Chapter 2 is good

you and I are sisters

Well today has been a heavy going one in many ways, but very happy in others.

I woke early this morning to a lovely night nurse taking my blood samples – which is nothing to report but the fact she had made me a cup of nice hot tea as well was the star part of the deal. It was well before 5am so I had plenty of time to relax and watch the sun come up through the thick clouds. Breakfast arrived, scrambled eggs which weren’t too bad really, and then my second breakfast of orange juice and tablets. I know, I am a sook when it comes to swallowing big tablets, but the orange juice seems to push them down so much easier. Next on the agenda was a shower and sorting out clothes to wear out of the hospital.

My ward buddy Val remarked how different I looked in my own clothes. She said I looked so much better – so that was a nice start. I was just so relieved to find my slacks still actually fitted comfortably…a worry due to my abdomen being so distended lately.

Then when I least expected them, in walked Tim and my sister Bernice. Wow, what a sight for sore eyes! I could have cried with joy, and hugged them both with as much strength as I could muster. Bags were packed, we enjoyed a cup of tea in the Patients’ Lounge while waiting for all the drugs, and then we could depart for the unit.


bowen hills 1

Bowen Hills

The trip to the unit was indeed short, although by the time I got here I was knackered. Tim drove us here, but just the walk from the car park, and then to the unit was enough for me…frustrating in a way but I know this will get better in time.

It’s a one bedroom unit, so comfortable and neat, clean, modern and with pretty good views. There is nothing we could say negative about it, and were just so darned happy to be here. The Leukemia Foundation picks up the bill for the stay apart from the first 4 nights, which is beyond wonderful. In previous years I have always donated to this fund in one way or another, as well as the Starlight Fund for children, and after our current experience, this will not change.

Tim and Bernice went shopping and I snoozed. Bliss. They arrived back with good looking food and lunch. Later Tim had to leave us to return home and again I was a bit sad to see him go. His mother, Mary has sent some pies and goodies she’s baked for us, so the next few days are all set. The only thing I am not real thrilled about is that I have to self inject each night to keep my blood count on the level it currently is. A small price to pay so I just have to toughen up and do it….it doesn’t hurt anyway, it’s just the thought of putting that sharp thing into my stomach. It’s already a case of join the dots there with purple bruises, so I might get something sketched out over the next few days….a Panda maybe.


Tomorrow morning early we have to be at the outpatients Oncology department where they will check my blood first, then concoct up a brew for IV which may take 5 or 6 hours over the day. Another biggie. Not sure what the set up is or whether my sister will be able to sit near me but she may like to come back to the unit for a break anyway.

The hospital is virtually down the street a short way, round the corner and we are there. Super.

So it’s an early night for me. I’m whacked. I haven’t been on face book much today and maybe not a lot tomorrow either, but keep the comments and messages coming…..they are so comforting and lovely to read when I do get to them. Thank you all again for your support and love.

you'll be fine



16 thoughts on “Chapter 2 is good

  1. ursula dewar. June 1, 2016 at 9:51 am Reply

    I hope I have done this in the okay way Jo. I do pray all is really comfy in the unit for you speak to maybe tomorrow via this. Good-night God Bless and love from me. XXXX

    • joskehan June 2, 2016 at 11:27 pm Reply

      Thank you Ursula…looking forward to seeing you again when I am a bit better and over a few more of these courses. xxx

  2. Elizabeth Bailey June 1, 2016 at 10:43 am Reply

    Gosh, Jo, I didn’t know what it was. I’ve had the beast too so know how you feel. I was lucky not to have to have the drugs, just the ops. Hugs and kudos for being so positive. Best way to handle it. Keep on flying the flag!! love Liz

    • joskehan June 2, 2016 at 11:25 pm Reply

      Wow, it’s sometimes good to know someone has been through the same thing. They couldn’t operate on me as it was too close to all the veins and windpipe etc, so the only way was to blast with the chemo….hence the tough going with the courses, but I’m managing it. I will get through to the other side for sure and be well again. xxx

  3. Trevor Belshaw June 1, 2016 at 11:33 am Reply

    Rest well. Onwards and upwards

    • joskehan June 2, 2016 at 11:23 pm Reply

      For sure Trev….I’m not ‘diddly done for’ yet, lol. xxx

  4. Fran Macilvey June 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm Reply

    I like the quote at the start. I wish you all the luck in the world. 🙂 ((xx))

    • joskehan June 2, 2016 at 11:19 pm Reply

      Thank you so much Fran….I want positivity always. xxxxx

  5. phylburton June 1, 2016 at 12:23 pm Reply

    Being brave is difficult… You have bravery by the bucket-full! I’m thinking of you, and wish you love, and a quick recovery. I’m following you, and I have a WordPress account too.xx

    • joskehan June 2, 2016 at 11:22 pm Reply

      Thank you Phyllis….I find being positive helps with the bravery part of things. xxx

  6. Gerri Bowen June 1, 2016 at 5:26 pm Reply

    Sounds good, Jo. A very nice surprise to see Tom and your sister so early. Good luck with the self-injections. I really can’t find anything nice to say about that. Keep sparkling, Jo.

    • joskehan June 2, 2016 at 11:20 pm Reply

      I must admit I was so thrilled to see them arrive looking like healthy ‘outdoor’ people with tans and happy smiles. It’s not good looking at sick pale faces all day, lol. xxx

  7. Kay Burnett June 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm Reply

    Hope your enjoying all the nice food you can have ! Yum ‘

    • joskehan June 2, 2016 at 11:21 pm Reply

      I am so happy even with the natural yoghurt and fruit….makes such a difference.

  8. Jan Brigden June 1, 2016 at 6:50 pm Reply

    Pleased to hear about the suitability of your accommodation, Jo – so important. Lots of yummy food to come as well (always a bonus!) Hope all goes ok in Oncology. Loving thoughts with you. And hugs! 🙂 Xx

    • joskehan June 2, 2016 at 11:19 pm Reply

      Thank you Jan….yesterday was rugged but I got through it and today is a new day. xxxx

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