Saturday, January 12, 2013

After chemo round one



Well I’ve done the first round of chemo. Can’t say it is pleasant, but it could be worse. Now I’m feeling rather delicate. Bloated. No appetite. Sore and bruised and punctured. I should recover some this week but the for the moment I can’t imagine going anywhere. I’ve been slowly reading
‘ The 100-year-old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared’ - he’s more lively than I am at the moment.

The good news is that before I started the treatment this week my doctor told me that I have a donor. My sister is a match. So now I can see where we are heading and that we’ll get there.

Here is the sequence:
Diagnosis and shock.
Learning about the disease and telling people.
Lots of tests.
Getting stable.
Chemo first round. (I AM HERE!)
Recovery
Chemo second round - expected to be ‘more nasty’ than the first.
Recovery
Chemo third round, the same as the first
Radiation therapy
Bone Marrow Transplant (the main event) - two months in hospital
Six months recovery at home
Wellness and a normal life

One step at a time, and I’ll get there.

Being at home also means getting organised for the next things. I have a few appointments this week, and will need help with lifts and childcare. If anyone can offer and save me from phoning around to organise everything, that would be brilliant. Thanks so much.

2 comments:

Liz said...

I hope the Recovery phase is going smoothly (one more step down that list!) , that side-effects have been merciful, that the village sprang to your aid, and that you've been enjoying your book and have found some good apps. Sending very best wishes your way (and hoping the headwear made it to you!)... Liz

Scott McArthur said...

Well done ! We hope you are feeling well and resting, Scott and Sam