Friday, 25 February 2011

The Marshalling Yard

I guess it was inevitable that at times on this journey the train would be side tracked and forward progress hindered almost to a standstill. Laying semi paralysed in the bed rest siding at The Royal Surrey is one of those interludes during which spirits and positivity reached an all time low because of the discovery, treatment and  further investigation of the mets in the thoracic spinal region and all the negative  implications associated with this frightening situation.

On the up track the news is slightly more encouraging having, with the best support in the  world, come to terms with the  indignities, loss of independence and fears of the unknown accompanying this current condition, now seen the glimmer of a green light ahead as I complete the 5 sessions of radiotherapy later today and await the results of a full spine MRI (30 minutes in that tube with tumour pains nagging is no joke so it had better be a good result!)

The continuing care from the ward staff and and all the other teams involved, both personal and professional keep me bouyant and for that I am eternally grateful and do my utmost to reward such stirling efforts by trying to stay as upbeat as possible - but it ain't aways easy folks!

Apologies for the limited means of communication with you all as editing and updating this blog alone is a mammoth task using the hospital facilities, but do please know you are all in my thoughts and I miss the news and the banter.

Love, light and blessings to all you angels, who ensure it's 'Marshalling' in the title and not 'Knackers'

David (X)

P.S. In the interests of common decency and to save my dignity there will be no photos of my bed baths (or, sadly, any others), but without much sense or feeling and occasionally being outnumbered 3 to 1 by pretty nurses I do feel somewhat cheated  :)


  1. Hi David...

    Here I sit at 2:06 am in Ontario not able to sleep so thought I'd check up on you. Sounds as if this "siding" is not very pleasant to be on.

    I'm sorry you are going through this terrible time. I just want you to know I'm thinking of you and praying for you over here.

  2. Prayers gratefully received Pat and hope they have a positive spin on today's result of the MRI scan

  3. Well, you are up nice and early! I too am keeping things crossed for a positive MRI scan result and if you make it Minley Woods, then let me know and I'll drive down with Finn and Goggs and we'll join you for the walk!

    Fingers, toes and other bits crossed for you!

  4. David
    Great to see you again but I'm sorry you're having such a difficult time. Very much thinking of you, good luck with the scan today, hoping for the best.

  5. Hi David,

    Great to hear from you.
    I'll be keeping you firmly in my thoughts and hoping for an excellent scan result today.

    Much luv to you both, as always, xxxx

  6. Hey again Big Red!


    Thinking of you both and can't wait to read the result of the MRI is what we all hope for.

    Bright Blessings David, to both of you.


  7. Good to hear from you, David, though sorry to hear you're suffering somewhat. Let's hope the radiation blasts Goliath's minions to kingdom come and you can soon get out in some lovely spring sunshine with Geraldine and Chaka. All the very best, Liz xx

  8. Oh David

    You're doing so, so well to keep us all posted with whats going on. I hate to think of you in this situation, because I think I have a good idea about where you would far rather be, and what you would rather be doing.

    Keep strong dear friend.

    Much love


  9. I really feel for you David and admire your resolve and determination.So sorry you are going through this.
    Rose xxx

  10. $#%@&, David! We are sending you our strongest, most positive wishes. And we are sending evil, vile thoughts to Goliath and his minions. Hugs, Pilla and Ed xxx

  11. Hi David
    I’m so sorry that you’re going through this. You are an absolute star in the way you’re enduring such a difficult situation, and whilst you have my sympathy for the fears and problems you have right now, you also have my admiration at your consideration of others in this equation. So rest in the sidings until you get that green light and can continue onwards along the permanent way. You are the Flying Scotsman of chuffa trains!
    Peace and Light
    Crystal xx

  12. I don't know what you mean. I've always considered the MRI tube a particularly relaxing place to be, regardless of all the discordant clamor involved.
    Most annoying part was trying to put at ease the anxious young technician who kept trying to put ME at ease... go figure.

    Hang in there my friend, love ya!


  13. Just thought I’d drop by with my new Google identity and hope that it works this time, as being anonymous is like being invisible. I hope today has been a better day David and that you can see and feel some improvement. You’re in my thoughts and prayers and sending you and Geraldine healing vibes and warm hugs.
    Love and Light
    Crystal xx

  14. So many uplifting comments from so many wonderful people spurs me on to tackling a laborious update using this onscreen keypad. The good news is that I feel relaxed enough today to have a go: See you all on board ready for the onward journey - the stationmaster awaits to eliminate reference to 'comment 13' and send us on our way.

    Love, light and warm blessings to one and all.


  15. Just to let you know i'm in the signal box ready to give you a clear line to the woods when your ready to roll.
    Cheers J.P.