Steroids

Part of my treatment for a Myeloma involves the use of a steroid (Dexamethasone). Dexamethasone is a type of corticosteroid called a glucocorticoid. Dexamethasone helps to reduce inflammation and calms an overactive immune system. Dexamethasone mimics the effect of cortisol, a hormone released by the adrenal glands (located on top of the kidneys) that controls [...]

Sunday Summary – 7th May

Just a summary of where things are at. Myeloma The chemotherapy treatment has started and I have now had three courses of Velcade and two of Cyclophosphamide. This has been administered alongside the steroid Dexamethasone, following the VCD pathway. As yet there are no noticeable side effects which is good, other than a slight red rash at [...]

Biometrics

One thing that had been a constant since I have been in hospital is measurement of my body - whether as at the start the extent of the movement in my shoulders, to various MRI, Ultrasound, CT and X Rays tests I have had both in Nairobi and in Lincoln. More recently here in Lincoln [...]

Wrenched Away

The whirlwind which has blown through my life in the past month has taken its toll both physically as well as emotionally. The speed of the process has been the most devastating. Little did I think when I boarded  the overnight bus to Nairobi on the 2nd April I did not imagine that would be [...]

Cuts!

I have resisted writing this one -but it has to be done. I have commented a number of times about the dedicated nursing staff here and the care they are giving- they work approximately 13 hour shifts and most of it non-stop. The outbreak of Noro-Virus here this week has not helped as people are [...]