Posted at 4:30 pm
My recent hospital stays have reminded me of my theory that staying in hospital is like being on a long-haul flight.
You’re in a confined space, there are constant interruptions, it’s hard to sleep, there’s the threat of deep vein thrombosis, boredom, ordinary food and you can be stuck in close quarters with some very annoying people!
Posted at 9:10 pm
I’m ba-ack. You can’t keep a good blogger down. I was thinking earlier today in the many hours of down time I had before I could get back online, that I may have jinxed myself when I started this blog and said I was really boring and nothing very exciting had happened to me. Since then, it has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride. I guess I should blame the blog.
Posted at 4:30 pm
A few weeks after learning that the stereotactic radiotherapy had successfully reduced brain lesion number one, I suddenly developed a numb chin on the left side of my face. The numbness then spread to my left lower lip and gum.
Posted at 8:11 pm
How many times have you heard people use the expression ‘It’s not brain surgery’ when they’re trying to explain that something is not difficult to do or understand?
We say ‘It’s not rocket science’ or ‘It’s not brain surgery’ as if these are the most difficult and complex things to do or understand in the whole world.
That’s probably why when you tell people you’re about to have brain surgery, they go very quiet. I just want someone to say, ‘At least it’s not rocket science!’
Posted at 8:30 am
I went to Adelaide and all I got was pneumonia.
Part of the idea of this blog was to chronicle some of my travels between treatments. Since April this year I have managed to go to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the Easter long weekend, had a week in Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island in May, five days in central Australia and a weekend in Sydney in June – all without incident!
Posted at 6:15 am
Tomorrow my brother is moving overseas to take up a two-year teaching contract in Vietnam.
He is nervous and excited about moving to a new country and starting a new job, just as you would expect. He is also concerned about leaving me, particularly as I’ve been sick and had to spend a night in hospital earlier this week. I’ll tell you all about that adventure in another post at another time.
Posted at 7:00 am
So is this a blog about me, cancer or my mother?
I can see why you might be confused at this point, but stay with me. I’m trying to make a point here. There is a relationship here between the loss of my mother and the way I have dealt and am dealing with my cancer.