BEP Cycle 2 Days 14-15

Monday 8 – Tuesday 9 July 2019

I started the day feeling pretty good. I walked the girls to school and then went for a Bodytalk session for an hour. Once I was home, Pia and I ate some porridge and then headed into the vegetable garden.

I was feeling a bit tired and slow by this point, but still managed to pull some weeds from each of the vegetable beds. There were quite a few weeds, but they all reasonably small and came out fairly easily. Pia set about harvesting the garlic which we had planted in the autumn. She counted no less than 90 bulbs!

A good harvest of garlic that will keep us going for a while

In the afternoon we had a visit from Julie, who we had met when she came around a few weeks earlier to learn from Pia how to make water kefir. It was nice to see her. We sat outside chatting and eating strawberries and watermelon. Pia and Julie went together to collect children from school and I headed into town for a drop in sound healing session which is on every Monday.

On the way home my hayfever started to flair up. It had come fairly late this year, I think as it hadn’t gotten very warm until the end of June. I had a hard time in the evening with a raw nose, snottiness and a headache.

On top of that, I’d been feeling a growing heaviness in my chest recently and had been coughing quite a lot. The coughing was shallow and dry, not much substance to it, but it was interrupting my talking quite a lot. This was quite apparent when I was putting one of the girls to bed and trying to read some stories. I’d often have to cough before I could complete a sentence. It was annoying, but didn’t feel serious.

I got to bed reasonably early, but was quite tired when I woke on Tuesday morning. I had a fairly easy day, spending much of it in bed. I noticed that my cough was getting slightly worse.

The other thing I noticed was to do with the nerve pain in the back of my right forearm and wrist. I had thought that it was triggered by how I moved my right hand, having noticed that I would feel the pain when pressing my right ear with it. What I now noticed was that I could trigger the pain by pressing my right ear with my left hand, so there was some kind of connection between my right ear and the nerve in the back of my right forearm! That was quite a revelation, although I couldn’t start to explain it. I assumed that either the nerves were linked or that there was an acupressure point in the ear that was associated with the area of the nerve pain. Very interesting.

BEP Cycle 2 Day 3

Thursday 27 June

I was feeling very tired and a little sick in the morning after having had such a long session the night before. I wasn’t feeling nearly as good as I had a day earlier. I slept on and off during the morning and tried to watch some TV, but couldn’t concentrate on it very well.

Since I’d been disconnected from the IV pump during the night, I’d also noticed something that felt like nerve pain in the back of my right wrist and forearm. This felt like it was being triggered by how I was moving my hand. For example, when trying to insert an earplug into my right ear with my right hand, I would get the pain on bending my finger to push the ear plug in. The pain wasn’t constant though, nor too bad.

Pia arrived around the middle of the day. I had a shower, which was refreshing and we then went for a little walk. I was managing a bit more slowly than the day before, but it was nice to get out.

Feeling a bit rough but out for a walk, exploring an art installation in the park

I was hooked up to the IV pump around 16:00 again and treatment progressed rapidly with nice quick bag changes. Pia and I got away around 19:00 with another party bag of drugs. I wasn’t taking home all of the same things as last time, as I did have a lot left over from cycle 1, but most importantly I had a week’s supply of Filgrastim injections, Dexmethasone, Omeprazole and Metoclopramide.

It was nice to get home. It had been wonderful that Lee had been able to come and stay. The girls had had a great time with her and with her dog who had also come to stay. Lee had planned to drive home the next morning, but instead she decided to try driving in the evening while the dog was a bit more sleepy and would hopefully travel more easily.

Despite having a few toilet visits throughout the night, I slept quite well and it was nice to be back in my own bed.