Tuesday, July 13, 2004

1000 Visitors

Wow, I can't believe it. In less than a month, this blog has had over 1000 visiors. I would like for congratulate the 1000th visitor. This visitor was reading my webpage at about 9pm last night and using Adelphia as an ISP. AH HA! You thought you were anonymous when you were browsing didn't you? Little did you know. That's ok, I have no idea *who* uses Adelphia as an ISP. I know some folks who use comcast, but not Adelphia. Maybe someone down in Blacksburg? Anyway, it amazes me that there are that many folks out there keeping up with me. Even though its 1000 visitors, they aren't all unique visitors. I'm sure most of you all visit on a regular basis. But, I'm averaging about 25-30 visits a day. So I'm guessing there are at least 30 folks keeping up with me :)

Speaking of not knowing who people are - who keeps signing their messages hicup?!?! I've figured out just about everyone else, including Donly (as in Mr Donly Honly). But I can't figure out hicup. *grumble* So Hicup... feel free to drop me an email and end my pondering. :)

I had my first Reiki session last night. Reiki is an ancient healing thing. Supposably Reiki "healers" can focus enegery on various body parts, which helps the body heal itself. It really reminds of me a D&D Cleric with the ability to "Lay on Hands." I could really feel the lady's hands get very warm during the session, and they started out ice cold. Other than that, it was just very relaxing.

Had my blood work this morning. My white count is 16.2. Normal minimum is 2. So I am not only good for chemo Thursday, I am WAY good! Joy... I'm annoyed b/c I don't want to do it again. But I gotta do it, so I might as well get it over with, right? Yeah.. uh huh.

Last, but not least for today. I discovered that receiving bleomycin means I'll never be able to scuba dive. Not that I can scuba dive now, but its one of those things I've always wanted to learn.

Bleomycin and scuba diving: to dive or not to dive?
G. Huls, D. ten Bokkel Huinink 50
Netherlands Journal of Medicine
Bleomycin is to treat patients with testicular cancer and lymphoma. Bleomycin can bind to DNA and chelate iron. The resulting complex can form an intermediate capable of interacting with oxygen to produce reactive oxygen species, particularly superoxide. Administrating high-inspired oxygen concentrations (e.g. during anaesthesia or acute illness) has been reported to exacerbate pulmonary injury. The duration of risk after bleomycin chemotherapy is unknown. Here we discuss our advice to a young male patient, who was successfully treated with bleomycin for testicular cancer, concerning the safety to return to scuba diving. Since scuba divers are exposed to high partial oxygen pressures (depending on the depth of the dive) we discouraged this patient from resuming scuba diving.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are sounding so positive, I am so glad for that. I really believe that your mind can do lots of wonderful things for you. Stay positive!! I am praying for your full recovery!!!

btw....I am not hicup. :)

aka Seminole Fan

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


After many unsuccesful attempts this is the first time I've been able to post a reply. Though I don't fit the description of your 1000th visitor, and I'm not hicup, I still thought I'd expose myself as one of your visitors. I got word (and site) from my mom, who heard from your dad. It's been very interesting and educational to read your entries. I've enjoyed them and I just have to say you are one strong person. Even if you say you are not so "positive" all the time, you obviously feel confident about beating this thing and working through it yourself. Your attitude does appear great - you seem to know the trick, though... sometimes you've got to fake it. You've obviously got many folks thinking positive thoughts for you - hope our energy helps.

Keep up the good 'tude,

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly there is lots of love for the Hopie!

Glad to hear you can do the chemo. Esp since we are making all of this plans around your good weekends. :-)

Last chemo at age 29, right?


8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's a little mystery amongst friends? It is for you to find out and me to know? Good luck. Your reports sound great. Hicup

10:09 AM  

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