Escape

I managed to escape. My platelets were still incredibly low, but everything else had bounced back. So with the promise that I wasn’t going to cut myself or run into anything, and that I would rush back to hospital if anything wasn’t quite right, I was allowed to flee to the comfort of my own…

To treat, perchance to dream

The other people in my bay are not really in a good way. Some are better than others, but it’s hard to feel sorry for myself about the hole below my non eye, or whatever else for long when the people around me can’t really even get out of bed. I, of course, spend my…

Bouncy ball

A little bouncy ball bounced into my bay.‘Hi, I’m a junior head and neck doctor’ The wonderful Luisa and I had been talking about my ol hole and wondering what dressings we could use on it that might be a bit better, as my skin is getting red and irritated. I’m just using some big…

Another day in the life

One of my fave nurses from my last visit poked her head in to say hi yesterday. She’s one of my faves and she definitely has that quality that I talked about in a previous post that the best nurses have, and I’ve now got a name for it, which my aunt (who also used…

Back again

Well I’m back in hospital, as expected my temperature spiked on day 9, same time as it did last cycle. As per usual, I felt fine otherwise, just the high temperature. Then of course my face and mouth started swelling up. It all went very similar to last time. I arrived at A&E at around…

Cycle 2 down, home and hoping for no temperature…

I had a lovely Christmas and New, Years by the way. I Facetimed with my parents on Christmas day. I didn’t have loads of appetite so didn’t cook a big meal, but I did get takeaway curry On boxing day when the restaurants opened again. I spent the weekend getting stuck into reading Paul McCartney’s…

Do you have any allergies?

No.Well, sunscreen. It makes me come out in rashes, or if it’s Banana boat, more like hives. Too much hugging of shirtless friends wearing sunscreen can do it too.And there was a time in my past when I was a much smaller Jen when they decided I might be allergic to penicillin. I guess it…

Home. Now what?

It’s amazing to finally be home. To be able to drink water without asking for it to be dispensed to me first (and I drink a LOT of water), to sleep through the night without being woken for observations, or to be woken up for antibiotics that then shouts an alarm at you after half…

Blood and sweats and hopes of home

I was deliriously coming out of sleep some time during the night, to one of the Health Care Assistants taking my obs and shoving the temperature probe under my arm (because I can’t have it in my mouth because of all the surgery I’ve had). I swing my armpit open and the probe goes in…

The nurses

The nurses on my ward have been phenomenal. I’ve only had one or two European nurses this time, which I’m sure has been less than previously (I can’t help but have Brexit in mind), a few have been British, and a lot have been from the Philippines. They’ve all been lovely, and it’s felt like…