The past 12 days Ive spent lying in bed, unable to do very much, feeling totally vulnerable and completely reliant on others for the most basic of needs, have been so frustrating. Its no wonder Ive felt so despondent at times - and then very angry with myself for feeling this way. Its been a vicious circle of pain relieved by morphine which has sent me a bit 'loopy'.
However, we have discovered that 'Entonox' (the 'gas and air' stuff that ladies use in labour) is really effective for when I have my traction changed. Its quick acting and short lasting so I don't spend the rest of the day floating around on 'Planet Morphine' having interesting hallucinations and conversations with people who don't exist! Its not quite as good at relieving the pain, after all this is a broken femur we are talking about, but it takes the 'edge' off it so I can bear my leg being moved whilst the bandage and traction is re-applied.
Talking of the 'break' I saw it in all its glory on the xray/scan and a right mess it is too. Not a clean break at all, both ends of the bone have crumbled and split into many pieces. No wonder its so painful when I'm moved with them all grating against each other. Mr Tillman is going to tidy up the ends, remove the bits of tumor and then insert the bionic femur - and I will be better than new ! I also saw the tumor in my right femur which is much smaller, contained within the cortex so the bone is intact, and looks fine - to me anyway. Obviously we will be keeping an eye on it but it looks as if we have caught it in time.
I'm just finishing week 4 of Afinitor and all the signs so far are that it is working - and working well !! No growth in the tumors I can feel and the only side effect I have noticed is a sore mouth. I'm having some blood tests done tomorrow just to check things are going well, but I am allowing myself to be really optimistic that Afinitor is working as a sequential treatment for me. And what fantastic news this is for every KC patient here in the UK.
So there we have it. I'm back on track again after a short but fairly nasty deviation! And now I feel I'm ready for some kind of challenge - something to test out my new bionic leg and to renew my faith in 'me'. A return to my 'Bucket List' is called for I think.
My 'Bucket List' -things I want to do before I kick the bucket - has been sadly neglected of late. There are several small things left on there - and one BIG one. So Ive decided to go with the big one. I may as well. I think a BIG one is needed right now after all Ive been through.
One last adventure.
One last fling at the world.
There are still so many places I would love to see.
And more importantly how? Martin keeps reminding me I need to earn some money or I shall bankrupt him before I pop my clogs!! Ill start to save seriously now and who knows maybe some magazine/news paper would be willing to sponsor me as a cancer patient to write about my experience?
So - where would I like to go for this final big trip?
There can be only one place, one final frontier for me - Canada. The Rockies and the Inner/Outer passageway up the coast visiting the towns made famous during the gold rush, Skagway etc. A spectacular trip all round but most importantly its the last Great Wilderness for one last great adventure.
A chance to prove a cancer patient CAN.
And for those of us who arn't going to win the final battle in this war, we can show that, even in the process of losing it, we can gain such a lot.