I thought I'd best make a new thread rather than add my message to the vigil thread, for example, as it might not otherwise get noticed.
Yesterday afternoon I was allowed home from the hospital - but ONLY until Wednesday morning! As many of you will know, I have been in Christie Cancer Hospital in Manchester, England, ready to undergo a stem cell transplant (in my case, stem cells taken from my blood to be returned later). Unfortunately, last week it was noticed I had a lung infection so I had to be put on a course of antibiotics. Then the doctors found that I had developed a blood clot in my BICC line (the line to be used for chemotherapy to be administered and from which blood can also be taken, saving the patient from having to have needles constantly inserted in their arms). This meant my treatment had to be delayed and, as the hospital only administers my type of chemo regimen on a Wednesday, I was allowed home.
Whilst in the hospital I received a lovely card from Emo and a very humourous one from IT Support. Prior to being admitted into the hospital I received cards from Country Woman and Marjorie and Jim. These meant so much and touched me deeply!
I don't mind admitting that yesterday morning I was brought to tears - three times! Why? 46 A4-size printed out e-mails were brought to my room - these being sent from 46 people here! In the afternoon I received a further three! I was so overcome with emotion at the thought that so many people - people I have never met - could be so beautifully kind to take the time to send me cards and e-mails. If that wasn't enough, I then had to go to reception (on my ward) to see the most beautiful basket of flowers you could ever imagine! They were sent by Steve YC!
Unfortunately, flowers cannot be kept in my room as they could possibly be harbouring some type of "bug", such as fungal spores. As my body is about to be heavily attacked by chemo and my immune sytem suppressed for a time I would be at risk from such "bugs". Therefore, I brought them home with me and they sit pride of place in our kitchen! THANK YOU, Steve!
I'm not feeling brilliant, but I'm a lot stronger knowing so many people care! THAT is priceless!
Please keep the cards/messages coming in. I'll be back in hospital tomorrow morning and will undergo chemo at around 10.00-10.30 a.m. This will go on for a week, at the end of which I'll receive my stem cells back. By the second week I have been informed to expect feeling "rough". By the third week I am expected to be improving daily.
Claire has visited me every day - and once was accompanied by Dominic! (((((((((()))))))))))
With your prayers and vigils I can get through this. More to the point, I can be cured!!
Sincere love and grateful thanks,