Sebring: Schools closed as EPA demands more water tests – CNN.com

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/25/us/sebring-lead-water-investigation/index.html

This is amazing! I’ll bet Home Depot is having a rush on lead kits! Seriously. Is this really happening?
We live in a scientific world. This means we utilize any chemical we can to “make our world possible”. However this also means we live in a chemical soup, and believe, as we have been reassured time and again, the levels monitored are ALL at safe levels. I believe the EPAs primary job is this.
Given the thousands of chemicals I use and the severe lack of funding for proper oversight, there is not a way to test, much less keep track of chemicals in use. And even when we have mounds of days we are so beholden to companies and cool cash we don’t even bother to take prompt and useful action. We need only look at the horrible air pollution in our cities. We breathe, day in and day out, polluted air. So we now have TWO of the fundamental elements of life, water and air, unfit for living.
My own pet theory, currently unproven is this. We freak out when we hear of major events like Flint water, Salt Lake City inversions. These are troubling events. What is more troubling however is the daily ingestion of low level s amounts of  this heinous soup of chemicals we are swimming in. Think of the little 6 month old with NO immune system. The parents we care for when they can no longer manI’mage themselves. The deep breaths we take when we exercise, to, ironically, stay healthy. Nowhere to run to. Nowhere to hide.
Many chemicals damage our bodies. The heavy metals, merury, cadmium, lithium, etc. are specifically dangerous. The reason is these types of compounds take a long time to break down. Hence they tend to become more concentrated as one moves higher up the food chain.

Revlimid it is…

I was declared in complete remission on Monday last. Deciding on a maintenance regimen took most of this past week’s brainpower, emotions, energy.

After much discussion, reading more studies than I care to cite, discussions with the doctor, I decided to go with Revlimid versus nothing.

Revlimid for myeloma

Quick facts: myeloma time to remission=3-4 yrs.; Revlimid might add 25% to time to relapse; worst side effect is potential secondary cancer; no matter what I’ll be having another transplant when myeloma returns, which it will no matter what I do.

Then there’s the kicker, the bottom line: all this odds thrown out the window because NOBODY KNOWS what might happen either way!!!

Myeloma could return in 6 months or 15 years!!!

All I know is I’m shooting for 85 so I can see the grandkids grow up.

Regenerating my Body

My body has gone through many changes due to Multiple Myeloma and the various therapies I have gone through to rid myself of this nasty affliction.
There are many signs to remind me of MM. Sores that take much longer to heal; blood collecting under the skin giving me bruised looking skin; sleepless nights due to peeing; erratic bowels, etc.
Despite all the above there is only one thing that is a constant blatant reminder of my cancer: my hair.
It is the most obvious sign of being sick. Every time I look in the mirror I am reminded of it all. I go out and feel naked in my baldness.
There was some hope I might not lose my hair. Hope misplaced I now see. I had thought I would just stay bald Dione most people thought it looked good, I have the head for it.
Right now of all the issues still to be faced for me there’s only one I want to change: I WANT MY HAIR BACK.

Almost home, well sort of

Did the MMT chemo education piece today. Good detail. Too long, but informative.

I am in a better emotional space than previously. Therefore I am able to deal with the medical details better. And I love learning about all this.

Huntsman does an excellent job of inclusion with patients.