‘They’ say that the body can only tolerate eight sessions of chemo, and I think they’re right. I’ve not been quite so lucky with this last chemo, but hey, do your worst chemo, cos this is IT!!!
I had my last chemo on Wednesday, 4 November. Stephen and I set off at 7.15am, arriving by 8.50am for my 9am appointment, only to be informed that there had been an error made and my appointment was in fact at 11.30am! I was told that they would try and get me in earlier, and they did – for 11.15am!! a whole 15minutes earlier. Talk about being bored – I’d also forgotten my headphones, so I couldn’t even watch a movie! but nothing could wipe the smile from my face that day…. MY LAST CHEMO!!
That evening, my very good friend Micky, who has been an absolute god-send for me throughout this horrid ‘journey’ came round and together with my family, we toasted to my ongoing health and relief that chemo was over with a much-missed and much-needed glass of prosecco!
Unfortunately, as I mentioned above, I was soon to find out that this last chemo was going out with a bang! I’ve had some terrible pains, a bloody nose and the dreaded return of the temperatures (leading to one nights stay at my favourite Christie Hotel!) not to mention stomach cramps, pins and needles/numbness in my fingers and toes, muscle pains (close to my boob area) and worst of all (I hope you haven’t just eaten?) I have lost my thumb nail with more, I fear, to soon follow as all my finger nails are sore – I am literally falling apart people! It’s almost laughable. BUT, I don’t care anymore, i’ve finished, finito, fertig….in the words of Arnold ‘Hasta la vista baby’.
Good news though, I’ve received my first surgical appointment. I am hopeful that I can make my feelings clear and assuming I will also find out the date for my surgery too. Wish me luck!
Finally, after almost 3 and a half months of having a SOLD sign on our house, it looks like things are now starting to move (if you pardon the pun there!). Gosh, I’m almost too nervous to tell you the date just in case I jinx things…. so I’ll refrain if you don’t mind and I’ll tell you in my next post whether we have actually (finally) moved or not!!, but if all works out, all I can say is that it is SOON! I should be okay to help now too, but I promised my much-loved Auntie Edie that I would stay with her overnight (let her look after me), so to keep me out of the way (with all the dust etc), so that’s where I’ll be, along with Emma who couldn’t possibly miss out on staying too. Believe it or not, when we originally organised this I still had two chemo’s to go!!
I’m sure I’m forgetting to tell you something really important, but that’s chemo brain for you! I really hope my memory reverts back to normal, not sure I’ll get away with blaming ‘chemo brain’ for everything for much longer!
Oh yes, now I remembered…. I now have hair!! my head hair has regrown to almost 1cm already. I’m still hairless with my eyelashes, eyebrows and everywhere else though (if you know what I mean?) 😜
‘They’ refer to Oncologists at The Christie Hospital.