Jenny has not felt her best today with some nausea overnight and general sicky feeling for most of the day. However, her blood results are encouraging and don’t indicate any major problems (not to be confused with the blood results we will get tomorrow about the port procedure scheduled for Friday). She has rested all day in bed, with only a foot massage in terms of treatment, and will hopefully bounce back tomorrow. All her vital signs are fine and there are no reason for any concern, it just seems she is having a difficult day after the stresses of yesterday and the trip to Gießen hospital.
We woke late and missed breakfast, so lunch was the first meal of the day for me – vegetable studel which was surprisingly tasty. Jenny hasn’t eaten much today so she has been receiving glucose infusions to boost her energy. I managed a snooze this afternoon before dinner – fish which was again very tasty. Today Mary had her appointment for the results of yesterday’s MRI scan and the results are good with a full recovery expected and I think they have been told they can start to make plans to finally return to Australia.
No real sign yet of setting a date for our return home but we do need to consider the financial impact our lengthy stay is having on funds and what this will mean for future treatment cycles. We originally planned on a 21-day stay which is likely to be close to triple that by the time we leave and therefore impacts on available funds for the future. I think we are close to coming home as it is becoming a very expensive “non-treatment” period for Jenny. All this time (since early January) she has not been receiving proactive cancer treatment and whilst this has been necessary due to unforeseen issues her health is as good as it has been for some time (excluding today’s little setback) and I feel we need to take the opportunity to return home for some rest and recuperation before planning a return trip for direct cancer treatment – I’m hoping this means we can get home next week.
Cathy & Dick arrived back in the clinic at lunchtime (it’s nearly 3 weeks since they left and it only feels like yesterday) and we also saw the arrival back of Marilyn who has been staying with a relative for the last 2 weeks in Frankfurt. Cathy and Dick always manage to bring the best out in Jenny and I have no doubt they will again. Hilary has also bounced back from her whole body hyperthermia yesterday with no major problems.
Today is Pam’s birthday (Tommy & Pam) and we sent her a Facebook message earlier as she has only just joined Facebook. It is also Heikle’s birthday (the night nurse) and we bought her a little sheep and kinder egg as a surprise (we are also friends on Facebook which is how we know it’s her birthday).
I am also friends with Renae on Facebook and today she has posted a status for the first time since her 2nd lung operation on Monday. It made me laugh so I felt it would hopefully do the same for everyone else…
“Translating the pizza menu from german to english and google translate tells me the pizza I am translating is called ‘soft cock’ in english. Hahahah might just have a different one.”
I wanted to mention another fundraising event which is being organised by Gemma’s friend Laura Pumford (aka Dogface – it’s a long story and she is anything but!). It is an “all you can eat” curry with a raffle and quiz. The cost is £12 for the food and it is scheduled for Wednesday 29th February 2012 at Anmol Curry House in Penketh (62 Warrington Road, Warrington, Cheshire WA5 2JP), which I believe by some to be considered the best curry house in Warrington. This is set to be a great night with some fabulous laughs and if you are interested then please email Laura directly. Apologies for the picture as Laura is a Manchester United fan and wore a LFC shirt for a day to raise money last year for Jenny – it’s the best picture I have of her.
Today has been a slow day with generally little to report. Tomorrow evening sees the arrival of Jenny’s mum, Cathy and her cousins Justine and Helen who will be here early evening so I’m sure that will give Jenny a much-needed boost.