Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Finally, An Update from Winter Park.

Wednesday==>I have no excuse for failing to post timely on this blog other than I still basically feel like shit for most of the day/night and I just haven’t been able to make myself sit down in front of this ‘puter and write. Sorry.

So .. I will try to bring you loyal and faithful readers and followers up-to-date...

Since the last posting, way back on November 25th ...

I had a terrific Thanksgiving Dinner with my son Bill III aka The Bill at his new house on a golf course up in Casselberry.

Bill did everything. We had turkey, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and terrific rolls. We stuffed ourselves, of course.

Bill has been an absolute rock and I just don’t have adequate words to express my appreciation for his love, care and concern.

On Monday, November 30th, I had the 4-month steroid injection of Leuprolide into my butt and, man, it was a lot more painful than I remembered the first one being. The pain and swelling lasted for over a week. Bummer. It made just getting around very difficult.

The combination of the injection and the daily pill, Casodex, result in the side effects of chills, sweats, loss of appetite and energy and basic malaise and have become really emotionally and physically draining.

I also am still “self-catheterizing” 4 times a day and that has become old, of course. I force myself to religiously follow each step of the protocol in order to avoid a dreaded urinary infection.

I have a scheduled procedure with my urologist, Thomas Cangiano, on December 28th, to monitor the kidney blockage status, which I believe to be greatly improved.

On Thursday, December 17th, I have an appointment with my cardiologist, Barton Sickinger.  

On January 6th I have an appointment with my oncologist, Raul Castillo, and hopefully then we will take steps to reduce some of the side-effects of his regimen.

Now ... let’s move on to something much more positive ...

On Tuesday I had an AWESOME lunch  at The Cheesecake Factory in Winter Park Village with my dear friends Chuck Chance of Gainesville, Steve Dakan of Sarasota, and Carolyn Fulmer of Lakeland. The “event” was organized by Chuck. We were all Judges way back when. The fact that they had driven here solely to be with me was the very personification of friendship, which I will never ever forget.

In the picture it is Carolyn, Chuck, moi, and Steve.

Of course another major positive has been the weekly Sunday night dinners with Bill at our favorite Winter Park restaurant, The Outback Steakhouse, located on Aloma Drive.

OK, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, this is just all I can do ... so ... together let’s continue to ...


Billi Pod
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.

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