17 Aug 2016

Another personal update


Dear Friends, it seems quite a while since I've shared anything on my blog as I've been otherwise engaged with medical matters having been in-and-out of hospital recently.  The last few weeks I've had rather a bumpy ride as I had to have surgery three times on the same area as well as under the left armpit.  All was going well even though I had to have a second operation (another wide local excision) and was discharged from hospital.  However, a few days later I was rushed back and admitted for emergency surgery to remove a haematoma.  Again I was discharged home only to be rushed back by ambulance a couple of days later to the Accident and Emergency Department of another local hospital with breathing problems and pains down the other side of my body and down my arm!  I'm beginning to know what it's like to be in various departments of our city hospitals as a patient!  It has been quite a journey this year.  It was thought that I had another haematoma on my lungs or was suffering from heart problems.  After extensive tests it seems I must have pulled a muscle and bruised the area around my ribs which is a mystery as most of the time I've been quietly resting (drowsy from the analgesics).  I can only think I might have leaned heavily on my right side to pull myself up in bed as I couldn't move my left side, having been in a deep sleep.
I'm having to manage the pain in both areas especially as the day progresses but I'm up-and-about at home. I'm continuing to rest as much as possible, haven't been able to get out except to the hospital outpatients' department appointments and a cancer support centre.  The crocheting had to be put down and I'm only just taking it up again doing a few rows at a time.  However, I've got through quite a lot of reading and I'm able to write, type, point and shoot with my digital camera now.  Mr. P. and I have also been watching the television broadcasts of the very exciting Olympic Games. We're proud of our Sheffield athlete, Jessica Ennis-Hill, but all those who have dedicated their life to sport and have reached this high standard are to be commended.
The good news is that at the last appointment with the consultant surgeon last week I was told that the surgery to remove the cancer in that area has been a success and next week I'll be assessed for the radiotherapy treatment which being every day for about a month will be challenging and will also make it difficult to do much blogging even though I would love to share and communicate with you all.  I'm also looking forward to our Berkshire daughter coming tomorrow to stay for the rest of the Summer school holidays, celebrating my husband's birthday this week and enjoying a family get-together here on Saturday.
Thank you my friends as I know that you've been thinking of me from time-to-time and perhaps wondering how I was getting on.
Here are a few more photos of one of my favourite roses in our garden called Joie de Vivre.  It's another rose that looks beautiful at each stage of its blooming whether in bud or fully open.



Wishing you a very peaceful rest of the week and in the days ahead,
Linda :)

36 comments:

  1. Lovely to hear from you, Linda. I'm sorry that you're having a rough time of things, as you're finding out, we're sometimes sent a bit of a curve ball even when we think we know how things are going to progress. Hopefully, you're over the that part now and the rest of your treatment can progress on course. How lovely that you've got family coming to spend some time with you, I hope the weather stays fine so that you can all get out and enjoy that lovely garden you've got with those beautiful roses. Wishing you all the very best. xx

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  2. So sorry to hear about your admittance into hospital and more surgery but certainly thrilled to hear all the cancer has been removed. Hope all goes well with radiotherapy and that you have a speedy recovery. Take care of yourself.

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  3. So sorry to hear of your rough time. I wish it is over now and it is really great news that the cancer surgery was a success! Your rose is looking beautiful and so is its name - joie de Vivre! I wish you happy moments with your family & all the best!

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  4. Prayers for your recovery. that is way to many trips to the hospital in a short time. or even in a long time. I have a friend going throught the radiation treatment and it is not bad for her, she is doing really well with it and I pray you will to... so glad your snapper finger is still working and that you are able to take photos and type... i would be lost if i could not do those things. thanks for the update

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  5. Good to hear from you Linda and so sorry to hear you have been in and out of hospital. It sounds as if you are getting on top of it all now and I hope that the daily radiotherapy will finally see you back to health. Take care and enjoy the visit from your daughter and your husband's birthday. Take care:)

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  6. What a stunning rose Linda.
    I have wondered about your progress and yes indeed you have had a very bumpy ride in your treatment. Here's hoping your radiotherapy goes without a hitch and you don't suffer too much discomfort.
    Gentle hugs from me to you xxx

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  7. It's so good to hear from you Linda. I'm happy to hear that your operations are over and that you will continue to heal and recovery. I'll be praying and thinking of you during this time. I hope you have a wonderful family visit. Take care dear friend. Pat xx

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  8. It has been a bumpy ride. But the news from the consultant must be a relief. Take care Linda. I hope all goes well with the next stage.

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  9. So lovely to hear from you Linda and I'm sorry that things have been so difficult. Very glad to hear the surgery was successful, eventually after the. haematomas. Will pray for your continued recovery. I'm glad you will have your daughter with you for the time and some nice occasions.
    Your roses are beautiful.
    Sending you many best wishes.Xx

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  10. So sorry to hear that there have been so many difficulties, it sounds as though things are on the move again treatment wise so that is very good isn't it. I hope it will soon begin and therefore soon be all over and then you can look forward to next year with joy and good things to come. Sending hugs and love and thanks for your kind words to me too! xx

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  11. You have been in my thoughts and I am pleased that you have now received good news from the surgeon. It sounds to have been a difficult journey for you, and I really do hope that from now on everything runs more smoothly for you.

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  12. Hi Linda, I am SO SO SO sorry for what you are going through.. God Bless You, my Friend... Makes me cry --since I feel so helpless.. BUT--I am praying for you and your treatments/recovery...

    Love,
    Betsy

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  13. Oh I have been sending good thoughts your way and thinking of you often. So happy to find this post with the good news, but oh my have you had quite the ride with surgeries and adventures to the hospital. So sorry it has taken you on this adventure. No fun at all! Now you are on the healing side and I am so happy to hear this. I will be continuing to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. xoxo Marilyn (and Jim too)

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  14. You've been through far too much, and yet your beautiful attitude remains. Hope things greatly improve for you now, Linda. Enjoy your family time and celebrations, and indulge in lots of pampering of yourself! Thinking of you. Bess

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  15. Sending positive and healing thoughts your way, Linda. Take good care xo Karen

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  16. You have often been in my thoughts Linda and I am sending you even more positive thoughts now, along with as many healing energies as I can muster, along with all my prayers. Hugs, Denise xxx

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  17. Good to hear that the situation is improving, Linda, even though you still have more treatment to go through. Good luck with that and thanks for sharing your favourite rose, too. It is a beauty!

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  18. I'm so sorry to hear of your troubles. I am happy you have those lovely roses to bring you joy at this time. I'm sending you good thoughts and hope that soon this will be over and you can breathe a sigh of relief. Take good care.

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  19. How good to hear from you Linda, goodness me, you have been through the mill, poor thing, so it's just fantastic to hear that you've been given such a brilliant diagnosis, I hope the radiotherapy goes well, I have been thinking about you and sending healing, positive vibes. Your garden is looking lovely, that must be a comfort to you. Happy birthday to your hubs!!! Take good care of you now. Hugs.xxx

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  20. Hello Linda, so sorry to hear about your surgeries and tough times you have been through. Good new is that the surgery has been a success. Take things easy, rest more and eat well to strengthen your health. The roses are so beautiful and the colours are so sweet! Happy birthday to your husband and enjoy a great family get together.

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  21. hello
    mais maintenant cela va aller , vous étes sur la bonne voie
    vos jolies roses vont aider pour se passage un peu difficile
    je viendrais de temps en temps prendre des nouvelles
    moi je m'occupe en faisant des montages photos
    et du scrap
    à bientôt
    courage et merci pour le petit mot
    tendresse
    edith (iri) France Normandie
    ha! JOYEUX ANNIVERSAIRE pour votre mari

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  22. Dear Linda,
    Thanks for updating us on how your recovery is progressing. My friend I told you about who is a few weeks ahead of you in treatment has started radiation successfully. May the Lord encourage you as you heal.
    I got sidetracked from blogging after our camping trip at the end of July. Thank you so much for visiting my last post about camping and taking the time to comment. For making the lavender sachet I ended up gathering the square cloth and tying the lavender in rather than sewing it in so that the cloth could be used as a dish or face cloth easily simply by untying the cloth and releasing the lavender.
    You have many lovely photos in your posts, and I enjoy viewing them!
    Until next time :)
    Gracie xx

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    1. If you read this, Gracie, thank you for explaining about how you attached the lavender to the cloth so that it could be used as a dish or facecloth. What a lovely idea! I shall get my husband to cut some lavender, which is ready to harvest, and try to make some crocheted squares myself. All the best, Gracie.

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  23. Once more thank you all for your kind comments and best wishes. This week I haven't been able to reply to everyone all at once, but instead have been reading your news and leaving comments on your blogs when I can. Life is still full with resting so that I heal up, helpful and positive hospital appointments and enjoyable family visits. Thinking of you all, Linda :)

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  24. Dear Lynda, looking in this morning to see how things are for your health-wise.....that all sounds very frightening. So glad that you are ok and hoping that your recovery continues without more scares! Always glad to see your roses and other photos. I've been thinking of you more so this week as we heard the news about the earthquake in Italy, i wasn't sure if this was the area where your family are from/live. It's very sad news for the town and for Italy. So very difficult for the families and friends of those who have died. Sending my love and thoughts. X

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    1. Thank you Jan. I'm beginning to heal from the surgery and getting better each day. The medical team have been really looking after me. Next I'm having a bone density scan because of the emergency I had over the rib problem and then I will have the radiotherapy sessions. We are very upset over the earthquake disaster. It was in a region with terrain similar to where we live, but over the other side of the mountain range.We phoned my husband's sister and she told us that our area (south of Rome) felt strong shock waves that night and then the after shock tremors. Central Italy is vulnerable to them and we have been there in the past when they have occurred. A friend lost a close relative in a Naples earthquake some years ago and, of course, the survivors were left homeless. Thank you for your kind thoughts towards us and to those suffering in this terrible tragedy; loss of life and loss of homes with whole villages and small towns having collapsed in the Rieti region. Sending my love to you and your family.

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  25. I'm so sorry to hear that you've been having such a tough time of it. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and know that you are being well cared for.

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  26. I'm so glad I came by for this update. My thoughts and prayers go with you...

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  27. Linda, I am so sorry to read about your need for medical intervention and the worry of further problems. I sincerely hope that your health improves and that you can rest and recuperate. My prayers are with you xx

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    1. Thank you very much. I really appreciate your kind thoughts and prayers for my recovery. xx

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  28. Dear Linda,

    I have been thinking so much of you and it has been a difficult journey for you. So glad to hear the good news from the surgeon, and continued loving thoughts and prayers are with you. You must be enjoying recuperating in your gorgeous garden and Joie de Vivre is such a pretty rose and love the colour.
    Is that a David Austin rose?
    Hope your husband had a lovely birthday and you will be happy to have your daughter home.
    Sending love and best wishes
    Carolyn

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    1. Thank you Carolyn for your kind message, your thoughts and prayers for myself and family. Yes, my husband had a lovely birthday. Different members of the family came to see us and then we had a day together with them which our local daughter arranged. The Joie de Vivre rose was classed The Rose of The Year 2011. It's not a David Austin rose, but was bred by the Wilhelm Kordes nursery of Germany, an old established rose breeder. It's a floribunda and produces blooms throughout the season. I love the colour as I like pale peachy-pink roses.

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  29. So sorry to have missed this because of my blogging break, Linda. Having been through the same experience twice, I know how hard it is and wish you a full and speedy recovery once your treatment is finished.

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    1. So glad that you are well, Perpetua and enjoying life, thanks be to God. I was scared when I was told about the cancer. It was a shock and it has been hard with the surgery complications and emotional aspect. Blogging, keeping in touch with blog friends and knowing I'm supported practically and in prayer has kept me going. To experience it twice as you have done - I don't know how I would cope at my time of life? However, there are those at the hospital I see every day having treatment for various cancers including the children who are worse off than me and one copes and takes one day at a time.
      I hope you'll come back to blogging again when you can as I so enjoyed your blog and blog friendship.

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