Friday, December 17, 2010

Catching Up

I've been silent lately and there are reasons. One is my right shoulder. I have a torn rotator cuff (all those years as a big league pitcher took their toll). Typing for more than a few minutes is very painful. I'll probably have surgery in January for that and it'll take about six months to be back to normal. For part of that time I'll be a vertiable left hander, and that will make typing very difficult, if not impossible. Today I talked to a doctor about prostate cancer. I don't have it, and I'm in a low risk category, numerically speaking, but just to be safe I'm going to have a biopsy, also in January. I've also been doing the usual Xmas stuff and corrupting my older girl with a couple of trips to the casino (I'm ahead $122, she won, too).

Pictured is my granddaughter, Sofia, at about three weeks, with her mother.

It seems like the latest overused phrase in advertising these days is "amazing." Seems like everything you can buy is amazing. Amazing salad, amazing service, amazing experience, amazing scarf. How easily are people amazed?


Bill Crider said...

Yikes, Cap'n. Take care of that shoulder. A biopsy just to be safe? I'm not sure I'd go that far.

Your granddaughter is amazing.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Bill beat me to it.

Chad said...

Take care of yourself, man.

And she's a cutie.

Ron Scheer said...

OMG, I'm going down to Vons to get one of those 6-month candles. Be very good to yourself and the secret of recovery is in regular PT.

I'm with Bill. Prostate biopsies are for high-risk, high-PSA. Trust the digital and cut yourself some slack.

Evan Lewis said...

That rotator cuff stuff sounds like Uncle Sam's revenge. No one retires unscathed from government service.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I agree that the baby is amazing, but a salad?

I can always cancel the biopsy. It's really not needed, but I'd hate to wait a year and discover I waited too long.

I hate PT, Ron. Always did. I like doing things, but mindless exercise is anathema to me.

I think I messed up the rotator cuff on my own time, dang me.

George said...

If your PSA is under 4.0, you don't need a biopsy. To protect your prostate, eat plenty of pizza. There are protective chemicals in the pizza sauce.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Try 4.37, but the line is 4.5 so I'm under the line.