Friday, August 29
by Tony Kempster on Fri 29 Aug 2008 12:33 BST
I have seen the doctor this morning after the first 3 weeks of the chemo course - 2 weeks of taking tablets and then a week off.
During the time I was taking the pills I felt very tired but in the last week I've felt nearly normal. Touchwood, no other side effects.
The doc was pleased with my progress and told me that the markers in my blood indicated a slight slowdown in growth of the cancer which is what he would expect after just 3 weeks. He also told me that I could relax my diet slightly although to be sensible in the way I do it. He also told me that I must still continue to exercise which means at least a walk round the block each day.
Start the next 2 week session of pill taking tomorrow and back to see the doc in 3 weeks time. Will report again then.
Tuesday, August 12
by Tony Kempster on Tue 12 Aug 2008 08:39 BST
Well, I'm several days into the chemo now and, so far, (fingers crossed) no side effects except for feeling a bit tired. I now find myself needing a nap mid afternoon.
I had the bowel stent fitted last Thursday. This is basically an inch wide tube in the bowel which allows waste product to get past the tumour which could otherwise block the bowel. I cannot feel this inside me as, so the doctor informed me, there are no nerve endings on the inner wall of the bowel. Plenty of nerves in the rest of the bowel but none on the inner wall.
Because of the stent, this has meant a change of diet and this is the thing that is taking the most getting used to. I am now on a low fibre diet which basically means no fruit or veg, only white bread and nothing made with non-white flour. I can, though,eat any meat or fish and any dairy products and tinned fruit. Any drink is OK providing it does not have bits of fruit or veg in it. This is taking some time to adapt to.
I report back to the doctor on 29th August so that he can check how I am doing.