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The Last Time ?

November 23, 2009

7th Dec 2007

Friday 30th Nov was a momentous day. The Anniversary celebration of Scotland’s national saint, St Andrew, of course, but also the day Mrs D had the last of her 20 sessions of radiotherapy.

We had invites to two St Andrews Dinner dances – one on the Friday night, the other on the Saturday. Mrs D was too tired after her last radiotherapy session to attend both so we skipped the Friday night Dinner and just went to the Saturday one instead.

It was a lovely night. We met up with lots of friends we hadn’t seen for months and had a great ‘craic’. Mrs D even had a go at The Dashing White Sergeant and managed one circuit of the Hall before having to retire because of breathlessness. All in all, the evening was a success. Mrs D thoroughly enjoyed herself, but paid the consequences the following day – spending most of Sunday in bed, exhausted, while I got quietly ‘sozzled’ to make up for what I’d missed out on the previous night (as the designated driver for the evening I’d had to remain sober!)

The doctors had warned us about the side effects of radiotherapy – tiredness, loss of appetite, red itchy skin around the site of the radiotherapy, but she had experienced little of the side effects associated with chemotherapy, so she had become a little blasé. She was not prepared then for the reality.
She took yesterday off work. My idea was that she take things easy – catch up on her sleep and build up her strength . Did she? No!

When I returned from work, I caught her bent almost double in the hallway, gasping for breath. She had spent the larger part of her day off cleaning the house and putting up the Xmas decorations …..

and, as a result, she was knackered.

While I made her something to eat she had a soak in the bath, then went to bed. Doctors had warned us that it will be 1-2 weeks after her treatment finished before she’ll start to feel a bit better. Hopefully, they are right and by Xmas she should be starting to feel more like her old self.

This is a busy time of the year for us socially – St Andrews Night, family birthdays in Dec, then Xmas and New Year celebrations, and rounding off with Burns Suppers at end of January. Events we always look forward to and enjoy. This year though, at the back of our minds, there is that nagging little question – How many more?

Well this could be the last time
This could be the last time
Maybe the last time
I dont know. ……
’ (The Rolling Stones)

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2009 11:35 am

    32 more sleepies to Christmas ….. *hugs* to you both! xxxxx

  2. November 23, 2009 5:46 pm

    I’d say a round of early bubbly is in order.. a celebration of the wonderful life you two have lived. Brave woman you’ve got there…. And brave soul are you.

  3. November 23, 2009 6:03 pm

    I second DF’s idea, slurp away…

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