Tuesday 31st December
The trials nurse from Exeter rang three times today ~ she joked she felt like my stalker! What she was doing, was trying to arrange all my appointments into as few days as possible. And I think she’s succeeded.
This Thursday I have a CT scan, an ophthalmic review and an ECG, all at Exeter hospital.
The following Monday I go to cardiology for an Echo cardiogram, then oncology for bloods and obs, and finally to surgical out-patients to visit with my plastic surgeon for an eight week review following surgery.
A week Tuesday I have an appointment at the Pigmented Lesion clinic for a full dermatological check-up. This will be followed by a visit to the trials nurse for more blood and obs, an appointment with my oncologist, where ‘randomisation’ takes place, and I’m issued with my first course of medication. Combi-Ad. Things are beginning to get serious.
I also have appointments closer to home as well, with the lymphoedema nurse, the occupational health officer, and at the local surgery for a pap smear.
I am entering new territory, feeling rather apprehensive, a little scared, but oh so hopeful and positive for what lies ahead.
As 2013 comes to a close, I will awake tomorrow assured that all my consultants, specialists, doctors and nurses all want the very best for me.
And I’m with them on that one! Bring on 2014, I’m ready to fight for my health!