Marsden Day in Pictures

our internet was down for nearly a week. oh how i missed it! it is quite unbelievable that only a few years back i didn’t even have my own computer at home, and now i feel absolutely crippled when i can not check my emails at least once a day.

which is also the reason why this blog entry is slightly delayed. we had a Marsden day on thursday last week and Vega suggested we take some pictures, mainly to show Lyra and Papa, but i thought it was a good idea so this weeks’ blog entry is a sort of photo diary of one of our regular days at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton.

the pictures show Vega on one of her chemo days in the Day Care Unit, which is separate from the ward- the place you would stay as an inpatient, and separate from the Outpatient Unit- the place where you would come for an appointment with your consultant. in day care you receive chemo, long (with general anesthetic), intermediate (via drip infusion) or short (injections or port pushes).

thursday was one of Vega’s long chemo days, because she was to receive intrathecal chemotherapy, when chemo is injected straight into the spinal fluid via lumbar puncture done under general anesthetic. so far Vega has had 8 of these lumbar punctures and thursday was her 9th general anesthetic in five months of treatment. i think the photos speak for themselves and show that she is quite a pro at all of this by now. it is reassuring as much as it is sad.

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4 thoughts on “Marsden Day in Pictures

  1. What a lot of horrible stuff you have to go through. However, Vega is coping brilliantly. She, Lyra and Alys are a real credit to you. Reading your blog makes us feel part of things when we otherwise, feel useless, redundant and wishing we could make things better. You and Ray have been incredible and we are proud of you. All our love.

  2. only just saw this kathi, what a beautiful diary even though it is of a traumatic procedure – she is amazing and i loved seeing her goofing around with the mask. I so feel for her with the itchy, painful legs – it sent me demented (fyi if i haven’t said it before sometimes the cool ice water sprays that you get for on the beach that mist you helped a little sometimes – just took off the edge of it a bit – maybe worth trying?? you can get them in boots tho i bet the hospital may have some?)

    the picture diary as you say just speaks for itself and it amazing how fantastically she copes with it all. my heart though had a huge pang at the picture of the shoes – my God that must be so so hard every time. i have this image of you sitting together looking through all of these pictures in years to come and such a bond. You really are mother of the century!!!!!!!!!!! I am simply in awe of you and little Vega bear. hugs as always xxxxxxxxxx

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