Thursday, 1 October 2015
The old fishermans latest report on the health front!
Now the Royal Marsden Hospital have advised that the chemo is not working and they can do no more for me, the challenge is to control the pain so that I get some quality of life during my remaining months. This is a lot easier said than done. Fortunately this is where the St Christopher's Hospice get more involved. Last week I was not well enough to go to my regular meeting at the hospice to review my pain control, having vomited three times the night before and still feeling rough. The hospice kindly arranged for a male nurse to visit me at home the next day. His name was Matt Loveridge and he was excellent. He reviewed what was happening to me, how I felt and what drugs I was on and then he made a number of recommendations which he wrote out in beautiful script and gave to me. I know a lot of my readers have a medical background so here is the detail:-
For pain relief - increase the OxyContin tablets to 40mg twice a day. Continue to take the OxyNorm liquid,10 to 15ml when required. Take Nortriptyline at 20mg in the evening.
To control sickness - take Domperidone 10mg 3 times a day before meals.
To relieve constipation - take 2 Laxido sachets in 250ml of water each day.
I also take two 500mg paracetamol tablets four times a day at four hourly intervals.
Fortunately now I am off the chemotherapy I don't have to take all the pills associated with that (what a relief!).
However I am starting to wish I had shares in pharmaceutical companies!
Two of the things the medics ask that I have difficulty in answering relates to the pain. They ask where does it hurt and how bad does it hurt? The where is the easiest to explain except that the pain is internal and varies with movement and breathing. Basically my whole right lung aches most of the time even when I am under the pain control medication. It used to only ache low down but has progressively moved up. When the pain control pills have worn off then the pain is a serious distraction and I have to try and do something about it. On a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is no pain and 5 is excruciating pain I feel I regularly score a 3.5 and sometimes even a 4! This is when I use the OxyNorm liquid and the heat bag! The heat bag was made by my daughter-in-law Debbie and it contains wheat, I think, anyway put it in the microwave for 90 seconds and it stays warm for a couple of hours. I then place it on my shoulder and neck and the feeling of heat tends to mask some of the pain.
On the good news front Rosalind and I have met with the funeral director and I have decided where I want to be buried. The cemetery is called Greenlawns Memorial Park and it is high on the North Downs about 3 miles south of where we live, well away from traffic and heavily populated locations. Hopefully I will be able to "rest in peace!" Only flat (horizontal) head stones are allowed making for a vary open and airy scene. I bet it makes cutting the grass easier too!