Friday, November 05, 2010

Birthday Outing

We were undecided where to go but when our chemo Nurse C visited us for the first time on Wednesday, she happened to mention her favourite place for a meal was The Rising Sun at West Bagborough. This is a little village this side of Taunton and I had only been there once - years ago with the girls. We decided to take a chance and discovered that C was right - this is a special place. The host made a point of welcoming us and making sure all was well without being intrusive. The food was first rate and worth the slightly more expensive price. It was a birthday after all. The drive there was beautiful with the Quantocks predominately diffferent shades of gold, brightening the dullish day.

Back home our post prandial torpor almost made us forget the fireworks. They were fantastic and comfortably watched from the guest room window facing the sea. Full marks to whoever organised it.
At one pm today C comes and we start the process - 2 weeks on, one week off. C was reassuring and emphasised that we should never feel it was too late or too early to phone if we were worried. There was always someone at the end of a phone. And it seems I must break the habit of a lifetime and have a thermometer in the house
At least they are much better and easier these days than the mercury ones. Here we go on the next big adventure.


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20 comments:

Scarlet Blue said...

The flowers look beautiful.
I'm glad you had a special day.
Sx
...where are the food pics???

Pat said...

Scarlet: ooops! Sorry - too busy scoffing.

lom said...

Those Macmillan nurses are wonderful

R. Sherman said...

Looks like a wonderful place for a celebratory meal. Congrats on YTL's birthday and continued best wishes on the treatments.

Cheers.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Dinner, the sea, fireworks, a TL. Everything a gal could want :-)

Tell YTL don't worry, my elderly uncle has had similar chemo recently in the US. He's back home [in Guyana] and my auntie [my mother's cousin, really], says he's doing well.

Pat said...

LOM: I don't think she is a Macmillan nurse but I'll check. I think she is principally a nurse who deals with chemotherapy. She also is an events organiser:)

Randall: thank you. It will go to the top of our favourites. One of them recently let us down with an almost warm fish pie. You win some you lose some.

GG: I have every hope, but six months is a long time if it is problematic. Still must be positive:)

Maggie said...

Pass on happy birthday wishes from here too. :) Yes, thanks for the photographs. They put the day in context, thank you.

Yes, too, that looks like a zinnia but I think it in the day lilly family. The centers are different.

Queenie said...

So that was three hours ago now... hope it went well. Looks like a lovely venue for a celebration.

Pat said...

Maggie: one of my experts put me right - gerberas. They do stand up nicely on their own.

Wishes passed on - he's been a very lucky boy.

Queenie: C left about an hour ago. We had a pleasant afternoon - a mixture of drip, chat, tea and biccies and education. So far so good:)

Eryl said...

Looks like a rather nice place for a birthday lunch, glad you enjoyed it.

Glad too, to hear the first treatment has passed without a hitch.

angryparsnip said...

The day sounded wonderful. So glad the meal lived up to the recommendation.

cheers, parsnip

Pat said...

Eryl: C told me they had a bad fire there some years back which is why it is so new looking inside.
MTL just felt a faint tingling in his arm towards the end of the drip, which lasts 2 hours, but C stays there all the time.

Parsnip: yes it's always nice when that happens.

Kim Ayres said...

Glad you had a good time :)

Best wishes and support for the weeks to come

Pat said...

Thanks Kim. I've a feeling we're going to need them.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

So glad you had a wobderful Birthday Meal. And I will be thinking of you both as you start this new adventure and sending ALL good healing thoughts your dear MTL's way. Hope ALL goes really really well, my dears.

Pat said...

Naomi: thank you Naomi. Once we have settled into a routine and gained a bit of confidence it should get easier.

Madame DeFarge said...

Somewhat belated birthday wishes. Hope you had a lovely time and hope it all goes well with the process.

Pat said...

Madame D: thank you for all the welcome wishes;)

rashbre said...

Sounds like a good venue and a great chance for birthday celebrations.

Pat said...

Rashbre: it will replace a favourite which recently had an off day and served cold fish pie (meant to be hot)- so disappointing.