From the biopsy through the night…

I should have written about it at the time because now things get hazy. It was around 4pm I think, when I made it up to the ward. I wonder how long between when they finish the surgery and you wake up? Is that a long process? My phone was dying, I’m not sure what…

Ode to the best anaesthetist and recovery nurse.

So I mentioned Kirstie in the last post. She was my anaesthetist. Look, I’ve not had the greatest anaesthetic stories the last couple of times. The anaesthetists have got stressed, they’ve struggled to find my veins, they’ve got annoyed at me, I’ve felt trapped, I’ve got stressed, I’ve gone under feeling quite worried. I’ve therefore…

Biopsy hospital admission – part 1

So I went in for my biopsy. I had to get in for the 7am admission, though I knew my surgery wouldn’t be happening until around midday. The nurses tried to tell me I was up first so had to get ready, but I said I didn’t think that was likely. I got moved around…

There is no such thing as an open MRI. And other stories.

I was lied to! Maliciously! Ok, it was anything but malicious. Me? Dramatic? No, never. But I was told that UCLH has new MRIs that are open, so claustrophobia and panic will be but a distant memory. I did not see any proof of this. The MRI on Sunday was super enclosed. And it was…

Clinic Day

10:30: I get to the hospital and wait for my appointment. I walked in, along the canals. It was a beautiful morning. 12:00: First thing that happens is that someone comes to get me for a pre surgery assessment.I say ‘ok… I don’t know what I’m being pre assessed for but sure…’‘Wait, has no one…

Phone calls and all…

Everyone seems to be having recurrences at the moment. Seriously, it’s everywhere! My heart goes out to everyone who has been having bad news. As if 2020 needed to be more of a shit show… I’ve had increasing pain in my face, and over the past month I’ve been losing the sight in my right…

I’m Back! And straight back into it…

So I am back in London! I managed to get a flight. We’re in lockdown now, which is interesting. It’s definitely a whole different vibe over here to what it was in Australia. But it’s nice to be home. Straight back into scans to check out what’s going on in my face. Life is a…

The ongoing bits and pieces…

I mentioned in my last post that I hadn’t been able to have my scans. That’s not unique to me. Even though my main reasoning is primarily due to being stuck on the opposite side of the world, people who don’t have that barrier are also falling through the gaps. I read in The Lancet…

Osteosarcoma, eh?

So… Osteosarcoma… You know it. Otherwise known as bone cancer, it’s most often found in young boys, dogs and the occasional polar bear. And me, of course. Well the latest news is that it’s been found that dinosaurs had it too – they found a fossil of a strange looking bone that was originally thought…

Hi from sunny Australia

It’s weird to think I was meant to be flying back home today. Who would have thought that a pandemic would hit the world and my airline would cancel flights until further notice. But no complaints from me. There are rarely complaints from me. A lot of people keep checking in, reaching out with tentative…