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Things have changed

In my previous post I told about my woes. It then changed. While the diverticulitis pain quit a new problem surfaced. When the ER was verifying the pain as diverticulitis by doing a CAT scan, when that was read, the Dr. saw a “lesion” on my left kidney.

I then had to go to a urologist who did a sonogram. He then read both the CAT scan and the sonogram and said with 80% certainty I have cancer on my left kidney. He said to get rest and wait for a biopsy to verify. That biopsy will be on 2/13/18. I’m hoping to be in the 20% rather than the 80% but not counting on it. If cancer is verified I’ll have robotic surgery and could lose anywhere from 20% to 100% of the left kidney. Then I don’t know how soon I’ll be able to return to work doing maple.

At this point my part time partner (my brother in law) is laid up because he had surgery and can’t return to work for 5-6 weeks.

While I never thought it would happen, I may have to work out a deal with an Amish maple producer (and friend) who is just 1-1.5 miles from my maple lease up in the hills. I will talk to him if the biopsy finds cancer. I’m thinking I might be able to get him to work that sugarbush on shares, where he’d do the work and I’d get a % of the syrup off my trees.

He only has about 4,000-5,000 taps and wants to get to 10,000 and he just bought a bigger reverse osmosis (RO) machine which removes a large % of the water from the sap before you start to boil. I could also take my RO to him so he’d have both for the season if needed.

Your prayers would be appreciated.



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