Friday, April 03, 2009

Alarm Bell’s, not really.

Two trips to the doctors today, the first one was a routine appointment to get my medication for Hiatus Hernia changed to something stronger. The other was a last minute appointment due to a loss of facial control around the right side of my mouth which we naturally first associated with a stroke.
However, after examination, my GP believes this may be the onset of a form of Bells’ Palsy. Here is a link if it doesn’t ring a bell!
Patient UK, Bell’s Palsy.
Whatever next?

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Appointment with Oncology Doctor – good news/bad news

We had no idea what to expect from today’s appointment and came away with both bad and good news.

The bad news is that chemotherapy will be reintroduced sometime around Easter as I need to ‘stabilize’ my condition and have my stomach investigated for causes of the bouts of sickness I have experienced of late.

The good news is that if I can stabilize myself and have any ‘blockage’ or restriction in my stomach relieved then they will consider sending a request to London for possible Cyberknife treatment.

It would appear that the sickness may be due to pressure on the stomach, could be from the tumour, or that there is now a problem within the stomach that needs further investigation. For this the doctor has suggested an x-ray with a tracer dye to highlight any possible causes.

I now await an appointment date for chemotherapy and the x-ray.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

A pattern I hope that is not being set!

Just as I was last week whilst on holiday I was violently sick again in the early hours of the morning and I could feel it coming on from late afternoon. I tried having a bath to alleviate the pains in my back, which were not helping at all, and then went to bed early despite us having friends around following our daughter’s fourth birthday party.

I was again frightened to be sick in case it contained blood and I hate the feeling of being sick as most people do but more so since having chemotherapy.
Once again once I had vomited it did clear the nausea, naturally, as well as some of the pressure on my stomach that was increasing the pains in the back.

I am due routine blood tests tomorrow with a view to starting chemotherapy within the next week or two. I also have an appointment with my Oncology Doctor on Thursday and I will ask if this is a pattern of events that goes with Pancreatic Cancer and if it is one I can now expect. If so then I will just have to get used to being continually sick once again.