Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Next Chemo and Portugual

Really glad I went to Portugal.  Had a fantastic time, lovely  countryside with lots to see.  Weather was good and competition we entered was really worth doing.  I managed to compete in all 5 events - and not even last. We stayed in very up-marked accommodation for a fraction of English prices.

So it was back to England and straight into Chemo on Monday.  Really long session as it was a new regime - Dotaxele for those that are interested.  This one is clearly affecting me more than the other one.  I feel dire at the minute, but at least the tummy ache has gone and I just have the trotts!!!  I am sure this will be short lived and by about day 5 I should surface again.

Spending time buying smaller underwear in Marks and Spencer - has to be a must do for the new Spring wardrobe and shopping for a car.  Have to give my lease car back as am retiring, so for the first time in years I am car shopping - mustn't only concentrate on colour and storage space, but it is tempting.  Have decided on a Picasso zara or some such name in desire  - sounds the ultimate.   I like small people carriers especially ones that don't have a bridge in the middle to get all bits under.  I am looking for an automatic as knee is problem and automatics must be less strain on knees.  Any advice greatly appreciated.  Also want stay clean seats - leather maybe!
So all is not doom and gloom.  Lots more holidays to look forward to so best get back to surfing where to go when this lot of chemo comes to an end in July.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Update from latest Scan done on Monday

As I am always short of breath and because of flying to Portugal on Friday the Consultant wanted me to have a pulmonary scan to make sure there was not fluid on the lungs.  These scans require you to have a contrast fluid passed into your veins through a cannula.  Due to my tough wriggly veins they could not cannulate me and had to do the scan without contrast - had nine attempts and after an arm like a pin cushion and 3 different medics from nurse through to doctor had tried, they threw in the towel.

I got the result today. Even without the contrast they could tell there was no fluid on the lungs - good news so okay to travel and I am packing now!  Bad news cancer has spread to lungs - they could see that without contrast so now in liver, lungs and bones, but I am sure there are lots of bits that it hasn't reached yet - toes still seem okay! Anyway the chemo I had planned for Monday 14th March is the same whether it is in lungs or not so no change to treatment plan, just got to get back and get treatment started and hope it slows down the progression.   Having found out how much of a lump sum I am getting for my retirement on ill health grounds from KCC, I need a bit of time to spend it.  Thought I would include photo of family at birthday meal recently - Nice frock don't you think!