The good news is …

..I am feeling much better than I was prior to yesterday, because of my morning visit from Louise, my new Palliative Care Key Worker. Following an assessment of my current pain levels, Louise increased my pain killing drugs and prescribed Oramorph which Colin collected from the GP in the afternoon. This has already made a difference and although they knock me out somewhat, I was able to sit and enjoy a meal with Colin last night, in much more comfort. To be honest I think I have been putting up with more pain than is necessary. I don’t like to make too much fuss and I was thinking that pain is just part and parcel of what you need to put up with when you have chemo, I also worry about taking too many drugs, but when you think about it, it’s a bit late for that really as I already take an enormous amount of medication anyway taking a few more, with the result being better pain relief is a no brainier really. Louise was very helpful and she informed me that I can apparently access all sorts of free therapies including reiki, reflexology and massage, whilst I am receiving treatment. The sad thing is I need to go to the hospice for these. I was also a little distressed to read the Palliative Care leaflet that states it is for people with cancer and other life limiting diseases. I reminded Louise that my life was going to be as long as everyone else’s and that I don’t do that dying thing, it really isn’t very solution focused in my humble opinion. I remember visiting the hospice in my professional capacity and thinking it was the one place I would never want to go, not because it wasn’t lovely there and filled with the most caring of staff, but for me I could only see one way out and that was in a box. I do however need to have a rethink and just like I have got to love and appreciate the Macmillan services so must I for palliative care and the hospice. These services are not just for the dying but act as support for hmmm ….(I have to think here) those who might just need it and their families. It really is quite a thing to get my head around especially as in mine I am still a healthy girl in her twenties, unfortunately my body and the mirror often remind me otherwise. If you do however need to make use of any of these services you will be even more grateful for the NHS and the fact that these are readily available to you. In my opinion the nurses who work in this area are very special indeed. Did you know that it is even possible to call on the Palliative Care Team at the weekends and late at night? I really do hope I never need to but it is so good to know they are there.

Well back on a much lighter subject, I am really looking forward to my visit to the spa today. After the original fuss that was made I think the Sanctuary Spa will ensure today is a very special experience for both myself and Kate, I just hope I don’t fall asleep in there. They are providing us with lunch, body massages and complimentary manicures. I am a little embarrassed though after listening to what Kate told them on the phone, honestly she apparently told them that I had met the Prime Minister and that I was a very important person among a host of other things! I shall wear my wig and a pair of dark glasses to hide my embarrassment. Following our spa experience, we might even manage a short wander around John Lewis depending on our energy levels. I am a girl who loves to shop but Kate isn’t so keen, so luckily for her but sadly for me, I probably couldn’t manage more than one store, if that, in my current state of health.. Colin and my dear friends Sue and Angela, in all seriousness, suggested I use a wheelchair, (apparently they have them to borrow in John Lewis) honestly I don’t think I am at that point yet! Still a good time will be had, whatever.

Will let you know how it all went tomorrow.

Don’t work too hard whilst we are busy relaxing!

Deborah x

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5 thoughts on “The good news is …

  1. Sounds like the nurse was just the tonic you needed. You are so right about the pain relief .The nurses are so skilled, and if it gives you a feel good factor to sit and have a meal with Colin then job done. At this time you have to go for it and keep looking forward. This is just to get you to the point of getting the rest of the treatment. Have a good day Deb see you over the weekend.X
    Ps Ive got a rusty set of pram wheels if Colin wants a go at making the wheel chair, it could be custom built for emergency shopping!!

  2. So glad you have your pain under control now, which must be such a relief. Hope you and Kate have a lovely day at the spa and enjoy the lunch and extra pampering – you deserve it!
    Take the wheelchair if you need it – nothing should get in the way of shopping!! Go for it.
    Look forward to hearing how you got on.
    Love Hxx

  3. Hi Debs. I know you are great at visualisation so use that technique to turn around your view if the Hospice if you can. You can be the one that they feature in their magazine – the one who defied the disease and whom they supported whist your body built up its reserves, thus marketing another part of their service: not just for those with life limiting diseases but also for those in remarkable remission!

    As for the Spa and your thoughts on a wheelchair, I have a rather pretty blue one that completely comes to bits to get into a car so you can go anywhere and get fresh air and a change if scenery even if you are feeling a little shaking or slow on your feet. Just say the word and I’ll bring it round.

    Enjoy your pampering xx

  4. I hope you had a lovely relaxing day at the spa, and werent too tired to enjoy shopping in John Lewis. I look forward to hearing how you got on. Take care xx 💅

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