Monday, 16 February 2009

Welcome to Noah - and Happy Birthday Catherine !

Noah was born at 11pm on 11th February, a little brother for Grace and new son for Sarah (Graces Mum) and her partner Tom. And he is as cute as a button ! Grace ofcourse is absolutely thrilled to have her new baby - even if he is a boy and not the kitten she was secretly hoping for !


Valentines Day was pretty special in this house too - it was Catherines 18th birthday. And mainly consisted of having a house full of giggling teenagers getting ready for their big night out. Honestly, the house smelled like the ground floor of Rackhams. Apart from the ritual handing over of cash Martin and I played little part in all the activities but apparently a good, and safe, time was had by all.

For the past week or so I havnt been at all well. Nothing to do with my cancer, I picked up one of those nasty virus' going round and ended up with a throat/ear/eye infection. It responded quickly to anti biotics fortunately despite my GP being quite worried. I forget that Im still pretty immunosuppressed due to Sutent and any infection can cause problems if it gets a hold. Anyway Im fine now.

More than fine as a matter of fact. The pain I was getting in my side has gone. Completely. The tumour is still there and feels and looks roughly the same size but it just doesnt hurt any more - even if I prod and poke it quite roughly. So I was really interested to see what Dr P would think when I went to see him yesterday.

The clinic was manically busy, as it usually is on a Thursday morning, and I was called in to see his senior registrar (a good sign). He listened whilst I explained how the pain had just disappeared and said "Yes we hoped this might happen" (So did I !!) The MDT meeting hadn't really come up with any answers as far as a review of my scans was concerned but it had decided the pain I was getting, the same as the pain I used to get under my armpit last year, was due to an 'infarct' in the tumour. Sutent works by cutting off the blood supply to tumours and this can produce these 'infarcts' and thus the pain. He finished off by saying "We're all really pleased with you - your blood results are excellent" and gave me my prescription for cycle 11 (11 !!) of Sutent.

So - bloody good news all round. And a BIG relief for all of us.

10 comments:

Sybil said...

Hi Jane, I am so happy that the Dr. has said such good positive things to you..if ever there has been a miracle it has been you...

Glad the birthday girl had a good night out, it is amazing how fast they grow up aint it.
Love the name for the new baby Noah....he shares the name with my newest Great great Nephew !
Much Love Syil x

tinkerbell said...

You are such a gutsy lady a real insperation to all who read your blogs, I check each day for your coments and keep you in my daily prayers, bless you and your family

Tattiblue said...

So glad that all is well, fantastic news, was getting worried as there was no post. All great with us too, have reached three years of Sutent. heres to many more

mortonlake said...

great news jane.11? go girl.take care,love mort xxxxx

ADB said...

Excellent news, Jane, am more than pleased for you!

Funnyface said...

Hello Jane,
Fantastic news. And how bloomin wonderful that you are feeling so well. Lets do the Wooo Hoooo dance (form a circle, arms around each other and shout woooo hoooo!) A nice pressie for your daughter on her 18th to see you looking well too.
Big Luv to you all,
Jaynee X

Yasmin said...

Great ns Jayne, glad everything is going well.

Take care

Yasmin
xx

Jan said...

Fantastic news Jane keep up the good work ,you darling little pills,So pleased the young ladies all enjoyed the eighteenth celebrations,Congratulations to Catherine ...love Jan xx,

Jane said...

Hmmm, so this is yet another case proving my mother's favourite dictum; no pain = no gain. It's rough that it has to hurt when sutent is doing what it's supposed to do but hey, better hurt than not. Altho I suppose it could eventually turn you into a mild sort of masochist! :O)

Jane said...

Hmmm, so this is yet another case proving my mother's favourite dictum; no pain = no gain. It's rough that it has to hurt when sutent is doing what it's supposed to do but hey, better hurt than not. Altho I suppose it could eventually turn you into a mild sort of masochist! :O)