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A catch up...

Well my birthday is now officially over here for another year, many thanks to all who sent greetings today, whether by card, phonecall, email, facebook, lj or face to face... all were much appreciated and helped make it a good day for me!!

A quick update on the last few days; as I posted on Monday Chris was admitted to hospital on Sunday. He responded well to the antibiotics and the eye infection has cleared up nicely, with no more sign of fever after Sunday evening...

By Tuesday he was really well, but they wanted him to carry on with iv antibiotics a little longer, so after his morning dose we were allowed home, but he had to return to the hospital at 4pm for the night and three more doses of antibiotics as well as the chemo he was due that day. Chris was very frustrated by this as he had hoped they would finish the course after two more doses when he would have been fever free for 48 hours, that way he would have been home for the night and able to have a normal day at school on Wednesday... but it was not to be, so we made the most of our time out from the hospital by going for a meal at the Merebrook, we also took a quick trip to the co-op to pick up a few bits and pieces.

On Wednesday morning we were given the all clear to go home (with oral antibiotics and eye drops) so Chris was dressed and ready to head to school by about 10am, however actually being discharged took about 4 hours while we waited on the duty doctor and chris's prescriptions, so he only made it to school for the last few periods of the day.

Today was an ordinary school day, which was so nice after the last few hospitals days... on Monday I spent six hours at the hospital and six hours travelling... Tuesday was similar, all very tiring. It made today's normality very precious.

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natesmountain
Feb. 27th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting about Chris and what you are up to with that. I hope the coming year goes smoothly for you both.
vivh
Feb. 27th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
All you can do in treatment like this is to take every day as it comes... so I'm not looking too far ahead! I will try to post more often!!
moth2fic
Feb. 27th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Nice to hear everything's 'ordinary' again!
vivh
Feb. 27th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
"ordinary" is really, really good!!
suilven
Feb. 27th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
That's a real shame about the delay getting dicharged. Sometimes, with a little forward planning, like prescriptions and the like, these things can be avoided. I know sometimes they are just flat out, well, most times, but just sometimes it could be made a lot easier for families. It's a particular shame when Chris is so keen to get to school. So many of them lose interest so fast, for whatever reason.
vivh
Feb. 27th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
There is so much waiting around at hospital... and I'm not the most patient!! The nurses are always really busy, that's only too obvious, but there's a lot of inefficiency too...

I think one of the key things about school for Chris was that he went back really early in treatment, I suspect that the longer you wait the harder it becomes... also the school nurse has been fabulous and made Chris feel confident about going in even on days when he is feeling pretty rough!!
I don't think Chris has ever viewed leukaemia as anything other than a temporary inconvenience, that probably really helps too.

suilven
Feb. 27th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
There is so much waiting around at hospital... and I'm not the most patient!! The nurses are always really busy, that's only too obvious, but there's a lot of inefficiency too...</i>
I suspect the efficient greatly outweighs the other however, that is not to say things couldn't be different. I believe every NHS worker should be seconded to the private sector for a short while, just to learn how things could be.

It is outrageous sometimes the things people have to wait on without much, if any explanation as to why. The most ludicrous thing is the hunting for keys. Everybody accepts it because that is all they have ever known but it is totally outrageous, the time spent looking for keys. Something as basic as that. I bet you the time spent looking for keys on a daily basis could pay for an extra nurse. I have many hobby horses. That is one. Noise is another. Many more.

Reposted as I can't edit any more.
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