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Tanypteryx
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Message 31 of 39 (809962)
05-22-2017 12:34 PM
Reply to: Message 30 by jar
05-22-2017 10:28 AM


Re: Prognosis
Just to put things in perspective it is not unusual here in the US to wait a week or two to get results of blood work.

My urologist (one guy) retired last year so I had to switch to a new bunch. I normally have a cystoscopy every six months to check if my bladder cancer has returned. Three months ago I called to get set up with the new bunch. They couldn't get me in for a preliminary appointment until August 29.... my cystoscopy was due in April.

This is a simple procedure that took my old doctor 10 minutes from start to finish. I'm looking for another new doctor, but nothing gets in the way of my road trips, so it will have to wait until I get back home.

I am lucky because anything that has to do with my cancer is covered by a special insurance program that pays for everything. The technology with the scopes and detection of bladder cancer have improved a lot since I first was diagnosed in 2008, but the delivery of medical care has lapsed, at least where I live.


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Message 32 of 39 (809968)
05-22-2017 2:05 PM
Reply to: Message 29 by NosyNed
05-22-2017 10:22 AM


Re: Prognosis
I am told I have "low grade" (i.e., slow growing) colon cancer. I complained that I deserved to have a better quality than that but my doc laughed at me.

Have your doctor monitor it to catch if it starts metastasizing. If it does then you need to fast track.


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Message 33 of 39 (810106)
05-23-2017 1:52 PM
Reply to: Message 29 by NosyNed
05-22-2017 10:22 AM


Re: Prognosis
Welcome to the CRC fan club where stuff is shitty all the time.

I just got out of a month and a half long hospital/rehab stay with a new little friend, Frankenbutt the ileostomy.


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Tanypteryx
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Message 34 of 39 (810107)
05-23-2017 2:37 PM
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05-23-2017 1:52 PM


Re: Prognosis
I'm glad you are still with us!

There does come a point when the thought of transferring our consciousness to some sort of android body sounds more and more appealing.


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq


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Message 35 of 39 (810333)
05-28-2017 12:24 AM


Fossil Butte National Monument
This afternoon I stopped briefly (just before closing) at the visitor center of Fossil Butte National Monument. I am in the Southwestern corner of Wyoming. I plan to spend some time there in the morning. They have a very nice fossil collection of specimens that have been collected from limestone layers that are exposed at the tops of some fairly high buttes. These were formed in a large shallow lake the covered the area between 54 and 52 million years ago and is considered part of the Green River Formation. The dating comes from a volcanic ash layer within the formation.

This was a serendipitous discovery on my part. I didn't know it was here until I passed the sign, but I had stopped a couple places just before I got there to shoot photos of the exposed strata. That will teach me teach to plan ahead a bit since I have a good book on Wyoming geology with me.

I stopped and photographed the amazing Malad Gorge that cuts through thick flood basalt layers near Pocatello, Idaho earlier today. There were some really impressive class 1,000,000 rapids blasting through some narrow parts of the gorge that I am hoping my shots will capture. Exposure was a bitch here with bright sun on the white water and deep shadows on the black volcanic rock walls.


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq


    
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Message 36 of 39 (810996)
06-03-2017 11:47 PM


made it to Wisconsin
I'm writing this with my phone so I will be brief. I spent an interesting morning at Fossil Butte and then went on across Wyoming. I spent a night freezing my ass off camped just north of Devils Tower. I shot what I hope will be printable images of the tower silhouetted against the Milky Way.

Tomorrow my friend and I will head to Chicago to hook up with another friend and a fourth who is flying in from Oregon. The gang will then head to Virginia for our dragonfly meeting.

The last 2 days I spent some nice quiet time in the field stalking elusive dragonflies wi t h my camera. The next couple days will combine some serious Pink Floyd with discussions of scientific projects we have have been working on as a team and individually. Spending time with these three is truly inspiring.


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq


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Message 37 of 39 (810998)
06-03-2017 11:58 PM
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06-03-2017 11:47 PM


Re: made it to Wisconsin
I shot what I hope will be printable images of the tower silhouetted against the Milky Way.

Astronomy pics!!! The main reason why expensive optics exist!

I'm going to be pestering you about this to no end after you get back home. Enjoy your trip!!


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Message 38 of 39 (812502)
06-16-2017 10:58 PM


Back in Wisconsin heading west
The part of the trip from Wisconsin to the dragonfly meeting in Virginia and back to Wisconsin is complete. We (4 of us) had some great days in the field and we all shot a lot of species and collected some interesting specimens. A few days we were weather challenged, but collected nymphs anyway.

I collected eggs from a female Epiaeschna heros that 3 of us are going use to document embryo development and as interesting photomicrography subjects. The 3 of us are also starting a new longer term research project that will utilize my new imaging system to collect data to test our hypothesis.

There is a lightning storm going on tonight but I can't get out to photograph it because of an intermittent fault in my truck headlights that has plagued me on the last half of the trip. It is raining hard and I don't have a good vantage point where I am staying. I am going to be spending a few days visiting relatives in Iowa so should be able to fix the headlight and hopefully we will see some more interesting weather

My wife is flying in to meet me in Des Moines and then we are going to swing down through the Southwest. I am hoping for dramatic skies and lighting on interesting geological strata, route to be determined en route.

I have been occasionally checking here at EvC on my phone. I note there are quite a few discussions with creationists in progress. Just my luck to not to have time to participate. I'm going to have some reading to catch up on when I get home....maybe a little in Des Moines.


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq


    
Tanypteryx
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Message 39 of 39 (812977)
06-21-2017 9:34 PM


Toadstool Geological Park
I'm in Scotts Bluff in NW Nebraska tonight. Tomorrow I'm headed for Toadstool Geological Park at the end of 18 miles of dusty dirt road. Did I ever mention how much I hate dusty roads? The dust seals on my truck canopy are a distant memory and dust is the bane of all photographers.

I am hoping Toadstool will not just be a repeat of the Badlands.

Cheers


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie

If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy

The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq


    
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