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Blog posts : "diabetes"

The results are in...

So, it has been 8 weeks since my last Chemotherapy session and 2 weeks since my CT scan and I had my outpatients appointment to hear the results from my Oncologist.

Basically the news is good and 'Horace' (renamed as I don't want it to be confused with he who should never have been elected!), has…

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Well, that's that then-Chemotherapy complete!

So there we are, I survived my sixteen sessions of GemCis Chemotherapy yesterday.

I now have to wait for a CT Scan and appointment to see my Oncologist to see if 'Boris' has shrunk, or, hopefully shrivelled away completely. I won't have this until the new year and hope to feel at least a little …

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A quiet but uncomfortable week.

Chemotherapy Cycle 6 Completed - 2 more cycles (4 treatments) to go.

So we have a General Election on December 12th and my last Chemo on December 5th so a chance to get rid of both Boris's in the course of a week!

Last week I had an appointment with a  Gastorenterologist, His name was Thomas b…

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An eventful week - but some good news to end on!

Well, what a week that was, it started off with a Blood Transfusion on Tuesday, followed by the second session of my sixth cycle of Chemo. Apparently I have another two cycles to go and hopefully I shall well and truly given Boris a battering. Then today I had a much feared appointment with my Diabe…

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Have you though about becoming a Blood Donor?

So I had Chemo yesterday and the girls took bloods for grouping and cross matching prior to my transfusion which is booked for next Tuesday. This will be followed by a blood test on Wednesday and another session of Chemotherapy on Thursday. That will complete my Sixth cycle of Chemo out of a total o…

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The end is in sight but a hurdle to cross first!




So today I saw my Oncologist, who (aside from the fact said I should see a Dentist about my wobbly lower front tooth), at last explained how long my Chemo will go on.

Apparently I should finish at the end of November after a total of Eight Cycles of Chemotherapy, with each Cycle…

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So what is it like having Chemo?

So what does having Chemo actually involve?

I thought this time I would explain the procedure I go through at a Chemotherapy Session. My Chemotherapy regime is based on a 21 day cycle. I have treatments on Day 1 and Day 8 and a Day off on Day 15. The day before each session of Chemo I have to…

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Note to self - Think Hypo First!

Today was not a good day.

This morning I was especially tired and just putting one foot in front of the other was a real struggle. I had an appointment with my MS Nurse today and was really concerned that my Chemo was having an adverse effect on my condition.

My Blood pressure as usual was h…

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Today was a good day..

Today was a good day as is usual the first day post Chemo so I try to get a s much done as possible. I went to both Lidl and Aldi to pick up some of their weekly special bargains, caught up with some long overdue e-mails to family and did a little online retail therapy.

The patients sharing the C…

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How wrong was I?

Oh Dear, I got that very wrong didn't I?

I thought my four months of Chemo were a complete regime, and once I had a scan to assess the results I wouldn't need any more, (at least for a while). 

However, I saw the Oncologist (for all of 2 minutes) today and he had expected me to have had more …

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Still waiting

Warning - mentions of bodily functions and smells, do not proceed if you are easily offended.

Monday 23rd September

Well, its been over two weeks and I am still waiting to hear what the CT scan showed. Hopefully I will find out this Wednesday when I see the Oncologist - fingers crossed it is g…

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Scanned and awaiting result!

So last week Friday 30th August, I had a CT scan which shouldn't have been a traumatic experience but it was. Not the actual scan itself but the hour long wait before, the jug full of water I had to drink to ensure I had a full bladder, and then the additional half hour wait afterwards before they r…

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Well that wasn't scary at all was it?

Well, its officially true, pride does come before a fall and are often the results of the actions of a Fool!

I was so pleased that I had managed to keep my blood sugars below 20 whilst taking the oral steroids (Dexamethasone), that is until today. Then if you pardon the expression it all went t*t…

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Day 1 Session 2 - last time was just a tester dose.

So, I found out at my latest outpatient's appointment with the Oncologist that my first days Chemotherapy was a low dose to see how my MS would respond and if I could tolerate it. I wish he had told me that before I started it as I thought it was pretty much an easy ride. 

That said, yesterday I…

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Days 12 - 16 - Back, Bladder and Blood Sugars!

So here we are in my week off Chemo and days 12 - 16 which have been eventful in a number of ways.

Monday 12th

I spoke to my Senior Diabetes Nurse (Jen now) who, having seen my Blood Sugar results, suggested we should once again concentrate on just having the Lantus insulin at bedtime to get m…

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Taking back some control!

So, yet again I found myself in tears with my lovely Diabetic Practice Nurse, Helen. I have built up a special bond with her since I moved here. I found it very difficult to surrender myself to the role of a patient, having always been the one 'dishing out information and performing Practice Room tr…

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... I shall call it Boris!

This is probably the toughest blog post I have ever had to write, and it has taken a while as I needed to spend some time visiting family and letting them know what's going on.

Some of my Facebook 'Family' have already been following my story to a point and have been very supportive.

As alrea…

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Sunday 22nd March - Mothering Sunday

A bitter sweet day for me as always. On the one hand I realise I am so lucky to still have my Mum although she lives (with Dad) in Cambridgeshire so I won't get to see her today. I have sent her and Mother in Law (in Suffolk) some flowers which they both loved and they also got some free chocolates …

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