Today I have been over to the GPs surgery for a blood test and I have to say that it went very well.
The doctor was very good and got into the vein first time and got the blood out and the vacutainers full. I was also quick to be seen, I barely had time to sit down.
This blood test is roughly at the 6 week point between my last appointment at UCLH where they are now seeing me every 3 months when I have my Zoledronic Acid treatment for my bones and the next one at the start of January.
Fingers crossed that the results will come back and show no major increase to my PSA and also nothing else to worry about.
Overall I feel fit and well and am getting around a lot better although I still use a walking stick when I go out walking.
I have tried to reduce the amount of morphine I take for the pain in my back, I now take 10mg in the morning and 5mg at night. The are slow release tablets and cover me all day. I did try stopping the nighttime dose but found it a little painful in bed and it interrupted my sleep so I have started to take them again.
I also take 10mg of Amitriptyline at night and wonder if I could get away with not taking this any longer. I think I will discuss it with my Oncologist in January in case there are side effects coming off it.
The Acupuncture that I had has been going well but I think it was more effective when I was having 3 sessions a week rather than one a month. So I am thinking of stopping them.
As I say I am feeling a lot better and what I really need to do is continue to build up my strength and endurance by walking more. I still need to be very careful with my back and in particular with bending and lifting as the vertebrae above and below T12, the one which partially collapsed and I had cement put in are both very vulnerable to collapse as well although I hope the Zoledronic Acid is helping to strengthen them 🤞.
So I am hoping the results for the blood test come back soon and show good news.