My little trip with my friend Endone helped my back pain to no end last night and when topped up with Panadol I managed to get one of the best sleeps since arriving (still only about 4 hours but pretty much unbroken). Wide awake and ready to go at 4.00am is probably a little early so after a few more nods I hit the road (treadmill) at 6.30am feeling pretty good.
Tim, my nurse for the morning shift was happy to bring in the new blood results. Red 86, WCC 1.5 and best of all Neutrophils 1.2 – we are away! These should build pretty quickly from here.
AND today is the first day where I don’t have to down the smelly, greasy, yellowy Midostaurian drugs – that course is now complete! Another reason to celebrate.
So from this point I should start returning to a more ‘normal’ life – if such a thing exists.
I received some marvellous cards and books from friends today – thankyou so much! And a special bonus in my first every “Disabled Car Park”card – no more long walks to find a decent park!
I’ve had a bit of time to think about the matters that I am grateful for and there are many. Jan had sent me an email recently expressing some of these ideas which I have reflected on.
I am grateful for the following:
- the basic, being alive and in no great danger
- the physical, having good health (small hiccup here) and more worldly possessions than most (I know it is not a game),
- the emotional, having a loving wife, children, family and lots of friends and acquaintances who really care about me generally and our current situation more specifically.
- also having experienced so many fabulous things throughout my life to reminisce and think about including OS travel
- The good fortune to have experienced at least 6 or 7 different work careers each in a varied and different area of interest (farming, engineering, training, childcare, development, aviation, and others)
- the metaphysical, having the ability to think, reason, hypothesise and philosophise
So when you consider the huge range of things in my life that I have experienced and although not all has gone to the plan I have a huge amount to be grateful for.
Perhaps the most important thing to be grateful for at present is the current support and care provided by the wonderful staff at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Without their input I would not be here.