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GAA Discussion / Re: AIF 2021 -- Maigh Eo vs Tír Eoghain
« on: September 13, 2021, 07:39:41 AM »
Congrats to Tyrone on a great win. 

The big thing I'll take from the semi-final and final is that Tyrone won't beat themselves. 

That's a great start when discussing a team.  Stay cool and do what you can...no need to try the impossible. 

Be calm - over the two games this was best shown by Peter Harte who always looked comfortable and in the right place at the right time.  Not sure if that can be coached.


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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: September 02, 2021, 07:40:11 AM »
Looks like I won’t make the All-Ireland Final either.

Leak test on 25 August showed the space at 1 cm deep, which is half of the 2 cm depth in June.  There are no leaks at the back wall of the space, which is good news, but it did not convert into a “dent” as the opening is only 0.5 cm.  If the opening was up to 3 or 4 cm, there would have been minimal possibility of bacteria getting trapped in it, but now that the opening is so small the risk of proceeding with the ileostomy surgery is deemed too great.

Before continuing, additional scans were included on the day of the leak test and I’m delighted to report no evidence of any cancer anywhere – all clear everywhere in a comprehensive set of chest, abdomen and pelvis scans.

All other matters are well under control – weight is steady and the peripheral neuropathy in now mild and continuing to fade.  Diet is good and exercise picking up again, very much weather dependent as I don’t walk in the rain or the heat.

So, what’s next?  Well, my medical journey is going into another exciting and educational phase.  After the well-controlled chemo and the rotating radiation equipment, the robotic surgery was eye-opening, to say the least.  Recovery from the surgery was slow with this space/hole very slow to heal.  Several drainage procedures failed or had minimal success before the interesting vacuum therapy got things started.  As the space got smaller, a silver-based collagen matrix (like a desiccant) got me to where I am now, where the space is now too small to pack with the matrix.

Now I enter the world of medical nanotechnology.  Specifically: “nano-structured polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine”.      Yes…scaffolds!!!

First off, in our real-size world, imagine we are using regular size scaffolding that is made of something biodegradable but is coated with things that stimulate growth…and it is being used to bring walls of ivy together from both sides as well as above and below to try and form one solid ivy mass.  You can see how it would succeed – now reduce that in size so the scaffolding appears as a powder to the naked eye.  Then just place the powder in the space/wound.  It may well replace skin grafts as a treatment, per the final paragraph below.  Hopefully, it works on internal wounds as well, which is my case.

For a little further information, I’ll quote from a journal rather than risking an incorrect summary.  These paragraphs are not consecutive, but overall, I think you'll get the picture:

“The structural features of tissue engineering scaffolds affect cell response and must be engineered to support cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation. The scaffold acts as an interim synthetic extracellular matrix (ECM) that cells interact prior to forming new tissue.”

“The focus is on nano-fibrous scaffolds and the incorporation of other components including other nanofeatures into the scaffold structure. Since the ECM is comprised in large part of collagen fibers, between 50–500 nm in diameter, well-designed nano-fibrous scaffolds mimic this structure.
A novel thermally-induced phase separation (TIPS) is a process in which a solution of biodegradable polymer is cast into a porous scaffold, resulting in a nano-fibrous pore-wall structure. These nano-scale fibers have a diameter (50–500 nm) comparable to those collagen fibers found in the ECM. This process can then be combined with a porogen leaching technique to engineer an interconnected pore structure that promotes cell migration and tissue ingrowth in three dimensions.”

“Allograft tissue is another option, but has its own inherent risk for complications, including its limited supply, as well as the possibility of disease transmission and tissue rejection. The growth of replacement tissue using tissue engineering and regenerative medicine is one method of using technology to create an effective replacement for these types of graft tissue.” 

 
I’ll have this treatment next week and will report back shortly thereafter with expected duration and any other details that might be interesting, including hopefully a firmer date for the ileostomy reversal surgery.

As always, thanks for the support – it does make a difference.

My treatments have certainly been varied and educational.  I thought the robotic surgery was hugely impressive, but this nanotechnology scaffolding…all I can say is WOW.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Tyrone v Kerry - All-Ireland SF 2021
« on: August 31, 2021, 04:09:06 AM »
Is there many Kerry posters left on here? Ball Hopper and??? Kerry Mike and Mike Sheehy long gone.

I'd say I'm on my own here, but don't post as often these days.  I have, however, seen nearly all the games this year and am looking forward to a great semi-final.  I'd say Kerry are looking to win in an old-fashioned shoot-out.  It might resemble the 1980 semi-final, 4-15 to 4-10, only 5 points of a win - but there was ever only going to be one winner.

Gavin Whyte and Conor McKenna could battle each other in some serious speed-work up and down one wing.


Cathal McShane, if near full fitness, could take Matt Connor's Offaly role from 1980.

How will Tyrone handle Paudie Clifford?  David Clifford has taken quite the fall from Best on Planet to Second in Your Own House, but will still cause problems.  Sean O'Shea will convert every free plus another few from play...but I think Paul Geaney scoring goals is the key.   Stopping the other three from feeding him is the challenge.  The Kerry forwards are very adept at close passing in very congested quarters before someone finally has room to swing a leg at it and it goes over the bar - Killian Spillane gets his few points this way in each game.

The Kerry corner backs, O'Beaglaoich and Tom O'Sullivan are well able to take scores, so allowing them to wander upfield (even if chasing their man) could prove interesting on the scoreboard.

But the real difference could well be Tommy Walsh and the mark in the final 20 minutes.  He could easily pick up 5 or 6 points without breaking a sweat if the likes of Diarmuid O'Connor and other subs like Adrian Spillane can steer reasonably flighted balls toward Tommy.

Kerry backs won't dominate and will do well if they get a "reasonable" ranking - that should mean enough ball for the Kerry forwards to do their thing.

Could Kerry do the unthinkable...and use a scubadoir, expecting 4 or 5 forwards to score enough at the other end?  Uncle Pat would have some fun talking about that.

The other noticeable thing about the Kerry players is their individual strength this year - rarely is anyone knocked off the ball and all are well able to take and give a shoulder.

Areas of concern - kick out strategy never tested; can David Moran last 50-55 mins; subs in the backs very similar to starters and probably won't improve the overall defending by much - Foley/Morley, O'Beaglaoich/Paul Murphy, Breen/Sherwood are some examples.  Keeper never really tested under high balls.

I'm looking forward to a run and gun trackmeet, where whatever set of backs is less porous than the other will win.

But there will be great scoring and I'm really looking forward to the Whyte/McKenna speed challenges, especially when they get to the fourth and fifth sprint of each half.

I'll stick with the goodguys, 4-15 to 4-10.

First off, sincere congratulations to the Tyrone team - what a magnificent display and worthy winners in what was a very good game to watch.

I've put a few bits in bold above that are very close to highlighting why Tyrone won or why Kerry did not.  Mind you, I've only watched the game once, and that with my green and gold tinted glasses, so I might be off a little in some instances - feel happy to correct me if needed.

One - Gavin White left Conor for dead in their first sprint...and Conor wisely wanted no more of that and kept his energy for more fruitful instances.  Gavin continued to demonstrate his speed...but he never really got anywhere, did he?

Two - Paul Geaney to get goals...well that didn't age too well, but in the name of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey - how did he manage to not score when nothing but space between him and the net?  Passing the ball to a man in the square (foul one) who actually played it on the ground (foul 2).  Its rare to commit 2 fouls in one play with no opponent within yards.  O'Brien looked like he wanted a diving header, which at least would have changed foul number 2.   If Paul got that goal, I think Kerry would have won.

Three - Tommy Walsh to kick handy points from marks...he had a fairly easy chance to level it at the very end, but he looked tired and worn out in his effort.  It was a poor effort, but at least he put his hand up and took the shot.  Everyone else was hiding.  That's where the real men stand up.  Fair play to him.

Four - Can Kerry backs get a "reasonable" ranking?  I'd say they failed the test.  They were certainly the poorer set of defenders, but they didn't need to be great - reasonable would have been enough.  This unit failed miserably on the third goal...it was a midfielder contesting (loose use of the term) in a not very different play that won the game for Cork last year.

Five - scubadoir.  Maybe not needed, but a defender facing the ball at least for that third goal.

Six - area of concern...keeper should have contested ball for third goal maybe?  By way of comparison, Morgan had one high ball come in to him and he got there in plenty time and took out David Clifford in the process...that's how it's done.  David Moran was brilliant and the only call the Kerry management got right was calling him ashore when he was done.  And the Kerry subs did not contribute at all...too much like for like...backs not as physical as their direct opponents and Killian Spillane did not score, but he made a hero out of Peter Harte with a blockdown that Spillane should have punched over.  To make matters worse, the knock Harte took required medical attention that ate up time on black card number 2.  And keeper never tested under high ball until the ball came in for the third goal - even if it was a shot for a point, Shane Ryan should still have been dictating Kerry's response, if not taking charge himself and racing out to punch the ball away from a forward who was standing still.

Seven - and the scoreline at the end.  Tyrone had three goal chances, and took all three.  Nothing was forced, take your gifted opportunity and carry on.  Kerry were aware of their failings up to 2021 in the goal-scoring department and tried to fix it in one go.  But goals were never on - Tyrone backs never allowed enough space for a controlled shot and there were no wide spaces on the field for Kerry players to run into.  It's hard to imagine it was the same size field that Cork full back and half back lines gave up so much space in the hurling six days prior.  Tyrone's 3-14 wasn't too far off the 4-10 I was giving them, even if a good portion was from Kerry turnovers and flat-out poor play.  Kerry needed goals, created only once chance and should have opted for points on up to five other occasions, so I'll be generous to them and say at least 1-2 was left behind. 

So there you have it...the Kerry goalscorer I predicted didn't show up overall and missed a sitter.  Tyrone were very good - their play was so even throughout the field, with everybody playing hard and focused - but never out of control.   I suppose the "controlled aggression" of the noughties is back and is definitely a key in winning games.  Thought the black cards were harsh enough and the game was played in the proper spirit. 

David Clifford continues to be worth the price of admission alone - such a beautiful kicker - and Sean O'Shea was well marshalled with only one point from play.  David Moran and Paul Murphy also excelled, although I must wonder about Murphy's contribution to the number 6 position.  Thought Tyrone could have exploited him and Kerry with more direct runs up the wings and transferring the ball to the middle for the last 40 yards, rather than trying to come up the middle from a midfield launching pad.

Bottom line is Tyrone played exceptionally well and deserved their win.  Kerry could have snuck it, but it would not have been a fair reflection on the performance.

Hope all the Tyrone posters celebrate well and safely and I hope to make the next battle.

By the way, we can expect David Clifford to be posting in the Daddies thread soon, as he and his partner welcomed a baby boy to the Kingdom some time after the game.  Corner forward on the minor team of 2038 nailed on already - no expectations at all, lad.  I'm sure you all will join me in wishing hearty congrats from us all to him, Mum and baby.


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GAA Discussion / Re: Tyrone v Kerry - All-Ireland SF 2021
« on: August 19, 2021, 06:03:13 AM »
Is there many Kerry posters left on here? Ball Hopper and??? Kerry Mike and Mike Sheehy long gone.

I'd say I'm on my own here, but don't post as often these days.  I have, however, seen nearly all the games this year and am looking forward to a great semi-final.  I'd say Kerry are looking to win in an old-fashioned shoot-out.  It might resemble the 1980 semi-final, 4-15 to 4-10, only 5 points of a win - but there was ever only going to be one winner.

Gavin Whyte and Conor McKenna could battle each other in some serious speed-work up and down one wing.

Cathal McShane, if near full fitness, could take Matt Connor's Offaly role from 1980.

How will Tyrone handle Paudie Clifford?  David Clifford has taken quite the fall from Best on Planet to Second in Your Own House, but will still cause problems.  Sean O'Shea will convert every free plus another few from play...but I think Paul Geaney scoring goals is the key.   Stopping the other three from feeding him is the challenge.  The Kerry forwards are very adept at close passing in very congested quarters before someone finally has room to swing a leg at it and it goes over the bar - Killian Spillane gets his few points this way in each game.

The Kerry corner backs, O'Beaglaoich and Tom O'Sullivan are well able to take scores, so allowing them to wander upfield (even if chasing their man) could prove interesting on the scoreboard.

But the real difference could well be Tommy Walsh and the mark in the final 20 minutes.  He could easily pick up 5 or 6 points without breaking a sweat if the likes of Diarmuid O'Connor and other subs like Adrian Spillane can steer reasonably flighted balls toward Tommy.

Kerry backs won't dominate and will do well if they get a "reasonable" ranking - that should mean enough ball for the Kerry forwards to do their thing.

Could Kerry do the unthinkable...and use a scubadoir, expecting 4 or 5 forwards to score enough at the other end?  Uncle Pat would have some fun talking about that.

The other noticeable thing about the Kerry players is their individual strength this year - rarely is anyone knocked off the ball and all are well able to take and give a shoulder.

Areas of concern - kick out strategy never tested; can David Moran last 50-55 mins; subs in the backs very similar to starters and probably won't improve the overall defending by much - Foley/Morley, O'Beaglaoich/Paul Murphy, Breen/Sherwood are some examples.  Keeper never really tested under high balls.

I'm looking forward to a run and gun trackmeet, where whatever set of backs is less porous than the other will win.

But there will be great scoring and I'm really looking forward to the Whyte/McKenna speed challenges, especially when they get to the fourth and fifth sprint of each half.

I'll stick with the goodguys, 4-15 to 4-10.



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GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Football Championships 2021
« on: July 30, 2021, 10:15:34 PM »

Cork seem to have sorted out their underage teams at least.

Indeed...a pair of one-point wins over the arch enemy should do wonders for those squads.  Stopped the 9 in a row Munster Minor titles bid for Kerry tonight.

Cork have a fair few dual guys in both minor and U20 panels...always interesting to see how many opt for the hurling only, as that is considered far superior by all in Cork, especially the County Board.


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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: July 30, 2021, 10:08:47 PM »
Well folks, the news is not as good as I'd hoped. 

The pressure of the leak test was enough that a small track was noticed at the site of the previous space.  This little space measured 2 cm, versus the 5.5 cm original gap.

It seems the vacuum therapy did not close the space from the inside to the surface, but got a covering over what was left of the opening.  This covering was easily punctured during the leak/pressure test.

Consolation is taken in the much smaller space that remains.  Most of the progress was due to the vacuum therapy, but that is no longer suitable as the sponge can't really fit in the space and it is not so effective if only at the "mouth", so to speak.

So the plan to finally close it off involves placing a treated gauze over the space.  It will work like a desiccant and dry out the area which will encourage everything to come together in a more solid way, along with salts and whatever else to encourage healing.  I guess the natural wetness doesn't allow a more solid scab-like cover to form.

The gauze will be replaced every week in the surgeon's clinic and photographs will be used via flexible sigmoidoscopy to monitor progress as well.  There will be no anesthesia for any part of this procedure, with all tools and equipment inserted via the closest opening. 

Starting next week, the surgeon expects about 4 or 5 visits will be enough to close the space fully.  Another leak test will be held at that stage.

It is good that nobody is rushing the reversal surgery until I'm 100% healed internally and ready.  I'd much prefer that than going ahead now and running the risk of serious infections down the road. 

Oddly enough, I didn't feel any great disappointment in failing this leak test - I just took it as another small step to take on my journey back to full health.

Diet and exercise are doing great, all blood tests are normal and the peripheral neuropathy is fading, even if very slowly. With the warmer weather, I can actually walk barefoot on normal surfaces without any great sense of cold, although the sole of my left foot feels like there is an insole attached to half of it.  I'm not sick in any way, just waiting for a wound to heal fully. 

The month of weekly gauze placement will be up in no time at all and I'm pleased that the finish line is almost in sight, but even more pleased that I'll be back to 100% in no time really.  Thanks again for all the support - it really does mean a lot to me.  I'll update again in about a month, say mid to end of July.

So I'm looking at end of July for the next leak test and if all goes according to plan, maybe I'll have the ileostomy reversal surgery on 5 August, exactly a year after the major surgery of 2020. 


I should be in great shape for the All-Ireland final.

Looks like I'm doubtful for the All-Ireland final.  Healing is slow, but at least moving in the right direction. 

The gauze/packing material seems to have helped, or else I'm healing a little bit anyway. 

Next appointment on 9 Aug will be with full endoscopy and live on the screen in front of me. 

We will probably schedule the next leak test for that week or the next - by 20 Aug for sure.  The surgeon thinks the "hole" will not be so deep next time and will be more of a "dent".  Such a dent means nothing will be trapped that might cause infection later, so ileostomy surgery can be scheduled if that be the case, probably early September. 

The one possible issue that could cause the reversal surgery to be postponed is the presence of any small wisps or tracks at the back /inside part of the "hole".  Such tracks could trap any small particles that would result in infection.  We will cross that particular hurdle and the associated treatment/schedule when we get to that point.

So that's where I'm at for now.  All depends on leak test, as usual.  Doing well in every other aspect...weight about right for surgery (knowing a few pounds will be lost over the surgery and first few weeks thereafter).  Recent blood draw showed everything normal, except for glucose being a little high. 

Pleased enough to be making progress, although missing the one-year time frame for the reversal surgery dropped my attitude for about 10 minutes. 

Must make sure I'm not in hospital for the All-Ireland final and the replay.

As always, thanks for the great support - I think I can nearly see the finish line now (bit of a disclaimer there). 

Will update again in late August.




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GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Football Championships 2021
« on: July 30, 2021, 09:27:09 PM »
Munster U-20 Football 2021

Quarter-finals:


8 July:  Tipperary 0-16 Limerick 1-10
8 July:  Waterford 4-5 Clare 1-9

Semi-finals:

15 July:  Cork 3-12 Kerry 3-11
15 July:  Tipperary 0-11 Waterford 0-9

Final:

22 July: Cork 3-20 Tipperary 3-10



Munster Minor Football 2021

Quarter-finals:


21 July:  Limerick 2-9 Tipperary 1-9
21 July:  Cork 5-28 Waterford 0-3

Semi-finals:

30 July:  Limerick  3-11 Clare 0-12
30 July:  Cork 1-15 Kerry 1-14

Final:

11 August:  Cork v Limerick at Neutral Venue 7:30pm

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GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Football Championships 2021
« on: July 21, 2021, 11:33:54 PM »
Munster U-20 Football 2021

Quarter-finals:

8 July:  Tipperary 0-16 Limerick 1-10
8 July:  Waterford 4-5 Clare 1-9

Semi-finals:

15 July:  Cork 3-12 Kerry 3-11
15 July:  Tipperary 0-11 Waterford 0-9

Final:

22 July: Tipperary v Cork in Thurles 7:30pm



Munster Minor Football 2021

Quarter-finals:

21 July:  Limerick 2-9 Tipperary 1-9
21 July:  Cork 5-28 Waterford 0-3

Semi-finals:

30 July:  Clare v Limerick  in Ennis 7:30pm
30 July:  Cork v Kerry in Páirc Uí Chaoimh 7:30pm

Final:

11 August

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: July 18, 2021, 10:46:10 PM »
I’m feeling a bit melancholy tonight but my baby brother Sean, aged 46,  passed away recently.

RIP Sean. 

Sympathies to you and your family Harold.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Football Championships 2021
« on: July 09, 2021, 10:23:38 PM »
Munster U-20 Football 2021

Quarter-finals:

8 July:  Tipperary 0-16 Limerick 1-10 in Thurles
8 July:  Waterford 4-5 Clare 1-9 in Dungarvan

Semi-finals:

15 July:  Cork v Kerry in Páirc Uí Chaoimh 7:30pm
15 July:  Tipperary v Waterford in Thurles 7:30pm

Final:

22 July

Munster Minor Football 2021

Quarter-finals:

21 July:  Limerick v Tipperary in Limerick 7:30pm
21 July:  Waterford v Cork in Dungarvan 7:30pm

Semi-finals:

30 July:  Clare v Limerick or Tipperary in Ennis 7:30pm
30 July:  Cork or Waterford v Kerry in Páirc Uí Chaoimh or Tralee 7:30pm

Final:

11 August

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GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Football Championships 2021
« on: July 02, 2021, 12:25:26 AM »
Results:

Quarter-finals:

26 June:  Limerick 4-18 Waterford 0-12
26 June:  Kerry 3-22 Clare 1-11

Fixtures:

Semi-finals:

10 July:  Limerick v Cork in Limerick  3pm
10 July:  Tipperary v Kerry in Thurles  7pm

Final:

25 July: Tipperary/Kerry winner at home  4pm

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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: June 19, 2021, 05:36:11 AM »
Well folks, the news is not as good as I'd hoped. 

The pressure of the leak test was enough that a small track was noticed at the site of the previous space.  This little space measured 2 cm, versus the 5.5 cm original gap.

It seems the vacuum therapy did not close the space from the inside to the surface, but got a covering over what was left of the opening.  This covering was easily punctured during the leak/pressure test.

Consolation is taken in the much smaller space that remains.  Most of the progress was due to the vacuum therapy, but that is no longer suitable as the sponge can't really fit in the space and it is not so effective if only at the "mouth", so to speak.

So the plan to finally close it off involves placing a treated gauze over the space.  It will work like a desiccant and dry out the area which will encourage everything to come together in a more solid way, along with salts and whatever else to encourage healing.  I guess the natural wetness doesn't allow a more solid scab-like cover to form.

The gauze will be replaced every week in the surgeon's clinic and photographs will be used via flexible sigmoidoscopy to monitor progress as well.  There will be no anesthesia for any part of this procedure, with all tools and equipment inserted via the closest opening. 

Starting next week, the surgeon expects about 4 or 5 visits will be enough to close the space fully.  Another leak test will be held at that stage.

It is good that nobody is rushing the reversal surgery until I'm 100% healed internally and ready.  I'd much prefer that than going ahead now and running the risk of serious infections down the road. 

Oddly enough, I didn't feel any great disappointment in failing this leak test - I just took it as another small step to take on my journey back to full health.

Diet and exercise are doing great, all blood tests are normal and the peripheral neuropathy is fading, even if very slowly. With the warmer weather, I can actually walk barefoot on normal surfaces without any great sense of cold, although the sole of my left foot feels like there is an insole attached to half of it.  I'm not sick in any way, just waiting for a wound to heal fully. 

The month of weekly gauze placement will be up in no time at all and I'm pleased that the finish line is almost in sight, but even more pleased that I'll be back to 100% in no time really.  Thanks again for all the support - it really does mean a lot to me.  I'll update again in about a month, say mid to end of July.

So I'm looking at end of July for the next leak test and if all goes according to plan, maybe I'll have the ileostomy reversal surgery on 5 August, exactly a year after the major surgery of 2020. 


I should be in great shape for the All-Ireland final.


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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: June 19, 2021, 05:16:22 AM »
Much better news this time…

On 27 April I had my fifth and final vacuum therapy session – no need for a sixth session as the space has filled in fully and there is no more to be done. 

An overnight stay was required for observation for the first placement.  There was relatively small discomfort – having the pump on a shoulder strap 24/7 was a little inconvenient (a bit more than the ileostomy bag).  The pump failed on week 3, so it was removed and I had a few days off until the next scheduled hospital procedure.

A month of further rest and recovery with no therapy will take me to next leak test at the end of May.  A successful leak test will then allow the ileotomy reversal surgery to be scheduled for some time in June.

Needless to say, I’m delighted to be finally done with this issue that first appeared in early October last year.  The surgeon says he will go straight to vacuum therapy in future cases similar to mine.  I will enjoy the month of recovery as best I can…like everybody else, I can’t wait for GAA to resume.

All other health matters are doing well…the peripheral neuropathy is starting to fade.  The warmer weather is certainly helping.  Diet and sleep are both in good form as well, although the occasional afternoon nap was required lately – I’m sure being under general anesthetic every week had some sort of cumulative effect, even though the medics said it shouldn’t.

I’ll update again after the next leak test, but it finally looks like I’m rounding the bend and heading for the home straight…in Grand National terms I’ve negotiated Beecher’s Brook for the final time and have just a few regular fences left – they can still be troublesome though to a tired team, so keeping up with exercise and diet will be important to keep me as fit as possible to handle the next fence.

The umbrella of “cancer free” that is over me is certainly the basis of my attitude, along with a great family and medical team.
 
As always, thanks so much for the support.  Looking back on my initial post, I had hoped for ileostomy reversal surgery in September 2020 – I’ll miss that by at least 9 months, but I am so grateful to be in the shape that I’m right now.

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GAA Discussion / Munster Football Championships 2021
« on: May 13, 2021, 03:45:12 AM »
Senior Football

Quarter-finals:
26 June:  Limerick v Waterford in Limerick 3pm
26 June:  Kerry v Clare in Killarney 7pm

Semi-finals:
10 July:  Cork v Limerick or Waterford in Limerick or Cork 3pm
10 July:  Tipperary v Kerry or Clare in Thurles or Ennis 7pm

Final:
25 July


Great to have a schedule of games again.

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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: April 29, 2021, 07:57:10 AM »
Much better news this time…

On 27 April I had my fifth and final vacuum therapy session – no need for a sixth session as the space has filled in fully and there is no more to be done. 

An overnight stay was required for observation for the first placement.  There was relatively small discomfort – having the pump on a shoulder strap 24/7 was a little inconvenient (a bit more than the ileostomy bag).  The pump failed on week 3, so it was removed and I had a few days off until the next scheduled hospital procedure.

A month of further rest and recovery with no therapy will take me to next leak test at the end of May.  A successful leak test will then allow the ileotomy reversal surgery to be scheduled for some time in June.

Needless to say, I’m delighted to be finally done with this issue that first appeared in early October last year.  The surgeon says he will go straight to vacuum therapy in future cases similar to mine.  I will enjoy the month of recovery as best I can…like everybody else, I can’t wait for GAA to resume.

All other health matters are doing well…the peripheral neuropathy is starting to fade.  The warmer weather is certainly helping.  Diet and sleep are both in good form as well, although the occasional afternoon nap was required lately – I’m sure being under general anesthetic every week had some sort of cumulative effect, even though the medics said it shouldn’t.

I’ll update again after the next leak test, but it finally looks like I’m rounding the bend and heading for the home straight…in Grand National terms I’ve negotiated Beecher’s Brook for the final time and have just a few regular fences left – they can still be troublesome though to a tired team, so keeping up with exercise and diet will be important to keep me as fit as possible to handle the next fence.

The umbrella of “cancer free” that is over me is certainly the basis of my attitude, along with a great family and medical team.
 
As always, thanks so much for the support.  Looking back on my initial post, I had hoped for ileostomy reversal surgery in September 2020 – I’ll miss that by at least 9 months, but I am so grateful to be in the shape that I’m right now.







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