And on the third day…

Posted on January 22nd, 2008 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

Not drawing any comparisons at all. Besides, it says not one of Jesus’ bones were broken. I guess that rules me out of running for Messiah, ribs and all.

The last three days though have been a bit testing. Good to get into these things gradually however. I am doing four days on, four days off steroids and the days off are difficult. No energy, no strength to sit up, etc. The painkillers make my brain smokey and the nausea began to rear its head yesterday.

I am actually getting through quite well. I would have expected a lot more nausea and violent vomiting by this stage but, alas, the anti-nausea drugs are doing a great job. From what I gather, things have come a long way in terms of making people feel comfortable during their treatment. Drugs to get you through the discomfort are quite effective and pain management is seen as significant in the healing process. I am glad I got sick now, because I would be crying like a baby if this had of happened 30 odd years ago.

I get back on the gear tomorrow as far as steroids are concerned so I am looking forward to feeling a bit better once they kick in. I cracked my back on Sunday while buttering toast. I think I must have gone a bit heavy on the butter when lifting and I forgot to do my usual stretching exercises that we all should do before buttering toast. At first I thought I had cracked my spine in half which would make perfect sense given the lesions in my T-11 and my hypochondriac heritage. But I think now it is just a facet joint that is out of whack.

Nurse Elizabeth has just informed me that I have lost a day in my steroid timetable and I am not back on them until Thursday! Time to get creative with the liquid paper and drug schedule.



Comment on January 22nd, 2008.

You know they say if you can make one person smile every day you are obviously doing something right. I smiled. As for being in contention for the big blokes job upstairs – to quote – “He’s not the Messiah, he’s just a very naughty boy”.

Keep your sense of humour, it is a much needed tool in the battle that you find yourself facing, and above all take care
with the toast buttering (it can be treacherous!!)

Hope the next round of steroids make you feel a tad better and yes, pain management is a major player in the healing process.

Just as well you have such a wonderful nurse and kindred spirit in Elizabeth otherwise you would be self medicating and bouncing off the walls.

My thoughts are with you both.

Keep smiling.


Comment on January 22nd, 2008.


Of course, if you had did have this treatment 30 odd years ago, you WOULD have cried like a baby, cos that’s what you would have been, 30 odd years ago!

Testing time tho it may be, I’m glad to hear that it is above expectations.

Steroids… so, you’re saying that your dreams of Olympic stardom are over? Or are you just using better masking agents?

Wife of the guy in the white suit

Comment on January 22nd, 2008.

Well Cam, what can I say. I would be crying like a baby NOW, let alone 30 years ago. You are one heck of a tough guy, in mind and spirit and now it seems in body as well, thanks to the steroids. I expect to see a different photo of you on this website very soon – Cam the Muscle Man. Never mind of course that all of your bones may be broken, it’ll be the muscle holding you up.

Lots of love and prayer from James, Elise and Naomi

Rev. James.E.Brown

Comment on January 22nd, 2008.

Just thought I would add a quick comment for Liz.

Cam referred to you as nurse Liz in this post. For the record, I would like it to be changed to saint Liz. The way you have stood by, cared for, and loved Cam is an awesome testimony to the high calibre person you are. Elise and I have been talking about you Liz and we want you to know you are on our minds and in our prayers. Thanks so much for being a wonderful part of our extended family. This difficult time of your life has brought out the best in you.

The next question is how to get you the title of saint from the Catholic church. Bit hard when I am going through my pentecostal stage.

Rev. James.E.Brown

Comment on January 22nd, 2008.

Praise the Lord


Comment on January 23rd, 2008.

Well Cam glad to hear the nausea and vomiting is under control, Jerrith has taken it upon himself to have it for you early hours of this morning, I had a nice wake up call. I will get him to keep the bucket near the bed next time he decides to go out in sympathy…HA HA HA! Hope to catch up soon, maybe on one of your steroid days would be best. Milanda

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