Friday, 30 April 2010

Waiting rooms

Mrs C is home again after another (long) day at hospital receiving her 3rd Chemo. The process is not so much painful, more uncomfortable - knowing it involves a lot of waiting around and the anxiety around knowingly poisoning yourself.

As with the last treatment she is feeling even more tired (it seems to be building up), and is now feeling very sick. However she was able to have a nice meal before this started - courtesy of Mrs R who left a nice fish pie on the doorstep for when we got home. Many thanks!!

This morning we went to our other favourite hospital so that the nurse could redress the surgery wound which is still not healed and is painful - on balance, probably as bad as the chemo.

On Wednesday I had to drop off the car in Luton and wait around for a service to be done. I can definitely state after three days in waiting rooms that the chairs in Mount Vernon hospital are softer on the backside.

Friday, 23 April 2010

3 horse race

I didn't see the debate but apparently Clegg gave another fine performance.
I never liked the other 2. Far too pompous at one end and scruffy, unprepared and unpredictable at the other.

St George's Day

Happy St Georges Day!!
Apparently, being English and too reserved/ cynical we don't celebrate our saint's day enough. Could this be because we have some difficulty associating with our saint (apparently a Roman soldier) and the fact that he is shared with so many other countries (Ethiopia, Greece, Georgia, Palestine etc). Or the fact that as a dragon slayer he has no real sense of purpose for us any more (the dragons have all gone or are living in a commune in Snowdonia).
Therefore I propose that we reinvent St Georges day and attempt to Anglicise our saint with a more personable and representative figure. Here are a few ideas:

George (without Mildred - dragon slayed??)

George Harrison - Noble knight with saintly hairdo (one of 4 apostles)

George Formby - English minstrel

For me - George Cole probably tips it - English gentleman and merchant. Honest, upright, earnest and purveyor of nice watches.


Thursday, 8 April 2010

Next step 2.1

Just a quick update now we are home. All went well today despite a strange allergy and a swollen arm. But piriton came to the rescue and all went ahead as planned. Because her hair is already coming out, Mrs C decided not to go with the ice cap which made the whole process much less painful. A bit sick tonight but sleeping now and hopefully feeling better soon.

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Next step 2

Mrs C is in the blue chair again, about to have some more toxic stuff pumped through her body. It is a long day, waiting to see doctors and pharmacists but the people here, staff and patients are very calm and patient. I guess this isn't a process that can be rushed. It is like a battle against cancer; it takes determination and strength and there will be a few scars along the way. But we know that this will all be worth it.

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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Next step

Mrs C will once again be having her chemo treatment this week. Just over 3 weeks since the last one due to the holidays, it has been a difficult time for her as, after the initial sickness and tiredness, her recovery was spoiled by a throat problem and some complications to the surgery wound, leaving her in constant pain.
Today we are at the hospital, but in advance of the chemo on Thursday she is having a thin pipeline inserted into her vein to make the forthcoming injections less problematic for her.
Tomorrow it is back to hospital for another examination of the surgery wound and hopefully a solution to aid the healing.
It is going to be a difficult week for Mrs C, with the chemo and its after effects to come, but I hope she can get some relief from all the other problems soon so that she can try and enjoy the recovery time. If so we can hopefully grab a couple of days away by the seaside. She certainly has earned a break!

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