Days 67 – 91

Hello!

It’s been a while but thought a little update would be good.

I’m feeling very well at the moment with no pain whatsoever. You may recall on my last post that I was suffering with trapped wind and at that time the pain was subsiding. I’m glad to report that I’ve not had a reoccurrence of this and I think it’s due to my drinking plenty of water. It seems this is the key to keeping everything ‘moving’.  

Cecil continues to function well, and, I’ve yet to eat something that he really dislikes. Although, we went away for a long weekend a little while ago and I did discover that he gets a bit noisy if I drink champagne. Looks like I’ll have to send back that crate of Bollinger then!!

Seriously though, I’ve been very fortunate in so much as I am eating everything I was eating pre Cecil with no issues. 

Now on to the really important question. Can I drink wine? 

Well, after copious amount of research (of the drinking variety) I’m pleased to report that I am able to drink what I was drinking before (purely medicinal of course) with no apparent issues. Phew!

I think I’ve mentioned previously my trip to see the urologist (Mr Fatfingers!) and he said that my urinary flow was a bit slow. This also appears to have improved and I don’t seem to be having any issues in that department either. No more ‘want to pee,  can’t pee’ scenarios. 

What about the tumour?

As far as I can tell, it’s definitely shrunk. I can’t feel it at all now so it seems that the radio and chemotherapy has done the job, we’ve just got to see if it has shrunk enough. 

On that note I had a check up with my oncologist and he is happy that I am well. I have CT and MRI scans booked for 30th December and then back to see him on 5th January to get the results. 

On the morning of the 5th there is a Multi Discipline Team (MDT) meeting at the hospital. This is where doctors and consultants of different expertise get together to discuss cases and I will be discussed that morning. Assuming the scans show that the tumour has shrunk sufficiently and that the cancer has not spread to anywhere else, I will be handed back to the consultant (known in our house as the ‘bum doctor’) for him to book me in for surgery to remove the tumour. I anticipate that this will be towards the end of Jan or start of Feb. I may be in hospital for my birthday, I hope they do nice cakes!

More news on this when I have it. 

Psychologically I am fine and haven’t really felt any different the whole way through this journey (there it is, the J word!), once I know the results on the 5th and get the date for the next lot of surgery I can start to focus on that and then after that I can start to focus on putting this all behind me. 

In some respects it has made me a better person (I hope) it has certainly made me a more emotional person and more inclined to ‘let things go’ that I would have got annoyed about previously.

It’s made me appreciate what I have in terms of friends and family. All things considered, I’m very fortunate. 

This whole thing has been easier because of the unerring support and love of my beautiful Paula, by my side every step of the way. 

As I’ve said previously, I have not underestimated how tough it has been and may still be for the ‘onlookers’, powerless to help but wanting to do all they can to assist me. Just being there folks, has helped, believe me, more than I can say in this blog. 

Workwise, I’m pretty much back to normal, climbing back onto the ‘being out of the house every evening’ horse has been harder than I thought it would. I’d got used to being home every night but I’m back in that particular groove now. 

Interestingly, on the 3rd December, it was 26 years since I started what I call a job, others call getting paid for talking and drinking coffee. Well, someone’s gotta do it!

So, there we are, I don’t think there’s anything else to report at this stage. 

It just remains for me to wish you all a Merry Christmas and wish you a happy, peaceful and most importantly, a healthy New Year.

Look after each other and tell your loved ones how much you love them every day.  

Life is short, live it

Love is rare, grab it

Anger is bad, dump it

Fear is awful, face it

Memories are sweet,  cherish them.

Thanks for reading. 

Pat. 

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