Nov 202016

I’m 70 today, I don’t believe it.  We actually decided to postpone the thing till January when I should be feeling better, but various people called round to wish me well, and I got to see a friend from school when I was 8, whose birthday is 2 days later then mine. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 12:44 am
Nov 192016

Yesterday was not good. The stomach trouble (and that’s a euphonism) turned into an agonizing windlock.  It took over an hour of massage by my wife to clear it.

It was not good, and the next days are when I can expect to be at my lowest after the chemo. So back to the opening medicine!  But it’s now 19 days to go to end of the tablets.

Let’s change the subject, I promised several days ago to write about my new hair. It’s time I kept my promise.

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 Posted by at 12:40 am
Oct 302016

It’s now three days since the infusion, and apart from mild constipation and a touch of thrush in my mouth, I’m feeling good.

So far I’ve not lost any hair, like I did last time, but there’s time yet.  The worst time is usually days 4 to 6 . That’s when all the red and white blood cells die off and for a while they aren’t being replaced. That’s when I get weak and lethargic, and most vulnerable to infection.

Best of all I’m eating well, not normal quantities yet, but bigger than I used to. I don’t know if this means my remaining stomach has started to grow, but I am also putting on weight. Just a few pounds so far, but the trend is clear.  The goal from the MRI had been not to lose very much, so I think I’ve beaten that.

And now it’s 39 days to go till the end of the treatment.

Just one outstanding issue to decide.  Now my hair is growing back it’s curlier.  I don’t like it, I’ve spent nearly 70 years cultivating a scruffy look, and now people are saying I look younger and better.

Frankly I disagree. I think my hairline resembles Ming the Merciless and the tuft at the front looks like Tin-Tin.  But I seem to be in a minority of one.

What to do, decisions, decisions!

 Posted by at 1:53 am