Simon’s prostate log

cancer diary

22. Home & away with catheter

A catheter can be quite useful from time-to-time. It certainly makes it easier to accurately water the lemon tree. But it introduces a level of obstruction that can be quite inhibiting and it sure feels good to have the tube removed. Continue reading

21. Being home

Tomorrow I may be able to stop being an invalid. But nothing quite like being in your own bed and being looked after. Had to sleep on Susan’s side of the bed (left) due to the catheter on my left leg. This meant that the cat bit her foot in the morning (cat usually bites my foot as a signal to get up). Continue reading

20. Thank you

It’s 6:30am and I’m packed and ready. I’ve been fortunate indeed to have so many good people travelling along with me. So thanks to all of you who have been there, sent texts, made comments, phoned me. It’s been incredibly important to me and probably why I have done so well. All I can say is thank you. Continue reading

19. Pathology + the gory bits

Jeremy came by this evening with a CD of the stills from the operation. He said that the pathology of the prostate was good except that one part of the tumour was just a mm from the edge. This is too close for comfort but he thinks we got it in time (before it spread). So, as far as I’m concerned that’s good news!
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18. 4th day – out tomorrow

Up early to do the catheter wash, shave and shower. The nurse was keen for me to have a Panadol. We agreed that I’d take the Panadol if she removed the drip needle from my arm. No doubt she would have removed it anyway.
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17. 3rd day blues?

Tim rang me this morning at about 6:30am and we talked about slipping boats. I then discovered my bed was a bit a train wreck – a slip way in itself. I don’t know what happened but the nurses are amused and can’t fix it. Continue reading

16. blessing the shower

An unpleasant, uncomfortable long night with a fever and a peculiar bed-bound discomfort where the body seems to be pressed into all the hard bits by inertia, gravity and helplessness. Continue reading

15. go-between for fluids

Getting a bit queasy, earlier. Priscilla visited and assured me the bladder bloat was normal. She said the fluids would suddenly pass-through more rapidly and that my tummy should start to rumble.
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14. Sister morphine

Here I lie in my hospital bed…rattly voice and a little hazy. It’s morning and painful to move.. Continue reading

13. The Ashdown Cycle

The CRP tests have given Martin Ashdown the data to pick up my oscillation. It appears my cycle has a periodicity of about 6 days. I’m not sure how to display the vertical line that occurs at 7.5 days (format incompatibility). This line marks the treatment window. When treatment occurs in this window the immune system is stimulated into action regardless of the type of cancer. Continue reading

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