Portacath in

The portacath was put in place on my right side. This time it is position in the shoulder area. It was done with some sedative injected in the back of my hand, and local anaesthetic where it was added. Took about an hour then stayed in hospital bed for the morning. One stitch to come [...]

Radiotherapy planning

Unwelcome lumps and bumps have appeared. Radiotherapy going ahead - a patch that hasn’t been done already. Might result in a flare up, or sore throat.

It’s been a while

Finally I’m taking a break from capecitebine, the oral chemo. I was getting used to consuming all the pills. However, it has been leaving me feeling run down - I suddenly get a fit of yawning and my energy levels plummet. My hair has thinned, and my digestion isn’t great.
So there was a scan last [...]

Prospecting blue tits

The bird box has remained empty. Last week I saw a bird peeping in. Then a couple of days later, he ventured inside. Today there was a pair, and one went in for a while. The weather is still chilly so maybe nesting will be later this year.
Another cycle of chemo is under way. Had [...]

Continuing with chemo

Blood results seem to be on the low side, but I’m on to cycle 3, half way. The main issue is lack of energy. Its cold and snowy outside too, so its pretty tempting to stay under the duvet! I’m getting minor indications that I’m being wiped out by the chemo, but it’s all minor. [...]

flu jab

Had my flu jab yesterday. Had booked it previously but was cancelled. Feeling a bit off, felt a bit hot and there’s a pink area round the injection site about an inch across. Hopefully this will be all that happens. Heard of a couple of people with flu-like symptoms so thought I’d better not delay [...]

Started oral chemo

Started taking capecitabine. When the pharmacist came round with the medications in hospital, I wasn’t in great shape. I had had radiotherapy, been sick, felt drowsy, and in the middle of handing over the pills, had the denosumab injection in my stomach. The start date was fairly flexible, so I agreed n Friday. Yesterday, I [...]

Radiotherapy to spine finished

Time to kick back and chill, as they say. No more early starts for the hospital, getting up at stupid o’clock while it’s pitch black outside. Grin. Having long lie-ins. Do I need it for the pain; I’m not sure. For my mind to recover, yes. I am drowsy. As soon as I have energy [...]

Radiotherapy - over half way

What a difference a day makes. With IBC, that can be a positive or negative thing. Today it is positive. I was fortunate to be given radiotherapy so quickly, though emotionally it shook me up. I had one of those moments where I needed to ask whether it was the right thing to continue. When [...]

Radiotherapy planning

Palliative radiotherapy to thoracolumbar spine planned. Marks made for lining up, ready for next week. Had discussion with onc about the options; hopefully radiotherapy will reduce the pain, and the hope is that capecitabine will reduce pressure on spinal cord. Increasing pain relief medication.