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mplate last won the day on September 21 2018

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  • Birthday 07/13/1954

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    The Squaw Magnet
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  1. Here's a couple of photos from my 2003 Iron Butt Tour:
  2. Daddyg, good to hear from you. I'm glad this forum is still available to connect old time Gilroy riders such as yourself with others. I remember Eugene well, also. I had just crashed the bike up on the Washington coast. Both the bike and myself had seen better days. Thankfully, both were in adequate shape to make the ride back to the Bay Area. I have a picture of us from the Eugene encounter but I have to rebuild the mirror it's on before I can post it. Might take a day or two, it's a big mirror. Still in Eugene? Still got the Chief?
  3. Just for the record, got my eighth Covid-19 test in two months this week due to yet another hospital stay. Again, negative. When are they going to start believing it? I have end stage renal disease and virtually no immune system left. If I had Covid-19 I would be on a respirator. As an aside, this latest hospital stay proved beyond doubt that epogen would solve my hemoglobin problem yet my dialysis clinic still refuses to give it to me. I will be changing clinics as soon as the paper work is complete. So much for operating in the best medical interest of the patient. My guess, their hoarding the epogen and selling it on the black market.
  4. Doc, I'm on Procrit. I get it at the clinic. Problem is, I'm getting the slow acting version called Mircela? instead of the fast acting Epogen. My doctor has requested the Epogen but the clinic has refused the request. Even though I've topped out at 8.9 three weeks running, they won't switch to the Epogen. My doctor has recommended changing clinics and it's looking like that's the way to go but I have to make sure I have transportation to the new clinic and that the new clinic will provide the Epogen. If so, then I'll make the change. The problem is that my current clinic is a private, for profit corporation. The new clinic would be a not for profit corp.. A sick old man shouldn't have to worry about these things. Just give me a kidney and I'll be on my way. Believe it or not, the clinic wanted to send me to the hospital again on Friday. Even though I took a Tylenol before heading down to the clinic. the forehead temp sensor indicated 100.2. But, both the ear sensor and the moth sensor indicated 99.2. I told them that, if they sent me to the hospital and they read 99.2 they would ship me right back to the clinic. I said they were going to do that on Wednesday using the logic that I was Covid-19 negative so what difference did it make what the fever was from. Eventually, the clinic. uncomfortably, bit the bullet and dialyzed me but unless this fever goes away, I fear I'm in for more hot potato treatment. Maybe the new clinic will be different. Fingers crossed.
  5. I rant here because I fear persecution. I'm pretty sure they could get to me through my sister. Not worth the risk.
  6. I often do do just that. However, I have prescription based Tylenol #3 on hand instead of regular Tylenol. I was down to my last two pills and didn't want to use them up before getting a refill. I felt fine so I didn't even bother to check my temp(big mistake). My sister is picking up the refill today, a day late and a dollar short. But, yes, you can bet that won't happen again. Thanks for the suggestion.
  7. Back in the hospital yesterday after showing up to the dialysis clinic with a fever. That was all they needed to ship me off to the hospital. After the obligatory Covid-19 test, the seventh one in two months, was negative, the doctor wanted to send me back to the clinic using the logic that, whatever the fever was, it wasn't Covid-19. I told him what would happen. Eventually, it would boil down to you say he's our responsibility so, fine, we accept responsibility. They will then send me off to their Covid-19 positive facility, even though I'm negative and subject me to the Covid-19 virus. The doctor was appalled but, after speaking with the clinic, the decision was made to dialyze me in the hospital. I told him not to feel so morally superior. Last time I was in the hospital with a fever of unknown origin and negative for Covid-19, same as now, I was placed in the Covid-19 ward where, if I had spent one more day, hospital policy would have had me shipped off to that same, Covid-19 positive, dialysis facility that the dialysis would have shipped me off to. I've probably tested negative more times in the last two months than any patient in the Bay Area but, I remain just one step away from being systemically exposed to Covid-19. Me, someone with no immune system, and at the highest risk for death from exposure. This kind of crap got exposed with the nursing homes but only after thousands died. I hope I don't have to be one of those that has to die to expose what's wrong with the system's treatment of dialysis patients.
  8. Just got out of the hospital again. This time, my hemoglobin was 6.8, but, because I had a cough and a fever, I was put in the Covid-19 ward even though I tested negative twice in six hours. They gave me a unit of blood and took out a unit for all the blood tests they ran trying to figure out what I had.. They gave me another unit which brought my hemoglobin up to 8.2 but, overnight, it went down to 7.4 and nobody could tell me why. They gave me a third unit and kicked me out without checking my hemoglobin. The alternative was to send me to the death house, the dialysis facility that is Covid-19 positive, even though I've always (six times) tested negative. An immuno-compromised patient with no evidence of Coviid-19 being forced to dialyze with Covid-19 positive patients. It's like the New York law forcing Covid-19 negative nursing homes to accept Covid-19 positive applicants. They actually gave me a gift and a send-off when I was discharged. I told them that I didn't have Covid-19 so why the send-off? They said that so few patients actually leave the floor alive that they wanted to celebrate my leaving. I thanked them, asked them if they knew what hysterical paranoia was, and left. If my hemoglobin doesn't start going up on it's own, I'll be back next week for another transfusion anyway.
  9. Just found out yesterday that, while everyone was busy making sure that I didn't have Covid-19, nobody noticed that my hemoglobin had dropped dangerously low. Now they want me to go back to the hospital and get a transfusion. I've never had one and I hope to never have one so I held out for plan B. I received a large injection of epogen, a red blood cell growth stimulator. But, I agreed that, if my hemoglobin continues to drop, that I would go to the ER and get the dreaded transfusion. Fingers crossed. It would never have come to this if people had been doing their jobs.
  10. Hey, Doc. Us old farts just won't quit will we? Remembering back to when I first joined this forum, you are the only member I can recall that was already there. I will tip a glass today to those members no longer present that were going strong when I created my user id. Those were the days.
  11. https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-theres-no-evidence-coronavirus-lockdowns-saved-lives-mass-quarantines-may-have-killed-people
  12. A couple of weeks ago, I went to my medical clinic for chemotherapy. Rather than lie to them, I told them that I had a cough. I was refused entrance to the building and told I must take a Covid-19 test. I was told to quarantine until the results came back. I told them that I couldn't as I had dialysis the following afternoon. The medical clinic informed my dialysis clinic which decided that, without waiting for the results for the test, to send me to the clinic of where they're sending patients who have tested positive for Covid-19. They were going to expose me to Covid-19 even though, as it turned out, I didn't have it. When my nephrologist heard this, he immediately cancelled the transfer. Good thing as I was a phone call away from involving my lawyer in the situation. As I mentioned previously, my Covid-19 test came back negative. The medical clinic rescheduled the chemo for the following Thursday. When I got there, I, once again, truthfully told them that I was now short of breath. Once again, I was refused entrance to the building. They couldn't use the Covid-19 excuse as I had tested negative the previous week. So, they subjected me to an EKG, a chest x-ray, a ct scan and a blood draw. The result of all these tests was to tell me I might have lung cancer and reroute me to the hospital. Once again. no chemo. I don't have lung cancer. A ct scan from 2 years ago shows the same enlarged lymph nodes that got them worried this time. Back then, I had a PET scan which is a test for cancer and it came back negative. I went to the ER and was sugjected to my second Covid-19 test in a week. It was also negative. I was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia which is something I get maybe once a year. Antibiotics quickly took care of that. The lung doctor, noting the similarity of the ct scans was satisfied that I didn't have lung cancer. He did, however, recommend a biopsy of a swollen lymph node in my neck which was fine by me as I've never had a lymph node biopsy and would like to know why they're swollen. I was asked to spend two more days in the hospital to wean me off blood thinners so I could have the procedure without having to come back for it. I agreed to this as coming back would entail yet another Covid-19 test. Even so, when they moved me from my current hospital room to a new one, I had to undergo another Covid-19 test, my third in a week and a half. Also negative. This, of course, is in addition to swabs for MRSA which I had years ago. But, it never disappears from your hospital record. The nurses all have to put silly yellow gowns on before entering my room. But, having had MRSA all those many years ago, still guarantees me a private room so I can't complain. Yesterday, I had my biopsy. It was a complete waste of time as my blood was still too thin and all the samples got inundated with blood and were useless. I was told I would have to come back on Tuesday anyway for a redo. Plus, after all that, even though I was just discharged last night, I have to go back today for, you guessed it, a Covid-19 test. My fourth in two weeks. Plus, the discharge doctor told me, after all that, to have another PET scan done anyway, just to be sure. I wonder if yet another Covid-19 test is is my future. By the way, I still haven't received chemo. I wonder how many people are dying from these Covid-19 policies. More than a few, I'm guessing.
  13. Thank you. This board has been responsible for my meeting some great people on my rides. With its help, I hope, one day, to continue to do so.
  14. Greyrider, I still have the Squaw Magnet but I haven't ridden it since my kidneys failed. I have an appointment next week at Stanford to try and get back on the active list for a transplant which I was taken off of when I got cancer. I'm cancer free now but Stanford is, understandably, reluctant to give a kidney to someone who may get cancer again. I've been cancer free for one year but they like to wait two years with my type of cancer. I've made my case that my cancer will not recur so I'll soon see if that makes any difference. In any case, my plan is to get a kidney eventually. When I do , I plan to buy a cargo van and have it converted to a custom camper van. I will then put the Squaw Magnet on a trailer and drive wherever the hell I want using the Squaw Magnet to tool around once I get there. My days of fixing the Squaw Magnet on the side of the road so I can continue my cross country rides are over, sad to say. But, at least, I do, still, hold out hope that my days of riding the Squaw Magnet are not. Good to hear from you. Keep riding.
  15. Red took me to a place that had fried bologna and melted cheese sandwiches on the menu. My mom used to make that for me for lunch every day when I was in elementary school. I had them add relish so it was just like mom made. Wonderful. Only restaurant I've ever been to that had that on the menu.
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