Ding, ding – Round 3

Seems like an age since I was last in Ward 8 at the Western.

In fact it seems like an eternity since I was told that first I had a lymphoma, and then a few days later that it was Mantle Cell.

Yet it’s still (just) less than two months since I got the diagnosis and started on this ‘journey’.

And tomorrow I’m back across Edinburgh for my third round of chemotherapy.


Although it’ll be my most intensive phase so far, I’m hoping to restrict myself to a one night stay, not least as it’s my daughter Millie’s 9th birthday on Tuesday.

So it’s back to the routine tonight – packing the bag and with a bit more focus on ‘goodies’ this time.

My cravings this week are for fizzy Limeade, shortbread, Harribo Bears, chewy bread rolls and chocolate. All healthy, cancer-busting super-foods…

I’ve been looking at the drugs I’ll be getting over the next 48 hours and it’s hard to believe they can get it all into your system in such a short period of time – though I know that the IV drip will be in pretty much in constant use.

There’s Prednisolone (steroid), Chlorphenamine, Paracetamol, Rituximab, Granisteron, Vincristine, Doxorubicin, Mesna, Cyclophosphamide and Potassium Chloride. That took me a while to type!

Assuming all goes well I’ll then be home forย four days more of oral steroids then that’s it until round four.

Well, not quite. I also got my appointment through yesterday for my second CT scan, for 29 January. This was a bit of a surprise as I expected it to be after phase four of chemo.

The scan will show how much – or how little – the chemo has killed off the cancer so far. So a pretty big milestone but one I’ll try not to worry too much about in advance.

More generally, I’ve had a pretty decent period health-wise since Christmas. Tired, yes, but rarely exhausted and pretty much able to get up and about and do things with Louise and the kids.

The weather’s been our biggest obstacle and has driven me mad. But I’m thankful that we’ve not been disrupted by the terrible flooding in the south and north of the country. My heart goes out to those so badly affected by the heavy rain and snow over the festive period.

I’ve also missed being ‘at the coalface’ of the Scottish Government’s Resilience operation during my enforced sabbatical. Honest!

Looking forward to being home for Millie’s birthday on Tuesday. She had a small ‘party’ at the ice skating at Murrayfield on Saturday. I was feeling a wee bit out-of-puff so I opted to watch from the sidelines. Bloody freezing! But the kids enjoyed it.

Right, better get the bag packed and have an early night.

And remember, if you are still thinking about New Year Resolutions, have a look at my previous posts for some inspiration!

A x


About Andrew Slorance

Husband, father, son, brother, cyclist, pen pusher, pedant, contrarian , fights Mantle Cell Lymphoma in my spare time.
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3 Responses to Ding, ding – Round 3

  1. Carolyn.Rae2@gov.scot says:

    Hi Andrew,

    Best of luck for the next round of chemo…I hope you get home for the birthday celebrations.



  2. Sheila Thomson says:

    Drew I am going on this journey with you as some of the drug names ere familiar as the millennium year for me was all treatment but hai -ho am still here! Nursing a broken arm at the moment so hope I get my ct scan on Thursday! All the best for round 3 and stay strong x๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿน๐Ÿ”๐Ÿซ๐Ÿฐ


  3. Jane Russell says:

    I am just back from leave today and have enjoyed (if that’s the right word) catching up on your progress thus far ๐Ÿ™‚ If only I could still be a blood donor!!! Having given something in the region of 27 pints I had to stop. Laws changed and if you had previously had a blood transfusion (can’t remember the timeframe) you had to stop giving. I had mine in 1991 so had to stop or I would still be giving today ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hope people who can and haven’t, now see a need to do so. it is so valuable Andrew. Fingers crossed for this next session. All the very very best. (this is all the more poignant since finding out on New Years eve my 63 year old uncle has terminal cancer and by the looks of things hasn’t got long :() Keep your chin up. Jx


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