Tuesday 6 October 2009

Catching the rays .......Cycle 4, Day 15

Although it's been wet and windy outside, Steve's been inside catching the rays today: X-rays and CT beams to give us the insider's view on what Leo has been up to over the last eight weeks: shrunk, stayed stable or grown. Whether or not Steve stays on the Velcade drug trail will depend on the answer.  All will be revealed next Tuesday.  And once again, Steve will be on his own when he hears the news, as I have to be in Bristol for a training event.  Plus ca change...

On the positive side, today for the first time in this cycle of treatment Steve has not needed to take an antiemetic tablet (so far at least).  And he's still wide awake (unlike this time yesterday, when he was very drowsy).  It looks like cycle 4's chemo side effects are subsiding at long last, which makes what's left of the "rest week" look much more promising.  

It won't be a repeat of cycle 3, day 15 when we walked along the prom at Clevedon (photo posted at long last on blog for September 15th) but we hope to get out and about again on Friday.  By then we will have done some work on our submissions for the RPS publication Portfolio 2, an upcoming RPS event at Amersham, and my Woodstock exhibition - things which we keep us out of mischief for the next few days.

Oh, how wonderful it is to start feeling half-human again (and I'm not the one taking the poison).  Steve really is doing remarkably well, all things considered. 

Thanks to all of you who have been in touch in the last few days - I'm sure your positive thoughts have helped turn the tide of miserableness that's been washing over us recently. I think we're back on the upward slope now...

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