For the last 8 days I have felt very well – stronger and fitter every day - and a lot less breathless. In fact, today I feel better than I have for several months, so even though the chemo means 3 – 4 days each 3-week cycle of feeling terrible, it’s definitely worth it. On Tuesday I even went out for a walk to the health centre to pick up a repeat prescription, and to the post office, and walked back. A journey that would normally have taken around 15 minutes, but took me 45 (including a 15 minute wait at the chemist). Still – I made it without help and only had to stop to rest a few times.
I had my blood tests and X-Ray at The Christie yesterday (and didn’t have to wait very long at all) and saw the young Italian Oncologist again to recount my experiences. I didn’t get chance to ask him any of the questions I had ready (they’ll have to wait till next time) apart from whether or not the second dose of chemo (due next Wednesday) will be better, worse or the same as the first dose. He wasn’t able to say because it’s different for every patient. So, I’ll just have to wait and see, but at least I have a better idea of what to expect. At the recommendation of my GP I’ll take the anti-biotics from day 1 and so hopefully pre-empt the possibility of any infection.
It’s been great seeing so many friends over the last week and I look forward to all the other planned visits over the next few days, but I’m going to have to limit future socialising and put some more time into finishing off the book editing if I’m going to meet my target deadline of end of March. I’m feeling much more optimistic about my expected lifespan and so I think I’ll have more time than I previously thought to catch up with everyone. Anyway, I don’t think I’ll be putting on another ‘posting’ until around 5th February (few days after the 2nd chemo), so bye for now!