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  • Blog Post: Radiotherapy underway, day 14/33 to day 18/33

    14/33 Sunday 13 April: Weight 74.8 kilos. Up at 7.00 am and out the door by 9.00 am. Arrived early at 9.50, so checked in and went straight into bowel prep. No one called me so back into the toilet at 10.15. When comfortable, I sat in reception waiting for my name to be called. Nothing by 10.40, so checked...
  • Blog Post: Radiotherapy underway 9/33 to day 14/33

    9/33 Monday 7 April : Weight 73.8 kilos. Fairly straightforward today although I didn’t get to have my weekly ‘chat’, which was to be done Tuesday. The usual routine but including a full scan. I was told to try and drink more every day outside of the routine as my bladder was a little...
  • Blog Post: Radiotherapy underway 4/33 to day 8/33

    4/33, Monday 31 March , and a new week. Coughing less but London pollution and the Sahara desert sands are making me cough, especially with my asthma. A scan was included today. Whilst waiting for the water to filter through to my bladder (4 cups, my decision), one of the team tool me aside for chat...
  • Blog Post: Raditoherapy underway, days 2 and 3/33

    Radiotherapy underway, day 2/33 Similar process to 1/33 but arrived slightly late, 55 minutes before the appointment instead of one hour. Called straight in, and rushed to do the bowel prep. Before the enema had started working, I was told to start drinking my cups of water. Drank three, then rushed...
  • Blog Post: Radiotherapy underway, day 1/33

    Arrived at UCLH one hour before my appointment, as requested, with my wife, May. Checked in and waited for my name to be called, which didn’t take long. First question: “Have you done your bowel prep?. I hadn’t so into the nearest available toilet to insert the micro enema. Sat on the...
  • Blog Post: A bit of research

    On Friday 21 March, met up with Doctor Kumar at UCLH who is conducting research on the muscles of the rectum in different situations. My contribution is 'before' and 'after' radiotherapy. My R/T starts on Wednesday 26 March, so this was the 'before' stage. Finally got to...
  • Blog Post: Swollen Feet

    My feet are swollen and painful. I have been told this is one of the symptoms of Tax, but I've just looked it up and it can also be a symptom of Reumatoid Arthritis and psoriaisis, both of which I have. The psoriaisis is mainly on my feet and ankles anyway, so not sure what to blame. The skin...
  • Blog Post: Putting things into perspective

    12 days post tax, looking forward to going back onto FEC (am I mad?). Feel more normal today, I can eat and it doesn't hurt. Went shopping at Asda and had one of their breakfasts (a small one). I forgot to buy a new thermometer. I already have three, and none of them are very reliable!! Yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Day 1

    Arrived a little before the appointment time. I received my full list of 30 appointments and went for the initial chat with a member of the radiography team. I had the chance to ask any questions and raise any concerns. I didn't have any concerns, but had taken in a few items of skin care that...
  • Blog Post: First appointment with radiotherapy nurse

    Up at the crack of 7.00 am, on February 25 th, to travel UCLH in Euston Square, for my first pre RT appointment. It was timed at 10.00am and I was seen almost immediately by Nurse Beata (I think). Had I been told the potential side effects such as diarrhoea? Yes, but I should pay close attention as she...
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