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Thursday 1st August… All going well!

I had my infusion of platelets last night and I’ve just had a visit by one of the team to say that the platelet count is now up at 100 (taken last night after the infusion). However my Hb is a bit low at at 75 (or 7.5 depending in the units) and they want […]

Wednesday 31st July… Guess where?

And no prizes for guessing Hospital! My stay has been a bit longer than I expected – mainly IV fluids and some mineral supplements to correct my electrolyte balance! There is a little concern at my ongoing low blood pressure, so I have a a chest X-ray to ensure I don’t have a lung infection, […]

Monday 29 July… Clinic day

So after the ‘excitement’ of yesterday, I rang the hospital this morning to see if I needed more bloods. The answer was probably yes, if only to check my platelet count. Looking in the mirror, it became clear that the bruising was more extensive than I thought However no pain or bleeding and I slept […]

Sunday 21st July… last round!

A lot of sitting around today – things seem to go slowly in hospital on a Sunday so I didn’t have bloods taken until about 11:30, but the reslts came back about 20 minutes ago at 150! I have just started the final dose of chemo and I hope to be away in about an […]

Saturday 20th July… Eviction!

Well, I suppose it was too good to last, but last night I was evicted from my side room! I can’t complain though, I had no clinical need and they needed it for someone who does (either because they are susceptible to infection or have an infection themselves). So I am back in the bay […]

Friday 19 June… The wait is over!

Yes, I received a call last night to say that there would be a bed available for me by 8:30! I had called the splendid Lymphoma Nurse Specialist earlier in the day to find out what was happening so I knew it was very likely, but it was a huge relief to get the call […]

Wednesday 16 July… A waiting game

Just realised that I havent posted for a few days. Its been a bit of a torrid week. I had the rituximab as an outpatient last week, so I was hoping for a significant reduction in my white cell count when I went to clinic on Monday. Alas, that was not the case, in fact […]

Saturday 6 July… Home?

And you might correctly deduce that I wasn’t released yesterday. It seems that my electrolyte balance isn’t correct! I had some magnesium in yesterday’s fluids, and both last night and this morning I had a potassium tablet (and to do my bit, I had a banana with my breakfast! Yesterday’s blood results did show a […]

Thursday 4 July… treatment starts!

Mixed day today I woke up in the night with a numb mouth (almost like a dental injection effect) and again when I woke. Although it soon wore off, I mentioned it to the registrar who launched into a stroke/TIA (transient ischaemic attack – medical term for a stroke!) assessment. Happily it should nothing untoward […]

Wednesday 3 July… All change!

And about half an hour after I wrote yesterday’s post, I had a call from the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) – this time from Amy. The muli-discipinary team had discussed my case and come to the conclusion that the spike was caused by the rituximab and so rather than proceed with the vinblastine, I should […]

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