.......and we certainly did. We had a wonderful time, so relaxing and stress free and the weather was perfect all week. Weve been to Fuerteventura so many times now it feels like a second home and the familiarity suited me very well this time, it was comforting.
We stayed in the same apartments as we did last year for our anniversary, but this time had a lovely one with a terrace over looking the pool. It was very quiet for May, more than half the apartments were empty, probably due to the strong Euro right now which has made a big impact on British holidaymakers. Not so the Germans though having the Euro themselves.
The days were spent either on one of the gorgeous beaches, or lazing by the pool - pure heaven. I managed to swim every day, although very gingerly and not very far ! Martin went off surfing a couple of times and emerged with tales of death defying manouvers in the waves !
We discovered a new cocktail bar and Martin decided to try a Long Island Iced Tea - sounds pretty harmless doesnt it? Until you see the list of spirits in it....which Martin obviously didnt as he downed it almost in one. He pronounced it to be very nice and refreshing, with a slight kick to it. Slight?...After 2 glasses of red wine with our meal he slurred at me that he had 'forgotten where he had parked the car'. Which was probably a very good job as our journey, on foot, back to the apartment, was definitely of the 'zig zag' variety.
Once back he perked up and became extremely 'romantic' - until I pointed out to him that as he had trouble finding the car he would almost certainly suffer the same fate with my 'lady bits'. So instead he collapsed on the bed and fell straight to sleep. Hes such a lightweight !
The kids were great and seemed to thrive on the responsibility of being on their own. They took turns at cooking etc.. and the elder 2 made sure Edward was up and ready for school on time I think we shall have to leave them more often !
On thewhole I coped with the holiday pretty well - the side effects I was suffering from Sutent were still tolerable. A bit of queasiness, sore mouth and reduced appetite and a general feeling of tiredness. Monitoring my lumps every day, which I just cant help doing, showed that although they hadnt shrunk they certainly hadnt grown - and that was good enough for me. I took my last tablet on the day we came home (7th May) and started a 2 week break before the next cycle.
However, since then (and its only Friday now) I have felt increasingly ill. At first I put it down to just being tired after travelling, but today on checking the lump under my arm I found it has grown from the size of a Minstrel to the size of a golf ball. And it hurts. And my neck hurts where one of my glands is either swollen or is metastatic now. I have to face it - this is very bad news indeed. If Sutent is working then the tumours shouldnt grow at all - even when on a 2 week break. Im not due to see Dr P until 20th but I shall have to call for an emergency appointment next week. If Sutent isnt working as it now seems we will have to do some very fast thinking and try to come up with another plan. If there is one......
Still, on the upside, I do have a fabulous tan !