them for the specific exams required to identify why my pancreas is behaving like it is.  It pisses me off that I have to wait more than 3 weeks now for a letter telling me when my primary appointment is.  Who knows how long I will have to wait until they can begin to start focusing on Identifying the problem, let alone getting to see a specialist to maybe help me.   Fuck me!

On the plus side, if it's pancreatic cancer you'll probably be dead by the time the appointment is set for..... It's one of the fastest ways to go.....

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55 minutes ago, SailBlueH2O said:

How does VA work overseas ?....I used the VA for the 1st time 45 years after discharge, agent orange related prostate cancer so it was claim related . Possibly claim related procedures are handled differently. That said I had extremely mixed encounters from excellent to -10. I was able to have all diagnoses  with private docs then to the VA . It is very frustrating rarely seeing the same VA docs....they seem to move in out and around the system a lot. I guess what I am saying is if you can somehow use private first then go to the VA for treatment, many of the more advanced treatments are outsourced by the VA to private specialist....good luck and keep and ask for time and date stamped copies of everything. One more thing when back stateside google and find a local VSO they can be very helpful and don't cost anything...they know all the hoops to jump through and all the paper work pitfalls to navigate properly

https://www.longtermcarelink.net/ref_list_state_county_veterans_service_officers.htm

Tad

Overseas care is a pain in the ass.  If your rating is 60% or greater you can receive care for any illness regardless of service connection.  I can go to any hospital I like overseas and get care however most of them will ask for cash up front.  Then I have to send the receipts to the VA office in the US that handles this.  It takes them up to 10 months to reimburse me.  I am currently on my estranged wife's medical insurance in Germany since she works there.  That makes my life much easier.

In the US they have the Veteran's Choice program.  In spite of Trump claiming he wants to invent that, it has been in existence since 2014.  If you live more than 40 miles from a VA facility that can treat your condition, or you have to wait for more than 30 days for an appointment, then you can go to any doctor you want and the VA will pay.  I have enrolled in the system when I was in the US last year.  The problem is the program expires this year and they are out of funds, so for now it isn't an option probably.  In addition, in an emergency, I can go to the nearest treatment center and the VA will pay.  This is what I did last week.  

I joined the Disabled American Veterans when I was medically discharged from the Army in 1994.  It was the best $125.00 (lifetime membership) I ever spent except that time in Japan..., never mind.  The DAV has reps in all VA major medical facilities and in all VA regional offices.  They are on top of everything and they advocate for the best possible outcome.  I would highly recommend that any disabled veteran join such an organization, there are several.  As you pointed about above, there are also services available from each state.

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40 minutes ago, Mrleft8 said:

On the plus side, if it's pancreatic cancer you'll probably be dead by the time the appointment is set for..... It's one of the fastest ways to go.....

True dat.  Sometimes I am wishing for such a diagnosis, I am getting worn out from the day to day physical and mental struggle and the difficulty of obtaining answers.  But I am not at my limit yet, we'll see what happens in the future.

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16 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

Yes and no.  Imaging can find large lesions, but even MRIs aren't always perfect.  

Snip...

According to a Radiologist friend with a good scan and radiologist, imaging can discriminate down to about 0.25cm.  Sounds small until he adds that a 0.25cm cube is roughly 1 Billion cells.  

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3 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

True dat.  Sometimes I am wishing for such a diagnosis, I am getting worn out from the day to day physical and mental struggle and the difficulty of obtaining answers.  But I am not at my limit yet, we'll see what happens in the future.

As me old pappy used to say - "Every day above ground is a good day".

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8 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

True dat.  Sometimes I am wishing for such a diagnosis, I am getting worn out from the day to day physical and mental struggle and the difficulty of obtaining answers.  But I am not at my limit yet, we'll see what happens in the future.

in 2005 my mother died of colon cancer.

In 2008 I was diagnosed with the same said cancer. They took 7.5 CM of my guts out, and I'm still here to say: "Fuck you cancer! Get off my fucking lawn you punk!"

Yes, it makes my morning routine a bit more leisurely than it was when I was a woodsman, sailor, slayer of lady's virtue...... But as they say..... I still survive....

 

https://youtu.be/Km1hvQTrqv0

 

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I went to the VA clinic today to get my enzymes checked again.  Some of you might be happy others pissed but I am happy to say that I can still keep buying green bananas.  The best case was that there was just a temporary spike in my enzymes, maybe a duct was plugged briefly causing the high level, the lab today reported the level was 174, which is perfectly normal.  So that little stress is gone.  Much to my relief. Back to the neurological mystery.   

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Ed's been in my thoughts too today hope he's doing well...

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Same for me, wanted to get some advice and noticed he hasn’t been seen for a while.

Been unusually quiet, especially considering the new trolls, socks and Trump in Europe. :mellow:

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Fear not fellow denizens, I am here but a little quiet.  I appreciate the concern.  I'll try to grace you lucky SOBs with my presence a little more often.  

The only thing about Trump in Europe is that I fear he will come to visit Poland where the current government is not unlike his.  It's scary.

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Thanks for checking in and please don't let our concern of your absence go to your head.

:lol:

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Ed, I hadn't seen anything from you on CA for a while, and just found this thread. I' so sorry to hear what you're going through.

B.C.

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Here, this'll rile him up....

(Supposably taken by someone while driving in Poland)

 

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Let’s really lure him out.......Grateful Dead are awesome and Springsteen sucks..........if that doesn’t get it done.......

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Maybe a picture of some Polish chicks will summon him -

 

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22 hours ago, Mike in Seattle said:

slacker better show up PDQ

, I have a truckload of vowels I've been picking up along side the road,,

Maybe this has been covered elsewhere, but WTF is it with you and misplaced commas, especially at the beginnings of sentences?  Doing all this from your phone and don't like forced capitalization?

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*gets popcorn and snacks*....

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My Granny was a 4th grade school teacher since Noah was a pup, and retired when I was in grade skool.

( , gets a beer )

whilst  around the middle of Orygun section of  PCT , at Crater Lake, I bought a tourist postcard and sent her and my Gramps a note.

,,  shit,  ( gets up for the bottle opener ).

 

When I finished that hike and went to visit,  a month and change later, after looking me over, said I was skinny, 

, went in her knitting basket and took out that postcard,  looked accusingly at me,

and had corrected  with red pencil.  

My Gramps rolled his eyes in sympathy, 

Granny went in the kitchen  and started a Southern Style pot roast  with potatoes, carrots, bell pepper and all the fixins.

 

 

, and the horse ya rode in on ,, ,,

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2 hours ago, bplipschitz said:

Maybe this has been covered elsewhere, but WTF is it with you and misplaced commas, especially at the beginnings of sentences?  Doing all this from your phone and don't like forced capitalization?

Mike is a little behind the times technologically speaking. Not only a dial-up modem but his keyboard broke and he has to enter everything on this.

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so,

Does this mean the slot canyon is _not_ going to be nekkid and barefisted  ?

:( woulda made an epic video,  "Fang & Claw ,,,,, primal man kills last endangered mountain lion"

You can wear boots,  if you're worried about authenticity of "nekkid" .

Archaeologist type geeks have found really really old moccasins.

, and knives , the geeks have found old knives too.  True ,, ,, not SS Bowie, , ,  use Obsidion if that's an issue and I won't be the one to narc if you decide to use SS ( good choice, by the way) . ,/

, and spears, the archaeologist geeks have found really really old spears too. Do you have a spear ?

FAR BE IT from moi  to turn into a petty little bitch if yours is  "modern material"   like bronze or iron.

( I suggest  something like a 1065 ~ 1095  alloy steel, )

( heat treated  and spring tempered for a durable and abuse  resistant blade )

As far as I'm concerned, a spear is a spear is a spear and Kumbaya if that's what it takes to kill the Last Endangered Mountain Lion.

 

It will still be a  dayum good video.

 

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16 hours ago, Mike in Seattle said:

so,

Does this mean the slot canyon is _not_ going to be nekkid and barefisted  ?

:( woulda made an epic video,  "Fang & Claw ,,,,, primal man kills last endangered mountain lion"

You can wear boots,  if you're worried about authenticity of "nekkid" .

Archaeologist type geeks have found really really old moccasins.

, and knives , the geeks have found old knives too.  True ,, ,, not SS Bowie, , ,  use Obsidion if that's an issue and I won't be the one to narc if you decide to use SS ( good choice, by the way) . ,/

, and spears, the archaeologist geeks have found really really old spears too. Do you have a spear ?

FAR BE IT from moi  to turn into a petty little bitch if yours is  "modern material"   like bronze or iron.

( I suggest  something like a 1065 ~ 1095  alloy steel, )

( heat treated  and spring tempered for a durable and abuse  resistant blade )

As far as I'm concerned, a spear is a spear is a spear and Kumbaya if that's what it takes to kill the Last Endangered Mountain Lion.

 

It will still be a  dayum good video.

 

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I'm a little stressed over this thread and Ed being MIA ... I hope that he's okay, he's a good guy, and he has a lot of friends here.

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might have succumbed to a treadmill stress test  ?

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13 hours ago, mikewof said:

I'm a little stressed over this thread and Ed being MIA ... I hope that he's okay, he's a good guy, and he has a lot of friends here.

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Nah, he's invited over 5 super hot polish girls (all of age I'm sure) for an innocent photoshoot and he's just not resurfaced yet.  Someone needs to check his CC receipts for pizza delivery (is that even a thing in Polska?).  And his electricity bill is probably off the charts as he's likely turned his home into a "grow house" for personal medical purposes. 

Just saying. :D

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3 hours ago, Shootist Jeff said:

Nah, he's invited over 5 super hot polish girls ,,,

 

Now considering  Management Candidates for Exclusive Hotel for Single Ladies of Distinction.

The Ideal candidate would be well versed as to the  selection of exotic and imported beverages

to  be featured in the historic 1885 Saloon.

 

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On 7/14/2018 at 1:48 AM, Ed Lada said:

Fear not fellow denizens, I am here but a little quiet.  I appreciate the concern.  I'll try to grace you lucky SOBs with my presence a little more often.  

The only thing about Trump in Europe is that I fear he will come to visit Poland where the current government is not unlike his.  It's scary.

Missed you in PA, had chalked it up to you being busy with grandkids. Hope you'll be back soon.

Did anyone mention a transient ischemic attack causing a "mini" stroke? Similar symptoms and hard to spot without an angio.

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Fear not you despicable denizens of this dreadful hell hole, I am still around.  

It warms the crusty cockle burrs of my slightly damaged heart to read the heartfelt wishes, concern and advice, I appreciate it.  Except for PB.  There is nothing funny about the Grateful Dead, they suck and we all know it!  :P  Bruuuuuuuuuuuce!!!!!!!!!!!

Since I returned from the US to Poland at the end of June, I made a few decisions.  The biggest one is that there is no way I can ever live in the US again.  I haven't lived in the US for 22 years now, and I spent about 5 years total outside of the country on other occasions prior to leaving this time around.   I just can't live there, too much of the culture has passed me by.  I felt like a complete stranger in my home country this last trip.   I will visit the grand kids if I am able and they can come see me here as well.  I have a feeling that they won't be old enough to really know me, but that's life.  I did buy a 'Grandfather Journal' while I was in the US, it's pretty cool.  It has places to write many things about my life and experiences and I think it will be a great thing to have when they are older.

Right now, my physical condition has deteriorated quite a bit.  I can't walk easily and anything more than a few feet is slow and arduous and I get tired easily.  I am also noticing weakness in my arms which has started in the last month.  I moved back in with my wife after a 3 year hiatus, we are working on getting along and so far, so good.  In spite of my physical problems, I have been renovating the deck I built 9 years ago.  When I originally built it, I got a great deal on some 8' lengths of pressure treated pine deck boards for about $1.00 a board.  I knew it wasn't the best wood but for the price I couldn't pass it up an I built the deck with replacement of the wood at some point, in mind.  he underlying frame I made of steel, so that's fine and I am redoing the top of the flower box walls and the deck surface.  I have managed to do all of the work on top, I am waiting for an order of 100 10' Douglas Fir deck boards (at about $12.00 each), they will be here in about 3 weeks.  I manage to work slowly for about 4-5 hours and then the next day I don't do much, and recover from the prior day's effort.  Rinse and repeat.  I have been doing this for about 6 weeks now.  It's hell on my body and I get exhausted and it's painful, however it keeps me busy and my mind of of other things.  I envision the  day will come soon when I won't even be able to do this much so I am moving while I can.  I have to say, even though I could have done the whole job in about 2 weeks of  10-12 hour days a few years ago,  by working and moving slowly, I noticed the quality of my work is better.  So there's that.  I indulge nightly in some cannabis which helps with the pain and every Thursday, a very nice looking young Polish massage therapist comes to our house and my wife and I each get a wonderful 1 hour massage.  And today is Thursday she will be here in a couple of hours!  

The physical problems are worse to me than the mental stuff.  My wife and I are flying to the Canary Islands, specifically the southern tip of Gran Canaria, Maspalomas, at the end of October for some sun,  fresh fish, and good Rioja.   We booked an apartment at a small place we have been to before, it's right on the promenade overlooking the ocean.   There are some nice restaurants down the promenade a little ways, we will just walk slowly.  I love to walk on the beach but I probably won't do much of that but just sitting and seeing the ocean and hearing the waves while eating good food and drinking good wine will be fine with me.  It is one of my favorite beach holiday places.

Our family doctor is an old Prussian German guy, he is quite cool and been a doctor for about 50 years.  He also sings in my wife's choir.  The other day after choir practice he asked my wife how I was doing.  She explained my condition to him and he pondered the news.  Then he told her; "You know Eddie has lived many places and done many things, he has done twice as much in his life as a normal person, so he is wearing out because he has lived 2 lifetimes, he isn't 62 years old, he is 124 years old!"  I like that idea and that's my story from now on.  Actually for 124 years old, I am in pretty good condition.  And I'll be 126 in November.  I always wanted to live the life I wanted, to do it my way and somehow I did.  My motto over the years is 'no regrets' and I can honestly say I have enjoyed my life very much, the freedom, the travel, the adventures and the good as well as the bad.  Life is about learning and I learned a lot and if I had it to do over, I wouldn't change a thing.  Having a career, stability, and a normal life isn't for me.

Thanks again for the kind thoughts and words, don't worry, I won't get a swelled head over it.  I re-read a good part of the thread today, and I don't have any memory of posting most of what I posted in the past here.  If I didn't comment or thank each one of you, please forgive me and consider it done.  

So that's where I am at at this point.  If I remember, I will post now and then and keep y'all informed.  

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Hang in there!

I knew someone that at age 14 was told she would be paralyzed by 15 and dead before 16. She made it into her 30s just to piss off the doctors!

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Ed, if it's not any trouble, can you post a photo or two from the Canary Islands?

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10 minutes ago, Bull City said:

Ed, if it's not any trouble, can you post a photo or two from the Canary Islands?

yes, and the message therpiste.              :)

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40 minutes ago, Ed Lada said:

It warms the crusty cockle burrs of my slightly damaged heart to read the heartfelt wishes, concern and advice, I appreciate it.  Except for PB.  There is nothing funny about the Grateful Dead, they suck and we all know it!  :P  Bruuuuuuuuuuuce!!!!!!!!!!!

:lol:

I knew that would git er dun............

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Sorry to hear of your travails Soaker - hang in there.

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21 minutes ago, SloopJonB said:

Sorry to hear of your travails Soaker - hang in there.

Thanks SJB, I'm doing the best I can!

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I saw the news story about the 16 foot snake in Warsaw and thought of you this morning.    I know what you mean by the cultural displacement thing.  My GF has lived in the states for about 15 years, and no longer connects with Japanese culture.  She's gotten somewhat used to Americans talking about family at work and likes America's lack of gender rules.  Meanwhile Japan has passed her by too, despite watching their news and some entertainment online.   Hopefully ICE doesn't start messing with her permanent green card out of boredom.   

Sorry we didn't get that sail this summer.    Best wishes. 

 

 

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@ least they shouldn't put you on a friggin treadmill

so you have that going for you

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2 hours ago, Bull City said:

Ed, if it's not any trouble, can you post a photo or two from the Canary Islands?

Sure, I think I can do that.  Look for them in late October or November.  I have been to Tenerife once and Gran Canaria 3 times.  The islands are quite dry, and although palm trees abound, there isn't as much green as you would expect. they are volcanic so most of the sand is kind of a gray color.  Where we go in Maspalomas on Gran Canaria, the currents push nice clean sand on to the beaches and there is a national park with very large sand dunes and no development on the southernmost tip of the island.  The sand is very nice and yellowish/sand colored.   There is a large dormant volcano in the middle of the island.  Besides tourism, the main industry is growing flowers in greenhouses which are all over the island.  They ship the cut flowers all over the world.  I wasn't impressed with Tenerife, to me it wasn't very pretty and the hotels and apartments didn't appear to be as nice.  The first time I went to Gran Canaria, our plane stopped on Lanzarote first, it looked like a big rock desert, brown everywhere.  I imagine it might look nicer elsewhere, we were only at the airport about 1 hour.

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6 minutes ago, DA-WOODY said:

@ least they shouldn't put you on a friggin treadmill

so you have that going for you

I have done a  couple of treadmill tests in the past, as well as on a stationary bike.  I couldn't do either anymore in my condition.  I have had 3 heart cath procedures as well.  Not near as strenuous as the other 2!  When I had my 2nd heart attack in Germany in 2005, the cardiologist was pissed that he couldn't find any blockages and he didn't get to put in any stents.  He said my arteries were disgustingly clean as he angrily stomped out of the room.  My 2 heart attacks, at age 39 and 50, were caused by inflammation from a viral infection, there isn't anything they can do about that, you either survive or you don't.

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14 minutes ago, Lark said:

I saw the news story about the 16 foot snake in Warsaw and thought of you this morning.    I know what you mean by the cultural displacement thing.  My GF has lived in the states for about 15 years, and no longer connects with Japanese culture.  She's gotten somewhat used to Americans talking about family at work and likes America's lack of gender rules.  Meanwhile Japan has passed her by too, despite watching their news and some entertainment online.   Hopefully ICE doesn't start messing with her permanent green card out of boredom.   

Sorry we didn't get that sail this summer.    Best wishes. 

 

 

Yeah, too bad we couldn't get out sailing, things were too hectic and I wasn't in very good condition either.

Having lived in Japan, I can't blame your GF for preferring life in the US. That is one chauvinistic society among other things.  Fascinating and wonderful country though.

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Is CBD oil available in Poland?

It really helps me with "next day recovery".

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14 minutes ago, Ed Lada said:

I have done a  couple of treadmill tests in the past, as well as on a stationary bike.  I couldn't do either anymore in my condition.  I have had 3 heart cath procedures as well.  Not near as strenuous as the other 2!  When I had my 2nd heart attack in Germany in 2005, the cardiologist was pissed that he couldn't find any blockages and he didn't get to put in any stents.  He said my arteries were disgustingly clean as he angrily stomped out of the room.  My 2 heart attacks, at age 39 and 50, were caused by inflammation from a viral infection, there isn't anything they can do about that, you either survive or you don't.

Ed have they found Dx ?

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24 minutes ago, Ed Lada said:

I have done a  couple of treadmill tests in the past, as well as on a stationary bike.  I couldn't do either anymore in my condition.  I have had 3 heart cath procedures as well.  Not near as strenuous as the other 2!  When I had my 2nd heart attack in Germany in 2005, the cardiologist was pissed that he couldn't find any blockages and he didn't get to put in any stents.  He said my arteries were disgustingly clean as he angrily stomped out of the room.  My 2 heart attacks, at age 39 and 50, were caused by inflammation from a viral infection, there isn't anything they can do about that, you either survive or you don't.

sorry to hear of your troubles Ed.

"caused by inflammation from a viral infection"..pericarditis?  I had a bout of that 4 years ago...fuck me pink, that hurt!!!  I learned that if you go to emerg complaining of chest pain you skip the line.

 

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1 minute ago, chester said:

sorry to hear of your troubles Ed.

"caused by inflammation from a viral infection"..pericarditis?  I had a bout of that 4 years ago...fuck me pink, that hurt!!!  I learned that if you go to emerg complaining of chest pain you skip the line.

 

But they won't check the sprained ankle you came in about

 

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good to have news from you, ed.

hoped for better ones, but still better than no news.

regards from southern brazil.

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Ed, good to hear from you. Keep on keepin' on, the only thing worse than getting old is not.

 

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Glad you're still around Ed.

 

Any chance you might record some of the episodes in those 124 years? Like we keep asking PB to do.

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23 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

Fear not you despicable denizens of this dreadful hell hole, I am still around.  

It warms the crusty cockle burrs of my slightly damaged heart to read the heartfelt wishes, concern and advice, I appreciate it.  Except for PB.  There is nothing funny about the Grateful Dead, they suck and we all know it!  :P  Bruuuuuuuuuuuce!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Wait, I thought we were spunkmonkeys or some such?  Nevermind.  Glad to hear you're still getting after it.

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