S/V Matilda’s Gone a’RovingJane
I had a bitter-sweet trip to Cartagena this week to pack up our stuff on Matilda and hand her over to our friend, Andy. Unfortunately my Andy isn't allowed to fly at the moment so my brother very kindly came with me to help. We had two lovely days down there in the bright sunshine, 21 C with that blue, blue Mediterranean sky.
One Down, Five to GoJane
26/11/2014, Gosport, HANTS
I've been trying to think of a catchy title for these future blogs but nothing seems to be appropriate somehow! Last month Andy started his treatment for myeloma. The photo shows his month's supply of drugs he now takes. He has to have high doses of Dexamethasone, a steroid, weekly chemo drugs called Cyclophosphamide and, bizarrely, Thalidomide which is an immunomodulatory drug. Side effects include mood swings, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, headaches, insomnia, fatigue, stomach pain, indigestion, fluid retention, increased blood sugar, increased appetite, loss of appetite, muscle weakness etc, etc. To counter-act some of the above, he has Ondansatron, Metachlopramide, Allopurinol, Amitriptyline, Paracetamol, Movicol, Immodium, Tramadol. He will also start having monthly infusions of Bisphosphonate to strengthen his bones which the myeloma attacks. When he's done five or six 28-day cycles of this, he will be able to have an autologous stem cell transplant (where they harvest his own stem cells from the bone marrow) and after that, he should be in remission!! Sounds pretty simple doesn't it?!
Matilda's New Dance PartnerJane
21/11/2014, Gosport, Hants
While we have been back in Blighty acclimatising to the British weather and facing our latest 'adventure', Matilda has been languishing in Cartagena where our fantastic friends, Wayne and Cha, sailed her after we left. They not only did that but they cleaned her up, serviced the engines, put everything away and generally settled her down for the winter. We'll never be able to repay them for that.
09/11/2014, Gosport, Hants
I wrote this first via another blog site which, not only didn't appear on my S/V Matilda page, but didn't appear on my FB page and, as some people have told me that they haven't seen it and wanted to know how Andy was getting on, I've decided to return to Sailblogs. Don't read on if you've already seen it.....
Change of Plan!Jane
19/10/2014, Fareham, Hants
I have not written on here because I'm not sure anyone would want to read a sailing blog where no sailing is done, no landfalls reached and there are no sunsets over the bay! However, lots of people have been asking me how Andy is so I'll do the latest medical report!
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