Monday, 28 May 2012

Tuesday Tuneup

It's been a full on day:  I completed my third radiotherapy treatment at 6:30am this morning before jumping on a plane to Wellington for work.  I was a bit nervous about pulling off such a tight schedule but its been a good day - lots done and the client is happy.  I have a short stint in office tomorrow before heading back north for an afternoon ZAP session.  My treatment plan is to a have a session each week day for next 4 weeks (20 in total) - while this is routine, it is still quite a lot more zapping than I imagined. I'm also now the proud owner of three tattoo's - tiny dots really - one on chest and one each side of rib cage. Very stylish - if you happen to have a magnifying glass to view them.   No smart aleck comments please.

The radiotherapy routine is arrive, lie down, line up dots with laser, turn on whirly machine, listen to whirly noise for couple minutes and then good to go.  There are no real side effects, at least in the short term,  you don't feel sick or experience any pain. There are two technicians who administer the treatment and it takes quite of bit of their maneuvering effort to get the body perfectively aligned.  For once I'm pleased that we are dealing with the chest area as it is a "shirts off but keep your pants on" type of deal.  If the treatment is at the other end than you get issued with a sarong and I reckon its best not to think about how that would work out.

Also have to report on another successful sporting weekend..  we had three convincing rugby victories and a soccer triumph on the Saturday just gone.  Jack has rejoined his old soccer club, Glenfield Rovers. They were beaten 10-0 last weekend and when approached they were very keen to have their old striker back.   Our opponents this weekend were Kristin School and Jack really played out of his skin, especially considering he had just played a rugby game an hour before.  He set up a goal in the first half; then with scores level and a minute left on the clock; he ran an intercept break from half way; drew the goalie out and took the ball right to the goal mouth before hammering it home. THEN he collided head-on with the far goalpost, fell back and was visibly dazed for a few minutes.  It was funny, worrying and spectacular all at the same time. A true Kodak moment but I had unfortunately left the Canon at home.

Other fun news is that our builders start tomorrow on the first part of the renovations. We have been planning these changes for at least 14 months, they seem to have dragged on forever. Tomorrow they start on building the new front bedroom, which will become a temporary lounge while demolish the living area. I will have to get some pictures posted, especially interesting for any of you foreigners who are unfamiliar with the concept of old wooden buildings.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Player of The Day

Today we had kids playing sport in three different directions, east, west and north.  I went east with Jack for a soccer game. Ange took Henry to Albany and James hitched a lift with one of his friends to a rugby game out west.  The little bugger had a real blinder and was awarded player of the day.  He scored two tries in a convincing team win of 15 tries to 1.  Both mum and dad disappointed we missed his first rugby try.  Go Takapuna.

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Friday, 18 May 2012

Crazy Hair Disco

Northcote Primary’s annual crazy hair disco tonight… school fund raiser.  Thanks to our f.stupid government we will need lot more of these to cover the funding shortfall thanks to the new ‘better teachers – bigger classes’ policy.  Anyway I digress.  Crazy Hair Disco – one of the highlights of the school calendar according to our boys.  They are always keen to put lots of effort in – (translation = high expectations on dad). Last year we went all out on Henry’s hair so this year I was keen to make more of an effort with James.  Success, he won the prize for the middle school with his monster-thing addams family costume. James very happy!

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Monday, 14 May 2012

Healthy Updates

Yes - I have been slack and this update is somewhat overdue.
 
After 6 rounds of chemo the tumor has disappeared and all that is left is 7mm of dead tissue (it was 12cm).. As a precaution or as best practice, the specialist wants to remove this remaining tissue using radiation treatment.  I'm off to see the radiation oncology specialist today for my 1st appointment and treatment will go ahead in 10 days time,  spread out over a couple of days.
The good news is that there have been no surprises in the treatment process sofar- everything has progressed just as the hematology specialist said it would.  After the radiation treatment i'll technically be in remission, a very unscientific term describing what is really a waiting game to see if the cancer reappears.  Statistically my chances are good that there will be no reoccurrence in next 5 years (the remission period) after which I will technically be 'cured'.  I will need to haves a number of followup  scans over the course of the next year or two, this monitoring will gradually phase out over time.
 
Apart from the radiation treatment and the much anticipated regrowth of the body hair just in time for the NZ winter, life is rapidly returning to a form of normality.  I've started back at the gym (slowly),  my new diet starts tomorrow:) and I'm booked in for the Auckland marathon in October.  This whole journey started with the Auckland marathon and it would be good goal to finish the year with a new PB in one of those shirts ofcourse.  We also have our house renovations due to start in the next two weeks (its only been 12 years in the waiting) and have a great family holiday adventure booked to the Gold Coast in July.
So health summary.. its way too early to celebrate, I still need to take this one step at a time but everything is certainly looking positive.  I think my birthday this year will have to be a big one :)

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Saturday Rugby Success

More success yesterday with all three boys securing good wins. It was my turn to watch Henry and James play at home games at Takapuna Rugby. Ange got to take the teenager to his home match against Westlake B. 
James’ team had an easy victory over a Silverdale side that just didn’t tackle enough.. however they did manage to bring James down just short of the try-line. That first try still beckons but I don’t think we’ll have to wait too long.. 
James’ break for the line.. stopped only metres short–where was the support!!
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Henry had a good game in the backs.. still not sure what position he should play - he is still figuring it out for himself.  His team had a convincing victory against Glenfield and Henry had a couple of good plays with the ball, including this short run below where he was stopped and ‘spear tackled’ by a girl in the other team.
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