I’m off to hospital today for my second Campath (Alemtuzumab) infusion and have spent the weekend preparing myself (read more about the treatment HERE). The Teenager’s in London, the house is quiet and my bag is packed.
This year, I’m taking no chances. The first thing to go in the bag were two soft and squishy pillows. Last time around, one of the nurses hunted high and low to provide me with an NHS pillow and came back holding a sad slab of foam.
I’ve also got my bags of dried fruit and nuts, a family-sized pack of Jelly Babies, some Belvita breakfast bars, a mini hand-held fan, a stack of books (which I probably won’t read) and some earplugs.
I’ve had a lovely, relaxing weekend. On Saturday, my boss took me out for a pre-Campath dinner at a local marina. This is in sharp contrast to last year’s Campath treatment, when I was working for a boss who would sack me for having MS just a few months later. There were no good wishes, no cards, no phone call to ask how I was doing. Thankfully, that’s all ancient history.
I held a Listeria Feast yesterday, eating all the foods I won’t be able to enjoy for three months – salami, sushi, coleslaw, fruit salad, raw carrots and a huge tub of soft serve ice cream. Also some camembert, which I don’t even like, but if I’m going to be denied it for three months, I was going to eat it for good measure (nope, still don’t like it).
Staying for three days on a neurology ward means that my days will be filled with answering questions from nervous-looking people booked in for lumbar punctures. Hmm, tricky one. If I lie and say it’s a breeze, they’ll quite possibly drag me out of bed and beat me up afterwards. If I tell the truth, based on my own horrific experience, they’ll run screaming from the ward before the needle’s even gone near them.
So, wish me luck. I’ll be back in the blogging seat again on Thursday. Just hoping I can still tweet from my hospital bed…