Today I was at Compton Hospice for most of the day.
Had a few giggles, a lovely lunch and my weekly constitutional walk around the gardens.
I spoke with my McMillan Nurse, with regards to the pain, well, a new anti sickness medication has been prescribed, this should allow me to take more morphine, and as I do, I should be able to increase the amount of morphine that I take and then maybe go on the patches again with the oral morphine.....just need to wait and see now.
Well....here I am, thinking,
'You're terminally ill, you have got cancer, and you will be dead by the end of the year, if not before....what else can go wrong?'
Seems that there is LOADS of stuff that could go wrong and make things worse!
Of course, pain is one....but there is more!!!
In bloody credible!
What a bag of bollocks!!
When I was speaking to my McMillan Nurse, I mentioned that the top of my legs felt like the knicker elastic was tight in the leg bits, giving me pins and needles....(I don't have leg knicker elastic). I also mentioned that very occasionally, my left knee gives way when I am walking and that my back pain had not decreased.....and bowels/bladder, (we have already discussed this).
As quick as a flash, she said, now this could be serious, and explained some stuff that I will go into a bit later in this blog.
Any way, she examined my back. Did a bit of gentle tapping..........
Seems that there is nothing to worry to much about, but I have been told that I must MENTION THIS TO MY doctor ASAP!
Well, I am going on Monday any way, because I think that I have a bloody ear infection!
OK, that's by the by......
The thing that my Nurse was concerned with is associated with bone cancer, which, as you know, is one of mine......(bless, made it sound like a pet or something!)
Swiftly moving on.......
Spinal Cord Compression.
Not common, but affects 1:20 people who have cancer.
Pain in spine affecting chest/belly positional sleep.
Tingling numbness like pins and needles in arms/legs/spine
Electric shocks in similar places.
Legs giving way, wobbly legs, difficulty walking.
Spinal cord compression, if untreated or there is a delay in treatment can lead to permanent damage and even paralysis.
If you feel that this may be you....please go and see some one immediately!
NO MUCKING ABOUT, GET IT CHECKED!
For more information go to the McMillan website, the link is in 'my other places' on the right of this blog some where.
Radiotherapy/surgery/chemo would be options for treatment.
Any way.......after my nurse gave me an examination, she said that all appeared to be OK, but wanted me to be checked by my Doctor.
She also said that she was making me aware of the consequences of ignoring something like this, and said that she was being particularly firm with me.........
the implication being that I have an aversion to taking anything seriously if it means that I need to go to a Doctor or a hospital, when I want to go out and play!
Well, she isn't wrong, so I promise that I will have it checked out on Monday, which is the earliest appointment.
Have a great day tomorrow, and a fantastic week end!