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ShadyGuy
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As Coronavirus nips at our heels

May the road always rise to meet you

May the wind always be at your back

Coffee is for closers

Lets go eat tacos

Verily, verily

Lets all go eat tacos

 

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Max Former Hodg...
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Beautiful, Shady.   It seems loosly based on that classic Irish Blessing.

I love coffee, tacos, and grog.  I always said that, in my day, all Navy chiefs had three staples in their diet: coffee, cigarettes, and beer.  (I do not recommend such, since most of them whom I knew died quite young.)

Getting an 18 pack of Pabst to get me through the weekend.  A blessing to all Mothers on their Day.  I recall especially Roc, Becky, Linda, Sue, and each and every one of the mothers.

max

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In Ireland the classic last beer of the night (closer) was Coffee Stout. After closing the guys I worked with over there would all go out to eat tacos to sober up.

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illead
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I appreciate your thoughts.  And Shady, coffee, tacos, .....and a little bourbon....yeah I said it Foot in MouthEmbarassed

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ShadyGuy
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But then I love the world. I am mostly English, German and Norwegian but also have the Blennerhassets in my family tree. Sameness is boring. Its all good. Stay different. Different is good. Don't be all the same. 

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I've never been to Ireland, but we transited the Irish Sea once on a clear day, headed to Portsmouth (England).   The cliffs of Ireland were stunning.  Norway is the most beautiful place I've ever seen.  Everything was pristine, clean, and stunningly beautiful.  We spent five days in Bergen.

But Scotland is my favority, went there many times while in the Navy (Dunoon and Faslane).  Also extremely beautiful, and the people were great.   Scotland, fortunately for it, has retained its heritage and past, whereas much of England today seems like being in the US  -- crowds, noise, fast food, etc.

Most of my linneage traces to Prague and southern Bavaria.

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I will say that I feel like working from home for almost 3 months now is preparing me for retirement in August. I did have an interesting expernce recently. I had a CT scan scheduled this month. About a week before my insurance called me about going to a diagnosis center to save some money. I've been asked this before and gave my usual answer. The hospital is closer than any of those centers. She then tells me of one that is 5 mins from the house. It is in a small shopping center near the house and I can't count how many times I drive by that place. Never even thought about what it was. So I had the CT scan there last week. Everyone was wearing masks and gowns. They were very professional and quick. It slo seemed they had a hot line to the hospital to get additional information they needed. I was so impressed I scheduled my mammogram with them later this week. I am going to have my husband check them out for some of the tests he gets. 

I also got word our company is going to start having employees come back to the offices in 3 waves. I opted out of the first wave and will probably opt out of the second, depending on when it is. I just don't feel comfortable being part of the first group. It has been fun using the various meeting apps to visit with my kids and grand kids. I've also had a couple of phone meetings with my Drs. It will be interesting to see how things will be when we get back to some type of normal.

PBL
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I guess if you're due to retire in August, there is little point in going back to the office before then under the present circumstances... 

I'm a teacher, and at not quite 57 yet, I still have years to go before I can retire. I do wonder how it's going to turn out for myself and others in the same predicament.

I've got persistent hypogammaglobulinemia since R-CHOP + Ritux (2016-2018), and I am having a hard time determining whether I will be at any risk - and to what degree - in the months and years to come. Being able to retire these days sounds good to me!

PBL

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Retirement is great.

PBL
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Shady,

If I remember correctly, you've had plenty of Ritux over the course of many years; I assume your immune system is also out of whack... 

How do you keep on doing what you do (whether it be professional or leisure activity - the issue is the same)?

I wonder if I should start a thread on that specific question - there must be plenty of others out there in a gray area, years out of chemoimmunotherapy, with a weakened immune system.

PBL

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I have had a lot of R by my standards. I have had ~45 infusions + 1 injection. Finally last summer I was taken off it by Duke when I went there for a 3rd opinion. I had a bad (make that horrible) sinus infection for over a year, plaque psoriasis all over, achy joints etc. etc. etc. Within a couple of months after stopping R my sinus infection was completely gone and plaque psoriasis was much improved. Knees still hurt and muscles still ache, probably due to psoriatic arthritis. In my opinion R saved my life but it was time to part ways with it. I keep going because I am driven by curiosity, can't stand to just sit around and my family says I have high tolerance for pain. Pain causes me lot of "bad nights" when I get up at 3 AM. I seriously doubt I will ever agree to chemo again. The thread you mentioned is good idea.

PBL
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Did you have psoriasis before your lymphoma diagnosis and/or treatment?

I've never been diagnosed wih it, for sure, but I've had all sorts of pain symptoms including in a number of joints (shoulder, big toe... not to mention lower back and hip, as that was my tumour site) before and since chemoimmunotherapy, which my hematologist has successively attributed to neuropathy, possible microfractures (my disease was primary bone follicular lymphoma), muscular deconditioning... tell me about poor quality of sleep!

Cute baby birdies, by the way!

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