April 22, 2009

Progress at Last

Thank you everyone once again for all your good wishes after my last posting, but this is the big one.

So yesterday at last we saw some action! I had to go to our local hospital for the infusion of Zoledronic Acid. This is a drug of the Bisphosphonate family designed to replace some of my bone calcium which the cancer has been feeding on, presumably. This was a strange ward, as there were no appointments, I was just told to turn up between 10:30 and 11:00. The ward looked rather like a cross between a canteen and a ward, as the furniture was half tables and chairs and ward trolleys. There was also a tea, coffee & soup machine and every one was wandering around as though they owned the place. I felt very strange as the new boy until a nurse came over and told me to sit by one of the beds and she would see to me soon. After about 30 minutes one of the half dozen or so nurses came over to me and fitted a canula into my arm and attached an innocuous bag of colourless fluid to it and told me it would take about half an hour to infuse. I though that that sounded reasonable and I felt little change when the bag emptied. That was until I went to stand up! I could not move and felt as though every bone in my body had been stamped on and ground into the dirt. I had to be helped into a wheel-chair and pushed to the car and helped into it. I donít know how Nina got me into the house when we got home. I have had to up my morphine from 10mg to 20 or 25mg depending on the pain levels. Thank goodness today much of the pain has gone but I am feeling totally fatigued and exhausted. When I go for my next infusion in four weeks time, I think I will dose myself up with a jumbo shot of morphine in anticipation.

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April 10, 2009

Further Progress Report

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It has been wonderful to realise just how many people have enquired about my health over the last three months. I wish that the number of persons enquiring was directly proportional to the curative effects of the treatment! As you can see from the photograph I took of myself today, I am not the suave handsome young guy that I always thought I was.

My last report was after my visit to the consultant on 23 December 2008, when he announced that he did not want to see me for 9 weeks. Nina and I were quite euphoric at that time and had hoped that it presaged a turning point. Since the end of February, however, I have been referred to an oncologist and have had X-rays, MRI scan, CT scan and have had a large dose of Radio Therapy. The result of which is not yet clearly defined. As soon as the team are satisfied that the Radio Therapy has worked I am to have a course of Bisphosphonate Infusions to strengthen the bone calcium. This is to commence on 14 April. What I was not told, however, was that the result of the radio therapy caused considerable pain, lethargy and weight loss. It is almost a case of the cure being worse than the illness. This has resulted in me having several days of depression almost as bad as the ones in November and December. This is mainly caused by the fact that I am on a fairly strong dose of morphine which does not encourage me to be over active - to say the least.

With all that is going on in the world it is a wonder that I am not being treated for the removal of "toxic assets" or for "quantitative easing" to relieve the pain! Maybe the government will arrange for the Health Service to take over the running of the banks to deal with these curses that we have been smitten with!

Perhaps this is already working, as I have been feeling slightly better since 6 April. The start of a new financial year!

Once again, thanks to everyone for you enquiries and I will try to keep this blog up to date from now on.

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