Well done belinda! I thought it was a Julie, lets hope she sees the recent drama and can enlighten us advise Helen or maybe even be able to visit again (not trying to put any pressure on you julie if you are reading this as we know things aren't always possible)
Helen, completely agree. Nothing we can do unless wanted by Helen, but definetely sending love support and strength to dear Helen xx
Our posts must have crossed Geordie. Don't know if Helen has changed Onc r not but even if she hasn't there should be other Oncs that can see her in his absence, I really do not understand how this is happening to Helen but there is something terribly wrong somewhere
if we can find out which hospital then something can be done. Contacting the local media could be a good idea....... or wrting to the Chief Exec of the hospital. Anything done would have to be with helen's permision though. Don';t want to do anything on behalf of Helen without her authority or permision. By the way does she have a partner who can help her out? Helen when you read this: we are all concerned and angry on your behalf. I personally feel frustrated on your behalf so god alone knows how you must feel. I hope you can feel all our best, best wishes xx SS
I know there is a Julie that goes to the same hospital but not sure of her user name, I think it probably is Geordiex, I think I know the name of the hospital but don't think we are allowed to post that info on the boards.
Natalie glad there was no hunting today but the chap sounds a bit strange, have never been quized like that myself. I have a port but my hospital won't/can't use it for contrast so still have hunt the vien. It is usually more uncomfortable than painful unless the canulla is deep, maybe that's why it hurt. Keep an eye on it though as there was one ocassion when the contrast leached into my tissue and arm swelled and was red, had to go to A&E but just told to rest it drink fluids and go back if it got worse.
I am so angry about the way Helen has been treated, or not treated! Surely there must be other Oncs there who could see he if her onc is not around. PALS is a good first step but I think an official complaint shuld be made on Helens behalf, maybe her husband could write to the head of ncology or even Chief Exec of hospitsl/Trust. I think there is a Maggies at that hospital maybe they could give Helens sister some advice?
pippie hope all went well for you and not too uncomfortable.
Best wishes to everyone on the thread xx
I am so incensed with this treatment of Helen. What can we do as a group of people? Does anyone have any ideas? Bad treatment like this cannot go without anyone doing anything. Helen is far too ill to do much herself. Can BBC charity do anything. make a formal complaint... I don't know something. If anyone has any ideas I wiull sign up for it. Personally I can't think of anything.
Helen happy you are doing better!
Natalie good luck with scans and hunt the vein game! Funnyface
Hi Ladies - thank you to all who have responded to me and making me feel welcome.
Thank you for the link to PALs and it is certainly something I will be looking into, and I'm gong to ring my Onc's office to ask for an appointment to be put in the diary ASAP.
I have my lung biopsy tomorrow but was a bit concerned today when the nurse phoned me to discuss my procedure tomorrow. He asked if I was ok to have my blood pressure taken from my leg, when I asked why he said 'as we can't use your arms' - I had to explained that it was only my left arm that couldn't be used, he said 'oh good we can put the canula in the right arm then' - i'm so glad that is is only a local they are doing and I can see what they are doing to me.
Hope everyone is enjoying the lovely sunshine that we are having.
Take care all
Hi Belinda, true, the consent form I signed to have rads did say sickness and diarrhoea, although the word sickness, the doc put brackets round as he thought it wasn't 100% relevant. So much going on, not sure what casues what lol. Tine x
Hope Helens new onc is is much better than las last one. Hopefully she will start to feel better give her my love and massive hugs! Xxxx
A big welcome to Pippie.xxx
Thank you chocolates for keeping us up to date. Xxx
Hello lovely ladies, hope you all had a good Easter. Have eaten far too many hot cross bunnies, sorry buns and chocolate.
Helen hope you had a comfortable night, Bev thinking of you.
Pippie,I'm sorry to say that your expeirnce doesn't appear unusual. I have had treatment and operations cancelled the day before, after being told that they were absolutely essential. It is difficult to handle when you are feeling so vulnerable. Also phone calls not being returned, I just won't go there. Hang on in there , keep asking the questions . Write them down so you don't forget what you want to ask. Good luck.
Janette, I too am going for some help with the big C this week. So good luck with your appointment.
To eveyone having a difficult time be gentle with yourself.
Hi Ladies - I hope you don't mind me joining you, I have been in the wings for a fortnight reading your posts, plucking up courage to join in.
I was orignally diagnosed with BC primary in March 2012, then diagnosed with mets to my spine, ribs and lungs at the end of January this year. So far, I don't know a lot about my diagnoisis due to being messed around with appointments etc. I was told originally that I was to have a lung biopsy, this was then changed to a bone biopsy to my spine, this was cancelled the night before I was due to have it - due to a problem with my blood, to which I still don't know the out come of the blood test done on the 11th March nor my lung function test done in February. I rang my BCN and asked her to have this discussed the MDT meeting which it was on the 25th March - I am now booked in to have a lung biopsy on the 8th April. I have had 3 treatment planning appointments with my Onc that have had to be cancelled, as I haven't had a biopsy on my lung yet, and there isn't one booked as yet.
Please can you tell me if I am alone in being left hanging around like this, as I feel I have been given information that I can't do anything with, and nobody to discuss it with (I haven't told many people and don't want to until I know what I am dealing with).
I hope you all have had a lovely easter, and eaten too may eggs.