Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Week 2 of the two week cycle

Tuesday's usual tiredness arrived on Wednesday...

Didn't feel great on Wednesday but still managed to fit in a short 1.99KM walk near home.

A good night's sleep and feeling so much better on Thursday.

PICC Line...

District Nurse came on Wednesday to do the weekly PICC Line flush/clean.

All OK.

Side Effects...

As I said at the start of this post, Wednesday was "Tiredness Day".

  • Donald had to cope with diarrhoea on Wednesday, Friday and Monday; more than usual but, as usual, Imodium sorted it.
  • Mouth sores & dryness...
    Back again on Thursday. No complains there! Lion's Ointment helps me.
  • Weasel...
    Still busier than normal but working well;

Time for a break...

Time for a change of scenery...

On Thursday we headed off to the West Midlands, to stay for a few days with Chris' Sister & Husband. 

If we're going to do things like that it has to be week two of the two week cycle and Thursday to Sunday

"It's the period of time with the least side effects."
It had been some time since we managed to get away from home and we had a wonderful time with family. 

We managed to fit in walks most days...

Thursday:  6,671 steps - 4.3 km

Friday:      8,972 steps - 6.0 km (National Memorial Arboretum)


Saturday:  9,335 steps - 5.9 km (Walsall Arboretum - Canal Loop)

Sunday:    7,119 steps - 4.8 km (Litchfield)

So in total 32,097 steps - 21.0 km (13.1 miles)

Monday: Back home and two appointments...

  1. Our usual trip to The Daisy Chain (Sefton Cancer Support Group), in Formby ( The Sefton Cancer Support Group (The Daisy Chain) was launched in Autumn 1994. A Registered Charity run solely by Volunteers, many of whom have been touched by cancer in one way or another.
    We went to see My 
    Chiropodist who performs soft tissue surgeries, skin surgery and nail surgery.

    Apparently my left heal has a split, another side-effect of Chemotherapy. So much better after treatment.
  2. An appointment with Specsavers: Eye test excellent, no changes.
    However, I have a 
    cataract in my right-eye; a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Apparently most cataracts are related to aging and Cataracts are very common in older people.
    Another appointment for further tests this Friday and a referral for an Operation to remove the Cataract.

One my other half benefits from - Hot stones Massage

Hot stone massage is a speciality massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.

The Daisy Chain
We then went for a walk in Formby Nature Reserve;  didn't see any Red Squirrels but the trees do/did show the direction of the prevailing wind...

Wednesday The Two Week Cycle starts again today with Bloods!

I hope my posts raise your awareness of what many of us experience with Bowel Cancer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer them.

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