Days 244 – 253

Wait.

Ten days pass.

I’ve been keeping busy of course, but also taking things relatively easy.  I’m enjoying being out of chemo and feeling healthy and increasingly fit.  My hair is growing back!  Good to see those hairy ears again.  Ha!  And for those wondering, yes I did loose ALL my hair pretty much – I know, the mind boggles…but its all coming back; sweet little fine dark hairs.

Loving eating too – lots of salads and rye bread, fruit and nuts, stir fries and steamed veg and I finally got round using the juicer I had gathering dust in the attic and am enjoying bright and earthy tasting green and red and pink fruit and vegetable drinks with garlic and ginger zing.

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There’s been a lot of too-ing and fro-ing with the hospital as they decide on the biopsy procedure.  I’m going in to hospital tomorrow for an EBUS:

‘Most commonly, Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration is done to take samples from the central lymph glands in the centre of your chest (mediastinum) which may be enlarged for a variety of reasons. In 9 out of 10 cases, we would expect this test to give a helpful answer to the problem. Very occasionally, another test may be needed.’

They’re ordering up a special auger bit so that they can increase the chances of getting a good sample for the laboratory.  The standard bit mashes the material somewhat making precise identification more difficult, as I experienced last time.

So, biop tomorrow and results a week today.  Waiting to see what’s going on in there.  I’ve been up and down a bit, mostly up actually.  Whatever comes I think I’ll be in good shape to take it.

What else?  I’ve been out in the boat a couple of times, once on my own in a rather too strong wind and very choppy sea which was a bit testing but quite exhilirating, and yesterday in the sunshine with Richard B, sailing over to The Mount and back, and then taking the boat out of the water for the next few months.  The forecast shows another row of gales coming in though today is spotless blue sky, and I feel I’ve had a good run out there this year.

I’ve also had two offers on the house and am working out what to do with that.  It’s curious but I’ve wanted to find the right person as well as sell the property; someone who would appreciate the work I’ve done to the house and be a good neighbour too.  And what I’ve discovered is that the house seems to be selecting the right people itself – those who’ve come back for a second look are open, friendly, interested and interesting.  We’ll see what happens this week.