Monday, 9 July 2007

One down...a few more to go

Well, first chemo session went according to the Royal Marsden's usual efficiencies. Arrived at 10am for appt with the consultant, eventually got to see him by 12 whence he tells me that he need to order the chemo drugs, which will take another 3 hours to get ready, then about 4 hours to give. When the drugs eventually arrived on the ward they then realised no-one had gotten me to sign a consent form, so I had to wait another hour for a doctor to arrive to go through the consent form with me. I promised I would just say 'yes' to everything. Eventually left the hospital at 7.30pm

Been feeling pretty rough all week - been raiding my supplies of anti-sickness drugs I stored from last year and OD'ing on immodium. Not sure if it is actually worse than before or you just forget how rough it was previously.

For the techies out there I'm on two new (for me) drugs, gemcitabine and oxaliplatin, which together have been used in a few studies on germ cell tumours that appear resistant to standard chemo drugs. Each cycle is 3 weeks - 2 weeks as 1 day outpatient, then one week off. Current thinking is I will have between 2 and 4 cycles depending on how I cope before starting high-dose. Not looking forward to it.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

For someone who feels so ill - you look great! Take care, I'll bring peanuts next time. LP x

Peter said...

http://www.hetemeel.com/einsteinform.php Minutes of fun to be had here! Do the peanuts suggest some sort of craving? All the best Todger!

Rob said...

Nige,

You did confuse me with all that techy speak, but then if it made sense we wouldnt need engineers in this world ?!?!?!?

Either way, it sounds tough, so hang in there.....Big Sam will soon be giving you things to smile about ?!??!?!

Anonymous said...

Hiya Matey - Well all too familiar to you now but tough as old boots as always!! Now about Uncle Sam???? Ray.

phillip.clement said...

What a cocktail, still can’t be any worse than your usual 12 pints followed by a kebab! Hey, perhaps we should suggest that as a course of treatment and you can get this covered by the insurance too! You might actually buy a round! PC

Anonymous said...

Nigel buy a round??????

Peter said...

I'd like to nip this in the bud straight away. I've seen Nige buy a round, now I can't remember where it was but the day was notable as Dick Turpin held us up on way home. Copywright Les Dawson.

Louise said...

Do you know, I think you're right...mind you he claimed it back on his expenses!!

Louise said...

I thought a joke would cheer you up!

An octopus walks into a bar and says "I can play any musical instrument, you like!"
The Englishman gives him a guitar.....he plays better that Hendrix.

The Irishman gives him a piano...and he plays it better the Elton John.

The Scotsman gives him some bagpipes. The Octopus fumbles with it for a few minutes. The Scotsman says "What's wrong, can ye no play it?"

The Octopus says "Play it? I'm gonna f**k it's brains out - once I get her pyjamas off"!!

Anonymous said...

You will be pleased to hear that Dru is now on annual leave, so no more posting his shopping list for at least a week. All the best from the northern lasses Sharron & Sarah xx

Sarah's decided she prefers the North its given her a chance to model designer wellies.

Peter said...

Louise, I reckon Dick Turpin told us that joke when he held us up!!

Louise said...

Dick Turpin was a bit before my time, so I guess the joke is on it's second time around!!

Louise said...

Try this website Nige, I think it will appeal to your money saving nature!

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/

Nigel said...

Lou, reckon you must have too much time on yr hands! And how are the teams figures this month? They saving all the deals till month end?!?!

Ted Dev said...

Something to chuckle about....

A bloke is walking past a pet shop and he sees a sign in the window saying "Talking centipede for sale £10". Intrigued the man goes into the shop and buys the centipede and takes it home in a box.

Later that evening the bloke is sitting indoors bored and opens the box and says to the centipede "Do you fancy popping down the pub for a pint?". There was no response.

Thinking that the centipede didn't hear him the man says a bit louder "Do you fancy popping down the pub for a pint?". Still no answer.

Now the man is annoyed because he thinks that he might have been ripped off and he gives it one last try and shouts "DO YOU FANCY POPPING DOWN THE PUB FOR A PINT OR NOT?"

At this point the centipede pops it's head out of the box and says "There's no need to shout. I heard you the first time and I'm just putting my shoes on!"

Peter said...

Ted Dev 0-1!

Dru said...

So did the guy get down the pub, the suspense is killing me!

Ted Dev said...

Some more humour....

On a rare day off, Martin O’Neil was cleaning out his cellar when he came across an old vase. Thinking it was valuable he rubbed it to clean off the dust. To his surprise out popped a Genie who said, "Oh master, I grant you one wish."

Rather surprised, MON thought for a while before replying, "Hhmmm… I know! Since I like going to West Ham to find old players I would like you to build a bridge from Birmingham to London so that I can miss out all of the traffic in between."

"Oh no master," responded the Genie, "that is an impossible request, it would take the will of a thousand genies to grant you that wish - you must choose a task I can grant you."

MON mumbled under his breath for a bit before saying, "Ok, then, please, please, please can you make Villa win the league at least once in the next one hundred years"

To which the Genie replied, "OK, what colour lights do you want on your bridge."

Peter said...

Ted, you're a spanner. This is meant to cheer Nige up and you're putting crap jokes on here. Try this instead;

Alan Curbishley went into a restaurant with the West Ham squad.

The waiter approaches and asks "What would you like sir?".

"I'll have steak please", replies Alan.

"What about the vegetables?" asks the waiter.

"Just give them burgers!" says Alan.

Boom! Boom!

LP said...

Was that joke supposed to be better?? Must be northern thing I guess!

Peter said...

Kerrrrching!!

Peony said...

Well written article.