Thursday, April 23, 2009

Barium Meal Xray

Approximately 40 years ago, as a young boy, I had a barium meal xray for which I was offered sixpence [2 ½p] if I drank all of the barium solution, which I did not.
And today at my second barium meal xray I did not finish all the solution either, how come it has not improved in all this time? Prior to the meal I had to have a spoon full of sherbet type medication that was swallowed down with a miniscule amount of fluid. I was stood up, lay down and rolled over in the machine until they could find a decent image to take, if they could not then they would ‘flood’ the area. I did not ask what they meant by that but I imagined enema and hoped that it worked, which thankfully it did, so ‘flooding’ was not necessary.
I guess I just await the results now and see what has been causing me to feel or be sick.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Return to Chemo

First day back at Chemotherapy since February and it was not a good start to the day, I could drink or eat little without feeling sick. I slept most of the morning and it took me all my energy to get washed and dressed. I am not eating or drinking enough to sustain a grown man’s body. I am now down to 9st 9lbs.

Once at the hospital the inevitable happening and my veins went into hiding, warm water bucket and a heated pillow would not bring them out. Eventually, three needles and two nurses later, the needle was in and Chemo began. Fortunately I fell asleep for most of it so the half an hour passed by seemingly quickly. Now let’s hope it does its job and rids me of some of the pains.

On a brighter note I had an email from the Hotel and Spa we were at last week asking if I minded them putting my thank you letter up on their website. I naturally have no problem with that whatsoever as it was sent from the heart and everything in it was sincere and honest.
Don’t know when it will appear but here is the link to the Hotel’s website.
Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa