Friday, September 24, 2010

Stepping up to the Plate.

I’m beginning to understand what that means. True to his word our handyman came and by 9am the door was fixed and the bell working. It has a cathedral like three chimes sound. There are other chimes to choose from but the pace of life just now doesn’t allow for luxuries like that. I do occasionally have time to sit and do nothing but then immediately fall asleep.

After two days on the trot driving into Taunton I’m thankful to have the next seven days with no appointments, apart from collecting medications and trying to do something about ‘flu injections. The Invalid has been given the all-clear to drive – for the time being - so sighs of relief from me and we can visit Tesco once more.

The first appointment was a test to make sure healing had taken place and to our relief it had. This means that in two weeks time there will be a second operation which will put things back to normal and make life much easier. I have already booked the same room where I stayed early September.

The second interview with the surgeon confirmed that the operation had been successful. However some lymph glands were affected so there will be a course of chemo and we have a date - later on - to meet a physician, a specialist in chemotherapy who will explain all that is involved.

Our surgeon – a charming rugby playing Welshman believes in dealing with things ‘sequentially’ and this has rubbed off on us and makes coping easier.

So: a breathing space before we gird our loins and bash on regardless. I still have my cushion of prayers , good will, white light and vibes so when I ask myself how the hell did I manage that, I know full well. Thank you.xoxoxox

21 comments:

Kim Ayres said...

Glad you have some breathing space again. Do pace yourself.

((hugs))

Pat said...

Kim: thank you honey:)

lom said...

Sending a few more your way

Pat said...

LOM: than you dear:)

Queenie said...

Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah! That sounds like really good news, apart from the chemo, which obviously isn't ideal but so much better than the alternative. Dealing with things sequentially is an excellent plan. I hope you both get some R&R over the next few days. Sending love for your cushion xxx

Pat said...

Queenie: that brought a smile to my face. Thank yo9u;)

savannah said...

and we're all still here for you both, sugar! so, take a breath and sit a moment and know you aren't alone. much love from across the pond! xoxoxoxox

mapstew said...

I shall sing a nice song for you tonight. :¬)

xxx

Kevin Musgrove said...

Well, that's sounding like a plan. Good that you're feeling the next steps are manageable.

Remember to have five minutes every so often to smell the Autumn leaves.

Pat said...

Savannah: I sat for a moment and slept for two hours. Thanks for the lovexoxoxox

Mapstew: I'll be there in spirit:)

Kevin: always 'must have a plan'!
I will try to smell them and try not to curse them for obliterating the lawn:)

kenju said...

You are welcome, and you shall have it again when needed. I hope the second course of treatment goes well.

john.g. said...

Fingers crossed Mum2! xx

Pat said...

Judy: thank you. I'll keep my cushion nicely plumped;)

John G: thank you. Have you got this cold spell?

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Glad to read the Good News, Pat...And also very glad you have some 'breathing' room---Sooo important.. I like that sequential way, too....It makes it bot such an assault on the body and also on the caretaker, as well....

Sending Hugs To You Both....
(((((((HUGS)))))))

Madame DeFarge said...

Breathing spaces are to be welcomed. Hope you're all well and well-cushioned. Take care.

Pat said...

Naomi:thank you. If you see some patience hanging around - doing nothing, you might send some this way please.

Madame D: a step forward - he drove to Tesco and sat in the car whilst I did a gigantic shop. I'm afraid when the nice girl said do you want any help with packing I said yes please if you have time. If he would just eat a little more.

debra said...

more hugs and love from my side of the Pond, Pat,
Journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.
xoxo

Pat said...

Debra: that is true and we are taking careful steps - one at a time.

Guyana-Gyal said...

And when you need more positive vibes, listen to Bob Marley's 3 little birds. That song will lift your spirits so high, Pat.

More prayers are on their way for you and YTL.

PixieMum said...

Who would want to go to Tescos?

Surely in your part of the world there are farm shops, local independent stores, Co-op or Waitrose.

All these are more ethical traders who are not bullying their suppliers, contractors, holding landbanks to prevent competition and when said competition has shrivelled away, raising their prices skyhigh. Once you have their loyalty card they use it to glue you to their empire.

Pat said...

PixieMum: I'm sorry you felt you had to write this and you'll have to excuse my not replying.