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    The US stat is that about 100K patients die of hospital acquired infections annually. The rate accompanying significant procedures approaches 4%- a number that is no doubt familiar to BMW riders for other reasons.

    No one except physicians who these days get essentially no significant traiing in infectious disease would put all the seriously ill folks in the region in one building - many of which are an add on mess that doesn't make prevention easy.

    Recent studies show about half of US physicians continue to misuse antibiotics- between them and the animal feed industry they're created most of the current problems with resistant organisms.

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    Live well and ride on!!

    This is one of my favorite scenes from The World's Fastest Indian:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndGqM1JqliY

    The best part is the lack of any discernible delay (a la a Joe Friday conversation from the original Dragnet) between the doctor saying "Your motorcycling days are over" and Bert saying "Like hell they are"

    Heal well and ride on!

    BH

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    Diagnosed Dec 2007 ...

    ... with moderately aggressive Prostate cancer. Since it had spread outside the capsule, avoided surgery and received 39 external beam radiation treatments. Did have hormone treatment with expensive shots to reduce testosterone to zero. Maybe even less ... . No chemo and no radioactive seed implants. Radiation ended end of June. August 1st 2008 foundThe me on a plane to South Africa on a work assignment, no bike for 18 months. Since it was winter on my return, it was almost 2 years before returning to riding.

    Excellent followup since then. In fact, I am going for another blood test tomorrow. So far, the PSA is very low (which is good) but has not reached a plateau, so the oncologist continues the monitoring. So far, so good.

    The biggest challenges were weight gain due to the hormone treatment and overall weakness due to the radiation, maybe also the hormone treatment. Have been able to lose some weight, need to do more.

    Bought my RT in September 2011. I had wanted one since 1975... . If I had one then, I would have ridden across Canada to BC. Did that in June 2012, via the US and back through Canada.

    Last year, I had a case of Pneumonia which nearly killed me. 12 nights in hospital, one right lung operation to remove gelled water in the pleural cavity. Very weak after and for months. Wiped out the 2013 riding season.

    I am going to repeat that Western trip starting May 29 this year. Current plans are to head to Missoula then through the Lolo Pass, on to Oregon, then up the coast to Vancouver Island. After visiting my long-time friend John (mechanical engineer, restorer of bikes, owns 15 or so currently), I'll head home. I will be reporting in my blog as I go, as I did last time. You are welcome to follow my progress.

    Although I have camping equipment, I'm going to do the motel thing this trip. June is pretty cool in most of the areas I will travel through.

    Happy to be a survivor, see Emma grow from a baby to a fine teenage young lady, and enjoy life.
    Ed
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMW Triumphant View Post
    ... with moderately aggressive Prostate cancer. Since it had spread outside the capsule, avoided surgery and received 39 external beam radiation treatments. Did have hormone treatment with expensive shots to reduce testosterone to zero. Maybe even less ... . No chemo and no radioactive seed implants. Radiation ended end of June. August 1st 2008 foundThe me on a plane to South Africa on a work assignment, no bike for 18 months. Since it was winter on my return, it was almost 2 years before returning to riding.

    Excellent followup since then. In fact, I am going for another blood test tomorrow. So far, the PSA is very low (which is good) but has not reached a plateau, so the oncologist continues the monitoring. So far, so good.

    The biggest challenges were weight gain due to the hormone treatment and overall weakness due to the radiation, maybe also the hormone treatment. Have been able to lose some weight, need to do more.

    Bought my RT in September 2011. I had wanted one since 1975... . If I had one then, I would have ridden across Canada to BC. Did that in June 2012, via the US and back through Canada.

    Last year, I had a case of Pneumonia which nearly killed me. 12 nights in hospital, one right lung operation to remove gelled water in the pleural cavity. Very weak after and for months. Wiped out the 2013 riding season.

    I am going to repeat that Western trip starting May 29 this year. Current plans are to head to Missoula then through the Lolo Pass, on to Oregon, then up the coast to Vancouver Island. After visiting my long-time friend John (mechanical engineer, restorer of bikes, owns 15 or so currently), I'll head home. I will be reporting in my blog as I go, as I did last time. You are welcome to follow my progress.

    Although I have camping equipment, I'm going to do the motel thing this trip. June is pretty cool in most of the areas I will travel through.

    Happy to be a survivor, see Emma grow from a baby to a fine teenage young lady, and enjoy life.
    You picked a great ride for your return to two wheels - nice to hear that is again possible for you.
    Ken
    [2008 R1200RT (Biarritz Blue) - Mine]
    [2007 R1200RT (Sand Biege) - Hers]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullett View Post
    I had a freckle on my upper arm that increased in diameter very slowly over a period of about 10 years.
    Example one: my younger brother Robert had a spot on his forehead. Company nurse said it was nothing. Family friend, a nurse, told him to go see a dermatologist. It was melanoma (yes, all melanoma is malignant!) Surgery by a plastic surgeon, no one can see the scar, he is still healthy. The melanoma was 35 years ago.

    Example two: a guy I worked with. I had two surgeries on my face to remove basal cell skin cancer lesions. The guy didn't learn anything from my example, had a spot on his shoulder, never had it looked at, committed suicide. By the time it was diagnosed malignant melanoma, it had spread throughout his body and there was no hope for him.

    I am now up to seven surgeries for skin cancer, all basal cell type. No big deal, I wear a hat whenever I am outdoors and sunscreen when appropriate.

    Please, people, take melanoma seriously. Google it and learn how to diagnose it, or at least get checked out by a dermatologist.

    Harry
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    Good news today!

    My Urologist reviewed the pathology of my tumour today and found that the cancer was completely within the bounds of the Prostate that was removed and did not appear in the associated Lymph Node samples and my PSA is now zero. From now on I will be checking PSA every three months to watch for anything appearing - and the Doctor said anything over a PSA of 0.2 would be an issue since there should be none at all.

    The really good news!! (with my wife present) He decreed that I get out and ride the wheels off my bike if I wish but to listen to my body until my normal strength returns.

    The bonus news!! He also stated that I must absolutely avoid washing dishes or vacuuming for at LEAST 10 to 15 years. At that point my wife spoke up..
    Ken
    [2008 R1200RT (Biarritz Blue) - Mine]
    [2007 R1200RT (Sand Biege) - Hers]

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    Congrats Ken!

    You may need a new Doc. He evidently neglected to mention the importance of good wine to the recovery process.
    Kevin Huddy
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    My wife age 57 found she had colon caner February of this year. They hit it with 30 radiation treatments and chemo. Ended up with infection that just about killed her in March for her immune system being wiped out from the chemo. Last treatment was April 7th and they scoped her last week and said the tumor on her intestine wall was just a scar. She has been slowing improving and we did a 15 mile scooter ride last Sunday! Thankfully we live near the Cleveland Clinic with such great expertise and caring doctors.
    I decided this year to finally get a new GSA so we can travel two up this fall and take advantage of every day.
    I went with her to have her chemo pump installed and watched all ages and types coming in for chemo treatments. The courage and faith some folks have is incredible, they face the treatments head on and sure are not wimps!

    Wife still has many side effects of the radiation and is slowly getting to her new normal. She is a active gal the rides horses cross country, scooter, bikes, and swims. She will fight her way back and has been a real inspiration to myself.

    Really happy to be part of MOA and all of the positive folks on the site.

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