Sunday 16 August 2009

Go West ....Cycle 2, Days 18, 19 and 20

To mark (almost) the end of Steve's second cycle of chemo and a whole two months since diagnosis, we decided to follow the advice of the Pet Shop Boys and Go West of home to Bristol, base of some of the wider Family Wride. Sadly, not enough time to queue for the Bansky Exhibition in the Bristol Museum, but lots of meeting, greeting, eating, talking, sleeping, and bit of drinking, some shopping, bird spotting and an unexpected drive in a vintage Jag.

We stayed with our son, Jack, for the weekend, and were well looked after (as always). The three of us had a wonderful meal out at The Thali Cafe on Friday night with Nick (nephew) and Kate (his partner) to celebrate the news of their baby due in early 2010. We visited Steve's mum on Saturday and did a bit of shopping for her. She was delighted to see Steve looking so well, as was Di (ex) sister-in-law, when we called by to see her late on Sunday morning. On the way home, we dropped in on Geoff and Irene in Marshfield, and were treated to home-made cake and a spin in Geoff's 1948 Jag to Biddestone where we watched "ratty" swimming in the village pond and were enthralled by the sight of a kingfisher fishing.

Steve paced himself well over what would have been quite a tiring weekend at the best of times; the frequent doses of food worked wonders at fighting the build-up of side effects from the chemo. All in all, we had a a lovely time catching up with family and friends. It was an excellent way to take our minds off the results of Steve's X-ray and CT scan, which we'll find out on Tuesday. Watch this space...

We continue to be delighted by the phone calls, e-mails and messages of support. We are also touched by those who have taken the trouble to comment on the blog (friends and strangers alike). Many, many thanks for all your good wishes - it really does lift our spirits; I hope that reading this will lift yours too.

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