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About Larry_D

  • Birthday 05/21/1952

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    Rochester, New York
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    POF sailing ships, Colonial U.S History, woodworking
  1. Larry_D

    MSW Sick Bay.

    First of all, my future looks good. This is a cautionary tale for those who avoid doctors etc. I'm 63 and have been in fairly good health all my life. Last Sept. I went in for a physical-first one in about 20 years, and was told I most likely had prostate cancer. I had no symptoms and all my other blood work etc was good, so it was unexpected. The doctor felt a lump and my PSA was 27. It should be between 0 and 4. For those fearing the horror stories of biopsies-there was no pain-my doctor applied a topical anesthetic- no needles, and I never felt a thing. The whole procedure took 1/2 hour. (+1/2 hour waiting). The result was my whole prostate was found to be cancerous with the possibility it might have spread since they found it on the outside layer- it has layers like an onion (who knew?) My options were surgery (removal of the prostate) followed by 5 weeks of radiation and two years of periodic hormone injections, or 5 weeks of radiation followed by two sessions of high dose internal radiation followed by the two years of hormone shots. Both choices had possible complications but both were equally effective. I opted for the non surgical route. I've completed the radiation and now getting the hormone injections. In all this, the staffs I've come in contact with were professional but kind, very solicitous of my comfort-I can honestly say I have not felt any pain worse than soreness with any of the procedures. Fortunately neither have I had any side effects, although the possibility exists of some cropping up as I age. The radiation kills the cancer and the hormone shots starve anything remaining because prostate cancer feeds on testosterone and the hormone shots prevent testosterone production. After the two years, I should return to normal (if I ever was) without the cancer of course. To date everything looks very good. The point of this little narrative is again to warn/remind/encourage everyone to make regular visits to the doctor, not fear the outcomes. If you have something that requires care, it might only get worse to the point it will be too late to remedy if not caught early. Early detection can mean less drastic measures.
  2. I had a similar problem with my screen going dark every 30 seconds or so. It turned out to be the monitor. Found out by plugging in one that I knew worked. Larry Davis
  3. One thought on the mast. It may be that the knots were not so visible when made. After being submerged for 200 years, the wood cells swell being waterlogged. Once the wood is exposed to air, the cells of the softer wood collapse, leaving the harder knots more prominent than they would have been when the mast was new. The knots may have been noticeable due to color differences, but probably not as prominent physically as they are now. Larry Davis
  4. Larry_D

    Which scrollsaw

    I have a used Ryobi, and placed a thin plywood table on it after realizing the table was slightly bowed up on one side. It may have been dropped. The level was just a small fraction off, and could not be noticed by eye. It only caused a problem when cutting from that one side. I initially thought my cuts were not square because I bent the blade while pushing too hard. It was only when I put a steel ruler across the table that I saw daylight. ( The only reason I was doing that was in trying to replace the plastic insert which was causing it's own problems.) Larry Davis
  5. Larry_D

    Making your own Hobby Wood

    I read somewhere, a long time ago, ship builders used to harvest wood in the winter because it had less sap thereby aiding in drying. Larry Davis

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