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Some waiting is done; cancer plan; bought house    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Though not a long wait by some people's terms, our six-week wait is over. Six weeks from a suspicion of prostate cancer to the definition of a plan to combat it. We met with Dr Patrick Miller, of Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers, today to discuss how to deal with the prostate cancer. Dr James Fishman, of Central Arizona Urologists, had made the diagnosis and confirmed it and sent me on to Dr Miller for treatment. I am already a patient of Ironwood's Dr Boo Ghee Low, with CLL, and I will be working with both Dr Low and Dr Miller in this program. The last six weeks has been hard on Elaine and me. Starting with the uncertainty, then the diagnosis but no plan, and then waiting for the plan. The diagnosis was not the hardest thing to deal with, though any cancer diagnosis is not easy to deal with; it was the uncertainty of what comes next, and its affect on our lives.

A record high; a long list; a long wait    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

I know it's not fair to those in the frigid north, but I have to mention that we set a record high for March 29th today. It was 97°, and the previous high for the date was 95°. As we say here in Phoenix - "but it's a dry heat!" In fact, the relative humidity was 5% today, and that is dry. And the dryness helps make the heat more tolerable though there are many who will say 95° under no conditions is tolerable. But I remember living in Connecticut with temperatures at 95° and the relative humidity at 95%. THAT, to me, is not tolerable. I have lived too long in the dry west to be comfortable in the humid east. But then, there are many millions of people who live in the northeast that are comfortable - well maybe accepting but not comfortable - with those conditions.

Record high tie; measuring up     (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Prelim site plan

Our preliminary site plan, showing existing building and concrete. Street is to the right, north is to the top.

Of course the engineer draws up site plans for his house! What else would you expect? We went over there this morning and I did all the measurements and then came back and got it drawn in AutoCAD LT 2014. At this point I only have the house outline and the location and size of the two doors, plus all the concrete paving on the south side. As you can see in the drawing at the left, there are two parallel sections of concrete; the longer one away from the house is the driveway, the other is the patio. At 8'4", the patio will provide a nice outside sitting and eating area. The driveway is long enough to easily allow two vehicles under the awning. Though I don't show the awning dimensions, it covers the whole width of the concrete area and extends from about 2' from the back to about 2' from the front edge of the patio slab.

Overwhelming options and choices; dinner with Groendyks    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, March 27, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

We have not been to Olive Garden yet this winter, so  tonight it was our choice to go with Bonnie and Jay Groendyk for a going-away dinner. They are snowbirds who will be leaving tomorrow to return to Michigan. They have been staying each winter for many years on the space three down Q Street from us. I met them through Kerby and Gizmo a couple of years ago - our first year on Q Street - since we usually walked down that way for at least one of their daily walks. Since Elaine did not go on those walks, she did not get to meet them until this winter. Jay suffered a health crisis shortly after arriving in Phoenix last December, and I helped Bonnie learn how to work various systems in their Phaeton. And as a result of closer contact, Elaine and I became friends with them both. But as is normal with snowbirds, they will be heading home tomorrow.

The change saga goes on    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

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This is the 16x60 mobilehome we are purchasing to spend part of each year in, located in Royal Palm Community

The next step in our saga of change occurred today, when we made an offer to purchase a 16x60 mobilehome here in Royal Palm Community, and the offer was accepted. We expect to close on Monday. We felt the need to do this because we will have to stay in Phoenix for an as-yet unknown period of time this summer while I undergo whatever radiation treatment is being planned to combat the prostate cancer. As much as we love living in OurHous, our 40-foot Phaeton motorhome just does not have the cooling capacity to handle a Phoenix summer. But we will continue living in OurHous part of each year and live in the (as yet unnamed) mobilehome during winters. I think it will be about a 50-50 split each year.

Good news; many changes    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

March 11th was an unsettling day for us. That was the day we received confirmation of the diagnosis of prostate cancer for me. Today we received the news that further testing has shown that the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate itself, and my doctor has prescribed a medication to contain it and recommended radiation treatment to get rid of the cancer cells. I start the prescription tomorrow, but don't have any further information about the treatment. I am waiting to get an appointment with the radiation oncologist to determine that.