The home page and original site for the Famous Grazing Blogs

There are more than a dozen Famous Grazing Blogs residing on the cybersphere. Some are dormant and some very active. They all link back here to the Granddaddy of our blogs, founding in May of 2004.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Is it March already

There are now so many ways for me to post to this blog. I should be more diligent.

Anyway, the health update is I am back to work. On a good day I'd say I was about 70% recovered from the surgery. It gets better every day.

A milestone is I can now sleep on either side. That sounds minor but for me it is huge.

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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Two Cancers for the price of one.

I have been laid up pretty much on and off since just past Thanksgiving. It started with a pain in my back which quickly charged through to under my lower right rib cage.

I knew the gall stones were there but kept putting off taking time off to get the offending organ removed. Big Mistake. A systemic infection had formed around them and blocked bile from traveling.

Two operations later I was sans gall bladder and recovering when I was hit with the bomb that carcinoma was found by Pathology.  A smack in my already sore stomach.

We didn't waste any time with the local hospital but went directly to the oncologist in Boston who did so well with the lymphoma. Her voice told me this was not going to be anything like the treatment I have received, much worse.

Oh, great.

She referred me to the GI Oncologist, who, on the same evening we met, referred us to the surgical oncologist. A blink and a nod and I was in surgery having a bit of my liver removed.

That's where we stand now. Same stage. The next visit is in May to see if it has spread and how badly.

So, now I have a halfway decent excuse to be negligent with my blog entries.

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Blizzard Hercules and Surgery...

Welcome to my life.

Three years ago, when we came to Dana Farber for my first 14 hour session of chemotherapy, it snowed enough for us to take a hotel room in the Longwood hospital complex in Boston. This time, the day my surgery is scheduled at Brigham and Women, blizzard Hercules is scheduled to visit Boston as well.

The surgery is scheduled for early in the morning. We had planned to leave home early on Friday morning. The plans now are to go into Boston Thursday afternoon and stay the night at the Holiday Inn. They have arrangements with Brigham & Women to transport patients and their families from the hotels to the hospital.

From the looks of it, this hotel is more a full service arrangement. The one three years ago was just rooms and a cafeteria.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New year. New cancer.

It would appear I missed October and November. It also appears I only have a few hours to grasp on to December.

I will be checking into a hospital in Boston on Friday for a cancer related operation. New cancer. Still holding the Lymphoma off. This new one crept into my gall bladder and was discovered by accident.

There should be more details to come, but I just wanted to get a quick post done to at least capture the last few hours of December 2013.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A question was asked of me today as I sat eating a sandwich while reading the novel Hit on my Nexus 10's Nook App.

"When was the last time you read a physical book?

At first I thought the question was about a physics book. Then I understood he meant what I have been calling a 'real' book as opposed 'digital.'

I was about to say I am reading one now, but paused when I realized the three books I am actively reading are all digital.


Even more interesting to me was that I could not recall the last 'physical' book.

The second epiphany was how wrong I was to call 'physical' books real and ebooks not.The body of the work hasn't changed. It has just become easier to convey and read. Thus, giving me greater opportunities to read that didn't exist before.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Took Most of August Off

We were feeling somewhat French. It seemed a good idea to take the month of August off and travel the world. Then we took a look at the condition of the world right now and decided just to take the month off.

We are returning the day after Labor Day.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Going against the tide on Yelp

Looking for an upscale place to eat in Brunswick Maine we went to the usually reliable Yelp for suggestions. We found one in particular that seemed,to quote one review "spectacular".

Eager for the experience, we tried to get reservations the last time we were in town, but failed.  We were so pleased that this time there was an opening early Saturday night.

It was all down hill from there.

To distill the experience: the only thing I liked was the water. It was so bad, we stopped at a fish & chips shack on the way home to get some real food.

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