The frustrating thing is that although he's feeling more human in terms of chemo side effects, he's still prone to other infections and is now having problems with a chesty cough (not mesothelioma-related) and conjunctivitis which has now spread from one eye to the other. How unfair is that?
Ah well, at least neither of these infections is life threatening and both are curable if he takes care of himself. However, it's enough to make him feel a bit miserable. The bitterly cold, grey, overcast weather with no let up in the foreseeable future is not helping......That said, for a few seconds today, we did spot a patch of blue sky over Oxford which cheered us up no end!
We are using this down time to slowly catch up on a few things, although lethargy seems to be affecting both of us at the moment. Nevertheless, we now have a plan for our next adventure, somewhere a bit warmer I hope. I'll put the plan into action as soon as Steve is fully recovered from these infections so as to minimise the risk of cancellation. Getting travel insurance for someone with cancer at a reasonable cost is just about impossible so soon after chemotherapy, so we will just have to take a chance.
Congratulations to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organisation (ADAO) for a very successful conference in America, to meso warrior Mavis and Linda Reinstein of the ADAO who were both given awards, to meso warrior Lou from Australia who travelled to the States to be there and make a presentation and to everyone involved!
We also send special wishes to other meso warriors and their carers, especially Tess who is having a tough time with chemo at the moment; Ray who is recovering from a heart attack; Debbie who is managing her problems so well, and Jan who has added "author" to her formidable list of achievements. Details of her book The Dreamweaver's Choice here!
Last but not least, bon voyage to Amanda and Ray who are off to Paris this week, and to our son who is now en route home from New Zealand via China and Amsterdam. See you soon, Jack!