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Life Blog – 274 – 278 Game On

Friday 22nd April 2011. Peanut was at work today but  we were heading to my Mum’s for the weekend  as soon as she finished. To that end I took P to work, then kicked my heels all day until I collected her at 6 and then we went straight to my Mum’s in Buckley, near Chester.

We arrived at 8 in time for a home made fish supper which was very welcome.

 

Saturday 23rd April 2011. A lazy day at my Mum’s with a trip to Asda being the daytime highlight and a meal out at the local pub the evening delight. Simple stuff but fun and it was good to see Mum and Anthony again just before the liver consultaion on Tuesday, which was slowly starting to peoccupy my mind.

 

Sunday 24th April 2011. A fry up at Mum’s followed by the two hour journey home. Once home we felt the need to do something constructive with our afternoon so we washed CooperBeast and then treated ourselves with a barbecue in the garden. Our barbecue is a bit homemade and our coals were a bit on the big side so it took a bit of work to get it lit. In fact it took as long as it takes to drink a full bottle of wine, so quite an achievement in the end. All good fun though and just what was needed.

 

Monday 25th April 2011. CooperBeast was washed and cleaned but now he needed pampering. So we rinsed him once more and then rubbed him all over with a clay bar to remove all the tar and muck off him before waxing him back to a glorious shine. It was hard work but it kept us busy and it was very rewarding. It certainly stopped us both thinking about the next day when my liver consultaion was due. Peanut was working that night so I was home alone for the evening. I had a video chat on the Mac with my mate RVW and then spent the evening in front of the TV with half my mind on the consultaion the next day.

 

Tuesday 26th April 2011. Finally the day of my consultation in Birmingham had arrived. I was anxious and I needed to deflect from my anxiety. Peanut was at work and I was collecting her there at 9.30 en-route to the consultation. My best plan I decided, was to think of it as a hot date with Lady Peanut rather than as a consultation to discuss life, death and pain.

I showered and dressed, selecting my best cream summer jacket, black shirt and black trousers. I picked out my best watch and snapped the bracelet tight on my wrist, I dabbed on a touch of after shave and grabbed the keys to our fastest, sportiest and reddest car. My armour was complete and I was feeling good. I left the house to collect my hot date from work.

I arrived outside Peanut’s work and waited. My tactics seemed to have worked as I got a big beaming smile from Mrs P as she walked up to the car. Her smile made me feel invincible as we set off for the Queen Elizabeth hospital. We arrived in good time so I whisked Lady P off to a flash restaurant called The Cellar, sat her under a palm tree  for a refreshing cup of tea and with a small leap of my imagination almost believed we were in the Cafe de Paris in St Tropez sheltering from the rain. Actually we were in the basement of the Nuffield building at the Queen Elizabeth hospital sat under a plastic palm tree, but Peanut assured me that I know how to give a girl a good time!

We reported to reception and waited only about 20 minutes before being called to see the liver expert. After a few routine questions he cut to the chase and explained my options.

First, I could choose to do nothing, go home get on with life and because the chemotherapy has bought me some time I would have about two years to live.

Or secondly, I could have an operation on my liver to remove the tumours. This has a 1 in 3 chance of success in which case I will be cured or if it didn’t succeed it would extend my life expectancy to about 4 years!

It had to be my choice and the options were given to me in stark, brutal, honest terms. I told him that I believed that I was the chap who would make his statistics look good and so would have the operation. He agreed with me and then told me I had made the right choice. In my head, I was thinking it was the only choice!

“May the 16th it is then” he said, “You report to the hospital at 8 am and the operation will be done on that day.” The battle was on then. He then went on to give me a few more details – I would be in hospital for 7 to ten days and it would take three months for me to be as fit as I was standing in front of him. I started to do some sums in my head before asking what I considered to be a key question, “So a holiday in the South of France, last week in August would be OK?”

“That would be an excellent way of finishing off your recovery” he assured me.

The papers have been signed, war has been declared.


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Life Blog – 264 – 273 Battle Plans

We have enjoyed some gorgeous weather  the last few weeks and we have taken full advantage of it as we wait for the next stage in our battle with the Big C.

Wednesday 13th April to Saturday 16th April 2011. A calm period in our battle. the scans were good and a feeling of lightheartedness  existed in the Beastie household and we just enjoyed the feeling.

Sunday 17th April 2011. The weather was gorgeous so we invited our mates StarGirl and dealmaker to come over for a picnic. We went to Golden Valley in Castlemorton and had a picnic by the mill pond. It was idyllic and we topped it off with a three mile walk around the Malverns. We went to the top of Midsomer Hill and back down through some woods which will be covered in bluebells by now. It really was a lovely day and the walk and picnic were the perfect thing to do with great company!

Monday 18th April 2011. Back to the battle and news from the Queen Elizabeth in Birmingham today. They rang and arranged for me to see them at 11.30 on Tuesday after Easter! Gulp! Battle plans are being drawn and I would think it wont be long after that that they have me in hospital for the liver operation. Of course the consultation could throw another surprise at me but I wont be dwelling on that. The Hickman line is still in  y chest and this could do with removing now.

 

Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th April 2011. Work days but good work days and I went round getting donations from work mates for Peanut’s Sky Dive on May 7th and got well over two hundred pounds pledged. Well done guys and thanks for supporting her! It is not too late for donations by the way, just follow this link…

 

 

The hospital at Worcester rang me in work too on Wednesday and asked me to report at 10am on Thursday to have my Hickman line removed!

Thursday 21st April 2011. Finally my Hickman line came out and it was great to see it go though my chest is a little sore now and I have one stitch which has to be removed next week. We celebrated with a Thursday evening barbecue in the garden to open up the Eater weekend celebrations before my appointment at Birmigham on Tuesday.

Speak again after Tuesday :)


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Life Blog – 253 – 263 A Small Victory

This period has been very much about the battle against the Big C, which has once more been very much in the forefront of our minds.

Sat 2nd/ Sun 3rd / Mon 4th April 2011.  The main event here was an MRI scan on Monday afternoon which went well enough. We were told the results would be written up that day so we went straight across to the chemo suite and got a consultation for Tuesday at 11 about the scan results.

Tuesday 5th April 2011. While the scan was no big deal learning about its results was and we were very anxious waiting for this. However, it was an anticlimax as the consultant still did not have the results. All that worry for nothing! However, he did mention that the CT scan was booked for Monday and this was news to us as we had not received a letter advising us of this, so it was a good job we did see him. He also arranged to see us the Wednesday after the CT scan to discuss the results so that was good too.

Wednesday 6th – Monday 11th April 2011. Whatever we did apart from work has been forgotten as to be honest we were very preoccupied with waiting for this scan and the results. Peanut also heard from the consultant who advised that he would now see us on the Tuesday and not the Wednesday, so we would have less time to wait.

The scan on Monday was all very routine and that just left us to wait to the next day for the results.

Tuesday 12th April 2011. The day came and we spent the morning lazing about the house and reading. Finally the time came to set off for the hospital and I could sense the tension in Peanut and my own unease. The bottom line is that the news could in fact be very bad indeed if things have not gone to plan and thoughts which had always been at the back of our minds were now firmly planted in the front!

We waited an absolute age in the waiting room before finally being called in. Then we waited a further five minutes in his room. We touched little fingers and locked them together for luck.

Finally he breezed in, “Well I have the results of both scans and it’s good news, the tumours have shrunk.” The waiting was over and it was all ok! To be honest I can’t remember all the details but one tumour had shrunk to 1.8cm and the other had been so zapped that it had split into two smaller ones. It was all very positive so he was referring me to the Queen Elizabeth in Birmigham for an urgent consultation to prepare for liver surgery.

The Chemo campaign had been a success, its mission had been accomplished and the way was now prepared for the next stage in this campaign, a direct assault on the enemy entrenched in the liver. Three months of chemo shock and awe has weakened the enemy and now  a full on assault will be launched to completely remove the enemy from my liver!

A small victory in a tough campaign, but we left the hospital smiling and then I gritted my teeth, war is hard but I feel ready for this war and ready for the pain that liver surgery will bring, because also there is just a chance, just a chance that it might also bring victory! :)

Enough of that, come on Man United make my day by beating Chelsea tonight! :)


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Life Blog – 241 – 252 On The Road Again

Monday 21/03/2011 – Friday 25/03/2011. Work and TV, ’nuff said.

Saturday 26/03/2011 – Sunday 27/03/2011. The Elf and Driverman had bought us tickets to see the Scouse comedian John Bishop in Bournemouth. This was a surprise Christmas present and finally the weekend had come to go and see him.

Meanwhile on the Christopher Ward watch forum a pub meet was being organised for Watchonistas to bring their watches along for others to see. It so happened that this was on the same Saturday as John Bishop was on in Bournemouth but at a pub in Winchester. Now Winchester is en route to Bournemouth for us and as the meet was in a pub called Bishop on the Bridge, we had to make it a Bishop weekend and go to the pub too!

 

Picture courtesy of Ian Blyth Christopher Ward Forum.

 

It was an amazing site as everyone got their watches on the table. I had brought five along and in truth I brought the fewest watches of everyone there! There were hundreds of watches! My favourite was one that has been on my hit list for a long time a Christopher Ward C70 Rosso Corsa!

 

Christopher Ward C70 Rosso Corsa

This watch really was stunning in the flesh and so much better than in all the photos of it that I have seen thus far! I really do need a lottery win!

Next stop was Bournemouth! The Elf had booked us into the Charlesworth, which proved to be an excellent choice as it was right in the centre of things, close to restaurants and within easy walking distance of the B.I.C. centre where John Bishop was appearing!

After checking in we all had tea and coffee and catched up on the F1 qualifying. Peanut booked us a table at a nearby Italian restaurant and at six we headed there for a meal before the show. The meal was excellent. Good food, great company but slightly slow service as they were very busy. The show was excellent too. Supporting Man United, I am by nature not a lover of anything Scouse but for John Bishop I will make an exception, he is very funny and a brilliant night was had by all!

Sunday morning saw us watching the F1 in bed followed by an excellent full English breakfast at the hotel and then a walk along the beach and around the shops to walk it off!

A fab weekend. Thanks again to the Elf and Driverman for organising it!

Bournemouth

 

Monday 28/03/2011 – Tuesday 29/03/2011. Monday was a back to work day and apart from that had little of noteworthiness about it. Tuesday however, was a little different. Peanut had been chasing at the hospital for my MRI scan which was conspicuous by its absence from our calendar. I had a hospital appointment at 1.30 about my eyes anyway and at 9.30 Peanut phoned me at work to tell me that at 12.30 I was also seeing the Chemo Gurru for a quick consultation!

Basically we had a chat about the missing MRI scan and this perturbed the Chemo Gurru quite a bit who immediately put the wheels in motion to get the scan done asap!. Wednesday night and a letter was on the mat at home confirming the scan for Monday the 4th April at 3.25! Put simply thye Phoney War is coming to an end and the next front in the war against the Big C is about to open. The scan is fairly straight forward – no pain so no worries but the result is a different matter and I will be  worried going to that consultation!

Wednesday 30/03/2011 – Friday 01/04/2011. Wednesday and Thursday are all about work (which is fine btw) and TV, specifically Pie in The Sky and the new Midsomer Murders which I rather like… er especially Mrs Barnaby. Last night was Pie in The Sky, Sherlock Holmes and Monroe which as well as James Nesbitt has the rather lovely Sarah Parish in it!

Clearly I am becoming a TV junkie at the moment and am rather enjoying it. The alternative is to read up on all the Drama Queens posting on Facebook at the moment with their mysterious posts such as “OMG It couldn’t get worse dot dot dot” which makes you either ignore it or post, “Why what’s happened Willy Billy?” and then you are sucked in! No if you can’t tell the story from the beginning then I am sticking with Monroe, Sherlock and a better class of Pie in the Sky!

Cheers – thanks for stopping by – see you soon xx :)