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    Originally posted by buzzmobile View Post
    There could be some of that going on in this thread.
    Thanks buzz.

    I know I have gained some valuable information and insights into cancer treatment from others who have bounded through or stayed on in here.

    I hope something in my experience helps someone later, and that they're patient enough to find any gems.

    --------------------------------------

    I met with the most recent radiological oncologist, and am glad I did.

    I wrote some time back that I perceived the hesitation to do surgery on me, from a highly-esteemed, stellar and gifted surgeon I 've met with 2 x's. I'd written that during the second mtg., I referenced the perceived hesitation on his part, to surge upon me, and he acknowledged, in his well-crafted wording (which I am willing to bet $THOUSANDS of dollars, I was not the first to hear these words), "I'm concerned I might disappoint you."

    Anyone who knows legal issues in medical work can translate that statement perfectly. I did.

    His conditional requirement for his possibly agreeing to work on me, was that I first see a radiological oncologist (other than the piss-poor experience I'd had in Fairbanks), and he had referred me to a fellow in their hospital, in another clinic.

    I had posted (in here) back then that I wondered if the radiological oncologist was "blue-skying me" (someone trying to paint a rosier picture of events, for what ever purpose). His numbers were incredibly optimistic, AND the recurrence rates and long-term survival rates, as well as side-effects resulting from radiation, were outstandingly positive.

    If anyone recalls, I had written back then that I'd been told by the radiation oncology guy with the good numbers, that if cancer recurred after radiation treatment, there was the option of using cyber-knife, for point-specific treatment, post-brachy seeds and post-external beam.

    Again, this seemed like great news, as my earlier understanding had been that radiation was mostly a one-time option. Once and done, whether successful or not.

    Well.... while some of today's information, from mtg. with the newer radiological oncologist, was similar to some of the more optimistic outcomes shared by the other radio-oncologist, the issue of potential follow-up for recurrence with cyber-knife was shot down as not typical at all, re. current tx. modalities or options, and would only be done on a trial basis.

    Seems that it may not be as routine a response to recurring cancer as what I had been told.. Not by a LONG shot. This lent itself to again examining the dynamics of the vigilant surgeon arranging a consultation with the very optimistic radio oncologist... And I meet again with the previous radio-oncologist shortly.

    So I'm debating re. asking for clarification re. the post-radiation cyber-knife option and past discussion, now with the insight that this isn't regarded in some esteemed circles as conventional procedure at all.

    When things don't add up, and my ass is on the line, I often stop the proverbial train and ask, "What the fuck??!" I see one of those moments coming soon.

    -----------------------------------------

    I'm glad I didn't cancel these follow-ups with other skilled and esteemed parties.

    --------------------------------------

    Another mtg. soon, this week, with the other radio-oncology person, and next week I meet with a skilled long-time PC surgeon, who, despite his status, per his reviews, has ben known to call patients at their homes, even on week-ends, post surgery, simply to inquire how they're healing.

    In short, the final mtg. with a surgeon who is new-to-me, will be with an established surgeon with exceptional history, who doesn't seem to see his patients as simply being a pay-check or personal success tally.

    It's been my observation that there are many things that motivate each of us, but having as many reasons to invest one's self in doing the best they can, is seriously important.

    ------------------------------------

    So, today we learned that some of these radiation Docs want to do hormone suppression tx for up to 2 years, rather than 1 year.

    Hormone suppression therapy can screw with A1C and glucose levels for diabetics, making the management of these things more difficult (Fucking lovely!!).

    Hormone suppression therapy (and radiation therapy?) can increase the risk of heart-attack for the patient.

    Men receiving hormone suppression tx., can suffer increased depression or symptoms of depression.

    Hormone suppression tx., can often cause what my wife and I glibly refer to as 'man-o-pause', including the classic hot-flashes.

    To assist in accurately guiding the external beam radiation, they typically implant 3 pieces of gold in the prostate, so they can use them as targeting markers for the radiation that comes later.. (*Not to mention it's like getting a minor refund for the $Thousands of dollars that go into this; a few trinkets of gold is a perk of a return, I guess).

    If I do hormone suppression tx. & external beam radiation alone, without brachy seeds, I have a 60-65% chance of being cancer-free in 15 years.

    If I do hormone suppression tx., with brachy seeds AND external beam radiation, I have a 75% chance of being cancer-free in 15 years.

    The person today agreed with the other radio-oncology person, stating that Radiation Generated Cancers resulting from the brachy seed therapy, 5-15 years down the road, occurs for less than 1% of patients who receive these tx's.

    Techniques or modalities for recovery from tx-related erectile dysfunction are sometimes/often the same methods used for ED following surgery/radical prostatectomy as they are for post-radiation tx. Pumps, pills, physical activity, arousal, attempts at sexual activity, even when not successful, etc.

    Cialis or Viagra (or similar) can be used in lower doses, post procedures, mainly as a method of helping blood flow to the penis, so the tissue doesn't suffer or die as badly as it otherwise might.

    I have a (~) 35% chance of being free of ED for years to come, with radiation tx., and thus far, at best, a 25% chance of being free of ED with surgery. Different causes, and different times of on-set.

    25% of men who undergo radiation tx. for PC develop urinary difficulties down the road, that can include some varying types of internal bleeding, diminished flow of stream in urinating, etc.

    (*Anything that speaks to longer-term damage to tissue and internal bleeding, whether from the bladder, urethra, or what ever., makes me sit up straight & pay attention. Complications can often be more lethal than the treatments of illnesses, in my view of things; why I hang around the same region as the surgery took place in, until the recovery is well underway. Air-fare is not cheap, and infections and internal bleeding can both be lethal issues).

    If recurrence of cancer were to happen after radiation, the Doc today said that a 2nd round of brachy seed to the affected area is one option, or, there are some medications, not technically chemo, but used control or contain the recurring disease..

    They went on to say that any recurrence of the prostate cancer, post radiation, would mostly likely be to bones or nearby organs. And still, chemo is not an option for most, due to the nature of prostate cancer, even when classified as 'aggressive'.

    So, to be a sexless for 2 years or more of hormone suppression tx., with the other risks, however minor some of them may appear, and to potentially risk treating any recurrence of cancer with less-than-optimal modalities, leaves me wanting to hear what the last surgeon says next week.

    "Curiouser and curiouser."

    --------------------------------------

    In the end, we all agreed that it is my choice, no one else can make it for me, and there's no guarantees of outcomes. Roll the dice, and no one to blame for the choice, at least, than me, in the end.

    I asked the Doc if she knew a good palm reader. I told her I'd pay premium price for a good one.

    This is where I locate my new vaporizer, stuff it full of either White Lotus #3, or Satori #2, crawl under the blankies, and hide until the cancer wolf is gone.. I wish.

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    Likely a re-run here, but excellent cover of 'Angel from Montgomery' and 'Sugaree', by;

    Tedeschi-Trucks Band

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrSK...yYN7HY&index=2
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    Originally posted by moose eater View Post
    He was a mentor to persons he never met.
    There could be some of that going on in this thread.

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    Did the blood draws, found the Turkey Tail 'shrooms already in my mail box, and the battery I was waiting on, to try to repair the old Pinnacle Pro, is reportedly in my mail box, though it didn't get in there until after I had already been in, so I may or may not see that today.

    Needing to get some leaded soldering wire of a relatively fine thickness, and some some relatively pure nickel bands for soldering the circuitry back together for the older vape.

    ------------------------------------------

    Feeling pretty good, overall.

    Finishing up my lunch, then headed for chores, hopefully making some progress, instead of simply treading water.

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    More intake papers to complete for a variety of Docs, and a bit more research, then resting.

    ------------------------------------------------

    John Prine

    Live, on Austin City Limits, 2018

    Full concert (54"), with some of his more recent tunes, including his recent 'Summer's End', a truly beautiful, melancholy song re. life and the opiate crisis. Johnny is missed. He was a mentor to persons he never met. RIP.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnO2g7zTh4o
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    Originally posted by trichrider View Post
    THCA and THC: What's the difference?

    1. Why we get high on THC and not THCA, how cannabinoids convert, and raw cannabis as a superfood
    2. THCA vs. THC: decarboxylation process

    Why we get high on THC and not THCA, how cannabinoids convert, and raw cannabis as a superfood

    Surprise! You're just not going to get high by eating that freshly picked weed. At all. When cannabis is harvested and raw, no matter how much potential resides within, there is practically none of marijuana's most famous and intoxicating cannabinoid, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). There is, however, a wealth of tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), an inactive compound found within the trichomes of living cannabis plants.
    So, if someone ever asks you “what does THC stand for?” don't confuse the two similar terms. As you'll soon discover, they are vastly different in both chemical structure and how they interact with the human body.
    THCA is a cannabinoid that until recently has been closely compared to THC. Though THCA doesn't get one high and THC certainly does, there is a relation: THCA is the precursor to psychoactive THC effects.
    So why does THC get us elevated and THCA doesn't? The reason is due to the three-dimensional shape of the THCA molecule. It is a larger molecule that doesn't fit into our cannabinoid receptors, specifically the CB1 receptors. A cannabinoid must fit into a body's CB1 receptor in order to have an intoxicating effect at all.
    The cannabis plant produces hundreds of cannabinoids, the chemical compounds responsible for the therapeutic and psychoactive effects of cannabis. Only a few cannabinoids contribute to the euphoric high that is unique to the cannabis plant, though. The most celebrated, researched, and sought-after is THC.
    It's commonly assumed that as a marijuana plant grows, it is ramping up THC levels until ripe for the picking. But the primary cannabinoid being produced is actually THCA. How does THCA become THC?
    The simplified answer is through heat and light — or the process of decarboxylation. Heat removes a carboxylic acid group of atoms from THCA, converting it into a molecule and altering the THC chemical structure, thus becoming the perfect shape to fit into our endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the CB1 receptors that run throughout the central nervous system, producing that classic elevated experience.
    View Image In a process called decarboxylation, heat removes a carboxylic acid group of atoms from THCA, converting it into a molecule and altering the THC chemical structure.The non-intoxicating effects of THCA are a big part of the reason that fresh, raw, unheated cannabis is a superfood. You may have heard of juicing cannabis or adding raw cannabis to smoothies for health enhancement. There's good reason for that.
    Like other superfoods, including avocados, kale, Greek yogurt, green tea, and garlic, raw cannabis has the potential to ease arthritis, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and other ailments.
    THCA is believed to offer an assortment of medicinal benefits and is commonly used as a nutritional supplement and dietary enhancement for its:
    • Anti-inflammatory properties – A 2011 study published in the Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin suggested that, along with other cannabinoids, THCA demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties.
    • Anti-proliferative properties – A 2013 study that analyzed cell cultures and animal models concluded that THCA could prevent the spread of prostate cancer cells.
    • Neuroprotective properties – In a 2012 preclinical study published in Phytomedicine, researchers found that THCA showed the ability to help protect against neurodegenerative diseases.
    • Antiemetic properties (increasing appetite and decreasing nausea) – A 2013 study conducted by researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario found that both THCA and CBDA were effective in reducing nausea and vomiting in rat models, even more so than THC and CBD, respectively.

    Most cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), are in the acidic form (CBDA, CBGA, and THCVA) when cannabis is harvested. The unactivated forms of THC and CBD, along with other cannabinoids, have benefits themselves that we are still learning about.


    https://weedmaps.com/learn/cannabis-...tween-thca-thc



    iirc, harvesting earlier than you normally would for peak THC would give a higher percentage of THCa.
    THCa is not psychoactive but merits use as stated above.


    Creating THCa Crystalline

    Royalty in cannabis extracts, creating THCa diamonds takes a special touch.

    Karhlyle Fletcher

    Pure isolates and their terpene-rich byproduct live resin have been changing the cannabis concentrate game. Through mastering the creation of THCa diamonds, producers have introduced a precise and clean consumption method.



    How Can THCa Crystalline Be Used?

    THCa crystals can power both the most radical dabs and the most approachable topicals. Additional usages include use in edibles, and so these crystals are very flexible. The advantage of using them lies in their near 100 percent THC content.
    For the consumer, this advantage is apparent. While with other products it's difficult to judge the bioavailable cannabinoids, THCa crystals or "diamonds" are nearly pure. Having this purity allows for accurate dosages, and thus a repeatable experience.
    Perhaps more groundbreaking with the rise of THCa diamonds is their pharmacological appeal. With a product that boasts almost complete purity of a single cannabinoid, it meets pharmacological standards, particularly useful for future research. Much of the available research on cannabis depends on testimony remotely supplied by volunteers; however, pure cannabinoids could allow for the study of individual cannabinoids and their potential therapeutic value.
    Don't think these diamonds come alone, though. Through the process of creating diamonds, "live resin" is also created. Live resin is the terpene-rich sauce left behind after THCa diamonds crystalize. During the process of preparing the crystals for purging, the live resin is poured off of it. After purging, the live resin can either be added to THCa diamonds or used as an independent product.
    Recombining the diamonds and live resin creates a unique concentrate. Not only is there pure THCa present in the crystals, but the live resin is potent. With up to 50 percent cannabinoid content, the live resin can get users high on its own. Additionally, its rich terpene content allows for producers to create concentrates with only cannabis-derived terpenes.
    View Image
    Photo Courtesy of Apothecary Extracts

    How To Extract THCa Crystals

    The process of creating diamonds and live resin is complicated in that it's chemistry, but it makes sense.
    First, you start with an extract, then mix it with acetic acid and hexane. Doing so will separate dissolved plant matter from the acidic cannabinoids. After a while, when the mixture settles, it is filtered, and the acetic acid and hexane are evaporated off. The resulting concentrate is mostly THCa.
    After this step, chromatography methods purify the concentrate further. Once the chromatography is finished, chemical washes, filtered, and roto-vapes. In the end, the concentrate is treated with methanol, and then pentane. Finally, after one last roto-vape, the result is diamonds with greater than 99.97 percent THC content.



    more here:
    https://www.cannabistech.com/article...a-crystalline/
    .........


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiSF7IMUTZM&t=1s

    ZZ Top--Deguello 1979 Full Album HQ
    Thanks trich.

    The first 2 links were old-hat for where we've been, but the last, though limited and fairly basic in its out-set, gives good insight into extracting more pure THCa diamonds, and the 99.97% purity for THCa is astounding. Less is more. WAY more.

    I'm hesitant at this point to attempt further chemistry experiments, but intend to do low-temp extraction for the THCa.

    Still interesting to read some of this that is new to me.

    Thanks again.

    -------------------------------------

    John Prine on the raucous side of things.

    'Saigon'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1MDgOiBHlM

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    THCA and THC: What's the difference?

    1. Why we get high on THC and not THCA, how cannabinoids convert, and raw cannabis as a superfood
    2. THCA vs. THC: decarboxylation process

    Why we get high on THC and not THCA, how cannabinoids convert, and raw cannabis as a superfood

    Surprise! You're just not going to get high by eating that freshly picked weed. At all. When cannabis is harvested and raw, no matter how much potential resides within, there is practically none of marijuana's most famous and intoxicating cannabinoid, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). There is, however, a wealth of tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), an inactive compound found within the trichomes of living cannabis plants.
    So, if someone ever asks you “what does THC stand for?” don't confuse the two similar terms. As you'll soon discover, they are vastly different in both chemical structure and how they interact with the human body.
    THCA is a cannabinoid that until recently has been closely compared to THC. Though THCA doesn't get one high and THC certainly does, there is a relation: THCA is the precursor to psychoactive THC effects.
    So why does THC get us elevated and THCA doesn't? The reason is due to the three-dimensional shape of the THCA molecule. It is a larger molecule that doesn't fit into our cannabinoid receptors, specifically the CB1 receptors. A cannabinoid must fit into a body's CB1 receptor in order to have an intoxicating effect at all.
    The cannabis plant produces hundreds of cannabinoids, the chemical compounds responsible for the therapeutic and psychoactive effects of cannabis. Only a few cannabinoids contribute to the euphoric high that is unique to the cannabis plant, though. The most celebrated, researched, and sought-after is THC.
    It's commonly assumed that as a marijuana plant grows, it is ramping up THC levels until ripe for the picking. But the primary cannabinoid being produced is actually THCA. How does THCA become THC?
    The simplified answer is through heat and light — or the process of decarboxylation. Heat removes a carboxylic acid group of atoms from THCA, converting it into a molecule and altering the THC chemical structure, thus becoming the perfect shape to fit into our endocannabinoid system (ECS) and the CB1 receptors that run throughout the central nervous system, producing that classic elevated experience.
    In a process called decarboxylation, heat removes a carboxylic acid group of atoms from THCA, converting it into a molecule and altering the THC chemical structure.The non-intoxicating effects of THCA are a big part of the reason that fresh, raw, unheated cannabis is a superfood. You may have heard of juicing cannabis or adding raw cannabis to smoothies for health enhancement. There's good reason for that.
    Like other superfoods, including avocados, kale, Greek yogurt, green tea, and garlic, raw cannabis has the potential to ease arthritis, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and other ailments.
    THCA is believed to offer an assortment of medicinal benefits and is commonly used as a nutritional supplement and dietary enhancement for its:
    • Anti-inflammatory properties – A 2011 study published in the Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin suggested that, along with other cannabinoids, THCA demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties.
    • Anti-proliferative properties – A 2013 study that analyzed cell cultures and animal models concluded that THCA could prevent the spread of prostate cancer cells.
    • Neuroprotective properties – In a 2012 preclinical study published in Phytomedicine, researchers found that THCA showed the ability to help protect against neurodegenerative diseases.
    • Antiemetic properties (increasing appetite and decreasing nausea) – A 2013 study conducted by researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario found that both THCA and CBDA were effective in reducing nausea and vomiting in rat models, even more so than THC and CBD, respectively.

    Most cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), are in the acidic form (CBDA, CBGA, and THCVA) when cannabis is harvested. The unactivated forms of THC and CBD, along with other cannabinoids, have benefits themselves that we are still learning about.


    https://weedmaps.com/learn/cannabis-...tween-thca-thc



    iirc, harvesting earlier than you normally would for peak THC would give a higher percentage of THCa.
    THCa is not psychoactive but merits use as stated above.


    Creating THCa Crystalline

    Royalty in cannabis extracts, creating THCa diamonds takes a special touch.

    Karhlyle Fletcher

    Pure isolates and their terpene-rich byproduct live resin have been changing the cannabis concentrate game. Through mastering the creation of THCa diamonds, producers have introduced a precise and clean consumption method.



    How Can THCa Crystalline Be Used?

    THCa crystals can power both the most radical dabs and the most approachable topicals. Additional usages include use in edibles, and so these crystals are very flexible. The advantage of using them lies in their near 100 percent THC content.
    For the consumer, this advantage is apparent. While with other products it's difficult to judge the bioavailable cannabinoids, THCa crystals or "diamonds" are nearly pure. Having this purity allows for accurate dosages, and thus a repeatable experience.
    Perhaps more groundbreaking with the rise of THCa diamonds is their pharmacological appeal. With a product that boasts almost complete purity of a single cannabinoid, it meets pharmacological standards, particularly useful for future research. Much of the available research on cannabis depends on testimony remotely supplied by volunteers; however, pure cannabinoids could allow for the study of individual cannabinoids and their potential therapeutic value.
    Don't think these diamonds come alone, though. Through the process of creating diamonds, "live resin" is also created. Live resin is the terpene-rich sauce left behind after THCa diamonds crystalize. During the process of preparing the crystals for purging, the live resin is poured off of it. After purging, the live resin can either be added to THCa diamonds or used as an independent product.
    Recombining the diamonds and live resin creates a unique concentrate. Not only is there pure THCa present in the crystals, but the live resin is potent. With up to 50 percent cannabinoid content, the live resin can get users high on its own. Additionally, its rich terpene content allows for producers to create concentrates with only cannabis-derived terpenes.

    Photo Courtesy of Apothecary Extracts

    How To Extract THCa Crystals

    The process of creating diamonds and live resin is complicated in that it's chemistry, but it makes sense.
    First, you start with an extract, then mix it with acetic acid and hexane. Doing so will separate dissolved plant matter from the acidic cannabinoids. After a while, when the mixture settles, it is filtered, and the acetic acid and hexane are evaporated off. The resulting concentrate is mostly THCa.
    After this step, chromatography methods purify the concentrate further. Once the chromatography is finished, chemical washes, filtered, and roto-vapes. In the end, the concentrate is treated with methanol, and then pentane. Finally, after one last roto-vape, the result is diamonds with greater than 99.97 percent THC content.



    more here:
    https://www.cannabistech.com/article...a-crystalline/
    .........


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiSF7IMUTZM&t=1s

    ZZ Top--Deguello 1979 Full Album HQ

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    Originally posted by Gry View Post
    May this thread be a blessing to many.
    There's a lot of rambling in here by me, Gry. But in its own way, it all relates to cancer dx & tx. The bewilderment, the down-time spent in shock, with loss of appetite (separate from the cancer's symptoms, other than for the fact that the shock is due to finding out that life maybe will have some more serious gambles attached), and more; finding this was mostly fairly normal, to different degrees, was a matter of normalizing things that were taking off in their own directions on their own.

    I hope that who ever is in need, and reads through these pages (a very patient person, likely) will find some insight into cancer's relationship to other disorders/diseases, dietary changes that have been proven to help (& how to go about those changes without necessarily subjecting themselves to stuff that tastes plain-old NASTY or doesn't work), the whole extended interview process to find the BEST Docs possible, rather than quickly choosing Brand X, and risking forfeiting more than they need to, and cannabinoids as therapy, to include the NIH study, and that they don't have to be so stoned all day, in order to get something into their system that strikes fear into tumors.

    The psychological burden, the screwy auto-immune reactions to stress and disease, dietary advantages, procedures, alternative and conventional tx's, both, etc., and a shitload of really good music.

    Anything worth doing in life, is worth doing to a sound-track.

    And to know that EVERY PERSON in this world, regardless of where they live, has a life and dreams that go beyond their diagnoses. That's in here, too, and it ought to be.

    And shame on those Docs who forget that.

    I hope you're well today.

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    Linda Ronstadt & Emmy Lou Harris

    'Across the Border'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_AP8age7rE

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    Originally posted by buzzmobile View Post
    May it be so.

    I got to see Leo Kottke at a small theater in Gainesville. He made a lot of music with only 12 strings.

    Louise

    Pepe Hush
    Leo is the king of beautifully tragic ballads, sharing that crown with Tom Waites and Johnny Prine; Prine having been taken by COVID-19 earlier this year. The first time since last March that I was really resentful of COVID, as though it were a person.

    Going from the Cradle to the Grave, a Leo Kotke tune that is more appropriate now than ever, I think. Life, and stops along the way. "Going from the cradle to the grave."

    Trying, as a realist, to keep the faith, buzz.

    I read reviews for the surgeon I see next week. One woman had written in to report that though her husband's prostate cancer had escaped the capsule, the surgeon in reference did an excellent job, and he has clear/clean margins.

    Obviously, by her description, his cancer was at least as progressed as mine, and depending on the method they used to determine the escape of the tumors/cancer from his prostate's 'capsule', likely significantly further advanced than mine. And the Doc in reference did him right.

    We're all different, even when we share significant diagnoses and status of progression, but we each have our own abilities, disabilities, immune health, and more. But reports like the one submitted by the woman referenced above, give me greater hope.

    Thanks for the continued support, buzz.

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    The silver-haired sweetie of sweeties; Emmy Lou Harris, Live

    From the Lp, 'Last Date'

    'Racing in the Streets'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6efV8-Gve50

    * I didn't look for it, but there may be a duet with Brice Springsteen out there some place, with Emmy Lou, doing this tune, as well. A classic, for sure. Another nostalgia tune, buzz; 1 that may require Kleenex.

    Bruce, Live at the Paramount Theatre, 2009

    'Racing in the Streets'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT4pSt4kie8

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    Originally posted by trichrider View Post
    if nothing else, peeps can get hooked up to some great tunes in here.
    i for one have added significantly to my playlist...the one which no one will ever see should i succumb prematurely...literally hundreds of hours (thnx all!!!).


    there should be some kind of hope in healing expressed rather than that rare reliance that Murphy is elsewhere atm...but then, i'm not the one facing the knife.


    i'm confident that ME will be back in form at the end of this ordeal to offer that hope to others...
    .......
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W12DhiICKDk
    [YOUTUBEIF]W12DhiICKDk[/YOUTUBEIF]
    Working for the US Forest Circus in SE Alaska, 1979, at a camp in the older remote clear-cuts out in the Islands, I received a well-used Homelite XL12 (utility grade model chainsaw we viewed as disposable) from a fellow who was quitting. Many of us had named our saws; the 1 I inherited was inscribed with 'Molly Hatchet', a fitting moniker for a chainsaw.

    Southern Rock-n-roll, crossed with a bit of Allman Bros.
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    I'd been working out a good bargain on a chromebook, wired head-set w/mic, and wired mouse, of decent quality, to take with me to which ever spot I'm doing treatment at, then.... Murphy!!!

    Computer Co said my bank declined the charges (LOTS of vacant credit remaining on the card). My bank card issuer stated the purchase was declined at the Computer Co. Just like real life; too many folks feel OK putting their screw-ups on someone else.

    Got it straightened out, none the less. More fixing of Corporate America's deficiencies on my dime, while they rake in profits at our/my expense.

    ------------------------------------------

    Face time via laptop and chromebook will facilitate seeing the pups, my family, etc., as mentioned earlier, but will also allow me to coach others through caring for my garden in my absence, as well as any mechanical or technical issues that might go haywire in my absence.

    I figured it's a good tool for all of the above, and may take away any need for Ativan in times of ^ anxiety, in empty hotel rooms, with too little AC, and a lot of strangers outside the walls.

    -----------------------------------------

    Still need to arrange to have a decent hot-plate, cook pot, portable backpack-size 16 oz. blender, and 3-4 cases of the protein shakes I've been consuming, all to be sent to where ever I stay..

    The literature emphasizes protein as a major factor re. post-operative recovery, so more protein shakes and nuts are on the agenda. As well as the better protein sources in the plant-based sausages.

    -----------------------------------------

    I'm hopeful that we/I can beat this cancer. I am. But I'm realistic enough to know that we can't tip our cards over 'til the last play. And no guarantees. (*Probably should've hedged my bets, and helped more little old ladies across the street when I was younger. Too late now.)

    ----------------------------------------

    Anyway, not a lot of earth-shattering news in this thread, and that's been helped by the previously-mentioned 85 years of strangle-hold on good cannabis research, as well as my own tangents and discourse..

    There's SOME of those decent studies offered up in these pages, scattered throughout. But a lot of what we/I am doing, is stuff that others have shared, often word-of-mouth.

    Weez had successes with his regimen, or seemed to, and for a long time, but whether the lab gave bad service, crossed samples, or the cancer cells have organized a union, and they're undermining management, is unknown at this time.

    I'm more varied in my efforts than some, where trying to pull the rug out from under the cancer's metaphorical feet is involved, including the sulforaphane, the lycopene sauces, and the CBD and THC extracts/tinctures. I'm waiting to get a good run of THC-a for suppositories, and maybe another proper run of THC extract for the same purpose. Some want to take the time to segregate variables and causes in healing or recurrence. I want to kill this malignancy with any tools I have available. We're not friends. It's a squatter.
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    The blood draw tomorrow, as stated earlier, will require 10-14 days for results to reach me, and though I would love to have current results for the Docs this week and next, I can scan & upload them to the various portals when they arrive. For a very reasonable price, I get what would likely be $600 to $1,000 through my primary clinic. Though they'd have results in 24 hours in most cases.

    Anyway, for now, waiting, asking good questions when I can, and getting set up in what ever ways I can, so when launch time comes, we're ready.

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    John Prine

    'Killing the Blues'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgmbQnp_Sbk

    'Down by the Side of the Road'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUxrWPc1GjE
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    Originally posted by trichrider View Post
    i'm confident that ME will be back in form at the end of this ordeal to offer that hope to others...
    May it be so.

    I got to see Leo Kottke at a small theater in Gainesville. He made a lot of music with only 12 strings.

    Louise

    Pepe Hush

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    if nothing else, peeps can get hooked up to some great tunes in here.
    i for one have added significantly to my playlist...the one which no one will ever see should i succumb prematurely...literally hundreds of hours (thnx all!!!).


    there should be some kind of hope in healing expressed rather than that rare reliance that Murphy is elsewhere atm...but then, i'm not the one facing the knife.


    i'm confident that ME will be back in form at the end of this ordeal to offer that hope to others...
    .......
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W12DhiICKDk
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    Originally posted by buzzmobile View Post
    While you are staying the fuck at home, here's a particular favorite tune from Hot Tuna. Keep it in mind when some knucklehead is breathing down the back of your turtle neck sweater as he/she inspects your Beyond Meat stuffed shopping cart.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMFaFgC0PAg

    Axis Bold As Love is my one desert island album choice.
    Thanks again, buzz.

    Yep, Jorma & Co. are and were stellar musicians. Everything from classical to psychedelic rock-n-roll, and classic blues in between. Excellent stuff.

    I'll trade you some -30 f. temps for your rain.

    On a brighter note, they seem to be curtailing the duration of this (cold) high-pressure system that was supposed to end last week, and bringing us up to near 0 by Thursday; perhaps even a few degrees above 0, then perhaps +10-+14 on Saturday.

    Of course, my blood draw tomorrow AM has me coming off what is projected currently to be maybe -40 f. We'll see if Murphy is busy elsewhere or not. Hoping so.

    The inversion had us 15 degrees f. warmer than the in-town airport this AM. So if that status (inversions) hangs on, then the launch from home will be warmer than my arrival in town, giving me time to get adjusted, maybe.

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    I'm hoping folks will continue posting related cancer-oriented research here, despite my being buried and low on reading energy at the moment.

    We've continued reading, but took yesterday off, but the research and ideas will maybe benefit others, long after we're worm food, maybe.

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    Occurred to me this AM that the degree to which things are resolved in life, and the sense of life having been 'enough' or 'sufficient', to date, can directly influence the willingness to roll the dice on outcomes that might involve increased suffering or disability. And the folks who find themselves in despair maybe also want that to end, and less inhibited re. the decision making parts of this disease.

    But the folks in the middle of that graph or bell curve, who still have some fight in the belly, and have things not resolved of importance, we're maybe more apt to be wary of entering that next phase? Harder to move on when too much of the mess remains to be addressed?

    Admittedly, I have had many things work in my favor in this life. More than I deserved, even, maybe.

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    2 appts this week via Zoom with 2 different clinics' radiological oncologists; 1 for round 2, and the other is a new-to-me person.

    Next week holds a first-time appt. with the newer surgeon.

    After that, I guess I need to get out my old darts to throw at possible outcomes, or maybe a coin to flip, or shine up a pair of dice, and see what they think of all of these choices. Or, if I have greater clarity, I'll forgo the chances of those tools, and just outright pick a path.

    I think there's good enough weed here for that, and I haven't had a shot of tequila in several weeks, so.. that might aid in the process, too.

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    Vaporizer/Pax 3 is at the carrier's arrival spot now, but still waiting on the battery for the old Pinnacle Pro, which I'll have to modify to accept a circuited 3-wire plug system to it. Folks at VaporBLUNT seem to have either been on vacation, or non-responsive for the last bunch of years, as they haven't returned any communications by phone or email in going on 6 years or more, so I suspect it's another moment of excessive optimism, in their case, affecting my willingness to continue asking them for support on a no-longer-manufactured vape. Such is life in corporatist, profit-driven America..

    Piss poor customer service often results in no longer doing business with whom ever, so, "we often make the beds we sleep in."

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    Hot Tuna, Live, Whole Concert (2' 44")

    Fillmore Auditorium, March 1988

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UaDtS0raIg

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    While you are staying the fuck at home, here's a particular favorite tune from Hot Tuna. Keep it in mind when some knucklehead is breathing down the back of your turtle neck sweater as he/she inspects your Beyond Meat stuffed shopping cart.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMFaFgC0PAg

    Axis Bold As Love is my one desert island album choice.

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    A quick heads-up re. alternative plant-based sausages, for those either entertaining sampling such things, or for those more serious about pursuing a plant-based diet for health concerns, whether they be general concerns, or specific to a diagnosis that such a diet would/might benefit.

    The Beyond Meat (brand) of spicy Italian brats, or regular brats, are PHENOMENAL. I'm sold. I love decently done meat, whether steaks or sausages, or ???? And switching over to the plant-based diet for health reasons, I was finding a lot of substandard stuff that made me wonder if the folks making these products had ever actually eaten sausage, or meats in general?

    I also found some vegan ham, and the BM brats. Picked up a container of vegan parmesan cheese, and have some on a salad as I type right now.

    Being able to like and/or appreciate a new diet matters. sticking to the new diet would have been made more difficult, had we not found stuff that was tasty and enjoyable.

    A good trip, though maybe 4 days before I wanted to go in. we're headed into a week with lows down near -40 to -55 f., and aside from having a blood draw on Tuesday AM, for lipids, PSA, A1C, and various other functions of the body, I'm planning to "stay the fuck at home", and engage in Telehealth/Zoom meetings with Docs.

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    Originally posted by trichrider View Post
    yes!
    are those whole, or powdered?
    whole are tough as shoe leather.
    i've tried drying and grinding in a coffee grinder...that's an ordeal.
    i hope you get some kind of promise from their use.
    yep, looks like things are accelerating.

    thanks for the Hendrix link, i dig his style and the lyrics are obscure enough that they don't play in a loop over and over in my head.lol

    this guy can play the guitar with the best of them:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JGb3O8ql1U
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    Thanks trich.

    Yes, looking at them, and knowing they are a form of shelf mushroom from (mostly/often) dead or dying trees, my assumption was that they're softer than chaga or some other tree-bark medicines, but dried, I assumed they are going to be at least as tough as dried whole peyote buttons; like shoe leather, as you say. Hopefully without the conditioned response of nausea that I used to get, while chewing the buttons (the power of the memory of puking after chewing dried, tough, cactus buttons)..

    We have a variety of potential apparatus for pulverizing, but these are, indeed, whole and dried.

    I haven't yet done proper research re. poor or unsafe interactions with other drugs or meds sources, but the biggest wild card right now, as stated to buzz, is the seemingly independent nature of my auto-immune system lately.

    There's recipes online, and the seller recommends either a tea soak, or alcohol extraction. I want to find some recipes that might entertain rehydration in warm (not hot) H2O, and maybe using them like shitake in stir-fries or vegan lo mein, or similar. But I have no reference at the moment for taste, and if they taste strictly like medicine, then I'll have to figure something else out.

    My greatest focus, aside from getting them into a state where I can keep them down, is to maximize the ingesting and processing of the most beneficial components (PSK and PSP).

    By the way, from the herbalist researcher author in Whitehorse, whose book I got for my wife's birthday, dandelion root, which I referenced earlier as being looked at as aiding diabetes (2011), also promotes production of bile (as in, working to dissolve gall stones), and are high in potassium and Vit A, among other stuff.

    We used to make dandelion wine 40-50 years ago, but our recent bumper crops are now likely headed to other uses. The author recommends roasting them like carrots, but I suspect keeping the heat lower is a safer way of preserving the components that are being sought.
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    Yeah, I think I have parts of that Sweden Hendrix concert from '69 here, on other tapes.

    The Rainbow Bridge Lp (still here on 33-1/3 vinyl) was awesome as well.

    JH is one among many who went astoundingly early in their lives (Tommy Bolin, Lowell George, Janis, and many more), as Gracie Slick pointed out, lots of these folks didn't necessarily want to die; they simply partied to hard, and maybe forgot how much dope had been ingested. Pure speculation, but I tend to believe that perspective.

    Not from Rainbow Bridge, but from a 1970 show at the LA Forum.

    'Hey Baby'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bki0ScmXiH0

    And, originally (in the case of my collection) from the 'Axis Bold as Love' Lp, (also still here on vinyl) what I believe was -the- most beautiful Hendrix tune ever put to ears. My deceased younger brother's guitar teacher used to do this very nicely.

    'Little Wing'

    Live from Winterland October 1968

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YDB...ygUhG&index=23

    *Not an ear worm, per se', but it has stuck with me for close to 50 years as a thing of beauty.

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