Friday, 15 November 2019

Chemotherapy Small Bottle

 Yesterday I had a nice "Tip" from the Nurse cleaning my PICC Line.

I'd explained to her that, at the start of my last Chemotherapy Cycle, the Small Bottle that I take home to continue the Chemotherapy, failed to work and so I had to return to Aintree Hospital to have the PICC line Flushed.

I also pointed out that it was difficult to know, at the start, if it's working as very little change takes place.

She asked if we has kitchen scales at home and, as I said yes, she suggested I weighed the bottle when I got home and whenever I needed assurance it was working.

I weighed it when I got home and
again this morning. 

Yes it was working OK even though there wasn't an obvious visual change.

A very useful tip, providing valuable information.

I hope this provides a useful tip for those of you having the same treatment as me!

Thursday, 14 November 2019

No: 20:- Chemotherapy

Can't believe that yesterday's chemotherapy was my 20th where has the time gone?

The BIG PLUS things continue to improve!

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Changes to Stoma Support in Sefton

Update: Appointment with the Sefton Ostomy Service

Today (11/11/2019) we, my better half and I, went to have my Stoma Check-up and to see if anything could be improved.

The appointment was at Litherland Town Hall, which has changed so much since our last visit.

As always it's important to be honest about feelings, issues etc., if the N.H.S. is to improve our treatment.

I won't bore you with a list of the questions I was asked, or my responses, but it was well worth accepting the invite to attend this new clinic.

The Stoma Nurse also took a look at "Donald" (My Stoma) and agreed that the circular holes in the "Stoma Bags" were not appropriate and has changed the shape of the hole to a more "eye-like" shape - 40 x 26

Fingers crossed that will reduce "Pancaking" at the entrance to the bag and the soreness due to the acidic faeces reacting with my skin

The Stoma Nurse ordered my new set of bags etc. and the Stoma orders, from now on, will be from the same suppliers as the "Weasels" (Catheters) I use and on prescription.

Looks like positive changes have been introduced, streamlining the ordering process and involving qualified N.H.S. Staff.

Lets hope it saves money and enhances my experience of having "Donald" as well!

My Chemotherapy two-week cycle starts again tomorrow with "Bloods" followed on Thursday with "Chemotherapy"...

Do feel free to add your thoughts/questions/comments etc., below and, if I can, I'll respond to and feedback you request.

Thank you!

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Another unexpected side-effect...

This side effect has become more noticeable as the number of Chemotherapy sessions has increase. It is the least worrying of the side-effects...

What is it? 

It's the length and curl of my eyelashes! 

Yes they've been noticed by increasing numbers of people, my eyelashes have had different effects on different people; for example...
  1. My better half was the first to notice them and she found it amusing
  2. My Barber, at the Bear and Blade in Maghull thought they were false eyelashes and also found them amusing
  3. The Cancer Doctor I saw this week was too embarrassed to mention them until my better half pointed them out; she also found them amusing and thought many females would love to have them
  4. My ex-colleague Steve yesterday, thought they were hilarious and couldn't believe how long and curly they were and, my favourite comment from my Grandson Jack...
  5. Granddad has "Camel Eyelashes" but we're unlikely to get a Sand-Storm here in England...
There has been many more, especially linking them with false eyelashes

What do you think...



Do add your thoughts in the comments below, positive and/or negative...