That is it. Barring disasters, I. Am. Done. Unfortunately, unlike the woman in the picture I am not celebrating with champagne. Rather I am reclining on my couch. Think Victorian lady with the vapours. And a fuzzy head. Both inside and out. I am not sure the Victorians went in for fuzzy heads much but it could have been a thing. Work with me.
My chemo unit were lovely. They adored their gift and three members of staff came to discuss with me how they could improve their introductions. They had no idea they were not doing this and all thought they were. I discovered the hospital’s Chief Exec is also a big fan of the #hellomynameis campaign so hopefully I have pushed an open door. I was seriously impressed that they wanted to talk about my experience. And the jam definitely went down well.
The administration of this my final (did I mention that? It was my LAST one. I would not want you to miss that point) dose was a little tricky. My veins really were at the end of themselves. It took much stabbing and the unit vein expert was wheeled in to finally find one that would co-operate. This one worked but was sluggish. But we got there. It is done. Four and half hours later and we left for the last time. I got hugs from the staff which was nice. But what I really wanted were party poppers, fireworks, celebratory cakes, corks popping, ticker tape parades, balloons, a marching band, trumpet fanfares and humongous great bell for me to ring. And hugs. Not much to ask is it?! I shall blame NHS cutbacks for their absence. Yet another reason to despise Jeremy Hunt.
One of my lovely friends works in a hospital where there is a bell in the chemo unit. In this magical place, at the end of treatment patients get to ring it. She said I could come and ring her bell. But I think I am a little old. It is a children’s hospital. However, I think there should be a bell. A big hum-dinger of a bell. A huge enormous great bloody big bell. And if I had a bell, I would let you all ring it too. So you just know what I have been humming all day, don’t you? Yep, that doyen of a tidy hospital, Anita Ward and her classic: You Can Ring My Bell
Not nearly cool as fellow blogger Sue Pook’s re-writing of The Stranglers’ No More Heroes with the words ‘No more chemo anymore’ but you have got to love a bit of disco. So from here on Things Can Only Get Better. Bear with me as it is going to take some time to return to what passes for normal around here. Several months it would appear *Boo, Hiss* but I will get there in the end. Hurrah! Thank you for all your support. It would have been unimaginably hard without you.