Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Full steam ahead!

Four weeks since Steve had his last dose of chemo and we were back in hospital again today for his post-treatment scan.  An early start for us as no food allowed for two hours before the scan and request to arrive 8.45.  At least we didn't have a problem finding a parking space at that time in the morning!

No need to drink 1.5 litres of water today (which is what has happened before) so I'm not sure why were were asked to arrive 45 minutes before the scan was scheduled.  It meant we just had to sit there in the waiting area even longer!  

Today, it took three attempts before the nurse managed to insert the cannula for the iodine injection which will show up on the scan and help the radiologist make sense of it.  Steve came out peppered with cotton wool stuck to his arm.

We return to hospital next Thursday to hear the results, so this would normally be the time when stress levels mount. Amanda and Ray are feeling it at the moment....However, unlike last week which was very, very quiet here, things are hotting up and we will shortly be swept up in a whirlwind of activity.   

Between now and the follow up assessment we'll have a couple of days in London helping daughter Katie and her partner get their new flat ready to move into; son Jack will be visiting us for the weekend before heading off on a big adventure, with us providing the taxi service to Heathrow; lunch out with friends from our student days; and a trip to the Focus on Imaging event at the NEC, Birmingham and, most important of all, Steve's birthday to celebrate on Saturday!

Plenty to keep us occupied and take our minds off what we might hear or might not hear at the follow up assessment next Thursday.  

In the meantime, if you have, or care for someone with, mesothelioma and live in the UK, you might like to read the Mesothelioma UK Spring 2013 newsletter - lots of news about interesting looking drug trials - which you will soon be able to download from the website by clicking here . The British Lung Foundation is carrying out a mesothelioma survey to get a better picture of people living with this disease.  You can access the survey by clicking here!

I think I have persuaded Steve to make a guest appearance on the blog on or around his birthday, so please check back at the weekend to see if I have been successful :-) 

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