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Friday, 9 October 2015

So my journey starts

Friday 9th October 2015

Sue and myself had a pleasant day in Frinton today with a mooch around the shops, lunch, then a sit on the front 

We had just sat down to watch a bit of TV, when Colchester hospital called, and we booked my first session of Chemo for Friday 16th October, so further updates from then.

Another call from Colchester hospital, need a blood test before chemo ( to get a base line )
Normally this would not be a problem, but without transport it's a different story

Tuesday 13th October 2015

My GP surgery had managed to to find me an appointment for a blood test, but not in the surgery in the village, where I could walk to, but at the Kirby Cross Surgery which is 3 miles from where I live.

Helping Hands to the rescue !!!

Helping Hands is a local charity, that provides services for anyone over 60 or who is disabled.
Thery provide transport @45p mile ( min £5) 
Now they ask for 48 hours notice, but this time they pulled out all the stops and managed to find a driver ( they are all volunteers ) in a few hours, and I got my blood test.
This morning was not a good one for me. As I had servere ache in my leg joints which was not pleasant, but it did manage to leave the joints as the morning wore on.

Friday 16th October 2015

Soon to be off to Colchester hospital for my chemo, yesterday morning did not think I would make this today, as I did feel very crap, and even had to go back to bed. 
But I did improve during the day, and today , I'm fine. 
So it's into battle with Mr C with the chemo.

A little tip for any male about to undertake chemo, if the the back of your hands are quite hairy. I always shave the backs of my hands. This stops the pain of hairs being pulled out slowly as they remove the cannula 

So arriving at the Mary Barron suite I was surprised when I was called in from reception as I was very early. But Heho, nothing is ever as it seems and I did have a long wait.
They had to adjust the dose of one of the chemo drugs, as my blood results showed a border liver function.
But the transfusion was very quick, and soon round 1 was over, and on to round 2 on 5th November. 

I have not had too many side effects, other than I have been a bit wobbly the day afterwards.

So I think that's all for now, see you all on bonfire night

Bye bye 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

I'm back ( well maybe )

If you had read my last blog, you will know that things medically had gone a bit down hill for me.

Well I think the big man upstairs has smiled down on me.

I actually do not feel feel like someone who is going to "pop his clogs" in the next few months, and I'm not doing too bad.

I have had 5 sessions of radio therapy on my spine and brain. 

I went to see my Oncologist yesterday and they have performed even more tests on the bone marrow they extracted earlier, and he confirmed that I have " bog standard " ( non smoking related ) Lung Cancer.

So my Oncologist is very happy with the way I am at present, so we are going to attack Mr C with a course of chemo to keep him at bay.

Mr Oncologist even said I could take a cruise, and it just so happens I still have the transit of the Panama Canal on my bucket list. We are going to see once I have finished the chemo if we can find a cruise, and more importantly an insurance company, that will insure us, without me getting a mortgage.

I have also decided to blog whilst I take my journey with Mr Cannula for my chemo, but I promise it will not be gruesome 

So until I start,

Bye bye