I just sent OD and MD my schedule for the week as they are used to me being more available to talk to than I am going to be from now on. My schedule for this week looks like this.
MONDAY: 9-11 lecture 11.30-12.30 tutorial
TUESDAY: 9-11 lecture 11.30 oncology assessment 2.30-3.30 uni reading workshop
WEDNESDAY: 9-11 lecture 1.30-2.30 possibly tutorial also have to fit in blood test round midday at nearest lab to uni
THURSDAY: 10.30 – 11.30 uni time management workshop 2.30 chemo also OH and I are dropping one of our cars in for WOF and service
FRIDAY: 9-11 lecture 11.30-12.30 tutorial
I also sat down with YD when she was round here for the afternoon and explained that I wouldn’t be seeing her as often while I am still having chemo and going to uni all the other days. We planned out on the calendar when I was going to spend time with her and her house staff have written it all down in the house diary so that they can remind YD what is happening. We have planned up until her birthday which is in her school holidays and my midsemester break.
Part of me looks at this schedule and thinks “Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!!!! What the hell have I set myself up for?” but the other parts (the ruling majority) know this is what I need to do for me. This tight schedule finishes on 22nd April and then its just herceptin every three weeks and I was not willing to not go fulltime at Uni when its only this short time frame that is affected. Doing uni full time from the start also gives me more flexibility in the future if I need to drop back to part-time or miss a semester if I need more treatment further down the track. The degree is full time for 4 years and if you do it part-time you need to complete it within 8 years.
We have had two days of orientation which were compulsory, and have been given our reading lists and told what textbooks to buy. I printed out the reading resources thay have put on the university database for us and estimate I printed out over 100 pages just as well I like reading
I got a letter in the mail on Friday asking me to ring the radiology department to schedule my brain CT scan or to tell them I don’t need it. I agree with the oncologist assessment that the headaches I have been having are probably not cancer related but I think I will go ahead with the scan just for peace of mind, that with me starting this course of study, that with the internal mammary node shrinking nothing else is brewing anywhere else so I can just get on with my study.
Once the vinorelbine chemo finishes in April I know my oncologist visits are going to be further apart (not the three weeks they are now) but with me already having one recurrence I know they will be keeping a close enough eye on me to pick anything up as soon as it starts developing.
I probably wont have time to write another post until next weekend when I can tell you all how I survived the first week