On Wednesday the WordPress Software that runs this site told me I had just received my 500th ‘like’ on this blog. Thanks to all you who have liked my writing. I will admit that sometimes, I even like what I write…
The stats page tells me I’ve written 160 posts and have received 372 comments (I’ve also received 12,454 spam comments but let’s not count those). Okay, I’ll admit that half the comments are likely me responding to one of you. Now, by blog-world standards, that is nothing – not even a blip in the blog-sphere but it’s more than I thought I’d do when I started writing this thing.
I have been planing a special 200th blog post for my readers. However, seeing that I only post once a week it will be sometime mid-September, 2014 before that appears. Guess it will have to be some of my best work.
On Friday, our electrician installed the new circuit breaker panel for the house. Stage one of the electrical upgrade is completed. Now instead of a wimpy 80 amp service we can now push the electrical bill to new heights with the new 200 amp service. Now all we have to do is to have every light, outlet, switch, and fan in the house completely rewired to be able to use it.
Speaking of numbers, it was on Tuesday that I got the best number I’ve received in – well possibly my whole life. My PSA came in at 0.6 which means that the radiation treatments that I finished 21 months ago have worked and my prostate cancer is on the run. I won’t use the word remission yet and I am years away from daring to use the “C” word (cured) but the general direction is towards lower and lower PSA numbers indicating that what cancer there was is going away.
At some point the doctors tell me I’ll reach, what is called, “Nadir,” or the lowest PSA I’ll get to. This normally happens between one and two years after treatment. If regular testing shows that I stay around that number, the cancer is gone or at least in remission. I’ll need more treatments if the number ever rises.
I’ve been thinking all weekend about what I was going to write today and had this great long thing in mind that I was going to write about on PSA – how it’s used, what it measures and why that one number is so important to me. But now, sitting here at the keyboard, that lecture doesn’t seem important. I now feel a sense of freedom that I haven’t had before – the number is down and while it’s down there is life.
and that is all that is important today, life.
Till next week,