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Current state: still fighting the metastases of the rectum cancer; chemos are done, major liver surgery in about 3 weeks

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/08/23

A long follow-up of Current state: still fighting with rectum cancer, but chances for better quality of life which does not even include everything, because so much happened.

So this is the current state; browse back via Twitter for more of the history which you can find at [] Jeroen Pluimers on Twitter: “Too much to let sink in …” and [] Jeroen Pluimers (@jpluimers) | Twitter.

Too much to let sink in, not just about the hospital results and upcoming surgery, but also about Cindy and Danny Thorpe who just lost their house in the California forest fires, despite it being on the humid side of the Santa Cruz mountains.
If you can help anybody affected by the #CZULightningComplex, please do. Many families there are going through a rough time for the foreseeable future especially because of the combination of fires and COVID.
If you are in that area: be careful, be safe.
For me it is mixed emotions time.
The chemo did make the cancer operable. Some tumors have shrunken, a few small ones are invisible, probably because of the chemo-induced hepatic steatosis, and no new tumor were found.
The prolapse has grown big: extended it is at least 10cm of bowel pushing itself outside of the abdomen causing many stoma leaks (5 full ones in 2 weeks time and 2 almost ones yesterday).
The good news is that it means there is hardly any intestinal adhesion.
The bad news: it takes 4-8 hours a day (of which 1-2 hours during the night) pushing the bowel back into the stoma so the output opening becomes unblocked and the poo can get out.
Though a temporary situation, this eats a lot of energy.
It means I need to find a way to keep my body in shape to prepare for surgery which is in 3-4 weeks (likely mid September).
The surgery will be tough as it will focus on 2 things:
  1. Removing areas of of the liver where the tumors are and were (which is about 30-50% of the liver).
  2. Likely remove the gallbladder, to minimise the chance of bile leakage (which is devastating when it gets into the abdomen)

    (Good news: no chance to get gallstones)

  3. repair the small intestine and remove the stoma.
It is going to be bloody surgery (because of the liver part) taking some 4 hours or more, likely ending up in the IC because the post-surgery risks.
This scares the hell out of me.
In addition recovery will take a long time, and even longer for liver tissue growing back (it will never reach 100%, but should be much more than 50% in a few years time).
I also need to re-learn how to poop, which likely means back to diaper age for quite a while.
So all of this means I feel very confused. Glad on the one side because I will loose the cancer and the stoma, but mixed about the risks and recovery.
More later.


Via [Wayback] Thread by @jpluimers on Thread Reader App: Too much to let sink in, not just about the hospital results and upcoming surgery, but also about Cindy and @danny_thorpe who just lost their house in the California forest fires…

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The biggest lie I tell myself is not about new years resolutions.

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/01

The biggest lie I tell myself is “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it”

It’s likely older, but the oldest reference I could find was 2012 [WayBack].

So before I forget:

Happy New Year everyone!

With the above quote, it is no coincidence I started my blog even earlier (in 2009): it’s my off-line memory, way better readable than my hand-writing and indexed by various search engines.

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.NET: interfaces that inherit from multiple base interfaces

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/12/03

For my link archive:

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Mike Cardwell’s Tech Blog: Twitter to RSS with Google Cloud Function – Grepular

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/12/03

Cool, on my list of things to tinker with: [WayBack] Twitter to RSS with Google Cloud Function – Grepular at Mike Cardwell’s Tech Blog

Source at [WayBack] Mike Cardwell / funcTwitter · GitLab, of which these are the most important bits:

Via [WayBack] Mike Cardwell on Twitter: “Twitter to RSS with Google Cloud Function”


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I’m using Delphi XE 10.2: empty documentation tab means you need to update to either the documentation Hotfix or 10.2.3

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/12/03

If you see the Documentation tab like below you need to either:

The problem is caused by Embarcadero using mixed technologies in the Delphi IDE combined with their lack of testing due to not eating their own dog-food.

Too bad, as the documentation over the last versions has finally increased after a 10+ year steady decline.

Doing one technology right is hard, but having to mix multiple technologies into one product is extremely hard.

Via: [WayBack] I’m using Delphi XE 10.2. Whenever I click on the Documentation tab, I see the following uselessly rendered page. I can’t seem to resize it either. Anyb… – Graeme Geldenhuys – Google+


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Lecture 9B | MIT 6.001 Structure and Interpretation, 1986 – YouTube

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/12/02

Great way of learning, as 1980s teachers show the power of just a chalk board for explaining things.

Holiday binge watching (and reading): Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs. Favorite video in the series: – where the two wizard profs explain / ‘role play’ the register machine with the stack.

1980s style at its best – you don’t need infographics and animations – just a chalkboard.



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Making it dead simple to implement @haveibeenpwnd in your applications, including strength warning if found in @troyhunt’s password collection.

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/12/02

I wasn’t aware that Troy Hunt created an API [WayBack] for [WayBack] Have I Been Pwned: Check if your email has been compromised in a data breach.

He did, as I noticed through [WayBack] Michelangelo van Dam on Twitter: “Making it dead simple to implement @haveibeenpwnd in my applications, including strength warning if found in @troyhunt’s password collection. Check out to try it out yourself. #ImproveSecurity #haveibeenpwnd”.

There are in fact plenty of other packages, web-sites and apps using the API as seen on [WayBack] Have I Been Pwned: API consumers.

Many people ask “if it is safe” (often assuming passwords are sent in clear, or hashes are sent in full; my fear is that those people implement security somewhere).

It is safe:

PHP source is at [WayBack] GitHub – DragonBe/hibp: A composer package to verify if a password was previously used in a breach using Have I Been Pwned API.

There is also a [WayBack] composer package at [WayBack] dragonbe/hibp – Packagist.

A really cool thing on it is this:

This project was also the subject of my talk [WayBack] Mutation Testing with Infection where the code base was not only covered by unit tests, but also was subjected to Mutation Testing using [WayBack] Infection to ensure no coding mistakes could slip into the codebase.

Apart from the tests, the most important source is at [WayBack] hibp/Hibp.php at master · DragonBe/hibp · GitHub



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