New Videos

Posted on December 5th, 2007 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

I will be uploading a few videos from the last month or so over the next couple of days. I will backdate them later, but for now, happy viewing.

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Measure Up

Posted on December 5th, 2007 by Cam.
Categories: All The Videos, Let's talk.

These are two of the wonderful staff who looked after me for my radiotherapy. The music in the background was usually either Johnny Cash or Elvis. Very difficult for me to keep my hips still during Suspicious Minds.

This is the machine that administers the radiation. No one is allowed in the room except the patient while it is emitting the radiation. This particular footage shows the machine twisting onto its side to take a profile of my chest in X-ray. A few times a week they would take such an X-ray to monitor the progress of the therapy. The screen that you see unfolding is the receiving part of the digital X-ray.

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Looking forward

Posted on December 5th, 2007 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

It was just this last Friday that I was commenting to friends that I was feeling the best I had for about 9 months (apart from the steroid phase). I felt like I was actually getting better. Spoke a little too quickly as I came down with another virus on the weekend that wiped me out for the last 3 days. I returned to a familiar practice of sleeping the day away and managing pain. It felt like my body was twice its normal weight and I ached all over.
My chest pain has not subsided, but we are not sure if that is because of the virus or something else. I am going to wait until tomorrow to call the specialist, just in case it starts to disappear. I am a bit hesitant after the last time I was admitted to hospital when I felt such pain but, unfortunately, this is part and parcel of the process it seems.
I got to the point where I was just fed up with being sick. It has been 9 months now since I have been physically limited due to pain, and 15 months ago when I was sick for almost three months. The novelty has worn off. I can only appreciate more and more what many people go through with chronic illnesses where I would still be classified as a short-termer. I can understand that people must get to the point where they have just had enough, where it may seem that ‘giving up’ is actually a winning option, where the will to keep on going is a decision rather than a desire. When I have been sick in the past, I have been driven by the knowledge that I will be better soon. Chronic sufferers don’t have that certainty. As a song lyric states, I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. Go you good thing Anastacia. I am still looking forward.
Today I am back in the office, just catching up on paper work and what not. I have about 3 hours worth of energy per day, and that energy is basically used up just sitting up in a chair. I am yet to see how long I can last doing extreme Latin dancing.
Speaking of which, Happy Birthday to you Liza as you celebrate with your fam in Bogota. Your overcoming cancer has meant we are blessed every day we get to spend with you and Brett. You are an inspiration.

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