The fog is lifting at last and Im starting to feel more human again. Still very weak and tired, but the swelling has gone down on both my arms and my appetite has returned - which is a good job because Ive lost 14kg in the past month! The only major side effect Im left with is the ITCHING !! Its driving both me and Martin mad as it makes for some very disturbed nights sleep. Still I suppose its a minor irritation in the grand scheme of all thing IL2.
Im still on Warfrin for the clot in my arm, and will be for the next couple of months. I go to the Anti Coag Clinic to have my blood checked every week and I must be the youngest there by about 30 years ! Even the doctor was surprised to see me and had to check I was at the right clinic. They are sorting me out a regime for our holiday - everyone has been wonderful about it - it seems nothing is too much trouble for them.
Talking of being wonderful, I have to say how fantastic all the doctors and nursing staff have been during the past month. Cat (Prof Hs Reg), Sarah (Dr Ps Reg) and Dr P himself have all phoned me at home over the past week just to see how I am and for a chat. They are so kind and caring - I honestly cant speak highly enough of both teams - here at the QE and at Christies. I feel so incredibly lucky to have them on my side.
I think Martin was feeling left out of all the medical attention flying about so he decided to get himself a case of the shingles. Fortunately a very mild dose and our GP put him on anti virals straight away which have really helped. It was probably caused by all the stress hes been under, bless him. He really needs a break as much as I do - hes been fantastic keeping everything going here at home and looking after me - scratching my back etc...!
Talking of having a break - 4 days to go to Brazil !!
Im really getting excited now and have started sorting out my clothes to take - which is strange when its so very cold here. It was 36 degrees in Rio yesterday so I dont suppose Ill need many ! Its quite a long journey to get there, Frankfurt first, then on to Rio. About 18 hours travelling in total which I know is going to be quite hard for me but Im sure the excitement will carry me through. It feels like such an adventure and a real experience for the kids.
Its been almost 10 months since I started this Blog and such a lot has happened. There have been some very grim times when I didnt really expect to be seeing Xmas. But there have been some wonderful uplifting moments as well. Such as reading all the wonderful kind supportive comments on here.
Id like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas - but more than that a very HEALTHY New Year....