I'm still here ....still kicking!
06 Sep 2012
Sorry it's been quiet for a few days. It's not just that I've been busy reading your lovely posts but I have been feeling very rough and it has never been my intention for this to be a moan about being unwell. Let me just say, the problem is less about the cancer and more about dealing with the side-effects of the painkillers. Every time you start a new medication, there's a new side-effect. Some side-effects are worse than the main illness.
So I've been very useless and weak. But the community medical support has been tremendous from the district nurse, to the Princess Alice hospice nurse, and my wonderful GP. But most of all from family. I fear the static exercise bike has not been used much but I still intend to get pedalling. One great little tip I was given by Gerry Slade, who runs a Mesothelioma support group at Papworth Hospital is that a hand-held fan held just in front of your face is a terrific antidote to breathlessness. Something to do with the effect on the facial muscles. it really works - very good for panic attacks when you feel unable to breathe.
On a sad note, I was very sorry to hear that the wife of my former BBC colleague, Robert Peston,has finally lost her long fight with lung cancer. My thoughts are with him and his family.
Thanks to a wonderful newsletter from another former BBC friend, Bob Prabhu, I hear about what's going inside the Beeb, with my former colleagues going through the permanent revolution of change and moving of the now sold TV Centre. Sad to think that iconic building will soon no longer house TV News. I hope. I will be well enough again to visit the new centre.
The positive sign tonight is that I started to read Lord Adonis's new book ' Education, Education, Education: Reforming England's Schools' as well as doing my judging in the O2 teachers's video competition. I had not felt up to either over the past week.
Next task: doing that guide to what makes hospital bearable/unbearable. I hope to feel up to that very soon.
Thanks for reading, thanks for your responses, and support.