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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 [Archive.is] Jeroen Pluimers on Twitter: “Too much to let sink in …” and [Archive.is] 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.

–jeroen

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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Spotlight taking 200% CPU

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/04/19

First I thought this was about using 4K resolution and chrome, but later I realized that it wasn’t just Chrome disliking high resolutions Spotlight was using a tremendous amount of CPU, not just while Chrome was running:

This pointed me at the culprit in sudo su - shell:

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Recovering files with scalpel.

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/04/19

I missed this 2014 article [WayBack] Recovering Deleted Files with Scalpel » Linux Magazine:

The Scalpel file carver helps users restore what they thought were lost files.

Via the now defunct G+ link: https://plus.google.com/+Doortodoorgeek/posts/eskyp8PH57a?_utm_source=1-2-2 from which I saved this quote:

+honkey Magoo recovering with Photorec can be hard, I had a touch more luck with this one

Scalpel File Carver: http://www.linux-magazine.com/Online/Features/Recovering-Deleted-Files-with-Scalpel

I wish it had been maintained longer, as the most recent changes are indeed from 2014: [WayBack] GitHub – sleuthkit/scalpel: Scalpel is an open source data carving tool. (it is now indeed part of Sleuthkit, see [WayBack] Scalpel – ForensicsWiki)

So basically this was a short revival: WayBack: Digital Forensics Solutions: Announcing Scalpel 2.0.

–jeroen

Posted in *nix, *nix-tools, Apple, Mac OS X / OS X / MacOS, Power User | Leave a Comment »

A USB-C magnetic charge contact that when tripping does not make your computer hit the ground (via Hadi Hariri on Twitter)

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/04/19

Want: [WayBack] Hadi Hariri on Twitter: “You know @Apple I actually liked that feature of not pulling the computer off the desk when tripping over the cable. You removed it, I’m getting an add-on. And thanks @bashorov for the recommendation.… https://t.co/Ju036sqRW4”

–jeroen

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Stop FortiClient from auto-starting (as it uses a truckload of Windows resources, often including 2 gigabyte of memory for their logger)

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/04/16

I see lot’s of negative reactions on FortiClient, as it is very closed source, many intermittent issues, and is a product that tries to be a jack of all trades (over a couple of versions, in addition of being a proprietary VPN client, they started doing vulnerability scanning, interfering with anti-virus products, they blocked saving of passwords and allowing password managers to paste them, and I could go on).

Sometimes you have to use it in order to access a FortiGate based VPN server, so the best is to defer starting it until as late as possible.

Here are some links to get that configured correctly:

–jeroen

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google chrome – How can I selectively disable paste blockers – Super User

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/04/16

For my link archive: [WayBack] google chrome – How can I selectively disable paste blockers – Super User.

Preliminary testing shows that Chrome Extension [Archive.is] “Don’t Fuck with Paste” works with eendagskentekenbewijsaanvragen.rdw.nl

–jeroen

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