15-Jun-2011 – My LAST CHEMO in This Round!

15-Jun-2011 – My LAST CHEMO in This Round!
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Hi,

well today is the last hit with Chemo in theory!

We arrived on time but unsure whether to go straight to ‘Bloods‘ or to CDU (Chemo Day Unit) – we opted for CDU and as we walked in Louise was by the door with a cheery greeting and Carmen came over with a big hug and how is it going πŸ˜‰

I asked if they wanted me to go to bloods but they did it on the unit for me and sent them off as they thought it would be quicker.

Meanwhile rather than hang around Lee and I went off to RadioTherapy booking to see if we could get a better appointment – 09:50hrs. on a Friday Morning seemed a bit like victimisation from Chepstow!!!

No problem atall and we are now booked for 11:50hrs. which seems a whole lot more civilised!

The secretary was great and gave us a couple of very good leaflets in an attempt to explain RadioTherapy and the procedures – I gather I get a tattoo for them to spot focus on! I thought a bat would be better than a butterfly but apparently all I get is a dot!

I must admit tattoos have always mystified me and why would ANYONE think they are a lavatory wall and cover themselves with graffiti? Almost as foolish as filling yourself with nuts, bolts and rings with piercings which virtually without exception look revolting.

Well back to the CDU dropping off a box of chcolates at ‘Phlebottomy’ and then via the information unit with all its leaflets and computers for patients to use – to CDU where a box of chocolates was most welcome!

A few minutes later and having chatted with a couple of anxious looking newcomers it was off to my chair and plug up for this weeks dose ofChemo. The cannella seems easier each time and then a quick flush with saline to clear the vein and ensure it is OK, whilst The Gemcitabine is set up on the stand for delivery.

It is tedious waiting for this dose of toxin to be pumped into you – well aware that MAYBE it will make you better but for sure it will make you feel ropey! However the atmosphere on the unit seems to take a lift when Lee and I arrive with all these angst ridden folk looking concerned by the end of the session we seem to have them all telling jokes and chatting together comparing notes!

I must say I find it so much easier to cope with having some black humour and banter – Otherwise it can be rather unrelenting gloom, as lets face it none of us are exactly well!

On completion, with no drugs to collect we have been berrated by all the staff to drop in whenever we are back for RadioTherapy or clinics – and we will because these cheery folk have made what could have been a daunting and scarey ride more of a party!

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I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
Any help and support YOU can give her will be hugely welcome.
I do make a lousy patient!

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Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins
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27-Apr-2011 – 14:00hrs. Velindre CHEMO TREATMENT

27-Apr-2011 – 14:00hrs. Velindre CHEMO TREATMENT

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lunch was pleasant in the canteen which is just across the driveway from the CDU cardboard box so when the time came I wandered in to be plugged up with no waiting time.

The chemo nurse was brilliant as she had made me up a prescription for yet more mouth washes for the Mouth Ulcers, with much reassurance that they would have me eating toast in no time!!! She lies so charmingly πŸ˜‰

As we came in she asked Lee if she would mind taking the prescriptions around to the pharmacy which she was good enough to do – I gather it is a VERY busy pharmacy and prone to major glitches due to under manning – as ever management seem unable to get the logistics right on staffing or ‘kit’, much too busy on ego projects squanderring money that should be spent on the core service on footling politically correct stupidities and rebadging to make childish points!

Well this time it was into the chair and a cannula in the left hand – I just have this feeling that if they manage to damage a hand, nerve whatever I am much better off with it being the left hand – I am VERY non ambidextrous!

Fortunately needles never seem to be a problem with me and very rarely are they painful or bleed (Well So Far!).

A quick proving sluice into the vein of saline solution and then the bag is switched to the gemcitabine which is the chemo drug with the saline carrier where as the carboplatin is using a glucose carrier and is light sensative. So just the gemcitabine this time which was over fairly rapidly (about 40 minutes).

Whilst the last of the gemcitabine was being run in the sister kindly rang up Dr. Lester’s secretary for me as I had a request!!!

I would like copies of my skeletal bone scan and the precedingCT Scan – surprisingly in all the years she has been working at Velindre apparently no one has ever asked for them!

I explained that I wanted to put them onto my blog so that people could see exactly what I am talking about – it is easy to put ‘similar’ examples from medical texts and the internet up but I thought my own would be more informative.

She has promised to give Neville Hall in Abergavenny, who hold the CT Scan, a call and Janet at The Royal Gwent in Newport who have the bone scan also to ensure there are no protocol problems.

Janet has already told me there are no problems fr4om her end – after 13 years dealing with me she has got used to me having odd requests πŸ˜‰

just as that call finished Lee returned with her tales of woe and confussion from pharmacy where every muddle conceivable seemed to be taking place with quite ill people waiting for an age before they could start their journeys home.

Whilst Lee told me of pharmacy the nurse washed out the vein with saline and disconnected me removing the cannula.

Free to go!

Although the treatment took quite a while – well from about 11:00hrs to gone 15:30hrs. there were no glitches.

Well that was my third visit to velindre and my second chemo over and I really must comment just how cheery the staff are – neither Lee nor I have run into a single staff member who hasn’t been prepared to go that extra 9 yards to help. Not knowing our way around the hospital every time you ask for directions they don’t just point nebulously and send you on your way they always lead you to the next junction and show you which corridor to take, with a smile.

So very much better than hospitals like The Gwent which have become huge, impersonal, intimidating and not to mention filthy!

On the way home we stopped off at Boots pharmacy in Chepstow where they had been unable to fill one of my prescriptions before we left this morning, we stopped off for a bit of shopping and I parked the car and by the time I had sat down for a coffe I was on the verge of nodding off again!!

I am increasingly noticing waves of tiredness – fortunately Lee and I have no consequential time commitments other than the regular hospital visits so I tend to sleep if I need to.

I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
Any help and support YOU can give her will be hugely welcome.
I do make a lousy patient!

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If YOU want to follow my fight against Cancer from when it started and I first presented with symptoms see The TAB just below the Header of this Blog. called >DIARY of Cancer< just click and it will give you a long list of the main events in chronological order.
.
Thoughts and comments will be in chronological order in the main blog and can be tracked in the >ARCHIVE< in the Right Sidebar.

You may find the TABS >MEDICAL LINKS< and also >CANCER LINKS< of help.
.
YOU are welcome to call me if you believe I can help in ANY way.
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Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins
tel: 01291 – 62 65 62