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I finally was scheduled for my scans last thursday to find out how my nivo and radiation have been working out. But during the week I had had a couple of hypotensive episodes with SOB. I tried to ignore it as these scans were important. Aren't they all? Anyway, next thing I know I am in the cardiac recusitation unit in the E.D. with atrial flutter with a pulse of 215 and a chaplain standing over me. As I joked with the medical staff while they are ready to hit me with the paddles, my heart  stabilized. After some medication changes and a few days in the hospital I'm back home and am as beligerent as usual.

This cat (I mean fox) keeps using up his 9 lives. Just 2 things bothered me. I didn't get my scans. Oh well, maybe next week. And I told the medical staff that the only thing that made me nervous was the chaplain ready to give me last rights. Or whatever it is religious people get. I thought for sure that meant I was checking out. I actually told the chaplain that I have been to the finish line before and there is nothing on the other side and I was comfortable with that. I told them all I'd be OK as I had a lot of group karma coming my way.

Well now I'm home. I've got a t-time for tuesday. I'll walk the 18. And life goes on. Another week or two and I'll find out how I've done with the nivo and I'll let you all know.

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What the heck Catman, I mean Fox!  How many lives have you used up?  We need you & your wisdom, we aren't done with you yet.

In all seriousness though, are you feeling ok?  (I hope)

Love & Hugs,

Donna~

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Donna, besides being stage 4 for 5 years, this is at least the 3rd time I almost won the lottery. I'm going to say that a lifetime of being a runner is why I'm still here. Distance runners can just "go a little bit longer," and can hang on. There have been times that all I had to do is just let go and it would have been over. I'm just not ready.

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Glad they got that all figured out for you. Enjoy your golf game on Tuesday. Sending you lots of good karma...:)...Hugs, Panda

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nice to see you posting. So glad you are remaing ned. So cool. The doctors felt that I was having an adverse reaction from my afib medication. They changed my medication and I responded to it quickly. All good news. FLY.

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Fox, take care of yourself and good luck with scans!

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Thank you. Stable scans will be a victory. That's all I'm asking. It's been 12 weeks or so on nivo. There will be no confusion over the results. I just hope that I can stay on nivo and enjoy the lack of side effects.

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Oh my dear, I hope you are writing ALL of this down so they can make it a movie of the week, or marathon!

Gosh, ENUFF!

BTW: It isn't really called the last rites, per se, via the Catholic Church. I wonder why they would call  a Priest if you are not afflilated to any religion, much less Catholic. Anyway, its prayers for your HEALING now and for  the healing and comfort of those who love you. I have witnessed this rite many times when I worked Hospice. It is comforting, even to a non-believer. For what all that's worth to you.

Glad you were able to tell us, alive!! But I wouldn't hold it past you that when you find out there IS an after life, you come back on here to let us know! After all, YOU'd be the best witness to that fact! LOL. I know you do not choose to believe it..I  know.

Hugs to my huggable one,

Jan

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Jan, the chaplain is a member of the ED team. Huge dept. At least 77 rooms and still the halls are full of patients.

I have said in the past that if there is a heaven, I don't want to go. As a physical therapist I would have nothing to do. No one would need knee or back rehab. Everyone could walk or fly around so I couldn't help out there either. Playing golf would stink always shooting 18. I'd be bored to tears. I say "cook my remains and let them blow in the wind." Every piece would hold my spirit and just maybe I could do life all over again in a million other forms. Not as in reincarnation but another way. Maybe some of my molecules will influence how others think or smile. Or maybe my artistic side will influence the beauty of nature. Get the picture? And yes I do get many hugs. I can pick yours out of the bunch any day. Thank you and many times back in return. Love you babe.

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And I'm glad you're here to talk about it.  Just keep on sneeking around and don't let anyone catch you.

Love & hugs

donna_lee

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 I sometimes wonder what I look like in others eyes. And you've watched my entire trip. I tend to be able to let go of these experiences I've had with my cancer. Then just move on. Keeps me from going more nuts. Living forward. BTW, did you ever think we were related?

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else have as much fun as me? They were surprised that I didn't have a cardiac arrest or at least stroke out. ...OUCH!.. just pinched myself. Yep. still alive, alert, and no deficits. I made them promise that if I was on my way out that they would say so. I told them I had to die with my middle fingers extended to say, "Screw you cancer! You didn't get me." I kept them laughing and told the joke about the old couple sharing a meal at McDonalds.

My daughter works at a home care agency that I worked at. The cardiac dept. manager always has dirty, sexist remarks. She told my daughter that she would love to be my nurse. I told her I would love to have her as my nurse as long as she took my temperature alot. LOL!

Anyway, all appears stable. Worked in the yard today and I'm golfing tomorrow. Damn grimm reaper will have to track me down. I'm not sitting still.

All you guys keep me alive with your thoughts and prayers. Karma. What goes around, comes around. Thank you. FLY. Fox loves you.

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You do realise they dont need to use your mouth to take your temperature dont you? To paraphrase Andrew Lloyd Weber "Any Orifice will do.".

Change phaser setting from 'stun' to 'dull'.

You should read 'Reaper Man' by Terry Pratchett.  Or "Mort" When DEATH takes an apprentice and starts worring 'about whats it all really about? Really. when you get right down to it.'

Existential crises and death dont really go so well together. And there is also the problem of God's irritating teenage daughter, Susan.'

Read these two brilliant, hilarious, thoughtful and funny books. And stop being so damn interesting!

Rooting for you mate (Oh, and I meant Mort before Reaper Man)a great read.

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Sometimes I wonder what the hell you're talking about. Your students must miss your intrique. Get that hip in order. Then we can sit back and wait for the next lighning strike. You and I always have something going on. We need a good long streak of boring.

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Oh, dear, if there's one thing well-trained chaplains are NOT supposed to do, it's hover or stand over people.  Come by and see how you're doing, yes. Come by and see if there's anything you need, anyone you want to come by or be notified, yes.  Come by not looking as though they're dressed like an undertaker, yes. 

I hope you let the chaplain know that was definitely NOT the best way for you to wake up and why Laughing -- !

Jerzy

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It didn't take long to admire your humor and attitude. Have you got a biker background? You look just like our dog Cooper.

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Hey, thanks.

My grandparents rode a motorcycle, maybe 90-100 years ago. Don't know what kind. Dad rode in the '30s and '40s. His favorite was an Indian with enough engine for several bikes. He told me if he ever caught me on the back of a bike, he'd kill whoever the bike belonged to, so of course I had to rebel and date some guys who were into motorcycles, right? I learned to ride, but never got my own bike. So, it's been quite a few years, but yeah. 

Tell Cooper that The Boy says, "Yo!" (And that he has a cyclist background). 

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We had baby chicks when my daughter was little...3-4 yrs.  She was playing nurse with them and decided to use the "butt mometer".  Now is that what you really want the nurse to do for you?  and frequently?

Donna

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After working over 40 years in health care, with mostly women, nothing is sacred. I've heard women say things few other men have. She was very funny and graphic. Being able to shoot one back at her was very funny. Even after not seeing her for 10 years or so. A good friend is a good friend for life. Right Donna?

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Fox-

So not surprised you once again looked death in the eye and won. You've also won the hearts of many on this site. Your candor, honesty and humor are so appreciated! Cheers to boring!

Cherie

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Since you seem to have 9 lives, you have quite a few more to go :) Can't believe the cardiac scare; just what you needed. If I'd seen a chaplain standing over me I'd have probably wet the bed. Glad its ok now and wishing you a very boring, uneventful scan.

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Hello I am new to this site. In jan a 10cm mass was found on my right kidney had a radical nephretomy to removal my right kidney stage 3ta  clear cell and go back in August for ct scan it seems like every single pain or ache I get it, I worry that it has spread and now that it is getting  close to scan time I am feeling so anxious, just praying that it comes back with good results and best of luck and prayer to all of you too!!

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Sorry to hear that you joined the club here.  It is very normal to worry about every little pain, and also get scanxiety.  Praying for great results for you as well.  Will you be getting  a full body ct pet scan?  Hugs!

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A sneeze? Cancer.

An ache?

An itch?

ANything and everthing seems like cancer.

 

We've all been there, my tumour was the exact size of your's and for now all you can do is sit and wait. How do you feel today? How did you feel yesterday? Hows the weather?

Worry, worry, worry. And if you look on the internet you'll worry more. On this subject they are all  out of date or seriously out of their minds.

If you want reasurance, look how long most people on this board have ben posting.

But go ahead, worry and fret, its perfectly natural after diagnosis, but dont let your fear become your master

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HOLY COW! I have been away for a while and come back to FOX pulling another stunt! :) Sure glad things turned out ok, there! When did you go on Afib meds or is it a side affect from the NIVO? I am praying for stable scans.  Good for you, FOX! Keep on doing what you do best. Glad you are feeling better, let us know how the scans went, hopefully you were able to do it yesterday.. Love you lots, ELF!  :)

Ange

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I love your ability to always take and see things in the most positive way possible.. and I see it works!  Love you for caring so much, giving so much,  and for your great philosophy in life.  Sending you tons of Karma and good vibes.  Love Ya!

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Your photo has always amused me, as my first interpretation was of some one on a deck or platform, kneeling with butt to the camera, meditating or whatever.

Guess you were waiting for Fox's nurse to show up.

donna_lee

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Donna, that is too funny!  I guess Fox wouldn't mind his nurse showing that side of herself! Actually, the photo is of an owl.  It was taken by our dear TW, and I use it, with his permission, in honor of him. I miss him terribly, as we all do, and this makes me see things through his eyes.  Fox is another dear one to us.  Fox, what do you say, does it remind you of your nurse?  xxoo

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Reminds me of a time years ago. As a young lad very fluent in medical terminolgy and writing notes, I got to be poetic. It seems one of our hospital nurses aides and a patient fell in love.  Obviously she had to take his temperature. And he was the one for her, for life. So I wrote her a song about how she would, "Get Him in the End."

Now that I know that it is an owl, I can see it. I thought it was hurricaine damage or something like that. But I like your reason for using it.

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She got him in the end...love that!

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You're too funny Fox!!  (get him in the end)

Certainly didn't look like an owl to me either, I too thought it was a picture of storm damage.  Surprised  I see the owl now that you've made mention of it, but honestly some imagination is still required. Embarassed

Donna~

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Foxy, you never stop looking for a little excitement to add to your day, do you? So glad you got to use one of your 9 lives this time! And with a sense of humor on top of all that! Take care, dear man!

Hugs

Jojo

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