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All: Well I finally got home from surgery and yesterday found out that my cancer was fully contained to the prostate so it looks if I still have a lot of woodworking left...
And when I got home, my son had sent me a violin kit to build during my recovery! Now is that a good son or what? It is a little miniature violin about foot long in all, came with a strung bow and rosin, strings et al. Should be a fun project to build and is just the size for me at this point because I can't do any lifting. I guess when I get this #$%%## catheter out next Friday, I'll have to heat the garage (shopette) and get busy! I'll post pics at the Binary site when I get it done.
Relaxin' Large in Idaho....
Philski
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That is great news ! Take care of yourself. I have known several people not so lucky that lost the battle.
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That sure is great news. I can remember being in a rest stop on the Merritt Parkway when I got the call from my oncologist... "Complete Remission"! I was fortunate not to need any surgery... just six very long months of intense chemo.
I was also proud of my daughter, who on January 11th ran the Disney Marathon in Support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I got to stand with all the other "survivors" at the Team in Training dinner the night before the race. And, my wife and I were at the finish line to meet her and to share the moment. BTW, she raised over $8,000... most of that going for research.
So, me too, I get to get back to living a "normal" life... already completed a rocking horse out of Brazilian cherry for my grand niece and just today I put the finishing touches on my new wine cellar... not that big, enough for about 180 bottles... 15 cases or so. The way I've been drinking it since my taste buds came back, that's about two months worth!!!
And, when the weather breaks the woodshop will be mostly silent while I get to work on my 1958 Alfa Romeo Guiletta Spider Veloce... a project that has not had any work for a long, long time.
Good Luck, Philski. Just think... WE BEAT IT!
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Gratz and God bless ya!
. I guess when I get this

Hope your referring to the Violin and not anything to do with the catheter, in which case we'd love to see the violin. ;-)
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Good for you Phil..
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Wonderful! I'm certain your attitude towards life had a lot to do with the outcome. Family and friends help too - for sure.
Am still waiting for JOAT to post pictures of the SS stapler they cloed him up with when he "went under the knife" a few years back. JOAT - where are the photos?
Take care and pace yourself. Life's not a race but rather a journey. For those who race through life - think about the finish line and SLOW DOWN.
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Philski wrote:

Congratulations! I'm glad that it was caught early enough. Make sure they deflate the balloon before removal. ;-) Dave in Fairfax
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One time a student nurse tried to take a Foley catheter out of me without deflating the baloon. It didn't work but it sure did smart!
Peace ~ Sir Edgar
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Sir Edgar wrote:

EEEYOOWWWW! That's a big balloon and a small route to take it through. Just to make it stranger, a lot of people remove theirs, themselves, w/o deflating them. Staples, BTW aren't cut, they're deformed in th emiddle so that the ends rotate up and out of the skin toward the top/center fo the tool.
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That is great news ... may you continue to enjoy good health and prosperity.
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snipped-for-privacy@cableoneCanThis.net says...

swear they're pulling out 10' of the blasted thing!
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On Sat, 31 Jan 2004 14:31:35 -0700, Philski

This is fantastic news!
Good Luck.
Thomas J. Watson-Cabinetmaker (ret) Real Email is: tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet Website: http://home.comcast.net/~tjwatson1
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JOATski: I guess I am buying then huh? BTW - they took out the staples yesterday and I never felt anything so good as having those little stainless hookettes removed from my stomach. The nurse just cut them in two and removed each side then asked me: "Do you want to keep your staples?" I asked "What the F_ _ _ for?" Seems that there are some men that want them as souvenirs....LOL
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Philski writes:

Sheest. First time I ever knew about surgical staples was when I had internal abdominal work about 18-19 years ago. Doc never asked if I wanted to keep the suckers, which was fine. I never thought about it. If I had, my answer would have been the same as yours.
Glad to hear your bout of prostate problems finally turned positive.
Charlie Self "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." Mark Twain http://hometown.aol.com/charliediy/myhomepage/business.html
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When I was a kid (fourth grade), I dislocated my right thumb in a rather gruesome fashion. (Having your thumb inside the palm of your hand is not cool, incidentally.) After months of rehabilitation, they were ready to yank the pin out. They asked me if I wanted it, and my reaction was the same as yours. Years later, I wish I had decided to keep it.
(I don't have 100% use of that hand, even today. Something not quite right. I can't snap my fingers for one thing.)
I'm having trouble figuring out who said what about whom on this thread, since I'm missing some posts. Congratulations and well wishes to whoever it is who had the good outcome from prostate surgery.
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On Sat, 31 Jan 2004 14:31:35 -0700, Philski

Congratulations! Every day is a gift, ain't it?
Mike
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Outstanding!
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It is so good to hear good news these days, seems in short supply .Well here is to a speedy and productive recovery. It is times like this we realize what life is really about .all the very best mike hide
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Philski wrote:
Group: rec.woodworking Date: Sat, Jan 31, 2004, 2:31pm (EST-2) From: snipped-for-privacy@cableoneCanThis.net (Philski) All: Well I finally got home from surgery and yesterday found out that my cancer was fully contained to the prostate so it looks if I still have a lot of woodworking left... <snip> (No pun intended)****************************************************** I am almost 80 years old and at 70 I was diagnosed with bladder and prosate cancer. Some non-invasive growths were removed from the bladder but nothing was done to the prostate cancer as it was small and at my age "watchful waiting" was recommended rather than surgery, radiation or chemo. The latter options would not have have been recommeded for a younger man. So far my PSA is 0.8 and both areas are considered to be in remission. These days prostate cancer is considered highly curable and I am sure that you can look forward to a long life "making sawdust". Incidently. the first urologist that I saw wanted to do radical surgery immediately and remove both organs. I would have worn a bag for the rest of my life, I got a second opinion from the Chief of Urology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida and I have always been glad that I did.
Peace ~ Sir Edgar
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All the best for a quick recovery, Philski.
Cheers,
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