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stoneaxe

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Re: The Next Test
« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2009, 06:33:39 am »
Started work this week...so far, so good. Feels great to get back at it.

Steve's advice is working well. I focus on the tougher technical issues early in the morning (after coffee of course) and switch to the more mundane tasks after lunch.
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Re: The Next Test
« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2009, 12:06:12 pm »
Bob -

glad to hear things are going well  ;D

Jan
Retrosig 5/31/07 Drs. Battista & Kazan (Hinsdale, Illinois)
Left AN 3.0 cm (1.5 cm @ diagnosis 6 wks prior) SSD. BAHA implant 3/4/08 (Dr. Battista) Divino 6/4/08  BP100 4/2010 BAHA 5 8/2015

I don't actually "make" trouble..just kind of attract it, fine tune it, and apply it in new and exciting ways

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Re: The Next Test
« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2009, 12:42:29 pm »
Hey, I missed this.  Congratulations, Bob!  I had the same nervousness when I went back to work after ten years of staying home to raise children and when I started downhill skiing again after twenty-five years.  It's like they say about riding a bike, pretty much.  Hope all the nerves have calmed by now.

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The new rule could be "put off till tomorrow that which you can do better tomorrow than you can today."

Now, Steve, you're a poet.  Certainly, you can come up with something a little catchier than that!!!!   ;)

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I have a technically demanding job as an engineering software developer.

I sure hope you're not responsible for AutoCAD.  Me and my artichoke friends will have your head!   >:(

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Increased from 1.1 x 1.9 to 1.9 x 1.9 cm as of 10/27/08
Right SSD, tinnitus, compensating balance
Dr. McKenna at Mass Eye and Ear and Dr. Barker at MGH
Translab April 8, 9 hours, 18 mm Tumor all gone SSD some facial weakness

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Re: The Next Test
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2009, 01:42:13 pm »
Bob ....

Missed the beginning of this.  Glad you took the plunge (maybe that was a poor choice of words for you  ;D) and are doing well in the job.  How well I remember enrolling for my first graduate school class after being out of the classroom for 23 years!  I thought I would never make it with all of the younger, sharper students but I did just fine and know you will, as well.

Good advice regarding scheduling .....

Best wishes.

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Tumor regrew to 1.3 cm in February, 2011
Translab AN removal, May, 2011 at HEI, Friedman & Schwartz
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Re: The Next Test
« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2009, 04:13:19 pm »

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The new rule could be "put off till tomorrow that which you can do better tomorrow than you can today."
Now, Steve, you're a poet.  Certainly, you can come up with something a little catchier than that!!!!   ;)

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I have a technically demanding job as an engineering software developer.
I sure hope you're not responsible for AutoCAD.  Me and my artichoke friends will have your head!   >:(


Should I understand what you mean by artichoke friends? No I am not responsible for AutoCAD; we struggle with it like everyone else. I may come up with something catchier, but I am putting it off to another day when I can do better. :)

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Hearing lasted a while, but left side is deaf now.
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Re: The Next Test
« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2009, 08:37:18 pm »
Hey!...what's wrong with Autocad? I've made my living for the last 20+ years being good with it... ;D. Having fun learning Revit and Plant 3D now. BIM is going to change the way things get done.

It figures....been searching for work like a fiend with no luck....then i get back to work and now I may have another offer.. ;D
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Cut the little bugger out the second time around in 2009..translab at MGH with Dr's McKenna and Barker.
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Re: The Next Test
« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2009, 09:06:15 pm »
Well Done Bob...All the best to you.
Diagn Apr 14 2009 with 2.5 cm lt AN. - numbness in the face and sudden onset headaches accompanied by balance issues. Consults with Drs in S Ontario, California (House) and Vancouver. Picked Dr. Akagami in BC.
Retrosigmoid July 6, 2010, 3.0cm by then. SSD left, no other significant side effects.

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Re: The Next Test
« Reply #22 on: December 10, 2009, 06:22:53 am »
Hi Bob,

It's good to hear your doing well. Keep up the positive attitude!

Vivian
CPA AN(most likely meningioma) 1.6cm by 1.5cm by 1.9cm diagnosed early March 09. Watch and Wait.

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Re: The Next Test
« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2010, 09:34:23 pm »
Quick update....things have gone well so far with the part time position and Thursday I'm going for a second interview for a permanent full time position. Only issue I've had has been the fatigue but I can push through that most of the time. Feels great to be back at it.
Bob - Official Member of the Postie/Toasty Club
6mm AN treated with Proton Beam Radiosurgery in March 2004
at Mass General Hospital, Dr's Loeffler and Chapman
Cut the little bugger out the second time around in 2009..translab at MGH with Dr's McKenna and Barker.
http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Re: The Next Test
« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2010, 08:14:17 am »
Bob -

good luck with the interview; we're all rooting for you.

I found fatigue to be a major issue post op, but take heart, eventually it DOES go away.

Hang in there,

Jan
Retrosig 5/31/07 Drs. Battista & Kazan (Hinsdale, Illinois)
Left AN 3.0 cm (1.5 cm @ diagnosis 6 wks prior) SSD. BAHA implant 3/4/08 (Dr. Battista) Divino 6/4/08  BP100 4/2010 BAHA 5 8/2015

I don't actually "make" trouble..just kind of attract it, fine tune it, and apply it in new and exciting ways

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Re: The Next Test
« Reply #25 on: January 13, 2010, 09:36:12 am »
Great news, Bob!
You'll be able to ease into the full time stuff probably with no problem.
You have great stamina :)
Maureen
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Re: The Next Test
« Reply #26 on: January 13, 2010, 07:56:17 pm »
Bob ~

The good vibes you'll feel as you set out for your interview on Thursday will be coming from the many folks here that wish you complete success (and less fatigue). 

Jim
4.5 cm AN diagnosed 5/06.  Retrosigmoid surgery 6/06.  Follow-up FSR completed 10/06.  Tumor shrinkage & necrosis noted on last MRI.  Life is good. 

Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is.  The way we cope with it is what makes the difference.

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Re: The Next Test
« Reply #27 on: January 20, 2010, 07:58:53 am »
how did it go and what's the latest?
1.5 left side; hearing loss; translab scheduled for 1/29/09 at Univ of MD at Baltimore
My head feels weird!!

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Re: The Next Test
« Reply #28 on: January 20, 2010, 10:11:25 pm »
Thanks all...interview went great and they've made me an offer. Great company with lots of interesting projects going on. Onward and upward.
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6mm AN treated with Proton Beam Radiosurgery in March 2004
at Mass General Hospital, Dr's Loeffler and Chapman
Cut the little bugger out the second time around in 2009..translab at MGH with Dr's McKenna and Barker.
http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Re: The Next Test
« Reply #29 on: January 20, 2010, 11:45:08 pm »
Thus proving that not only is there life after AN, there is also work.  :P

Congratulations on the offer. I saw a video of some guys surfing giant waves in Hawaii back in December, and thought of you.  8)

Steve
8 mm left AN June 2007,  CK at Stanford Sept 2007.
Hearing lasted a while, but left side is deaf now.
Right side is weak too. Life is quiet.

 


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