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  1. Jan 21, 2019 #141

    goldstar31

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    The real secret is that the author of the book died at 58.

    Which is 30 years younger than this old wizened git!

    Norm
     
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    People get hit by buses too. You do the best that you can with the time allotted.
     
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    'Dr Lodge died of Prostate Cancer which I said earlier is a one on four disease for males- and is generally curable if diagnosed early enough which is where I was.

    It's not a pleasant examination initially and with a radical prostatectomy even more unpleasant being 'Black and Decker-ed'.

    One realises the words in the Epistle of Saint ( doctor) Luke these 2000 years ago are as fresh today as they were then.

    Me??? I'm still wandering about with a Prostate Cancer Appeal sticker in my lapel. My son was running in the Great North Run last time for that as his father in law and my good friend was a victim.

    No theory folks or surmise or whatever but cold, terribly real and sad facts.

    If this little entry helps to save just one life, my own unimportant life will have been worth living

    Norman
     
  4. Jan 22, 2019 #144

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    I have had doctors tell me, you will die with prostate cancer not of prostate cancer. If your over 70 you will probably die of something else before you die of prostate cancer. My father found out he had prostate cancer at 75 he lived to be 93 and never had surgery or treatments. My neighbor found out he had prostate cancer at 70, he had already had kidney cancer at 65 so he was not taking any chances he had prostate surgery that was 8 years he is doing good. My doctor said, if you don't use it you loose it, have sex every day if you can it keeps the prostate healthy.
     
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    My thanks but it doesn't always happen the way that you describe. I've just returned from a Masonic Evening where the Provincial collector of contributions was present. We ARE very concerned and it would be lovely to die WITH prostate cancer but sadly, it doesn't always happen.
    Again for the ladies, ovarian cancer is another of those things. My wife as a surgeon herself thought her op included the things but the surgeon knew better than her. I'm now a widower. our daughter, also a surgeon has read the writing on the wall. 'Nuff said.

    My best wishes

    Norman
     
  6. Jan 23, 2019 #146

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    Be careful some doctors will cut on you just to make money. I have been to several doctors wanting to do back surgery on me. I am a mechanical engineer not a doctor but I am smart enough not to believe the first doctor I talk. After talking to 1 doctor only 1 minutes he scheduled me for surgery 2 days later with, no tests, no Xrays, no ultra sound, nothing, how is he going to know the exact spot to cut? I held out for a while finally found an honest doctor that said, your problem is your getting old nothing out of the ordinary, you do not need surgery. Discs between bones are gone that is why your 1 inch shorter than you use to be. Skin and muscles at your age are not flexible that is why you feel good when you get out of bed but once you start using your muscles they begin to hurt it causes tension in the muscles then you have terrible pain. I was in a wheel chair for a year now I am not and I had no surgery. A very hot shower beating on my back 20 minutes every morning works miracles, hot pad in the chair helps, stretching exercised is the best miracle cure ever day. I went to physical therapy 3 months now I feel 30 years younger. I hate the exercises and other things I need to do but it works. My wife was told she had cancer, she was worried to death for a week but she is not a person that will believer the first doctor she talks too so she went to 2 more doctors and 1 doctor was honest told here there is no cancer. She went to more doctors finally found more doctors that said, no cancer. That was 15 years ago she is doing fine. 10 years ago my doctor told me I had prostate cancer this is the same doctor that refuses to give antibiotics for sinus infections and ear infections claiming this is an allergy not a sickness. I went to another doctor he said, WHO on earth told you that you have prostate cancer??? There is nothing wrong with you. I refuse to believe anything anyone says these days if there is money to be made don't trust them. WE switched insurance companies Blue Cross is the worthless they refuse to pay for just about everything. We chanced insurance every year now we have Humana they are the best they send you to lots of wellness checkups just to keep you healthy and they pay for every thing. If they keep you in good health there is no large bills for insurance to pay that saves them BIG money. Humana even pays for glasses and dentist but shop around don't go to the doctors they send you to. Eye doctors range from $75 to $1000. Dentist range from $65 to $4800. Stay away from those nation wide dental companies that advertise $59 teeth cleaning and xrays they are a scam, after the xray they want to do $2500 to $4000 worth of dental work if you say NO you don't get the free teeth cleaning. Go to an honest dentist. I have a friend that graduated from dental school about 6 years ago, teacher tells students never give anyone a price until after you look at their teeth. If they already have a lot of expensive dental work then you know they have money or good insurance so charge them as much as you can get, 4 times more than other people. This type thing is evil.
     
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    Clearly, I must live in Utopia because for the average person in the United Kingdom Rocket Man's difficult to read- I have macular degeneration, has virtually free health treatment.
    On Monday, a man called at the door at 9am, checked my name and handed me part of a set of free medicine for my chronic pulmonary obstructive disease. At 88, I also have a Vitamin B12 deficiency and not only get regulat vitamin supplements but also a regular jab to keep me going. The nurse giving injection reminded me that I had forgotten to do anything about a free aorta check. I made a phone call and was put on the list for checking- free.
    My remaining teeth, all of at least 80 years old are a bit rickety and my front incisor comes loose. Sometimes the glue job is free sometimes, I pay a few pounds for a regular check up. My eyes are- I said have macular degeneration and I recently had a series of free injections into one eye ball at the local hospital- again, as I said free apart from the fare to avoid a longish free ambulance service. With eye sight, I was jumped on by my optician and it ended up with me having to undergo a free series of eye sight tests with the local optician with specialist equipment and I have a bright new shiny driving licence to see me into my 91st year- free gratis and for now't.

    But hang on a moment, I have forgotten that I'm a victim of hearing damage dating back to 1948-50 when I was a callow youth and with the dizzy rank of corporal on a fantastic three guineas a week was paying tax and a national insurance contribution of a total of 3 shillings. I am now being provided with a set of top of the market hearing aids and it is all free but costing perhaps £7,000 otherwise. In the delightful package, I'm going to get my i-phone coupled in and someone is coming to fit a gadget on my television and the licence for using the set is free. I'm losing things and some kind technician is going to organise my phone to find the little things should I carelessly lose one- somewhere in my stately home which receives £300 Christmas box to heat the indoor workshop.

    Ah the trials and tribulations of my past life. I married a dentist who in turn raised another who married a consultant heart surgeon. Ah yes, dear Rocket Man, there is nothing like sleeping with one to get the lowdown.
    So my wife was at 8 doing latin and greek and got a free place at a prestigious school for promising young ladies.
    So she not only became a dentist but the second lady Fellow in Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, was refused a hospital consultancy- because her place, so said a Scottish Countess, was with- her children! True to her roots she ended up with a team of dentists who looked after the dental needs of a half million populace- and all for free to them. She received a State agreed salary - with no bonuses or even a Christmas box of a few biscuits. Even at that, she was in those cash strapped days the claim that she was 'too expensive' and at 55 she left dentistry along with 400 children to whom she was giving orthodontic treatment.
    Somewhat annoyed, she offered to continue their treatment- at her own expense. Help was refused!

    Today, her son in law is working every hour inserting stents into people at no cost to them and he receives a state agreed salary.

    So it is not quite what happens in the UK.
    Being a bit of a bean counter, I still have my late wife's tax returns, should doubts arise.

    Probably some one in the UK might agree

    Norm
     
  8. Jan 23, 2019 #148

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    Health care for an aging boomer population is and will continue to be a funding issue for some time. Each country has varying levels of state funded care and what is not funded and regulated can be subject to abuse. I believe all of the stories, good and bad, about health care outcomes and cautions. Mostly I am a skeptic and cautious. I have a feeling that treatments earlier in my life were expedited because I was young, strong, with a professional career and a family to support. Now later in life my injuries are considered part of getting old. In some ways, I'm OK with that as a rush to surgery that has risk can mess up what remaining years I may have.

    Time in my workshop and on the Trap range is all that I need as the family is successful and it's time for them to lead. Life is good even when slower.
     

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