Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Thirtieth appointment

Wednesday, 31st August, 2011

No block of the day - but lots of quilts etc. have been used on the Quilters' Guild stand at the Stitch and Creative Craft show!

Richard was taken over to the Oncology Centre by good friend Tony. Everything went well and more or less on time, and they quickly repaired to the nearest (and very nice) pub for sandwiches and beer.

The end is in sight!


Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Twenty-ninth appointment

Tuesday, 30th August, 2011

Block of the day - Victorian Peony

Back to the Centre after three days off - feels strange! We arrived at 11.15 a.m. and Richard took the usual enema and water. He went through to the machine at 12.40 p.m., half an hour late, and we were on our way home by 12.55. Richard seems very tired today but that could be more to do with a lads' day out at Oulton Park yesterday than radiotherapy.

Minimum mileage so far - 1,740! Fuel bought so far - £403-worth! Amazing!

Richard has a new companion tomorrow, Thursday and Friday - I have three days off.


Friday, 26 August 2011

Twenty-eighth appointment

Friday, 26th August, 2011

Block of the day - Seminole (again!)

Another good day. We arrived at 11.00 a.m. and Richard went through to be zapped at around 12.10, more or less on time. By 12.20 p.m. we were on our way home.

We now have three days off, back again on Tuesday. Hurrah!


Thursday, 25 August 2011

Twenty-seventh appointment

Thursday, 25th August, 2011

Block of the day - Seminole

Wow - what a day! Richard had two appointments - 3.00 p.m. with the doctor and 3.30 p.m. with the machine. We arrived at 2.20 p.m. and booked in. A nice lady walked us round to the clinic area. There was no-one waiting and we could see Mr. Tolan sitting in his room. We'd hardly sat down when we were asked to go through. He asked Richard if everything was all right - Richard said yes, he was fine though a bit tired. He then told us that everything was going very well indeed and he would see us again in two weeks. Bye-bye!

We went back round to the machine where everything seemed quiet and empty. Richard did the usual preparations and, at 3.05 p.m. he went through. We were on our way out of the place by 3.15 p.m. and for the first time I didn't have time to finish my block. Wow! Wish everyday was like this one.

Back again tomorrow and then we get three days off. And I'm only actually going over for one day next week - I'm getting three days off while some very good friends help out. The Stitch and Creative Craft Show is on at Event City and I'm on duty for the three days plus a set-up day on Wednesday.


Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Twenty-sixth appointment

Wednesday, 24th August, 2011

Block of the day - Ohio Rose

A very quiet but slow day. We arrived at the Centre at around 11.15 for a 12.05 p.m. appointment. It was actually around 1.30 before Richard went in for the zapping, and we left at 1.45 p.m. - but at least we got to listen to the Archers. Poor Clarrie!

We stopped off at the Hollies on the way home and bought amongst other things a rather large coffee cake. There has to be some reward for all this effort!

Another appointment tomorrow but Richard is to see the doctor before he goes in. We're hoping to learn more about how things are going and what happens next.


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Twenty-fifth appointment

Tuesday, 23rd August, 2011

Block of the day - Honey Bee

We got to the hospital around 11.00 a.m., and waited. Things seemed to be going quite slowly, but Richard actually went through to the machine at around 1.00 p.m. 10 minutes later we were on our way out, and decided to go to Chester to do a bit of shopping. We drove down to Boughton Heath to use the park-and-ride and discovered that Chester is in the middle of redesigning itself. The road works everywhere were enormous and chaotic! The bus driver however seemed to know his way around all this and we managed to do our shopping and get back to the car. Home by 4.30 p.m. - not too bad!

Another appointment tomorrow - we're getting there slowly. 12 more appointments to go!

Minimum total mileage so far - 1,500.

Back tomorrow


Monday, 22 August 2011

Twenty-third and twenty-fourth appointment

Monday, 22nd August, 2011

Block of the day - Goose Chase

Long, long day again. We had to be at Clatterbridge by 9.00 a.m. for a 9.50 appointment. Richard actually went through at around 10.30 a.m.

We left the hospital and drove over to Ness Gardens. We had coffee and toast, and then wandered around for an hour. We went back into the restaurant there and had a lovely lunch. Then a snooze in the car - it was a hot, blue-sky day and we had parked under a tree. Then back into the restaurant for tea and a piece of cake. With all this eating, we didn't have time to go through into the gardens themselves. We'll have to come back another time.

Back to the hospital for a 4.00 p.m. appointment, although it was 5.40 before Richard went through. We left at around 6.00 p.m., drove down the Wirral and straight into a traffic jam on the M65. Quite a long day - good job we'd had a proper meal at lunchtime because we were too knackered to start cooking.

More tomorrow, folks.


Friday, 19 August 2011

Twenty-second appointment

Friday, 19th August, 2011

Block of the day - Snail's trail

Perfect day! After a trip to the GP who told Richard that he was perfect, we drove over to the Wirral in time for Richard's appointment, scheduled for 12.05 p.m. We strolled in to find the waiting area very empty and quiet. Richard quickly did the necessary procedures and then went through at 11.55 a.m., a whole ten minutes early. Wow! We were on our way home in no time. Strangely, though, we both feel exhausted today.

We stopped off at the Ring O'Bells in Dutton for beef and ale pie and chicken skewers, and home. If only every day could be like this.

Back again on Monday for a double day!


Thursday, 18 August 2011

Twenty-first appointment

Thursday, 18th August, 2011

Block of the day - Clam Shells

Long, long day. It started with a trip to the audiology department at Warrington General where Richard had his ears tested and his hearing aids adjusted. His hearing has not deteriorated too much over the last three years, but he can now hear much better.

We then processed to IKEA with the idea of getting a quick and very cheap breakfast but the world and his wife - and all their children - had beaten us to it. So we grabbed a croissant each and a cup of free coffee (tastes much better when it's free) and headed off to Clatterbridge via the Runcorn bridge.

We got to the Oncology Centre at around 11.15 and signed in. Although the place seemed quiet and calm, Richard was still about an hour or so late going through. And the machine started being awkward while he was in there. But we were on our way by around 1.50 p.m., again in time to listen to the Archers.

We drove down to Wrexham and inspected their new shopping centre. And then we drove over to the Caravan Club site at Chirk and had fish and chips with Tony and Von, Jack and Irene. It was good to do something that wasn't connected with hospitals, machines and doctors. Thanks!

Another day tomorrow (GP and Clatterbridge) before we get two days off.


Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Twentieth Appointment

Wednesday, 17th August, 2011

Block of the day - Card Trick

We stopped off in Warrington (market) and, because we were early, we wandered and stopped in Frodsham, found a nice teashop and had coffee etc. We suddenly realised that we were not early - we were actually late! We drove up to Clatterbridge as quickly as possible and booked in but no-one seemed too worried. Richard's appointment was 12.05 and he actually went in at 12.45 p.m. We left the hospital at around 1.00 p.m. Not bad!

Home for a cup of tea.


Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Nineteenth Appointment

Tuesday, 16th August, 2011

Block of the day - Bleeding Heart

Much better day today! We arrived on time for Richard's 12.05 p.m. appointment. He had to do part 1 straight away and part 2 at about 12.20. He went through to the machine around 12.40 and we were out of the place by 12.50 p.m., in nice time to listen to the Archers on the way home. We had to stop off again at Cheshire Oaks (pyjamas again!), over to M & S food shop in the Colosseum to pick some essentials, and then home.

Hope this is the pattern for the rest of the week.

Back tomorrow


Monday, 15 August 2011

Eighteenth Appointment

Monday, 15th August, 2011

Block of the day - Delectable Mountain

Not such a good day! We arrived at around 11.30 a.m. for an appointment at 12.05. Richard was asked to drink the obligatory three cups of water at around 12.30, but we quickly noticed that there were a lot of people at the nurses' station looking at screens and looking worried. By 1.30 or so, with no patients going in to the machine, we knew something was wrong. At around 2.00 p.m. a radiographer came across to Richard to ask if he could manage to hold on!!! He eventually went through but, after about 15 minutes, he was asked if he could still hold on and go round to the other machine. He tottered round and eventually went through to that one. What a performance! We left the hospital at around 2.45 p.m.

We stopped off at Cheshire Oaks to get new pyjamas (long story) and then home. I wonder what things will be like tomorrow.


Friday, 12 August 2011

Seventeenth Appointment

Friday, 12th August, 2011

Block of the day - Drunkard's Path

We had a good day today. We arrived at the hospital at around 11.30 p.m. for Richard's appointment at 12.05 p.m. and he was only about 20 minutes late going through. We left and went to a Harvester Pub near to Cheshire Oaks to have some lunch, and then home. Lots of rain and dark skies, but warm.

Two days off, back Monday.


Thursday, 11 August 2011

Sixteenth Appointment

Thursday, 11th August, 2011

Block of the day - Canadian Star

We had to wait until 5.00 p.m. before ringing the hospital to check on the time of Richard's appointment. We were told to come in now, which we did, arriving around 6.00 p.m. We had to wait a while but Richard went through about 6.30 p.m. Everywhere seemed very quiet and calm, which was a good sign. Apparently, the machine we should be using is now working and we will go in tomorrow at the time on the list, i.e. 12.05 p.m.

Strange day! We have been married 46 years today - many interesting, difficult and happy times but on the whole not too bad. And I spent two hours on line while a young man in New Delhi had control of this computer and put a few things right for me. Weird!

Anna - the blocks are, as Lucy said, already pieced and tacked, a project I've been working on for around four years now. I take a different one each day to quilt. At the end, I will join them all together to make a large quilt, to be known as the prostate quilt! I will probably be so sick of it by then that I will give it to the hospital to sell or raffle. Or not. We'll see.

Back again tomorrow, before we get two days off at the weekend.


Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Fifteenth Appointment

Wednesday, 10th August, 2011

Block of the day - Celtic Knot

Richard's appointment today was delayed until 5.40 p.m., which meant we had to be there by 5.00 p.m., which we were. As the V10-4 machine is still out of action, we were again transferred to the other machine, and - of course - the whole list was delayed because of the number of patients waiting to use it. Richard finally got in at around 7.00 p.m. and we were on our way home by 7.20 p.m.

We have been told to ring in tomorrow at around 5.00 p.m. to confirm a suggested appointment of 6.20 p.m. - at least we can have a lie-in in the morning. The V10-4 machine should receive a new part (?) tomorrow morning (presumably from the US) but it will take all day to test it before the machine can come back into service.

High spot of the day - a lovely box of flowers from Lucy, Martin and family to celebrate our anniversary tomorrow. This was via Moonpig from Guernsey! Amazing but very welcome.

Back tomorrow folks. This must be the most boring blog on the net!


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Fourteenth Appointment

Tuesday, 9th August, 2011

Block of the day - Inner City Blocks

We arrived at the hospital on time to find that 'our' machine, V10-4, is still not working and we were directed round to the other one. We had to wait quite a while as there were lots of patients waiting to use this one. Richard's appointment was 12.05 but he went through at around 1.00 p.m. No news of the machine and no instructions to ring tomorrow to check on its progress, so presumably tomorrow things will be fine.

We stopped off at the M & S in the Colisseum Retail Park, but they didn't seem to have much of what we needed (no oranges, for instance). So we went across to the other side of Cheshire Oaks to Sainsbury's. We had more luck there, but we made the mistake of using the self-scanning till. The first two items through were bottles of wine which we needed a supervisor to put through - obviously we were underage! From then on, every damn thing bleeped. We told the machine we were using our own bags but when we put them on the side of the machine it bleeped! Weighing fruit and veg. proved beyond us, and the supervisor was to and fro putting things right. Half way through all this, we gave in, dumped everything back in the trolley and walked out. We drove home without any groceries, and dived into the deep freeze to see if we could find something for tea.

Let's hope tomorrow proves better. We start off at the doctor's at 8.30 a.m. - Richard is to have some blood taken.


Monday, 8 August 2011

Thirteenth Appointment

Monday, 8th August, 2011

Block of the day - Eight-pointed star

After attending Richard's cousin's funeral in Winsford, we travelled up to Clatterbridge, arriving at around 1.30 p.m. We had time for a sausage and bacon sandwich (yummy) and a coffee, and then we booked in. After a week of the machine working perfectly, it is now out of action and we were directed to the other machine, V10-6. Despite this machine having to deal with both lots of patients, we didn't have to wait too long and managed to be away by 3.00 p.m., and straight home.

Normal day tomorrow - we hope!


Sunday, 7 August 2011

If you're interested..........

Saturday, 7th August, 2011

you can take a virtual tour of the department and the actual machine where Richard has his treatment every day - go to This is part of the Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology's website.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Eleventh and Twelfth Appointments

Friday, 5th August, 2011

Blocks of the day - Spider's Web and Hawiian Applique

We got up early - a rarity these days - and set off at around 8.30 a.m., arriving at the hospital at around 9.00 a.m. We thought there'd be lots of traffic on the motorways but we went straight through and so were early. Richard went in for the treatment at around 10.00 a.m., the time we should have been there, so we didn't gain anything.

We were planning on a trip up to Wallasey or West Kirby, but we stayed in Heswall, visiting the shops, and then having lunch at 107, a restaurant we've visited before. We then thought we'd have a cup of tea at Thornton Hough - surely there's a tea room in Thornton Hough - but no! So we went to find a lovely pub called the Wheatsheaf at Raby, which looks lovely and worth a visit again.

Back to the hospital for 3.45 p.m., as directed, but Richard had to wait until 5.15 before he went in for this second dose. We left the hospital at 5.30 or so, set off for home, only to hit a traffic jam on the M56! We were dawdling along in the outside lane, looked to our left and saw Prince Philip waving at us! And the Queen, and Prince Charles. What was going on? But it was just a mad group of scousers off to the airport for their holiday and wearing daft masks. Made us laugh, anyway!

We're both shattered but we have two days off now. Back again on Monday.


Thursday, 4 August 2011

Tenth Appointment

Thursday, 4th August, 2011

Block of the day - The Reel

Another relatively easy day. Richard was about 45 minutes late going in, and out again in 10 minutes. I asked if I could go in to see this machine and they said I could. Wow! Some machine! It is enormous, and the technology surrounding it is amazing. Looks like something out of Star Trek. I'm glad I've seen it though - it gives me an idea of what is happening.

We stopped off at Warrington Hospital Audiology Dept. and made Richard an appointment for 18th August - it's three years since he had his ears checked and the hearing aids made. He is having a bit of bother with them at the moment, so they can check it all out for him. We couldn't get into the car park at this hospital - it's always hopeless and, even if you do get in, it costs a fortune - so we parked in a nearby street. We were just hurrying back to the car - it was raining - when we spotted a traffic warden taking the number of the car down! We quickly jumped in and sped away. We then stopped in the village to pick up yet another prescription and something for lunch. Looking at the prescription slip, we can see that Richard needs to see the doctor before the next lot of pills is handed out. Yet another appointment to make.

Home now and having a cuppa.

Another posting tomorrow


Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Ninth Appointment

Wednesday, 3rd August, 2011

Block of the day - Grandmother's Fan

Nothing much to report today! We left home at 10.30 a.m., arriving at 11.15, usual performance, and then in to the machine - which is working perfectly, touch wood - at 12.10 p.m. Straight home!

We have problems with both computers - they are so slow setting up and processing email takes forever. AOL is sending us a new router and cables to see if that solves the problem.

Back tomorrow, Clatterbridge, computers and cables willing.


Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Eighth Appointment

Tuesday, 2nd August, 2011

Block of the day - tumbling blocks

After another visit to Costco and two of their delicious fruit sundaes, we arrived at the cancer centre to find that our beloved V10-4 was working again. We proceeded to the waiting area, and Richard went through the usual enema and drinking three cups of water. His appointment was for 6.00 p.m. but it was around 6.30 that he went through. We left the hospital at 7.00 p.m., just in time to listen to the Archers. Home, tea, telly, bed!

More of the same tomorrow


Monday, 1 August 2011

Finally, the seventh appointment

Monday, 1st August, 2011

Block of the day - Twisted Star

We travelled over to the hospital this afternoon, arriving at around 6.30 p.m. We were directed to the 'other' machine, V10-6, and Richard had his usual enema and drinks of water. After a short wait, he went in for the radiotherapy, and we left the hospital at around 7.45 p.m. We stopped off at the chippy for an easy meal when we arrived home. As we travelled to the Wirral, there was the most amazing sky - looked as though we were heading into a tornado! And then we got an enormous downpour. At least it felt fresher afterwards.

Before we set off this afternoon, the hospital rang to ask if we would change the appointment tomorrow from 12.15 to 6.00 p.m. - this because the machine Richard is booked in on is still out of action. Hey ho!

Miles travelled so far - 540+.

Back tomorrow