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"Do I Know How to Celebrate the Holidays or What?"

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Sundanceh
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Well, the end of the year is upon us now....I'm busy trying to get all of the "work" done to repair my body and keep it out on the road for 2012. The plan year is ending for both medical and dental and I've had to put myself in the body shop to "add some wiper fluid and put air in the tires."

LOL!

I had an MRI scan on my brain to see if there was anything suspicious there. (insert joke). The results came back CLEAR - nothing up there at all and hey I got it confirmed, LOL! But, it all looked good, no masses or anything detectable.

While I did not suspect we would find anything, it was a relief to know that for now, I'm ok in the 'upstairs' department - though there might be those of you, who would argue that. LOL!

I've been getting my teeth worked on too. I had a pocket of infection during T'giving holidays and it was miserable. You know, cancer sucks and can hurt - but nothing gets your attention more than tooth pain, does it?

Some penicillin, Rx mouthwash, and some peridontal therapy on the lower jaw and things are feeling better....we do the upper jaw in 2 more treatments next year....and then I've got a crown that has been put off....and then I'm back on track there. I had to wait till I got off chemo to get this all looked at.

As the holidays fast approach, some of you may be looking for a "Party Planner."

Well, I'm your man....tonight, I'm going to start off the holiday celebration with an ol' favorite of mine - and I hope one of yours too.......Craig's Colyte Cocktails...you know how most bars have a 2-drink minimum - well, at my waterin' hole, I'm way more liberal than that.....I can let you have up to 128 oz. of this salty concoction.

After drinking all of this down, I can promise you that you're family will think you are 'auditioning' for the next season of "Dancing With the Stars."

Because, you're gonna' have the "Turkey Trot" dance step down pat by the end of the evening - so get out your iPhones and send us those videos - you too may be the "next dance sensation to sweep the nation."

LOL!

I expect the scope to come back clean and clear, but it's been 18 months and again the plan year is ending and I've got to take advantage of that. They were trying to push me to 3-years, but I "explained" it all to them. I told them, I'm not ready to 'graduate' to that plateau just yet. I'll stick to yearly or no more than 2 years at a time.

I'm hungry and I have to drink just water and then start the stuff in a few hours....at least by tomorrow afternoon, it will be all over.

And.....

The following Friday 30th, I finally go back to the O/R to get a surgery done to clean up some of the internal plumbing on my insides. It's been a problem since last January...but I had to wait 6-months to get my bloodwork back to where we could do a surgery and I had to be back at work so many months to be able to go back out for a brief period.

So, I'll be "Rockin' in the New Year", but it won't be with Dick Clark or Ryan Seacrest - it will be with my foam donut - and as for those "Tender" times around the holiday - they won't be romantic by any means, just 'tender to the touch' when you sit down!

LOL! LOL! LOL!

Now, do I know how to 'party' around the holidays or what? :)

It was actually a scheduling nightmare just to make these dates happen, especially with all the work we've got going on the job.

Hopefully, all of this will be beneficial and I'll be in a little bit better shape than today. It's just got to get done - and I've just got to do it!

Fighting cancer is the toughest thing there is - but picking up the pieces after the storm has it, has been a challenge all its own and for another thread one day...

Everyone have a happy holiday season.....

I'll get out of here...

-Craig

lauragb
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Your attitude and fortitude is an inspiration.
Thanks for that.
Laura

here4lfe
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LOL. Take care.

Best to you

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Annabelle41415
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You sure do have your plate full for the next week. Wishing that both outcomes are squeeky clean and successful. You will be starting off the new year with all that behind you (oh did I make a funny LOL). Wishing you a very happy holiday season.

Kim

smokeyjoe
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Oh Craig, you sure have a way with words :)

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wolfen
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You are truly CRAZY and we love you in spite of yourself. LOL!!

Wishing you the best with the upcoming surgery. Sorry it has to be now, but completely understand the insurance "game".

Luv,

Wolfen

Fight for my love
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Actually I was just going to ask you about the brain scan,I am so happy to know it was clear.Hope for the best results of your procedures.Happy holidays!

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KathiM
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I'm so happy for all the good news!

And, I agree, it's the cleanup after the storm that takes awhile.

I just went to my 6-month appt with my oncologist, and she's bumping me to a yearly!!! Labs good, even my cholesterol...

Have a wonderful, wonderful holiday my sweet gentleman cowboy!!! 2012 is going to be GREAT!

BIG hugs, Kathi

buckeye2
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Craig, It's not quite the holiday celebration you deserve but if all tests show good results, the partying can happen then. Lisa

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thingy45
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So for you a squeeky clean new year and an clean head. Congrats.
Join the club I am a natural BLOND. Lights are on since the day I was born.LOL How I got an law degree is still being debated at times.LOL
Get all of this behind you and have a super "healthy" NED 2012.
Hugs, Marjan

sasjourney
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Craig,

I am so glad that the MRI came out clear and I will pray for the same with your scope. You are such an amazing person and I am so glad that things are going well for you. Enjoy the holidays!!!!

Hugs,
Sara

P.S. My author friend is back in Pittsburgh for an experimental treatment, but I told him about your book. Hope he can help when he is feeling up to it.

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jjaj133
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Craig, everyone has said it to you. so i hop on the bandwagon of one of your fans.
speedy recovery, and a healthy new year.
hugs, judy

northernlites
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Hi Craig,
You crack me up! Have a great Christmas morning!

hugs,

Tessa

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tootsie1
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You just KNOW how to have a good time! Love you and pray this year will be a healthy one for you!

*hugs*
Gail

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pete43lost_at_sea
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sorry to hear about the tender moments, comes with the territory does it.
just have the best xmass you can

hugs,
Pete

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Craig (amazing man),
You are incredible. I know I always say that to you but, really, you are. I love your spirit. I'll be thinking of you as you go through surgery. Saying prayers and sending aloha.

Aloha,
Kathleen

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Kathleen808
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Repeat

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karen40
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Glad to hear that the MRI showed nothing suspicious. As for everything else, as always, I'm praying for the best possible outcomes.
Karen

eibod
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I hope and pray everything comes out well for you. I am ashamed to admit I actually enjoyed reading your post. It made me laugh, and yet I know what you are going through
is awful. I really hope you manage to have a good holiday somehow. Take care, Brenda

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Annabelle41415
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How did it go? Hope you are doing well.

Kim

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Sundanceh
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Hey Kim

I thought I would slip out under the wire and nobody would notice:)

LOL!

Scope looks clear - no polyps or anything - they did send out a biopsy of the anastomosis that I should have by week's end, but she doesn't think there are any issues, just a precaution.

Found out my port clotted again when they tried to access....as soon as the scope ended, I got up and went down the street to the infusion center and asked for some TPA in the port to dissolve the clot......40 minute wait but that worked and we got 'return.'

Always something, but glad they found it....I had a couple of stabbing hurting pains in my chest near that area a day or 2 prior, but dismissed it....once she could not get return from the port...I knew what I needed to do and what the problem was. After the 'drano', it worked fine.

1 down - 1 to go...the 30th should be good fun...enema preps before dawn, LOL!

All should go well there, my new colorectal surgeon is ranked #1 in the entire metroplex area as voted by his peers. My butt is in some good hands, LOL!

I'll be glad to get this all 'behind' me:)

LOL!

Thanks for asking, Kim!

And Brenda...I'm glad I got a smile out of you! It was my feeble attempt to write some humor:) I thought it was pretty good too:) Made even me grin:)

-Craig

janie1
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Great there are no polyps!. (I still haven't had "air blown up the tailpipe" because of continuous treatment, so I'm constantly worried about that, too).
Craig, how long had it been since your port was last flushed prior to this last time...just curious. Oh heck, all the things that can malfunction....

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Mchapp
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Oh "Santa" Craig! I have not been on here for MONTHS - and you were the one I wanted to find! YEA!!!
I am glad your brain scan was clear - and I'm sorry that you are still having port issues - but you always take things well! And you certainly got me thru my 18 month of treatment and surgeries!

I had my check up in Dec - don't have to have a colonoscopy for 3 years - and scans have been clear...still having the neruopathy in my feet - but I try not to let it affect my day...still fatigued at the end of the day....

My father is currently in the fight for his life...he was dx with lung, bone and brain mets - at 82....he is fighting like a MAN - but his body is not being very nice - other systems are failing - and he is not ready to give up yet....It is quite hard for me to watch this - as we know what radiation and chemo does - and he at 82 (who acts like he is 62) trys to fight this horrible beast!

I plan on stopping on here in 2012 on a regular basis - so keep posting - and help others keep on fighting like you!

- Michelle

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Annabelle41415
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Now that is my type of reason for celebrating. Sorry to hear about your port, but I've heard that can happen from time to time and it's better to get it taken care of right away. Yup 1 down and 1 to go so you can get this New Year started on a positive note. So glad all went well. Hoping and praying that the end of the years surgery goes well and you have a speedy recovery.

Hugs! Kim

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pokismom
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Oh my I do enjoyed your version of what's going on for the holidays, you sure do have a witty and positive attitude! I'll be thinking of you also, I'm spending new years probably in bed as I'm having chemo on Thursday and it's back to folfiri/ avastin, the 5fu and avastin did not keep things at bay. As always I do enjoy your posts! Happy New Year Craig!
Aloha,
Donna

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Sundanceh
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I just got a call from my GI...the scope went well and without a hitch...she did take a biopsy of the anastomis area, because she did not do that last time and wanted to check this time. She felt like it was nothing to be concerned with, but as a precaution wanted to check it out.

Of course, that always leaves the barn door in your wide open - even when in your head, you think you're ok.

And that's just what I am.....Ok...no evidence of cancer at the site or anywhere in the colon or rectum.

Still, it's just good to know - you know?

So, now we're to the surgery Friday morning....gonna' remove a hemi as an ectomy and then I'll learn how to sit down once again...

I'm optimistic as I've got the #1 colorectal surgeon in the entire D/FW area - as voted by his peers, so I'm in good hands.

On another note, yesterday (27th) had me thinking.....that's when I was in the hospital with my liver RFA...rang in the new year too...It's now been officially 4-years LATER since they told me I probably would not see another year come in.

Always good to be reminded of where we were - so we know how to get to where we want to be.

Happy New Year!

-Craig

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thingy45
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I did a little happy danse, when I read your post. Way to go Craig.
I realy wish you many many more new years to welcome in.
hugs,
Marjan

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karen40
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I'm glad that your scope came out clear. What a relief! I'm due for mine at the end of next month. I'll have to ask my GI if he is going to do a biopsy of my anastomosis. I was unaware of that procedure. Thanks.
I'm assuming when you said "hemi as an ectomy" that you are referring to a hemorrhoidectomy. I'm sorry to hear that you're having troubles in tail pipe area. OUCH! I'll be praying that you don't have to use that foam donut for too long. I'm glad that you have a good surgeon, that in and of itself takes away most of the worry.
Happy New Year,
Karen

Oh, Congrats on 4 years! YAY! You sure showed them! Send them a copy of your book.lol

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