Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Jack: The High School Adventure Begins


Chemo Round Two

Tuesday 21 Jan..  Round Two begins.  It was a bit touch and go as the each round is dependent on blood results confirming that the white blood cells have recovered sufficiently.  Todays test were fine although my Neutrophil count was borderline.. reading about this R-CHOP treatment it is likely that future treatments will be around 21 days and not exactly every 21 days.

First cycle was a breeze, lets hope round two goes the same way.  One aspect of treatment is how much difference I feel from the pressure in my chest/ heart.  Prior to round one I was feeling dizzy, had breathing difficulties and not sleeping well… these symptoms disappeared almost overnight with treatment.  Heart rate has dropped from around 95 to 75… more like normal.

Hair is falling out at great rate, the number one from last week has served its purpose.  Its a novel experience rubbing suntan lotion on top (Thanks Allan for the tip) if only I remembered my lower back and I wouldn't be sunburnt at all.

So back chillin… in ward as the drugs go it.  Ange has leant me her Steve Jobs book which I plan to get into shortly.

Ahhh.. Post of the new shirt will be added shortly.


Long Weekend

We had a great long weekend at Whitianga or the Coromandel..

We rented a cabin/flat at the campground in Whitianga, most of the units were very basic but being lucky first to arrive (it was not busy) we got to pick the best of the bunch which was really cool.  Had a great time visiting heaps of cool beaches in the area, including Hot Water Beach..  Hot Water Beach is a thermal phenominon which sees hot water seep through the beach sand at low tide.. aka beach spa.  Its a bit of a tourist trap but always worth the effort..  It has a special meaning as it was sitting in a hot beach pool back in 1991 that I decided that NZ would be my new home.. look no further.

We were shocked to realize that the last time we were in the Coromandel was when James was 10 months old.. I think bad memories of holiday traffic jams had conspired to keep us away.  However this time the new bridge at Kopu mean that these were worries of the past.  Except of course on state highway 2 which was a parking lot on Monday afternoon, we crawled along at snails pace for half-an-hour before taking a sneaky detour at Maramarua (thanks Liane) which saved us enduring a very frustrating crawl back to the southern motorway.