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Snowed in

Eight inches of snow fell overnight, quite effectively blocking us in. This was a nuisance because I was supposed to be meeting the oncologist today. I phoned the hospital and asked whether the meeting could be done over the phone, and yippee! it could.

About an hour and a half later, he phoned and we had a useful conversation. First, he confirmed that my reaction to the stent’s insertion was normal, which is comforting to say the least. My gut has seized up — a common reaction to its being handled, I’m told — and as a result I’m on a liquid diet until it starts moving again. There have been, …, signs, shall we say, that my poor old gut is beginning to go back to more normal operation.

Second, he said that he wouldn’t start the chemotherapy until after the jaundice was cleared, as not doing so was likely to make me very ill indeed. That’s good, because it means that the start of my treatment probably won’t be delayed by the weather, as I had feared. I expect to go in overnight on Sunday night for my first chemo, provided my blood counts are in the right region. Oh, and the kidney function test results were back: they are working well. Phew!

The final question is how were we going to get out with all that snow on the ground. That one was solved by Gillian and two extremely kind neighbours, Elspeth and her son Will, who all shovelled snow for about two hours to clear it enough that we could get the car out. I can’t begin to express my gratitude to Elspeth and Will, who have been the best of good neighbours. And it seemed so wrong to see Gillian, who is half my size, doing all the hard physical labour while I was tucked up in a warm bed. I couldn’t have done it, so I am hugely grateful to her for stepping up. I hope she’s not too stiff tomorrow, but there’s always massage…

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  1. Mike K | 6 January 2010 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Chris – good luck with the chemo on Sunday. Do let me know if you would like to meet up for coffee with the boys or if you feel up to having us pop over to see you when convenient. Cheers, Mike.

  2. icyjumbo | 6 January 2010 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Mike. I’d like to wait and see how I feel before making any commitments. I’m leaving room for feeling really quite grotty in the first few days of the cycle. I’ll keep up the blog, though, even if it’s just short entries.

  3. Gillian | 6 January 2010 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    I can tell how ill Chris is, because normally he would be out with his camera taking pictures of the snow – and particularly to get a record of me doing hard physical labour for once. But he didn’t have the energy, so there is still no photographic evidence of me digging out the car…..

  4. icyjumbo | 7 January 2010 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    Oh, I know, I know. It will be my eternal shame. Or it’ll last until the next time I’m too ill to work, anyway.

  5. Emma | 7 January 2010 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Hi Chris,

    We don’t really know each other well, only met a few times, but I’m Daniel Leivers’ wife! He sent me a link to your blog today. I was shocked…

    Just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear of your unfortunate news. Just when you’d got out of QQ as well! It’s good to see your writing about it though, get those emotions out and anything is possible nowadays with surprisingly, a lot of outcomes being down to attitude!

    For all the bad days I hope you find the strength to carry on sharing. It sounds like you have a wonderful network of support. Be brave and remember to carry on having fun!


  6. icyjumbo | 8 January 2010 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Thanks for dropping by Emma, and for the good wishes. You’re exactly right, the blogging is to help me keep my attitude positive, and I think it’s helping. I’ll try to remember the “fun” thing 🙂

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