Tuesday, 12 July 2011

More Needles than a Hedgehog


A nurse came to the house today to teach Rod how to inject himself. It’s all to do with his low kidney function. He’s got to administer weekly jabs of EPO to boost his red blood cells. But that’s not all.  Two weeks ago they gave him all his childhood injections at the hospital. At the same time they started him on a twice weekly course of B12 jabs... and I’m not even trying to count how many times they keep taking samples of blood to ‘see how it’s all going’.

I decided to use a picture of a cute hedgehog here rather than a not-so-cute hypodermic needle.
This time last year he was preparing himself for a seven week hospital stay which was to include a ridiculously high dose of chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, four weeks in isolation and a period of kidney failure. The doctors are pleased with the way his Amyloidosis has responded to this onslaught. The levels of nasties in his blood have reduced considerably but every time I look at him I have this picture in my mind of a man leaking water...


   

13 comments:

  1. Despite all the needles poor Mr A has to deal with, I am smiling, because he is home and with you this year. Wonderful!
    So pleased he is making great progress....B & P send him very clean licks! xx

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  2. That's a lot of needles! Hope he continues to do well! :) Take care.

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  3. Hi Ros .. poor Rod .. he seems to have been through so much .. at least he's home as Pauline says .. life is easier this summer - and lots more smiles too ... and you've been doing things together - that must make such a difference.

    Enjoy your time .. but that leaky man is one fun picture .. reminds me of the song 'a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza' ... now I won't be able to stop singing it!

    With many thoughts and a hug for you both .. Hilary

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  4. Oh my gosh, poor Rod. I'm glad he has made such amazing progress, though. What a year you two have had!

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  5. Oh dear, that doesn't sound very good. It must be hard to deal with on a regular basis. I really hope things get better. ;-)

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  6. That's lovely that you can see the humor in the misery. Love that leaky man picture. And as everyone else has said, I too am glad he's home with you. Enjoy the time you have together!
    Ann Best, Memoir Author

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  7. I'm sorry that you and your husband are going through all this. I'm sure it's very difficult having to learn how to give injections, as well as being able to tolerate them. Hopefully, it will get easier with time and more of your healing chicken soup! I wish Mr. A well, and know that he's in good hands with his amazing nurse.

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  8. Poor Mr A. I used to have to inject my cat daily and I hated doing it. Had to close my eyes. He didn't mind... just kept right on purring. Thinking of you & hoping Mr A finds the strength to keep right on purring.

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  9. Shame! It sounds so hard. I'm praying for strength for you and your husband. :-)

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  10. Poor Rod. I remember when he was in hospital last year! Sending hugs to the both of you.

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  11. Thank you everybody for thoughts and wishes. They really are very much appreciated.

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  12. Gosh, what a full platter you have...and how strongly you seem to carry it. Sending you hugs and hope! I will be putting you both on my daily prayer list.

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  13. Hi Jenny and thank you so much for your very kind thoughts.

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