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…

Jen’s window tours of T13

I got my window seat again, and with my favourite view. I could have cried I was so happy. Each time I’m here I seem to have my tour guide duties requested. ‘What’s this big building here?’ A nurse asks, and I have to check twice that we’re talking about the same one. I’m surprised…

Wednesday, 6pm…

*Ring ring*‘Hello, UCLH Urgent care line?’‘Hi, it’s Jen. I just finished chemo last week, and I just spiked a temperature of over 38 and probably have neutropenic sepsis.’‘OK let me ask you some questions. Do you have any problems urinating?’‘No.’‘Does the site of your PICC line look infected?’‘No, no, it’s fine. I’m fine other than…

Back in chemo

Well I’m back in for chemo this week, all my bloods had come out good and ready to go. They’ve decided to knock me back to just three days though. Which was pretty scary to think I’ll only be getting 60% of my chemo each week. But a talk with the Oncologist made me feel…

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…