While Cindy was in hospital for her second lot of treatment, there was an amusing incident with a young doctor.
The doctor was listening to Cindy’s chest, to see if there was sound of congestion or infection. She kept moving the stethoscope from one side of Cindy’s back to the other – for quite a long time. Eventually I said, “Do you know she’s only got one lung?” to which the doctor replied, “Oh, that would explain it.” She then disappeared – presumably off to tell off a nurse for not filling her in on this useful information!
So during the last week in February Cindy went into York District for her second session of chemo. We were hoping that this would be as easy as the first lot when she was in an out of hospital very quickly, but unfortunately it wasn’t.
Cindy eventually came out of hospital after ten days – during which she was the worst she has ever been. It turned out that she had had a chest infection which was treated with antibiotics, but for a while things looked very bleak indeed.
After a couple of days she was moved to a private room on a different ward – which was better because the children could go and visit her. They don’t like going into the normal 6 beds wards, because they are so full of sick-looking people. Cindy gradually picked up and eventually came home. She was still very weak and extremely tired.
One good thing that has come out of it, is that she has been given a nebuliser, which helps a great deal with her breathing. She’s now able to go up stairs without wheezing.
Early this year Cindy had a routine scan to see how she was doing. Unfortunately it showed that the tumours had grown, and Dr Bottomley recommended that she started back on chemo.
It is the same type of regime as before, with (generally) one night in hospital every three weeks, and the other drug pumping in constantly through a central line.
She went into hospital in early February to have the line put back in and have her first lot of treatment. All went amazingly well, and she was back at home on Friday, having gone in on the Tuesday. She recovered from this first treatment extraordinarily well – which was good, because I started full-time work at Wheldrake Primary towards the end of February.