Stay Hydrated

I am typing here to you with some burnt fingers and a 3:00 AM knowledge that I should be sleeping. But When the doctor prescribed at big steroid boost, it is hard to stay asleep, unless that sleep gets read weird.

Therefore after attempting to follow one of the first commandments of palliative – get rest – I am attempting another: stay hydrated. Apparently i am not so good at it because I just dropped and cracked a glass tea travel mug. Burnt some fingers too. The even would have happened regardless of the time of day. I poured myself a second cup. The idea here is that I stay hydrated BUT don’t over water myself, as I has been done a lot tonight. Loads of ice chips and cold drinks. Mostly water, also some clever juice and fizz combos. Attempting to slow this down, i am trying to tea and type. So far the tea is working – i have not touched it – but the type is keeping me awake.

Yesterday, or rather Tuesday now, came two separate visits from a nurse and a chemo home doctor later. While I am gracious for both, they are way more harsh than Dr Canada ever was. Though maybe all this will change as we get to know one another. Anyhow, it was tooooo much and truly draining. Hopefully this set up bit goes steadily, and I don’t fully lose my mind.

There are good, smile moments too…floating in the pool, dancing again with Zsolt, and even eating eggs. Just here is a challenge. We will work through it all… even the broken tea travel glass mug current sitting in my sink.

Good morning.


Good evening. Following this rough night where only a hot shower was the cure, we had a lovely day. Friends took us for ice cream, Z&I picked up medications, I bought a cane, we rolled in my rental chair around the grocery store, and went to get pizza. Tonight upcoming be what it may, today was actually fun. 🙂



12 thoughts on “Stay Hydrated

  1. Catherine you are in my prayers. And when you said the nurse and doctor were harsh, well it makes my blood boil. I had a similar situation with a friend. One expects (and assumes) compassion and it is shocking when this isn’t the case. i am glad you are dancing with Zolt. By the way i have always loved your mans name. it is so strong yet simple.

  2. Oh that sounds difficult and it must quite lonely at times. You’re doing so well…considering it all. Thinking of you…

  3. Dear Catherine, we never met, but we both went to Southampton Uni to study CW and we share a lovely friend, Carole Smith. When Carole and I meet, we often speak of you and your fantastic writing. I understand from an old post that you love tea; I am a green tea fan and have found the best Japanese green tea in Waitrose! I’d like to send you some, and some Dorset Tea. Perhaps you could let me have your address? I am thinking of you and sending you much love, Tory L. Dawson xxx

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