Phlebotomist fights

This morning I had a fight with a phlebotomist. They’re the people who take your blood. So I go down to the blood people on days when I’m starting chemo to get everything tested to see if I’m ok to start. It was a lady I hadn’t seen before. She got everything out to take…

Stupid fingers

This morning I made a delicious looking bowl of yoghurt with strawberries, passionfruit and nectarine. I chopped them all up and mixed them in together. And then dropped the bowl when I picked it up. I have no feeling in my fingers anymore, it has rapidly declined in the past week. Typing is hard. Holding…

Another of those reflective moments

It is always useful to remember in life that there is always someone worse off than you. Always someone who has it worse. Not in an ‘I’m glad there’s someone suffering worse than me’ kind of way. I mean I don’t want anyone to suffer. Especially not from anything really bad. It’s hard to hear…

Complementary therapies…

I once went and saw this very expensive ‘specialist’ on recommendation from some friends as a last ditch effort to fix my shoulder pain. He was… A chiropractor and acupuncturist and… some sort of voodoo man. I mean I’m already sceptical of chiropractors – I have been warned of them by physios before that they’re…

What a difference a day can make…

And what a difference the sun can make. And today it shone bravely down, daring to dry out the sodden lawns, reinvigorate the flowers, foxes and squirrels, and of course…me! And today I ventured bravely out, spurred on by yesterday’s success. And it appears to have strengthened me. No pauses walking down the hill, no…

Venturing out…

So I was all set to head into work today – I’d built up to it, mentally prepared myself, rested (not that it makes a difference, my exhaustion isn’t linked at all to how much sleep I’ve had or how much I’ve rested, but hey! Maybe it helps a bit). Then as I was all…

Updates and side effects

Lots of info here! Maybe not the most exciting post but hey, here we go! On Friday I went in for my blood test expecting my haemoglobin to be low (they booked me in for a transfusion because they thought it would be. I was right on the borderline so… yay!!! Didn’t have to!!!), and…

Thoughts.

I’ve been feeling a little bit sorry for myself this week. I accidentally came across some statistics about 5-year survival rates for people diagnosed with sarcoma (I had avoided these sorts of stats), and they’re not exactly inspiring. But I know these sorts of stats are not useful. They’re not specific to me, they don’t…

Self-injections, you don’t scare me no more!

Guess what? I did my injection this morning LIKE AN ABSOLUTE BOSS!!! Katrina, if you are reading this, you are my hero, your tips were an absolute lifesaver!!! So when they told me how to do my injections initially, they just sort of demonstrated it with the needle, without actually doing it. They told me…

Chemo at home is fun!

Well. Firstly, chemo is go! My platelets were behaving. Still low but behaving. So now I have this amazing 2 days of chemo at home! Super easy, I just carry around my little ‘baby’s bottle’ as they call it, which slowly diffuses into me over 46 hours! It’s like a big strong rubber balloon that…