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Right now at the Wildlife Sanctuary here they are letting you come out and tap the maple trees and teaching how to make syrup. It would be fun to do once I guess.

Patty


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SCC Floor of Mouth 7/06
9/06 Surgery, bilateral neck dissection, 58 nodes clear PT2pN0pMx
35 rad 2006
Recurred 6/08, 1 Carboplatin, 1 Cisplatin
Surgery 9/08 - Total glossectomy, free flap from pectoral muscle, left mandible replaced using fibula
35 IMRT & Erbitux 11/08
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Patty , I shall be your willing test pilot for the adventure of home made maple syrup.


Since posting this. UPMC, Pittsburgh, Oct 2011 until Jan. I averaged about 2 to 3 surgeries a week there. w Can't have jaw made as bone is deteroriating steaily that is left in jaw. Mersa is to blame. Feeding tube . Had trach for 4mos. Got it out April.
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Well Jim as soon as I am able to haul a bucket to the tree we'll try it. I really need some enthusiasm and help with the eating department. I just can't get motivated to make even soup. I have been having a shake in the morning and then I drink water through the day, but I really need to try to start eating. I think that part of it is I am afraid to do it by myself in case something happens. I know that with cream soups and stuff the risk is nil, but I am afraid to do mac-n-cheese or the other fun stuff that we have been trying in therapy by myself. I guess I will make an IM deal with someone and if I choke they can call 911 and then send them a mapquest map to the farm.


I hate being a weakling!! Yesterday I moved some mulch to my Blue spruce tree. I got a large kids tub that is bright yellow from my nephews. It is about 3 feet deep and about two feet around and has rope handles on it. They were going to throw it away and I can't stand to see useful things wind up in the trash.

So I put about 5 armfuls (can't use a shovel yet) of the mulch from the pile behind the garage in the tub and then drug it up to the tree being very careful to use my left arm, not my right arm where my flap is and then dumped it out as close to under the tree as I could and sat down and kicked it around until the area under the tree was covered. This was my big chore for the day. The rest of the day I walked around the yard with a hand spreader putting fertilizer out on the grass so that this rain will soak it in.

Patty


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SCC Floor of Mouth 7/06
9/06 Surgery, bilateral neck dissection, 58 nodes clear PT2pN0pMx
35 rad 2006
Recurred 6/08, 1 Carboplatin, 1 Cisplatin
Surgery 9/08 - Total glossectomy, free flap from pectoral muscle, left mandible replaced using fibula
35 IMRT & Erbitux 11/08
4/15/09 recurrence
6/1/09 passed away, rest in peace
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Be sure not to pile stuf around the base of the tree where the bark ends -- A sudden buildup in that area, esp with dirt, but even with mulch, may actually kill the tree!


Age 67 1/2
Ventral Tongue SCC T2N0M0G1 10/05
Anterior Tongue SCC T2N0M0G2 6/08
Base of Tongue SCC T2N0M0G2 12/08
Three partial glossectomy (10/05,11/05,6/08), PEG, 37 XRT 66.6 Gy 1/06
Neck dissection, trach, PEG & forearm free flap (6/08)
Total glossectomy, trach, PEG & thigh free flap (12/08)
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Patty, I keep a botle of water at all times just for that reason. You are going to make it but if you have to get a canteen and hook it to you somehow. You need more than what you are eating. Force it and yes I know it hurts. Remember dear , it's for your strength . I say this as I drink my coffee breakfast before I head for this appt. LOL I have to be on the road in 10 minutes. What I need this morning is a mucous chaser. It is a bad morning for the goo.


Since posting this. UPMC, Pittsburgh, Oct 2011 until Jan. I averaged about 2 to 3 surgeries a week there. w Can't have jaw made as bone is deteroriating steaily that is left in jaw. Mersa is to blame. Feeding tube . Had trach for 4mos. Got it out April.
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Yes trees need to breath at the base so it's always advisable to actually clear the soil and mulch a few inches away from the base of trees.


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Age 58 at Dx, HPV16+ SCC, Stage IV BOT+2 nodes, non smoker, casual drinker, exercise nut, Cisplatin x 3 & concurrent IMRT x 35,(70 Gy), no surgery, no Peg, Tx at Moffitt over Aug 06. Jun 07, back to riding my bike 100 miles a wk. Now doing 12 Spin classes and 60 outdoor miles per wk. Nov 13 completed Hilly Century ride for Cancer, 104 miles, 1st Place in my age group. Apr 2014 & 15, Spun for 9 straight hrs to raise $$ for YMCA's Livestrong Program. Certified Spin Instructor Jun 2014.
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Just don't add above the graft of the tree at the bottom. It has to be in the clear above any soil or whatever.


Since posting this. UPMC, Pittsburgh, Oct 2011 until Jan. I averaged about 2 to 3 surgeries a week there. w Can't have jaw made as bone is deteroriating steaily that is left in jaw. Mersa is to blame. Feeding tube . Had trach for 4mos. Got it out April.
--- Passed away 5/14/14, will be greatly missed by everyone here
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I have to run out and get some of the mulch back away from the base of the tree. I did not know this. All that I read was to mulch out about 3 foot around the tree to help in moisture retention. I also thought that it would be good not to have the grass growing up under there so that I did not damage the tree when I mow. I'm a little reckless on the lawn tractor sometimes.

Thanks - you guys are gardening experts too lucky for me.

Patty


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SCC Floor of Mouth 7/06
9/06 Surgery, bilateral neck dissection, 58 nodes clear PT2pN0pMx
35 rad 2006
Recurred 6/08, 1 Carboplatin, 1 Cisplatin
Surgery 9/08 - Total glossectomy, free flap from pectoral muscle, left mandible replaced using fibula
35 IMRT & Erbitux 11/08
4/15/09 recurrence
6/1/09 passed away, rest in peace
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Martin is also back on pancakes, but the thin French types Crepes). He drizzles maple syrup and it is expensive here too. Only one brand and it is 4.00 for a little bottle which is about $5.79. I didn't realise it was also expensive in the US, I thought it was just here because we import it. It's worth it though it's delicious and nutricious well it has lots of calories and it taste nice anyway.


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Diagnosed with SCC unknown primary June 2008.
Cancer found in single node Stage N2A (3 to 6cm).
Tonsilectomy 16th june, Radical modified neck dissection left side 30th june.
30 TX radiotherapy ended 9th October
First comparative study scan came back clear
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The typical fibrous root zone of a tree can extend about 1 1/2 times the diameter of the tree's drip zone. The faster the growing a tree is, the wider the root zone usually is. Younger less established trees need more "free area" for their roots not to be in competition for water and nutrients. Older, more established trees can do just fine without a mulched zone.


David

Age 58 at Dx, HPV16+ SCC, Stage IV BOT+2 nodes, non smoker, casual drinker, exercise nut, Cisplatin x 3 & concurrent IMRT x 35,(70 Gy), no surgery, no Peg, Tx at Moffitt over Aug 06. Jun 07, back to riding my bike 100 miles a wk. Now doing 12 Spin classes and 60 outdoor miles per wk. Nov 13 completed Hilly Century ride for Cancer, 104 miles, 1st Place in my age group. Apr 2014 & 15, Spun for 9 straight hrs to raise $$ for YMCA's Livestrong Program. Certified Spin Instructor Jun 2014.
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