Posted by: purpleandrew | August 25, 2010

Chemo pains

It is now 5 days since Leslie’s third session of chemotherapy and as we have done from the start, we take every day as it comes.

From my perspective, i am noticing that the effects of the chemo are taking longer to “hit” and longer to dissipate afterwards. At the moment, Leslie is on a diet of Mars Bars, tomato soup, scrambled egg, eggybread and beans on toast, washed down with either lemon tea or Lucazade. Thankfully, this concoction is not all in the same bowl at once. But if that is what Leslie wants, i can do that.

The uneasy truce between bouts of vomiting and diarrhea is not on any sort of recognised cease-fire, and can flare up quicker than the reaction to a scud missile without notice. Not nice for Leslie, not at all, but she carries this without complaint and is a marvelous example of what a positive attitude can do for someone.

You see, as i write this and think about it, when we were children and had that nasty cough or cold, what did we get forced down our throats? yes, you got it, horrible tasting foul smelling stuff; the spoon often clunked on your teeth with the force of the “kindly administration” – that usually meant your mother.

So, Leslie has the bad medicine that is really the good medicine, and considering what this alchemaic brew of poisons actually is, it is no wonder that it has a bad effect. After all, it has one heck of a job to do and the only proof of its success will be when Leslie and I are sitting on a porch somewhere banging our gums, rocking on a chair looking out over our land in the sun when the names Tony Blair and David Cameron are just dusty old words in some long forgotten chip wrapping rotting in a landfill site somewhere.

So, this morning, after the rallying call from the bedroom about the bins (and yes i had put them out for our beloved bin men) i was greeted with this gem from the Bear

“i feel worse than i did yesterday, but not as bad”

Answers on a postcard please to “WTF was that?? Douglas

This is purpleandrew checking out for now



  1. Worse and bad are two completely different things (better than baked beans but not as good). Jxx

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