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.