Bad and Breakfast Since my last chemo session, I had a port implant, which went well. The stay in hospital was not the most pleasant – do things like this only happen at Panorama? I asked a sister for water at 3.30pm (that was many hours after my op and after I had already consumed two jugs of water) and another two nurses thereafter and guess what time I received water next to my bed? 6.30pm. Is water rationed??
The next day I woke up at 5am STARVING and my breakfast only
arrived past nine and my menu selection clearly stated COLD milk but I received hot milk with my cornflakes – yuk! I had to send it back plus the fried eggs – nuke them please! (At a previous visit I ordered muesli and received Granola – it’s like blessing the pork by saying ‘it’s fish it’s fish’….)
I just about gobbled it up when at 9.30 they came to fetch my plates – whoa, okay take everything just leave my coffee! It was a Saturday morning but do they think we’re all speed eaters?? Oh…. and not to mention the fact that I ended up on the operating table without a tag on my arm stating who I am and which doctor I belong to….
I don’t think I’m unduly fussy considering the prices charged by the Mediclinic Group. I once stayed overnight at the Caledon Provincial hospital and their breakfast consisted of coffee with 5 sugars and a bowl of oats loaded with sugar, both of which I kindly donated to my neighbour. I didn’t complain because the whole overnight stay probably cost me R30,00!
My port operation went well (thanks for sending the angels Margaret) except the anesthetist had a battle trying to find a vein which left a big black bruise on my arm. Here I am after my op.
Bad Blood Before chemo one has to go for a blood test to check white and red blood cells and kidney function. My white blood cell count was too low for more chemo so I had to have two injections of Neupogen. Small injections into the stomach, not painful at all. They cause the bone marrow to produce more white blood cells and I was warned that it could cause lower back pain – WOW they weren’t kidding! I took Tramacet for the pain (I NEVER take painkillers, pain must be extreme before I relent), but I swear the pain went away once Donavon (Michaela’s friend who is a healer) lay his hands on me… the pain was gone – zip, zilch, even though I had another Neupogen injection the day after. I had no further ill effects after the second injection.
Finally, Chemo Day 3 Today, 24 May, I had another looooong chemo session – I was there about 8.15am and left around 2.30pm. The first time my port was in use and it was a great success. They stick the needle into the port like this.
Many people were nodding off at about lunchtime and some were knitting. I was a busy bee on my laptop and got a lot done. Bianca would very much like me to join team knitting in order to knit baby clothes for the far-in-the-future baby! We’ll see next time.
For some strange reason I craved Coke which I haven’t had for years! So I allowed myself two cans when I came home – practically had one after the other. Very weird. But I believe if you don’t give in to your cravings you end up eating replacements that just leave you dissatisfied. So I rather just give in to a craving and be done with it.
I have another much shorter session next week, if my blood test result is acceptable.