Blood Tests This month I had oncology and haematology appointments only a week apart so I thought it silly to go for two separate blood tests. Off I went to the surgery with two blood test forms and found that the phlebotomist also had one form (from my GP) so she had the challenge of seeing how they differed and whether she could combine them and avoid taking too many gallons of my red stuff. After all, they all wanted a FBC, LFT and U&E (that’s a Full Blood Count, Liver Function Test and Urea and Electrolytes). In addition Oncology, not surprisingly, wanted a PSA figure (I would be worried if they hadn’t asked for that) and my GP wanted a couple of other things. Continue reading “Is there a trend?”
This saying came to mind after doing a good deed on Friday, so before writing about this deed I thought I would check it out. Professor Google told me that it was either a quote from Oscar Wilde or from Clare Boothe Luce (or maybe both). Never mind, but I don’t really believe it anyway, although . . . Continue reading “No good deed goes unpunished”
To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England, Freemasons have selected 300 local charities across England and Wales to receive a Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Award. Every charity that has been chosen will receive a Community Award of between £4,000 and £25,000. How much is given to each charity will be decided by a public vote. There are six charities in Buckinghamshire which have been chosen. One of them is the Cancer Care and Haematology fund (CCHF) which was founded in 1990 to raise money for the building of the Cancer Care and Haematology Unit at SMH (which was originally known as the ‘Wooden Spoon Unit’). It is the place where I went for chemotherapy and where I go both for oncology appointments and to check how my platelets are performing. The CCHF has continued to fundraise since to support the work of the Unit, to maintain it at the forefront of good care and innovation and to plan for growth in the future.
So I would be grateful if you could follow this link https://mcf.org.uk/region/buckinghamshire/ and vote. It is good that all of the charities will receive something however the vote pans out since the others are equally worthy – but perhaps we can try to make CCHF first among equals! The voting opened today and closes on 31 July.
Thanks for reading this, and hopefully thanks for voting – wherever you are in the world!
After the exploits of the weekend I was rung by a nurse from CCHU on Monday morning to check how I was doing. I had an appointment there with my consultant that afternoon and when I arrived I was ushered straight into an office where my pulse, blood pressure and temperature were taken. Continue reading “Another day, another needle”
The needle-phobic members of my family can look away now (you know who you are). On Monday I had a ‘phone call – can you come to Wycombe for a CT Scan on Thursday? Well I start chemo on Thursday so it might be a bit tricky is my reply. Oh, well we can fit you in at 5.15 tomorrow. So the next day it was granddaughters in the morning, dog to the vets for her annual check-up then me for a CT scan (mustn’t get these mixed up). Continue reading “Three days, three needles”