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Where I document my happenings, my life, and my thoughts.

Happy 2018! I hope everyone had a good holiday. Mine was busy busy busy. From making Christmas presents to doing fun activities with my boys, there wasn't a single dull moment. I was scheduled to have my last PET scan just before Christmas, but with insurance being bogged down by end of season requests, I had to push it back to this past week. Well, let me tell ya, the news is pretty good.

Before I go on to tell you what the results actually say, I think I will take this moment to inform those of you who don't know what a PET scan actually is. A PET scan (positron emission tomography) measures the metabolic activity in your body, or how much energy the different parts of your body is using. In order to do that you must first go in with a low glucose count, basically after fasting for a time. They then inject you with radioactive glucose and instruct you to relax for about 45 minutes in a darkened room, no TV, no cell phone. During that time, the hypermetabolic systems in your body will start gobbling up that glucose like your organs and brain and any active tumours. This is why you need to keep you movement to a minimum. Otherwise your muscles will also suck up glucose, making the test inaccurate. After you are done with your nap, they slip you into a tube where you have to remain still for about another 45 minutes while they scan your body for radioactivity. The whole process takes about 2 hours. They also do a quick CT scan of my head and neck while I am in there since it is an all in one machine. I am still radioactive for the rest of the day, so I have to stay away from my kids. Evan is a cuddler, so that was tough.

If you remember I had about 3 lymph nodes in my neck that were enlarged and hypermetabolic. This scan showed that all 3 nodes, even though were the same size, had all reduced in metabolic activity, which means they were quite possibly just reacting to the radiation therapy. This is great news! We will, of course, keep a close eye on them, but if things continue to show progress after my next PET scan, I can finally be graduated to 6 month scans and perhaps start seeing a more local oncologist. Not that I don't like my guy in Madison. Problem is insurance, always insurance. There are no insurances in the marketplace that cover UW Health, but I don't want to be on Medicaid forever.

Here is to an awesome 2018!!

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Thanksgiving is just a couple days away and before long Christmas music will be playing non-stop on every single radio station. Finding the perfect gift becomes the number one priority on many peoples minds. Personalized and unique gifts are usually well received and I would like to give you another cheap option of giving that perfect gift.

I have been working on setting up a small shop on this site, but in the mean time I would still like to give you the opportunity to purchase something from me that I can print on my personal 3D printer for a fraction of the cost of buying if from Shapeways.

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OMG, so I know it about a week late, but I just found this thingy I made about 15 years ago. It's actually my first flash game and it's definitely kinda cute, so HAPPY BELATED HALLOWEEN!

  

 

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Bad luck had struck us again. We had been without running water for about a month. Our water is supplied by a well. Suddenly the well pump refused turn off and water started gushing from underneath the garage. At first Brian thought the pipe for the outside faucet had broke because that is approximately where the water was flowing from. We turned off the well and disconnected the faucet. After the simple repair, we turned the well back on only to have the water flow again. I knew we had to start digging. My only hope was that the hole in the pipe was not too deep. Honestly if we had rented an excavator we probably could have had the job done in a week or less, but with the other expenses that we have accrued the last couple months, any additional expenses was not an option, so digging we did. We were only really able to work on it during the weekends as the weekdays were just to busy. We were still able to turn on the water when we needed to cook or wash our hands, but showers and clothes washing was done elsewhere.

The toughest part was getting through the concrete in the garage. It is where the pipe emerged from underground and connected to the tank which then supplied the rest of the house. Brian first tried drilling into it, but because it is a couple inches thick, he was able to get one hole done an hour. We ended up getting a diamond blade for his saw and cut out chunks of the cement. That worked much faster. After finally getting the pipe loose from the concrete and digging out the entire length underneath, we were able to find the offending leak. It was just at the elbow where the pipe turned towards the well. A big hole had rusted in it. I assume it was leaking a little bit for quite a while, but it finally gave out. So now we knew where the problem was and headed to the store for supplies. Twenty dollars and several hours later and we were ready to turn the water back on. Was it still going to leak? That was the big question. Moment of truth. I flipped the switch and we crossed our fingers. The pump turned on and ran for a few seconds then turned off again. No leaks! Finally I can do some laundry!

We filled in the hole and decorated it just in time for trick-or-treating. :)

 

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First and foremost, HAPPY HALLOWEEN! This is most definitely my favorite holiday. I wanted to show you a project that I made for IMVUs free gift. Available if you log in today only. :)

 

The Frankenstein Candy Dish. Basically it's just Frankestein's monster sitting on the ground holding a bowl full of candy corn. There are a couple of sitting poses in the bowl with one eating the candy and a couple more sitting on the bowl's ledge. There are also a couple of animated standing spots just outside the bowl with avatars looking a bit frightened of the monster. Just like my last IMVU project, the idea belonged to IMVU, I just put it together and brought them what they asked for. Honestly, I think this little guy is kinda cute. So cute in fact that I decided to 3D print the thing to see how it would look in real life. I wasn't dissapointed. :D Below I have images of how the print evolved, starting with it in the printer with supports, ending with it fully painted. Enjoy!



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