published a day late as apparently having something as simple as wifi in a massive hospital like this is too much to ask!
A bit of a funny morning, I'm so used to Worcester and they are so used to me. They knew all my likes and dislikes, little quirks, knew my children by name and I felt so at home there. I don't feel settled here yet at all but I guess that will come.
At 9am the Pirates (ha ha that was meant to be porter, daft predictive text though pirates would have been much more fun!) picked me up for my first radiotherapy session. I didn't feel nervous, I wanted to get started. I asked to walk rather than sit in the wheelchair as while I'm still feeling fit I'd like to act like it. Once at the dept I was met by 3 lovely staff who reminded me of the process. I was seated in the big black chair (if they'd given me a wet sponge to strap to my head and a piece of leather to bit on us have been concerned!) quite a long time is spent adjusting the machine so it avoids your head, good thing I guess, and making sure all your body is covered by the big clear screen they roll in front of you. Then the staff leave the room, leaving on a good randomising selection on and the machine starts ticking away. You don't feel anything and it only takes about 5 minutes to do each side of your body. Dose 1 of 8 done.
Back in my room I have a little read of the booklet I've been given about TBI and its side effects. 'Most people suffer fewer effects than chemotherapy, nausea and sickness is minimum.' Well I obviously like to be different as within an hour I was violently poorly and proceeded to be so every 15-30 mins for the next 2-3 hrs. I finally decided enough was enough and pressed my buzzer for a nurse. I hate pressing my buzzer, it makes me feel needy but don't worry I got told off for letting it get so bad! I was given ondansetrobe through my HICC and felt much better within a few minutes. Must discuss anti sickness regime with docs tomorrow. Lesson 1- don't try and be tough, ask for help!
Well the rest of the day passed fairly quickly, watched the essential day time TV, read a bit, coloured in then at 4 pm was taken for dose 2, they were behind so I was a bit late back. Annoyingly no one seemed to notice my absense at dinner time so at 7 pm when I asked what time dinner was I was met with "oh my goodness did you not get yours?" Er no love, where's my burger and chips? " They will have binned it due to health and safety, we can't reheat food." Sandwich it is then. I'm not normally a complainer but how hard is it to tick off people names from a list as you serve them dinner and spot someone is missing?!
Anyway, tomorrow my gorgeous girls are visiting with my folks and 2 of my besties in the evening (if they find their way in