Today I discovered the Ford Ward at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, and a very nice ward it seemed. It’s a lot more spacious than the Ruth Myles Unit, and it was odd to see lots of patients’ doors left open. All in all, I wouldn’t complain if I had to be rushed in there, though I’m not too keen to have to be rushed in anywhere.
The nurses seemed lovely, and I had my blood taken (once they’d changed the bung, as the one I had needed a needle and wasn’t very keen on letting a needle have much blood). I then came home and rang them for the results: my neutrophils have actually gone down from 0.7 on Friday to 0.5 today… I’m not sure why, as it’s been a while since I had any chemo, but I guess my body is still taking time to recover from everything. Anyway, what it means is that I won’t be going back to St George’s yet: I haven’t organised when I’m next going into St Richard’s to have it tested again, but they were suggesting towards the end of the week.
Obviously that’s a bit frustrating, as I want to get on with treatment, but at least this way I’ll be able to make the most of the gorgeous weather expected this week: I know it’s not going to be much fun being stuck in a hospital room when the sun is out this summer… I enjoyed the weather today from Sue’s garden in West Wittering, and went for a nice walk along the beach. Then it was to St Richard’s for what I think was the first time for almost 16 years.
Also, it’s looking as though I’ll be able to go to Grandma’s funeral, though with a low neutrophil count I’ll have to be careful to avoid anyone who is spluttering at all. Harriet’s coming south at this very moment, so it’ll be lovely to have her around; Tom and Fred will probably be going straight up for the funeral on the day. Fred’s been deep in exams but finishes on Friday, after which he’ll have a good 15 months before he needs to be back at uni… He’s got his year abroad coming up, and is going to… Rome! The school he’s teaching at is actually very close to where I lived: about halfway between there and the school I taught at, so that’s quite fun. I look forward to visiting…
Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine… Do send good vibes to encourage my neutrophils: much as I’m enjoying home it would be good to get on with things. The sooner I get on with the treatment, the sooner it will all be finished!