3RD TIMES A CHARM WITH MRI RESULTS

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400 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

200 Shoulder raises/Chest presses w/ 10 pound dumb bells

600 Crunches

600 Leg lifts

300 Squats

300 Back flexes

1:20 hours of yoga over 2 days

 

I fell asleep to “Pink” the album “Hurts 2B Human”

I exercised to “Trivium” the album “What the Dead Men Say”

LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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I mentioned a while ago that I changed the way I do my squats now, let me try to explain this as it seems to have made a BIG improvement!  All of this is done while sliding my hands along my transfer pole not a firm grip, just enough to keep my balance.  50 of them 3 days a week, I squat like a backcatcher in baseball.  I stay in a crouch for about 2 or 3 seconds then push with my legs, never pulling up with my hands.  The other 50 is just me going from flat footed to my tiptoes & again holding it for a few seconds.  Now I can actually see a muscle on my left calf.  I was looking for results & I think I’ve found out how to get them.

I plan on doing muscle meaurements & weighing myself again on July 1st, the mid way point of the year.

Tough week.  Started off still feeling a bit tired & sore from last week.  Wednesday & Thursday were both terrible in terms of my energy.  Today was better though.  I went to bed earlier than usual, got up by 8:00 am & carried on as usual.

Yes, I got my routine annual checkup MRI results this week.  I go for another routine MRI in 6 months, since I have a new doctor at the Cancer Clinic.  My 3rd doctor in 3 years (I go there once a year), so my new cancer case doctor.  I guess they found a cyst in my back, it showed up on an MRI from the first time I had one in 2008 or 2009?  My doctor says it’s not related to cancer at all & it’s nothing to worry about, unless it starts to bother me.  This MRI will be much shorter I was told, only 30 minutes.

She told me the scans looked fine, nothing odd showed up.  I then turned to Kim and said “See, I told you I was normal!” the doctor instantly says “Whoa, I never said normal?!”  I asked if there’d be a time when I don’t have to go in for an annual MRI scan.  She said “When you get sick of me”, I immediately looked at Kim & said “YAY, we’re done!” jokingly of course.  Gotta say this doctor is much more personable than my original doctor, who I don’t believe sees patients anymore, & her temporary replacement who was nice but a bit awkward.  I’m glad to not see my original cancer clinic doctor that was VERY oppinionated & vocal (Body shaming me, shouting at me down a hallway because I’m not short or under 80 lbs).  I graduated high school in 1998 at 185 pounds while playing sports, bike riding, running cross country.

Not really sure why they need to scan the insignificant cyst in my back, but as I said the MRI didn’t bother me this time, despite my severe claustrophobia.  The annual scan will continue for as long as…..well there’s no real end date for it.  I think she said they’ll just scan my brain now instead of also scanning my spine?  They’ll take less time from now on.

Anyways, I’m still cancer free 11 years & almost 5 complete months.

If you met me in person and didn’t know I had cancer, you’d likely have questions, don’t be shy, ask away!  I’m in a wheelchair, unless I’m doing my exerises, I can stand but I must hold onto something for balance.  I wear an eye patch over my left eye to prevent my double vision that cannot be surgically repaired, because of my eye patch I have no depth perseption.  My speech is quiet/unclear due to muscle loss in my cheeks, tongue, & lips as well as a loss in breath support.  I look as though I’m much worse off than I really am…………….you should see the other guy though!  WOW…not good!

I keep reading/watching reviews on that guitar & I like it more each time I see it!

There it is, the exact same guitar through the exact same amplifier I hope to find the amplifier used one day.  That’s the tone I’m looking for, different from my other guitars.  Without a doubt saving for the guitar.  Amplifiers can be easily found used later on, besides there’s nothing wrong with my current amplifier other than the 4” speaker.  Pretty sure I won’t be playing live, 20-50 Watts in an amplifier are plenty down the road.  Being in a condo a 20 Watt is more than I need already!

I’m not a guitar collector don’t let me mis-inform you.  I play guitar.  I need one amplifier, a few guitars to play, & some regular guitar maintenance tools.  I don’t need 14 guitars.  It would be cool but they wouldn’t all get played regularly.

Someone needed to say it clearly & bluntly, and finally it happened.  This is what it’s come to…

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/brian-sims-profanity-laced-tirade-gop-colleague-hid-positive-covid-19-test-1006431/?fbclid=IwAR3b_dy0Hl1c2TZZVs7DHsZu0-UdKAwqKkHub75bk7Xxgn_j6sXV9c6609g

 

Another new tune from “Lamb of God”!

 

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STAY INFORMED

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I fell asleep to “Foo Fighters” the album “The Colour and The Shape”

I exercised to “Tremonti” the album “Cauterize”

Got up at 6:20 am to exercise before my morning appointment.  I listened to both of these albums last night.  Too early to play music this morning.

 

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In a perfect world, all politicians would learn to wear multiple hats at one time.  Unfortunately this isn’t a perfect world.  How about they do the job voters gave them?  That job includes transparency aka don’t treat us like a little kid & tell us everything will be OK.  Tell us the actual facts.  This is why a politician is elected.  If all of the voters die during a pandemic, who’s going to vote?  This virus doesn’t care where you live, what your race is, what God you pray to, what your sexuality is, etc.  Everybody is fair game!  Politicians, do your job.  Without the rest of us, you have no title.

Watching the news as everything is SLOWLY reopening means people need to stay informed now, just as much as when we all went inside.  In order to stay well informed I recommend checking this website…

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019?gclid=CjwKCAjw2a32BRBXEiwAUcugiAqGcOgCxnpFi7WuxsL-MZFH0lG37k2LT4HhkUw3Odo6DCW-wa5gJRoCnMsQAvD_BwE

Followed by closely following your local news.  They should have the information required for your specific area, city, or town.

There’s a LOT of false/inaccurate information floating around out there about the virus.  I don’t need to add to it.  Please remember that my thoughts are mine only NONE OF THIS IS HARD EVIDENCE!

Southern Saskatchewan, Canada (where I live, Regina) seems to be doing well.  If we keep this up, we start phase 3 of the reopening here on June 8th.

Every city or town re-opening will & should be different.  Keep yourself informed & at the very least please where a mask if it’s even just to show solidarity & respect.

I went to the hospital on Tuesday, May 19th.  That’s the first time I’ve been outside of our house or vehicle since Sunday, February 16th when most of my father’s side of the family was in town.  I wore a mask throughout the hospital regardless.  A mask won’t protect me as much as it will others & I’m likely OK, but a mask just seemed like the right thing to do.

Got up early on Friday, finished my exercise, showered, & then spent from 10:45 am until 3:40 pm learning the rhythm part to this song on that guitar…….1 hour break & right back to it for another 1 ½ hours.

I woke up around 10:00 am on Sunday & rolled around in bed until noon.  Got up & just rushed immediately!  Emptied the dishwasher, ate breakfast, filled the humidifier, hard boiled my eggs, loaded the dishwasher, did hand dishes, & baked my fish all within 2:30 hours.

We’ll add about 4:30 hours on Sunday of guitar practice.  Just repeating a riff I know so well & played many times before cancer so easily.  I practice so much because I want it perfect.  I also know that a person not in my position will likely get this stuff quicker than I will.  Kim was working most of the day to meet a deadline.  She got REALLY tired of hearing me practice the same line multiple times!

When I practice guitar, it’s not completely about learning the notes or chords.  It’s more about regaining the strength in my left arm all the way to my fingers.  More of a muscle exercise than anything.  When I’m learning something new to me then it’s about EVERYTHING!

My left arm is a mess to this day.  Despite my weights & guitar playing, it otherwise shakes & is remarkably weak if not resting on something for stability.  Even carrying a glass of water without spilling is near impossible.  When I do my weights twice a week, my dumb bell wobbles in my hand & requires WAY more focus & attention.  Playing guitar feels almost the same though.

I’ve always been a BIG fan of Gibson guitars, I don’t want to spend a boat load of money on a Gibson Les Paul though.  I have an Epiphone 7 string Les Paul, an Epiphone Explorer & a Tradition Les Paul.  So 3 of my guitars are modeled after Gibson body shapes.  Apparently Gibson is on a downslide…..after going bankrupt in the last 12 years.  On to PRS for me!  Admit it, it’s pretty & an even better match to my eye!

The McCarty 594 is named after Ted McCarty who became a mentor & good friend of Paul’s.  Ted ran Gibson guitars 1950-1966.  PRS offers a 25” scale length (regular length for PRS) guitar in their Core line.  The 594 is for the odd scale length of 24.594”.  Paul played with the original scale length for Gibson of 24.5” and settled on 24.594” to make it an odd number & I’m guessing to avoid copyright laws?  I think the biggest & nicest change is the shape of a PRS.  He took the shape of a Stratocaster & a Les Paul and overlaid them to find a body style of his own for the PRS brand.  Not all companies have distinct body shapes.  Not all but a lot of guitar companies make slight measurement changes or name changes to a Fender or Gibson shape.  Sorry, more carappé you didn’t need to know.

There was a link on Friday’s post that didn’t work.  It was a guitar store owner announcing that as of Friday May 15th at 5:00 pm the PRS factory in Maryland had reopened.  They will be tending to personal individual orders first, then anything ordered by stores for stock &/or display.  That’s great news as long as everyone stays healthy & safe.  I have no problem waiting for my ordered semi hollow guitar.  It’s not supposed to arrive until late August anyways, a little more time won’t hurt me.

I’d like to upgrade my amplifier for the $329 Boss Katana 50 Watt amplifier, but it can wait since it’s an absolute lowest priority for me & what I have to trade in for it wouldn’t really be worth much, so it’s also not in the budget regardless.  I’d much rather go for a new vintage sounding guitar than an uber digital amplifier.  All the word “digital” means to me is that there’s more stuff to potentially go wrong with it, that I can’t fix.

 

I usually talk about music here.  With the impact of Covid-19 there’s not much new music being released.  I think as far as new music goes, it’ll be a saturation on the music market the next 2 years since so many musicians are staying at home & writing new material.

Next release for me is the self-titled release from “Lamb of God” on June 19th.

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KIM, TRIP, THEN MAYBE A HOUSE?

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I fell asleep to “Big Wreck” the album “…but for the sun”

I exercised to “Flatlined” the album “The Deaf Leading the Blind”

 

I thought I was fine Friday afternoon, little bit achy & very tired.  Kept some food & water down.  Same thing on Saturday.  I go to bed Saturday night, wake up at 2:00 am, feel like garbage, become very uncomfortable & unable to sleep afterwards.  Get up feeling sluggish in the morning, go to the washroom & throw up.  What’s the deal with all of this?  Felt VERY tired Sunday, Sunday night was a decent sleep.  Still tired on Monday & wasted the day by doing a lot of nothing.  Today Brewster & I were having breakfast as Kim left for work.  Now that I’ve completed my exercise I realize staying in bed would have been much more beneficial.  Not like I was going to get a participation ribbon?

A house seems to get further & further away from even being a possibility.  The nail in the coffin drove home when I saw this report on the local news.  Condo owners are hooped in Regina if they want to move.

https://regina.ctvnews.ca/overbuilding-leaves-regina-s-housing-market-moderately-vulnerable-cmhc-says-1.4820226?fbclid=IwAR3yeAhTbndb7dwup8VrIHydMMPEfGEo9405ukNcpEwcisBxq_R2psS7n68

The housing market in Regina is “moderately vulnerable”?  Where is this other Regina they speak of where the housing market is this “moderately vulnerable”?  I would like to live in that Regina please.  I’m not holding my breath on selling this place & finding our ideal home within certain time frame or whatever the contract says?

Kim & I got a FRIENDS Lego set for Christmas.  After 8-10 hours over 4 days we finished it together!  It is now displayed on our media center below our TV.  Right at eye level for our friends’ kids.  That’s when I sound like a new parent “Please sweetie, don’t touch that?”

We’re older, calmer, & childless.  I was diagnosed/passed out at work 6 days after my 28th birthday.  We hadn’t made it to our 3 year anniversary yet.  While we were occupied with cancer, our friends were busy having kids & getting pregnant.  That was something we wanted to do.  I didn’t want to raise a child in the area of town we were in at the time.  Busy street, large sports bar within a 3 minute walk, many car accidents in or near our front yard, & I think I ended up calling 9-1-1 about 3 or 4 times regarding accidents &/or drunks trying to get into our house at 2:00 am.  That was within 2 years & 2 months.  Not an area I’d want to raise a kid.

We moved into our condo after I was out of the hospital out of necessity more than anything.  No stairs here & its wheelchair accessible.  We feel a bit out of our element here though.  I’m now 40 years old but I’m guessing the average age of other residents here is 65?  We don’t visit with other people here, different lifestyles.  We’re always on the go yet we see signs in the elevator for a potluck or a card game tournament.  Nothing wrong with that but we’re not there yet.  Come 9:00 or 9:30 pm at the latest, my guitar amplifier is turned off.  I don’t want a noise complaint coming my way!

 

45 years ago February 24th Led Zeppelin released the album “Physical Graffiti”

 

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