46. Progress: what is it?

What can I say, doesn’t time fly?  I apologise to any of you who have been wondering what has happened to me in the last 6-8 weeks, but at least now I can report that I am alive and kicking! As I have become twitchy particularly in the last few days as a few of you have sent enquiry emails directly to me – checking on my health – I have resurrected my blog activity.

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Sorry about neglecting my blog but I think I exhausted myself previously!  Also, the weather has improved here and I have been spending a lot of my time catching up with gardening and house maintenance and enjoying relaxing in the sun on the two new patios I have had completed.  My builder, Ian and his, team completed work on the second patio site outside our backdoor, and this now gives us three places to catch le sol at key meal times: kitchen patio – breakfast; old patio – lunch; and new corner patio – dinner and drinks around the new chiminea!

Since my last blog entry I am very well (still, I hope, since last week).  I saw my consultant last week after coming off Chemo altogether a month ago and following a final CT scan two weeks ago.  My various Tumours have shrunk again, including disappearance altogether of the metastasis in my left adrenal gland, and are quiescent so he has suggested I might have a period of at least six months, maybe a year, before possible return of cancer re-growth – all good news.  I still have an upset stomach, but Dr P thinks this is just inflammation as the mucosa of the stomach continues to repair itself, so the only medication I now take is the proton pump inhibitor (PPI), Omeprazole.  It was interesting ditching all the other medications, including morphine.  I suspect I had a mild case of Delirium Tremens (DTs) for a couple of weeks as I didn’t phase out anything slowly – naughty me!  I had a few really bad days with shivers, feeling frozen and really irritable during the night –  with consequent poor sleep.

It is (was) 7:00am and I have just finished breakfast, a return to Porridge plus Weetabix, my potential cancer cure!  I had a (Ready?!) break from the Weetabix element for the last month, instead, substituting mixed nuts (brazil, cashew, walnut, hazelnut and almond) and a hand-crafted collection of dried fruits (sultanas, raisins, apricots, banana, prunes, dates and figs).  As the weeks have elapsed my appetite has improved daily and I am now on follow-up toast with treacle and more coffee.  My weight is finally shifting – though more slowly than I’d like and I am still two and a half stones lighter than pre-cancer.  However, my face (and head hair, though it is even whiter than before) is returning and I am looking less like Extra-Terrestrial (ET)!


I have decided to try and limit the length of my blog entries and maybe continue to be less frequent too, so, though we have had a few interesting trips to report, I’ll save that for next time.

Well, that’s all folks.  Bye for now.

Buggs Sign off


3 thoughts on “46. Progress: what is it?

  1. Fantastic news Colin! Look forward to hearing more about what you’re able to get up to now….
    As per Roni’s comments, hopefully you will be able to enjoy a pint – we’ll certainly have one or two for you down here in Australia….

    Peter B.


  2. Great to hear from you, Colin, and to hear such positive news. Does that mean you’ll also manage the odd pint? I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the garden and your new patios too. I’ll look forward to seeing them at some point – we have a voucher for the Rufflets, so we’ll maybe pop in and see you at some point over the summer.


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