Well, the vinblastine has been fine so far – possibly because we forgot the steroids (prednisolone), which I was meant to have at the same time as the chemo (for 5 days)… It’s delightful not to have a sore jaw etc, because I felt really rubbish last time. I’m now on the second day of the steroids, after some debate about whether it was still worth having them. My intrathecal chemo (cytarabine) is on Wednesday, but I’m not too worried about that. It all depends on the doctor, and how quickly they find the gap.
I had a great night out last week to celebrate/commemorate one of the nurse’s leaving the Day Unit (she was only on a 6-month contract to cover maternity leave) – I get on very well with Sophie and will miss her on Ruth Myles, but fortunately now we’ve connected socially I’m sure we’ll be meeting up in the Real World… The evening involved dinner at a Wagamama-esque restaurant in South Wimbledon with plenty of other Ruth Myles staff, and then a very amusing trip to Inferno’s with some of Sophie’s uni nursing friends: I had a great time, possibly because Sophie matched my lunatic dancing!
Otherwise I’ve been very busy finishing off ‘The Malteser’ and doing some more research work for Jim Naughtie – some trickier stuff this time, but it’s interesting, and will at least bring in a little money! I also need to prepare properly for an interview on Tuesday, and have been sending out a great many OMV emails. There are lots of OMV activities happening over the next few months: I’d love to get involved in all of them but life looks pretty busy nowadays:
- Edinburgh (from 30th March til 3rd/4th April) chez Harriet
- Downside (5th – 8th April) for the Easter Retreat
- Italy (12th – 19th April) to see Mariacristina and Freddie
- OMV Health and Safety Meeting (19th April) and AGM (22nd April)
- Chichester Observer (23rd-27th April) for work experience
So there’s lots going on! After all that, I’m hoping to move up to London, though that isn’t confirmed yet. I’ll need to find a job of some description to pay my rent, but a lot depends on my interview this Tuesday.
It’s all very exciting, and I continue to think how wonderful it is to be able to do all this.