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.