A few of the amazing nurses on my first trip to ICU

The first thing was to work out a way to communicate with people. How else would I make friends? The first notebook Dad got for me said on the front ‘Be your own kind of beautiful’. Seemed fitting, since I would definitely be challenging the normal ideas of ‘beautiful’ for some time (someone did just…

The wonders of anaesthetic

Anaesthesia isn’t for me. Though I’m not sure 16 hours of it is really for anyone. But to be fair, I had a fun time going in to it. But I’ll rewind a little. I had stayed in the ward on the Sunday night before my surgery. They had taken out my PICC line a…

Woah hey look, she lives!

I can only apologise for my radio silence. I know none of you would blame me for a moment, but I’m sure you have all been concerned, intrigued, interested… Some combination of all of the above, maybe some other things too. I have not been up to writing at all, and I’m still not. But…

Last minute thoughts on this surgery

I’m not like… Worrying about this surgery. I mean… I know the risks. I know it’s huge. I know it could end up being even bigger than they expect. I know things could go wrong. But I’m not lying awake at night worrying. There’s no good in me worrying about it. It’s not like a…

Surgeon meeting take 2

So I met with the surgeon today. We’re aiming for surgery on the 5th of March. That’s soon. When will I find out if that’s going ahead? Hopefully Tuesday. 5 days before I would be going to hospital. Plenty of time for my parents to book tickets to come over, right? Found out I’ll be…

Escape from my incarceration

I’ve been quiet I know. Apologies. Time for an update! Monday I was still in hospital. I had a visit first from two doctors who might have been from ICU… I forget. But one of them lived in Sydney for 3 years, in Manly. Her husband is from Newport, literally just down the hill from…

Things are looking better today.

So I had a visit from the doctor this morning saying they think the infection probably isn’t in my PICC line after all. It’s still a possibility, and I’m still worried about one of the lumens now not working as well. But she apologised for the other doctors barging in all guns blazing yesterday. Yes,…

Aaaaaaand we’re back in hospital.

Well, a lot has happened in the last week. I finished my last lot of Cisplatin, my parents turned up from Australia, I turned 30, and now I’ve found myself back in hospital (hopefully for the last time). I have found a whole lot of new side effects like nosebleeds, being absolutely exhausted that I…

Trex week wrap up

This week I met with a 4th year medical student who needed someone to use for a case study. You mean I can be the centre of attention and talk about myself? Oh ok! He was nice. We had fun. I’ll see him again sometime. On Thursday I stopped in to grab my lunch at…