Day 13 Telling his son, about the cancer, was the worst. It was heartbreaking to see a 40 something man cry. He got so upset. He kept hugging his father and telling him he loved him. Eventually I crept out of the room to give them some privacy. His daughters took the news well, … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: April 2013
A BIT LIKE A PIECE OF RE -PLUMBING….
Yesterday we saw the surgeon and the coleorectal specialist nurse. . The good news is that there is no evidence that the cancer has spread to other organs. The surgeon explained that the cancer is in the Left Descending Colon and they will remove all of that section of the bowel and join the two … Continue reading
WAITING FOR GODDO?……
0700h. Today ( Friday) at 0930h we have an appointment with the Surgeon and Medic to discuss the plan of care. Yesterday the haematologist was very optimistic. Michaels blood picture is acceptable for surgery after an increase in his antiviral drug regime.. To distract me from my anxiety, I am re -living some of my Paris memories.. … Continue reading
THE BEST MARKET IN PARIS?….Motte -Picquet/Grenelle
Sunday 14th April 2013. Michael, who knows about these things, reacons that the best market in Paris is the one at Grenelle/ Motte-Picquet metro. Under the elevated metro line. It is held on Wednesday and Sunday mornings in the 15th arrondissement in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower and very accessible by metro lines 6,8 &10. … Continue reading
LIFE GOES ON….
Day 6 Tuesday After the multidisciplinary meeting yesterday, we got a phone call confirming the surgical appointment on Friday. I took this as reassuring. There must not be anything so urgent it can not wait till Friday. Still, at the back of my mind is still the thought “what if”. Our anxiety and tension … Continue reading
CATACOMBES?…JUST A PILE OF OLD BONES!
One of the things I managed to do on my Paris list was visit the Catacombes. http://www.catacombes.paris.fr/ I will cheat and reproduce the history of this strange place. The Catacombs of Paris (the “municipal Ossuary”) have been created at the end of the 18th century. The cemetery of Innocent (close to Saint-Eustace, in the district of the “Halles”) had been used during nearly … Continue reading
FOUR DAYS ON
Sunday. 21st April 2013 The words “ bowel cancer” hangs over us like a big black cloud. I have no idea what Michael is thinking and if I attempt to ask I will be “fussing.” He started laughing ironically, when watching the London marathon this morning. It seems everybody is either running in memory of somebody who has … Continue reading
PARIS IS A CITY OF MUSIC.
Sunday April 14th 2013. I find Paris a bit overwhelming sometimes. There is always something or somewhere new to discover. This evening I wandered down to the area in the 5th around the area known as Val de Grace. Rue st Jacques. A pretty, elegant area, which I have never seen before. I wandered into a … Continue reading
“CANCER,” is a big word………a frightening word…………
…………..When the doctor used it today to describe what they had found on a routine screening of Michaels bowel, I sat there in shock. Michael, still slightly sedated from the colonoscopy, did not react at all. The doctor explained that Michael would have a CT scan tomorrow and then a appointment with a surgeon to discuss surgery to … Continue reading
WHAT SHALL WE DO IN PARIS?
Our next trip is coming up soon and I am looking for things to do. We have only five days so I need to narrow my choices down to five events. Unlike those packed itineraries on Tripadvisor, one thing planned each day is enough However it is often difficult to find fresh things to do. Some of … Continue reading