Just a quick update - after having to pack up as soon as we could to return from our happy stay on the Algarvian Campsite in Portugal, and arriving home mid-January, things seemed to progress so slowly. It was decided that I should have some CT guided biopsies on some more of my tumours, before I start Chemo, to make sure that they were from the OvCa and not from my Melanoma. Although the procedure was requested as very urgent, I couldn't have it done until last Monday, as I was told there are only two people able to do it in my hospital. When I asked whether I could get it done at the other hospital, where I sometimes have my scans, I was told no-one there could perform them - very scary, knowing that I had two new tumours that had almost doubled their size and others had speeded up, in the three months between scans.
However, at last things started happening and I had the chemo-introduction talk last Wednesday, a Piccline inserted last Thursday, the biopsies done, guided by ultrasound, instead of CT, on Monday, the samples sent straight to Histology where they started work on them immediately and the Consultant said the were even being worked on overnight as they were needed extremely quickly. Late Tuesday afternoon, my super reliable Cancer Nurse phoned to say the Chemo will start on Friday (tomorrow). The tests aren't finished but they were able to tell enough at this stage that they are the same sort of tumours as OvCa. Wow, what a relief - and how marvellous is our NHS?!!
So, today, a very reassuring Community Nurse,accompanied by a trainee, arrived to flush my Piccline and take bloods ready for me to start Gemcitibine ,Carboplatin and Avastin tomorrow - six and a half weeks since I received the bad news from my scan. My Husband, family and I are so glad that treatment to try and stop things growing is now to start - but quite scared, too. Mind you, I almost wish we didn't have all the worst scenario things explained so thoroughly. I know we should be told, but a little sneaky thing inside me says "Ignorance is Bliss" What a Wuss!!
I do hope no-one has been flooded out. We're very lucky, fine where we are, thankfully. What weather!! We'd love to run away back to our idyllic campsite. Although things haven't been too good there, though, weather-wise. A great big olive tree blew down last night, we hear, and smashed on to a Dutch couples' awning, bending all the poles. The kind co-owner was soon out of bed, sorting things out with a chainsaw, getting the tree moved off and getting the poles straightened, even though it was in the middle of the night.
Well, I've rambled on enough, sorry. Time to stop.
Bye for now, Love, Solange