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Some Sad News

After a really good half term and an uneventful few days back at school, we were back at the hospital today for Chris to start his block of delayed intensification. All ran smoothly and quite quickly for once, and we also got to meet a new family with a 13 year old boy who was diagnosed with ALL 2 weeks ago while on holiday in Florida.

We also heard some very sad news while we were at the hospital; Phred, our Macmillan nurse died very suddenly at the weekend. It was Phred who taught me to give chemo at home, taught me to flush Chris's central line and taught Chris to clean and change his line dressing. She was a strong, compassionate, caring woman - we will really miss her...

Later in the day I went to Matthew's parents evening, where the news was all good! - though this evenings must hold the record for the shortest interviews ever!!


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Nov. 7th, 2008 08:02 am (UTC)
You must feel so sad - someone who helped you to be strong would become important in your life very quickly. You will all remember her for a long time.

Hope you're all coping with the new block.

Off to Portugal again today or tomorrow - will get in touch when I get back.
Nov. 7th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC)
Yes, I feel much sadder than I would have anticipated.... when you spend time in oncology you know that sooner or later you will have to deal with death at some level, but when it is one of the strong capable carers rather than one of the very sick patients it is a terrible shock!!

Have a great time in Portugal, look forward to hearing from you!
Nov. 7th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
-when it is one of the strong capable carers rather than one of the very sick patients it is a terrible shock!!
I think that's so much part of the sadness. You prepare yourself for sadness in oncology, you kind of brace yourself for news, it's part of what it is, sadly, but yeah, to lose someone who is a rock, I really feel for you, and I'm so sorry. *many hugs* xxx
Nov. 7th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry to hear the sad news about Phred. I can only imagine what a blow that must be not just to you but to the whole unit. Sad indeed.
Nov. 7th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, absolutely - a very difficult lady to replace in every sense
Nov. 7th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
How sad to lose such a nice person,one who helped and was kind.

Hope the treatment is going OK.Good about Matthew's parent evening too.How is David getting on?
Nov. 7th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
The treatment is going well so far...

David seems to be busy and happy, we don't hear much news which is probably a good sign!
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