Derek
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My treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia - In the haemotology unit

Derek
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10 May 2013

It's been a bit topsy turvey the last week or so.

I've required some blood and platelet transfusions and my temperature has been a bit haywire. I'm experiencing nausea which has been a bit problematic over the week, but the medical and nursing staff are doing their best to keep things under control and it seem to be settling down for me.

Apart from the excellent care I am getting from medical and nursing staff, what keeps me going is the incredible support I get from my wife, family, friends, colleagues and Rotarians.

In this blog I'd like to focus on an aspect of my care each time. In the haemotology unit where I am being treated, the consultants rotate on a four weekly basis. Outwith their time in the unit they rotate to other related sites and perform other functions.

Their rationale for this is that the patients get the benefit of the pooled knowledge and experience of all the consultants. This also reflected by the fact that consultants will dial in remotely to the multi disciplinary team meeting held every Monday. From my perspective this seems to be a great example of teamwork that benefits patients like myself.

I continue to be positive about my ongoing treatment and recovery.