18-07-2017 09:58 PM
how are you all? Carole you must tell us all about your trip. hope you are feeling recovered now. Lisa oh yuk, i didn't know you still had blood tests. Is it for the BC or the liver complaint? I haven't had a blood test for over a year so I will definitely be back to scaredy cat when i do!! Just like the dentist arggggh, hate them so much. I knwo you do too Lisa.
Nicky what is the plan now, do they keep going with exactly the same dose and regime or do they tweek it? I am hoping you can have a good period of stability or better so you can relax a little and enjoy some lovely things like your new grandchild before too long . Is she keeping well in this pregnancy? How is YD's job going? Is she learning a lot there? I am just waiting for Friday to come when I finish school and can switch my alarm off. The last week is very exciting in schools but also quite hard work keeping everyone calm. i thnik I will be my fattest ever this holiday as so many people have brought cakes in each day. i find it hard o resist. Maybe I should say impossible to resist from the number I have eaten! Well better finish here. Love to all . Lily xx
17-07-2017 11:09 PM
Hi Carole, welcome back.... have you recovered? Tell us all the places you went to, I'm jeleous xxx
well nothing to report here, finally managed to get blood from me today and when done about to leave and she realised that needed more so had to true again. Must admit I'm feeling nervous about results, hope fatty liver isn't to bad after 3 weeks in Florida, and hopefully nothing else lurking it's gave me a wobble.
hows everyone else's doing? I'm off to bed early for a change xxx
15-07-2017 07:56 PM
Yes, back from our travels, it was all very tiring and so we are suffering from being exhausted (after a holiday!!) but camping and touring in an older van is quite challenging.
I will post about our travels soon when I've caught up on some sleep. Lisa it right, it was extremely hot being in upper 30's most days.
All for now, will catch up soon hope everyone is ok and love to all xxxx
12-07-2017 10:57 PM
Ha ha it was a guess where she might be, but I am a good guesser. Drives Victor crazy when he asks me to guess something and get it right. The table is absolutely lovely, what a great idea. Yes I was thinking of grey/green something like that. Not sure I would convince Victor about lavender but would get away with it if the duvet set. Brilliant ideas thank you. Lily x
12-07-2017 12:11 AM
Just a quick catch up.... lily how did you know where carole was today lol.
oh bedroom decorating how fab. How about pale grey lavender and green. Sounds weird but goes fab. I need to sort my living room but on the cheap as ever lol but want something a bit retro. Had this old table painted by our furniture store and put some new wallpaper underneath so may go with this....
11-07-2017 11:14 PM
Hi there buddies, nice to hear from you. Nicky the holiday sounds just the thing to celebrate apart from Oh's illness. Lucky you travel fully equipped for illnesses, as you say. Yes I hate holiday washing too but maybe satisfying when it is all done and dusted. I haven't been shopping for so long that I didn't even know salew were on!! This wouldn't have ever happened 10 years ago. I love sales but generally come back disappointed. I am not sure if I knew what YD had moved into, workwise but glad to hear she has found something to enjoy. Even if as you say, it will be very long hours. Its the moody ... that I think is hardest to take in restaurants. I once worked in a very nice restaurant and the chef used to explode and go mad at people if they did anything wrong. Luckily I was young enough to look like I would cry so the fury never came my way and i ducked the flying plates. The very worst was always when some customer sent anything back. I don't like to tell you what he did to their steak if any person's view of what the steak should look like differed from his. Surprised no-one died really! I never ever sent food back anywhere again! Thanks Nick, it is looking like it will be all ok at work after I had a major major tantrum and let my new boss know exactly what i thought of his decision and what had happened to me now. I also said I planned to look for another job.Then his boss said he had told me a load of rubbish, completely untrue, so I am fine now and someone else is sulking now instead. Hmmm well I will just wait to hear the official result before i hang up my sulky face again for good but it is looking like I am back where I should have been. Will keep you posted. Glad to hear Carole is having a good time. Pompei on a hot day, wooo she will know about that! Lisa well i love trasky tv too so I am watching love island but am a few episodes behind as Victor thinks its appalling so I don't watch it with him! Ha ha. Did you hear they plan to extend it as so popular? I love voice kids too, yes but don't know how they turn the kids down. I hopw your new boss doesn't cause you too much aggro. if they do then follow my lead and have a major tantrum!!! Let us know how you get on too. Yes I can quit imagine the trouble trying to get decisions and money offf people. Its bad enough when it is family. Good luck but the price was excellent, well done. Very resourceful. Now you do need to sort the bp out, do you need to have tablets for it? I am going bonkers until Victor agrees to totally revamping our bedroom. Its so old and dated and I seriously think it might be the carpet the people before us left and we have been here decades!! Mum is often very generous and gave me a big cheque to do something fun, so that is my target. Probably need to move out as there is a crack in the ceiling and it would be nice to get rid of it, so needs a skim plaster coat. I have some really nice cream units that are quite new, that solid wood that is painted cream so they are the only things staying. Any idea of colours? I want peaceful rather than harem ha ha. Might revamp Victor too ha ha. love Lily xxx
10-07-2017 10:44 PM
nicky welcome back, sounds like the hols was lovely, nice food, nice wine and nice weather what more can you want. Hope your hospital appointments go well.
lily, I know that combustible feeling at work, hope things were resolved today, there's nothing worse than being so mad near to tears and goes round when you lie down.
Looks like Carole is having a fab time but it's also very hot, seen some pics of Rome and sorrento and I think there was talk of sampling limoncello today 🤤
Nothing much to report here, new boss starts tomorrow, things are still messy and I'm not sure how much change there is going to be for me, a lot I think. Well I've mainly been missing as my life has resolved around trying to find a girly break in September, there's only 2 or 3 of us ever go away but we've all decided to have our first break away together in years so there is 8 of us was 9. Of course I like the challenge but this one nearly tipped me over the edge I tell you lol. Totally restricted by ones persons holidays so 4 nights was turning into just 3 full days and then one didn't pay me in time so all flights went up,matter much debating and cross to say a little spat we are down from 9 to 8 and off to Palma nova (I know a bit trashy) to chill all 8 of us we have never all been away together abroad different groups of us over the years so it will try us but hopefully fab too. It's hotel called Intertur Palma nova bay and for the area it looks nice great reviews and for £380 all inclusive including flights from Newcastle and private transfer I've achieved the goal of a bargain. Then moved onto ed Sheehan tickets and Sarah millican so all booked up.
in order to get my blood pressure tablets wanted blood pressure done and bit high surprise surprise, want blood sugar too but she couldn't get any and gave up after one try 😰😰😓.
off to watch lovely island, totally trash but I love it lol.... oh and anyone's watching the voice kids, it's fab!!
night xxx hope we all get some sleep x
10-07-2017 09:00 AM
We got back on Saturday lunchtime which gives OH a day to acclimatise to the thought of going back to work! And me the chance to get all the washing done, grrrr. Anyway we had a very relaxing holiday, not much driving and no real agenda, just did what we wanted depending on the weather - which was fab. A bit hotter than here but it's so different anyway when you don't have to go to work and you can walk or sit on the beach 😊
So it did what it said on the tin! Lots of lovely food - and wine! Although poor OH got a bit of a stomach upset half way through which didn't quite disappear so he was very careful about what he ate ie seafood/fish towards the end of the holiday. Only problem is that in Brittany there is a lot of seafood/fish! Luckily for me this time there were no upset tummies so I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Just as well that I now pack anti sickness and anti diarrhoea tablets for me, it meant he could have some!
So back to reality, and, as you say, hospitals! Day off today having a look at the sales as I haven't had a chance but it could mean there's only dross left! Heading off with YD as this is her last day off before she starts her new job as one of the chefs in a restaurant. Decided that brewing wasn't for her, too monotonous and lots of boring tasks involved and really wanted to use her love and skills learnt during her course so after a couple of trial sessions in this kitchen she got offered the job. It will be as you can imaging long hours and not that good a pay but it's what she wants to do and this particular restaurant does look like it does amazing food so she should learn a lot. It's within daily travel of here so she will be at home for a while yet but I don't think we will see much of her in her work days - out early, back late.
So - what's begins you Lily? Feel free to PM me to offload as I know you won't want to discuss anything on an open forum! Hope it resolves itself somehow and in the right way.
Lisa, how are you doing? Is the job OK with the new boss or not so good? Are you looking for a new job or sticking it out for a while? Hope it's not stressing you too much.
Carole, I expect you have been away now, maybe still there? Let us know how it all went, your epic Europe tour!
Have a good week, a bit cooler now for a few days at least which means sleeping is easier at least.
09-07-2017 02:19 PM
Hi everyone, how are you all? Nicky hope the french air has suited you and that you managed to do everything you planned. was it much hotter? Back to hospitals again now but some lovely memories to think about while having the public poisoning. Lisa how's the job going now? Have you seen anything else interesting or do you feel like thinga are settling there a bit? I am not happy at work but hoping to resolve the issue. Would like to share but can't on here. Will just say I have steam coming out my ears I am so cross and am struggling to sleep due to it, as really annoyed. Discussions tomorrow so fingers crossed. Carole I have lost track of whetehr you are still in pasta land or back. Wish I was there!! hugs Lily xxx
02-07-2017 11:37 PM
Hi everyone, I hope Carole is in the land os pasta by now. Lisa good luck with the next steps in your career, keep your head down just in case this turns out to still be your dream job. Changes can sometimes be good and maybe reduce your stress and workload. We can but hope.
Nicky I'm sorry I didn't reply before now, I just read it thought YEEEEEEES and logged out??? I think its brilliant news and very well deserved after a lot of patience and belief through other treatments. It only takes one goody to land on a ladder instead of a snake in this dratted bc. I think the report was short because it was so obviously clear what had happened. I imagine more detail is required when the difference is so slight that 2 docs might disagree or where measuremnets are minutely different. So I am declaring this result a runaway success I think stability would be wonderful but reductions too is just so very good news. Well done. I am not surpprised you have decided to have a bit of fun travelling, it sounds wonderful, especially to someone who spent the weekend working booo. Never mind not too many weeks to go until my holiday, well about 4 so no sign of cases or packing for quite some time. Good timing for your break before (at this point I went to write little chap and then thought do I know that?) bub arrives. I am planning another short break as Victor gets his free bus pass this birthday and has always wanted to stay in Bath instead of whizzing through. Has anyone been as I always try to stay close to the places you want to visit. I hate having to plan travelling to get into the city. Not looking for a posh big hotel just something convenient really, sort of travel lodge/premier inn level. I'm saving the rest of his birthday money for the amount he will eat ha ha. He is not actually retiring although he seems to be keen to do so before too long. Our age difference means I have to work until 66 to get my state pension at least, the work one could have started already if I wanted. I really enjoy work at the moment and have just applied for more responsibility. Don't think I will get it realistically, knowing who else has applied but thought nothing venture nothing gained. Probably regret it on the day! Well better go as need to be up early. Well done Nick. Chuffed for you love Lily xxx
29-06-2017 09:11 AM
Morning (or at least it is as I write this)
Hooray, last dose of this cycle done and now get a short gap before it starts all over again. Having said that, the fact I know it's working does make a big difference. Lily, I did get to see th report - I must say it was the shortest CT report I've seen! Not sure if that's a good or a bad thing. Anyway it confirms that everything is stable with nothing new showing up. No measurements were given as it was difficult to do this time but a good amount of reduction was seen in what was referred to as my 'solitary' liver met! Well, where did all the others go? I'm assuming he didn't ignore them so am hoping that the current treatment has rendered them so small they didn't pick up on the CT. Which is great.
So, OH and I have booked a week away, just in Brittany, to do a bit of mooching around on the beaches (fingers crossed for good weather) and general exploring. We used to go to Brittany, and a bit further south on the Atlantic coast, with some friends when all of our kids were small so haven't done it for ages. But as we were always heading for our final stop we didn't spend much time in the towns etc of the region so we can take our time this time around. Enjoy some nice lunches and some very interesting looking small towns. Plus bring back some wines as well as some of the French foods we always used to do but don't/can't do when you're flying. Should be very relaxing, just before all the schools have broken up and before it gets too hot if we went further South. We can then, hopefully, book another holiday after September when little one should have arrived to have a belated anniversary celebration and try to tie that in with OHs birthday for a change. Shame that Carole has left her 'left the country' note on her front door! However were not anywhere near there so we couldn't have dropped in anyway.
We also had a night away at this lovely hotel we went to for my birthday. That was last weekend, we enjoyed it so much in March we just picked a date to go back in the nicer weather and enjoy the beach more. We were disappointed, the weather was just right, no stupid heatwave, just sun, a few clouds and a lazy afternoon on the very quiet, unspoilt beach. Walk to the hotel to shower and change for dinner and a very relaxing night with great breakfast in the sun outside the next morning. Felt far longer than a one night stay!
So, Lily, should be in full countdown mode, how many weeks left? Any other plans in the Hols other than your trip to Crete? Bet you love the lie ins during those 6 weeks!
Carole, let us know how Italy was. Did it live up to your expectations? Hope you had a fab time.
Lisa, good to hear from you but sounds like it's all go at your work. Something I expect you were dreading but I hope it's not as bad as you thought it might be. As you used to work the extra mile for your boss maybe this is a chance just to get your job done, within the time at work, and still look very efficient but not go that extra mile. Not everyone is as conscientious as you I'm sure!
Well, ED is 28 weeks now and having a baby BBQ this weekend - no, not what it sounds like! They've decided to have a get together with all their friends, partners included, and not do the usual girly baby shower. Hopefully the weather will hold and they'll enjoy their afternoon. We're going as well and it's at the in laws house so no extra work for me hooray.
Have a goodness weekend all.
26-06-2017 09:53 PM
Hi everyone, back again together but not for long it seems. Carole this must be your trip to Italy. Have a lovely time, well I know you will! Glad the trip to family went well but must be very sad to leave each time. Not sure how you manage it. Lisa that's disappointing that it was so rainy, perhaps you could slightly adjust the dates another time or was it unusually bad this year? I am sure you still had a lovely time. Shopping sounds good though. How did you fit it all in your case? Sounds like it was back to work with a thump. Why not browse jobs and see if anything turns up. If it is making you unwell then maybe its time for a change. See how things work out. Nicky, have you been back for the report yet? I was just wondering as you were expecting a bit mor einfo when it was written. So pleased for you, still grinning about it. We have anothe one with chicken pox. He is extremely spotty and being sick too, poor chap so did not fare as well as his brother. Only one left to get it now. The day the latest came out with it, I kept feeling my skin prickling and half expected to get something myself but it went after a few hours, so maybe in my mind!! Love to all Lily xx
25-06-2017 12:32 AM
I'm back ✈️😩😩. Sorry for radio silence I needed a total break when away didn't realise how tired I was. Had a lovely holiday and latter half my headaches totally went and eyes improved so well worth it. Always rains a bit but try to avoid June but wasn't possible this year, well they had had a drought until day we landed, rained for hours almost every day so I now have a totalled credit Card and a collection of handbags..... straight home and back into all day meeting and evening meeting so slept most of today. Works all change new interim CEO in who will want to restructure our team and reviewing all my tasks, so sticking it out to see how it goes. I've gained 10lb I think and had to go for blood pressure and then bloods in 2 weeks so detox commencing Monday. Although was pretty proud of myself for first time in 12 years of Florida I had a wee drive 😀😀😀😀.
Well just had a quick catch up..... Nicky amazing news bes I've heard since come home, both for yourself and daughter you deserve a break.... carole enjoy your hols, love Italy. Lily, you will be on countdown too soon ?!-!
well better go and get into bed, got a Fitbit and I love looking at my sleep pattern lol. Night xxxxx
24-06-2017 10:58 AM
Hey girls, I'm home all but too briefly as we are off again on Tuesday.
So just a very quick catch up, Nicky wow hey you are fantastico. Brilliant news at last. Sorry to hear you and your daughter had a scare but am pleased that nothing nasty showed up.
Lily not long to go now until you are on holiday, chin up for the next few weeks left of work.
It was fantastic to see the elder children and grandchildren, fortunately I have too much on my mind to miss them too much, but I hate not knowing when I will see them all again. Still that's life.
So that's all from me for a couple of weeks, unless I manage to get internet somewhere. Take care everyone and will be back soon. Love Carole xx
22-06-2017 09:18 PM
Hey absolutely bloody fantastic news Nick. You must have sailed out of there on a cloud. Amazing news and it was about time something smacked the little ... where it hurts. I am so so pleased for you buddy and well done for just sticking with it and having a little belief, well a lot of belief. Hugs Lily xxx
21-06-2017 12:26 PM
Well, I'm sat in a very hot chemo ward but thankfully the cold cap has come into its own today! Keeping me very cold. I saw my onc yesterday and he had the scan itself on his system but not the written report yet. However, from the images the onc was sure the annoying lesion that has been resisting all efforts to shrink it has finally succumbed and has reduced in size - hooray. At long last something is helping. All other areas seems stable and nothing new that could be seen. I should know the full details next week but I'm happy that things are working now after a long time when they haven't.
Other than appointments and treatment nothing else to mention. Hoping you are all trying to keep cool in this extremely hot weather, especially you Lily as you can't escape when teaching.
Take care all
18-06-2017 11:34 PM
Hi, well I am surprised that my post yesterday has disappeared?? Must have been when I changed a couple of typos so sorry Nick, I did respond the same day. It must have been so dreadful when your daughter told you. Ihope I never know what that feels like So wonderful news to hear that it is benign. Do they just do the test and if ok just say lucky you off you go, or is there any further checks at a later date? Its no wonder you put all of your own checks right out of your mind. I would have been doing silent prayers and deals to make her one be right. Coming back to your scans, I quite understand why this became less of a focus. You haven't mentioned any worsening or pain, so there is no reason to think that this drug hasn't been doing what its paid to do. I will be keeping my fingers crossed for stability or better. I would love you to be able to stay on treatment for a long spell of time, you deserve the peace of mind after a lot of treatments and your heart issues on top. Quite a load you have endured so bravely and calmly. Amazing example for others trying to battle through. Keep me posted, you know I will be anxious to hear. Always by your side xx
Back to the rest of your post. Ha ha I know you are saying I talk to much, that's why you see my post at the top. Now where have I heard that before ?? The walks in the morning sound lovely. i will think of that as I join the long queues to work in the morning grrrr. Bring on the school hols! So pleased for your lovely girl Nicky. Good luck for your results love Lily xxxxxxxxx
17-06-2017 10:40 PM - edited 17-06-2017 10:43 PM
Hi everyone, well on second thoughts, maybe just Nick and I with our buddies out and about travelling. I guessed you were coming up to another mid course check up time. I thought you were sounding a little oh well and totally understand after getting to the end of the post. The one we dread most of all, that one of our lovely girls has a problem I can't imagine how stressful it must have been, trying to keep her reassured and say it really is very unlikely to be a problem at your age so just don't worry. But actually the mind doing triple flips on the what ifs, etc. So thank heavens for some lovely news. really so pleased to hear that. I hope it hasn't been too many sleepless nights with it going through your head. I can imagine how I would feel, silent prayers and deals to make that one go right. Will they just leave the small area for YD or monitor it occasionally? I am not sure how they react to benign areas. You haven't really mentioned much about this treatment, so hopefully you feel the same and so no reason to think its not doing what it should. Fingers crossed as always buddy, hope its brought you some stablitlity or even better. keep me posted as I will be thinking about you. Always there for you xx
Ha ha I know you are saying I talk too much, when you say its always my post showing. Haven't heard that one before lol. Its been great weather hasn't it. I was positively cooking today and youch I wish my seats were suede or fabric so I didn't stick to them. Lovely to get an early walk in this good weather, I am jealous as I am usually sitting in early morning work traffic. Oh and trying to talk my mum out of giving up on life, which seems to be a common theme lately. Her sister is very ill with end stage copd, so its just down to luck if she catches a bug but she is cheerful mostly. My mum is so lucky for her age but she doesn't think so and its very difficult to make her look at her life a different way without being brutal and harsh. We have another little one with chicken pox and another whose incubation is up in a week and is very unlikely to have missed catching it from his brother. Especially as we told the little one he was actually going to turn into a chicken, Didn't really consider that the eldest might really want to be a chicken too and would start hugging him and kissing his spots yuk. Oh well grandmother to a flock of chickens . Hope everyone either watches a happy father being spoilt by his brood or has one to visit themselves. I suggested everyone bought Victor lovely things to eat. Can't imagine why ha ha. Hugs and good luck Nick xxxxxx
17-06-2017 12:51 PM
Hi ladies and I hope you are enjoying this sun wherever you are.
Sorry for the radio silence but sometimes I look at the last post quickly on the front page and I dont always compute that someone has posted! Mainly as Lily seems to be the last one up and therefore the time etc can seem to reflect that and I forget to check the actual date of the post. I blame, as always, chemo brain and in this case not actually registering the date that early in the morning.
So, a few things going on that have kept me away from posting. One is that is my week off so its nice to fit in other things non cancer related such as going for a walk in the morning. I have been able to do this all week as I had no appointments (as such, will come onto those later) so I dont log on otherwise I seem to spend half the morning typing on here and not getting out for my walk. Secondaly the weather makes me get up and out but also means I might sit outside for much of the day when I'm home and we all know how difficult it is to read a laptop or ipad screen in bright sunshine. Then I had my scan on Friday but don't want to make a big fuss about it. It us was it is and I should find either this week or next at my onc appt, it will depend on whether the report has been written in time, the scan is always available for the onc to see. And finally I had the added anxiety of YD finding a breast lump a week or so back and needing to get it checked out. I of course was very worried as I read only too often on thus forum about young ladies getting BC and with my family history its even more of a concern. Anyway, the good news is that it turns out to be a fibrous mass, very small and the ultra sound showed no problems. However its good she has been checking and also that she got a quick appointment at the one stop breast clinic our hosptial has. Some releif as you can imagine.
So that's what Ive been up to, plus enjoying the sun when I can before being plunged back into the dark depths of hospital appointments next week and the one after.
Hope you are all doing well and enjoy the weekend whether you are celebrating fathers Day or not.
ps apologies for any typos, the laptop doesnt auto correct (sometimes thats a good thing!) whereas the ipad does so I dont always check back.