Question time.

Posted on March 9th, 2008 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

When I was a teacher, sometimes I would have nothing more to say and with time left over I would simply ask the class if they had any questions. This would kill the time so they didn’t get restless before break, it made me look like I still had a purpose and it took the onus off me having to come up with something useful to do with the time. It may have only taken one question to start me off on a long-winded monologue that would see the time used ‘wisely’ while the students would, of course, be hanging off every word.

So now you know my reasons, I will let you know that I have nothing profound or even useful to say on my mind at the moment, but a simple question may stir something. I have writer’s block at the moment, so if you have a question regarding the cancer, treatment, faith/belief issues, bus schedules, relationship advice etc., please feel free to ask. Failing that, we will have to find a way of playing Heads Down, Thumbs Up via a website.

14 comments.

Katie

Comment on March 10th, 2008.

Sure. I’ve got a question. Know what time Karrinyup shops shut? We live here now…(yay to Perth)…and I keep rocking up to places just after they have shut. It is proving a most frustrating experience. All help appreciated. xkt

Cam

Comment on March 10th, 2008.

You are asking the right man kt. Now that you live in Perth, you need to budget for shops shutting roughly 5 hours before you need something from them and bars closing just before you order your second drink.
The good news is that you will save a lot of money on the shopping and your liver will thank you for not taking that second drink.
Welcome back to Perth, voted in a recent BBC report as being in the top 10 livable cities in the world. Go Perth, I say. The gateway to everywhere else.

South Georgia Redneck

Comment on March 10th, 2008.

I have one for you dopey. Given the fact that this is not as common a cancer as others, are your doctors satisfied with your progress so far with your treatments? Have they gone so far as to give you percent success rates? Finally, did you know that running naked through Wal mart was illegal…cause I didn’t and those handcuffs hurt. :)

Cam

Comment on March 10th, 2008.

Firstly SGR, you DO know that running through Wal-Mart naked is illegal, that’s the fifth time you’ve been caught this year already.
The other question is a toughy. Because I am an outlier on the statistics (due to my young age) there are very few consistent results. Generally, according to what I have researched, there is a 5-year relative survival rate for males of 36%. It is important to realise that most MM patients are already in their later years of life, so being an outlier has its advantages. I read last night of someone who has been living with MM for 25 years. There is only 0.6% in the 20-34 age group (2000-2004) with a diagnosis of MM (yes, quite unique).
I haven’t been told by my specialist what chances he gives me and I haven’t asked. My first specialist only made the comment “At least you know what you’re going to die of”.
There is a 98% chance that I will remain a sex symbol throughout the rest of my life.
Ok, I made that last one up.

Pyley

Comment on March 11th, 2008.

I have a question:
Does picture background number 3 on your site reflect your musical influences? I had to look at this picture twice as I thought I was looking at the greatest blues guitarist that ever lived. Hmmm, actually….have the two of you ever been seen in the same room together? This might only be solved by evidence that you do not have a peacock tattoo on your chest.
A picture of your chest should do the trick (even more so now that you have been working out with Andrew Embley).

cons

Comment on March 11th, 2008.

I have a question as well about the background!! I have been wondering for ages.. when I change the background, does it change it for everyone or just my own viewing?

Cam

Comment on March 11th, 2008.

Pyley, the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan lives on. Unfortunately I did not inherit his guitar playing ability. I did start to get a Peacock tattooed on my chest but it was too painful so the tattooist had to stop halfway through and reduced the Peacock to a Finch (I could have said a Blue Tit, but it may have caused confusion).

Cons, you may relax. The picture changes just for you. Can you imagine the internet chaos that would be caused as people fought over what picture to set! I may start taking requests as to what poses to strike or what clothes to wear.

Diane

Comment on March 11th, 2008.

It’s bad enough fighting over the background within one family! We all have our favourites and it is a bit like a toilet seat – no-one leaves it as they found it!

We are very happy to hear that your fitness is improving – all those broomstick raises are paying off!

My question is this:
When you start your high dose chemo at what stage do you have to go into isolation, and for how long, and how does that fit in with your plans to cuddle your new niece/nephew?

Cam

Comment on March 11th, 2008.

Hi Diane,
I start high-dose on the 15th of April. After two days of marrow purging bliss, they infuse my stem-cells back into me. This has generally been done in an isolation ward with filtered air and as much of a germ-free environment as possible. They are now trying to keep people at home during this treatment. I will be going in every day over the two weeks so that they can inject me with stuff and monitor my blood count and temperature. Nurse Elizabeth will also be monitoring my vitals. Each day I go into Haematology I will be taking my teddy and toothbrush in case they need to admit me. If I have any sign of infection, I will go into the isolation ward. If all goes well, I will be out in time to be an uncle- I believe I will be the uncle who most looks like the newborn insofar as hair styles. It is a two or three week process where we need to be very careful at home in order to keep the risk of infection down as much as possible.
Essentially I will be in isolation in my own home for these few weeks unless infection sets in. Solitaire anyone?

Sam

Comment on March 13th, 2008.

Hi Cam,
I havent been keeping up to date with things, but just decided to check things out today and realise its about a year. Time flies hey…

My question is has your illness and treament affected the possiblity or plans of having a family? And is Elizabeth doing ok?

Cam

Comment on March 13th, 2008.

Hey Sam, it has been a while but I hope you and the girls are going great!

As far as your question goes, the answer is yes and no. It is highly likely that my nurries will cop an absolute pummeling from the chemo and they will become purely decorative, kinda like baubles at Christmas time, but hopefully not hanging in a tree, or packed away for 11 months of the year.
The slim chance that little cammies are able to be produced may be quashed again as the maintenance drug that I will most likely be on is thalidomide, and you are not allowed to have children while you are on that.
One of the first things we did though when I was admitted and it looked like I was restaged to myeloma was to have some little cammies put on ice. Once you start treatment you never really know if you are going to get that chance again so we are glad that we got onto that as soon as we could.
So it may be possible to have family in the future, but help may be required, and I don’t mean candle-lit dinners and soft music.
I will probably write a full post on this in the future as it is a big issue for us, a lot of decisions to be made. Thanks for asking about it.

francsis

Comment on March 14th, 2008.

im soooooo up 2 internet heads dwn thums up……….

i hv a q since every 1 else is doing it …..
when r ya comin up 2 the hillz again?
brodie is goin good at T.C he cut his hair real short …
corey says hi
and and mum is goin to NZ nxt wk so corey n i r havn tha WHOLE HOUSE to ourselves PARTAYE TIME haha
its good to hear ur goin well n u well come to tha hillz sm time soon eh eh haha
peace out
n keep outa trouble lol
love franny-jo

Cam

Comment on March 14th, 2008.

ur 2 much Francsis! it will b gr8 2 b in da hillz asap. cu then

francsis

Comment on March 16th, 2008.

haha ur tryn ta talk GaNgStA

HAHA
da hillz

yer ya betta

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