Letter arrived in the post from the consultant today which said …’the surgical opinion is that it will be possible to preserve some of the normal pancreas and thus normal pancreatic function’. This is, obviously, as positive as it gets regarding this element of surgery. We’re so pleased to hear it and hope they’re right. The down side is that it’s still a complicated operation that’s an estimated 6 weeks away and I am desperate to get it out of the way as full recovery is entirely reliant on resection of the tumour. Next week we go in to have Daisy’s heart and hearing monitored as the chemotherapy is likely to have an effect on both. They predict that she will lose her ability to hear higher pitched sounds but will be able to have a conversation at normal levels.
We are now in a vague routine which means that the week after treatment Daisy has energy and is full of beans while we wait for the blood counts to go down, ie she has a ‘late dip’ before the next treatment is due to start (7th Feb) We’ve all had a good week. Monday, Daisy and I had our first trip out and about; to Costa in Bridgnorth. She casually took off her hat, tucked into a double chocolate muffin and was clearly oblivious to the audience that was all around us. She has spent the week visiting new toy shops with Daddy, having fish and chips, going out for lunch (whilst I went to Burford with Sonja for a well earned 24 hours off). She’s been shooting with Daddy today and played Twister at the Wenhams’; there’s still no sign of tiredness. Considering we’re in the depths of the unfortunate camp, we are one of the most fortunate within it, for now.