Radiotherapy and the Evil Sorceress

Saturday 19th October 2019

Yesterday I was feeling so good but when I woke this morning my throat hurt and the constant sickness feeling was back. I didn’t take much pain killer overnight and after I had some things did improve a little.

Although feeling nauseous all day I did manage to have some more soup and lollies for lunch.

I also got some sewing done – thought it might take my mind of my problems – and still had a fair bit of sleep as well.

I have decided to keep off the OraMorph and revert to Paracetamol – hoping it will be gentler on my stomach.

More soup for tea – it seems the only thing I can get down without gagging.

Sunday 20th October 2019

I woke Nigel up at 05.00 this morning – I needed some pain relief and I get so confused as to what to take these days – we decided on OraMorph because it’s only a small amount and easy to swallow – even if it does upset my tummy a bit.

Ate all my breakfast of ReadyBrek today – another small step in the right direction. Then more steps in the form of a short walk down the lane – it shows autumn is really here – I could feel it in the air.

We went into town, got some ingredients for homemade soup (tomato) which I made when we got back. It was lovely and made a change from the chicken noodle tinned one I had been living on. Still only eating small amounts but regularly now so on the up.

Got a bit more sewing done (completed alterations to Nigel’s New Year suit and my Halloween outfit).

Monday 21st October 2019

I slept well last night – got through with only 5ml of OraMorph (doing well) and woke with a really positive attitude today. My wound itched a bit but at least it wasn’t hurting so much this morning when I stretch it (when turning) – more progress.

Lunch was a couple of spoons of soup which I enjoyed. I still have the sticky throat and try as I might I can’t shift it – every drink I try doesn’t help at all.

Tonight I thought I was going to be sick but all I did was retching on an empty stomach. As I haven’t eaten much I thought, grab the bull by the horns and try some scrambled egg made with butter (suggested by Nigel) with a bit of tinned tomato left over from his breakfast. I did eat a bit of the egg but have to say the tomatoes tasted better – enjoyed them.

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

A reasonable night’s sleep – woke up thirsty – still can’t find a drink to cut through the sticky stuff. I know it seems all I do is complain about it but at the moment it is a major part of what this is about.

I had a good shower today and my wound is now scabbed up so the water didn’t hurt – still putting plenty of Epimax cream on the new skin as it appears so it stays moist and doesn’t crack or get crusty.

I lost another 4lb this week on the scales at Slimming World which gave me my 6stone award – I think I will be happy to stay at this so am aiming to eat at bit more if I can to stop the losses. I chatted with my friends, all were very supportive, and Kathy suggested I try Lemon & Lime sparkling water (she even nipped out to her car for one). I put it in the fridge for later.

Hospital check-up this afternoon – they were very happy with my progress both the wound and my general demeanour. I don’t have to see them again until mid-November when I get to see my consultant again. We did our last YouTube Vlog for a while on our way home – me for a well-deserved siesta (long tiring day) while Nigel edited and uploaded the vlog.

I did try the L&L water and it’s helping cut through the sticky stuff better than anything else I’ve tried – result.

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

After yesterday I was very tired so slept most of today away. I did eat some ReadyBrek and more soup but not up to normal portions yet.

Thursday 24th October 2019

I thought I would feel better after sleeping most of yesterday but still not good.

I was due to have my hair done this afternoon but just wasn’t up to it. Emma came but we just chatted for a bit – me a bit emotional, but she is a good friend and was super reassuring. We have rescheduled for next week.

Friday 25th October 2019

A bit of an improvement this morning – still not as good as earlier in the week though. I had a good hot shower which made me feel better too.

Nigel went shopping for the last few things we needed before we headed off for our first weekend away since way back in early September – not really feeling up to it but I didn’t want to disappoint him. He says we don’t have to join in if we don’t want to but you never know.

It was a bit of a journey to Sharpness the M4 M5 junction was particularly busy (something to do with half term I believe) but even so we got to our rally field about 15.30 – it rained most of the way there but did stop for a short while after we had got set up. Our fellow campers were all in caravans and parked on the grass – we were on hard standing near the edge – our 5 tonne unit doesn’t do well on grass this time of year.

pitched up

Saturday 26th October 2019

It rained almost continuously overnight (we could see puddles on the grass between the vans) and hadn’t stopped by lunch time.

soggy field

Nigel had been regularly checking his rainfall radar app and predicted it would stop between 2 & 3 pm – I had my doubts. Still we were warm in Voyager so it was a restful day for both of us.

At about 3.30 it had mostly stopped – just a bit of drizzle – so we went out for a few minutes fresh air. Just 50 yards or so to a monument we could just see from our window.

monument

Terry our Marshall popped his head in and told us the ‘party’ would start about 7pm in the Dockers Club.

Dockers club

We decided to go for it – got dressed up – me as the ‘Evil Sorceress’ and Nigel as the ‘Grim Reaper’ – if nothing else it would give others a good laugh.

ES GR

I’m glad we did – it was only a small party (five couples with a few grandchildren) but everyone was very friendly. The Grim Reaper had to judge the children’s fancy dress – he was very diplomatic, after a bit of hamming it up with my ‘Staff of Interrogation’ he declared them all winners.

Party kids

Then the adults were judged and against all odds we were named the winning couple – and presented with a bottle of fizz as a prize.

We stayed a couple of hours, but I was not up to any more so we returned to Voyager and had an early night.

Sunday 27th October 2019

What a difference a day makes! A chilly morning but not a breath of wind and clear blue sky.

After breakfast (earlier than normal with the clocks having gone back) we did all the usual chores then set off for a good trundle on the 2G’s.

Trundle 1

Never having visited Sharpness before we didn’t have very high expectations but we found a lovely old docks the start of the Canal to Gloucester with many narrowboats and cruisers in the marina as well as good recreational areas with views of both the seven bridges.

Biker Girl
As a Biker Chic it was nice to see – even if i can’t ride now

sunset 1

We did one side of the docks in the morning where I collected some bits for a collage (just something I like to do)

collage

returned for a warming bowl of soup for lunch and then the other side of the docks and the marina in the afternoon.

We were the last to leave at about 3.30 and were home by 5.00.

Although I was reluctant to come I’m really glad we did – it was a really good weekend and just what we needed.

Feeling a lot better and my wound is almost healed now.

wound

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