For those of you who follow my blog, you will know it’s been a few weeks since my fingers have danced across the keyboard to bring you our latest adventures. All going to plan it would have been within the next few days that we would have again hit the road as we did at this time last year to start our 2019 adventures.
Sadly this isn’t the case. Back in November, I underwent another CT scan to check for a recurrence of the Lymphoma I was treated for in late 2016. This scan led to the discovery of a new enlarged lymph node in my chest between the heart and lungs, leading to a request from my Hematologist for a biopsy to be performed to rule out lung cancer. With Christmas and the new year out of the way, I got the call from the hospital to present myself at Ward 42 for the procedure.
Since I had to arrive the day before surgery, I was lucky enough to be treated to this gourmet meal of twice-cooked beef accompanied by the most diluted gravy I have ever tasted. Anyway mustn’t grumble at least they fed me. The following day it was nothing to eat or drink from midnight in preparation for the op.
Waiting is always the hardest part with my surgery scheduled as the second of the day, so when they came to get me around, 11am I don’t know if I was relieved or in panic mode, I just wanted to get it over and done with.
I thankfully don’t remember anything about the procedure which is probably just as well since they sliced my chest open between number 2 and 3 ribs. I do, however, remember coming too in the recovery room and how good the hit of morphine felt as I struggled with the pain.
I tried to take a selfie, but there wasn’t really much to show. After a couple of days recovery in the hospital, it was back into the big wide world to await the results. One reasonably major hiccup with this was on discharge when they banned me from driving for 4 weeks. This means that as Sarah is not confident to drive the motorhome, we are at home with Sarah redecorating the inside of the house after having done the outside last year.
This week I visited the Hematologist who gave us the results of the biopsy, sadly showing that the Lymphoma had returned. On the positive side, however, since it’s only a couple of smaller enlarged nodes, they would place me on what they call “watch and wait” until I needed treatment. So no chemo or radiotherapy at this point. Since the disease I have is not going to kill me tomorrow, it’s best to save the treatment till it’s really needed otherwise the effectiveness of the drugs are lessened and the disease becomes immune to them. The “watch and wait” thing can take months or years so at this stage it’s best just to continue living life as though the disease doesn’t exist and deal with it as and when it rears it’s ugly head, requiring treatment.
So now I am really to hit the road again and enjoy all this beautiful weather we are having only to be banned from driving for another 3 weeks making me really miss my motorhome and all the fantastic people you meet when you are on the road. So sorry my blog has sort of dropped off the radar if you have been following things and rest assured that once we are back on the road, I will be back into writing about our adventures.
One advantage of being laid up like this is the chance to live vicariously through other peoples Blogs and travels on their Facebook posts. Makes some really great reading and doing an outstanding job of making me jealous!
To view the places we have visited click here to see them on Google maps. You can click the links to read the blog about that area.
To view the Ratings, we have done for places we have stayed click here