Some improvements all round!


Things are on the up. I remember watching a British TV sitcom back in the 90s (I think) with Denis Waterman as the star whose catch phrase was ‘I’m on the up!’ That’s me at the moment.

My counts are all moving upwards in the right direction at last and the infection is clearing. It was decided a few days ago to remove the PICC as the infection was obviously attached to the PICC line which runs from my right arm up through the chest area close to the heart. It’s common for them to hold the bugs and indeed I’ve had this happen in the past. A new line is booked to be inserted on Tuesday. It doesn’t hurt, but one feels pressure as it’s inserted …can’t say it’s pleasant!

The amazing part of ‘on the up’ is the food. I’m not sure if anything has been said to those who could change the state of the food, and no doubt I will hex the slight improvement by saying this, but the food has been of a slightly better quality the past 3 days. I’ve enjoyed a meat pie with nice pastry and vegetables that were microwaved a little longer than they have been in the past, so weren’t oozing frozen water. Lunches are boring still and I mostly opt for the sandwiches – the safer option. The crumbed fish last night was nice with roasted pumpkin, white mashed potato and steamed broccoli. Such a difference! I just hope it keeps improving – and yes I will continue to complain about the crap things when and if they appear. Tim brought in some crusty bread for me yesterday. I was craving it with lashings of butter. Yum!


I’ve been visited by the very nice Nick who is the Chief here on the ward. The other doctors are nice but somehow I feel more confident in what Nick has to say. The schedule for the next lot of chemo has been planned for as soon as the infection has been beaten into submission by the antibiotics, possibly Wednesday, and chemo will begin the following day.

The scans done Friday have looked good I’m told, so I’m rather pleased and encouraged with my decision to go for this chemo treatment. There has been the suggestion by Nick also, of farming cells after this lot of chemo, for developing to the point of being acceptable as a transplant. A long and sometimes hard road so I’ve witnessed with other patients, but I’m willing to give it my best shot. The prospect, even though a bit scary, is exciting too and I’m hoping for that remission. Keep your positive vibes flowing to my corner of the world please. Together we can beat this thing!

The doctors have all had a bit of a change around with rosters and areas. Kate came to let me know she was off to another area but no doubt I’ll see her around. Nik the Greek doctor is off to a completely different area so he can be a more ’rounded’ doctor. Su Yan (Sam) will be on the ward to take care of me, so I’ll be blessed with his smiles and jokes. He’s a breath of fresh air really and I’m always happy to see him appear at my door.

I’ve had a few changes in neighbours in the next room over the past couple of days. One lady, bless her, sounded so grumpy and fed up I would have gone in to give her a hug had she not been ‘off limits’ because of some bug or other. Next was a man who only stayed a day before being transferred to another ward, and now there is another gentleman in residence whose devoted wife stays with him for hours. She must be bored stiff poor woman.


In the meantime I have stayed put. My nurses are gorgeous and so caring, and I must admit it’s nice to have the room to myself. I close everything up and tuck myself up for bed by 8.30pm or 9pm if there is something on TV worth watching, and I don’t wake up for several hours. Cricket is dominating the TV again so it’s not hard to flick the switch to ‘off’. I’d rather watch the grass grow than watch cricket.

A word on love and devotion…..this afternoon Tim had left after being here a few hours to chat. I tried to log onto the laptop and couldn’t get the internet dongle to work at all, so I rang him…he was about 10 minutes away and on the freeway heading for the unit. With no hesitation whatsoever, he took the next off ramp to come back and sort out the connection problem. I was very appreciative but felt terrible about his having to double back….but you know, that is Tim. He is always so ready to help, so patient, so kind and so loving. I am so blessed and downright lucky!

learn to cherish

So this week will include a new PICC line insertion, next course of chemo and so it goes on round the circle again.

Take care everyone. Much love and big hugs, and please may America do the right thing on their voting day.






17 thoughts on “Some improvements all round!

  1. Denise Sultana November 6, 2016 at 8:01 am Reply

    Fingers crossed for a really good outcome Jo. Hugs and prayers are being transmitted from me to you. Lover Denise xxx

    • joskehan November 7, 2016 at 2:01 am Reply

      Thank you Denise. Love and hugs xxxx

  2. ursula dewar. November 6, 2016 at 9:15 am Reply

    Hello Jo, All sounds to be really heading in the right direction for you. You as always will be in my prayers God Bless always with lots of love from me. XXXXXX

    • joskehan November 7, 2016 at 2:01 am Reply

      Much love and many hugs xxxx

  3. annieseaton26 November 6, 2016 at 9:31 am Reply

    That’s great news, Jo.. .re infection improvement and harvesting. My nephew went through both a stem cell and a bone marrow transplant after being given a 30 percent chance of survival. He has recently celebrated his ninth ‘birthday’ since the transplant. Think of you every day xx

    • joskehan November 7, 2016 at 2:00 am Reply

      Annie I was talking to a fellow patient this morning while waiting for chest xrays, and the doctors had told her there was more or less no hope for her survival – she had her stem cell implant and ‘breezed’ through it she says. She was admitted recently due to a tummy bug but is otherwise doing well.
      Where there is life there is a chance!
      Hugs xxxx

  4. Trevor Belshaw November 6, 2016 at 11:01 am Reply

    Nice to read the positive news. Got everything crossed for you here, Jo. Hope all goes well over the next weeks or so. You’re in my thoughts… every day actually. I look forward to your blogs, especially when they contain good news. Keep at it m’dear. You’ll beat this bugger.

    • joskehan November 7, 2016 at 1:57 am Reply

      Trev, that is the plan. I am determined this thing is not going to beat me! Hugs xxxx

  5. Doreen November 6, 2016 at 11:17 am Reply

    Better news all round and very hopeful thank goodness. I was watching Supervet on SBS the other night . A UK vet leading the way in new approaches including stem cell treatments was able to remove good cells, have them grown in the lab then transplant back into the lower leg bone of the dog that would otherwise have had his leg amputated. The bone started to grow within the damaged area. Another didn’t have a fully developed shoulder joint and the stem cells were grown and implanted back and it worked. It took a few months but both kept their limbs. If it works on animals then at least there are other options for you to try. Pleased to note food is improving let’s hope that continues too. A bit more optimistic for you. You’re always in my thoughts and prayers. Tim as always your guardian angel. Blessings to Tim too. Luv,hugs and healing.Dxxx

    • joskehan November 7, 2016 at 1:56 am Reply

      It’s amazing what can be achieved with stem cells. I’ve seen a few successes here on the ward and have been told a few horror stories as well, but I’m ready to give it a try.
      I would be lost without Tim….he is so generous, kind and caring.
      Hugs always xxxx

  6. oldawg November 6, 2016 at 11:34 am Reply

    Amen and big, ge tle bugs Jo ❤

    • joskehan November 7, 2016 at 1:52 am Reply

      Hugs for you too. xxxx

  7. Robert Fray November 6, 2016 at 12:48 pm Reply

    With all the way, with all the possie vibes I can muster. xx

    • joskehan November 7, 2016 at 1:52 am Reply

      Thank you Robert, you are a gem. Hugs xxxx

  8. Gerri Bowen November 6, 2016 at 8:05 pm Reply

    This is wonderful news, Jo, and it’s good to hear you sound so positive. Keep it going, girl!

    • joskehan November 7, 2016 at 1:51 am Reply

      Thank you Gerri…I am determined not to let this thing beat me. Hugs xxxx

  9. Fran Macilvey November 7, 2016 at 3:44 pm Reply

    Thanks for writing, Jo. ((xxx))

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