Archive for June, 2010

Chemo 12.0 and 13.0

June 27, 2010 4 comments

I didnt get around to posting after the last round of chemo, so this post can be a dual one for the last two rounds. Generally 12.0 was as similar as the previous rounds have been, everything was well managed and I have been back at work again until round 13.

Round 13 seemed to me to a bit rougher this time. The nausea and fatigue were worse, and hard to manage at times. I still havent vomited yet though which is a good thing. The treatment started off with a few hiccups, the first being that the pre-chemo bloods I had done at Middlemore Hospital ended up being invalid for the trial I am on because their lab isn’t accredited!! So blood had to be taken off me when they accessed my port on Friday. This turned out to be more of a mission than usual, so I had a delayed start to the infusion. Secondly, once the infusion had finished and I was being put on my 46 take home infusion, the pump wasnt working!! So the pharmacists had to ring Baxter, who had to make up a new pump and send it out to the hospital, meaning I didn’g get connected to the pump until 5.30pm friday evening. Friday was a looooong chemo day.

Other than all of that, I’m slowly on the improve and I anticipate being back at the hospital on Wednesday this week as per usual.

I am mega busy at the moment with my General Medical run at Middlemore Hospital. So my blogging is likely to be a little low key over the next few weeks as I spend far too much of my time studying for my long case in 3 weeks time.

‘Till next time….


Okeraka – Collabor:8

June 26, 2010 Leave a comment
For those that see my photos on FB or Flickr, this will be a repeat. I took it about 4 weeks ago at Lake Okeraka, and the reason I didnt post it then is because I had recently posted a fairly similar photo. The reason I post it now is because I have had a insanely busy few weeks, and am now sucking back the toxicity of round 13 chemotherapy.

All I did was desaturate the non-reds, and voila, the red tree loosing its leaves becomes the feature. I really like it.

Shutter 1/640, F/2.2, ISO 100, 50mm.

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Categories: Photography

Tilt shift – Collabor:8

June 18, 2010 3 comments

I don’t actually have a tilt shift lens, but I wish I did. Instead I have found a nifty little iPad app that will do it for me for 1/100th the price :-).

This photo was taken from our apartment looking down the main drag of Broad Beach, on the Gold Coast. It took a few shots to get the traffic just right in the photo.

Shutter: 30s, f/11, ISO 200, 60mm, then add tilt shift effect. 🙂

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Interview 3.0

June 14, 2010 3 comments

I’ve recently had another interview air on the radio.

This time the station is Life FM, and the interview takes a slightly different tac than previous interviews. The tempo is a bit faster, its a bit more aggressive, and covers almost the same amount of topic in 1/4 of the time. I guess this reflects the different audience/demographic that Life FM tries to hit.

Anyway, if you are interested, have a listen and let me know what you think :-).

Life FM Interview

Thanks for listening.

Oncology 6.0

June 13, 2010 5 comments

Last Tuesday involved my 6th CT scan in as many months, followed by an oncology appointment the next day. Much to my surprise, the results were turned around within 12 hours.

This is the news: The biggest node, which was 41x33mm in size, has remained unchanged. The aortocaval node behind this also remains unchanged at 13.5mm. This leaves one more node which was 14mm in size and is now 11mm in size.

This is the first reduction in size of anything for a number of scans now, they have all been largely static. Officially, this is still considered ‘Stable’ disease, as it is neither ‘Regressing’ or ‘Progressing’.

It was kinda funny how the oncologists were excited for me about the ‘good’ news. I guess its good, cos its not progressing, but good news to me is finding out it has all mysteriously disappeared. At the end of the day, whilst this result ultimately means more time on earth, it does not change the final outcome unless there is an Act of God. (hint, hint.. I’m winking at you God)….

Till next time.

Gold Coast Excitement – Collabor:8

June 10, 2010 Leave a comment
This photo was taken as we walked into Movie World whilst on the Gold Coast. I thought it captured the weather, the company, and the mood altogether very well. If only that sun flare was slightly differently placed! 🙂

Shutter: 1/50, f/6.3, ISO 100, Focal length: 18mm.

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Categories: Photography, Travel

NZ Identity – Collabor:8

June 2, 2010 1 comment
I’m currently in Australia, and by chance, reading a chapter about Australia in the book Collapse by Jared Diamond. And while I love to travel and see new places, one of the things it really serves to drive home is how much I really appreciate New Zealand. It’s really easy to forget what we have in NZ when you live there, it’s only by taking a step outside of it that you begin to get third person perspective.
Similarly, life is easy to take for granted as well. We are quick to complain about the injustices in our lives and we easily lose perspective. Its only when we really stop, pause, reflect on our life and get perspective, that we can really take stock of what to be grateful for.

Studies have been done about happiness, and the one consistent theme that has come through from happy people, is the choice to be grateful for everything in their life, the good and the bad, on a daily basis. I’ve seen that first hand in developing countries….

I’m experiencing it first hand in my life.
Shutter 1/80; f/8; ISO 200; Focal length 55mm. B&W with a red filter.

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