Thursday, 28 May 2009

Coo Coo!

Which is French for yoohoo. And cuckoo. Both of which apply.

Following daily phone calls, today we have the internet! Hello, everyone.

I'll be posting pictures of events and progress, but not until the weekend. My day is taken up with dog walking (we haven't a proper garden now) and shutter painting.

I have re-started chemo. After telling me that I'd be on the same regime, I've been switched to a different protocol. Must be a killer on the heart. I had to have a sonagram of my heart, I had an electrocardiogram during the treatment, my blood pressure taken every 5 minutes for an hour, and ice packs on my wrists and ankles.

I asked this time. I was on carbo-taxol before, every three weeks. Now I'm on carbo-caelyx, every four weeks. I haven't found any useful information, yet, on the internet, but I haven't had much time to devote to it. Did I see something, I ask myself, that said I wouldn't lose my hair?

Anyway, the day following treatment, I was up and dressed, but sleepy, at 7:30. At 8:30 I went back to bed for a nap -- until 2 in the afternoon. Since then, I have felt fine. No problems like I had with taxol. My appetite is reduced, it's true, but I consider that a bonus.

I have 192 new messages in my inbox and maybe 300 for my groups. I hope you aren't expecting individual replies really soon.

Tomorrow we go pick up tiles to enclose the shower (Nick is not a happy camper) and to Montélimar for Nick's second infiltration. The doctor agreed with you, Laura; rest for the day and then go on as usual. Unfortunately, he isn't a lot better, so he's going to rest for the weekend.

Oh, yes. The dogs and cats are just fine.

Ah, and my laptop broke. It had already lost its touch pad and then the screen went -- when I dropped it on the floor. New one on the way from Amazon.


  1. Welcome back! Ah, caelyx is doxorubicin. Yes, can affect the heart. Though it seems like this is a liposomal doxorubicin (molecules of doxorubicin have a fatty coating, this enables it to stay in the body longer so greater amount of chemo is delivered to cancer cells with fewer side effects to healthy tissue)
    It's commonly used in ovarian ca that recurs.
    Glad to hear you're feeling well!
    Looking forward to pictures and updates.

  2. Good to see you again!! May I say, I LOVE THE HAT!! I want one! ;-)

    Bummer about the laptop!

    Rest as much as you need, I know you will. ;-) Glad you're feeling better.

    Back to freaking out about my exam and study, study, study!

  3. Thank you, both. Karen, this would be such a more frustrating experience without you.

  4. Bonne weekend..from very warm but very windy Cornwall..have you lost the Mistral over there?

    Good to have you back..look forward to picsxx
    I'm so tired from no sleep I can't figure if you or the car moved in the ones above:-)and then watching French open on line isn't too good for the peepers or brain LOL Then thoughts of could I carry off Rafa's shade of pink? Adieu Janex

  5. No television, yet. Haven't been home long enough totry on line.