Hi again. I have just completed three week course of combined ozone & Vit C efflusions. It meant that I had to stay away from home as it is a two hour drive to Tywford where the clinic is situated. Decided to spoil myself a little and instead of doing Bed & breakfast I rented a darling little character cottage two mins walk from the clinic. Circa 1450 but with all mod cons, including a friendly ghost who popped in to see if I was okay the 1st night-but didn't see again. It was an animal of some kind. Found out later that the cottage was oldest in the village & used to be the dairy-so that figures. Was a bit worried about the IV as it does necessitate a daily canular being inserted & my veins have been naughty historically. No need to worry, the nurses were wonderful with their needle skills & used paediatric needles to reduce any bruising. After 15 infusions I didn't have a bruise to show. It was minimally invasive, treatment took about 2hrs each morning. Some days I felt a little shaky & cold after the treatment and it did cause an increase in the cough & a little more pain. They did give me steroids to reduce all this, but after a week of no sleep & feeling 'wired' I begged to be taken off them & was given Boswellia a herbal remedy which although not as effective as steroids I preferred as I managed to sleep. The main side effect was tiredness, which is cumulative as the weeks go on. By the last week, I found myself nodding off in my soup. I found this totally manageable & just slept it off. Apparently, 15 treatments in 3 weeks is quite an ask for the body. A lot of people can only manage two a week, because of the increased pain & tiredness. I just wanted to get it over with, so gritted my teeth. I intended to treat it as a kind of holiday and as there are so many places of interest & natural beauty nearby I was looking forward to getting out & about. After 1st week this wasn't an option to-so I just pottered about. I have found out that Vit.C & Ozone therapy can be used alongside orthodox treatments, to minimise side effects. There were people who were doing this, but then others like me using as a 'Stand alone' treatment. I am home now & have been told that the tiredness will continue for two further weeks, so far this seems true. I have an appointment in a months time to see if and by how much the tumour has shrunk. So March 2nd is D day. My GP prescribed an inhaler to try & control the cough Qvar 50 which is also steroidal. Find this very helpful. Apart from the fatigue I am feeling pretty good. Very impressed by the clinic. Also managed to attend a wedding in the middle of the treatment & ate lots of cake-bad Laura!! Now it remains to be seen how effective the treatment has been-will update when I know more. I was very close to earthquake in Winchester a 2.9 all I heard was two very loud bangs and didn't know what it was until 10.00 news informed me.
Best Wishes to everybody fighting this rotten battle.
Photo is of me on last day of treatment.