Got up Friday morning, off to wash, coughed, spat into basin, foook me that's blood! Also found that after a couple of very minor collisions where items of furniture had leapt out and tried to assault me, that I'd developed severe bruising of a colour that any Roman Emperor would be proud of (dramatic looking but not painful). Get on phone to radium doc, explain what's happened, he thinks this isn't caused by the radium but says go see your GP. See GP (not my usual one) she listens to my chest and is reasonably happy but says we're taking bloods. We will contact you if anything is wrong.
Got up Saturday morning, off to wash, coughed, spat into basin, foook foook foook, that's more blood than yesterday! Rang 111, they put me onto Devon Doctors (the out of hours GP service), the doc asks lots of questions and says she is concerned it could be a blood clot(s) in the lungs, get your sorry arse down to us at the RD&E. Do so, lots of questions, more bloods taken and referred on to the Ambulatory Medical Unit. See doc after a couple of hours, lots of questions, she says the bloods are OK apart from the platelets which are down to 95. The low platelets explain the extreme bruising. She also fears a blood clot and sends me for an CT scan with contrast. Canula fitted. Scan done at 3.30pm. Wait for results. Doc comes back at 6.30pm and says "good news, no blood clot". She believes the combination of the PCa, the pneumonia I had this summer, the chemo and the RT has damaged the lungs. She advises that I am very cautious during periods when my platelets are low. She believes the oral blood will correct itself once the platelets rise again. I will quiz my radium doc on typically when in the 28 days radium cycle that the platelets are low. I am equating this with the neutropenic period one has each cycle when on chemo.
I'm pretty confident now that my bone pain is reducing. The radium may well be working. I have reduced the pain killers and hope to trial with no pain killers in the next few days.
Lessons for those that follow me
Make sure you understand when your platelets may be low in each cycle and take extreme care of yourself.
Trust that the radium will reduce your pain.