Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Quick Update

Justkim here:

The results of the biopies from Icepick's mother's colon showed that the mass is non-cancerous. We're still waiting to hear about the rest. Since I know some of you have been sharing the positive vibes, I wanted to share the good news.

More later.

Later: So far, so good! the docs will probably remove the growth in her colon anyway. Even though they took tissue from four areas on the growth, there's no guarantee that there isn't cancer somewhere else in that mass. Still, these results coupled with the bloodwork from the weekend are good indicators. Now there's just one more bullet to dodge. - Icepick

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Personal Update II

Okay, so far so good. The biopsy results aren't in yet, so we still don't know how severe a situation we're facing. Other procedures have since been done, and the last of the preliminary work should be done in the morning. All I really know at this point is that despite 60+ years of smoking, Mom's heart is still strong - the cardiologists have given her heart their seal of approval for surgery.

Mom has now had seven doctors involved in her case, assisted by two nurse practitioners. I think she's had more doctors than nurses to this point, which might explain why the US medical system is so damnably expensive.

Some more random observations:

  • CNN is an astoundingly vapid network
  • CNN is still better than MSNBC
  • Mom's hospital room is in the "Let's eat! Let's have some pie!" wing, so named (by me) because of the demented ravings of one of the other patients
  • Dementia is no fun for any one involved
  • Writing someone else's last will and testament is no fun - especially if you don't like the main provisions
  • Dune Messiah is the weakest of the original Dune series
  • These random observations stink!

Update: More info today. They've 'scoped her bladder and ureter. She has two tumors blocking off one ureter, both of which are probably also cancerous. As always, we have to wait for the biopsy results before any certainty can be deduced. The good news today was that blood work done over the weekend found no traces of cancer cells/ cancer markers/ whatever the hell my addled mind can't remember the name of. It's a good result, though. If she has cancer there's a reasonably good chance it HASN'T metastasized.

Bonus random observations:

  • It's kind of funny that Mom probably has two forms of cancer and neither one of them is lung cancer. You can smoke for 60+ years, but if you're destined to die of a pain in the ass, you will get colon cancer!
  • Ben & Jerry's Banana Split Ice Cream is the best ice cream ever.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Personal Update

I had to check my mother into a hospital this afternoon with an as yet unknown illness. Blogging, which has been limited lately anyway, will likely be non-existent for a few days. Commenting (except perhaps at bill's place) is also likely to be non-existent.

But before I take my leave, a few random observations:

  • Michael Rasmussen has the whitest chest ever.
  • It turns out that I don't much care for jazz guitar.
  • Burgers do a much better job of satisfying hunger when actually eaten.
  • Time passes more slowly in a hospital than it does almost anywhere else.

Carry on....

Update: Okay, so we know a little more today. Mom's got a growth in her colon, a dilated kidney, and two nodules in her bladder. Tomorrow morning she gets a colonoscopy to determine what's going on there, and depending on the results we'll proceed from there.

Update II: After the 'scope, it's almost 100% certain we're dealing with colon cancer. We're still waiting for confirmation from the biopsies, but it's unlikely that they'll not confirm the diagnosis. Now we're waiting for some more tests before a probable surgery to remove a stretch of colon, and who knows what else. Prognosis is unknown at this time, as the doctors don't yet know enough even to speculate. (They may not know enough until after surgery, for that matter.)

Incidentally, the nursing shortage in this country has reached epic proportions. Maybe more on that later.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Awesome Result!

Your Score: Sociopath

You are 71% Rational, 14% Extroverted, 71% Brutal, and 57% Arrogant.

You are the Sociopath! As a result of your cold, calculating rationality, your introversion (and ability to keep quiet), your brutality, and your arrogance, you would make a very cunning serial killer. You are confident and capable of social interaction, but you prefer the silence of dead bodies to the loud, twittering nitwits you normally encounter in your daily life. You care very little for the feelings of others, possibly because you are not a very emotional person. You are also very calculating and intelligent, making you a perfect criminal mastermind. Also, you are a very arrogant person, tending to see yourself as better than others, providing you with a strong ability to perceive others as weak little animals, so tiny and small. You take great pleasure in the misery of others, and there is nothing sweeter to you than the sweet glory of using someone else's shattered failure to project yourself to success. Except sugar. That just may be sweeter. In short, your personality defect is the fact that you could easily be a sociopath, because you are calculating, unemotional, brutal, and arrogant. Please don't kill me for writing mean things about you! I have a 101 mile-long knife! Don't make me use it!

To put it less negatively:

1. You are more RATIONAL than intuitive.

2. You are more INTROVERTED than extroverted.

3. You are more BRUTAL than gentle.

4. You are more ARROGANT than humble.


Your exact opposite is the Hippie.

Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Spiteful Loner, the Smartass, and the Capitalist Pig.



If you scored near fifty percent for a certain trait (42%-58%), you could very well go either way. For example, someone with 42% Extroversion is slightly leaning towards being an introvert, but is close enough to being an extrovert to be classified that way as well. Below is a list of the other personality types so that you can determine which other possible categories you may fill if you scored near fifty percent for certain traits.

The other personality types:

The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

Be sure to take my Sublime Philosophical Crap Test if you are interested in taking a slightly more intellectual test that has just as many insane ramblings as this one does!

About Saint_Gasoline

I am a self-proclaimed pseudo-intellectual who loves dashes. I enjoy science, philosophy, and fart jokes and water balloons, not necessarily in that order. I spend 95% of my time online, and the other 5% of my time in the bathroom, longing to get back on the computer. If, God forbid, you somehow find me amusing instead of crass and annoying, be sure to check out my blog and my webcomic at SaintGasoline.com.

Link: The Personality Defect Test written by saint_gasoline on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
Hat tip: Orac

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Does Harry Reid = Sonny Corleone?

Harry's going to the mattresses already.

Frustrated that Republicans won't allow a straight up-or-down vote on their proposal to withdraw troops from Iraq in the next 120 days, Senate Democrats announced Monday that they will insist that Republicans wage their filibuster the old-fashioned way -- through the night.

Democratic leaders say they will keep senators working all night Tuesday, forcing them to explain their stance on the war.

"We're going to have votes during the night," said Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). "We're not going to let everybody go home and get some rest."


To dramatize their determination, Democrats plan to bring dozens of cots into hallways around the Senate.
So who's Clemenza? Who's Tessio?

Added: CLEMENZA: "That Sonny's runnin' wild. He's thinkin'a going to the mattresses already. We gotta find a spot over on the West Side. Ya try -- 309 West 43rd Street. You know any gooda spots on the West Side?"

Monday, July 16, 2007

Just to be clear...

This had nothing to do with my cousin. (A joke intended for one person.)

My, oh my....

I wonder what Michael Moore would say about this? Unfortunately, this story is in video form only. Basically, Cuba has shipped out about 20% of its doctors (according to this site) to Venezuela in return for Venezuelan oil. This is a good deal for Cuba, since they pay their doctors a very low wage. (Only $15 a month according to the Fox News story, although I would imagine that they are provided living quarters as well.) Now that those doctors are in Venezuela, many of them are slipping across the border into Columbia in an attempt to get asylum in the US.

I figure this is all for the good. This way we can bring the benefits of Cuba's socialist medical system to the USA, one $15/month doctor at a time!

A dearth of blog posts ...

... does not necessarily mean a lack of bloggable ideas. But lately I've been reading books (a novel concept, so to speak) and watching lots of Ninja Warrior on G4. Kim and I have become hooked on this show, and it's eating up time I might otherwise spend blogging.

In addition, I've started playing in chess tournaments again. In other words, I've decided to torture myself, and while torture can often be a fascinating topic, I don't think most people would appreciate my struggles with trying to find a workable opening repetoire. Still, I'll try to get a few posts up every week, if only to spare myself more agony at the chessboard.