Friday, 13 January 2012

A New Year and time for the annual CT scan!

We had a great Christmas and New Year this year. It was pretty quiet all in all; we saw Tracey’s family on Christmas Eve, spent Christmas day on our own and then Boxing Day with my family.

It was the first Christmas day on our own in years. Normally we are rushing to get the girls presents open and to get ourselves ready before heading out to visit family for dinner. This means that I’m usually driving and can’t have a drink so it was nice to take everything at a much more leisurely pace this year.

We got up late, all sat in bed and opened our stockings and then ambled down stairs for breakfast. Then to the main presents! After that I cooked dinner and sipped on a nice glass of red wine along the way-chefs treat! The rest of the day was spent relaxing together and enjoying each other’s company.

The holidays themselves whizzed by and before I knew it I was back at work and back to the normal hum drum.

Over Christmas my physio has allowed me to start running again and I have been out a few times now. Just taking it easy and doing a flat 3 mile route for the moment but it’s nice to be back out again. I have put on some weight in the time that I have not been running and am keen to try and loose it again. Of course us PMPers always have that worry in the back of our minds that it may not be weight gain through the normal means and in fact something more sinister....

My annual CT scan appointment came through yesterday. I have to go to Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital on the 30th January for the scan. The usual plan of action is in place; I have to have an EGFR blood test on the 19th to test my kidney functionality before having the scan and on the day of the scan itself.I also have to get bloods taken for tumor markers.

So the next few weeks are a nervous time for us and any of you who have been through it will understand just where we are right now. The scan itself is no big issue, its awaiting the results that is difficult.

I know that Tracey struggles with this. It plays on her mind constantly and whilst she puts on a brave face I can tell it worries her greatly.

We try not to put things off pending results but it’s difficult, so many plans to commit to for the coming year all of which would come crashing down if the results are not good so we have found ourselves putting some things on hold for the moment.

We have a list on paper of the things we’d like to do this year and have been planning the details on many of them but just not committing to them. Hopefully, with a bit of luck and gods grace, in a few weeks time we will be able to make good on our plans. This includes another fundraising event in June....

You may remember that in my last post I mentioned that one of the Christies forum members was in surgery as I was typing undergoing her MOAS. We’ll I’m pleased to say that we heard from Carole yesterday and she informed us that she was back home and on the road to recovery after spending three weeks in hospital. We wish her well with her ongoing recovery.


  1. I'll be thinking of you, Dave! This coming Wednesday will be the two year anniversary of my MOAS. Yay! I feel fabulous. I remember asking my various health providers if I would ever feel "normal" again -- it seemed impossible even a year ago. Well, now I really do! I'm sure you will be off climbing mountains and running next year. My scan won't be for a few months because I got way out of sync due to the surgeon's office being overwhelmed with scheduling issues, so I have a few more months of no worries : ) Take care and try not to let that wraith get to you!

    p.s. I am wicked claustrophobic, so I cannot imagine caving, but I watched "Cave of the Forgotten Dreams" yesterday and began to understand how a person could fall in love with caves!

  2. Sounds like you had the perfect Family Christmas....Well done! Will be thinking of you in the next few weeks, Lots of Love x x

  3. Dave, Tracey, Chloe & Jess

    Be thinking of you all and fingers crossed that all will be well.

    As I've said before, you know where we are if you need us at any time.

    Love H & Derek xx

  4. thanks for your blog Dave! have u looked into mushroom or beta glucan suppliments to help your body fight cancer cells? also i just read about new research on amla (indian goosebterry) and then theres eating lots of veggies like broccoli, ginger, curcumin, garlic, carrot juice etc, all shown to fight cancer and omitting things like alcohol, processed meats, red meat, dairy.

  5. Hi All,
    Thank you all so much for your kind words of support!
    I'll run through my responses one by one....

    Hi Nancy,
    Good to hear from you. I fell in love with caving many years ago. It's a tough sport but a fantastic way to keep fit,escape from the real world and go places and see things that many people will never see. I must find the time to get out more this year and take some more photo's to share with you all.

    Hi Deb,
    I hope you and Taylor had a great Christmas and thank you for your ongoing support!

    Hello derek & H,
    Thank you for your support also and look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks where we can catch up properly.

    Hi Ben,
    Thank you for your kind comments reference the blog. I have to say that thus far I have not looked too much into alternative remedies or suppliments but I do believe strongly in the benifits of a healthy lifestyle.
    For a good few years now I have kept fit, dont really drink and dont smoke. I eat well, eat tomatoes daily (for the cancer busting Lycopene)and drink at least two cups of green tea a day.
    Maybe it could be a good topic for my next post? I'll have to do some research.....!

    Best wishes to all,