Monday morning & ready to be ZAPPED

Monday morning & ready to be ZAPPED
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Hi,

the treatment was due at 09:30hrs. which was somewhat tedious as I’m far from a morning person!

I was also unaware of the traffic load I could expect with the potential of rush hour and busy business traffic – fortunately it seems few people in Newport or Cardiff would seem to work in view of the fact that the traffic levels were much the same as normal.

We were very early so we went for a coffee at the canteen first (the coffee and snaks in the canteen are very good value).

I checked in at 09:15hrs. and was taken to the waiting room for the machine I am booked to LA3 (Linear Accelerator number 3).

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18-Jun-2011 – The Worst Day So Far!

18-Jun-2011 – The Worst Day So Far!
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Hi,

having had chemo on Wednesday I must admit it is rather kicking in today!

Last night was a real rubbish night of disturbed sleep – but I was not alone and Lee gave up on me being restless and vanished off to the other bedroom, as she is won’t to do if I’m not sleeping properly!

I noted she was still awake reading at about 06:15hrs. this morning! I must have got up and wandered around at least twice an hour by then! If it wasn’t what was clearly a Chemo headache with that bar of pressure across the forehead it was tummy or bladder discomfort that kept waking me!

Eventually I got up feeling as if I had a real doozie of a hangover at about 09:30hrs. as I was feeling progressively worse in bed! Eventually I had a shower and went for a VERY gentle walk locally which made me feel a bit better but brought it home to me just how few Red Blood Cells I have carrying O2 around! I’d also hazard a guess that my platelettes are around 50-60 judging by minor blood when I blow my nose.

We were due out for dinner this evening but it was on a confirmation basis so I’m afraid I ducked out when I spoke to Rae – Yes I could have made an effort but to be a wet blanket and feel mis. in someone elses house is not my style.

I expect Sunday to be relatively rough then I should start rebuilding my bloods – if I confirm to pattern. Astonishingly everyone keeps saying how surprisingly well I look so I guess I had better keep up the act! Acting well and laughing actually makes me feel a huge amount better – I just can’t think why people do miserable!

I’m surprised I haven’t heard from David in Shrewsbury as he was scheduled for a ‘Peek & Poke’ this morning (Flexi for bladder cancer, check uuuup) – I do hope he had an all clear again.

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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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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.
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15-Jun-2011 – TAKE THAT to the Queue for almost 30 miles

15-Jun-2011 – TAKE THAT to the Queue for almost 30 miles
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Hi,

we came out of Velindre and almost immediately we were confronted by traffic.

As soon as we turned onto The M4 at junction 32 there was a solid 3 lanes coming towards us on The West Bound carriageway for almost 30 miles – where we were going towards The Severn Bridge was solid traffic coming towards heading into Central Cardiff and The Millenium Stadium for a Take That Concert with about 50,000 expected!

I was feeling OK so we went to friends, as he had a ‘dead printer’ and TESCO are offering a great deal on an HP normal price £150 marked down to £100 and then for a ‘junk’ printer, as long as you can turn it on they knock off a further £30.

Our friends wanted to change some clothes before going for a Baltic cruise next week – astonishingly I was still OK so we went to Cribbs Causeway sorted the shopping and then stopped off for dinner in The swan in Tytherington – Well it was Magna Carta Day 😉

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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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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.
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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 😉

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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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.
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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