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    Last Tuesday I had an appointment for an injection to free up a locking finger. Hold the hand flat then a sharp scratch said the doc. Much heaving and straining later the doc said sorry, the lump is too hard I shall have to refer you.

    Wednesday I saw the stomach man about a problem I had first had more than a year back. Back then I was put on a 14 day check which cleared the possibility of a big C but left the ‘what’ issue open. Dealing with my wife’s issues then took precedence. Anyway after a bit of painful prodding a hernia was provisionally diagnosed so a scan was booked there and then to confirm the diagnosis.

    Wednesday evening my wife started to show signs of an abscess so had a bad night getting up at 4 a.m. a nice(?)  early start to Thursday.

    Thursday my wife saw the dentist for a scheduled routine check up, in its stead got a prescription and told if it got worse to seek hospital help.

    Thursday evening it got worse so I called 111. After some discussion and several call backs, all well within the requested time we were sent off on a cross county drive for a 1:00am Friday morning appointment. The on call doc took one look listened to the history and sent us off to the next county for a Maxfax specialist to take action. We arrived there about 2:30 a.m. after a painful and challenging drive. X-rays were taken but did not reveal much due to the level of swelling so a stronger treatment was prescribed along with the instruction to return if there was no improvement. Having been up for 25 hours we went to bed when we got home at 5 a.m.

    The Friday post brought details of an appointment clash so off to the hospital to try to re-arrange my scan date; yippee it was brought forward by a week.

    Monday my wife saw the oncologist for an otherwise uneventful appointment, with no news about her participation in a research project or starting the chapter 4 ‘traditional’ treatment. The same could not be said for an encounter in the waiting room. A really upbeat patient we had met during chemo was also there, having been on the same ‘pathway’ as my wife though a little earlier. Her situation had changed dramatically; she had lost a great deal of weight in four months, gone from lively and vivacious to withdrawn and apparently suffering muscle control issues. She said to another patient that she had just been told her condition is now terminal. As you can imagine, while that has not yet been said to my wife; last night was not an easy time for her while everything was digested.

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    Wow, I have just been really impressed. Following the trouble with my hand I was awaiting a chose and book follow up, it came in today with 5 choices. The most distant places were 80 days and 50 days with the others ranging down to 14 days for the closest, which I promptly took. I can walk to and from that one in less than 20 minutes. Even better the chose and book application can synchronise with my diary and automatically complete the time and date details. I was well impressed. However, the survey option then promptly crashed. You cannot win them all.

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