Test results are all good.

yes it's all going to be ok

This morning was an early appointment for blood tests followed by a consultation with the doctor at the Oncology Dept. The blood tests include a lot of things that are not usually tested for in normal, healthy circumstances, and it’s quite amazing really just how much information our blood holds.

Between the blood tests and the time to see the doc, we ventured downstairs where I bought some very soft turban type scarves for when my hair finally says bye-bye. I was given a tip by a patient the other day that when the hair is first lost, the scalp is very tender. That’s understandable. She warned me to wear fabric on my head to bed as anything else will rub and irritate the scalp. The three turbans I bought today are very soft. I got a white, red and beige one, so along with my warm knitted beanies, I am well prepared for the near future of baldness.

My doctor commented on the fact I still have hair. When I told him it was coming out in handfuls each time I comb my hair, he sympathised. He was obviously surprised when I said I wasn’t too worried about it really – it will grow back – and I like scarves!

The main part of the consultation was of course, that all is on track, in fact it’s going better since they took me off the self injected stuff. On reflection that makes sense because my energy and general feeling of being ‘well’ happened the day after I self injected for the last time.

Next week could see another change and perhaps for the not so good, as I have quite a few doses of chemo ahead. Each day will be taken as it comes, and if I need to rest more, that’s what I’ll do.

you will get through this

Tim is due down again tomorrow which is the highlight of my week. He will accompany me to the hospital on Saturday morning, then he will have shopping duties with my sister Bernice. He will be kept busy for the day, then we can relax on the Sunday till he has to return home and to work. No doubt with a huge sigh!

Daisy's rat

In the meantime at home, my gorgeous little Daisy has earned her keep well and truly. This afternoon she was happily playing up near Chookingham Palace when suddenly Tim noticed her take off like a little rocket and head for under the house. He followed in hot pursuit, and found her shaking the life out of this huge rat. Tim thinks the rat was disturbed in the bushes behind the water tank by Daisy’s sniffing about, and it ran to the house to hide. Our little ‘mouser’ or rather ‘ratter’ was too good for it though. So proud of my little girl – she is a true Terrier.


Keep smiling, take good care of yourselves and each other. Thank you for your love and support…..next week is going to be a little tough and rough around the edges I think, so fasten your seat belts. Much love and big hugs.


12 thoughts on “Test results are all good.

  1. Fran Macilvey June 9, 2016 at 12:45 pm Reply

    Thank you! 🙂 xxx

  2. Trevor Belshaw June 9, 2016 at 3:45 pm Reply

    Fab news on the results. 🙂 and well done that ratter.

    • joskehan June 11, 2016 at 2:18 am Reply

      Thanks Trev….my job is to make sure I stay on the ‘up’ next week when I have a lot of chemo. xxx

  3. Gerri Bowen June 9, 2016 at 4:19 pm Reply

    Your post today made me smile, Jo. Keep that sparkle coming!

    • joskehan June 11, 2016 at 2:18 am Reply

      That’s good to hear, I aim to bring smiles to faces. Hugs. xx

  4. margueritequantaine June 9, 2016 at 5:01 pm Reply

    Dear Jo,
    I am so very sorry to learn of your health concerns. There’s no excuse for me not joining forces to rally on your behalf sooner — so, please believe that I certainly would have had I known. Although I’ll probably never know why, I was blocked on Facebook and, since all FB notifications come on my iPad, I just shut it down and moved on to the big, busy, beautiful life I have — like you do — cyber-less. But in doing so, I didn’t pick up my mail, either, missing all of your blogs until I had a Jo-a-thon this morning and read them all at once. What a strong, vital, inspiring woman you are. It puts a smile on my heart to know you’re improving daily. Keep it up! I’ll try to be as good a friend to you as you’ve been to me — even though, you know, you’ve got me beat on that hands down.  Be well, woman! This is me, standing and cheering for you.

    Love to you & your Tim & fur skins,


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

      Thank you so much Marguerite….I have missed you on facebook and so pleased that is all settled again now. Hugs. xxxx

  5. Niamh Keany Pattison June 10, 2016 at 1:42 am Reply

    so glad to hear things are moving forward in a positive way and the treatments are going as planned…have thought about a wig…maybe now is the chance to be a blond bombshell or hot red head…xxx Ps. well done to daisy…what a smart and quick little girl she is…

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

      Not sure about a wig yet….I think I’ll be happy with the turbans and hats at the start. I could try a few different colours and styles though…that would be fun. xx

  6. Annie Seaton June 10, 2016 at 5:25 am Reply

    Great news..love your scarf attitude!

    • joskehan June 11, 2016 at 2:34 am Reply

      Lurve a good scarf, lol. xx

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