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Post chemo week 4 status

There isn’t a lot to report this week, although I wouldn’t say that it has been especially quiet. I’ve returned from holiday, had lunch with my sister and discovered that radiotherapy is another, unorthodox, way to get a tan.

Our holiday finished on Wednesday, and we came home by train in the early afternoon, arriving in time for us to do a little shopping, so that we could eat dinner that evening. That was quite a change for us, as we normally holiday abroad, and the journey home usually takes all day, and leaves us exhausted. This time we were still quite lively when we reached home.

The following day Gillian returned to work, and I started on the laundry and other chores that had built up while we had been away. It’s still good to feel that I can do these things, although standing at the ironing board for too long can make my back ache quite badly. Never mind, I just do a small amount per day, enough to stay ahead of the demand, and everything ticks along nicely. We even found time to get the car serviced and through its MOT test (a roadworthiness test that is a yearly requirement in the UK).

Yesterday we had lunch with my sister. It had been a long time since we had seen each other, so it was good to catch up. And the book she gave me as a present was extremely funny.

Next week I go to the hospice for the first time, to meet the staff and find out what it’s like. I don’t expect to need their services for quite a while yet, but it seems a good idea for us to get to know each other while I’m still well. And I’ll be posting some descriptions of the visits we made while on holiday.

{ 7 } Comments

  1. Mantina Ahlijah | 20 June 2010 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    Use a chair for the ironing. Dinner table chair for an upright position and bring the board to your level.
    I find it very comfortable. I do this and sit infront of the TV. Before you know it it is all done.
    Did I mention I hate ironing? Yes so that’s the only way for me to get it done.

  2. icyjumbo | 21 June 2010 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I did wonder whether a chair would help, Mantina. I’ll have to try it. But I still like the idea of little and often…

  3. Q&J | 21 June 2010 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    I expect my back would ache if I did the ironing! – oops, not PC, eh?
    Better say, Yes, I do do ironing before the feminist brigade find me!!
    Glad to hear the holiday went well.
    If you want to meet up for another coffee (could quite understand if not!) then please contact.

  4. Margaret Bennet | 22 June 2010 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    Why iron at all? If you insist, I have a large pile here trying to convince me.

  5. Richard P | 22 June 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    We’ve developed a special ironing technique involving a cardboard box and a cupboard. Can’t be too specific in case it blows the patent filing…

  6. Q&J | 23 June 2010 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Richard P (Now, I wonder who that can be?)
    Could be a big money laundering system for your company – sounds like it needs it! (Ouch!)
    Q (Who he?)

  7. Richard P | 23 June 2010 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    (to Q &J) – no idea who you are with your vicious allegations of financial impropriety, but I do hope you won’t turn out to be friends of that dubious pair who regularly terrorise our trips to the supermarket.