Treatment Postponed

Cindy’s fifth session of treatment in this round of chemo, which was due tomorrow, has been postponed, probably for a week. This is because she is “still too toxic”!

The main reasons are that her hands are so sore and she has bad mouth ulcers. This should give her a chance to recover some more, to be at a higher level of health before being knocked right back down by treatment.

Quite a relief really.

Back to School

Well it’s Thursday and we’ve all been back at school since Monday. The children seem to have all settled back in well and are enjoying themselves. Toby did very well in maths and science tests at the start of the week – thanks to all the revision he managed to do in the last week of the holiday. John and Rose have both signed up to go on an orienteering and a cross-country afternoon. John has been saying since he saw the Great North Run on Blue Peter last year that he wants to do a run and now’s his chance. Edward is also back at school – only two weeks one day to go before Y6 STAs start – arrgh.

Cindy expended so much energy during the holiday; particularly during the last weekend, when we went to two things on Saturday and spent the whole day out on Sunday; that she was absolutely wiped out. We actually got the GP out on Sunday night in case she had an infection, but she doesn’t. She spent most of the day on Monday sleeping, slept all Tuesday afternoon dozing and had a very quiet Wednesday too. She is gradually recovering though – in fact she should be just about back to normal when it’ll be time to go back into hospital for her next treatment next week!

I’m just finishing next week’s planning at school and then I will go home. It’s a lovely afternoon, and I’m looking forward to going down to the park with the children.

Cindy’s Morning Tablets

I thought it would be amusing to show a picture of all the tablets that Cindy takes each morning!


The blue one is Echinacea – 400mg.
The red smarty sized one is a boots multivitamin, mineral and iron,
The yellow one is a high dosage multi vitamin B supplement with 39mg B1, 50mg B2, 50mg B3, 41mg B6, 400micrograms Folic Acid, 50micrograms B12, 0.05mg Biotin, 50mg Pantothenic Acid, 50mg Choline Bitartrate, 50mg Inosoitol and 50mg PABA (whatever that is).
The yellowy liquid capsule is vitamin E – 268mg.
The speckled white one is Beta Carotene – 15mg.
The 4 little red ones are Prednisolone – a steroid. Each is 5mg.
The two white ones are Pyridoxine – very high dose of B6. Each tablet is 50mg. This is to treat the sore, red, cracked hands she gets as one of the side effects.
The white powder is Calcium Ascorbate crystals, that get dissolved in her daily orange juice as a vitamin C boost. Each half spoonful has 2g vitamin C.
She normally has a 1000mg Fish Oil capsule – but they’ve run out at the moment.
The purple liquid in the drinking glass is another multivitamin and mineral with lots of micro minerals, that Cindy is trying out at the moment.

Does this lot give her anything other than expensive urine? Who knows.

She also has Eprex – a weekly injection to boost blood production, 4 daily doses of Salbutamol and Ipratropium by nebuliser, and not forgetting the constant pump of chemo, and visits to hospital each three weeks for the other lot of chemo.

To counterbalance all these drugs, she has monthly visits to Diane the reflexologist, and to Robert Maida for Reiki.

Cat in the Hat

Today I took John and Rose to see the ‘Cat In The Hat’ very medicore and given only 5 out of 10 by John. It has been a lovely day and we have all spent the day generally settling back home after our time in the Dales. Toby has a job trial doing a paper round and Edward has continued with completing job applications.

Arkengarthdale at Easter

We’ve just been to Arkengarthdale (in Swaledale – Yorkshire Dales) with David and Anita, friends from Meeting, and their two children – Jordan and Mimi.

We had an excellent time roaming on the moors, playing games (Great Game of Britain and Perudo), bird watching, stream damming and – particularly in the case of the boys – staying up very late.

Jordan and Mimi are strict vegetarians, but David and Anita seemed to enjoy having a sausage and a little bit of bacon!

The children did an Easter Egg hunt and had a large amount of chocolate each.