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Tufas, Mono Lake © Robert Sommers 2019

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Health update


I had the best of all possible birthday presents this November sixth morning. We arrived at my San Diego appointment with the urologist about ten minutes late, traffic was terrible, the ride took an hour and a half from Fallbrook.

Doctor was bristly, said I was killing her with my tardiness, but went on to say that the pathology report from the last cystoscopy was apparently free from cancer cells, they must have done an awful good job cutting them out or providence was indeed smiling upon me.

In other good news, they have secured the very scarce BCG immunotherapy I need and I start my treatments next Wednesday. Will be interesting, the procedure is the morning of the next show load in at Del Mar but I will deal with it somehow.

The upshot is that I get to keep my bladder, at least for the foreseeable future and that is huge for me. We left the meeting with the doctor feeling rather elated. I literally had no prior idea what my immediate future might hold.

To celebrate we drove over to D.Z. Akins for the lox and whitefish platter. Never underestimate the healing power of whitefish.

We also bought the scrumptious blood orange ricotta cake from Extraordinary Desserts for the celebration tonight. This is frankly the best cake I have ever tasted.

Thanks again for all of your good wishes (and prayers). Yours in smoked fish.

Robert

20 comments:

Scott Bolhack, MD said...

What a blessing! We like negative tests!

Helen Killeen Bauch McHargue said...

Great news. I'm so happy for you!!

Barry Friedman said...

So glad you are soldiering on fully intact and still completely devoted to the whitefish supremacy movement!

Scrota Voce said...

In the sacred words of the mystic poet of an earlier aige, David Essex..."Rock On, Sooth My Soul....Jump Up And Down In My Blue Suede Shoes!!!....Where Do We Go From Here???"

Long John Baldry




KAT JOY said...

That's great news! Is today really your birthday? I just got back from my Uncle's place, celebrating his 87th Bday with cupcakes and ice cream.

Liz said...

Happy birthday! And I am so happy that you are getting the treatment you need. Mg and I are debating if I should come visit you. But,I am also probably having major surgery soon. Curious,neither Johnny or I can tolerate opiates,can you

Liz said...

It is really his birthday.

Blue Heron said...

I hate opiates, always have, was strung out on dillaudid once after a surgery thirty years ago, extraordinary pain and misery.

island guy said...

Great news to start the day. Even better being your birthday!

The Phantom Knows said...

Happy Birthday, Happy Meal :)

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Jerry Hall said...

Happy Birthday Robert!
And many happy returns!

Jack said...

so happy to hear this! Happy birthday!!

Robert Kaplan said...

You made my day, great news, and Happy Birthday. I think you will have a fantastic Del Mar Show.

Chip said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBERT!!
Such awesome mews!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, happy show, happy meal. Happy everything!!!
Barbara and Nancy

Kent said...

Awesome news, can you do bb games ?

Kerr A. Lott said...

Happy Birthday Robert! What great news! And what a relief, not just for you of course, for all us friends and loved ones too.

Juliah said...

Wonderful news! So happy for you. Happy Birthday, Robert!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news, Robert!
-KRCardoso