Thursday, June 7, 2007

Bowels

Chemo today. Everything seemed fine and, a I've completed 7 sessions, I might get a week off while they review where they go next. Generally, all the tests seemed to come back positive. I'd lost weight last week but have regained some of it in the interim. This is good news because it probably indicates the weight loss was just a blip, not the start of a period of decline.
My chemo is a gentler routine than most people but the day is still a bit of a drag. The problem is, you turn up at 10am and give a blood sample. This has to then go the lab who take a couple of hours or more analysing it. They then send the results back to the Dr who decides whether you're ok for chemo and, if so, whether the strength has to be adjusted etc. The dose is then made up and administered. So, while my treatment - ie the actual giving me the stuff thru the drip - takes 30 minutes, it actually wasn't administered today until 3.30.
As for the bowels...Well, it's just one of those things about being under medical care. Every week, you go through a list of questions including, inevitably, "How's your bowels?" Not a question that tends to be asked in other social situations. However, in the world of medical care, the bowels retain their importance . And why not? Personally, I think we all sense that the bowels have a democratising effect; reminding us that even the greatest among us still have to make poopy.
While I remember, watch this space for some exciting news about the blog and its future..!

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2 Comments:

Blogger Nowhere Girl said...

Hi Brian. I just found your blog, and I just wanted to tell you how much I admire your courage in the face of adversity. I look forward to your exciting news!

June 7, 2007 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Jeff Riley said...

Hi Brian, came across your blog through the BBC web site. I've enjoyed catching up with it.
Simple authentic prose. I like the range of moods you write from and the nice quotes you drop in as well. Laughed at the notice about leaving the tap running and have found inspiration in your, courage or is it resolution? Even enjoyed your movie list. Maybe I need to check out other films recommended by someone who has the good taste to like Point Blank and unashamedly puts Godfather as no. 1.

June 8, 2007 at 9:05 AM  

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