It was this time last week that myself and Pete were up in Sheffield for my gamma knife Radiotherapy treatment. I had the MRI on the Monday and by this time we were in our room in the hospital accommodation. I opted for no anaesthetic because it causes problems with my ABI connection for days and I already had an MRI the Wednesday before with anaesthetic and I was still having connection problems. Problem was from the Wednesday MRI my head was still a little tender so within a couple of minutes in Monday’s MRI I was in absolute agony. I buzzed the staff in the get me out. The pain was so bad I was close to passing out. I then asked for anaesthetic which was given to me. I lasted the 15 minutes which was needed for the scan but I was still getting some pain. We had to be back at Sheffield hospital for 7am on Tuesday. Had a CT scan so the Radiologist could use both scan pictures to get the exact position of the remaining part of the brain tumour. I went down for the Gamma knife just before 2pm. It took about and hour. They made sure I was comfortable and let me know I could ask them to stop at any time. I kept myself busy by singing some of my favourite Cyndi Lauper songs in my head and it turns out the Radiologist’s could see me on the computer monitor tapping my fingers to whatever song was in my head. Once gamma knife was finished they asked if I wanted a photo of myself with the metal frame on my head. I laughed and told them my husband beat them to it earlier. Lol. I was given a days worth of steroids and stomach protectors because they said that the radiation from the Gamma knife can cause slight swelling of the brain. To hours after the treatment we were allowed to go home. It was a nice 4 hour-ish drive home. We stopped in services just before the M25 to get some dinner and miss the rush hour traffic that’s usually on the M25. Once we got home we got pounced on by the furry kids and they wouldn’t leave our sides for hours.
We both feel like a weight has been lifted from our shoulders now the gamma knife treatment is over. I will be reviewed in 6 months and thankfully that will be at Addenbrokes hospital in Cambridge.xXx
I know it’s been a while since I wrote a blog but the past couple of months have been rough. In March and April I ended up with 3 different urine Infections so as you can imagine I was in a rough state which resulted in me being in hospital twice. So far this month I’ve been ok other than a spot of food poisoning from our local Chinese takeaway. Tomorrow morning we’re off to Sheffield hospital for my gamma knife Radiotherapy treatment on Tuesday. Once we get to Sheffield hospital tomorrow I have an MRI to see the position of the remaining part of the brain tumour I had surgery on last summer. Then Tuesday morning I have a CT scan then the gamma knife treatment. The procedure last a couple of hours. If I’m well enough after the treatment we will be heading home to the furry kids and our own bed. My father-in-law is house and dog sitting for us. No doubt the girls will love having him here for a couple of days. No doubt Fudge will spend 90% of the time on our bed, ignoring the girls and my father-in-law. I’m sure it’ll all be over quickly so then we can get back to some normality. xXx
Yesterday we got a phone call from Sheffield hospital to give us a date when they will be doing my gamma knife Radiotherapy. We go up on the 27th March for an MRI then they do the gamma knife treatment on the 28th and we can come home on the 29th as long as I am having no problems. They would of let me home the 28th after the treatment if we didn’t have a 3hr car journey to get home. They would rather I stay in case I have any problems after the treatment. If I’m fine the morning of the 29th then we can leave as soon as we’re ready. I will be happy once this is over with. I will then just have to wait for the 6 week course of lower level of Radiotherapy for the tumour on my left swallowing nerve. Once both lots of Radiotherapy are done I am hoping I will have a couple of years of no operations or treatments. Maybe Pete and I could go on a mini holiday with the dogs.
Tomorrow we’ll be having a brand new carpet fitted in the bedroom so I’m really looking forward to having a lovely plush carpet to walk on. Also I’m hoping it won’t be much more of a wait for my gamma knife treatment. The puppies are doing very well. They are 13 weeks tomorrow. House training has been successful. They sleep most of the night now. They are both around 10 kilos each. Seeing as they are only 13 weeks we have a feeling they still have a lot of growing to do.