Glenn’s PET scan update

I had a PET scan to look and see if I had more cancer sites anywhere else. The relatively good news is that the cancer is limited to the original site in the colon and one nodule of the lung. That’s bad but it could be worse. I could have had cancer in several sites right now but the PET scan shows I don’t. The bad news is the cancer likes to spread and will probably colonize new frontiers eventually.

The initial plan of attack is to use laser radiation surgery to burn out the cancer site in the lung nodule. Genetic testing will be used to see if there are any recently developed methods that may be effective in treating my specific type of cancer. A different type of chemo may be used in the near future because my cancer appears resistant to the last chemo I received. The radiation surgery will be done in Milwaukee. Other types of treatments may follow if the cancer gets rambunctious. The oncologist mentioned that he has patients with similar conditions that have lived 10 years with modern treatments and that longer periods of time may be possible with treatment.

God is with me in any condition and this gives me strength. I do not rely on technology but I rely on God. I understand technology and I know just how pathetic it is. God’s word will not fail me or pass away. Technology is only temporary.

Just hope I don’t outlive my one son who is foolish enough to use cigarettes like a chimney belching smoke. May even still get a therapy dog if initial indications are that my lifespan will be sufficient to take care of it and enjoy it. Corgi’s are the best and I may be able to talk Judy into getting one if I play my cards right. Probably get a new Amazon Fire tablet since my old one finally broke down due to rough use. May still have enough time to read some e-books that I have on my TO DO list. My TO DO list is a large computer list that I am constantly updating. Even if I live for 99 years I couldn’t possibly finish all the projects I want to do on that list.

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Glenn’s Health Update

So I got the full results from my lung nodule biopsy back and discussed them with the oncologist. I have stage four metastasized cancer that has spread from my rectal area to one nodule of my lung. I have a PET scan scheduled to look at everything closer and make sure no other cancer sites are lurking about.

The most likely plan of treatment is to use laser radiation surgery to kill this new cancer site and any other lung nodule that lights up on the PET scan. Other procedures are also being considered. It may be possible to contain or slow down the cancer. The oncologist referred to the procedure metaphorically as spot welding.

That is not good news but it would be worse if I didn’t have faith in Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. Everyone dies and only Jesus can forgive your sins and raise you from the dead.

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalms 23:4 KJV

NASA has free photo downloads

Astronaut on the moon

NASA has made its supercool database of pictures and other types of media available to the public with some limitations. I think near earth/lunar space operations can be made highly financially profitable within our lifetime. We have barely scratched the surface of what is possible with our current level of technology. The United States needs to lead this activity in a massive way by getting private enterprise involved.

The primary purpose of NASA should be encouraging capitalism by private companies in space. NASA should facilitate mining of the lunar surface and asteroids for the purpose of constructing massive and numerous space based solar power generation plants which can transmit their power to earth 24/7 without interference from the weather in an environmentally friendly manner. The United States Department of Energy has articles available online about this idea and Wikipedia also has links to many other articles related to space based solar power.

Any country that establishes a large scale mining colony on the moon could easily obtain a significant military advantage over other countries that may make atomic weapons militarily obsolete. An electromagnetic mass driver based on the moon could be used to launch compacted lunar material of various sizes to be used as impact weapons against targets on earth and there would be no practical defense. A mass driver would be needed for mining operations and it could do double duty as a military launch device. It takes less energy to launch payloads from the moon than from earth which would make railgun type electromagnetic mass drivers theoretically feasible. The United States Navy currently has railguns on its ships which operate like a future mass driver would.

A commercial mass driver for launching lunar material into space would always have the potential of being used as a weapon of mass destruction even if it was never used for that purpose. Smaller lunar railguns could be used for smaller or mobile targets. Lunar railguns/mass drivers could also be used to launch payloads capable of diverting natural asteroids that threaten to impact the earth. In my opinion a scenario of this type is almost inevitable in the long run if humans colonize space. Treaties which prohibit weapons in space can’t be enforced if a large industrial complex is present on the lunar surface.

Military activity in space is not desirable but I suspect it is on the minds of the military for all nations considering using space for commercial purposes. Space is not a magical fairyland of unicorns and rainbows that prevents all conflict between nations. Human realities will eventually creep into large space operations and this could result in violent international actions.

Glenn’s Health Update

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My health could be worse. The doctors are thinking that I will probably need another surgical operation at St Lukes soon to fix a hernia in the area of my stoma. This may be what is causing the moderate pain and all the ostomy problems. A CT scan in the near future should confirm if this is accurate. I will be getting a CT scan about every three months for cancer monitoring anyways in the near future.

On to new problems with my heart. Doctors always find something new wrong with you if they keep looking. An “echocardiogram ?” showed some type of problem with my heart that may be causing the redness, pain and swelling in my legs. The leg swelling may also be related to a blood pressure medication called amlodipine so they are experimenting by giving me a third blood pressure medication and water pills to see if that changes the leg swelling. The amlodipine will probably be slowly eliminated in a safe manner.

At least they didn’t find another giant tumor on my bum and the cancer seems to be fairly dormant at this time. Cancer does not show evidence of traveling to other organs according to the last blood test I was shown. However, all these secondary problems make it somewhat difficult to do more enjoyable activities.

I am capable of some moderate physical activity for short periods of time on some days and my favorite thing to do right now is to bust up free pallets from businesses with a pallet buster and make things out of them. I have one source of good pallet like lumber including some 2 x 6 ‘s . I am trying to have a load of pallet lumber delivered to my garage for free from a nearby local business but I suspect that is a pipe dream. So far I have just made some simple crude things like two sawbucks in different scales and some rough shelving to make my life easier.

I have a sketchbook full of other things I intend to build from recycled lumber provided I have time and energy. At my current rate of progress I estimate it would take me about 40 years to complete the concepts in my sketches. My grandmother was riddled with cancer during her lifetime and yet she lived to the old age of 94. She didn’t die from cancer but from old age. Hopefully I can do better by lasting at least until 99 years of age so I get the premium money return clause activated on my life insurance. I would definitely put that in the win list for this lifetime.