Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Pain, pain go away

Yes I'm still very much here, have been offline due to a painful neck & shoulder - made more painful the more horizontal I got - thus sleeping became impossible and no painkiller seemed to work for longer than a day - never a night. Physio has been helping me for the last month and GP prescribe Pethidine and the pain is now bearable and sleepable. Anyway Oncologist suggests I have an MRI to check the cancer hasn't moved into the bone. I don't think this has happened, but it will be good to know for certain.

Anyway on a more positive note, today represents one year since my grandmal brain seizure, at the time I had an expected survival time of approximately 6-months, this estimate didn't improve when the chemo failed. Brain radiation was the next treatment and that seems to have done the trick. So one year means I can now legally drive again - must say totally ridiculous law banning me for a whole year. Epileptics and even Narcoleptics are allowed to drive as long as they are on medication - I'm as likely to have a seizure as you are, and you haven't even had the reassurance of a brain CT. Making blanket restrictions on patients isn't particularly productive, surely this should be a decision of the doctor and as I have proven each time I've been treated, I've outperformed each expectation. Some people just respond to treatments better than others.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the global economy will also out perform expectation and get back on the road in a year. Congrats - 1 big year! I'm quietly following and enjoying your blog...as hard nose and witty as ever - love it! Thanks and Hi from Maria R in Singapore

Cactus Kate said...

Keep up the defying of the odds!!!

Go Annie.

PC said...

Yay you. Means our sober(ish) driver is back. :-)

Annie Fox! said...

Ahh that's what you think PC. After 6 months without alcohol you may be lucky.

Eric Olthwaite said...

Good news - we need someone to organise Blogger Drinks :-)

Annie Fox! said...

Eric: 1st Thursday of every month bloggers (and hanger ons) meet at Galbraiths, Mt Eden. In otherwords this Thursday at 6.30pm.