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Cycle 4 week 3 status

It has been a relatively quiet week this week, with not much to report. I’ve been feeling somewhat low for most of the week — including today — and as a result haven’t done very much. At least I got the results of my two scans, even though they weren’t terribly conclusive. Fortunately it hasn’t been all gloom and doom. During the week I met up with some former colleagues for a coffee and we gossiped about things happening at work, which was fun. And yesterday Gillian and I went to the theatre, which I really enjoyed.

I suspect my feeling low is due partly to my having less energy to get down to doing things. I have been programming a little, but I find that I can’t manage more than a couple of hours per day as there is a limit to the amount of time I can spend concentrating that hard. I often find myself sitting in a chair trying to read with my eyes drooping until I fall fast asleep for about three-quarters of an hour. Quite distressing really, to have so little control over ones body. It may be that the lack of energy is due to a low blood count. I know that in the last couple of weeks it has been gradually descending, which would certainly account for the tiredness.

There is also the issue of my back pain, which finally seems to have gone this afternoon. I’ve been taking morphine to help me sleep at night, and the effects surely last into the following day, which is another potential cause for my inadvertant afternoon naps.

At the last meeting with the consultant’s registrar it was suggested that I might have a blood transfusion at the time of my next cycle, which is due this coming Thursday. That coupled with the reduced need for morphine ought to make my life a little easier. I do hope so. It’s beginning to get boring, not feeling up to doing anything. Who would have thought cancer would be boring?

{ 6 } Comments

  1. Catriona | 20 April 2010 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know why, but I was just thinking of you, and googled you to find your news. Our thoughts will be with you both. Lots of love Catriona + family

  2. icyjumbo | 20 April 2010 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Catriona. It’s great to hear from you again. I’m glad you found the blog.

  3. Mike K | 20 April 2010 at 8:52 pm | Permalink


    Your wonky brain provides me with a link to a series on BBC 4 which Angela and I have really enjoyed called Beautiful Minds. The series describes the lives and work of 3 British Scienstis. The first two episodes were about James Lovelock and Dame Prof. Jocelyn Bell Burnell. I thought the programmes told really captivating stories about the scientists themeselves and their science. So if you feel like taking it easy one afternoon, it may be worth watching them. I think they are available on iplayer for a few days yet.



  4. icyjumbo | 20 April 2010 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Mike, they sound really interesting. I’ll check them out as soon as I can.

  5. sue hawkins | 21 April 2010 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    Hi Chris & Gillian – hope this finds you feeling a little more “up”than before.

    I have a new screenshot on my Flickr Page:

    My brother made a crack about the gods of vulcanism, and I came back with a comment about Wayland’s Smithy, which I accompanied with the link ti your “Puck of Pook’s Hill” – so let’s see if I can make some converts.

  6. icyjumbo | 21 April 2010 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Definitely much more “up” than before, thank you.

    You liked Puck. Thank you so much for passing on the link. I was particularly proud of what I did with that one. It would be great if you could generate more converts.