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Anyone due to start chemo April 14??

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Happy birthday Cassie, what beautiful flowers!

sorry you are unwell Lovewine

rosie I have nearly finished the cardigan, just on the last sleeve now

glad the pre-op went ok joan. I am thinking of you

 

just seen the date for the village rock festival and it is the 13th July, so our meet-up on 20th July is fine for me.

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Hello Ladies,

 

Sorry you are feeling unwell lovewine. I am sure you are feeling apprehensive Joan but well done for getting your work done. I have posted pictures of my lovely flowers I hope you find them cheery the bright ones are from ED for my birthday today but are not open yet and the other bunch are my usual ones from last Wednesday, I am having a glass of prosseco while waiting for YD to return from work we will celebrate at the weekend with a nice meal at a restaurant on Primrose Hill. Its snowing quite heavily at the moment outside its only settling on the grass though I don't think it is quite cold enough for a coating yet, maybe overnight!

 

 

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Lovewine sorry you are so unwell, get better soon! 💐
Joan I got some very cheap joggers when I had my knee replacement from Peacocks!
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Hope you are having a good birthday, Cassie, and that work is not too demanding. Is there a convention that you take cake in to share? 

 

Rosie, when we drive down to weston on Sunday we passed a field which must have had more than 50 swans in it. Ive never seen so many. 

 

Lovewine what a blow for your friend. Ive never heard of muscle cancer. I dont know whether there is more cancer around now, or diagnosis is better or we talk about it more. But so many people seem to be affected, and its not just older people so it cant be just that the average life span is longer. 

 

The pre op assessment yesterday went fine although it was a lot to take in because it started with an hours presentation by a specialist nurse on the Enhanced Recovery Programme, followed by sessions with 4 different practitioners. We left home at 10 and got back at 5! Though part of this was getting the bus from the park and ride to the hospital, which is very convenient and avoids the nightmare parking arrangements but takes a roundabout route. I have to go back tomorrow for a iron infusion because the blood tests showed I had virtually none. This time we are making use of our local voluntary hospital driver service, which is wonderful. They are also going to take us in on Monday because we have to be there for 9. OH seems fine. The friend who had us so worried is now home, no internal bleeding other than around his injured knee. YD’s dog is poorly though so in doggy hospital. Cant seem to keep away from these places! 

 

I managed to finish both the pieces of work I needed to get in by the end of the month, which is just as well because I dont think I could concentrate on them now. Now need to get on the internet to see if I can source some comfortable joggers (as recommended yesterday) which arent going to be too hot for hospital and dont look as if I’m about to run a marathon. 

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Hello ladies . I have been off work since Monday with a dreadful cough, fever and vomiting , feel dreadful so I am just lying either in bed or on the sofa 🤒.. will post when I feel a little better !
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Good Morning ladies!
Joan I hope all went well with your pre op assesment I always worry in case my blood pressure is too high, which it has been since cancer treatment! Sometimes when I went for herceptin they used to tell me it was rather high! When I went for my leg op last year they took it twice before they did the op and asked me if I had ever taken blood pressure tablets!🙀 I expect this week will speed by and you will be glad when the op is over? How is OH? Do hope that all is well with him. Will your YD take you in for your op?
Cassie hoppy, ha ha,happy (I noticed that predictive text change 😂) birthday! 💐🎊🎉🍸
Lovewine how is your workload this week? I had to tackle DH ironing yesterday again and bed linen it wasn’t quite as bad as my previous session! I was cursing the shirts with the tiny buttons either side of the collar and the shirt he had flung in the wash with most of the buttons still done up. 😡
My sister came to Worcester on Sunday and we went to have lunch at the Diglis Hotel which was pleasant. We had a table in the conservatory overlooking the river and saw a couple of swans in flight down the river in addition to the many gliding down the river!🦢🦢🦢🦢🦢🦢🦢
It looks a sunny day outside today but the temperature it 2 at the moment! 🙀

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Oh my goodness Joan it never seems to just rain but pour!🙀 I am glad to hear that your friend hasn’t broken anything and that he will soon be discharged from hospital!
Sorry about your theatre visit you could have done with a day out! Could you go on the train? I have just checked the Trainline and you can get from Bristol to Stratford but it is 2 changes! 😬 I hope you find something else relaxing to do!
Cassie maybe you will be celebrating your birthday this weekend with family? If so have a great time!
Wildpurl, have you finished the cardigan?🤔
Lovewine sorry to hear about your friend’s sister let’s hope that with chemo she will gain some extra years! Cancer’s are being diagnosed so frequently these days I do wander how long people would live if they left undiagnosed and untreated? Are we are own worst enemies with our lifestyles?
Whatever you are doing this weekend ladies make sure that you have some relaxation!

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Goodness me Joan , what an awful week you have had with hospitals and now your poor friend , hope his scan doesn’t show anything too serious , shame about your theatre trip too . Maybe you could do something else instead ?
Yes I must say we are very subdued after our friends news , it certainly has been a rollercoaster for him , I did source relevant information from Macmillan and they saw an advisor , I expect they will need extra support for the whole family now .
Cassie , how annoying about the change to travel passes etc, I am 57 this year so I suppose I will be waiting longer too !
Have a lovely birthday on Tuesday 💐🍷!
It was my friends birthday today - the one who has Inka the Labrador I helped with when he was a puppy , she had the day off work today as did I - so I picked her up and we went to a garden centre cafe for coffee and cake which was very nice , but more bad news came from her too - her sister who is 50 has been diagnosed with an aggressive muscle cancer in her groin .. she sees the oncologist on Monday .
It’s been very cold here today , we have escaped any snow but next week I think it’s on it’s way 🙄
Have a nice weekend ladies !
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Lovewine, what very sad news about your friend. Its been such an up and down journey for him and his wife and the news seemed so good before Xmas. Its particularly awful when it happens to younger people and those with young children. Like Rosie, I hope the chemo manages to slow down the progression. 

 

Cassie, happy birthday for next Tuesday, in case I forget on the day. Are you doing anything to celebrate. I agree with you on the frustrations of the new age rules on bus passes, changing it by 5 years is a big jump. 

 

Rosie, we were planning to go to the theatre in Stratford tomorrow but thats now off. The husband in the couple we go with, who was going to drive is now in hospital, having fallen down the stairs last night. He hasnt broken anything but has subsequently fainted a couple of times so is about to have a whole body CT scan to check for internal bleeding. All very worrying. He takes warfarin so thats an added risk. It seems like nothing but hospitals this week. 

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Good Morning ladies!
Lovewine I am so sorry to read about the decline in your friend and the spread of his cancer such an awful thing to deal with at such a young age with a young wife and family! 😢 I expect there are organisations that will help the children as he deteriorates. We had one in Plymouth that was called Jerrmiah’s Journey and supported children and their parents with a parent who had a terminal illness and ongoing support after the death. Let’s hope that the chemo tablets will buy him a bit more quality time!
Cassie unfortunately the bus pass age is 65 here also! DH can get his this year but I can’t get mine until next year! 60 does bring some benefits. Senior tickets can be purchased at theatres and cinemas and you can buy a rail card for £30 a year which saves 1/3 off all train fares! DH and I benefit from this and it soon pays for itself!
Joan I hope that you and OH will manage your visit to Stratford tomorrow. I know you were going to exchange your pyjamas are you going to the theatre also?
Wildpurl maybe the latest cold snap will encourage you to finish the cardigan!
I have got a jigsaw on the go, but only 500 pieces this time! MIL gave it me.

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Good Evening Ladies,

All is well here thanks for your concern just busy as usual, glad I have finished now until Monday.

Joan sorry to hear of the health problems OH has been experiencing it must be a very worrying time for the both of you.

 

I have been reading the posts on my phone but not had the time to get on my PC. It will be my birthday next Tuesday it will be my 59th I looked up when I might be able to get a freedom bus lol, not till 2026! I felt really disappointed and a little cheated when I read it on the gov website, slightly older people in London have had them from age 60. The age has changed to bring it in line with the retirement age which I don't feel ready for yet but maybe winding down a bit.

 

I agree with the getting bored with plain knitting wildpurl YD decided she would like a plain knit black cotton scarf with pom poms which is growing but really boring to knit.

 

Keep warm ladies

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, by Joan i too just saw your post, i am so sorry you are having these health issues both of you, what a worry for you, my dad takes warfarin for his heart problems and also for vascular issues too.Thinking of you and your family.💐

Had some bad news regarding our friend with the kidney cancer, he as had a lump removed fom his chest wall and also his abdominal wall, after being told before Christmas his original kidney cancer from 8 years ago was slow growing and manageable, he was told yesterday he has secondary cancer popping up in several places which can no longer be cured, OH and myself apart from the family are the only ones to be told as the chikdren know he is ill with cancer, but dont know how serious it is now. I feel so sad for them, he is only 48, his wife is 35 and 2 children. He is being started on chemo by tablet form.

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Joan I have just read your post! Words fail me you couldn’t write the book! However we must be positive in that OH seems back to normal! Hopefully the medication he will be taking will prevent another stroke! What a worry for you!
I am so sorry that you and OH are having these medical difficulties and do hope that in a few weeks time you will both studying holiday brochures! Thinking of you, stay strong! 💐x
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StiWell its been a more dramatic week than expected and certainly distracting but not in a pleasant way. Monday evening OH suddenly was unable to put his thoughts into words, it only lasted for a few minutes but it was clearly abnormal, not just the ‘senior moments’ we joke about. I was pretty sure he was experiencing a mini stroke, which was confirmed by the paramedic who came so it was back into the hospital we’d left only a few hours ago, this time to A and E. Got home about 3 am, with aspirin and a referral to the TIA clinic which deals with these things. First thing in the morning we got a phone call with an appt for 12 oclock so back into the hospital for more tests and to see a consultant. Several hours later got back home with a prescription for something like warfarin, statins, a referral to the cardio clinic to check for atrial fibrillation and 4 week prohibition on driving. Talk about bad timing. But at least this happened after his hernia op, because blood thinners can make surgery more complicated and worrying. He seems back to normal now although I’m a bit on tenderhooks because the risk of recurrence is higher in the few days after one of these attacks. 

 

Lovewine, glad you managed to snatch a bit of time to read. I’m like you, I tend to mainly read on Kindle because I do most of my reading in the early morning while OH is still asleep so its less disturbing than putting the light on. Its getting very cold here too but hopefully no snow. 

 

Rosie, well done being on the radio. We ate goat for the first time, knowingly at least, in Crete, and loved it. We recently ate it from a street stall at Bath Xmas market, which was again quite delicious. Havent seen any in the local supermarkets though. I like the idea of having nymph nodes, sounds so much more ethereal than lymph nodes! Hope your eye appt was useful.

 

Wildpurl, well done persisting with the cardigan. I get bored by the time I get to the sleeves. Baby items are more to my liking. 

 

Cassie, hope all is well with you. 

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Morning ladies, Rosie, well done on the radio interview, i think i would struggle to get my words out, its something i still do even this long after the chemo , i do it several times a day😮, before BC i was vegetarian for that very reason , wasnt sure what i was eating , also animal welfare reasons too.

I used to be a member of the library, but our village one is quite small, one of my dog walking friends is a retired head teacher and she volunteers in the library several times a week and also does a weekly reading session with small children, because our library was earmarked for closure its now staffed by volunteers like her. I use the kindle a lot as most of my reading is done early in the morning or night and i can read without disturbing OH😊!

my week has continued to be quiet, very nice, but it will all arrive next week and then i will be flat out again !

We have had a light dusting of snow here earlier this morning, it was very cold on my walk, Wildpurl you will definitely need your warm cardigan !

Have a good day ladies.

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Good morning ladies!
Lovewine so glad that you got an hour to read during the day! Do you belong to the library? We have a fantastic university library here with 4 floors! One is given over to the main lending library which is all fiction! I love going in it gives you a sense of comfort to be surrounded by so many books! There are comfy chairs where you can inspect the books you have chosen before borrowing them! It also has a special area where recommended reads are displayed. I usually select at least one from that area. They also display quick reads and I usually grab a couple of those! I have a kindle but find it a nuisance remembering to keep it charged! Since moving to the city I have used the library as I can walk there in half an hour, that includes seating on the odd seat or two en route to let my unoperated leg recover!😔
There is even a cafe facility in there and of course the very necessary toilet!
Wildpurl it’s going to get colder so you will be glad of your warm cardigan!
On the local radio in the morning they have a phone in line or text to comment on the topics of the day! Yesterday they discussed Brexit and eating exotic animals and goat was mentioned! I sent a text about how I used to buy what I thought was lamb in Cyprus for several years only to discover we had been eating goat! Also the local specialty of kleftiko is also goat! 🙀 One of the radio team called my number and asked if I would be willing to speak to the presenter live on the radio about my experience!🙀 I agreed to do it and fortunately only had 10 mins to wait! 😬 I managed to do it without stuttering and stumbling over words and put on my best telephone voice!😂
Cassie hope all is well with you?
Joan hope you are finding time for relaxation this week?
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Evening everyone, I am very pleased to hear your good news, Joan, that must be a weight off your mind that they will be able to repair the bowel. I had keyhole surgery when I had my oophorectomy, the incisions were tiny, I can’t even see where they were now, and the healing was very fast.

 

rosie it is good you are able to stay in the UK where you have central heating. I’m glad OH's 3rd endoscopy was clear.

 

im also glad to hear your workload has settled down Lovewine.

 

we switched to super fast broadband today, it really is much faster, and the changeover was quite straightforward.

 

i am knitting a warm cardigan at the moment, I have one more piece to knit, I like the result but am finding it a bit boring to knit! I’ll be glad when it is finished. I have a baby blanket to knit next for another of DD's friends who has had a little girl.

 

i am currently reading Why We Sleep on the kindle, absolutely fascinating.

 

 

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Hello ladies, Joan, glad to hear things are going ok , or at least as well as they can do , having keyhole surgery will be a much quicker recovery time too, OH had his gall bladder removed this way 2 years ago. Shame you have to miss your monday activities though for pre op, it always seems to fall this way doesnt it 😏. As Rosie says we all keep everything crossed you will not need any chemo, it must have been found very early. Annoying about the Pajamas , i have done the same thing in M&S with a t shirt.

Rosie, hope the eye test went ok, something i need to do too! 

I have had a steady working  day surprisingly today which is nice for a change, actually managed to sit and read for an hour this afternoon, which i really enjoyed, although i am struggling to find something good to read at the moment.

Cassie and Wildpurl, hope you are both well.

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Good morning ladies!
Joan at least there is some good news along with the not so good. One has to look for the positives. I am sure that we are all hoping very much that chemo will not be necessary for you and that the nymph nodes will be clear!
What a nuisance about your pyjamas beintpg the wrong sleeve length. They will exchange them for you, just pick up the ones you need and take them with the ones you are returning to the pay desk and they will make the exchange for you!
Joan DH did have a colonoscopy last year when he was diagnosed with diverticulosis. He was signed off unless he goes back again to the doctor with severe symptoms!
He lives on adrenaline and stress and always has done!😬 He is better when we are motorhoming and away from a computer!
Will loook our for Crimes on the Nile it may well come to Malvern?
I am glad you have been doing some pleasant activities. Rest next weekend before your pre op assessment you don’t want your blood pressure up!😳
I have booked an eye appointment today as I am struggling with my distance viewing!😬 It has been 2 years so it’s time to go!
Lovewine hope you will be a bit quieter today?
The weather in Cyprus is still wet and stormy and everyone is saying it is the worst winter they have known! So lucky to be in a warm apartment here!😊 I hope the sun comes back before I return on Feb 2nd!😕