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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A medical update

Hi to all, my dear friend Judy has reminded me that it was time for another post, it is gratifying to know that there are people who actually care about how I am coping with my Cancer, thankyou.
My treatment was delayed for a week for various medical reasons that I don't really understand and would make boring reading for you, suffice to say that today (Tuesday March 19) was my second day of treatment, radiation and chemotherapy, the course is for 28 days of treatments spread over about 38 days, so far it has been painless and without any side effects.
My family have been the cornerstones of my survival and I just haven't got the words to express my thanks for their love and devotion, when the news broke Vicki and Marcus were on the next plane to Queensland to give me comfort and support, Marcus then had to fly back 4 days later to return to work, Vicki stayed on as Chauffeur and nurse for the following week until my oldesrt son Alan was able to fly in from WA, while he assumed these duties for a week Vicki was able to spend a week officially moving into her new home in Victoria.
As I write this Marcus is once more on a plane to Queensland, he is here for a week this time and Vicki and I have been discussing whether she should take advantage of his visit to get a few more days to organize her home.... and life.
There is another couple to thank for their help with a loan car for all these interstate visitors getting to and from the airport (Gympie is 190 Klms from the airport) and they, Susan and Steven have made it all possible, Susan is the oldest daughter of my lifelong friends Neil and Joan, always on my visiting list when I go to WA, again I find I don't have the words to thank S&S enough.
To finish of this brief post, I am feeling quite well and confident, I have no pain to speak of and apart from the vacuum wound dressing portable machine which goes everywhere that I go, a bottle of my particular chemo mixture connected to a Pic line in my right arm just above the elbow which must NEVER be allowed to get wet... imagine if you will me showering with an arm wrapped in gladwrap and my Colostomy bag stuck to my abdomen.... on second thoughts perhaps you might prefer to skip that particular image.
Thank you all once again for your thoughts and prayers it means more than I'll ever be able to say to have you out there caring.



Jack K. said...

Peter, thanks for the update. Glad to know you are on the mend. I have an idea of your travails with living connected to various pieces of equipment. When my wife, Maryann, was going through her chemo & stem cell transplant, thankfully she didn't need radiation, it was quite an experience. (It is times like that when you discover how much you love someone.) She also had to keep her Pic dry. Hers was sticking out of her chest. It did make it easy to protect.

She found that she had to force herself to take nourishment. The chemo reduced her hunger. She knew that she had to eat to recover fully. She also discovered that laughter and amusement were valuable tools for restoring, and keeping, good health. Needless to say, our relationship has grown stronger.

While the cancer she had is one that can recur, her doctors have cautiously declared her cured. We are quite thankful for that.

I am sure you will have a similar result. Just know that there are a lot of people who are sending you lots of positive energy saying prayers for your complete reovery.

kenju said...

Peter, thanks so much for filling us in on what is happening. I wish you the best for the immediate and far future, and hope that you will continue to experience no side effects from the treatment. Stay in touch, please - I worry about you when you don't.

Meow (aka Connie) said...

Hi Peter ... just wanted to drop by to let you know that I'm thinking of you, and sending good vibes that the treatment continues to leave you with no, or minimal, side effects. Get well soon, my friend ... you are a wonderful person, and we miss you out here in Blogsville xxx

Lee said...

Hi Peter. Thanks for keeping us posted on how you are. That's great that you've not experiencing after-effects from the chemo and radiation.

It's a hell of a battle you're fighting, but you're tough; and with all the support you have from your loved ones and friends...you'll scare the bastard away. :)

Take it easy...put all your thoughts and energies into getting well...soon! And that's an order! :)

Dave said...

I'm so glad you're in such good spirits and feeling no pain.
Having such an outstanding family is such a blessing, and your friends who shuttle people from the airport, are angels.
Keep posting bud, and all the best.
You're in my prayers.

willowtree said...

I don't want to know about this stuff. I just want to know when you're better!

Walker said...

All the power to you Peter.
It's been awhile since i been around and had to catch up.
I am always on your team and part of the cheering squad.
Just don't make me wear the tiny skirt.
Pom Poms I can do

Jim said...

Hi Peter ~~ Sounds like things are on the upside now. And that it will be a long haul though but you can handle that.

I sure hope my kids are as attentive as yours if and when I might need them. Thanks guys, for me too.

Pamela said...

I love your positive vibes. I also have you popping up on my daily prayer list so.... you are remembered and lifted up for healing.