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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: July 12, 2020, 11:15:07 PM »

Great News…the MRI and CT scans in the second week of July produced outstanding results! 

The sentences that made the best reading were:

 “Patient’s known primary malignancy is not measurable on the current examination” (from CT report)

and

“Near complete treatment response” (from the MRI report). 

All that was picked up was scarring and slight swelling that result from the radiation…and nothing else.

We will still proceed with surgery (scheduled for 5 August) to clear out the areas of concern of any deeper rogue cells plus some lymph nodes.  I will have an ileostomy bag for 2 months after the surgery (till early October).

Weight up 8 pounds/3+ kg from the end of radiation to right where I need it to be.  Glucose levels continuing to drop as well.

I will update again the week before surgery.

As you can imagine, I’m delighted with the scan results that resulted from an obviously excellent treatment plan.  Focus now turns to preparing for a much less concerning surgery in just over three weeks’ time.

Thanks again for all the notes and words of encouragement.





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GAA Discussion / Re: 2020/21 All Ireland Football Championship
« on: June 26, 2020, 11:25:59 PM »
Tyrone and Donegal completely fcuked over in all this.

Time for a seeded draw in Ulster?

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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: June 26, 2020, 02:10:20 AM »
Part 2 finished on 27 May as did lighter chemo treatment.  It went really quickly and was easy enough on me for the most part. 

All blood tests that are important are back above the normal person’s low threshold which was excellent news.  Glucose levels better as well, but still slightly above normal high levels.

Putting on a bit of weight these weeks and even got to enjoy a few glasses of wine and cider as well as breaking in a new grill over Father’s Day weekend.

Diarrhea/dehydration/extreme fatigue faded completely after about a week with continued prescription meds on diminishing doses.  Everything back to normal now, although an odd day mightn’t be as good as others as I continue “cooling down” after radiation.

As I finished the meds, the peripheral neuropathy returned…initially numbness and tingling in all 10 fingers and both feet tingly a few days later.  I’m inclined to be unaware of lighter objects in my hands…especially if focused on a task using the other hand…resulting in some dropped objects.  As I get closer to a month after the end of Part 2, I think the numbness is disappearing a bit, leading to the tingly feeling being more pronounced.  I’m told that significant improvement usually occurs within 4-6 weeks of onset, with it not disappearing completely for up to a year in some cases!

Next up is Part 3 – Surgery.  To prepare for this I’ll have MRI and CT scans in the second week of July.  The surgery team will then plan for an early to mid-August operating date (my earlier notes were off by a month or so).  There will be meetings with the surgeon in mid-July when I’ll have the opportunity to get the plan and raise all my questions and concerns that, once addressed, will allow me to face the surgery in as good a position as possible. 

Overall, I’m feeling great (outside of the fingers issue) and enjoying the return of sports on TV.  The local library has reopened so my DVD rental spree has returned as well.

Will update again in mid-July when Part 3 plans will be a lot firmer. 

Thanks again for all the notes and words of encouragement.





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GAA Discussion / Re: Safe Return for Gaelic Games
« on: June 12, 2020, 06:49:16 PM »
How are referees and players supposed to deal with coughing, spitting and nostril clearing during a game?  Of the non-intentional type toward an opponent, obviously intentional discharges at an opponent is a red card.




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General discussion / Re: Movie reccomendations
« on: June 11, 2020, 06:17:34 PM »
Started to watch the big short about a year ago, wife lost interest in it about two minutes so rather than watching it I put it on the back burner.

Watched it tonight, cracking show

Superb show - right up there with others films of the same genre

Margin Call from the same era was quite good too.

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O'Duffy was a leading GAA figure in his day.
Heard tales when he was Ulster Secretary he wouldn't accept Referees' reports if Monaghan lost but would find some technicality to order a replay or award the game to Monaghan.
He got booted from Ulster GAA but also has the terrace named after him. That has to go IMO

On the Mitchels thing, the only club that I know goes by it is the Newry team eg Glenullin go by ”The Glen” or “Glenullin”, or do they get called Mitchels too?
There’s one in Antrim although they struggle to field. I suppose Castlebar would be a big one.

John Mitchels a very prominent club in Tralee.  Currently in Div 1 of County League - glory days back in the 60's when they won something like 5 county championships.

Also a club of same name in Birmingham, UK.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: June 10, 2020, 04:49:44 AM »
Bit more thought needed for that one but you get the idea - we need more games somehow! 😂

Thats derrys system --->

The 16 clubs all played in the first round.

In the second round winners section the eight winning teams from round one played against each other with the four winners going straight into the quarter-finals.
In the second round losers section the eight beaten teams from round one played against each other.
In round three (also referred to as the quarter-final qualifiers) the four beaten teams from the round two winners section played the four winning teams from the round two losers section.I
In the quarter-finals the four teams who won their first two matches in rounds one and two played the four winners of round three.The quarter-finals, semi-finals and final were knock-out.

Don’t think the back door detailed above is Derry system at all. Is their Championship not a straight knock out format?

That's the Kerry format.

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Couldn't they just say they are named after Joni instead of John? ???

Or Frank. Keep it local

Haha-or Phil from Eastenders

Or Charles from RTE back in the day...

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GAA Discussion / Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« on: June 09, 2020, 02:42:27 AM »
Early days yet but have any clubs given consideration to how they might restart underage training? It'd be incredibly difficult to fully ensure compliance with small groups of non contact training for the likes of u6 and u8s, is it more likely that clubs will hold off til the implementation of the following stage where contact resumes towards the end of July?
It's going to be a hard nut to crack. Be a lot of meetings up and down the country trying figure it out, also schedules for training could be another issue.
  I’d just have activity for U17 and Senior.
That sounds the most sensible way of doing things. Bigger clubs could maybe sort out U15s or below too. Trying to split very young ones training up and keeping them apart will be tough.

And lose all the kids to other sports?  Juvenile games should be played until schools open at least...even if on a street or parish league format.
What other sports?
It has been brilliant to see all the kids out riding bikes and actually making up their own games for the past 3 months.
A lot of children have had to learn what to do with their time

If there is no GAA, but soccer, rugby, tennis, golf and whatever else are offering activities for youngsters then I'd expect a fair few to be sent/attend.  Parents m9ght also be thrilled to see kids out of the house under adult supervision without caring what sport/pastime is doing it.

A few might even prefer one over the GAA and could be lost forever.  The days of GAA coming first and foremost is not as prevalent as you think.



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GAA Discussion / Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« on: June 08, 2020, 06:54:49 PM »
Early days yet but have any clubs given consideration to how they might restart underage training? It'd be incredibly difficult to fully ensure compliance with small groups of non contact training for the likes of u6 and u8s, is it more likely that clubs will hold off til the implementation of the following stage where contact resumes towards the end of July?
It's going to be a hard nut to crack. Be a lot of meetings up and down the country trying figure it out, also schedules for training could be another issue.
  I’d just have activity for U17 and Senior.
That sounds the most sensible way of doing things. Bigger clubs could maybe sort out U15s or below too. Trying to split very young ones training up and keeping them apart will be tough.

And lose all the kids to other sports?  Juvenile games should be played until schools open at least...even if on a street or parish league format.

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General discussion / Re: 11-Plus Proposal
« on: June 06, 2020, 11:53:27 PM »
I knew a young lad who got the top score in his primary school but was the only one not to get in. Some system.

Last name Brolly?

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General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: June 06, 2020, 02:38:58 AM »
I've a pair of Shimano spd 520 pedals on and the left one is making a clicking when pressing down. I've seen on YouTube I can strip the pedal and fill it with gear again.

Question - what type of grease should I be using?


Cannot resist...BendOver Grease?

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GAA Discussion / Re: East Belfast GAA
« on: June 02, 2020, 06:55:25 PM »
What colour the jersey? Red, white and blue with an orange sash across the front, like An Gaeltacht’s in Kerry?

An Ghaeltacht have white jerseys with red trim and red sash...not at all what you describe.

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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: May 25, 2020, 03:13:01 AM »
Part 2 finishes with 2 radiation sessions this coming week (26 and 27 May), as does lighter chemo treatment.  It went really quickly and was easy enough on me for the most part.  Daily sessions had me averaging about an hour from leaving home to back in the door…the sessions were 15 minutes max in the treatment room, and usually under 10.

Weight gain summary: from chemo 2 to start of radiation I lost 9 lbs/ 4 kg.  Since start of radiation on 22 April I have lost another 6 lbs/2.7 kg.  I’ll probably be down another 2lbs/1 kg this week, but overall the weight loss has not been drastic.  I’ll probably put a few back on between radiation ending and surgery.

All blood tests that are important are back above the normal person’s low threshold which was excellent news.  Glucose levels better as well, but still high, well above normal high levels.

As expected, diarrhea/dehydration/extreme fatigue kicked in after session 10.  Started OTC meds immediately and moved on to prescription meds after session 13.  I’m glad to report that the meds and a balanced diet meant that, once again, I was fortunate to avoid severe side effects.  A reasonable measure is how often one is up at night for bathroom attendance.  2 visits in any night is the most I’ve had thus far and I’m currently on five nights in a row with zero. 

The side effects may last a few weeks after radiation ends, but will ease almost daily with continued meds over diminishing doses (it seems it’s a very bad idea to stop these meds suddenly).  As you might guess, I’m very happy with minimal bathroom visits. 

Over the next few weeks I’ll be getting info on Part 3, surgery.  No specific dates have been set for either the surgery or the necessary scans and meetings beforehand.  I’ll have a list of questions to help me prepare better and hopefully there will be no surprises from the scans.

Will update again in mid-June when Part 3 plans can be discussed. 

Thanks again for all the notes and words of encouragement.





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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: May 10, 2020, 11:48:55 PM »
Part 2 (radiation and lighter chemo) is over half-way done - reached 52% on Friday last, 8 May, with 13 of 25 sessions complete. 

The great news is that I’ve avoided side effects so far…the dreaded diarrhea/dehydration/extreme fatigue cycle is being kept distant by a combination of diet and over the counter medication.  So far, I’m only taking half of the max dose on the OTC meds, so there is room for increasing the resistance as the attacks become stronger. 

If symptoms start appearing, prescription meds will be brought into the battle.  I have 5 treatments this week and 5 next week, followed by two treatments on 26 and 27 May to complete Part 2.  If I can get even one more week without side effects, I’ll consider myself most fortunate.  Have two or even three weeks of severe discomfort will be a small price to pay over what is now 6 months of treatment.

Weight is now 12lbs/5kg below the baseline of chemo 2 on 7 Jan.  Side effects could cause a few more pounds to be shed, but I’ll have all of June to put it back on.

All blood tests that are important are still above the normal person’s low threshold which is excellent news.  Glucose levels continue to drop toward normal high levels.

They say the BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) helps cure diarrhea…even in infants (so you new Moms and Dads take heed), although I fail to see how a normal serving of applesauce helps.  I’m taking all these hoping they might also have preventative properties.  I’m also aware that my glucose meds occasionally cause mild constipation, so I’ve added an extra pill each day, again hoping that getting a little constipated might help prevent diarrhea…but who knows if that is true.

It is also approaching the time to start enquiries about what the medic’s plan has for me in June as I start preparation for surgery (initial plan has surgery about 4 weeks after radiation ends).  What scans/tests are needed and at what stage of the month…the week after radiation or the week before surgery?  How many meetings with the surgeon are needed?  What can I do to be as well prepared as possible?  What are the criteria to leave hospital?  And details on the colo-bag…maintenance plan and how long will I need it.  No doubt, I’ll have more questions and will develop plans to best anticipate and tackle the new challenges.

In any case, I’m delighted to start the second half of Part 2 without the side effects.  I’ll take every day without the side effects with deep gratitude and good spirits.  I’ll update again in 2 weeks, Sunday 24 May.

Thanks again for all the good wishes.



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