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Month: November 2013

Home again

…usual NZ hospital slow to admit slow to discharge…. However retrieved T from hospital on the Friday to deliver him into the clutches of the dentist on his way home, then he gobbled up another Patrick’s Pie. Good sign that, I always knew when I was very poorly when I turned up my nose at a Patricks… Apparently he had neutrophina (sp) which can kill very quickly.
He slept all afternoon and all night but was reasonably bright Saturday and walked around the garden.
His usual day is, get up about 10 am after breakfast in bed, stay up until about 1 pm then doze away the pm or we go somewhere where he dozes away on the way and return, then up for dinner watch some Tv and in bed by 10 pm. He often gets tossed out at the top of our 200metre drive and walks back to the house. Can tell when he feek and weeble when he refuses.
We are in the last throes of settling for the house in town, buying another fridg ets etc..
We plan to camp there from time to time, definitely when the neighbours are spraying their wretched kiwifruit. Copper is the flavour of the month for combating PSA. Bugger the long term effects, they just throw it on. Last night until all hours some noxious insecticide was being sprayed.

Round three and a bit….

After the Patricks pie which was gobbled with great gusto and after dinner which was also gobbled with great gusto it all turned to custard.
About 9 pm T said he was very cold- put socks on him and a cuddly blanket and he proceeded to maon /groan etc for the night. Two trips to the toilet, his hands hanging on to my shoulders(what a sight), Took two rest stops to get to the loo. About 5 am I had a look at him and reallised he had a temperature, 38.9 ouch!
Phoned the hospice who said take him to your gp…Now the gp does not start till 9 so after thinking about for about 33 seconds I rang the hospice back(ring us anytime is thier mantra- we are here to help!)
Call the ambulance was the advice I was given second time around- different nurse(caller ID???) After a few terse words froom me that was what I did.

They shot him full of morphine and carted him off in the ambulance, suggesting that it was probably an infection. No David, no siren!!!!
It was/is and now he is parked up in hospital. Overnight? Precursor to something worse like pneumonia- no idea.
Will keep you posted….

Round Three

…is tomorrow but a card came the other day for an appointment with the oncologist for today so not sure what is happening.
Beginning to detect the pattern, T is Ok for a few days after chemo then gets all tired and manky then comes right again a few days before the next round.
He has lost an alrming amount of weight, went down to 63kgs but is now back around 65kgs, the world beater him!!!!
He is quite wobbly on his pins which is caused apparently by the steroids but gets around Ok with his stick.
We were at the Doctors(the GP) the other day on an unrelated matter and the Dr suddenly asked T what day and month it was- he never had a clue but then before this he probably would not have had a clue either!
The Dr read my report from the oncologist , apparently I am’consumed’ with my husbands illness and have bigger fish to fry (meaning T I suppose) than to enter into any discussion on my health!!!

Weather is gorgeous at present, great weed growing stuff. i am just managing to stay on top of the place but would not want to do it too much longer on my own. Have help on a saturday, have the lawns mowed and weed eating done.

We take over the new house in town on the 22nd, Friday week, so have organised a carrier to take in enough stuff from here to enable us to camp in town for two nights a week. We are both quite anxious about how we will cope with being townies again. i have lived half my life in the boondocks…
Told the estate agent to pull his finger out and his responses was to say he was leaving real estate that Friday!!! He also told us he had had his best two months ever!!!!
Am defeated by the toggle Rob, can’t bring the photos up to see what they are like….So sitting on my hands at present re selling this place….

Visit
To the oncologist was OK, T is a bit low in whatever the blood requirement is but not at transfusion level …yet.
He had another dose of chemo today,13 November and will have another lot on December 4th then he will have a chest xray and a brain scan and will either have good news for xmas or bad!!!!
We stopped at Patricks for him to have a pie on the way home , now having a snooze in the sun.

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