First Blog of the Year 2022

Well here we are in 2022 and only 5 days into the New Year and I have already been to the hospital twice although not for anthing serious.

Yesterday was a visit to UCLH for a blood test prior to today’s visit for my Outpatients appointment.

The upshot of the appointment was that my PSA has stayed steady at 1,670 which is good. The downside was that my haemoglobin had dropped to 76 and so was classed as being low and would help explain while I was suffering from so much fatigue and tiredness.

Having had a few blood tests recently yesterday’s went into the tender part of my forearm, I was warned there might be some brusing!

So the plan is to give me a blood transfusion on Friday to bring my haemoglobin up and then a week later have the second Radium 223 treatment.

I am looking forward to the blood transfusion and really hope that it gives me a boost. Currently I can do very little and have to break tasks into small chunks of activity with rests between each chunk. I also look forward to being able to get out and about and just do normal things like the shopping or going for a coffee.

We made as much of Christmas and New Year as we could and I thank my family and friends for adapting the days so I could take part.

Since my last post I was admitted to hospital with another infection but only spent 3 days in that time as I believe we caught it earlier.

I also had another infection which showed up it a urine test and this time was prescribed antibiotics so we could treat the infection at home.

Overall it has been a rollercoaster of fatigue and tiredness with bouts of pain. I have been off my food and at times just the thought of eating makes me feel nauseous.

I am hoping that the blood transfusion will help me turn a corner and then we can just concentrate on treatment and fighting the cancer which to some extent has been neglected while the focus was on my general health.

I do apologise for the lack of writing at times but when I am feeling rough I feel less inclined to write.

I will try and do better in 2022 😉

I do hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas and I wish you all the best for 2022.

2 thoughts on “First Blog of the Year 2022”

  1. Just wanted to wish you all the best for 2022 Phillip, and I’m glad things are remaining stable, even though it obviously isn’t easy dealing with all the treatments and tests.
    Sending hugs and best wishes
    Justine xx

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  2. Hello Phillip, thanks for taking the time to write-it’s great to hear from you. Sorry you aren’t feeling so great some times, that is sad news. I hope the radium 223 is working well for you. It worked magic for me (I think I’ve said that in previous emails). Anyway, just dropping a note to thank you for writing.

    Here in Minnesota, USA…the ice is thick enough to drive across now. I’ve gone out a few times…didn’t catch much, but it was therapeutic just sitting on the ice, plenty of peace and quiet. I watched a bald eagle hover in the sky and a muskrat scurrying across the ice (I’m surprised the bald eagle didn’t see it).

    Well, thanks again for writing! Hope to hear from you soon.

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