Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hair growth

In the past two weeks the hair growth has been amazing. I have a very good 5 day shadow on my head and my eyebrows and eyelashes have also made an appearance. The exercise side of my life is sadly missing at this stage except for the occasional walk with the dogs on sunny days. Added to that I have the most amazing appetite trying to make up for lost time, meaning that I am steadily picking up all the weight I lost. So, all is going well and slowly I am regaining all of my former self, plus a few extra fat rolls!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

First post chemo Doc followup

Monday morning I headed to the local pathologist to have some blood drawn. Just one vial as they are only testing the tumour marker this week. The nurse was quite surprised that I did not need my ‘normal’ amount of vials extracted, but that is good news. I am done with chemo and if I can help it, I do not want to go through it ever again!
The gynae visit went well. Dr V is an absolute pillar of strength and support for me. He is my confidante and my psychologist. A couple of minutes of his time and I am in a better mood. I forgot to ask Dr V if my appointments in future would be for a shorter period and a lesser cost as he does not have much to check anymore. :) It is hard to believe that 31 July last year Dr V picked up that something was amiss… nearly one year down track and I am on the mend again! My tumour marker registered at 8 with the previous marker taken in May being 5. Normal range is between 0 and 30.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Sean 15

It was our baby’s birthday on Saturday. Sean turned a big 15! Ian was on his away week-end so we had a very quiet Saturday at home with Sean not even wanting to take a few friends out for a burger. His only request was pancakes for breakfast and this is a major cooking effort for me as there are many things I can do in the kitchen but cooking pancakes is not one of them. I did however manage to get a few cooked correctly and not as thick as doorstoppers.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Dark Days

The past 8 months I have been fighting a huge battle in terms of my health. It has been the only focus for many weeks and now suddenly the whole battle has ceased and this has felt me goalless. I am filled with emptiness where I keep asking myself “now what?” Whilst on an intellectual level I understand that it is normal to feel like this after a huge battle or project, I am feeling emotionally dark and quite depressed. No new goal or challenge seems to inspire me at the moment. I hope this phase only lasts a few weeks!!