|State Of The House; plus The Other Shoe Drops; Better Living Through Chemistry
||[Dec. 18th, 2015|05:19 pm]
Work on the house is proceeding apace. The repairs are almost all complete, the house is now completely white, as it is primed for painting in the spring. I think that all that is left is to put in the new old door. Pamela left what may or may not have been the original door to the house when she sold it to me. The current front door has proved inadequate, so the carpenters fixed up the original - basically shaving 4" off the width, stripping and priming it to be painted with the rest of the house - and when they hang it and do the necessary repair to the door frame, I think they'll be done for the winter.
The electric company has put in the new meter, and the electrician tasked with inspecting the system has come and gone, and given the whole thing his blessing. All that remains now for his report to go to the electric company, and the electric company to acknowledge that he sent it and everything is in order, and then the switch to make the whole system operational can be flipped. Apparently, that takes about a week. So maybe I get to show off the system to the Christmas guests, but my guess is it will take a bit longer.
When I had my left hip replaced, the orthopedic surgeon noted that I had arthritis in both hips, and that eventually, the right hip would start presenting symptoms. That happened while I was on walkabout last week. My guess is that I'm going to have the right hip replaced sometime next year, probably after Randycon, and hopefully I can get a cortisone shot before our Hawaii vacation in January. We'll see.
At the prodding of Caitlin Brooks, I've been researching the idea of getting a testosterone implant. The life extension people are all in favor of it: they claim it helps slow/reverse the effects of aging pretty dramatically, and the implant makes regulating the dosage easier soas to avoid any of the known side effects. The problem of course, is that our bodies may well reduce testosterone production over time for a reason, and one monkeys with that at one's peril.
The idea has passed the first hurdle for me - I've consulted with my oncologist, and she says the evidence is that men with higher testosterone levels are not at higher risk for cancer, including prostate cancer. That's a biggie for me - I thought the drop-off might well be a cancer defense, but it seems to be something else. (The two big contenders for me are favoring young fathers over old ones and unintended side effect of other processes.)
So the next step is to talk to my PCP about the idea, and figure out if I want to jump or not. Currently I'm leaning towards yes, but there's a lot more research I want to do first.
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