Should we take your PICC Line out?

They asked me on my final chemo if I wanted to part with the hardware in my arm. I decided that I should probably keep it a bit longer, just in case I ended up in hospital. Then maybe since I was meant to have an MRI in a month, I should leave it in…

Breaking records

Five nights, Five days. That’s all. Then they let me go. Feels quite different from the week and a half of the first hospital admission. Though it is mounting up and I was still incredibly happy to escape. But I digress. Let me skip through a few ‘highlights’. On Friday I was having two packets…

Playing Detective

So the MRI showed what I thought it would – there was no abscess or mass that needed to be drained, so we just stayed on the antibiotics. We changed to a third different type on Friday to see if it would work. My Haemoglobin and platelets were low, so a few transfusions were ordered…

15 hours in A&E…

I’ll fill you in on the GP disaster soon but there is something else that takes priority for now. As you know, I’ve had to be checking my temperature every 2 hours to see if it goes up. There’s a chance I have no neutrophils due to my chemo depleting them, and they’re the lil…

So… Phantom sight is a thing

For the first couple of days after surgery, I actively kept my eye closed. As in… it’s been sewn shut, so it couldn’t open anyway. But without even thinking, the muscles around my eye kept working as if they were holding it closed. It took a couple of days to realise i didn’t need to…

And eventually, reader… I escaped.

I was in hospital for 9 days in total. I got out on the Tuesday. My best friend (otherwise known as my surgeon) Deepti was finally back and she popped in briefly on the Sunday. But it wasn’t until Monday (my last night) that we had time for a proper catch up. It was an…

Trying to cope with only one eye…

What struck me is that all the time I was in hospital, no one asked how I was going with only one eye. That is, aside from my ward friends, of course. They were always checking in and happy to discuss anything and everything. C and I would go for walks of the corridor together,…

Drain lyf

I appreciated my ward friends at the time, so much. But it’s only after that I realise just how much they helped me in that time. I woke up every day excited to see them, we went to sleep chatting, curtains around us but open just so we could see each other from our beds….

Out of the darkness and into the arms of love

I didn’t know when I was transferred to the ward, how magic that place would be. It was there I met my new best friends. Like… really. I got to the ward late on the Wednesday. Yes, we’re still only up to Wednesday, two days after surgery. It feels like a lot has happened, doesn’t…

The long night that follows the bright day…

That night, the one after the day with Glenda and Gabby, was a long one. You know the types. My oxygen alarm was going off over and over again. I called the nurse to ask if there was a problem and she said it was just a faulty alarm then disappeared. The alarm kept going….