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back to normality?

While I was away I got the appointment for the CT scan that they wanted me to have before Christmas.  I received it in the mail and it was lucky that OH knew how to recognise the envelope so that I knew about it before I came back. 

I arrived back on the 1st December, Wednesday late afternoon and my CT had been scheduled for the 2nd at 8.30 am. I had to be back before the 2nd as it was the day of my next scheduled herceptin infusion but it meant that I had to go to two different hospitals the day after I came back.  The scan was done in the morning at Middlemore and herceptin at Auckland City Hospital in the afternoon. 

As usual the nurses were surprised about how blase I was about the scan and I was counting up how many scans I’ve had since August 2008 – I’ve had two bone scans, 2 brain scans (one CT , one MRI) and 8 CT scans of chest /abdomen/ pelvis .  No wonder I am just treating it like a routine thing.

OH wanted me to get my scan results before Christmas but they couldn’t fit me in so I get them on the 12th of January.  We are assuming that they are still all clear and it is amazing how important it is to me going into this Christmas  with no treatment other than herceptin.   I was in hospital Christmas 2008 and when I started the vinorelbine chemo just before last Christmas for my recurrence, one of the first questions YD asked was whether I woud be in hospital for Christmas again but the most reassurance we could give her was that “we hope not”.  This Christmas we really wanted to have a ‘normal’ Christmas without the cloud of chemo complications hanging over us.  I do have a herceptin infusion on the 23rd of December but that is not going to effect our Christmas other than me having to allow time for it amongst the Christmas preparations.

We have spent the last few days dogsitting until MD arrived up in her car on Monday and then she and I got stuck into clearing the garage to store her stuff in.  We are still awaiting the arrival of the furniture truck so one of us has to be home all the time til it arrives – they are supposed to ring before they arrive but they may not.

I caught up with my uni classmates for a bbq last Saturday night.  – After spending most of a week with them during the past year I definitely miss their faces.  I am meeting up with my smaller group of close uni friends for coffee on Friday.

I am looking forward to next week when things are organised and I can just get on with Christmas organisation

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