A Whirlwind Week!
I write this post propped up in a hospital bed, hooked up to a drip and am typing away in the half-light of a distant sunrise, using up the data allowance on my mobile phone (and hoping that the predictive text doesn't get too annoying!).
On Wednesday last week I came in for a CT scan. The next few days carried on as normal as I felt fine in myself, no different to normal. Yesterday (Monday) the consultant phoned and asked me to be admitted to hospital straight away as the results of the scan indicated I need to start treatment immediately.
They found a large mass in my abdomen 14cm by 8cm that is pressing on one of my kidneys. I have already started a course of steroids that should start to shrink the tumors - wow talk about taking a box of tablets in one go! Main side effects so far are not being able to sleep much and going to the toilet loads! So not bad on the whole.
Today I will get a stent to try to save the kidney.
Wednesday is all about the kids! I must not loose sight of the fact that there are indeed two miracles in the making. Verity has her first scan on Wednesday. It is early due to the ectopic pregnancy we suffered in February. So we trust Wednesday will go well and we get to see our new child for the first time. Wednesday is also the day when I am due to bank some sperm in case we want another child in the future. The side effects of chemotherapy are not as mild as the steroids and there is a strong possibility of infetrility.
Thursday should be the day the chemo starts.
They expect me to be out of hospital sometime on Friday.
Treatment and chemo will then continue for several courses over the coming months.
Thanks for all your prayers and messages. God is in control. You may not be familiar with the old Hillsong song 'So Close'. It was going round in my head in the early hours last night:
So close I believeYou're holding me nowIn your arms I belongYou'll never let me go