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On losing hair

I started to lose hair this week. Its coming out in clumps. Not everywhere, mostly my face and my ass. I finally trimmed back the goatee because it was getting a bit gross losing long hairs all over the place. That and my skin hurts a bit (I don’t know if that’s normal or not). […]

May 20, 2015 | Cancer | Comments Off on On losing hair

Chemo: day 5 (belated)

Friday hit me like a two ton… heavy thing. Caution, this could get gross. I’m just now getting back to feeling how I felt on Thursday: nauseated, tired and creaky. I finally pooped. Between the stool softeners, the Ex-Lax and the Lactulose I finally got rid of the contents of my bowels. It wasn’t pretty, […]

May 11, 2015 | Cancer, Chemo Day | Comments Off on Chemo: day 5 (belated)

Chemo: day 4

That’s me putting on a brave face for the camera. Again, Chris’ credit card pays off in spades. I got a different nurse today. He was good. It looks like this hospital is staffed pretty well. I slept through most of the treatment. We came home and I slept some more. The nausea is pretty […]

May 7, 2015 | Cancer, Chemo Day | Comments Off on Chemo: day 4

Chemo: day 3

I got me a private room today. It was pretty nice. I was able to nap for about half of the session. And no personnel issues today so everything moved right along. I heard some folks didn’t get to go home ’till about 8pm last night. Yeesh. I’m really starting to feel the nausea now. […]

May 6, 2015 | Cancer, Chemo Day | Comments Off on Chemo: day 3

Chemo: day 2

The IV today fucking hurt. Getting the port sounds good again πŸ˜‰ But I think I’ll have to average out the suck across 5 days and see what it looks like. It was a long day today. In for about 6.5 hours since there was a back-up in getting the drugs out in a timely […]

May 5, 2015 | Cancer, Chemo Day | Comments Off on Chemo: day 2

Gaining strength through the pain of others.

I look around myself in the context of getting cancer and I have a lot of experience to draw from. My father who survived prostate cancer and currently suffers early stages of Parkinson’s disease. My friend Alex who still fights colon cancer. My friend Geoff who had testicular cancer and endured an RPLND (do not […]

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Chemo: day 1

I peed. A lot. 7 times in 2 hours. I wasn’t able to get in to have a port installed before this so I’m doing direct IV catheters for now. I’ll see if it gets too bad. If it does I’ll get it put in. If I can deal with the catheters I’ll skip the […]

May 4, 2015 | Cancer | Comments Off on Chemo: day 1

More co-worker shenanigans

When Twilio’s Mr. Ozone uses his Amazon Prime account both I and the internet wins. There’s a third item. Pics of that will come from the Oncology floor tomorrow. This post is part of the thread: The Wailing Wookiee – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this […]

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Ya know what? I work for a wonderful company.

Last night saw the culmination of just 2 days worth of fund raising bring in just shy of $7,000 for the St. Baldrick’s foundation. Kudos and thanks to Natasha for arranging the whole deal and to St. Baldrick’s for allowing Twilio to put on our very own event. Now that is a good looking group […]

May 1, 2015 | Cancer | Comments Off on Ya know what? I work for a wonderful company.

Chemo Schedule & Dicks

I have a chemo schedule now. Starting May 4 and ending with my last infusion on July 10. I’m going with “EP” chemo which means that I’ll get both etoposide and cisplatin for 5 days in a row. Each cycle is 3 weeks with 1 week of infusions and then 2 weeks off. This will […]

April 25, 2015 | Cancer | Comments Off on Chemo Schedule & Dicks

With co-workers like these…

I have some very talented co-workers. First up: a get well soon card hand-crafted by Danielle. Laser cut and signed by a lot of good folks at work. The rest of you are dead to me! Just kidding πŸ˜‰ Next: Twilio had a Painting Night at Wednesday Night Dinner last week. Look there, in the […]

April 20, 2015 | Cancer, Life | Comments Off on With co-workers like these…

Cancer verdict: Stage IIC Seminoma

Got in to see an oncologist yesterday. Not the oncologist that will be administering my chemo, but the first Oncologist that I could get in to see and get more information from. Stage IIC, which I’ve also seen referred to as “Bulky Stage II”, means: Cancer found within the testicle or surrounding tissue Cancer has […]

April 18, 2015 | Cancer, Life | Comments Off on Cancer verdict: Stage IIC Seminoma

Pathology, Finally

I finally got the pathology back on the removed nugget today. While the mass found within the lil acorn was not cancerous, it was a cyst, there is cancer. Type: seminoma. So, course of action and diagnosis of the stage of the cancer is still to be determined. I do have enlarged lymph nodes and […]

April 16, 2015 | Cancer, Life | Comments Off on Pathology, Finally

Murderous Family Jewel

I’m probably premature in posting this but having it out in the open means that I can talk freely about it. My apologies but this is going to be a bit discombobulated. My left testicle was trying to kill me. He has since been banished from his sac. I also have swollen lymph nodes around […]

April 8, 2015 | Cancer, Life | Comments Off on Murderous Family Jewel

1972 CB350 Rebuild Begins

Haven’t had much to write about lately. But my recent introduction to the world of motorcycling (I’ve been riding for about a year now and currently scoot on an ’02 BMW R1150R) has given me more than just the desire to ride, but the desire to modify. The wife recently joined me on two wheels […]

August 31, 2014 | Life, Motorcycles | Comments Off on 1972 CB350 Rebuild Begins

Happy Monkey

July 15, 2013 | Life, Photography | Comments Off on Happy Monkey

Operation Shave the Wookiee, the Return

Here we go again. St. Baldricks is 2 months away and I’m in once more. Its been 2 years since I last pitched in and I’ve got 12″ of hair waiting to be shaved. On my head, you pervert. Last time was a success. After all was said and done and last minute donations tallied […]

January 27, 2013 | Life | 5 comments

Art at Stanford

The wife and I decided to take a trip down to Stanford last weekend to check out the Rodin Garden at the Cantor Arts Center on the Stanford campus. Now, I know that I went to a small school. My graduating class was measured in the hundreds. But, holy shit, the Stanford campus is huge […]

January 24, 2013 | Life, Photography | Comments Off on Art at Stanford

Religion in Politics

“And I frankly would be very worried if somebody assured me that nothing in their faiths would affect their judgments because then I wonder, how can you have judgment if you have no faith, and how can I trust you with power if you don’t pray? The notion that you are endowed by your Creator […]

January 23, 2012 | Life | 1 comment

USS Iowa

The USS Iowa was brought down to Richmond, CA to be renovated before heading down to its permanent home and exhibition spot near Los Angeles, CA. Though not much was open to the public because its very early on in the restoration process it was still a wonderful visit. Just looking at the ship you […]

January 7, 2012 | Life, Photography | 3 comments

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

There’s plenty more folks out there that can be more poignant and eloquent towards eulogizing Steve Jobs so I’m going to leave that with them. Without an Apple computer company backed by Steve there’s a good chance that I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing, where I’m doing it, and would have missed out on […]

October 6, 2011 | Computers, Life | Comments Off on Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

A day at the beach

The boys got their first taste of the beach at Fort Funston today. Literally a taste. They made themselves sick drinking the sea water. Hopefully they learned their lesson. Yeah, probably not. This post is part of the thread: Dogs – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on […]

August 6, 2011 | Dogs, Life | Comments Off on A day at the beach

Operation “Shave the Wookiee” is a success!

Now that’s a far cry from where I was. No more fuzzball. No more fro. Sorry I couldn’t do more to cover up the blemishes. I’m tired and my allergies are driving my eyes nuts. All in all it was a good night. Combining web donations with direct foundation donations I totalled $1000 raised via […]

March 11, 2011 | Life | 2 comments

Operation “Shave the Wookiee” is under way.

On Friday, March 11 I will shave my head as part of the St. Baldrick’s foundation annual fundraising event. 2 years and 14″ worth of hair are gonna come off. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation volunteers raise money to help support child cancer research and to give long term support to survivors. So, quit reading this […]

March 5, 2011 | Life | Comments Off on Operation “Shave the Wookiee” is under way.

Look in to my eye…

I love medical imaging. Its even better when its of my own body.

January 20, 2011 | Life | Comments Off on Look in to my eye…