Oncology Outpatients 11 August 2021

Back at UCLH today for my Outpatients appointment prior to having Chemotherapy on Friday. I am also going to have a blood test and a Covid Swab Test.

A very different journey today as we are away in Southwold. So about an hours drive to Ipswich train station followed but a 1.15 hour train ride into London and them 10 minutes on the tube.

But totally worth it as being on holiday gives me do many benefits and even the train journey was nice and relaxing.

I arrived at the hospital in good order and was soon called forward to the second waiting area and straight in to have my observations done.

My blood pressure was a little high and even after taking it three times I wasn’t able to bring it down by much.

I guess it could be high because of the travel to the hospital although I feel quite relaxed or it could be because I was poorly the other day?

And then before I knew it I was in with the doctor who did a review of how I had been. I told him about the side effects I suffered and he said this was fairly common and I should expect more!

He also went over the results of the PSMA PET Scan that I had on Friday. Which basically showed that more mets had developed since my last scan in May.

The next scan will be in around 8 weeks so let’s hope the chemo has an effect by then and has reduced them down a little 🤞.

If the chemo is not effective after 3 treatments then they will stop it as there would be no point in having the chemo. So fingers crossed 🤞.

After the appointment I then headed downstairs and had my covid Swab and blood test done. All quick and efficient.

Now I just need to wait for the result of the covid test before chemo on Friday, it should be clear as I am showing no symptoms.

Side effects – 9 August

Well what a day and it didn’t start well!

I awoke to a splitting headache, fatigue and tiredness, aching jaw and muscles. It was so bad I couldn’t get out of bed and infact I never got up until 1 pm in the afternoon and I was still feeling pretty rough.

And so I can only put this down to side effects from the Carboplatin Chemotherapy that I had on the 23rd of July. I was a little surprised to be getting side effects like this so long after treatment.

And even now as I write two days later I still don’t feel 100% and am still taking paracetamol and brufen to keep things under control.

And so now I wonder what this means for future treatments and I am due the next one in 2 days ?

The other thing about the 9th was that was the day we were heading to Southwold in Suffolk for a week’s break and so I was gutted to be feeling so under the weather.

Eventually I pulled myself together and felt well enough for the drive and so we headed off to Southwold.

And it must be true what they say about ‘sea air’ as we went for a walk along the beach and I felt a lot better. That sea air was a real tonic.

So we are making the most of our time on the coast although I will need to go to London twice, once for my Outpatients Appointment and then for treatment.

So watch this space 😉

It was overcast when we arrived.
Watching Teddy having fun on the beach always makes me smile