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Re: Me and my stupid cancer

#161  Postby The_Piper » Sep 13, 2020 1:04 am

Thanks for the update. :cheers: I'm glad to hear that she's willing to keep fighting. The lack of visitation privilege really sucks. Maybe that will change soon. I hope you're doing relatively ok.
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Re: Me and my stupid cancer

#162  Postby Fallible » Sep 13, 2020 7:00 am

Good morning from Paddy’s Wigwam, catholic cathedral, with the Anglican cathedral peeking over its shoulder.
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And a couple of birds.

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Re: Me and my stupid cancer

#163  Postby The_Piper » Sep 13, 2020 1:30 pm

Top o the morning to ya. I don't see any birds, or is that a euphemism? For some free entertainment, say Paddy's Wigwam in Carl Sagan's voice and cadence. :teef:
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Re: Me and my stupid cancer

#164  Postby newolder » Sep 13, 2020 2:22 pm

^ The twin-ish towers, one with a clock face, are a part of the Liver Building and the two sculpted birds atop them are Liver Birds. The word is pronounced Lie-ver, just to confuse the forriners, you understand...

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(Joking. These are the characters, Sandra & Beryl, from an old Carla Lane sit-com called The Liver Birds.)

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#165  Postby felltoearth » Sep 13, 2020 2:29 pm

It’s like they strapped them down to keep them from flying away.
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#166  Postby newolder » Sep 13, 2020 2:32 pm

I don't know if Sandra was into that kind of thing. :scratch:

Oh, you mean the statues... Yes, it can get quite windy at the mouth of the Mersey.
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#167  Postby The_Piper » Sep 13, 2020 2:37 pm

Those birds would do pretty well on Ebay. :dopey: :cheers: The picture of the ladies reminds me of Laverne and Shirley.
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#168  Postby felltoearth » Sep 13, 2020 7:25 pm

newolder wrote:I don't know if Sandra was into that kind of thing. :scratch:

Oh, you mean the statues... Yes, it can get quite windy at the mouth of the Mersey.



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Re: Me and my stupid cancer

#170  Postby fluttermoth » Sep 14, 2020 11:04 pm

Well that's an inspiring view you've got!

Sending you best wishes: hope you get let out soon, it's grim being stuck in hospital, especially without visitors to look forward to!
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#171  Postby NamelessFaceless » Sep 15, 2020 1:00 am

Oh no, so sad to hear this. Please get better soon Fall. :hugs:
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Re: Me and my stupid cancer

#172  Postby Spinozasgalt » Sep 15, 2020 10:36 pm

Get well, mumther! And look out many windows...ther!
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Re: Me and my stupid cancer

#173  Postby scott1328 » Sep 16, 2020 6:11 pm

Get better soon, that is an order!
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Re: Me and my stupid cancer

#174  Postby The_Piper » Sep 16, 2020 7:01 pm

Spinozasgalt wrote:Get well, mumther! And look out many windows...ther!

Is Fal the forum mumther? :dopey:
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Re: Me and my stupid cancer

#175  Postby Fallible » Sep 16, 2020 8:56 pm

I’m out of hospital now, by the way. I got released on Sunday, after a second transfusion. After the first I was still slightly anaemic. They almost let me out then. However, although bloods showed everything improving, they wanted another 24 hours worth of data showing that. So they took the opportunity to give me a second transfusion to bump the old haemoglobin up a bit more...purely by chance the bloods they had ordered for me had one more day before expiry, so I was able to get it done quickly. That improved things a bit, but I still might be a bit anaemic.

As for other markers - when I went into hospital, my daughter told me I looked like a minion. I had very bad jaundice to both skin and eyes. This is now all but gone. That points to improved liver function. In fact, all my liver enzymes were improving.

My kidney, which was in very serious trouble along with my liver, has gone back to the function it was showing in January - not especially amazing, but much better. Unfortunately they gave me a lot of fluids through a drip when I first arrived to try to help it, but it couldn’t cope with it all and started pushing it out into my abdominal cavity and lower legs, leading to ascites (oedema). Their solution is to put me on a brutal one litre a day fluid intake restriction until it assimilates or is excreted. This is HARD. My appetite is back to normal.

The picture long-term is still not good. I will probably deteriorate, and the treatment options left to me can be brutal, and may very well be ineffectual after all. But that’s for another day. Right now, I am on next to no pain meds, one lot of paracetamol in the morning, one lot of tramadol before bed. I’m on other meds for liver function, including steroids to reduce swelling, which is a big culprit in all this. Tumour is always surrounded by an area of angry tissue which is not performing its proper role. The steroids should have the effect if shrinking things down a little.

So that’s where I am right now. Regaining strength and enjoying not feeling like shit all the time. I have lots of nice stuff planned with family and friends. Things are ok. Thanks everyone for your messages. Sorry to those of you that just want me to get completely better though. Not gonna happen. I just don’t know the time scale - which is exactly how I want it.
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Re: Me and my stupid cancer

#176  Postby The_Piper » Sep 16, 2020 10:33 pm

I'll take that as good news Fal. I'm glad that you're good enough to go home!
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Re: Me and my stupid cancer

#177  Postby Fallible » Sep 17, 2020 7:06 am

:cheers:
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Re: Me and my stupid cancer

#178  Postby Spinozasgalt » Sep 17, 2020 7:39 am

As the ol' saying goes, home is where the good food is. Years of inculcated toxic masculinity prevent me from showing emotion, so I would just say, "Goodish news, buddy." *pats you masculinialinaly on the back*
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Re: Me and my stupid cancer

#179  Postby Fallible » Sep 17, 2020 7:56 am

Quite, sir. Quite, quite. Harrumph.
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#180  Postby Spinozasgalt » Sep 17, 2020 8:18 am

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