By Gillian on behalf of Chris
We were hoping that Chris would be admitted to Cheltenham hospital on Sunday morning to start the chemotherapy. The consultant oncologist had written on his notes “MUST (underlined three times) be admitted on Sunday”. But when we phoned the hospital on Sunday morning, there were no beds available. We were told to phone back mid-afternoon, as there would “probably” be a bed coming free. I spent several hours clearing the car and drive of the remaining snow, we started the car, and checked it was running ok. But then the hospital rang back – Chris was definitely top of the waiting list, but they still didn’t have a spare bed – the oncology ward was full of emergency admissions. We should phone again 08:30 on Monday morning.
Overnight we had another 10cm of fresh snow and were snowed in again. But the hospital still didn’t have a bed free on Monday morning, so we weren’t going anywhere. By now, Chris’s back was getting extremely painful – we think it is the tumours in the lymph nodes near his spine pressing on his nerves. The pain killers we had access to weren’t keeping it under control, and there was no way we could get out to the doctors. So I got started on another few hours of digging out the car – again with the help of our neighbours who have been splendid. Then at lunch time, the hospital phoned again to say that there was now a bed free, could he please come down to Cheltenham immediately. He’s there now, and will be there for at least two nights. They’ve sorted out some stronger pain management for him and he is a lot more comfortable. We expect the PICC line to be put in on Tuesday morning, with the chemothereapy starting that afternoon and overnight. However, there’s more snow forecast here for tomorrow night, so they may have to send him home in an ambulance if I can’t get out to pick him up.