After feeling pretty good following on from my Outpatients Appointment I took a turn for the worse on Thursday evening. We had been out for dinner which was fun and I was feeling good but during the journey back to the hotel I started feeling rough, with the onset of what could best be described as flu like symptoms.
I had pain in my back, chest and thighs and a cracking headache was developing. This pain was all in or around areas where I know I have bone metastases or ‘mets’ and so could well be caused by the chemo having a go at the cancer cells there. I also felt very fatigued and just wanted to go to bed, which I did.
We were staying in a very nice hotel but it is always more comfortable to be at home and close to the things that you know. So when I awoke in the morning we took the decision to head home once I was feeling a bit better to travel and therein lay once of the challenges.
I needed some stronger meds which I had at home but didn’t feel well enough to travel home and so I contacted my GP to see if they could prescribe to a pharmacy local to where we were staying and they said they could.
Several phone calls followed and I think that really the doctor wanted me to be seen as I was in a bit of a state but I didn’t want to be seen locally and potentially end up in A&E away from home. If I was going to A&E I would sooner be closer to home.
But in the end I managed to convince them to send the prescription to a locally pharmacy and was soon taking some oral morphine which didn’t take long to kick in.
I have to say a big shout out to my sister and brother in law who we were on holiday with, they were amazing and went to the pharmacy and waited while the prescription was sorted and then helped us pack. My sister in law then drove our car home while I travelled in the back of theirs. So a big thank you to them.
I also heard great reviews for the local pharmacy in Southwold who went above and beyond in getting the prescription sorted and even phoned my GP to chase things up. And so a big thank you to Reydon Pharmacy.
So I was feeling a little better and before long we were heading home. To be honest I spent most of the day in a bit of a daze, dozing in the back of the car, getting home and dozing on the sofa, you get the idea.
Well the oral morphine was helping which was good as I was due to have my next chemo the following day.
We thought it a good idea that Barbara comes with me and while she wouldn’t be allowed to sit with while I was having chemo she would be at hand if I needed help before or after.
We also decided that getting the train in London and then a taxi to the hospital would be the best way to go.
And fortunately all went to plan and the chemo went as expected. I was feeling better and more able to go through the procedure and soon I was done and we were heading home.
I did manage to get my latest PSA reading which has risen to 396 so up from 352 on 21st July. Add that to the increased mets shown on the scan and it does not make for good reading, so really hoping these second and third rounds of chemo are going to do the job.
And so now a few days later as I write I am wondering what the next few weeks will throw at me, I had thought that I had got away with the first round of chemo as I didn’t get any side effects until until the 3rd week, so who knows what might happen this time around.
With the chemo treatments being every 3 weeks they soon come around and I am already counting down until the next one!