WHAT’S ROUTINE ABOUT A MARATHON TYPE MRI SCAN?

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375 Curls w/ 20 pound dumb bells

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

400 Crunches

400 Leg lifts

200 Squats

200 Back flexes

1:10 hours of yoga over 2 days

Weight repetitions went up on Thursday.  I want to see them at 400 a week by mid-June!

 

I fell asleep to “Tool” the album “Fear Inoculum”

I exercised to “Alter Bridge” the album “Walk the Sky”

 

4 day week since Monday was the long weekend, I didn’t do any exercise on Monday.  Today, up at 6:20 am, exercised, shower, then guitar until I need food.

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I’ve had 5 or 6 MRIs since Tuesday February 5th, 2008, but nothing like this one.  Get some of your prefered beverages, some snacks & gather ‘round.

I went to bed Monday evening around 10:00 pm, knowing I have a routine MRI scan Tuesday evening.  I’m EXTREMELY claustrophobic and I know that MRI machine is tiny (switched to X-rays in early 2010, first MRI since then).  I’m in bed until 11:00 pm wide awake & worrying more as the minutes pass.  I get up, have a snack & watch some recorded TV.  I finally go back to bed just before 2:00 am.  Get up at 8:00 am, hoover my tiny breakfast, exercise, have a snack, post my blog, & hit the shower.  Get out of the shower, have a small lunch then watch the 1:30 hours of late night talk shows I record every night (Kimmel & Colbert).  Into the computer room, little facebook & email, followed by a VERY SATISFYING 2 hour guitar practice, I felt like I progressed 4 ½ months in those 2 hours.  Got all of my left hand, fingers, & arm to do what I expected them to do all along.

I know my MRI is at 5:45 pm, so I stop drinking my 3rd liter of water around 3:30 pm.  We leave our place at 5:00 pm to drop Brewster off at my sister-in-laws place that’s 2 minutes away.  We go through the Covid-19 procedure at the hospital and we’re in the waiting area for my scan by 5:35 pm or so.

Kim stayed in the waiting area while I went in for my IV followed by my scan.  I’m thinking “This is sweet, we’ll be out of here by 7:00 pm since everything is on time.”  The nurse puts in my IV for the dye that shows up in my scan to see everything clearly.  He’s pretty laid back, we’re laughing & having a good time.  By this time I’m relaxed & feeling fine claustrophobia’s gone.

I get my ear plugs in that they give every patient (MRIs are LOUD), they give me a set of headphones since they have Spotify & ask me what I want to listen to.  They have classic rock playing as the last patiet requested.  I just asked them to leave it there, less hassle I figured.

The head phones playing a Spotify playlist must’ve been turned up to “11”, once the machine starts making noise, you can’t hear anything else!  Aytomated voice says “Please hold still while the table moves.”  “The next scan will take X minutes”  a scan took anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes.

I’m about to be shoved into the tiny machine and the nurse asks me if I need anything before they start, I reply “Nope, I’m good to go!”  Then he says “Yeah you’ll be in there for about an hour & a half.”  I thought he was joking as he clamps a plastic mask to the board to hold my head still (hard plastic mask with an opening for my face only).  They’re about to start, my shoulders barely fit the machine but I’m fine after my EXTREME mood boost from my guitar pratice!  The first thing they tell me through the headphones is to hold still for the photos.  PhotoS as in plural?

I’m rockin’ out to Rush, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, Foghat, Lynyrd Skynyrd, etc., then Blue Oyster Cult comes on & all I can think is “I WANT MORE COWBELL”!  In my head I’m rockin’ hard!  2 things instantly come to mind when I hear this song.  The first is this skit, the second is when the last group I was in was on the radio right after this song.  My phone rings at like 9:30 pm on a Friday & it’s Todd, our drummer at the time shouting “MORE COWBELL” no hello or anything, yeah he called the wrong number first!  This was before cell phones were so popular.

After 2 hours of not moving a muscle, they pull me out as Tom Petty starts, I’m thinking “One doesn’t just stop an MRI when Tom Petty starts?”

I assume that I’m done, NOPE!  After a 5 minute break, I’m told that I have another 30 minutes or so left.  Back in the tube I go!  I’m finished an hour later.  I asked the nurse that pulled me out if they serve a rum on ice, & some pretzles after that, she laughed & replied “You’d think we should, that was a long one.”  Quick stop at the washroom & we’re in our vehicle at 9:10 pm.  Pick up Brewster, drivethru at McDonalds, come home to hoover supper, watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show” and call it a day at 10:45 pm.  I’ll get my MRI results in a week or 2.

Eventhough I know I still have to save for that final PRS guitar, just after such  GREAT guitar practices (I feel like I progressed 4 months in 2 hours) I now feel that I’ve earned it, like I can now allow myself to buy it & not feel any shame or guilt.  Especially after  great workouts all week, great guitar practices, & having to not move at all for 3 hours that gave me a small bruise on my chin from the mask.  Most days start for me between 7:00 – 8:00 am and go non stop until 10:30 – 11.00 pm.  I’ve been more sore & tired this week than I’ve been since I lived in the hospitals, but I also feel as though I’ve ramped things up in a GREAT way.

I’m assuming after almost 11 ½ years of being cancer free that I’m fine.  I can’t tell you much other than my story, but I can say this.  Life is WAY too short to take everything seriously.  Even in what could be considered an intense situation, figure out how to relax a bit & keep it light.  If I had taken my life seriously since Tuesday February 5th, 2008, I’d likely still be a very bitter person.  Sometimes you just have to laugh!

I woke up late on Wednesday around 9:45 am.  I stretched before I exercised things cracked & popped even though I didn’t know they could make those sounds!?

This seems a little early to be happening, although I don’t know what the situation is in Maryland, if it’s too early, I have no problems waiting for my ordered guitar.

I’ve decided to save up for the PRS S2 McCarty 594.  There are 5 model lines/price ranges of PRS guitars.  3 of them are the most common.  From the most expensive down there’s the Core line, S2, & SE.  You’ll see the SE (65% made by hand) models in stores in Canada they go for around $1350, in the USA because of the dollar they go for around $700 completely built in Indonesia.  The S2 line is right above the SE line.  An S2 (75% made by hand) model in Canada is around $2300, in the USA they’re around $1300 hardware and other parts are from Indonesia but assembled/built in Maryland.  The Core line is twice the price of an S2 model.  The Core line is entirely built in Maryland, hand carved & 95% made by hand.  All PRS guitars are stained by hand.  You can pretty much take the American price, add $700 + tax to get your local Canadian price, on average.  It all depends on what the stock market does, the provicial tax rate, & the guitar desired.  My ordered S2 semi-hollow is more than $2300 & the S2 McCarty 594 will be less than $2300.

One day if/when we find a house my amplifier will get a used upgrade, until then I’m good!  So this whenever we move and this is cheaper as a used amp “Best Solid State Amp of the Decade” by many reviewers, especially the “Know Your Gear” www.youtube.com channel.  REALLY SMART GUY!

https://www.long-mcquade.com/154076/Guitars/Guitar-Amps/Boss/Katana-50-MkII-Combo-Amplifier.htm

It’s pretty & practicle, as close to a Vintage Gibson Les Paul as I’d like to get & probably $1500 less!  PERFECT AS IS!

 

First single out for the new album by “The Pretty Reckless”

 

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WEEKLY EXERCISE TOTAL/PINK THE ALBUM “BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA”/CARPOOL KARAOKE

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Kim had Monday off, so this is/was a 4 day week exercise total; 400 pushups, 300 tricep pushups, 200 back flexes, 300 squats, 400 leg lifts, 200 crunches.

I fell asleep to “Ed Sheeran” the album “Divide”, followed by “The 1975” the album “I love it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it”

I exercised to “Muse” the album “Origin of Symmetry”

I love the days I do pushups & tricep lifts.  For about 3 minutes after, my arms look huge.  After 3 minutes or so, not so much.  L  As much as I’m getting tired of exercising 5 or 4 days a week, it’s a necessary evil.  Some days I’m up at 7:00 am bright eyed & ready to go.  Other days I would love to stay in bed since I’m so comfy & warm.  Either way I know I MUST do my exercises & whatever else I can do around the house.  I can’t wait for a breather in December followed by a flat out rest for a few days around Christmas.  Come January 2nd it all starts up again.

I’m 6’1” when I got sick apparently I was shockingly tall.  When I moved to the WRC, they scrambled to find a bed for someone my height?  As my dad said “You should have told them you’re the runt of the litter”.  My younger brother is 6’3” and my 2nd or 3rd cousin, who is only a few years older than me, has to duck when he walks through a doorway.  I can’t imagine the horror on their faces if they had to find a bed for him!

 

“This is Spinal Tap” 25 year reunion movie with the original cast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/spinal-tap-reality-bites-2019-tribeca-film-festival-757817/?fbclid=IwAR3htR3573kGWbLfTvgAOack53WeyAB2eUKtf4t7qo9VYy454ECTPCo2kY8

Just once I should have gone on stage and yelled “HELLO CLEVELAND” I’d likely be among the very few that would find it funny!

 

Seth McFarlane’s “The Orville” returns to TV on Sunday, December 30th 2018!!!!!

 

Ooohhh!  Aquaman in theaters December 21st

I’ll see it in January probably.

 

How does Dave Grohl BBQ a brisket?

 

AC/DC cover by A Perfect Circle for record store day in the USA.

 

I never thought I’d say this, but VERY WELL DONE Taylor Swift!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/taylor-swift-is-a-punk-rock-rebel-and-she-just-proved-it-to-the-world-759230/?fbclid=IwAR1pb8AM-CKL6w2wy_7fiXKY4LZTyNhkCzW75isvLYHw-nWxBclXKgs_7fI

 

Deadpool 2 limited showings rated PG 13.  Must be a short movie!

 

PINK THE ALBUM “BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA”/CARPOOL KARAOKE

If it wasn’t a FANTASTIC album, it wouldn’t be on here.  I don’t know much about her.  She’s married & has a young girl.  She wrote the current theme song for ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’.  Her real name is Alecia Moore.  She was born in 1979.  She seems to have been releasing albums for quite a while.  We have her “Greatest Hits…so far”, “The Truth about Love”, & “Beautiful Trauma”.  I REALLY like her “Greatest Hits” & “Beautiful Trauma” albums.  Her first album was released in 2000, “Can’t Take me Home” I still remember the first video I saw from that album.  Her first studio album to start the total of 7 studio albums.

Now we’ll go right to the 2017 release “Beautiful Trauma”

 

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

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

You can’t forget her carpool karaoke with James Corden!!!  Hahahahaha!!!!!!!

 

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Chris

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WEEKEND UPDATE

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We didn’t do much Friday evening.  Kim was pretty tired after work.  We ended up sitting on the couch & watching whatever was on our DVR.  We also watched a show on Netflix called “The Toys that Made us” for anyone born in the 1980s I recommend it.  4 episodes, each an hour long.    The 1st is how/why “Star Wars” toys were made.  2nd episode was Barbie.  3rd was all about “He-Man”/“Masters of the Universe” & the 4th was all about “G.I. Joe”.  Cool documentary!

Between Friday evening & Saturday morning, Kim went shopping for dress clothes.  She found nothing at the high end stores.  After being home for a bit she went to “Winners” & finally found some cheap pieces to add to her work clothes.

She went out to a delayed department Christmas party.  I was home with Brewster.  She didn’t know if the house of one of her co-workers was wheelchair accessible.

Fair enough I’m not big on office parties anyways.  I’m still not a fan of meeting people for the first time in a wheelchair with an iPatch.  Which meant I can watch a stupid movie that Kim has declared never to be played in her presence!  I’d have had a rum & coke but I’m on antibiotics.  No alcohol for this guy!

I figured if she doesn’t like some of my movies & most of my music, I’ll double down on it.  So I watched a documentary on metal…..

 

Today is our day to get ready for the week aka Kim’s Wonder Woman & I do what I’m told which is typically stay out of here way.  I’ll cook my fish for the week & make my vegetable juice.

I can finally see a difference in my arms.  Even Kim can see a difference, so I’m not dreaming!

 

If we had the cash I’d say “Kim, where do you want to go?”  After getting our passports again.  Then I’d say “Fair enough, we’re spending one day in a suite in Toronto to watch a regular season Blue Jays game.”  She’ll pick some place hot I’m guessing & I really don’t like the heat.  Someday I’ll make it to Toronto to see a Blue Jay game.

Why not stay here?  Our suite hit +26C on Friday & Saturday, that’s great for 5-10 minutes, but from 10:00 am on is WAAAAYYYY too much for me.  I can’t wait for the summer, so I can stay inside & blast the air conditioning!  I wonder what temperature we’ll get today?

HAHAHAHA!  I love “This is Spinal Tap” a rockumentary/mockumentary!!!!!!!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/spinal-tap-bassist-derek-smalls-returns-with-all-star-solo-lp-w515516

I find very humorous that people go to see a comic book or sci-fi movie then trash it all over www.youtube.com saying that it wasn’t logical.  If you’re going to see a work of fiction or science fiction you need to leave logic at the door.  That or should they have a large warning saying “NON OF THIS EVER REALLY TRANSPIRED”.  Just seems off to me & I love stupid or serious science fiction movies.  Leave logistics out of it & be entertained for a few hours.

Beastie Boys memoir coming this year.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/beastie-boys-memoir-to-be-released-this-year-w515571

 

Politically charged video by U2.  Everything is politically charged in North America these days.  Video inside the link.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-u2s-charged-video-for-get-out-of-your-own-way-w515584

 

Sorry, looks like “RUSH” is done.

http://loudwire.com/rush-alex-lifeson-basically-done/

 

Funny thing about this, I’ve never heard the original.

 

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Stay safe out there,

Chris

“Be kind to one another”-Ellen Degeneres