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Hospice update, day 4

By Gillian

When I got to the hospice this afternoon to see Chris, I found him being given a back, shoulder and neck massage by one of the aromatherapists. I had to give a wry smile, as he’s usually very very sceptical about complementary therapists. I find a regular massage essential to keep my shoulders from completely seizing up with stress, but he’s never been keen. However, he’s spent so long lying down over the past week that his back has got really stiff and he actually asked to be referred for a massage.

I thought he looked a little bit better today. He’s still throwing up however – indeed he did so while I was there – and is hardly eating anything. He says that he just can’t face anything savoury, so seems to be living on ice-cream and poached fruit. But he did spend some of my visit sitting in a chair rather than lying in bed, which is a definite step forward.

The good news is that the hospital has been able to reschedule his scan as an emergency. He’ll be having a full-body scan tomorrow morning, so we should get the results early next week. That should give the doctors some clues as to what’s going on.

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Mantina Ahlijah | 29 July 2010 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Great news about the scan. Hope they can get to the bottom of this soon so he can go home.
    Fingers crossed.

  2. David Allsopp | 29 July 2010 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Glad there’s some improvement – enjoy the ice cream and fruit, at least!

  3. Tim Hope | 30 July 2010 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Like Chris, I’ve never gotten anything out of it, but my girlfriend loves back massages.

    You’re both having a very rough time at the moment, I hope that Chris is home with you soon and that his appetite improves.

    Good luck with the scan, and please pass on my regards to Chris.