Dear friends, many thanks for your quick replies and good wishes.
I'm waiting for a call from my oncologist's secretary this morning.
With luck I'll be added to the clinic list this afternoon.
Ian Pedley (my onco at Newcastle Freeman Hospital) has looked after me brilliantly for 13yrs.
He's the man I need to see a.s.a.p.
Lyn, those were very pertinent questions.
I really was 100% fit before the new meds.The tests I had done were the full bloodwork,U's & E's etc, a chest X-ray, heart trace and a physical examination.
I know Hb was a low 80 at 1.30pm last Tuesday, and was 71 when tested in A & E at 8.30pm the same day.
I have no idea what it is now after the transusion and will phone my GP to ask when I need re-testing.
And the question about whether I was eating OK during the first three months of this year is spot on.
During the severe depression I had no appetite, and quite honestly, my wife Lynn had to practically force feed me!
I did lose 10lbs, and I'm back at my fighting fit weight of 10st 7lbs.
However, full blood tests prior to my return to Zoladex on March 28th showed excellent results. Hb was 131, and it was always in that area.
On hearing I'd lost weight, the A & E doctor immediately leapt to the conclusion it might be bowel cancer or an ulcer.
I did try to explain anout the weight loss and previous good blood results...but he wouldn't listen. Just wasn't interested in any other explanation such as the new meds I'd had to stop, or any possibility of cancer activity in my lymphatic system.
Predictably, the next step for him was to arrange a colonoscopy and endoscopy.
Because of previous bad tretament at this local hospital, I will do nothing till I see my oncologist.
If such procedures are needed, in his opinion, I'd rather they be carried out at my main cancer hospital.
Also, Newcastle now has a brand new CT scanner which captures amazingly detailed images, and I'm keen to have that done.
GreatOakTree (I wish I knew your first name!), your dad Frank is having a terrible time of it. It makes my problem look so small in comparison.
I am so sorry, and shocked to read of his ordeal, 18yrs after Brachytherapy.
I have never heard of this happening so many years after a very successful treatment with Brachy.
And yes, If any light is shone on my Hb puzzle today or in the next week, I will certainly post the details.
Lyn, I really do prefer everything in Black & White. Just as well I do, innit? I can see Sunderland's derby matches being against South Shields in a few years time.
Here's a thought, perhaps the shame of seeing unrelenting failure for the last few years at The Stadium Of Light has made 1000s of North East guys ill.
I hope the new owner changes the name of the stadium. It's too easy for Newcastle fans to alter the current name to one which is probably very appropriate.
Once again, thanks my friends,
Let's all stay strong and positive (and stubborn.........and defiant!)
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