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I'm Carole, living in London, happily married and mum to two amazing boys.I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Rectal Cancer in April 2010. Surgery took place in November 2010 and I now have a permanent colostomy...Spinal mets were then diagnosed in October 2011...In January 2012 I was told of further spread to the hip area (multiple lesions)..My life expectancy is now 6-9 months. Walk alongside me on the last part of my experience with this..

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Nurse says 'Doing well now'....

Yesterday I visited the nurse at my GP surgery to get the wound redressed.

The district nurses are not able to come to me any longer as I'm now 'fully mobile' (which means you are able to walk 10 metres) but they have said that if the wound still hasn't healed by Christmas, they will break the rules and visit me to ensure that I do not run the risk of picking up an infection at this late stage....so that's good anyway.

So, yesterday Nurse J checked the wound and said 'Looking good and doing well now, just about 1.5cm that still needs to heal'...
She then decided to use something (can't remember what it's called) to help healing and redressed the wound for me.
I'm quietly optimistic that given another week or so, it will heal the way I'd hoped. All those good, positive thoughts are working - so thank you everyone :-)

Maybe, just maybe, my Christmas present will be a long soak in the bath this year :-) Or if not, maybe my New Year gift to myself will be a relaxing bath...either way nearly there, all being well.


  1. pleased you are progressing, may not feel much like it tho'!, but just look back to week one of your discharge, and you will see it is.

    did the wind pains subside eventually?

    hope so!

  2. Nice positive post...was the stuff hydrogel?

    Fingers crossed dear friend - as my first bath was after 6 months and it was bliss...(just to add I did shower instead).

    Much Love


  3. We dont ask for much do we?It is surprising what becomes important .You sound so much brighter as the days go by which is a blinking miracle considering what you are going through.You are one fabulous lady and I am proud to call you my friend.

  4. Hi Tony,
    She did tell me what it was but I have absolutely no recollection at all.
    Will ask her tomorrow at my next appt. Whatever it was, it seems to be working because the soreness in that area is much easier today.

    Six months for your bath!!! I'm really *not* being patient then eh :-)...and like you, yes I'm showering but it's just NOT the same.

    Hello Rose,
    It's become such a huge thing for me now this bath...sounds daft but it's proof that I'm going in the right direction at least.
    I am also proud to call you my friend Rose and am aiming for being well enough to get to you in the Spring.
    Keep taking it easy and let the lovely Ricky sort you out xxxx

  5. Hiya Anonymous,

    I am on the mend, slowly but surely. I'm just not very patient I guess :-)

    I sorted out the wind pains with a very spicy Thai Red curry - decided to throw all caution to the wind (lol) and eat what I fancied, decided that the worst that could happen would involve emptying the bag *alot*...

    I really enjoyed the curry and the bag was windy for the next 36 hours but NO more trapped wind...and the best bit was it seemed to give me at least some of my appetite back.
    So, all good :-)

  6. excellent!

    ..be master or mistress of the bag...not the other way round.

    Happy Christmas!

  7. Thank you and the same to you and yours xxxx