Don’t Eat Yellow Snow

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My brother died 644 days after he was taken to hospital and a CT scan showed “shadows” on his brain. Continue reading “Don’t Eat Yellow Snow”

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Alphabetti Spaghetti

This afternoon I started my first cycle of PCV.

The first thing I noticed when we got to the chemo day unit reception on Ward 36 at the Freeman hospital Continue reading “Alphabetti Spaghetti”

150 Not Out

No, the title doesn’t refer to my age (although I feel it sometimes!) but this is the 150th post on this blog.

It’s come (coincidentally) in the middle of quite a big week for me and my family: I started the week with the final tablets of my final cycle of chemotherapy; Jennifer “graduated” from nursery yesterday and finishes pre-school tomorrow; and, tomorrow we move into our new home, The Hobbit House. Continue reading “150 Not Out”

Sickness Score (Part Five of Five)

Akynzeo/Metoclopramide 5 – 0 Temo

It’s a whitewash!

In Part Four of this mini-series, I wrote that I was worried about how my last day of chemo was going to be without my new best-friend Akynzeo. My lovely Silver Owl* said that, even if it was going to be a bad day, I should look back to where I was pre-treatment. Continue reading “Sickness Score (Part Five of Five)”

Sickness Score (Part Four of Five)

Akynzeo 4 – 0 Temo

The 88 hours of the magic anti-nausea drug’s lifespan expired earlier today. I feel a bit queasy thinking about taking the final tablets of this final cycle later today without its protection. My apprehension obviously won’t help matters! Hopefully the Metoclopramide (the usual anti-nausea pills) will step up to the plate in Akynzeo’s absence.

Another date for the diary: today was my brother’s due date. Typical of his laid-back attitude, he had to be dragged out 13 days later!

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Sickness Score (Part Three of Five)

Akynzeo 3 – 0 Temo

My Dad was looking into the anti-sickness drug on Thursday evening (as an Industrial Chemist does in his spare time!). He told me that Akynzeo is a compound of something and something else (he said the names of the somethings but I don’t care much about that). What was more interesting to me was that he read that each tablet costs the NHS £69, whereas in America it costs $600 per tablet. I think that, even with fluctuations in the exchange rate, it’s pretty safe to say that the NHS gets the better deal. Continue reading “Sickness Score (Part Three of Five)”