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A Poem For You 
1 am and I can't sleep ....again. I have just made up a poem for you. Are you ready?

Life is like a box of chocolates, some are soft and gooey,
Sometimes you might find one that is uncomfortably chewy.

Life is like a florist shop with blooms of every hue,
Some make you sing, some make you sigh and some just make you spew.

Life is like a family meal, an everything added Sunday roast,
And it makes you feel pretty shit when all you get is toast.

What do you think? Have I missed my calling. Better go to sleep.Now where are those sleeping tablets?
Deb x

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It's Me Again 
Hello to you all. My dear dad has bought me in a laptop and portable modem so am able to connect for a half hour or so. I have just read your comments and I can't believe how many wonderful friends have logged on. Please don't worry about me. All is good now really. I am moving and not feeling sick anymore. Tragically, however, I am unable to yet come to terms with my most recent loss ; my sense of taste for the delicious Lindt chocolate reindeers. They are stockpiling here and gazing at me, forlornly nodding their little golden heads in acknowledgement of my lack of interest. I am sure my appetite for chocolate will return soon and hopefully before my stash is smuggled into the mouths of three salivating children!
I even did a few lunges tonight (20 each leg) and some squats and stretches. Sadly my exercise routine came to a rather abrupt end when I underestimated the length of the drain tubes and my modified Warrior 2 yoga stance became a little 'knotted up'. After some disentangling I resorted to a Sudoku puzzle. I could not complete the first set of press ups with any degree of reasonable technique, however, so will focus on reaching for the chocolate reindeers hourly to exercise my arm and entice my taste buds back into action.
I will not comment on this hospital but I will say that the surgeon does seem to have done a neat job. I have yet to find out why the operation was so long but I know they took all the lymph nodes they could find and really delved high into my armpit to get as many as they could. I think I have a meeting with the surgeon tomorrow but he will not tell me much anyway. Just have to wait for those all important results which should come early next week. Only then will we know what type and grade of cancer it is and then more waiting to see the oncologist to establish what the treatment plan will be.
I am sorry I am not so sparky tonight but

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Day Three 
It really has been a day of two halves. After a visit early this morning with the girls it was becoming obvious that Deb was not receiving the care that she really required. She was still very tired and it appeared that there had been no attempt to get her mobile or any review the drugs she was being administered. She was still very nauseas and she was generally not happy. We only stayed a short time and the same applied at lunchtime when Jacob and Debs Mum went in.

On our return we had a neighbourly chat with Ian (Dr) and Wendy (Midwife) and a new strategy was devised.

When a visit was made in the afternoon by a good friend there was a challenge to the nurses about Debs progress. The nurses started to respond quicker and removed some of her drugs. A good wash, massage and general clean started the process. Sheets were changed and Deb immediately became more mobile – mainly due to the change in drugs. (I shall let Deb explain if she wishes to, when she can access the blog). When I called her tonight she was a different person. We are all relieved.

Tomorrow we are going to do a number of new initiatives to assist progress and we hope to see her back home early next week.

On reflection it seems that Deb was wired up to a number of systems and the staff let the machinery do the work rather than delivering good old fashioned monitoring to help their customer (sorry… patient – by god you need some!) As a result she was left. Once Deb started to challenge the nurses they respond because it seems they don’t want complaints – not good for the statistics. Sad really. What do families do that don’t have the support that we have through friends and family that have some medical knowledge? I suppose they don’t.

On this rather cynical note I am going to bed in the knowledge that for the first time in weeks we are making some really good progress.

Deb is so grateful for all the support and thank you again to all for messages and especially Martin, Jeniece and girls for the lovely flowers and chocs (tasted great! – joking!). Love also to Nan.


PS Two more meals entered in the meal book in Wendy’s porch – fab!!

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