The Big Exposure

radioactive_sign_01.gifThis week is a big one for me. I finally get my radio-iodine cocktail. If all goes well, this will begin the destruction of the tumor on my spine. Last time I came within 24 hours of getting the juice, but in the last few hours the tumor began growing like crazy and I had to opt for emergency surgery to allow the surgeon to pare it down. That resulted in another 3 month wait while my body cleansed itself of the iodine used in the surgery. It’s all pretty complicated, but now I have another go at destroying the tumor. I’ll be admitted into the hospital on Friday, Sept. 28 where I’ll get the radio-iodine and will remain there a couple of days until the NRC Safety guys says its safe for me to be among the public again.
dosimetryI spent considerable time in the nuclear medicine facility this past week, going through what they call “dosimetry”. During the dosimetry, they gather data about how much of a cocktail I can handle. I think they believe I can hold my own and are going to lay it on strong. That’s good if they do, in that it increases the chances of killing the cancer. On the down side, I may be a bit more ill from the dose. But a small price to pay. Art continues to be my best way of dealing with all this. I’ve been feeling a little anxious about it all lately. Do you think it shows?

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3 thoughts on “The Big Exposure”

  1. I already have a glow-in-the-dark St. Francis, but I would be very excited to have a glow-in-the-dark Gregg Kemp. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. Have you thought about the merchandising possibilities?

  2. Gregg, the first thing that popped into my mind upon reading the news was the album cover to Ry Cooder’s “Into the Purple Valley.” The front cover is Ry and his wife in a covertible drenched by a thunderstorm. The back cover is Ry and wife in the convertible driving in sunshine. Won’t be long ’til the sunshine.

  3. Hi Greg
    Just to let you know how important you and what you have contributed to the pinhole community are to the rest of us.Thanks for all you have done over the years. I know that you will be going strong very soon. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Kurt

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