Wednesday, March 30, 2011

environmental chchanges

The radioactive iodine 131 being found in rainwater from Japan is the same kind I had to ingest for thyroid cancer. Interesting. Does this mean I can go singing in the rain, holding my tongue out? Is this what my healthcare will come to?

Isn't it fascinating how we combat disease by prescribing what causes it? Radiation for cancer, inoculations and vaccinations for infectious diseases. We cheat death with his own devices.

The port removal was a great success. It hurt, but only in the moment, which is more than I can say for chronic pain. My surgeon was a professorial old black gentleman with massive white sideburns and a striped bowtie. He told the nurse all about the Prince concert he'd just attended. David Bowie's "changes" played on the radio in the background, which I am inclined to take as a good omen despite its ubiquitousness.

Here it is, looking rather like a purple heart:

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The view today:

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just so I don't forget it.


shaaaaaan said...

"All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison from a

Or, "The dose makes the poison."

-Paracelsus, father of toxicology

Whittles Wobble said...

Considering the battle you had to trudge through, I think you earned that purple heart.

I-270, Exit 1 said...

It took a little while for me to get used to not having a bump under the skin on my chest. The good part was that I didn't have to worry about the fortnightly tape-ripping-off-chest-hair-because-I-forgot-to-shave ritual.

Prostate Cancer said...

Your view regarding how we deal with diseases is quite interesting. It truly is amusing that we are using what are supposed to be the causes of various diseases as a way for us to combat or even provide treatment to various dangerous illnesses.

Unknown said...

I just got my first port removed and a new one put in on the other side because it sunk into my breast tissue. When I saw you on world of jenks I not only look up to you I also identify with you also thank you for sharing your story I don't have cancer but I do have multiple genetic disorders and I get infusions and get chemo.