Friday, May 13, 2011

Pics of last weekend and new chemo

I want to share this website with you. There are webcams out in the national parks in South Africa, strategically placed by the water holes so that the animals can be viewed when they come to drink. Early morning and dusk (South African time) are the best times to see the animals come to drink. Take a look and enjoy. SA time is 8 hours behind Sydney.

The following few pics were taken last weekend when I went to Cowra with Tim and Debs to stay with her parents at their property.

The farmer and his stock

Boys working on the fences

Mother's Day breakfast in the sun. Terrie, Ross, June and Tim. Debs took the photo.

Koi in the pond at the Japanese Gardens in Cowra

The pond at the Japanese Gardens

Overlooking the Japanese Gardens

It was a wonderful way to start the week. I was a back seat passenger with a pillow for the 4 and 1/2 hour journey. Tim's flight was cancelled and he had to wait 4 hours for another flight so we arrived very late.

It was a beaut couple of days.

So....... I started the new chemo regime on Friday. No pump this time, just an infusion for 2 and 1/2 hours. Happy environment with lots of chat among the patients and the nursing staff. I finished knitting a pair of socks and talked to a couple who do a lot of caravaning. Very productive morning.

Then off to lunch with some special friends and home to rest for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

Side effects of this chemo - sharp tingling in hands when cold. And, of course, IT'S BLOODY COLD RIGHT NOW!!!! My hands started to tingle as I left the chemo clinic - cold door handle, cold wind. So I hurried home and dug out my gloves. I wear a white cotton pair when I'm the house and a respectable grey woollen pair when I step outside. You just don't realise how often you touch the cold fridge door, as you open and close, and fridge contents :), turn on the cold water tap in the kitchen and the bathroom! So... all the ingredients from the freezer and fridge that I will need for dinner tonight are out on the kitchen bench all day today so that they won't be too cold when I peel and chop without gloves.

One of my friends, who is coming to the Gold Coast next week, is bringing me a pair of possum wool gloves. Possums are pests in NZ as they are not native to the country, so they make lots of garments from their wool. It is beautifully soft and warm.

I'll be on the Gold Coast next weekend, in fact I'm going for 6 days, to stay with Tim and Oscar and to attend the National Conference of POWERtalk International - on Friday and Saturday. I'm looking forward to catching up with lots of very special, long term friends.

Right now it's 2pm on Saturday 14 May and I've been gallivanting all morning. Time to stop and rest.

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