Farewell 2016

I said that I would update you on the ‘blood out of a stone’ front. This morning I just about managed to get a drop of blood out of my finger (I am sure that the Lancing Device is not as efficient as it should be, only works properly when a nurse is watching) and got a reading higher than previous ones – not the figure I was hoping for. Was it the Christmas effect or something else? I have tried to behave and only had a couple of slices of Christmas Cake (without icing) and no Christmas pudding, then I wondered whether there was another reason. I had got up at 4am on Friday morning with a raging sore throat and had then slept most of Friday (which is not like me) once the raging sore throat had died down to a murmur (although forbidden from speaking because it still came out in a croak). Continue reading “Farewell 2016”

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Rule No. 25 – Why work at getting it right when you can let things drift and have a really big bust up?

Rule No. 25 – Why work at getting it right when you can let things drift and have a really big bust up?

I am not going to mention prostates or platelets today (although there might be an update in the “blood out of a stone” department tomorrow). Instead I am going to tell you a tale of ignored advice and missed opportunities. Of how Queen Chask set up Latsee and how King Chask took it down again. Continue reading “Rule No. 25 – Why work at getting it right when you can let things drift and have a really big bust up?”

Animal health and blood numbers

It is often (incorrectly) claimed that a healthy dog has a wet nose (or vice versa). If that were true and I was a dog I would be regarded as being healthy! Since March I have had a slightly damp nose. Not sure why – it’s not listed among the many side effects of Docetaxel or of Triptorelin, so it’s a bit of a mystery. Continue reading “Animal health and blood numbers”

Getting blood out of a stone?

I have been asked whether I monitor my blood glucose regularly, by the haematologists and my answer is that I have recently had a couple of HbA1c tests which  each show the average over the previous three months but nothing more than that. The same question was asked at my last oncology appointment and so I have been encouraged to get a blood glucose monitoring test kit so as to track my blood glucose levels better – not necessarily every day but perhaps weekly. I raised this with my GP and she agreed that I should do this although it would normally only be done for patients at risk of hypoglycaemia – which I am not. Continue reading “Getting blood out of a stone?”

Testosterone fast and feast is bats

Last week I had an e-mail which started “Dear Sir and Madam” – gosh, I thought, the writer must have known about me being on hormone therapy. The idea of hormone therapy is that it reduces the testosterone that feeds the cancer. It may have a few side effects such as hot flushes and sweating – when I mentioned that I seemed to be getting these­­ to my consultant I just got a wry “Welcome to our world” look from the women in the room. The good news was that my PSA and platelet levels are roughly the same as the last time, one up slightly, one down slightly but not statistically significant. Continue reading “Testosterone fast and feast is bats”