Monthly Archives: July 2011

Back to the filling station

On 3 June I lost 950ml blood. After five weeks on ‘kangaroo petrol’, lurching from one day of normal energy to the next being a ‘blah’ day, back to a good day, then reverting to yuk, I am finally to get a top-up of a couple of units of blood tomorrow.

In discussing this compromised quality of life due to non-replacement of the lost blood, the Oncologist said that the problem is that I do not have a clinical crisis when I lose that quantity of blood, therefore they cannot transfuse me. On the other hand she said that I can get a transfusion if I have symptomatic reactions such as headaches, light-headedness, unsteadiness on my feet, nausea and deep lethargy. I’m not sure why I haven’t been told this before as I have phoned her office on numerous occasions in the last 5 weeks complaining of such symptoms.

The blood tests indicate my liver function levels are raised, but not worryingly so. She did not give me specific figures!

All in all, the Oncologist seems to think I’m doing quite well though and has pushed my next appointment out to three months. (The last two appointments have only been two months apart).

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Posted by on 11 July, 2011 in Medical, Personal


I thought I was slowing down!!

I used to think I was away a lot before I hopped on the cancer train, however it appears there’s been a bit of activity in the last year.

Bronwen has been completing a Morgan Research poll and one of the questions related to holidays and trips we have done in the past twelve months where we have stayed for at least a couple of nights. I have been away fifteen times and Bronwen has accompanied me on twelve of those occasions. Only one of those trips involved a cancer treatment!

We have been to:
Dunedin – x1 (radioactive spheres treatment & whanau)
Hanmer Springs – x3 (ministry)
Geraldine – x2 (ministry)
Blenheim – x1
Australia (Geelong, Hobart, Canberra, Geelong) – x1
Picton – x1
Wellington – x1 (ministry)
Auckland – x1 (ministry & whanau)
Kaiteriteri – Bethany Park – x1 (Homeschoolers camp under canvas)
Little Kaiteriteri – x1
Riwaka & National Park – x1
Martinborough & Wellington – x1 (sibling reunion)

It may not seem much to most people and the places may not seem that exotic compared to Asia and Eastern Europe where we’ve been in the past. At times it has seemed as if my footsteps are stodgy, but when I look back over these twelve months it is good to realise how much we’ve been able to enjoy together both in short breaks and ministry.

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Posted by on 4 July, 2011 in Articles, Family, Personal