Category: Treatment

End of Treatment Week 2

With the holiday at the start of the week, I had an extra day of rest and recovery. Janet asked all the children to come over for supper and play a board game on Monday. Everyone came except Meredith who had a mild flu and thought it in my best interests to keep her illness ….  Read More

Week 2 – Treatment 6

Here we go again. I’m back on the 11th floor of the Victoria Building in the Chemotherapy Clinic hanging our with Ivi. The Heritage Day Holiday was yesterday on Monday. I had an extra day of rest and recovery so I’m feeling top-shelf heading into treatment today. My weight this morning was 82 kg (181 ….  Read More

End of Treatment Week 1

Hello my friends. I now have one week of treatment in my rear view mirror. Here’s what it looked like: Monday – I introduced you to my new friend Ivi who infused me with iron and chemo drugs. Then I headed to a radiation treatment. I started at 9:00 am and was done around 4:30. ….  Read More

It Got Real Today

Meet my new friend Ivi (pronounced Ivy and stands for IntraVenus Infusion). Most people go out and connect with other people; I go out and befriend a machine. I’m not sure what that says about me but since Ivi holds my future in her hands, best to avoid taking any risk of pissing her off. ….  Read More

Ironman Gets a Diet

Today was the second of five weekly iron infusions. Last week it took about 15 minutes and was more of a test of how well I tolerated having iron infused into a vein. Today there was a much larger dose and the infusion lasted 90 minutes followed by a 30 minute flush. I made the ….  Read More

And the Call Came

I’ve been waiting for the phone to ring since waking this morning. Shortly after noon, it went off and the display read QEII. This is the call. “Hello, may I speak to Ward O’Hara?” I say, “This is me. I’ve been waiting to hear from you.” At the other end I hear, “This is Anna ….  Read More

First Time at the Pump

This bell sits on the counter of the nurses’ station in the heart of the chemotherapy common clinic on the 11th floor of the Victoria Building in the Victoria General Hospital. Every patient sees it each time they enter the clinic and look forward to enthusiastically ringing it at some time in the future. To ….  Read More

Iron Man Will Glow in the Dark

Hemoglobin Treatment I’m not inclined to display pictures of myself but I’m feeling really good so it just seemed the right thing to do. Yesterday I had a chance to get some flying time in. I’m not sure who snapped this picture but that’s a pretty good side of me. If you read my post ….  Read More

Hemoglobin Update

This is just a quick message to let you know that my hemoglobin count this morning was 84 (in the US that would be 8.4). As a reminder, for a man my age it should be between 120 – 140 so it’s still low but not critical. It is critical when below 70. After the ….  Read More

What Goes Around Comes Around

My friends in America might not realize that after 9/11, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) set up extra donation locations from the Pacific coast to my home on the Atlantic coast in Nova Scotia. Along with many colleagues at Dalhousie University, we lined up to donate blood for the expected victims. A sea of beds filled ….  Read More