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Sunday, 29 July 2012

We have a date for the Pre-Assessment to Chemo

Hi Everyone

Firstly, thank you to all who have passed on their thoughts and good wishes for my hubby.

We now have a date for his pre-assessment and blood tests prior to the commencement of his Chemo, it is Tuesday 7 August and hopefully the Chemo should start within 48 hours.  It cannot start soon enough for us now as it seems to have taken so long to get to this stage.

To think the at the beginning of April he was cutting down 12 foot high Conifer trees at our daughters, now he cannot even lift the chain saw he used then.  This is getting him down and says he is feeling so useless.

I keep telling him - don't beat yourself up about it just accept that some days are going to be bad, but he will also have some good days.  Also if the Chemo works his quality of life should improve a great deal.

We all are living in hope that the cancer can be steered into remission for as long as possible, the Dr told us that an operation was not on the cards at the present time - does this mean that at a later date after the Chemo they maybe able to operate!! - we can hope.

Hugs to you all from Hazel

Monday, 23 July 2012

Hubby's Hospital appointment

Well, we have seen the Oncologist and what a lovely man he is.

For the first time in 3 months we have had some relatively good news.

He told us that he though hubby would respond well to Chemo and hopefully start him in the next couple of weeks.  He said that in his opinion he should have a better quality of life and his prognosis would be be increased from 3-4 months if they do nothing to 12 months plus.

He will start him on 3 sessions of 3 week duration, first day will be 4 - 5 hours on intravenus infusion plus tablets followed by the remainder of the 21 days on tablets twice daily.  It is going to be fairly radical treatment but he was pretty confident that it would shrink the tumour and give him back some better quality of life.

Of course we are in no doubt it will be rough going during the Chemo but if it works we will have him with us for a longer period.

Please keep you fingers crossed for us.

Hugs Hazel

Friday, 20 July 2012

Hubby is home again

Hi All

They sent my hubby home on Tuesday Lunchtime but is was 7:30pm before we actually arrived home.  We had to wait for his medications to be done by the pharmacy - what a farce - one poor lady had been waiting since 9:30am for hers and she was still there when we left.

The pharmacy is totally inadequate for the size of the hospital, firstly hubby was sent to another ward at 3am then again on to another ward at 3.30pm to wait for his meds - they said he would get them quicker on this other ward.  Goodness only knows what time we would have got home if he had stayed on the medical ward.

He has his appointment with the oncologist on Monday so we should have a better idea of what to expect longer term.

Thanks for your patience.

Hugs Hazel

Monday, 16 July 2012

Update on John my Hubby

Hi again

Unfortunately I arrived home yesterday evening to find that John (my hubby) was not too good, he said he had felt very tired all day.

This morning he felt a little better so thought it may have been he had done too much (he had cut our grass and it is a large area) but as the day progressed he went downhill and by 4pm he was shivery and shakey and was burning up.

I rang and spoke to the on call doctor who wanted to see him immediately, once at the surgery it emerged that his left lung was very congested and the doctor thought that he had a touch of pneumonia so packed him off to AAU (Acute Assessment Unit) at Hull Royal Infirmary.

It is now 11.40pm and I have just arrived back home after waiting nearly 4 hours to be seen by the doctor there.  They are going to put him on drugs to slow his heart rate which they say is too fast and some more stuff to help clear his lungs.  So he is in there for a couple of days at least (hopefully not too long as he hates hospitals).

I must admit though, the staff were brilliant, they brought round sandwiches and drinks for everyone, even me, and when I left they asked me to phone when I got home so that they could tell John that I was home safely and last but not least they would not let me walk to the Car Park on my own but sent a Security Guard to escort me safely to my car.  I had never heard of that before.

Hopefully my next update will be bearing better news as we now have an appointment with the oncologist for next Monday morning.

Hugs to All
from Hazel

Summer Crafting - Doncaster

Hi Everyone

Thank you to all the crafters who came to our stand (C01) at the Summer Crafting Show at the Doncaster Racecourse this past weekend.  It was lovely to catch up with you all and to those who bought from our stand, I hope you are satisfied with your goodies and enjoy playing with them.

Sadly this was the last time we will be at the Racecourse for this event due to my husband's illness, I will miss you all but wish you all Happy Crafting in the future.

Hugs Hazel

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Cards from July Craft Group


I am better organised for July and would love to share the fantastic cards my ladies and Gentleman made.

The Challenge for July was a Bow Front Cameo Card, this style can be made in either landscape or portrait Cameo.

Everyone rose to the challenge admirably and created some lovely cards.

We also had an Ad hoc card making session in the afternoon using some Hunkydory designs, these can be found here.

The first cards are from the Bow Front Cameo Card challenge.

The second picture shows the cards from the afternoon using the Hunkydory  Dressing Room Luxury Card Collection.

Thank you Ladies - keep up the good work

Cards from June Craft Group

Hi All

Sorry that I am a bit late in posting these to the Blog but better late than never.

I must thank Brian for such a wonderful job he did on the the Garden Shed.

For the June Craft group I set my crafters a Garden Shed Model Challenge.  The Garden Shed was taken from The Card Hut - Garden Sheds CD Rom using artwork by Mark Bardsley.  I think you will all agree the Shed looks fantastic.

For those of you who have not seen the CD take a look at it here.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Apologies for our cancellation of shows

Hello to you all

As some of your will have seen on our website, we have had to cancel some of the Exhibition shows we were due to attend, for this we sincerely apologise.

For the past few weeks I have been having to take my husband for tests as he has been really unwell.

We found out on Tuesday 3 July that he has a tumour in his Gullet that has spread to his Liver.  He is now waiting to start treatment at the Oncology unit at Castlehill Hospital Cottingham near Hull.

We have had to cancel all shows which meant myself being away from home as I do not wish to leave him alone overnight.

I hope you can accept our apologies.

I will try to keep posting when I can.

Hugs Hazel