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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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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: March 04, 2021, 01:42:49 AM »
News not great this time, but not exactly bad either.

As I had two failed leak tests (October and December) at two-month intervals after my August surgery, it was decided to give it three months or so this time round to see if time was all that was needed. 

As an added precaution against the possibility of the test equipment causing some damage internally, it was decided to get an MRI instead.

For starters, the MRI showed no sign of any cancer activity, which is a great “umbrella” to have over the entire report.

What the MRI did show, however, was a space in the rectal wall where fluid is pooling and a small drainage channel to the outside of the wall.  Normal cell fluid excesses are feeding into this space.  Picture a map with a lake having a stream to the ocean, but no visible streams into it as it is fed by surface water and small drainage channels and so on.

Draining the space is not the answer, as it will merely refill again – the space must be closed completely.  To do this, a procedure called endosponge vacuum therapy is proposed. 

The attached video explains it very well.  The infection possibilities and the associated results in the early part of the video do not really apply to me as I still have my ileostomy bag and there is zero “traffic” through that area, so there is no great source of infection present.

The sponge will be replaced frequently and the treatment will continue until the space has closed fully – initial estimate is 6 weeks, but that is very much an estimate.

Once the space is closed, I’m sure a wait of some time will be proposed to make sure it doesn’t redevelop and further tests will confirm if it is appropriate to proceed with the ileostomy reversal surgery.

I don’t have a firm date for the start of this procedure – the initial placement will be under general anesthesia and will require an overnight stay in hospital.  As explained in the video, I’ll wear a pump with a collection cartridge in a belted pouch on my waist for the duration.  Obviously, sitting will be awkward and I’m not sure if sleeping on my back is practical – I’m sure there will be alarms of some sort in the system to alert me to kinks in the hose and the collection cartridge being full, plus low battery of course.

I've no other issues at this time - the peripheral neuropathy is still with me and slowly improving, but it will take until June or so to be fully gone.  Blood tests are all good.  Weight, diet and exercise all doing well too.

I’ll update again in a few weeks with a progress report.  This is just a small detour on my journey back to full health and the “umbrella” of being cancer free makes the journey reasonably easy.

Thanks again for all the support.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENzS4YSAhqk




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General discussion / Re: What is the point of this board anymore?
« on: February 11, 2021, 07:16:10 PM »
Well on top of it there J70...by two posts anyway.

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General discussion / Re: What's your relationship with alcohol?
« on: February 05, 2021, 11:15:05 PM »
Can't handle the volume any more due to the bag - might as well be pouring it straight into it when it comes to beer or cider. 

Instead I've resorted to wine, which I've always liked.  Struggling to finish a third glass though - which is fine by me - so we share a bottle late at night on Friday and Saturday only. 

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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: February 05, 2021, 11:11:41 PM »
Hopefully test results will be good MR2. 

Send her our best wishes.

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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: February 05, 2021, 05:46:32 AM »
Not much to report since Christmas.  Walking distance is now 3 miles a day - got under 50 minutes most days this past week.  Recent blood tests show everything is now up to the middle of the normal range.  Weight is steady, diet is good and overall I feel great. 

I have an appointment with the surgeon in a few weeks to determine if I'm finally repaired enough to pass the leak test.  If he has any doubt I'll postpone the test till he feels I'm almost guaranteed to pass.   If he says I'm ready to go in mid-Feb, I'll wait till the first week of March for the test anyway.

Doing the family tree research online these days...for anyone else doing it I can report lots of errors in both Church and Civil Records in the Irish genealogy website.  The quality of handwriting back in the day was almost art by some people keeping records and nothing more than chicken-scratch by others.  Some of the causes of death make interesting reading, to say the least. 

I'll update again in early March and at that time I might have a schedule for the final surgery to put me back together again.  I think I'll be ready for it in late March and even more ready to put all this behind me with a great sense of gratitude.

Thanks again for all the support - it really does mean a lot to me.


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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: February 04, 2021, 10:24:34 PM »
Be great to get him home, Redhand.  Hoping he comes out of it well and has a swift recovery.

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General discussion / Re: Cryptocurrency
« on: January 28, 2021, 03:56:15 AM »
Shorting a stock is actually buying it and promising to return it inside a certain amount of time.  The borrower then sells the stock.  When done by a large hedge fund, they usually release a damaging report (but fully legal) after they sold the stock detailing why they think the stock is overpriced.  Wall Street traders believe the bad news and the stock price drops accordingly.  Hedge fund then buys the stock back at the lower price and returns the stock to the original owner.

Example: 

Jack has 100 shares in XYZ company that he bought at 50 bucks and he wants to hold for years to come.  XYZ is trading at 100 bucks per share today.  Hedge Fund A makes an agreement with Jack to borrow his shares for 1 month and pays Jack a dollar per share.  That means they actually buy his shares for 101, including the fee and promise to return his 100 shares in a month.  Hedge Fund A immediately resell the 100 shares for 100 bucks.

After Hedge Fund A sell the shares at 100 apiece, they release a report as to why they think stock is overpriced.  This could be based on expected cash flows, industry sector outlook or any plausible sounding reason (plausible to fellow traders anyway).  The intent is for the report to be the basis for a drop in the price of XYZ stock.  Let's say the stock drops to 80.  Hedge Fund A buys 100 shares of the stock at 80 and returns the shares to Jack. 

Since Hedge Fund A sold the shares at 100 originally and re-bought them at 80, a clear profit of 20 for them.  The only other expense was the 1 dollar per share fee they paid Jack to use his shares for a month.

Great deal for Jack as he could do this for 50 months in a row and have the shares at no cost and every month after that he'd be making gains and still own the shares at the end.

Great deal for Hedge Fund A as they made 19 per share profit.

Not so great deal for whoever bought the shares from Hedge Fund A at 100 per share before the report, conveniently authored (but perfectly legal as all they are doing is giving an opinion) by Hedge Fund A.

It is exactly the opposite of a Hedge Fund buying a stock and releasing a positive opinion, then selling - that would be pump and dump.

This guy has very good videos on market stuff.  He is Patrick Boyle, Boston born but raised in Ireland and a product of Trinity University, Dublin.  He is a fund manager, a professor of finance and an author. 

This is his 15-minute take on the GME and Wall Street Bets over last few days.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi5hTqQFhuA


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