“Let’s talk about it” – (Part 2)


It was just two days later when I had to go to hospital for a week. The plan being that I was to undergo numerous investigations and tests to further determine what course of treatment I should have and then hopefully start it as soon as possible.

I’m not sure what upset people the most, that I had cancer or that I was going to Cookridge. Many cancer specialist hospitals in those days had an unfortunate reputation similar to that of a haunted house, lots of people go there, but very few come out alive.

My Dad took me to the hospital, he worked in Ilkley so it was pretty much on his way. He dropped me off very early at 7.30am because he had to be at work for 9.00am (I guess that’s where I get my conscientiousness from), I didn’t have to be there until 10.00am!.

Cookridge HospitalAfter sitting for a couple of hours in the reception area, I was taken to a separate building, which could only be described as an old air raid shelter. There I was introduced to other young men who were being treated for cancer. Some of these guys looked really ill. I began to think perhaps I’d been in denial up until now, I don’t think I really believed anyone my age got cancer, it’s for old people like those in the waiting room. It was then I began to realize why my Dad insisted on dropping me off so quickly. He hated hospitals at the best of times, how the hell was he going to cope with this when he called in on his way home from work!

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9 Responses to “Let’s talk about it” – (Part 2)

  1. Interesting blog. I had Hodgkins Lymphoma – gruelling at the time but curable. Am I correct in presuming yours is Non-Hodgkins?

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    • Bracken5 says:

      Hi, thank you for reading my post. Yes you’re right it was NHL. I hope you are in good health now? Thank you for commenting. 😊

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      • I like your blog Bracken5 – your cartoon illustrations are particularly good.It is interesting that you are documenting your illness from the start now. Is this just getting it all out for the record now?
        I went through a bad year in 2009 where I was in hospital most of the time. But am now cancer free! I worked hard to get back to work. When I got back to work it helped me get better. I have had balance problems since and developed osteo-arthritis. But around 3 1/2 years later, my brain sort of crashed. I was told that I aged 20 years (my husband is 20 years older so that wasn’t too much of a problem). I discovered for myself online, the neutrons’ DNA in the hipocampus collapses around about that length of time so you need to exercise the brain to retrain it. I had to learn my times tables all over again and am better at arithmetic now than I ever was before. But I suffer with “chemo brain”. It is easier to write – as I can edit mistakes. I haven’t worked since – only volunteering in the Cancer Research shop. But I retrained as a book-binder – doesn’t bring in any money but it’s very therapeutic. I look forward to reading more of your reports.

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      • Bracken5 says:

        I can’t call you Southampton old lady, what about Sol for my reply? 😊 I love your blog Sol and I’m now following it. I think Southampton should be very proud of you. What chemo did you have? Only because I’m an oncology nerd😊
        Chemo brain sucks although the ‘blue plaque’ post was very funny. You’ve got to laugh or cry. I think you’re a star!
        Mmm, the blog. This is my second attempt to share things, I got no feedback first time round so I’m trying a different approach. I think I do need to share my experiences but I don’t want to depress people in the process. It’s not easy with such a depressing subject. But I’ll keep trying………it keeps out of the pubs at least. 😝

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  2. Nothing wrong with old things, but Sol is fine (Spanish for Sun – I lived there for some years too). So it is reshared? – Well that is a good idea as more people are blogging these days. Make sure you put plenty of words in the categories and tags, so that you can be found by like-minded people. I found you accidentally by searching the word England!
    When I first started searching things about Cancer I couldn’t find enough. For the general public it shouldn’t be too depressing I agree. But there is another place for depressing stuff too – to help Cancer patients and their families understand. I have forgotten the chemo I was on – about 5 different sorts – 3 of which I was allergic to so had to have anti-allergy medication as well. Young nurses got very frightened when the whole bed shook. (I had seen it on an episode of House – so I was okay with it). I took part in a ‘Rathyl’ medical trial, partly funded by Cancer Research. I think I had Vlastine combined with another (that’s just my memory of these names, which are a sore point with my memory – I will have to look them up to check and get back). But also combined with such high doses of steroids that nurses were always double-checking that the decimal point was in the right place.
    I owe my life to the NHS and its staff, from its diligent researchers, oncologists (like you) to student nurses, who even came in on their day off to check I was okay. I do feel useless sometimes after being kicked out of jobs due to making mistakes and a wandering mind now, which annoys others no end. But I am so grateful to be alive – I don’t take anything for granted – especially when I am in a better position than many, not only in my country but throughout the world.
    Keep up your good work Bracken5

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    • Bracken5 says:

      Thank you Sol, for the lovely reply and sound advice 😊 Sounds to me like you are working and doing a great job for Southampton and other neglected parts of the UK. I’ll have to look up that trial, I have no doubt they used some heavy artillery on your Hodgkins. Well done you. Anaphylaxis is a really scary thing, jeopardising the Hippocratic oath ‘do no harm’ not easy to stick to when Chemo’s involved. You’re so right there’s nothing wrong with ‘old’ but I’m glad you’re okay with Sol.
      My dog ‘Bracken’ (he was the reason I started a blog) has chemo brain after having CHoP chemo twice for NHL, can you believe it? I will be posting his story at some point again, maybe under my nurse category, he has been my favourite patient after all. Well next to an ‘old’ man I once looked after. I may post about him as well one day. (Protecting his anonymity of course)
      Hope the sun comes out today Sol. Thank you again for reading and liking my posts 😊

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