Happy Hour

"IF A LIFETIME CAN BE LIKENED TO A DAY, THEN THIS IS HAPPY HOUR!"
BUCK PENNINGTON

Mother, Mother Ocean

Mother, Mother Ocean, I've heard you call
Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall
You've seen it all, you've seen it all
Watched the men who rode you, switch from sails to steam
In your belly you hold the treasures, few have ever seen
Most of 'em dream, most of 'em dream
Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred year's too late
The cannons don't thunder, there's nothin' to plunder
I'm an over-forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late

Yoda

"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."
―Yoda, to Luke Skywalker

Counted the Stars

Counted the stars on the 4th of July
Wishing we were rockets bursting in the sky
Talking about redemption and leaving things behind
I have these pictures and I keep these photographs
To remind me of a time
These pictures and these photographs
Let me know I'm doin' fine
We used to be so happy once upon a time
Once upon a time
But the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line
And the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line


""SOME SEE A GLASS AS HALF FULL, SOME SEE IT AS HALF EMPTY, I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHO’S DRINKING MY RUM."
Rumbear

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Beer Bloggin..... Karl Strauss version.

I picked up a twelve pack of this today.
Pretty Tasty I Might Add!!!!!


I recommend it highly!

Tinnitus and Plane Pr0n

Tinnitus sucks........................
It robs me of sleep and no matter the environment, it's always there.....]
End Rant.....

Made a soda pop and craft beer run to Stater Bros. in Mojave a while ago.
Then I hit the Primo Burger for dinner for Missus ORPO and myself.
I figured a shot of the usual goings on at MHV would be of interest.

EVA Air Cargo 747 and Martinair Cargo MD 11 on the engine removal line at Mojave(MHV)
The 747 is a 400F and these are not exactly old but the new 777 and A330 twin engine wide body aircraft are more cost effective. Mojave and Southern California Logistics Airport(ex-George AFB) at Victorville are seeing more and more of the three and four engine legacy freighters these days.

Friday, May 12, 2017

EMG

I got the nerve induction done yesterday.
Sciatica.
I guess that could account for the fun stuff in the toes.
I might be able to get a TENS unit...
The other news of note was the blood work done on my visit to the neurologist April 13.
It seems that the 3 antibodies that could indicate the presence of cancer were almost negligible.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CT Scan

I got the scan done yesterday.
The veins in the hand were not cooperative.
It goes like that sometimes.
The radiology tech's name was Robyn........good looking!

The Rig

The data was sent to the neurologist at the Sepulveda VA ACC in North Hills.
Basically, the wait begins on step one in this little journey that I am on.

I'll say it, OK?
Cancer.
That is what we are looking for.
Yes, I am scared shitless..................

Thursday, the 11th, I have my EMG at Sepulveda. The neuropathy thing is still an issue itself.

Shit is getting real or not. Who the hell knows at this point.

I haven't even seen any lab results from about a month ago............That is beginning to piss me off a tad.

Anyway, it's a step by step process............

Yeah, I'm really looking forward to the electrical current going through me..............not.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Consult and other news...................

I had my consult for my upcoming colonoscopy yesterday. I was in the place for two hours...........
I will get a call from the place where it will take place to let me know the day and time.

Other news:
I had my CT Scan date changed to the 8th of this month under the Veteran's Choice Program. Beats the hell out of waiting until the 26th of June! I only have to go to Tehachapi Hospital Radiology. I am not looking forward to the contrast........................... But I guess it is on the order of a minor inconvenience considering what all this is for.

Doc Riggs called this evolution a tumor hunt......................

Monday, May 01, 2017

Thoughts update

Seems the folks at the Veterans Choice Program are on the ball. I got a call from them and they are going to accelerate the process concerning the CT Scan.
It will be at an outside facility within a 2 week period......
It doesn't give much relief but it does feel good that something actually works. When I get this appointment I can cancel the one on the 26th of June.
The mind is still going a million miles an hour....

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Thoughts on the upcoming events.....................

I have my "consult" for my scope this Friday the 28th in Tehachapi. I will be handed a prescription for a product called GoLytely..............................which is anything but that. I will say no as I have before. I prefer magnesium citrate............
The actual scope will be scheduled then. I am so glad they now use general anesthesia...........
Enough of that, OK?




I got my CT Scan Appointment when they Sepulveda VA ACC called me yesterday afternoon waking me up.............22 June. The guy said that after I wait 7 days to call the Veteran's Choice Program and try to get something sooner. Works for me! I figure I should get that done ASAP.


My EMG(Nerve Conduction) is on the 11th of May still.




I did get the neurology folks at Sepulveda to agree to send me the lab results from the last two trips for the neuropathy that may end up ( I said May) at the oncology department. I hope that doesn't happen.................thoughts at a million miles an hour.....................


Am I scared? Quite frankly, yes........
It's the not knowing...................
Maddening at times you know.............


When the doc said that word....................cancer........................



Saturday, April 15, 2017

About Last Thursday.............

On this past Thursday the 13th of April...................
I had an appointment with the neurologist at the Sepulveda Veteran's Ambulatory Care Clinic in North Hills, California in the San Fernando Valley. It is such a fun drive in because of the 14, 5 and 405 Freeways. This is a regularly scheduled thing for yours truly as I have had peripheral neuropathy for almost 2 years now.

I showed up on time even with the traffic. The neurologist I see is a young guy and I like him. I hope the Department of Veteran's Affairs tries to keep him. We did the usual talk about how things have been with my feet and lower legs have been concerning the new medication. That is new since this past winter. I take pregabalin 25mg capsules at the rate of 6 each, twice a day. I told him that sometimes it seems to work and sometimes it doesn't.

We then got into the lab work from the last visit about three months before....................yeah...........
A CT and EMG have been ordered. The CT is scheduled for 26 June...........I have a way to make that happen faster, I do believe. I am on the Veteran's Choice Program because I live over 40 miles away from the nearest VA facility. For me that was the Veteran's Community Based Outreach Clinic in Lancaster. The Choice Program lets us use the outside the same as the VA system. Perhaps I can get things sped up a bit..........................😏😏

It seems there were three antibodies in the blood work that are normally associated with...........cancer..............yeah...........three months? I think that I should have been notified just a bit sooner on this one, perhaps?

A CT Scan and an EMG(Nerve Conduction) were ordered by Doc and off to the lab I went.........8 vials of blood were drawn................yep.................shit like this is getting far too regular ya know......

Of course by this time, the mind is going about a million miles an hour just like it did on September 4, 2009 when I got the "good news, bad news" speech from my doctor in Wichita. That was when the left kidney went bye-bye 17 days later.

I now sit waiting.....
When I got home, I tried to sleep as the graveyard shift awaited..............allegory there, I think? What say you Chris Goodrich? Oh, where were we? Sleep...........yeah. I wound up being up for around 24 hours. I got home Friday morning and after what I hope was the last cigar, the lights went out. I did manage to catch my Beloved Montreal Canadiens win game two over the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Oh yeah, waiting.....................
I called the records folks and did the dance and my records from the time I got in the Greater Los Angeles Veteran's Healthcare System. There is a mouthful!!!!!
I also have to fill out the release to satisfy the legal stuff.
I need the records for my regular Doc in Tehachapi in that he may have reservations about how things work at the Federal Government level.

Oh, did I mention that the neurologist said that the antibodies were indicative of the possibility of cancer? πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

Missus ORPO and her sister had a long phone conversation yesterday about me...........the Sis-in-Law thinks that I crashed so hard as a reaction to getting the "C" word news.............It can have an effect I suppose.

I guess I will be blogging more again as this will be the journal of that little trip.............
We will see how it goes........................................


Sunday, April 09, 2017

Three years. Already?

Father Time has been in Zone 5 Afterburner it seems.
Three years ago today was that awesome day aboard USS Ronald Reagan with my friends Chris Goodrich aka OldAFSarge and The WSO, Erika Cho......

Sandy Eggo

OldAFSarge, LUSH and Yours Truly

Selfie Time

Cat Shot!

LUSH, Bubbles and Mrs. Bubbles. LUSH is holding the ATAC coin in Memory of Carroll Lefon.

Launch Bar parallel to the deck!

Point Loma. This is a familiar sight to me.

Chris acting like the Squadron Duty Officer!
Yes, it was a most splendid day. It will remain special in my heart for the rest of my life.

I will not go down and tell my children I didn't have the courage, the conviction, the commitment or the character to fight for this country...Don't go home and let your children down~~ LTC Allen West

Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

‎"Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum.("Therefore, he who desires peace, let him prepare for war")" from "Epitoma Rei Militaris," by Vegetius (Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus)