Here’s the thing around all this madness, and this world that we live in, occasionally normality happens.
Do you remember the saying “a watched kettle never boils” well here’s a new one, “a watched head doesn’t lose its hair”, we knew one of the side effect of this chemo was hair loss. Well it went from, you will lose your hair, to possibly lose your hair, so like the never boiling kettle, like a pair of numpties we have sat and watched. Simons head has been inspected like some monkey and we have gone from “yes you are losing it to no it looks normal”. Don’t get me wrong Simon didn’t care either way if he lost his hair, but it has become better entertainment than watching Dancing on Ice. With all this watching in mind we decided to get his haircut this weekend. Now, Simon being Simon (rolls eyes skywards) he only gets his haircut in one place, Number 8 in Truro, yes that’s 120 mile round trip, however needs must and so Saturday we took the road West.
For someone desperate for a haircut he found the whole thing fab, if a tad tiring and so a snooze mid cut was the order of the day!
Once his thinning but not losing hair was sorted we then went to look at Simons favourite Truro clothiers Trevails, looking to spruce up his wardrobe, and find something for my sisters upcoming wedding we found an outfit that put the best smile on his face that I have seen for a while.
I think you will agree that this is a typical Simon outfit and he looks fab-u-lous!
All this shopping was a welcome break for us and actually felt like we were a normal couple shopping on a Saturday.
Monday came round quick enough and we were thrown back into normality for us and by 9am this morning were making our way to Lyd Ward for number 5 cycle of chemo. If you have never seen anyone go through chemotherapy then you have been very fortunate in your life.
Chemo is for Simon a 6-7 hour appointment where he is systematically given a series of drugs through his picc line with differing side effects that work in different ways. One of the first thing to be administered is piriton (IV), anti sickness and calcium. These have an immediate effect on him, mainly sleep, he goes from talking to sleeping in one very swift move.
He slept like this for a couple of hours, I leave him to go back to work whilst this happens. Once this has settled, and he has woken up he will watch films, read, chat to the amazing nursing staff and generally wait for the bags of drugs to do their thing. He is attached to a pump for the next 48 hrs and generally is able to function normally around bouts of nausea and tiredness.
Number 5 is now underway, after cycle 6 Simon has a CT scan booked, this is going to bring a whole lot of anxiety with it, but until then it’s carry on as we can.
Onwards and upwards