Things are extremely relaxed around here. I've been so accustomed to juggling doctor appointments, ordering medicines and "taking care" of The Dom, that I don't know what to do with myself!
Dom has some plans in the works.... hiring a couple of guys to build a new garage for his Corvette, put a few things in the local paper to sell, and just enjoying his health. I've been encouraging him to take off for a few days with friends, but he's content just being a gentleman farmer!
Myself, I'm enjoying our new OMEGA 3 based diet, getting creative with Salmon and Tuna, and planning my next beach vacation. (what else is new, huh?)
Dominic is tickled with this new health kick of mine. I even started smoking E Cigarettes a couple of weeks ago. I LOVE it! I'm getting nicotine, but no tar. I don't crave real cigarettes at all. I puff in bed, I puff while I'm cooking, I'm puffing as I post this... it's pretty neat!
I realize that it's substituting one addiction for another, but this certainly seems alot more healthy. I have to head into see Dr. Culasso about my Triglycerides in another couple of months. I'll be curious to see what he thinks about this contraption. He's been nagging me for 25 years to quit smoking.... guess I had to do it on my own.
It took me about a hundred bucks to get started. There are "E-Cigarette Friendly" restaurants in Panama City Beach.... I can "vape" away! There's no odor.... you're just inhaling and exhaling vapors. It's like magic!
Had a wonderful two weeks at the condo.... Dom only stayed for 5 days, but had big fun. Ate out alot, as well as spending quality time across the street with Donn, Tina and Steve.
We spent one day driving East about 100 miles through Panama City, Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe. Ended up on Cape San Blas.... very nice, but NOTHING around but beach houses. No restaurants. No stores. No bars.... not our kind of place.
The next trip, we're going further East to check out St. Vincent and St. George Islands.
The water was at first murky, but pretty much cleared up a few days before I came home. Crystal clear water with a thread of yuck.... Needless to say, I spent alot of time at the pool this visit. Don't like that slimy "June Grass".... especially in August!
Lower Your Risk of Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
Fishermen have, in epidemiological studies, been identified as having a lower risk of leukemia, multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, an occupational benefit that researchers thought might be due to the fact that they eat more fish. Now, a Canadian study published in the April 2004 issue of Cancer
Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention suggests that persons whose diet includes more weekly servings of fresh fatty fish have a much lower risk of these three types of cancer. Data drawn from a survey of the fish eating habits of 6,800 Canadians indicates that those consuming the most fatty fish decreased their risk of leukemia by 28%, their risk of multiple myeloma by 36%, and their risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 29%. Overall, frequent eaters of fatty fish reduced their risk for all forms of lymphomas by 30%.
Some of the cancer protective effects of fish, such as tuna, may come from its being a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which have themselves shown impressive anticancer effects, especially important in protection against breast cancer. Recent in vitro (test tube) evidence suggests that this beneficial effect is related to the fact that when omega-3s are consumed in the diet, they are incorporated into cell membranes where they promote cancer cell apoptosis via several mechanisms including: inhibiting a pro-inflammatory enzyme called cyclooxygenase 2 (COX 2), which promotes breast cancer; activating a type of receptor in cell membranes called peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-Î±, which can shut down proliferative activity in a variety of cells including breast cells; and, increasing the expression of BRCA1 and BRCA2, tumor suppressor genes that, when functioning normally, help repair damage to DNA, thus helping to prevent cancer development.
What an odd coincidence! Dom and I have been on an Omega 3 rich diet since Thursday in order to lower my triglycerides. While looking up fresh tuna, didn't I find the Multiple Myeloma reference. Bizarre!
All is JUST GREAT here. Went to Tulane on Wed. for Dom's Bone Marrow Biopsy. Without even waiting for the results, they cut him loose..... "See 'ya in 3 or 4 months". We still can't believe it. The past 3 years are a big blur....
Celebrating 29 years of marriage in December '17. After over 7 years of remission, Dom's Multiple Myeloma (Cancer of the blood plasma cells- attributed to Agent Orange Exposure while Dom served in Vietnam) has returned. Much of this blog concentrates on our adventure leading up to a Stem Cell Transplant, his remission, and our new adventure.