Chronology of Major Health Problems
Note: My primary report is that I have continued with the radiation therapy, at the same cancer center, for the entire month of April and into the first day of May, 2015. More on that below, in addition to movement on another major health concern.
- My understanding is that I am supposed to receive radiation therapy at the same cancer center for 44 separate sessions, and baring unforeseen emergencies that cannot be overcome, I am to receive this treatment from Monday until Friday, until complete. The reason is obvious: My cancer is “aggressive,” and with a less consistent regiment, has the capability to leap to various organs of my body. The weekends off allow my body a chance to rest. After all, radiation is very powerful stuff! The medical center where I receive the treatments has a door that encloses itself, resembling the massive doors on a bank vault. And after positioning me on the moveable table that a number of machines will encircle to deliver the radiation, everybody runs out of the room… even the guards who otherwise exhibit extreme care to keep me under their personal control. (smile)
- Thus from April 6, 2015, until May 1, 2015, I received radiation treatments from Mondays through Fridays, with the exception of Friday, April 10, 2015, a day that I was not taken to the cancer center for reasons still unknown to me.
- That means all told I have been given 23 of the 44 radiation sessions. And I believe I will continue with the sessions on Monday, May 4, 2015.
- After receiving radiation therapy on April 13 and April 15, 2015, blood showed up in my urine both days, something that has not occurred since blood showed up in my urine prior to being diagnosed with prostate cancer. And I reported that to both prison medical staff as well as to my radiation oncologist, the head of the radiation therapy team. He said it was not serious, and said I should drink more water prior to the treatment sessions, and that should prevent that happening again—which held true. At any rate, there was not a lot of blood, and both times the bleeding stopped on its own within hours of my noticing it.
- On April 6, 2015, the prison medical staff took blood from me in order to monitor the functioning of my liver, as well as to gage my PSA (prostate-specific antigen) level. It had been a little above 6–while anything above 4 is trouble–but now registered ZER0! So by them standards I’m getting better. And nothing of concern showed up regarding my liver.
- I received another Zoladex monthly hormone shot on April 20, 2015. The hot flashes that I had been experiencing due to that drug have not been as frequent as before.
- The side effects so far have been burning during urination, loose bowels, and diarrhea and fatigue; all to be expected, according to my oncologist and the literature I have been reading.
- My oncologist immediately had the prison medical staff issue medications that arrested both the burning during urination and the loose bowels and diarrhea.
- The fatigue is an entirely different matter! While both my oncologist and physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner (not sure of “C” ’s title) have weekly examined me after the sessions, and offered advice on what foods to eat (which I’ve earnestly integrated into my treatment, in addition to what I’ve read, as well as my previous acquired knowledge concerning nutrition), the fatigue is still constant. I often feel like I cannot do much more than drag myself out of bed. And I have been sleeping more now than at any time as far back as I can remember!
- Still I exercise 20 minutes or so and do some walking daily. That helps some, but otherwise my reading, writing/typing, and even socializing are at a very low level. According to the literature, my strength will gradually return after I am cured of the cancer—if that is to be…
Major Eye Problems
- I almost forgot to report that right after leaving radiation therapy on Friday, May 1, 2015, I was taken directly to the office of the ophthalmologist, who last year had recommended I have cataract surgery on my right eye, whereupon the Chief Health Care Administrator at Graterford had lied about me refusing (see “#5” under this heading). He examined me again, and once more is recommending said surgery. So stay tuned…
That ends this report. And let me again thank all who continue to extend support to my family and me, and let me assure everyone that it is not lost on me that my situation and person is a small matter in these heady times; times and events that are truly historic in regards to how countless thousands are standing up to oppression in ways that even have the potential to make the celebrated 1960s seem little more than a dress rehearsal in order to save ourselves from the maniacs who are bent on destroying our very planet!
May 3, 2015