I went to my Radiologist yesterday and had a follow up MRI. Good news! My three currently active liver tumors haven’t grown any in four months and I am strong enough for a procedure they didn’t think they would be able to do. So I guess you guys are stuck with me for a while longer!
The procedure is called a Arterial Chemo Embolization. They go in through both leg arteries into my liver and target the tumors with massive doses of Chemo Therapy. The reason they can do this is because I am stronger than I was four months ago and I have tolerated the oral chemo very well.
My Oncologist and Radiologist credit my good condition to staying strong, active and motivated through my WOODWORKING! My Radiologist is a Christian so he also understands that it is Christ in me that gets all the Glory and credit.
I will have this procedure done April 8th and probably require a short stay in the hospital, so I don’t want any of you getting in trouble while I’m out of service for a few days. ;)
HERE IS THE KEY POINT ONCE AGAIN FOR THIS BLOG.
Whether you’re sick, disabled or just a little out of shape, WOODWORKING is Good Therapy! Physically, Mentally and Spiritually!
Now, for what I’ve been working on.
No fancy cutting boards, boxes or furniture, but several Honey Dos that are keeping my wife happy. Remember, a Happy Wife = More Saw Dust!
First, my wife has a plant stand that the shelf was rotted and about to break. I took some scrap and made a mega shelf, guaranteed to out last me.
We got a front load washer and dryer a couple of years ago. They are back breakers unless you spend the extra $500 for pedestals to raise them up. This project was under $80. It just took a while to find four strong backs to install it. Cutting a 4 inch hole through the brick wall for the vent was the hardest part. I put a pull out shelf on one end for detergent etc. and a space on the other end to slide a laundry basket under. My wife LOVES it!
Then there is the fence project.
We have a covered patio area attached to the house. When I had a chain link fence installed a few years ago we included a sliding gate so the doggies couldn’t get out. BAD IDEA! It sticks, it’s rough on the hands, it’s uglier than sin and we all hate it, but we were kind of stuck with it when I got sick. Now, with the help of my 11 year old apprentice, Josef my grandson, we are building a 4 ft x 23 ft cedar fence with a self closing gate. I have to sit for a lot of the work, so it’s going slow, but looks great. It will give us an additional 600 sq ft of patio area that will lead to the next project of some kind of pergola for partial shade.
The day we remove the ugly gate we will have a Bar-B-Que to celebrate and you’re all invited!
New fence half way done:
I decided to go with Western Cedar. 1×6x12 gives me 3 slats per board. It sands up nice and I’m not paying for crappy dog ears on those horrible pre-made pickets. It should take the stain-sealer I got well, look good and last a long time. It’s slow going, but speed isn’t the point. Josef is having a blast helping Grandpa and Grandpa is pretty happy too. The dogs are worried because they can tell this is escape proof.
Putting in the bases for the 4×4 uprights was challenging, until I made the best investment I could have. I bought a Porter Cable Impact Hammer Drill for $69 with my Veteran’s discount at Lowes. It drills those holes in the concrete super fast!
Well, I need to go make some saw dust. You all have a blessed week!
Steve (The Former Know-It-All)
-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!