Wednesday, 12 December 2018

IN HOSPITAL

A short entry to let you know I am in hospital with Acute Myloid Leukaemia. I was diagnosed on Thursday 29th November and admitted to hospital the next day.

I began the first cycle of treatment - ten days of chemo-therapy- on Friday 7th December. I'll be in hospital for four or five weeks depending how quickly my body recovers from the onslaught. Then after a time at home, back here for more treatment. It should take about four months altogether.

Thanks to the steep Halifax Hills, the allotment and three flights of steps in my house my starting point is healthy and my heart is physically strong.

During the onslaught of the treatment I have to be kept away from possible infection so I'm in a room of my own (with a shower and a loo to the side). A combination of the NHS and a local charity provide a fridge and a kettle, a TV and free internet in our rooms. Without these - and my laptop - life would be lonely and difficult so I am very grateful.

The doctors are blunt. The next four months are likely to be horrible and the outcome is not certain. Hopefully by the summer I'll be up and running but there are no guarantees.

Sorry there's no picture.

43 comments:

Countryside Tales said...

Lucy, I don't know what to say. Please know that I am thinking of you and sending every possible good wish for strength and healing. You will be in my prayers (which tend to happen when I'm outside, in nature, so I think you will approve). Please if you can/ want to keep us all updated. With love, CT x

Flighty said...

My heartfelt sympathies. I hope that the coming months aren't anywhere near as horrible as they could be. xx

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

Hello Countryside Tales. I don't really know what to say either, hence this rather bald entry. Thank you for your prayers.

I'm living in a very separate-from-nature-environment now. Everything very clean; no plants, no flowers, not even any uncooked fruit or veg. (And, strangely, no pepper.)
It was quite a sudden transformation of life from one day to the next.

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

Hello Flighty. Thank you.

I understand it's hit and miss how different people's bodies behave. So far it hasn't been too bad. My temperature keeps going up and down which is uncomfortable but it could be much worse. Half way through the first ten days of chemo.

David Gascoigne said...

Good luck, Lucy. There is not much else to say. The fact that you are strong and healthy gives you a good start and I hope for only the best outcome for you.

Imperfect and Tense said...

Sending gentle hugs and positive vibes from Orkney.

HappyMouffetard said...

Oh Lucy, Sending thoughts and love to you, for want of anything better xxx

ellen b. said...

Praying now that you will receive the best care and also comfort and peace from God. I'm glad you have a tele and laptop. Are you able to have books and magazines, too?
https://happywonderer.com/

Jessica Winder said...

Hello, Lucy. I am so sorry to hear that you are so seriously ill. My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. I am hoping that you will receive all the care and support you need while you are undergoing treatment. My very best wishes to you.

Jessica
(from Jessica's Nature Blog)

karen gimson said...

I was so shocked to read your news Lucy. Sending you healing thoughts and much love. When I was desperately ill 2 years ago you were a great comfort to me. There will be many challenges ahead. Each time, concentrate on something beautiful. I chose an oak tree that I’d started writing about for tree following. I pictured myself standing under the tree and looking up at the sun through the branches. It was a great help to me at times when I needed a distraction. You must chose something similar. Hospital is like being transported to another planet. Nothing is familiar. An alien environment. Can I send you anything, books, magazines, etc? Please let me know. I’m right by your side. Much love- karen xxx

Alison Levey said...

So sorry to read your news Lucy. I am sending all love and I hope that all goes well. I'll be thinking of you xxx

Liz said...

I'm so sorry to hear this news. Wishing you all the best and here's to you blossoming with the new year.

Susannah Anderson said...

So sorry to hear this. I hope all goes well for you, in spite of the discomfort and that you'll be back climbing hills by the time spring rolls around.

Susan said...

I'm so sorry to read this. I wondered why there were no pictures lately. I'm glad treatment started immediately, and I hope for the best possible outcome for you. I hope you withstand the chemo itself well, and that your reactions are not among the worst possible. I will be praying for you, I hope you don't mind. Thank goodness for all your long walks, the hills and the stairs!

Candi said...

So very sorry to read this, and wishing you love, luck, strength and health for the next four months and after xx

Anna said...

Oh Lucy I am so sorry to read your news. It must have been a huge shock. Will be thinking of you and hoping that your treatment goes well. Thank you for letting us all know where you are and keep in touch if you can. Sending you hugs and love xxx

Barbara Fisher said...

I've not visited your blog for a while but wanted to let you know I'm thinking about you and sending very best wishes. Hugs Barbara

Anonymous said...

I have not visited your blog before --- but when I read your post I wanted to say I'm thinking of you. Stay positive. Keep posting if you can.

I wish you well. Jean/Canada

liz said...

Lucy, as you probably noted, I sent you an email because I was so thrown by your post that I didn’t think to leave a comment here. Needless-to-say, you are in my thoughts. Take care. Liz

Laura Bloomsbury said...

All the best of wishes to get well Lucy - I suppose this means you will be in hospital over Christmas or home without visitors? I guess you were feeling tired for a while before your diagnosis and put it down to the uphills of Halifax.
Thank you for letting us know. xx

VP said...

Lucy, I'm so sorry to hear your news. I was thinking about you and tree following so strongly earlier today, that I must have been channeling all the good wishes coming your way.

I'm sending you much love and hugs and fond memories of our times together when I came to stay. Here's hoping that the outcome is the best it can possibly be for you over the coming months.

Do not hesitate to ask if you need anything, you have my email address and your laptop, so we can easily keep in touch.

Sending good thoughts and wishes to the rest of your family as well.

xxx

Walter Beckham said...

Lucy, I'm so sorry to hear about your illness. You are in my prayers. I will miss seeing your fine photographs on your blogs too! But I am looking forward to seeing more in a few months.

Walter

Diana Studer said...

Sending thoughts and prayers to you from Cape Town.
May your fit and healthy pull you thru to the other side, to the Remember When ...

colleen said...

Hello Lucy - oh. life, it throws up so many surprises and shocks, no? I have been wondering where you had got to, now I know and I will be able to think of you in your room in Halifax. I suspect that while this treatment will all be physically challenging and debilitating, your curiosity and powers of observation will offer much to stimulate and, hopefully, comfort you. I very much hope so. Meanwhile I will think of you on my daily walks especially when I see a plant flourishing against the odds in peculiar places. xx

Rebecca smith said...

Sending best wishes from Sydney,Australia.

Mark Willis said...

Hi Lucy; I've just heard the bad news... Wishing you all the best, in the knowledge that modern medicine can perform wonders. I hope you will soon be out and about again.

Sue Garrett said...

Wishing all the best and hope for a full,recovery

Sharon Moncur said...

We don't know each other but I saw the news on the Garden Bloggers FB Group (I - occasionally - write The Renaissance Gardener). May your treatment be less traumatic than you fear, and your recovery more complete than you hope for. With very best wishes, Sharon Moncur.

Petra Hoyer Millar said...

We have not been in touch before, but as a fellow blogger I felt I must comment. So so sorry to hear of your difficult news. Terrible ordeal to go through. I wish you the very best, a swift recovery and much support for you and your family for the journey towards a healthy you. Petra

Caro said...

Dear Lucy, I'm shocked to read your news and to learn of the hospitalisation that you have to endure. Try to remain positive - I love Karen's suggestion of visualising an oak tree, sunlight, a cool breeze on your face and at your feet and, best of all, the freedom to be outside in nature. I'm sending you healing thoughts for the strength to endure the treatment and for a full recovery. I know from my Dad's treatment that the process takes time but you'll get there. Sending love, Caro x

Phil Slade said...

Wishing you all the very best Lucy.

Squirrelbasket said...

Oh Lucy! I do hope the treatment is not too awful and that you are feeling better soon.
Perhaps midwinter is the best time to start your difficult journey and like a plant you will get stronger as the days get longer, and as winter moves towards spring all will be so much better.
I will be thinking of you with every tree following linkbox, and will always thank you for starting that great idea.
All the best xxx


Shirley said...

I'm new to your blog. Sending best wishes to you and will be thinking of you as I begin a course of chemo this coming Wednesday. May you have many days of brightness and friendship through the internet. Sending positive thoughts. X

Jo said...

Sending my very best wishes for a swift and full recovery.

Gill Heavens said...

Oh Lucy, so sorry to hear this, keep strong and if you find you are failing ask for help and support. Sending love xxx

Rambling Woods said...

Oh Lucy..This is awful and I am so sorry that you are having to deal with this. I hope that you will be back on your feet by summer.....Michelle

Hollis said...

I’m a cancer/chemo survivor. It was tough. One of the most helpful things for me was remembering that I was far more than a cancer patient, and doing as much as I could of my regular life (amazing how appealing just a regular old life can be!). Sometimes it was necessary to explain to others how important this was. We’re all different and this might not work for you, but I offer it as a possibility. Hang in there, Lucy!

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

DEAR EVERYONE
Thanks for your messages here, for your emails and e-cards. I value them all. They are very encouraging. Apologies for not replying individually just yet. High temperatures have made the week difficult.
Hopefully I'll be capable of more soon but in case not I'll take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Christmas.
LUCY

Down by the sea said...

Hi Lucy,
So sorry to hear your news, it must have been such a shock. Sending you healing thoughts and hope you can do what Caro suggests and bring nature into the room with you. Thinking of you. Sarah x

Diana Studer said...

Hope you were feeling brighter for Christmas, and that you get better - day by day as the days lengthen, as Squirrelbasket said.

Diana Studer said...

Recovering in between at home?

Sam said...

Dear Lucy, I only recently came across your blog but wanted to join everyone else in wishing you the strength of body and mind to cope with the treatment and get through this gruelling time. Sending all good wishes to you. Sam

Caroline Gill said...

Oh Lucy, what a time you are having. I am so sorry to hear about your illness and have only just found your post: hence many apologies for the delay in sending my warm good wishes - Caroline