- #901179joybelMemberMember since: November 2, 2006
Replies: 33302joybel January 25, 2014 at 10:33 am
How positively inspiring your story has been. Kev. Thank you for sharing it. May 2014 be a wonderful year for you and many more to come.
Joybel#901181Loyal January 25, 2014 at 12:59 pm
You do seem to have an excellent attitude Kevin, good on you! Often it depends on exactly what ‘recipe’ of chemicals are being used as to how your body responds of course, as of course we’re all receiving different doses of different things. I tell myself that in a years time I am going to be just “GREAT”:D and warned my family I am going to be around for a long time yet,lol. Seriously though, I intend to watch my children grow old & grey, and those gorgeous wee grandchildren blossom into full adulthood…they’re so worth it. Sounds like everything is on my side anyway, so the medical people tell me!
Hey, showing my ignorance here….is Kelson near Wellington??
Have a great day down there if that’s where it is:D
Loyal - Bay of Plenty 🙂#901183KiwikevNZ January 26, 2014 at 4:26 am
i try to have a excellent attitude towards our cancer and keeping well but have to admit some days it aint that easy and the day starts on a low ebb, the good wife always pulls me out of it with reminders of soon to be born 1st grandchild and our plan of leaving wellington and moving to rotorua which is well under way. i to Loyal am well on the winning side according to the medical ppl, so here’s to us for that long life to come, and hey all you guys n girls are awesome to chat to here being like minded ppl 🙂 . and yes kelson is in wellington its on the windy western hills of lower hutt, but not for long once the house is sold we’re rotorua bound to buy us a little business where wife and i can work togeather and have many a hot pool after our days work, cheers again …kev g… 🙂#901185KwixyMemberMember since: May 27, 2007
Replies: 126Kwixy January 26, 2014 at 10:51 am
Well Kevin I can tell you now, that there is nothing better than a new grandchild to give us a new lease on life, and there is something even more special than the arrival of the first one. I love all mine equally but the actual arrival of the eldest one was just that little more awesome I think. Nothing quite like it. 😀 You do indeed have something wonderful to look forward to, also it is really great that you have some other plans under way and are looking forward to the challenge of setting up a new home and lifestyle in Rotorua. There is plently there to look forward to with your good wife , to keep your mind focused on and be excited about . Onwards and upwards Kev, way to go !#901187Loyal January 26, 2014 at 12:40 pm
:DOh how absolutely awesome you have your first Grandchild on the way Kevin. We have one step Grandchild & three other little ones born since then aged 6,5 & 4 & I can tell you each single one brought the greatest joy to my husband & I when they were born. They certainly are the bright spots in our lives for sure, such fun to be with when we do see them. Although I do have to pace myself right at the moment when I see them, as I don’t have the normal energy I had prior to treatment of course. Exciting that you & your wife have a new venture ahead of you in Rotorua, not so far from here really (2 hrs.) I hope it goes well for you both.
You are being ‘so real’ when you say there are days where there definitely is a low ebb, but I too pull myself up by the socks & try to think of all the positive things around. On the other hand tis hard to take a ‘pollyanna’ attitude & deny that many parts are real hard. Well meaning as some folk are I tend to listen more to those who have walked this road as they know what they are talking about for sure & have ‘felt’ what this feels like! It doesn’t however mean I don’t appreciate others of course, and a couple of folk here from G.Ups on my friends list have been very uplifting to me since this little hic-cup in my life.
I see you were up after 4am this morning Kevin. Guess it means either you weren’t sleeping too well or you were up extremely early! So annoying when one is wide awake & at the same time extremely tired….story of my life atm,lol.
Then during the day one wants to fall asleep at the most inconvenient of times:roll::lol: Not to worry, it won’t be forever;)
Hi to Kwixy as well. Have enjoyed your postings, & even though they are to Kevin I have drawn encouragement from them also,hope you don’t mind:D
Loyal - Bay of Plenty 🙂#901189KiwikevNZ January 27, 2014 at 3:17 am
yes the 1st grandchild news was not long after my cancer diagnosis it was like the instant light at the end of the tunnel and in the early stages of testing that tunnel was a long dark one for quite a few weeks as testing went on and on until things turned out not so bad. LOL at you noticing the hours that i am on line, in my working life i was a nightshift printer for 12 years so being up all night was my thing, i am coming right in getting back into normal ppls hours but also i still have some pain from the operation down my right side (105 staples) and on my left i have a jejunostomy feeding tube which i cant sleep on either so i have to sleep on my back only, and thats not my way so i wake often so i just catch the zzzz’s when i can these days but like everything else its just something else that will come right with time and sure is something i look foward to is sleeping on my side again. have a marvelous day ppl looks like a wet one here in wellington 🙂 🙂 . Hi too Kwixy nice of you to join us aswell more the merrier they say 🙂#901191Loyal January 27, 2014 at 11:40 am
My goodness Kevin, you’re making me feel so fortunate! Jeepers 105 staples, plus a tube on the other side, eeek I sympathise with you for that one!! Makes my little op. seem so small in comparison (not that I am comparing if you get my drift). I did have to sleep on my back for several weeks, & like you that is just not my way…never has been. So I used to just catch here & there what I could in the way of sleep. Lately have been sleeping up to 6 hours which is good, although I always feel tired. I found my tri-pillow helped a bit with sleeping on my back as it didn’t feel so flat.
At least you have been used to being awake all night with your job & you’ll be aware that there are a lot of other people out there not asleep,lol. Whereas I always feel as though I MUST SURELY be the only one that’s awake during the night,lol??? I know I’m not though!
Yes, was very wet here late arvo & thundering last night, & threatening to rain today it seems. Will be up 5am tomorrow to leave home 6am (I am NOT a morning person ever, let alone now;) ) to see specialist at Waikato Hospital re radiotherapy! Was rung 6 days ago giving me this news of the appointment. Asked could they give me a slightly later appointment time in the day to give us time to travel through & to have my blood test before leaving which was crucial & already booked? But NOOOOO way would they oblige…. lady in the office says that’s the time & BE THERE! Was already booked for treatment the following day, so all appointments have had to be re-arranged, not to mention hubbys time off work etc. Thankfully the head nurse at Whakatane hospital was very obliging, changed my day for treatment & has arranged for me to have a blood test at Tauranga on the way home. Whew! Was a little stressful for a bit there, especially as this week is one day short with it being Auckland Anniversary day today!
Had better go & try & do a few things now. Have a good day/night or whatever applies:D
Loyal - Bay of Plenty 🙂#901193KwixyMemberMember since: May 27, 2007
Replies: 126Kwixy January 27, 2014 at 2:23 pm
Thank you both for your “Hi” to me, Loyal and KiwiKev. I have actually been a member for some years, but mostly have been more of a reader than a writer while visiting the site. I had too many other committments to spare the time to get too involved really. At the end of last year I cut back on some of those, and now have more “Me” time. 😀
In fact I have just returned to my own home after spending a few weeks with my daughter who lives in Windy Wellington Kev. I can tell you though, that I have not really noticed much of a difference in the weather since coming back to Auckland. We have had a heck of a lot of wind here too. And not just wind, but chilly with it. I reckon that you Loyal are probably enjoying the best climate where you are. The BOP is hard to beat in that way and I know that from personal experience. 😀
The hospitals are all the same . Once they have sent out those appointments, they seem to be set in concrete. You do have a long way to go for your radiotherapy appointments Loyal, and if you are anything like me when I have an early start, I can’t go to sleep the night before, for fear of sleeping through the alarm clock. Luckily you have your hubby who will be able to drive you there, and maybe you can catch a few zzz’s on the way through to Hamilton. As Kev says, we have to catch them when and where we can . At least you are being treated at an excellent hospital. The Waikato Hospital has a very good reputation I believe. My brother owes his life to their expertise and care I know that.
Good luck with yours and safe travels.
Hope you both have a great day. 😀#901195KiwikevNZ January 28, 2014 at 2:50 am
here we are again up early prawling the house good thing the wife is a heavy aaa+ sleeper 😆 , do you ever get those days when you have just a off feeling but ya cant quite put ya finger on it as to what it is, im having one of those today just that queasy off colour feeling for no real reason. went to the doctor today to have a infection lanced and a wick put in for draining, maybe the infection is making me feel yuck who knows aye. I seem to be the lucky one when it comes to appointments then, i have never had any trouble swapping times and dates at wellington hospital they have always been very accommodating to whatever i need, tho i wonder if thats the diff between radiotherpy and chemo maybe, well a few more laps of the house and a small fridge raid and i should be ready for bed again 😆 have a great day where ever ya be today …kev…#901197AnonymousMember since:
Replies: 12700Anonymous January 28, 2014 at 7:37 am
Loyal….I do know Waikato Hospital is flat out in their Radiotherapy Dept….I have a friend from Cambridge who is having her treatment in Auckland at the moment, travelling up on a Mon and coming home each Friday
All the best to all of you going through this cancer trip and youre right….having the right attitude is a big plus. I work with a Cardiac support team at Waikato hospital and when you talk to patients pre surgery you can just about tell who are going to have an easier time than others.
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