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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: February 23, 2020, 07:36:37 PM »
Hope all the hipsters and gout guys are surviving the winter. 

Let us know how the battles are going.

Sharing helps!!!

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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: February 23, 2020, 07:34:44 PM »
Into the second half now.  Completed chemo 5 from 18-20 February.   Just the three sessions in March (3rd, 17th and 31st) to go.

Weight loss came in at 5lbs/2.2 kg, which is ok…total weight loss from chemo 2 on 7 Jan is only 8 lbs/3.7 kg.  I’ve a feeling the second half will hit me harder than the first, but that is to be expected.

White blood cell and platelet counts still normal by chemo 5 test, even if at the low end of the normal range.  Glucose levels also nearer normal, if a little high.  It is all balancing out, even if at the edges.

Cold sensitivity set in early again with my fingers numb as soon as I got home.  Again, better management helped me overcome it – and the toes tingling for most of the following day – warm water soaking for the fingers several times a day and wearing gloves fulltime along with super warm socks.  It is a very odd side effect.  More or less gone by Sunday, but still keeping away from touching cold objects – might as well keep that habit full time until done with oxaliplatin, the drug that causes it.

A few have enquired about this cold sensitivity, so I did a little research, with the medical term being Peripheral Neuropathy:  "Peripheral Neuropathy is described as a numbness, tingling, or burning sensation in the fingers, hands, feet, or toes.  Certain chemotherapy drugs can affect your nerves in such a way that they can't communicate properly with the brain.  This miscommunication causes symptoms such as pain/burning or numbness.  You may be more prone to developing neuropathy if you have diabetes.  Oxaliplatin can cause increased sensitivity to cold only."
 
A little bit of mouth tenderness again, but relatively mild – plenty of rinsing the mouth with salt/baking soda in warm water, along with a soft toothbrush, several times each day helps greatly.  However, appetite stayed good throughout and I think I’m keeping my strength up fairly well.

Fatigue set in early in this session too, afternoon naps till Saturday as the body told me I needed to do so.  Expecting this to increase in March, but the solution is easy…nap time as needed.  Again, going to bed earlier every night (nearer 9pm or so most nights now) is a big help. 

Had an excellent oncologist review “between sessions” chemo 4 and 5.  Everything is going according to plan and we are getting things lined up for Part 2 of treatment…a “lighter” chemo dose and daily radiation.  Again, I'm very pleased with the way things are going...the chemo drugs are working and I'm not suffering greatly in any way from the side effects.   I feel blessed that the side effects are not dragging me down and I really enjoy the days I’m feeling great – which is the vast majority of the time.

GAAGO going full belt along with Luther season 2 on DVD.
 
I’ll be definitely playing against the wind in the second half…hopefully I can be done before the sideways rain and sleet hit me.  I’m not suffering too much yet and am eating well, not much more I can do but face each day with a good attitude and continue to enjoy the days I’m feeling good.

Thanks again for all the support and good wishes. 

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General discussion / Re: Electric garage doors
« on: February 20, 2020, 02:12:29 AM »
Electric grinder, do door insert and put hinges on it!

We have a winner.

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: February 19, 2020, 10:07:30 PM »
You'd think Seaf could manage an edit when he sees the way a post turns out.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Games on TV this weekend
« on: February 18, 2020, 11:24:54 PM »
GAA.IE shows what channel is showing what game.  You'd think that site would be the default for searching such info, but I guess not. I know I don't look at it too often...no great appeal in any of their content.

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General discussion / Re: Aer Lingus - any advice?
« on: February 12, 2020, 11:57:09 PM »
Not the first time they've been accused of cunning stunts...

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BH, what about when Dublin forwards held the six Mayo defenders last kickout  in the AI final 2 years ago? Does the ref send 12 men off? And how could he even see them all at same time?

People moaned about Tyrone player grappling at Clifford and him unfairly getting the line. You can’t have six players unfairly getting the line too.

I do agree though, come the 70 minutes, no subs allowed.

Send them all off...won't happen again if it causes the losing of the game.  Ref plus 2 linesmen plus 4 umpires should see most of it.

It will be in place well before an All-Ireland final anyway...the first or second league game could see a flood of dismissals after the 70 mins are up. 

Teams will adapt to the rules (or take advantage of them not being applied evenly)...up to the refs to be properly trained, assessed and bad decisions eliminated from their performance as the year goes on. 




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When the clock hits 70 minutes there will be no more substitutes allowed and no cards will be issued.

Clock or Play will not stop for injuries either...treat them on the field.

Frees must be taken within 30 seconds, otherwise hop the ball.

Game will end when the ball goes out of play after the time expires (like rugby).

For any boxing, grappling or whatever, ref just points them to the line...just like the old days...no need to take names or anything...off you go and play resumes quickly.

Time to put the word "sport" back into our game.


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GAA Discussion / Re: David Clifford protection
« on: February 12, 2020, 08:54:45 PM »
Has Clifford been charged yet for his reaction to the red card?

Charged with what? At giving off to officials? Been to any games recently? Happens in under12 games weekly!

He was more than giving off. When managers can get a 12 week ban for the same thing why aren’t players? And maybe if players do get made an example of it will stop it happening at U12 games

Depends on the language used.

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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: February 09, 2020, 10:04:17 PM »
'Tis half-time!!! Completed chemo 4 from 4-6 February.   One more session starts in February (18th) and three start in March (3rd, 17th and 31st) to make up the second half…will be there in no time!

Weight loss came in at 3lbs/1.5kg, which is acceptable. 

White blood cell counts and platelets were back to normal by chemo 4 test, even if at the low end of the normal range.  Glucose levels also near normal, if a little high.  It is all balancing out, even if at the edges.

Cold sensitivity set in earlier this time, with my fingers numb as soon as I got home.  Again, better management helped me overcome it – and the toes tingling for most of the following day – warm water soaking for the fingers several times a day and wearing gloves fulltime along with super warm socks.  It is a very odd side effect.  More or less gone by late Saturday, but still keeping away from touching cold objects – might as well keep that habit full time until done with the drug that causes it.
 
A little bit of mouth tenderness again, but relatively mild – plenty of rinsing the mouth with salt/baking soda in warm water, along with a soft toothbrush, several times each day helps greatly.  However, appetite stayed good throughout and I think I’m keeping my strength up fairly well.

Fatigue did not hit me hard on this session, although I took afternoon naps on Thursday and Friday as the body told me I needed to do so.  Again, going to bed earlier every night (9:30pm or so) was a big help. 

Avoiding infection is top priority.  Working from home is a blessing as I avoid people all the time.  Being careful around raw foods is important, as is letting any visitors know that if they have even been in contact with sick people, let alone being sick themselves, then they can visit some other time.

Next oncologist review “between sessions” is set for Wednesday and I’m hoping we will have a good plan to win the second half of Part 1 of my treatment.  Again, I'm very pleased with the way things are going...the chemo drugs are working and I'm not suffering greatly in any way from the side effects.   I feel blessed that the side effects are not dragging me down and I really enjoy the days I’m feeling great – which is the vast majority of the time.

GAAGO was prime viewing this week, plus a totally harmless BBC show New Tricks (on season 4) that is funny in patches.  Vera (season 8) is on the list for next week.
 
Half-way there is a great feeling.  I’m not suffering much and am eating well, not much more I can do but face each day with a good attitude and continue to enjoy the days I’m feeling good to the max.

Thanks again for all the support and good wishes. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 - 2020
« on: February 09, 2020, 09:11:00 PM »
Shaping up to be some competition in Div 1. 

The bottom 4 play each other in the next round...Kerry host Meath and Monaghan entertain Mayo.  The other team on 3 points is Donegal, who travel to Dublin.  Tyrone will travel to Galway where the winner will be joint top at worst (if Dublin win) after 4 rounds.

Nothing sorted for two more rounds at least.



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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 - 2020
« on: February 06, 2020, 01:18:16 AM »
Pretty significant wind storm forecast Saturday evening into Sunday. Chance that some games may be called off?

What would it take to have the Omagh game on Saturday?  Agreement by both teams?  Would attendance be lower?

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Kerry has B teams that play in the County League.  Dr. Crokes B are currently in Div 2.  Kerins O'Rahilly's B and Austin Stacks B are in Div 5 and 10 of the 12 teams in Div 6 are B teams (Killarney Legion, Kenmare Shamrocks, Laune Rangers, Beaufort, John Mitchels, Dingle, Rathmore, Milltown/Castlemaine, Gneeveguilla and Spa) the other two are Tuosist and Dr. Crokes C.  Div 6 is the only division that allows 13 a side games when both teams agree to do so.

So all B (and Dr. Crokes C) are scheduled for 11 county league games.

In 2019 there was also a Junior League competition, consisting of 6 groups of six teams each.  I don't have exact details on what qualifies as a Junior League player...but I'm fairly confident I'd know one if I saw one!!!

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GAA Discussion / Re: Kerry Championship
« on: February 04, 2020, 01:20:30 AM »
Kerry GAA Football Schedule 2020

1.    County Team

NFL: Jan 25 Dublin in Dublin; Feb 1 Galway in Tralee; Feb 9 Tyrone in Omagh; Feb 23 Meath in Killarney; Feb 29 Mayo in Castlebar; March 15 Monaghan in Iniskeen; March 22 Donegal in Killarney.  Note: Div 1 final set for March 29.

Munster Championship:  semi-final May. 24 v Cork  in Cork.  Note: Final set for June 21

AI Qualifiers:  June 27 and July 4

Super 8’s: July 12, July 19, August 1

All-Ireland series: Semi-final August 9, Final August 30.


2.   Clubs

February:  16 and 23 District Leagues
March: 1st – District Leagues; 8 and 15 – Co. League Rds 1 and 2; 22nd – District Leagues, 29th – club championship if county not in NFL final.
April: 5th, 12th and 19th – Club championships group games; 25th – Senior Club final; 26th – Intermediate and Junior club semi-finals.

May: 3rd - Intermediate and Junior club Finals; 17th and 23rd – County League Rds 3 and 4.
June: 7th, 14th, 20th – Co League Rds 5, 6 and 7.  28th – Co League Rd 8 for dual clubs only.
July: 5th, 12th and 26th – Co League Rds 8, 9 and 10.  21st and 30th – U21 championship.

August: 6th and 13th – U21 semi-finals and final; 29th – County Championship qualifier if county not in All-Ireland Final.
September: 1st- County Championship qualifier if county in All-Ireland Final; 6th – Co League Rd 11 (final round); 13th, 20th and 27th – County Championship.
October: 4th – District championships; 11th – County Championship quarter-finals, 17th – District championships, 18th - County Championship semi-finals, 24th - District championships; 25th – County Championship Final, 31st - District championships.

November: 1st - County Championship Final Replay if necessary; 8th and 15th – District championship and Munster club; 22nd – District; 28th Munster Club finals; 29th - District.

December: 12th and 13th – All-Ireland Club semi-finals.


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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 - 2020
« on: February 01, 2020, 08:37:34 PM »
Late 1-1 from Kerry sneaks the win in Tralee...final score Kerry 1-15 Galway 2-11.

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