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chemo port cleaning

March 6, 2012

It was that time of the month again today – chemo port cleaning time! It’s actually been a bit better since they changed their system and I go to the blood lab next to the main hospital building rather than the room where everyone is getting their chemo infusions done. Doesn’t *quite* feel so much like going to the hospital. But I still taxi there and back. A bit of a splurge, but it takes the edge off by going in comfort rather than having to get on a crowded bus, etc.

So after today’s procedure (you can see a tiny white bandaid in my cleavage there – dig that crazy shirt!) I decided to pop over to the Nuclear Medicine department to see if either Ricardo or Isabel were there and ask them if I could get a copy of my last PET scan results. Ended up having a nice visit with Ricardo, talking about travelling and this & that. Finally got around to discussing the whole cancer thing and when he asked how I was feeling I said I felt quite okay, but also felt I should be taking better care of myself. His reply was that we all should and that, although I still have this thing looming over my head, something else could come along and “get me” so probably best to just get on with things and not dwell on it. And you know what? He’s right. He’s also one of the very few people on the planet who could actually say that to me and not make me want to rip their head off.

But the chemo port cleaning is a monthly reminder that I have this port imbedded inside me FOR A REASON. Which is that I’m still considered very high risk for recurrance. Hard not to think of that sometimes, but today talking with Ricardo helped.

Now I’m off to meet a group of 8 people from Thailand and take them on a tapas tour!

What did you do today?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2012 10:11 pm

    I just love your shirt! Ir’s gorgeous – more cleavage though – if you’ve got it flaunt it. xxx


    • March 7, 2012 9:45 am

      There would be more cleavage showing if it were in the right place…


  2. March 6, 2012 11:03 pm

    Yes, love the colors in your shirt! Isn’t it funny how one person can say something and it’s okay, and we’d rip someone else’s head off for saying the same thing? (We’re a strange lot!)
    Enjoy your tapas tour. I’m going through food pics at the moment and drooling over the tapas we ate together.


    • March 7, 2012 9:49 am

      Yes, it’s not just what someone says, but the way they say it and what’s behind it. Ricardo has not only worked with people in my situation for 30 years or more, but he’s also had his own health issues to deal with. I respect him a lot.


  3. March 7, 2012 1:35 am

    Love that shirt, it’s Spring/Summer/Exuberance folled up in one! Love your attitude, too. Hugs to you and Da Boyz and Da Grrl…


  4. March 7, 2012 4:35 am

    I will be fascinated to learn what Thai tourists thought of tapas. (Say that three times fast…)


    • March 7, 2012 9:58 am

      They loved the food but were so jet-lagged that one of the girls actually fell asleep at the table! I don’t usually take out such large groups and think for the next one coming up (8 Icelanders!) I’ll make a few menu adjustments. But I think it went well. Certainly nobody went away hungry.


  5. March 7, 2012 5:45 am

    Concur on the shirt! Very nice!

    Today, I left for our 11:45 am chiropractic appointment and wondered why they seemed so surprised to see us. Because we are invariably late. This time we were an hour early. Rather unfortunately,too, because I didn’t get any sleep and could have done with an hour’s lie-down. Then a full day working.

    Since I am out of work at the end of the month, I keep wishing I could just stop working now.


  6. March 7, 2012 9:53 am

    I call it my Happy Shirt. I surprised myself by buying it the other day because there is PINK in it, but what the hell. It’s 100% cotton, has hippy beading and only cost 25€. Perfect for summer. And as it’s been going up to 22º lately, perfect for now too.


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